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Five cool things coming soon from Le Col, Topeak, NoPinz, Swiss Side and Polaris Bikewear

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

The Vuelta’s all wrapped up, so what are we all going to do with ourselves now? More time for riding, so that’s not so bad. Here are some of the best bits of kit in our testing pile this week...

NoPinz SubZero Men's Shorts


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The SubZero range is NoPinz' brand new indoor optimised kit that “actively cools core temperature”. It does this with FreezePockets — located between the shoulder blades and on the lower back on the bib shorts — which can hold cooling gel packs. Two sets are included with the bib shorts (more can be purchased separately) and NoPinz claims these provide “40-60 mins of cooling at high intensity”.

Other features including “ultra-lightweight and breathable fabrics”, as well as an indoor specific pad for increased comfort. Dave Atkinson has been giving it some on the virtual roads and will be reporting back on whether these unique indoor shorts are a must for indoor training paincaves.

Le Col Pro Rain Jacket


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With a 3-layer construction, Le Col claims this performance rain jacket is “form fitting, waterproof and breathable”. It has been designed to be worn in an aggressive riding position and gives a close, comfortable fit when down in the drops. A dropped tail is included to keep road spray off the lower back and the front zip has been shortened to prevent bunching up. The Pro jacket comes in black or orange for those preferring extra visibility. Liam Cahill has been slogging it in the rain to put the jacket to test, and his review is well on its way.

Swiss Side Hadron² Ultimate 625 Disc wheelset


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Swiss Side says the new Hadron² Ultimate wheels offer a 10-20% reduction in aero drag and are less affected by crosswinds than the original Hadron wheels, thanks to a 26% reduction in steering moment. But the brand claims this makes the aero wheelset a “benchmark for crosswind stability”.’s Jez Ash reviewed the previous model and, even then, he was impressed with the “straight-line speed and superb stability”.  The latest Hadron² Ultimate wheels use DT Aerolite II spokes that are just 0.7mm thick and the profile is designed to reduce the rotational drag component. Available in 50mm, 62.5mm and 80mm rim depth options, Stu Kerton is testing the 62.5mm ones for us, with a report coming soon.

Topeak FlashStand Slim X


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The FlashStand Slim X is Topeak’s easy-to-use, portable bike stand that holds your bike upright via the crank arm—the non-drive side of Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo are all compatible. The stand fits 700c road bikes with 41 x 16 x 80mm crank arms and Topeak says it “easily slips into a jersey pocket or into your saddle bag”. Weighing 199g, can something relatively lightweight and compact hold up your bike, reliably, with ease? Mike Stead is finding out and will let us know in due course.

Polaris Bikewear Waterproof Trigger Gloves


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These waterproof winter gloves from Polaris are designed to provide the “warmth and isolation of a mitt”, but with the “flexibility and control of a glove”. To grasp the handlebars and brakes, the thumb and index fingers are separate, while the rest of the fingers are grouped together. Polaris says the Amara™ patches over gel padding on the palm should ensure your hands stay firmly and comfortably gripped to the bar. With an extended cuff to help keep the elements out and the warmth in, how well does the insulation work? Neil Gander will be sharing his verdict soon.

For all the latest 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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Jez Ash | 3 years ago


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zero_trooper replied to dave atkinson | 3 years ago

Rendel Harris | 3 years ago

We're heading into a British winter. Why on earth would I pay £139 for a pair of shorts that "actively cool core temperature" when I could just turn the heating off and/or open a window?

NZ Vegan Rider replied to Rendel Harris | 3 years ago
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Perhaps they for people who live in parts of the world where the temperature is warming up like me in NZ where it is.

Zebulebu replied to Rendel Harris | 3 years ago
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Have you ever used a turbo trainer? I have the windows open, no heating on and an industrial sized floor fan full blast and still overheat during a hard session or a zwift race.

Not saying these are any cop, they might not be - but anything that stops me sweating like a fat bloke in a cakeshop is worth investigating

zero_trooper replied to Zebulebu | 3 years ago

'…sweating like a fat bloke in a cake shop…'

cheers mate  22 

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