This week the Peloton Service Course takes a closer look at a few of the Interbike standouts. The new Sidi Shot shoe while the KOO OPEN sunglasses give us a taste of what’s coming out of Italy, and Feedback Sports wants us all to wrench a little more capably with its Team Edition Tool Kit.
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Sunglasses Fit for Any Face
Italian helmet maker Kask has the distinction of being worn by the best of the best in the pro peloton in recent years. This year it is entering the sunglass game to match its already reputable helmets. Branded under its own name, KOO, the OPEN sunglasses offer a myriad of adjustability. The arms have three settings which adjust the angle the lens sits on your face, swing that same adjustment point 180 degrees and the arms fold up flush with the frame for easy storage in a jersey pocket. There are two versions of swiveling nose pads that come in the box to make sure the fit is comfortable regardless of nose shape. It didn’t skimp on the optics either, the KOO OPEN uses an interchangeable Carl Zeiss lens. Its color options and frame were designed to go particularly well with Kask helmets, but there are enough intriguing features here that give these glasses merit no matter what helmet they are being worn with. OPEN sunglasses will be available December, it has no website yet, so check out its facebook page for details. $239; www.facebook.com/kooworld/
Lighter and Brighter
This summer Sidi teased us with five short videos giving us a glimpse of its new shoe, the Sidi Shot. Even more of a tease was seeing none other than Chris Froome wearing them at the Tour. Luckily for us the fall bike show season has given us more of a look at how Sidi, the name synonyms with high end shoes, has improved on its prodigious footwear. The Shot sits on its tried and true Vent Carbon Sole with the stiffness and closable ventilation we have grown accustomed to with Sidi. The replaceable heel pad was redesigned for a little more walkability and weight saving. To prevent heel slippage it uses the same heel retention device that has worked well on its Wire Carbon models, but added some reflectivity to it for better visibility in the dark. Sidi’s own Wire closure system was used, but moved from the side to the center of the shoe. This change was designed so the shoe can adapt to every instep by creating a better balance between the inside and outside of the foot. This all means a lighter, more comfortable, safer shoe. Oh, and did we mention the yellow version glows in the dark! www.sidi.com
The Tools Every Cyclist Needs
When Feedback Sports entered the tool market, its goal was to do more than just make high quality tools. It took a no nonsense approach and came up with some simple solutions that can be appreciated by both home mechanics and professional mechanics alike. Its Team Edition Tool Kit features 19 of the more commonly used tools, purposely omitting some of the more obscure tools that seem to bloat other kits while waiting for that once in a blue moon use. The tools are professional grade, look great, and have an overmolded file tread grip that give the tools a comfortably substantial feel in your hand. The case itself sports a strap that conveniently hangs from workstand while the case is wide open offering easy access, a very simple concept done well. Incase there are a few of your own favorites not included in the Kit, the case has room for extra tools beyond the 19 it comes with. $250; www.feedbacksports.com