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Pearl Izumi PRO Softshell 180 Jacket

Reviewed by Sarah Bonner

I finally bit the bullet a week ago and hauled out my winter cycling clothes. Leg warmers, mittens, rain booties, and, the newest edition to my wardrobe, the Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Softshell 180 jacket.

The jacket is form-fitting but the fabric is smooth, thin and stretchy so it is

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Specialized Ruby Sport Compact

Reviewed by Laurel-Lea Shannon

Riding up the last steep hill, legs churning fast, I’m the first one to crest the top. Switching into a higher gear I swoop down towards my favourite roadside café, looking forward to a mid-ride espresso. Later, sitting with my cycling buddies drinking my coffee, I notice

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Cycling Socks: A Pet Peeve

By Laurel-Lea Shannon

You`ll find plenty of reviews of different kinds of cycling gear, everything from saddles and bikes to shoes and gloves, shorts and jerseys, but one thing you’ll never see reviewed is cycling socks. Now, I realize that cycling socks are a low-cost item and they don’t have the same curb

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Specialized Women’s Pro Road Shoe

Reviewed by Laurel-Lea Shannon

These beautiful-looking shoes — sleek and streamlined — are super-comfortable, providing good support for your feet from heel to toe and the stiff full-carbon sole delivers excellent power transfer to the pedals.

Comfort and fit

I’ve used the Specialized Pro Road shoes for a couple of months

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Bontrager Short-sleeve Race WSD Jersey

By Victoria Laube

When it comes to clothing, I don’t jump at the latest fashion colours and styles. I prefer attire that fits well, feels comfortable and looks classy, just like the Bontranger Race Jersey.

The jersey, size small, fit exceptionally well. This is probably because all of my measurements are within, or

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Pearl Izumi Women’s Elite Jersey

Pearl Izumi doesn’t build bikes. They specialize in performance sportswear, so all of their creative energy can go into innovations that make their clothing different, and noticeably better than that of manufacturers who sell both bikes and clothing.

And you don’t have to purchase their top-of the-line P.R.O. gear to see the

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Pearl Izumi Women’s Elite Gel Glove

Reviewed by Laurel-Lea Shannon

Pearl Izumi’s Women’s Elite Glove has become my go-to cycling glove this season. It’s super-comfortable, wicks well, and looks great. The gel padding is thick enough to protect the ulnar and median nerves but still provides superior handlebar grip. There’s an easy-off tab that makes the glove easy to

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Aspire Specialized Cycling Helmet

Reviewed by Victoria Laube

General assessment: Ah, at last, a light, well-vented helmet that’s comfortable.

During biking season I’ve always had a low grade ache when wriggling my jaw. The pain was just below my ear lobe, the spot where I now realize the web splitter on the chin strap of all my

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Specter Bontrager Cycling Helmet:

Light, airy and strong

Reviewed by Gillian Scobie

After wearing my old helmet way too long until it was probably effectively useless if I had fallen on my head, I was assigned this Bontrager helmet to review. Ah! A lot has changed in the helmet world. The Specter helmet is extremely

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Sheila Moon Cycling Outfit

By Victoria Laube

I heard about the outfit, top and shorts, before I saw it. Made in San Francisco impressed me. I love San Francisco — the cycling challenges, the vistas, the wonderful colours, the lapping ocean and the sea breezes … absolutely my most favourite city in the US. I was expecting

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Pearl Izumi Elite In-R-Cool Short Cut

Reviewed by Laurel-Lea Shannon

Judging by the number of hits we get on our articles that cover saddle issues, genital discomfort on the bike is clearly the big issue for many women cyclists. After checking your bike fit, and experimenting with different saddles, all that may be standing (or sitting) between you and

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Specialized RBX Comp Shorty Short

Reviewed by Laurel-Lea Shannon

Specialized calls these shorts “shorty” but with an inseam of 6-1/2” the RBX Comp shorty short is a mere 2–1/2” off the regular 9” length. Not too short. Not too long. Just right. They look great, even on a middle-aged woman. What’s more important, they feel great. These

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Specialized Women’s RBX Comp Jersey with DeflectUV

Reviewed by Laurel-Lea Shannon

It was a sunny day last Wednesday—big news in these parts. We’ve had cool weather and lots of rain the last four weeks. During my lunch break, I took advantage of the good weather and went for a bike ride. It felt almost like summer so I wore the

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Tonik Jersey Review

By Gillian Scobie

Like most women, when I exercise I like to look good. When I cycle I don’t want to go out in an old T-shirt and boxing shorts. These days looking good on my bike is a lot easier because the most stylish clothes also tend to be the ones using

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Medical Data Carrier

Reviewed by Laurel-Lea Shannon

The Medical Data Carrier is a simple yet effective way to carry all of your medical information with you when you cycle. Unlike RoadID’s interactive bracelet, which requires a phone call or a visit to the RoadID website to track down your medical information, the Medical Data Carrier contains

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XX2i Optics Review

Reviewed By Laurel-Lea Shannon

XX2i Optics, from R.A.C.E. are performance-class sports sunglasses sold at value prices. The France1 Dual Pro Sunglass Kit comes with two pairs of sunglasses, one white gloss frame and the other demi tortoise, both with brown lenses, plus 3 spare lenses: clear, yellow, and orange. These multisport glasses are

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Dux Helm – Review

Reviewed by Laurel-Lea Shannon

The Dux Helm is an innovative new helmet with a built-in retractable lens. The retractable lens has two main advantages: it eliminates the need for expensive cycling glasses, and it shields your forehead and eyes from grit and bugs. That’s a welcome and useful addition to the traditional cycling

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P.R.O. Softshell 3×1 Jacket

Reviewed By Laurel-Lea Shannon If you want a cold-weather cycling jacket that can go the distance no matter what the weather throws at you, the P.R.O. softshell 3×1 jacket is it. Pearl iZUMi calls the jacket a “cold-weather system.” They sure got that right.

Keep winter out

The P.R.O. softshell 3×1

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ELITE Reverse Prima Jacket

Wearing the ELITE Reverse Prima jacket on a cold day (-5˚C/20˚F) I marvel that a jacket this light can be so warm. How does Pearl iZUMi do it? For starters they use a barrier fabric with Primaloft® that’s both super-light and toasty-warm. The Elite barrier blocks the icy wind, keeping it outside where

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Specialized Therminal™ EX Deflect Tight

I probably didn’t need to wear such heavy-duty cycling pants, but it was the first really cool day we’d had this fall and I wanted to be warm. This sleek-looking tight from Specialized did the job admirably well. The temperatures—3ºC degrees (38º F) didn’t come close to testing the cold weather conditions that

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Sweat GUTR™ – Eavestroughing for Your Head

Reviewed by Laurel-Lea Shannon

If you cycle, you’re going to sweat—copiously, on hot summer days. Cycling apparel wicks sweat away from your body, which helps keep you cool and dry but what about your head and face? Well, that’s where sweatbands come in—if you’re a fan. I’m not.

Not only does a sweatband

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More Cold Weather Cycling Gear

Not to complain. I love summer riding, but some days are just too hot. Do I miss those steamy days? The sweat trickling into my eyes and soaking my cycling clothes? The blistering sun slowly baking my skin to leather? Not so much! With the right gear, I’m finding that cold weather cycling can be

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Cold-weather Cycling Gear

By Laurel-Lea Shannon

I admit it. I’ve always been a fair-weather cyclist. Once the temperatures struggle to reach daytime highs of 10 to 15 degrees C (52 to 62 degrees F), I’m one of the first to turn indoors to set up my trainer. But this year it’s going to be different.

Last

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Pearl iZUMi – P.R.O. Leader Jersey

From the moment you slip it on, you can feel the quality that’s gone into making this jersey. Not only is it attractive but it’s durable, with features you won’t find in other jerseys such as laser-cut Direct Vent ventilation panels under the arms, 3 in 2 back pockets with a hidden zipper,

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Pearl iZUMi P.R.O. Leader Short

Make it a Set

The matching P.R.O. Leader short has the same good looks and comfortable fit as the P.R.O. Leader jersey. The fabric, made with In-R-Cool® technology, keeps you dry and provides optimal sun protection (50+SPF).

Women who have chafing problems because of cycling shorts rather than

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Pearl iZUMi Pro Leader Road Cycling Shoe

When I received these cycling shoes from Peral iZUMi, they just about knocked my socks off! Not only do they look lovely but when I picked them up… they’re so light!—275 grams (9.7 ounces) of beauty and function.

How does Pearl iZUMi achieve that ultra-light stiffness? It’s the unidirectional carbon fiber sole. Does

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Specialized Women’s Torch Road Shoes

This good looking cycling shoe from Specialized is economical and comfortable. The wide toe box and contoured foot bed suits my high-arched, wide feet. I usually wear a sports insole with my cycling shoes but I didn’t need them with the Torch Road shoe.

That’s because the Specialized BG (body geometry) high performance

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Specialized BG RBX Short

The first thing I noticed about these shorts was the proper fit. I ordered a size small and that’s what I got, and they fit—as they should. I didn’t have to second-guess or size up or down as I’ve had to with other brands. The next thing I noticed was the leg gripper.

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Specialized Solar Vita Jersey

This semi-form-fitting jersey from Specialized is made of UPF 50 sunscreening fabric, making it a good choice for long rides in the summer. Cyclists spend a lot of time in the sun so we need all the skin protection we can get.

The Solar Vita Jersey has a full-length zipper, which I like

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Pearl iZUMi PRO Pittards® Gel Gloves

I have a problem with overpadded, heavy gloves that attach at the wrist with a Velcro strap. They tend to make my hands sweat and swell in hot weather, eventually leading to numb hands at some point in my ride. But happily I didn’t encounter any of those features with this glove. Pearl

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Pearl iZUMi Elite Symphony Cut Shorts

Reviewed by Gillian Scobie

 

Style, meet function. Function, meet style.

I love cycling. I have never liked cycling shorts. They’re almost always black, they’ve got that big pad, they’re too long and they have no style. Sure, they’re functional. Not good enough. Substance without style ain’t enough for me. Style, c’est

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Pearl iZUMi: Elite Women’s Cycling Bib

I’ve been wanting to test these bib shorts since a colleague first mentioned them to me several months ago. I don’t usually wear cycling bibs because they are troublesome on nature breaks. Who wants to get undressed from the top down to take a pee?

Pearl iZUMi has solved that problem with their

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Chamois Creams: Soothe Your Butt – Part 2

By Sheila Ascroft

Since my first review, many readers have recommended other chamois creams so I’ve put some more to the test. Any cream has to be better than trying what pro riders did in the old days – sticking a slab of raw meat inside their shorts to soothe their

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Solstice WSD Short-sleeve Jersey

New is not necessarily better. Last year I reviewed the Sport WSD Short Sleeve Jersey, a lightweight cycling gem from Bontrager. I was impressed with the good balance between functionality—three large back pockets for extra storage and reflective design on the rear pockets — and feminine flair—the shaped-to-your-body (but not tight) fit and

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