Gear up and cycle through these on-trend bike apparel and footwear products.
By M.T. Elliott
POC Fondo Classic Jersey | $140
The Fondo line includes bibs, sleeves and even a scarf. POC makes a play toward fit and comfort with these clean, solid block jerseys. The raglan jersey sleeves offer a looser fit, as does the body, but this still has the under arm mesh and full-zip front for temp regulation cyclists would expect. Three color options are dimmer versions of the bright green, blues and pinks that are getting better play in Europe.
Giro Empire ACC Reflective | $275
It looks like a silvery new color option for Giro’s well-reviewed Empire ACC road shoes, but these shoes turn feet into glowing orbs when hit with headlights thanks to the reflective-coated uppers. Retro looks and modern tech, these lace-up’s have microfiber uppers and stiff Easton EC90 full-carbon soles. There is a less expensive commuter model, but Giro gets extra credit for extending hi-vis innovation to its performance line.
Ibex 3/4 Knicker | $170
The Ibex Ride line has a new fit, tinkering with lengths and panels, but the switch to a Cytech chamois should please existing fans and convert new testers. Longer bibs scream shoulder season, but the mesh panels will help dump heat from the already breathable wool. Pair it with the 3/4 Enduro Jersey.
Dare2b Tuned In Shorts | $50
These shorts will turn heads for their bright colors before anyone notices the mountain bike specs. With four-way stretch, water repellent coating and multiple storage options, these shorts offer just enough tech for rides that involve more than the trails.
Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch II | $160
Enduro for all. The re-tooled Launch keeps the EVA-cushioned midsole for comfort and longevity. New features include a bi-directional closure system for a more custom fit and a tougher toe box. The flex of the X sole is countered with a carbon shank for performance stiffness in pedaling. The hard rubber sole and lugs cushion and protect, and polish off the trail-runner looks for crossover appeal.