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Five cool things coming soon from Hunt, Santini, FWE, Sportful and Orro

A preview of some shiny new gear we're testing right now...

Another hoard of bikes, kit and accessories has passed through HQ once more this week, and the pick of the bunch includes winter essentials, wheels and a proper do-it-all bike. Here's a sneak preview before we deliver our verdicts...


Santini Beta wind jersey


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Promising to 'feels like a slim fit jersey and perform like a windbreaker', this jersey has sleeves that go to just above the elbow and an internal flap that covers the zipper length to reduce wind resistance. It's thermal insulation is supposed to be just right for temps around 10c (and you can pair with arm warmers for more insulation), yet will still be breathable enough for warmer days. Does this durable, Italian-made jersey rival Castelli's gamechanging Gabba for weatherproofing? Mike Stead is finding out now...



Orro Terra C


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This brand new adventure machine is built to conquer any terrain, with a carbon frame and racey Fulcrum wheels to ensure it's just as much at home on a winter road ride as it is on a treacherous trail. It's got thru-axles front and rear for extra stiffness, a low bottom bracket and full mudguard and luggage mounts, plus clearance for 42mm if you really want to batter it off-road. It looks like a very good value package and perhaps all you'll need in the British Autumn and Winter. Mat Brett is putting the miles in on the Terra C at the moment...



Sportful Fiandre Windstopper booties


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These overshoes from Sportful have Gore's Windstopper technology inside for extra protection from the elements, with strategically sealed seams so nothing chilly gets in. They're not recommended for baltic conditions (recommended for temps between 5-15c) but will do for most UK riding. They've also got reflectivity for extra safety points, and a stretch construction to appease those who are in between sizes. Are they worth the pretty sizeable outlay? Ashia Fenwick is testing now.


Hunt 3650 aero road wheelset


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Hunt's founders Peter and Tom Marchment have years of bike industry experience between them, so you can trust some serious know-how has gone into their range of hand-built wheels. Described as 'scarily fast', this mid-depth race wheelset is wide to fit a big range of tyres and to give a better tyre profile, and you can even have Hunt fit some tubeless tyres for you when you order a set. They weigh in at 1477g, and have a basalt ceramic fibre brake-track for optimal control and grip. Are they the ultimate do-it-all race wheelset around the grand mark? Stu Kerton is riding them now...


FWE Folding Workstand


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Though it's just fifty quid, there doesn't seem to be many compromises within this workstand from Evan's accessories brand FWE. It's foldable so you can travel with it, there are rubber jaw inserts to fit different frame shapes and it's rated up to 35kg, so it will easily take a heavy e-bike or mtb. The clamp is quick and easily to use, and the steel and nylon construction should ensure stability even when you're yanking away at your cassette or cranks. Is it truly cheap and cheerful, or does this workstand need some work? Dave Atkinson will be telling us soon...



For all the latest test reports, head to our reviews section. If you need more advice before you splash some cash, check out our buyer's guides.








Arriving at in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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Eton Rifle | 6 years ago

I have to say that Evans' in-house brand FWE has some pretty good stuff.

I've had a really good pair of windproof gloves and a cracking set of tiny rechargeable lights (with loads of fitting options).

Of course, the shops themselves are pretty dreadful in terms of service but you can't have everything...

sponican | 6 years ago

60 flipping quid for overshoes that only work in temperatures where you don't need overshoes? How is that cool?

How about 8 quid for some planet x ones that keep your feet warm when it's actually cold?

BarryBianchi | 6 years ago

£130 for a jersey.  Hahahahahahahahahahahahayoumustbepissed.

Goldfever4 | 6 years ago

The Terra C looks awesome! That being said, I wouldn't be surprised if it turns out to be quite polarising. Really works for me though.

nniff replied to Goldfever4 | 6 years ago

Goldfever4 wrote:

The Terra C looks awesome! That being said, I wouldn't be surprised if it turns out to be quite polarising. Really works for me though.


Only good things to say about the alloy version, which has done almost a year as a 20 miles each way commuter.  The front wheel (3T on mine) even stayed true and rideable (albeit a bit dented and distressed-looking) after being run over by a car.

ChrisB200SX | 6 years ago
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I had a little look at those Hunt wheels on Stu's bike, I was very impressed. They look very aero and are impressive value. They'll have been used with a good bit of speed combined with strong blustery crosswinds, so he should be able to give a thorough verdict about how the perform in the extreme.

I can't afford another wheelset but I'm looking forward to the review  1

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