2016 Gift Guide for Cyclists- Apparel, Sunglasses and Shoes

by Brian Mullin on December 6, 2016

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Here a bunch of great apparel from Pearl Izumi including Launch Thermal Jersey, MTB WRX Jacket, Divide Shorts and P.R.O. AmFIB Super Glove. Others items are the Shimano ME7 shoe, Giro Alpineduro Shoe, Bolle 5th Element Sunglasses and Ryders Eyewear Invert Sunglasses.

Pearl Izumi Launch Thermal Jersey

The Launch Thermal Jersey is a cool weather long sleeve mountain bike jersey that is warm, comfortable and breathable. It has an unusual camouflage pattern on the front and one sleeve, and it utilizes their Thermal Fleece 100% polyester fabric for warmth and moisture transfer. It has a relaxed and comfortable fit and the cuffed long sleeves provide sun and armor protection and help retain heat. It comes Blue Atoll and Black color schemes, XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL sizes and retails for $75.

This Pearl Izumi Launch Thermal Jersey is an excellent cool weather long sleeve mountain bike jersey that is warm and comfortable and durable. The outer layer offers some minor wind resistance while the inner is soft and comfortable and helps wick moisture. It has a fun set of front graphics, a relaxed fit and cuffed long sleeves though I wish the sleeves had a longer cut. It will be a great jersey for the cooler days of fall, winter, and spring and would be a useful item to bring on high mountain adventures when encountering foul weather.

For further information refer to pearlizumi.com and a full review at Pearl Izumi Launch Thermal Jersey Review

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Pearl Izumi MTB WRX Jacket

The Pearl Izumi MTB WRX jacket uses a DWR water resistant material and offers great wind and water protection, is lightweight and packable and has abrasion resistant arm guards. It has a full-length internal draft flap with a sealed zipper, an integrated hood that fits over a bike helmet and is compatible with most elbow pads. It uses a 100% polyester woven twill with a 2.5 layer charcoal membrane for fabric and doesn’t have any taped seams, and has armpit and helmet vents. It comes in Tibetan Red, Citronelle (shown – it’s also on sale everywhere), and Black and retails for $175.

It’s just an excellent wind and water protection jacket that works, and its small and light enough to always bring with you on any cycling adventure.

For further information refer to pearlizumi.com and a full review at Pearl Izumi MTB WRX Jacket Jacket

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Pearl Izumi Divide Shorts

The baggy shorts are comfortable and have a relaxed fit and utilize a four-way stretch fabric with excellent wicking properties. They retain an XC shell with an armor compatible 13-inch inseam with a slightly tapered leg. It uses their lightweight 100% polyester Transfer fabric which is highly breathable and provides optimal moisture transfer. It has a dual snap front closure with a zippered fly and uses an elastic rearward mounted waist adjustment system with Velcro closures. It has two large zippered front thigh pockets and a small padded zippered rear on the back panel. The shorts retail for $85 and come in Black and Black/Viridian Green colors and XS to XXL sizes.

For further information refer to pearlizumi.com and a review at Pearl Izumi Divide Shorts and Summit Jersey

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Pearl Izumi P.R.O. AmFIB Super Glove

The Pearl Izumi P.R.O. AmFIB Super Glove is the ideal cold weather glove, and they combine a lobster and full finger glove design, in what they state as “Half lobster finger configuration keeps fingers warm and allows greater dexterity.” Their top of the line glove, which retails for $120, utilizes a softshell material with a DWR finish for wind and water protection combined with a soft and tough Clarino synthetic leather palm. To keep the hands warm and dry, they use an Outdry lining for water protection and a 170g Primaloft Gold insulation for the utmost in warmth. To help with fit and to keep out the elements it has a draw cord closure on the wrist and back of the hand cinch strap, much a ski glove.

So far during the first brunt of winter, the AmFIB Super Glove have kept my hands toasty warm and dry. The gloves are comfortable, and the unique half-lobster design offers up enhanced dexterity, making for easy one finger and two finger braking.

For further information refer to pearlizumi.com and a review at Just In – Pearl Izumi P.R.O. AmFIB Super Glove

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Shimano ME7 Shoes

The new Shimano ME7 mountain bike shoe utilizes a Michelin dual-density rubber outsole for traction and durability, a carbon reinforced midsole that offers pedaling efficiency with excellent comfort and hikeability characteristics. It features superb armor and padding protection for the sides, ankles, and toes and an easy to use ratcheting and speed lacing closure system and a functional stretch Neoprene ankle collar to prevent debris intrusion. The ME7, which stands for ‘Mountain Enduro’ comes in Euro size 38-48 (US 5-12) and retails for $200.

The Shimano ME7 is an excellent and comfortable All Mountain bike shoe with plenty of features, including the grippy Michelin outsole and the stiff yet flexible carbon midsole. It features superb heel and toe box armor and material protection and generous padding inside the heel and tongue for comfort and safety, and cushioning and absorption on the insole. The elastic cuff keeps errant debris from entering the shoe, and the Kevlar toe and heel vents provide decent air movement though they allow a slight egress of water during downpours and multiple stream/puddles crossings. The ratcheting buckle and speed lacing system are easy to use and help to fine tune the fit and the large over flap lace shield keeps everything clean. The Michelin outsole lugs provide excellent traction and grip on any terrain, and it works in synergy with the carbon reinforced TORBAL midsole to provide hiking and pedaling performance, with a slight nod to the walking abilities.

Overall this is a highly comfy shoe that is easy to take on and off and provides excellent hiking characteristics and great pedaling performance and superb foot protection.

For further information refer to bike.shimano.com and a full review at Shimano ME7 Shoe Review

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Giro Alpineduro Shoe

I like the Alpineduro shoe, and overall these are a great pair of shoes that provide comfort, warmth, and all-weather protection during the off season riding and inclement weather conditions. The shoes are plenty stiff for pedaling performance with enough flex for hiking, and the sticky Vibram soles work great on rocks and roots. The toe and heel cap and tough microfiber upper provide excellent foot protection and abrasion resistance. I did notice that the loose cuff and downward angled rear section of the top of the shoe meant it sometimes trapped debris, such as sand and pebbles and snow. I thought to myself. “If I was going to be riding in sloppy and deep snow conditions, a gaiter might be a good idea.”

Overall these are a great pair of shoes that provide comfort, warmth, and all-weather protection during the off season riding and inclement weather conditions. The shoes are plenty stiff for pedaling performance with enough flex for hiking, and the sticky Vibram soles work great on rocks and roots. The toe and heel cap and tough microfiber upper provide excellent foot protection and abrasion resistance.

FThey retail for $200 and for further information refer to giro.com

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Bolle 5th Element Sunglasses

The 5th Element sunglasses use the superb glass like B-Clear lens made with the Trivex material, which is lighter and more impact resistant than polycarbonate. They use a floating frame design in which they suspend the single piece lens between the temples. The 5th Element comes in two versions, the 5th Element, and the 5th Element Pro, the latter has side shields, additional colorways and lenses tints. I tested the 5th Element Pro with the Modulator Clear Grey lens.

The made in Italy 5th Element Pro is an impressive pair of sunglasses, though by no means inexpensive at $180-$200 each. They’re comfortable, fog free, durable, light, with functional varying light capabilities from their photochromic properties. The B-Clear lenses made with the Trivex material have superb optical qualities, and they’re distortion free with a high degree of clarity. The lens shape and size provides full coverage and an excellent panoramic field of vision, and the suspended design provides additional spaciousness. The built in side shields offers sun and wind protection while the frame is comfortable and has an adjustable anti-slip ear and nose pieces.

For additional information refer to www.bolle.com and a review at Just In – Bolle 5th Element Sunglasses

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Ryders Eyewear Invert Sunglasses

Semi-rim glasses typically have a frame that runs along the top of the lens. They took that concept and turned it on its head, creating the patent-pending Invert—a frame that allows more airflow and clear lines of sight. Designed for large faces, it also features hydrophilic, adjustable nose pads to improve long-term comfort and stability. They added their superb antiFOG lens to additional models and had created the exciting veloPOLAR polarization technology, which I am looking forward to testing, in particular on the new Invert. My feelings on their almost exact brethren; “The Ryders Eyewear Caliper has superb anti-fog functions, excellent comfort, and clarity and photochromic characteristics, and the large suspended lenses offer a panoramic field of view and spaciousness.”

The Invert retails from $59.99 to $69.99 for the standard version and $89.99 for the antiFOG and $139.99 to $149.99 for the veloPOLAR antiFOG.

For further information refer to ryderseyewear.com

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