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Pearl Izumi ELITE In-R-Cool® Shorts


Reviewed by Laurel-Lea Shannon

That bit of padding that comes between you and your saddle can make the difference between a great day on the bike or a lousy, uncomfortable ride—and that makes cycling shorts a crucial part of your riding kit. So it’s worth investing in a good pair.

These Elite

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Pearl Izumi Women’s ELITE Jersey


Reviewed by Laurel-Lea Shannon With summer temperatures soaring, this form-fit Elite jersey from Pearl Izumi will keep you cool during rides in the blistering sun. Pearl Izumi’s In-R-Cool® fabric, designed for hot-temperature comfort, propels sweat away from your body to the outside of the fabric where it can evaporate, leaving you cool and

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Tonik Beth Jersey, Black/Houndstooth


Reviewed by Gillian Scobie

I reviewed Tonik’s Abbey tank last year and raved about it. It was a new direction for women’s cycling jerseys. The Beth is also extremely comfortable and measures up to Tonik’s high and innovative standards. For starters it’s got 50 SPF. It has meshed short-sleeves so you

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Pearl Izumi’s SELECT RD III Road Shoes

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By Gillian Scobie

There’s nothing like a light pair of cycling shoes on your feet to make you feel you’re flying down the road. That’s what I felt like when I first put on Pearl Izumi’s Select RD III road shoes. It probably helped that I had been wearing a pair of heavy

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Pearl iZUMi Select Barrier Convertible Jacket


Reviewed by Laurel-Lea Shannon

Have you ever noticed how much stronger the wind feels in the spring? It’s not your imagination. Nor is it due to an early season lack of fitness. Due to the cooler temperatures, spring wind actually has more resistance than you’ll experience cycling on a warm summer day—a little

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Pearl iZUMi Elite Thermal Arm Warmer


Reviewed by Laurel-Lea Shannon

A good pair of arm warmers is an essential part of any cyclist’s kit. But unfortunately not all arm warmers are equally well-designed. If you’ve ever had a pair drift down your upper arms while you’re in the drops, you know what I mean.

That won’t happen with

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Pearl iZUMi Elite Thermal Knee Warmer


Reviewed by Laurel-Lea Shannon

Unisex clothing is a manufacturer’s misconception that some clothing is suitable for both sexes. But what unisex really means is “guaranteed to fit almost everyone, badly.” When I come across it in cycling gear I think, “Go women-specific or go home!”

So when I received these unisex thermal knee

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Terry Cold Weather Tights


Reviewed by Laurel-Lea Shannon

If you live close to the 49th parallel on either side of the border, chances are you experienced a colder than normal winter. Unfortunately, spring is following that same chilly trend. Here in Lanark County we still have snow. So while I wouldn’t normally review cold weather tights at

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Moji 360 Mini-Massager


Reviewed by Laurel-Lea Shannon

As a new but devoted user of foam rollers, I’m now convinced of the benefits of self-massage. After decades of frequent visits to my chiropractor for back and hip problems (often costing upwards of $800 per year), disciplined use of the foam roller has reduced those visits to one

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Specialized Amira Sport


Reviewed by Laurel-Lea Shannon

The second you crank her pedals you know the Amira Sport is built for speed. From the tight, compact geometry to the super-light FACT (Functional Advanced Composite Technology) 8r-carbon frame, this beauty has “fast” written all over her.

The Sport is the entry level bike in the Amira series,

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Pearl Izumi W Pro Gel Aero Glove

By Victoria Laube

The saying “It fits like a glove” perfectly describes this product. Granted gloves is the product but it goes beyond that. Delicate and light, the gloves pull on (no velcro or any other kind of closure) and once on, they hug the hand. The feeling is beyond that of fine

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Tonik Abbey Tank

By Gillian Scobie, still cycling, still style-conscious

With the Abbey tank, Tonik has taken a giant step toward a new kind of cycling jersey for women. Their first design, which broke new ground for its comfortable and well-designed fit for casual riders and “real” women, stayed within the classic cycling jersey style and

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Pearl iZUMi W’s Race RD III

Reviewed by Laurel-Lea Shannon

As the saying goes, you can’t judge a book by its cover. That seems to apply to most things in life, including, in this case, cycling shoes.

When I opened the box of Pearl iZUMi Women’s Race Rd IIIs, I was, well, underwhelmed. Rather than sleek and slender, the

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XX2i Optics France2 Pro Racing Sunglasses

Reviewed by Laurel-Lea Shannon Price usually reflects quality. You get what you pay for, right? Well, not always. Sometimes you get more. Point in fact: XX2i Optics—a company committed to providing the best-quality eyewear for sports enthusiasts at an affordable price. XX2i’s France2 Pro Racing Sunglasses hit most of

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PEARL iZUMi – Woman’s Symphony Shorts

Reviewed by Victoria Laube Last month I was running late and had randomly grabbed a pair of old shorts from the pile of bike clothing. I was on my way to one of the first rides of the season, not long, at just over 30 km. The ride was almost finished when

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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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