Three of cycling’s tastemakers dropped new goods this week – Rapha, Fizik and Silca. For Rapha it was new glasses called the Rapha Arenberg (since the old Rapha sunners were too light, seriously!), from Fizik it was the new waterproof Artica R5 shoe and Silca brought us a limited edition Borsa Americano essentials bag to celebrate 100 years of the brand.
Rapha Pro Team Arenberg Sunglasses
Apparently a product can be too light. Riders told Rapha the Pro Team Flyweights were too light, so it has come back with the Arenberg, a full frame pair of sunglasses using a lens very similar to the frameless, wide-angle Zeiss optics used in the Flyweights. The lens is vented up top to prevent fogging and the frame does away with the center piece above the nose to help improve the field of vision, while the frame sits flush with the lens for the same reason (plus it makes them easier to clean). The hinges are new snap lock numbers, that keep the glasses safe when fitted in helmet vents or clipped on your collar. There are six different frame colors and five different lens options available for different riding conditions. They also have a nice metal Rapha logo on the side, if that kind of thing is important to you. 33grams; $220; rapha.cc
Fizik Artica R5 Shoe
Cold feet can ruin a ride pretty quickly. It’s hard to focus on anything else if your footwear isn’t up to the challenge. The FIZIK Artica R5 is designed to not just keep your feet warm, but dry as well, and do it all like a traditional Fizik road shoe. An Internal Speed Lacing system keeps the shoe snug, while an external zipper keeps the water out with an upper that still remains breathable. Thanks to seamless bonding the shoe keeps a sleek, low profile despite the added protection of a fleece lined upper and metallic foil under sole for insulation. There is a two bolt, lugged version called the Artica X5 as well. 308grams (sz42.5); $200; fizik.com
SILCA Borsa Americano Essentials Bag
The Italian tastemakers – now by way of Indianapolis, USA – SILCA, have partnered with EcoLogic Designs of Colorado to bring us a new US made ride essentials bag called the Borsa to help celebrate a century of the SILCA brand name. Like other EcoLogic Designs products it is made from recycled bike inner-tubes, but features the now classic SILCA red knurl stitching in the distinct diamond pattern. The Borsa fits snugly in a jersey pocket, but unlike some other ride bags, it has room for a smartphone in a case along with ride tools, CO2, cash and ID. SILCA has also partnered with EcoLogic Designs on a back pack called the Brooklyn, made of the same inner-tube material with the same SILCA aesthetic. $45; silca.cc