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Five cool things coming soon from Cube, Brompton, Proviz, Polaris and Nothing Tech.

More of the best bits we're testing right now, with full reviews coming soon

Did you head out into that battering wind at the weekend? Tough stuff! Our team of reviewers pushed through as they at least had the pleasure of testing some very cool bits of kit. Here are this week's highlights...

Brompton Backpack Made with Liberty Fabric Jonathan

£145

Looking for a bag that’s stylish as well as functional? The monochrome geometric pattern of this backpack that also fits on a Brompton is said to have been inspired by pencil shavings found on the design studio and it’s been printed onto a 14 litre capacity backpack that’s designed with the daily commuting ride in mind. 

> 10 of the best cycling rucksacks — carry your stuff the easy way

Printed in Italy on custom-made polyester with a water-resistant coating, this bag looks to be packed with comfort and functional details including a padded air mesh rear panel, expandable side pockets and a smart magnetic snap system that’s designed to keep the straps safely in place while riding. How useful is this stylish bag in practice? Matt Lamy has been finding out and will be reporting back shortly…

brompton.com 

Proviz Classic Men’s Tour Cycling Jacket

£99.99

The Classic Tour jacket is Proviz’s waterproof and breathable option with seams all sealed on the inside to ensure no rain can get through and features strategically placed REFLECT360 trim to aid visibility at night.

> 10 best hi-vis cycling jackets 2022

Hard wearing cuffs with hook and loop attachments are included for easy adjustment for keeping them loose during spring/summer for helping with airflow and for tightening them to keep out the cold during winter. How effective is this jacket at balancing waterproofing and breathability? Mike Stenning has been testing and his full report is coming soon…

provizsports.com

Cube Agree C:62 Pro 

£3,399

The Agree C:62 is Cube’s aero endurance disc-brake road bike that’s aimed at those who want to stay comfortable while riding fast. Cube says the 2022 version of the aero optimised frame saves 10 watts compared to the previous iteration. 

Semi-integrated cable routing is designed to reduce both drag and maintenance. There’s also the option for a storage box for carrying food, tools or an extra layer just in case the weather turns, and this is also said to save you another watt. 

The spec Stuart Kerton has been testing is equipped with Sram’s Rival eTap AXS 12-speed groupset, Fulcrum Racing 77 wheels and Continental Grand Sport Race SL tyres. Stu’s full report is landing on the site soon…

www.cube.eu 

Polaris Latitude Bib Shorts

£79.99

The Latitude Bib Shorts are Polaris’ premium bib short option, featuring an antibacterial TMF Italian chamois and laser cut silicone grippers.

Dual reflective tabs are included on the legs for visibility and you can find a stash pocket on the rear that’s designed to carry a spare tube or that essential fiver for coffee and cake, all for a price tag that’s under £80. Do these bibs deliver? Mike Stenning has been finding out and his verdict is coming shortly…

polaris-bikewear.co.uk 

Nothing ear (1)

£99

2022 Nothing ear (1) - in ear 1.jpg

Weighing in at just 4.7g, these buds are designed to be very comfy with pressure-relieving vents, an ergonomic design and three liquid silicone tips for a customised fit. For working out, each earbud features a composite mesh design for improved sweat and water resistance for an IPX4 rating. 

Five hours of listening time is claimed and 34 with the wireless power case. Other interesting features are the Clear Voice Technology and three high-definition mics that’s designed to make sure you come through sounding like you. “As you speak, advanced algorithms reference a million voice and sound combinations (even winds up to 40 km/h) to isolate and amplify your voice for remarkable accuracy,” says Nothing Tech. Liam Cahill has been testing how suitable these are for riding and his verdict is coming soon…

nothing.tech 

For all the latest road.cc test reports, head over to our reviews section. If you want some more advice before splashing the cash, check out our buyer's guides.

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Prosper0 | 2 years ago
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I'm pretty sure neither Proviz nor Cube have ever produced anything remotely 'cool'.  

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joules1975 | 2 years ago
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Wow, that proviz jacket. I can already forsee the 'Sorry mate, but your jacket was in my eyes' excuse from drivers knocking the rider over.

Also, for being a company that's all about being seen, why do Proviz insist on making their Pixelite range only in black! I have the pixelite Gilet and it's great - really nice fit, warm and is lasting really well. However, at night or low light conditions it's really visible, but I will only ride with it on the day if my jersey is long sleeve and a bright-ish colour. I emailed them over two years ago to say that I would happily buy the pixelite jacket if they did one in bright red or light blue, but I gave up waiting and bought an endura softshell in light blue instead.

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hawkinspeter replied to joules1975 | 2 years ago
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joules1975 wrote:

Wow, that proviz jacket. I can already forsee the 'Sorry mate, but your jacket was in my eyes' excuse from drivers knocking the rider over.

Also, for being a company that's all about being seen, why do Proviz insist on making their Pixelite range only in black! I have the pixelite Gilet and it's great, but will only ride with it in the day if my jersey is long sleeve and a bright-ish colour. I emailed them over two years ago to say that I would happily buy the pixelite jacket if they did one in bright red or light blue, but I gave up waiting and bought an endura softshell in light blue instead.

I don't understand why Road.cc didn't include a picture of the Proviz

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Hirsute replied to hawkinspeter | 2 years ago
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It was invisible - ninja !

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lesterama replied to joules1975 | 2 years ago
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Their gilets are good. Their bib tights are terrible: the most uncomfortable and poor cut of any tights, ever.

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