With a chill in the air and the rain hammering it down here in the south west, our attention has fully turned to the autumn and winter kit that#s landed in the office. It's overshoes and gloves on, and unfortunately that's probably the way it will stay until spring!
Tifosi's Fototec lenses are designed to adapt to a wide range of light conditions, so are particularly useful if you ride off-road/on paths and still need to protect your eyes from road dirt. The polycarbonate lenses offer a large, uninterrupted surface area that give plenty of peripheral vision, and they incorporate Glare Guard technolovy to keep out UV rays. They're also vented to prevent fogging, and are interchangeable for when you need to change them. Are the Alliants as versatile as claimed? Ian Walker's review is due soon.
Although it has 'run' in the title, the Pro backpack from Iamrunbox is supposed to be ideal for cyclists too (and parkour enthusiasts according to the promo video) and is designed to keep your work clothes crease-free thanks to its specially designed compartments. There's a laptop section suitable for a 13.5" laptop and also an external shoe bag attachment which you can buy separately. It weighs just 945g, and has straps accross the chest to keep it secure. Is it worth the big old price tag? The verdict will be in shortly...
These could be just what we need as the weather starts to turn, promising waterproof and windproof protection against cold weather with minimal bulkiness. A micro-fleece lining keeps your hands warm, while the construcion is multi-layered so you still have a positive feel around the fingertips to make sure you don't mess up during that all-important Strava upload. Could they keep your hands warm in an avalanche? Siobhan Kelly is finding out...
The 2019 version of the Sirrus hybrid is described as 'a simple and stylish way to begin your fitness adventure', with a light aluminium frame and steel fork equipped with a rack and mudguard mounts so you can head off the beaten track. The Shimano Tourney 3x8 drivetrain gives you plenty of low gers for climbs, and it's equipped with V brakes and tough 32mm tyres. Would Matt Lamy give the Sirrus some serious consideration? Find out in his test report soon...
These high-tech tights from Santini have anti-shock protection in the chamois pad, with an anti-twist gel core that should keep your bum happy even over the most brutal bumps on the road. The Aquazero treatment keeps them water resistant even after multiple washes, and they have a breathable thermofleece construction with jacquard elastic braces and a mesh insert at the back. Are they now Ash's top tights for the colder months? His review is coming soon...
Arriving at road.cc 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 road.cc 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.