With winter morphing into spring and the days growing slowly longer, it’s time to start getting more miles out of your weekly regime. Although the days are getting longer, the weather remains unpredictable at best. For all-around weather comes a need for all-around gear. Coming at you from Issue 73, here are 6 items we think are worthy of our selection. Get your own copy of Issue 73 with PELOTON Direct right here.
VITTORIA TERRENO DRY.
With so much of today’s adventure riding taking in dirt and road on the same ride, we are asking a lot of our tires. Vittoria has been a bit late to the gravel party, but it’s here now and the Italian company brought the goods. The new Terreno with Graphene tread comes in Dry, Wet and Mixed versions and it’s the Dry we’ve fallen for. Called a ’cross tire by Vittoria, the clincher tubeless TNT version comes in a 40mm, and with its low-profile center “scales” it eats up smooth asphalt and hard-pack miles with ease, while the shoulders offer good bite in loose terrain. The real trick Vittoria has managed to pull off with the tire is its transition to the shoulders on the asphalt; it’s smooth and confidence inspiring, letting you rip both the road and the dirt. $54; 490g (40mm); vittoria.com
PEARL IZUMI PURSUIT THERMAL JERSEY AND BIBS.
PI/Black means the very best Pearl Izumi has to offer its pro athletes, straight from the Speed Shop at its Colorado HQ. When it comes to winter training, the Pursuit Thermal Jersey and Bibs are go-to items for Pearl Izumi-sponsored athletes. Using PI/Black thermal fabric and Pearl Izumi’s patented Speed Sleeve patterns results in a very warm jersey with comfortable and plush fabric that fits like a second skin. The bibs use this thermal fabric all the way up the straps, increasing core warmth and giving the kit a temperature range of 45 to 60 degrees F. Since we all know summer wins start with winter miles, the jersey has three extra-deep pockets to keep you fueled as you pound out the miles. Both are available in men’s and women’s cuts. $250 (LS jersey), $300 (bibs); pearlizumi.com
MAVIC COSMIC PRO SOFTSHELL JACKET.
When we hear Mavic Cosmic we think speed, not rain protection. That may change with the new Cosmic Pro Soft Shell jacket from Mavic. The jacket has taped seams and a Teflon treatment to repel water. One of the jacket’s nicest touches is the soft, brushed fabrics that offer surprisingly high levels of water resistance. With 37.5 fabric technology, well proven in cycling apparel, the new jacket is breathable to move sweat away from your body. Its Pro Fit is snug, designed for just a base layer and a jersey underneath; even so, it’s a very warm, windproof and water-resistant jacket, taking the sting out of nasty weather. $300; mavic.com
SPECIALIZED POWER PRO ELASTON.
Specialized’s new Power saddles were a savvy response to the influence triathlon saddles have had on the road world. The stubby shape is designed to perform in aggressive, race-forward positions, and the adoption of the saddle in the race peloton has been fast. The Power Pro Elaston takes that shape, Ti rails and an ultralight carbon shell, and adds thousands of little pillows. Instead of the usual polyurethane layer, this saddle has thousands of tiny beads expanded into the foam layer, similar to an adidas Boost running shoe’s support. Who says you can’t suffer in comfort? $225; specialized.com
NOW ZAPPI HELMET.
NOW is a new helmet brand out of Santa Clarita, California, with deep roots in the moto world. Its new Zappi road helmet stands out immediately in the increasingly derivative world of helmet design with a look that evokes Tron—the original, of course. It’s an all-around road helmet that provides good aerodynamics and ventilation in a package weighing a respectable 273 grams (SM/MD). It’s got all the fit accessories you could ask for, with a micro-adjust dial and multi-position cradle; but what really sets it apart is the head form, which feels more circular than the oval head form of its competitors. If you’ve struggled finding a comfortable fit with other brands, give NOW (it’s an acronym for Nonstop On Wheels) a try. $198; nowhelmet.com
Pactimo, based in the home of schizophrenic weather (Denver, Colorado), designed the Thermoregulator base layer to be the perfect foundation of any coolor cold-weather wardrobe. It’s made of Dryarn, the lightest textile in the world, essentially 30-percent lighter than polyester. It also absorbs less moisture, breathes better and transfers more moisture than other fabrics. What’s truly amazing is that in cold weather it works like a thermostat, transferring heat and moisture under big efforts, but retaining heat while still transferring moisture when you need the warmth. With Pactimo’s TotalFit design and Dryarn’s minimalist footprint, your Thermoregualtor base layer is comfortable and cozy without being bulky. $70 (short sleeve); pactimo.com