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Sugoi Hydrolite

The Hydrolite is the perfect jacket to stuff in your pocket on those unpredictable spring rides. You’ll hardly notice it’s there but, come the inevitable downpour, you can smugly whip it out to stay dry and warm. It’s no old style boil in the bag primitive race cape, though. The ‘intelligent fabric’ which activates when […]

Sugoi Hydrolite
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Gore Bike Wear Oxygen GT AS Jacket

At the Gore-Tex Active Shell launch last year, we were given a prototype jacket to test – and were very impressed. So seeing this breathable waterproof laminate on the market in garments like the Oxygen is exciting indeed. Gore Bike Wear consistently produces superior products from its sister company’s laminates, and this is no exception. […]

Gore Bike Wear Oxygen GT AS Jacket
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Northwave Evolution

Northwave’s Evolution bibs are a contradictory affair: they somehow manage to feel loose despite being skintight. They’re not baggy and they don’t sag anywhere, yet they seem roomier than a typical pair of bike shorts. As such, they don’t offer the same support you’d get from a tighter pair but they’ll feel less like a […]

Northwave Evolution
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Nalini Chiese

Nalini’s Chiese jersey looks like something you’d expect to find in an S&M club. It’s black, skin-tight, has a front that looks like it’s made from PVC and a back made from mesh. It’s designed to keep you comfortable when you get hot under the collar so, although meant for cycling, it may be useful […]

Nalini Chiese
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Rapha Merino Hat

As with all Rapha products you’re either willing to take the hit on your wallet or you’re not. You can almost guarantee that they’ll never let you down regarding either form or function, but £35 is an awful lot to pay for a woolly hat. Once on it feels delightfully comfortable against your head and […]

Rapha Merino Hat
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Skins Bib Shorts C400

Having made a significant impact in recent time with their high-end compression tights, Australian brand Skins has launched a range of cycling kit to the same high specifications. At £150 these shorts are aimed at the Assos/Rapha end of the market with top-quality materials, fit and styling. Taking these points one at a time, the […]

Skins Bib Shorts C400
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Solo Equipe

For the purists out there, dedicated to the essence of cycling, a product like this is a real statement. The simple, no-nonsense application of luxurious materials in a classic cut and retro style is a two-fingered salute to our obsession with synthetic engineering. With a large dollop of Merino wool, this jacket can take on […]

Solo Equipe
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Mavic HC Short

Mavic’s HC shorts are designed for longer rides or road races. The padding is plentiful and the thickness varies to produce the most comfortable and flexible padding you could wish for, with the external elastic gripper holding the shorts in place well. The shoulder straps are made from breathable netting and are well shaped with […]

Mavic HC Short
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Bontrager Sport Wind Vest

Already hugely respected in the bike world for their high-quality components, the new Sport Wind Vest proves that Bontrager can also cut it in the world of apparel. The vest is sleeveless and manufactured from a densely woven microfibre, resulting in a super lightweight and wind-resistant option. But as such, it won’t hold up to […]

Bontrager Sport Wind Vest
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Mavic Helium

French company Mavic has an acclaimed heritage of manufacturing ground-breaking bicycle wheels. Since 2008, however, they’ve expanded their range into accessories and clothing. The Helium is the lightest functional shirt in their road cycling range and is designed for use in temperatures above 28°C. The shirt is well-ventilated by a three-quarter length zip, and the […]

Mavic Helium
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Max Ionergized

Maxgear is a relatively new British brand that was formed in 2007 and specialises in cycling apparel and products. Their Ionergized long-sleeve compression top is sold as a cycling-specific garment to be worn during and after exercise. It’s comfortable and, even though the benefits of compression on the upper body are debatable, it feels supportive […]

Max Ionergized
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Skins Cycle Male Bib Knicks

It seems that Skins is gradually stretching its brand away from simply providing a squeeze to your muscles. These Bib Knicks are a great, albeit expensive, example. The compression heritage clearly shows with an offering of super premium fabrics with good levels of power that really hug your legs. There’s good length in the leg, […]

Skins Cycle Male Bib Knicks
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Camelbak Racebak

Wicking base layers are a godsend and Camelbak bladders make hydration on the move simple. Combine the two and you should have a winner, right? Well… almost. The first problem was getting it on with the full bladder in place. It wasn’t easy without assistance – not great if you train on your own. Out […]

Camelbak Racebak
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Endura FS260

Polypropylene has one of the lowest moisture regains of all modern and classic fibres, which is why the FS260 performed so well under sweaty conditions. The polypropylene/nylon mix allows moisture to wick through the fabric and evaporate easily without leaving you in a cold, sodden top. As a standard medium the sizing felt a little […]

Endura FS260
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TESS Platinum

TESS’s top-of-the-range, 94% nylon base layer is definitely one for the winter. The thick, one-piece, circular knitted body and one-piece arms provide a close, comfortable fit. Nylon offers a wealth of stretch and, when mixed with the chosen manufacturing process, provides a very flexible garment. The thickness gives great thermal insulation but can struggle slightly […]

TESS Platinum
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2XU UM1214a

The UM1214a has aimed itself squarely at those of us who really hate the cold, and feels like one of the warmest tops around. Our microscopic scrutiny supported this tactile feedback, showing a high-density make-up for the fabric that locks the warmth against your skin. The added features – a turtle neck and thumb holes […]

2XU UM1214a