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Some of the best bikes, gear and clothing we're trying out at the moment, with full reviews coming soon...

Will this rain ever stop?? We hope you're finding some way to keep riding through it, and we're fortunate not to have seen the worst of the flooding down here in the south west. Here's what we've been trying out/getting wet this week... 

Gore C3 Gore-Tex Infinium Stretch Mid Gloves

£49.99

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These technically advanced gloves have a '3D pre-shaped construction', which Gore say will help them to stretch and move with you on hard rides. The outer fabric is windproof and water-resistant, with a light brushed interior to add warmth and will ensures you won't have to take them off while outdoors. Gore also recommend them running, hiking and XC skiing, which gives you more bang for your buck if you partake in any of these endeavours. It's a fair bit of cash to shell out for a pair of gloves, but is it fifty quid well spent? Stu Kerton's verdict is coming shortly. 
gorewear.com/uk

Van Rysel Cold Weather Extreme Racer Jacket

£79.99

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It might look like our model is about to rob your house, but we can assure you he's just trying to keep warm during a particularly cold ride! As well as the bonus balaclava, this thermal jacket has three layers to protect you from the elements, with adjustable vents to let sweat escape if you do get a little warm. The hood is also removable if you'd rather do without it, and Decathlon say the jacket is windproof front and back. Is it worth scaring your friends and fellow road users to keep the cold out on your next ride? Find out in the full review coming soon.  
decathlon.co.uk

Goodyear Transit Speed S3 Shell Urban tyre

£29.99

Goodyear Transit Speed S3 Shell Urban tyre

Goodyear promise their urban tyre is fast rolling and "at home flowing through urban centres and bike paths". It even claims to offer some extra visibility with side reflective strips, and plenty of flat protection. You can get the tyre in three different constructions: the S3 with a Shell-Wire Bead and 3mm under tread, the S:5 Secure-Wire Bead and 5mm under tread plus F:Wall protective sidewall, or in tubless styley. Find out how John Stevenson got on with his S3 versions later this month. 
paligap.cc

Chrome Industries Vigil Pack

£160.00

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Described as "a water-resistant urban expedition pack ready for anything" the Vigil Pack has a 15" Macbook Pro section and an attachment loop for extra gear. An EVA back panel provides form-fitting and helps to prevent back sweat, and the ergonomic straps are plenty adjustable to suit all shapes and sizes. Ideal for cycling adventures? George Hill is your tester...  
chromeindustries.com

Exposure Link Plus Daybright

£85.00

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This compact little light mounts to your helmet, and recommended by Exposure for city riding. It has a front and a rear light in one, pumping out 150 lumens and 45 lumens respectively, with a 'Day Bright' pulse pattern that Exposure say is visible from over a kilometre away, even in bright sunlight. The 'Fuel Gauge' also lets you work out how much burn time you have left, and it's USB rechargeable as standard. Will this two-in-one allow you to do away with individual front and rear lights for urban riding? Liam Cahill's verdict is coming soon... 
exposurelights.com

 

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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 road.cc's 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.