Apparel Reviews and News


Boothstorming Sea Otter: Index Ink combines creativity, art and mountain bikes at Sea Otter Classic

Index Ink paints giant mural at Sea Otter over the course of four days drawing attention to its lifestyle apparel while sidestepping the clichés.

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Gear Review: Giro New Road Women’s Apparel

Giro targets women with its daring, mountain bike capable, New Road line of casual looking, but technically serious cycling apparel. See if they hit the mark or come up short.

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Review: Gravity Anomaly LongHaul shorts

The shorts are comfortable, durable and have a baggy, long cut, which works well when wearing armor. The American produced short is well-made, highly crafted, uses good designs, materials and stitching, and the excellent waist adjustment system is a highlight in this fully featured piece of apparel.

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Sombrio Stages Comeback with Acquisition by Sugoi

Mountain bike lifestyle brand Sombrio reborn with acquisition by Sugoi.

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Feature: Weevil Outdoor Supply Yuksak Bags, T-Shirts and Hats

Weevil has a new product called the Yuksak. Store all your post-ride gear here and it will help dry it out with replaceable moisture drying packs.

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Factory Tour: Inside Pearl Izumi’s New HQ Building

Best Christmas present you can give a company? How about a brand new 55,000-square foot state-of-the art building complete with a fitness room, locker room, showers, and expansive indoor bike storage.

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2013 Tifosi Rumor, Saxon, Duro, Mast Eyewear

One of our favorite eyewear companies is Tifosi Optics. We like the quality of their optics, the style and feature of their glasses and the fact they don’t charge $100-$200 for a pair of glasses.

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Zoic’s 2014 Highlights: Ether short, Fade graphic tee, Black Market short and more

2014 marks the 20th anniversary of Zoic clothing. They have some fresh jerseys, shorts and more coming for the new year. Check out these highlights including the ever popular Ether and Navaeh shorts.

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Sugoi RSX NeoShell Jacket and RSX Suspension Bib Shorts

Sugoi has some innovative features in their products and the new RSX NeoShell Jacket and RSX Suspension Bib Shorts are no exception. Waterproof, yet breathable, the NeoShell jacket will keep you warm, dry and comfy.

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Interbike 2013: Pearl Izumi

For 2014 Pearl Izumi is finally releasing their X Project shoes, along with the new Alp-X Enduro shoe. They have a few new apparel items, including the MTB Bariier wind jacket, and Journey jersey and shorts, and new colors for the Launch shorts.

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Review: Royal Racing Slice Jersey and Signature Shorts

The excellent long sleeved Slice Jersey has been a pleasure to wear while riding during the test period, and its comfort, loose cut and simplicity are major highlights, while the technical Signature Shorts are extremely tough, and offer unrestricted movement, and have a nice below the knee cut.

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Review: Sugoi RSX Jersey and Shorts

Sugoi’s top of the line RSX Jersey and Short offer innovative features, comfort and excellent wicking and cooling. A solid choice for warm/hot weather riding.

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Review: Eleven Velo Mod Merino Trail Jersey and Premium Trail Shorts

Eleven Velo is an Australian brand that offers custom biking apparel that is comfortable, durable and stylish (to say the least!) Bespoke options means you can choose the colors and materials that suit you.

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Just in: 2013 Ergon HE2, HA2 and HX2 Gloves

Lightweight gloves that protect you while maximizing feel and control are highlighted here.

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Review: Mavic Notch Helmet, Shoes and Apparel

While there are no mandatory gear requirements for enduro racing, cycling companies are making a big push with lots of new enduro-specific gear. Here we take a look at Mavic’s complete Notch line.

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Primal Wear Details Helix Kit and its Give Back Program

In our on-going Sea Otter Classic video series, Primal Wear marketing director Tim Baker breaks down the highlights of the Helix jersey and bibs, and explains the company’s charitable Give Back Program.

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Kitsbow Mountain Bike Apparel

Kitsbow is a new player in the mountain bike apparel market and redefining high-end. With a short and liner that costs $480, it deserves a second look.

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New from Serfas: Gladiator Sunglasses and FMP-900/FMP-969 Floor Pumps

Serfas is expanding their product line-up big time for 2013. They have several new models of cycling specific eyewear with some great features at a great price. They also have some killer looking new floor pumps.

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Gloves or No Gloves? Pros and Cons from the Pros

Gloves or no gloves? Find out what the Pros say and what they are using. If you haven’t ridden without gloves in a while, maybe it’s time to give it a try. You might be surprised!

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Hoo Rag Bandana – Under Helmet Headwear

Hoo Rag is a new company that makes tubular bandanas that you can wear under your helmet (or many other ways) to provide an extra layer of protection and warmth. The Hoo Rag is similar to other multifunctional headwear products and has similar uses. It comes in a multitude of colors and designs ranging from […]

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Alpinestars Hyperlight, Drop and Manual Jersey and Shorts

Alpinestars is a brand that is well known for quality, innovation and style. They have a huge following in the world of motorcycle road racing and I have personally owned several pairs of Alpinestars motorcycle boots and leather jackets for years. In the early 90′s, Alpinestars made several different bicycle products (from shoes and clothes […]

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Bolle and Cebe Sunglasses at Interbike

New Video Added! The French sunglass and goggle manufacturers Bollé and Cébé are part of the monstrous Bushnell Outdoor Products, and although both companies have been around for around 100 years, this is Cébé’s first foray into the US market. Cébé’ has some great sunglasses with excellent price points, that have enough features, good lenses and […]

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Rudy Project STRATOFLY

Combining SLEEK DESIGN AND PERFORMANCE IN RUDY PROJECT’S NEW STRATOFLY SUNGLASSS A Lightweight, Durable Sunglass Engineered for Athletes DENVER, CO – For both newcomers and veterans to the Rudy Project world of exceptional optical design and performance, the Italian company introduces the Stratofly, a sunglass that merges many of the functional features of the best-loved […]

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Gore Bike Wear – Interbike 2012

New Video Added! GORE Bike Wear’s apparel lineup has excellent attention to details, innovative designs and features, and they use high-technology fabrics, including Gore-Tex and Windstopper. Over the last couple of years GORE Bike Wear has implemented an outfit system strategy for their road and mountain performance apparel. Within each type of line (road vs. […]

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