We just about managed to find some time to go out for a quick ride in between eggs over the Easter break, and with spring kit coming in thick and fast we're hoping for some better weather over the next couple of weeks! Here are some highlights of our current hoard of gear on test...
For when it's too warm out for Castelli's much-lauded Gabba, their answer was the lighter Perfetto; and the Perfetto 2 is packed with tech to keep you comfy on those cool but not overly cold days when you still need some weather protection. The Perfetto 2's Nano Light fabric does away with a fleece lining and has Gore Windstopper material that is 25% lighter than the Gabba's for extra breathability, while offering protection from light rain and wind. Three external rear pockets and a quality YKK Vislon zipper complete the package. It sounds impressive, but do you NEED it? Mat Brett's tuppence worth will be in soon..
There's a lot of competition at the just-under-a-grand mark at the moment, and Kona's Rove DL claimes to offer more for your 899 pounds than competitors thanks to its do-everything suitability. The spec includes Kona's own 606l aluminium tubing and aluminium fork, Shimano Sora groupset, TRP Spyre disc brakes and WTB SX19 wheels, and it weighs in at 12kg. Coming with 35mm tyres and mudguards, the Rove DL is ready for commuting duties, gravel and everything in between, say Kona. Does Stu Kerton agree? Find out later this month.
If you enjoy the peace of mind that comes with running day time running lights and want them to work just as well at night too, Bontrager claim to have the answer with their Ion 100 Flare city lights. They feature focused optics, an interruptive flash pattern and a broad range to ensure visibility, and have a compact design with a wide beam spread to make them ideal for city riding. They're easy to switch between bikes with two quick-connect brackets, and are rechargeable via USB. Mike Stenning is currently hitting the city streets with these lights in daytime and after dusk.
This large capacity saddle pack is primarily for bikepackers, with a tool-free system for mounting that include a compression straps to stop it swinging about while you ride, which can affect comfort and is just generally annoying. It's lightweight with a polyethylene/nylon construction, and is water resistant with a roll-top closure to keep your stuff dry. There's also a fully waterproof inner bag to keep your valuable and electronics extra safe in a deluge. A safety light clip also means you can keep your bag on and be seen when night falls.
Coming to you straight from an 80's music video is the new 2XU Sub jersey, with this loud print marking 2XU's first foray into dedicated cycle clothing after being a big player in the compression gymwear and triathlon markets for quite some time. It's made with their High Fil Sub fabric for 'ultimate moisture management' and also a rear Aero Mesh X panel for 'unmatched breathability', so say 2XU. Does it have style and substance? Emma Silversides will be delivering her verdict soon.
After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He was Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine for two years before joining road.cc in 2017, and reports on all things tech as well as editing the road.cc live blog. He is also the news editor of our electric-powered sister site eBikeTips. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake.