Week two of 2020 and we have got another load of good things coming up on test. There's a sturdy but slimline waist pack from Evoc and some Michelin gravel tyres to kick things off, plus a all-in-one bad weather suit from Endura and some flash goggles from Julbo.
Michelin Power Gravel tyres
With a, and I quote "gravel design" these Michelin tyres are unsurprisingly aimed at the gravel market. There are small centre tread blocks alongside slightly taller, more widely spread side knobs to dig into the mud/gravel when cornering. We have them in a 700x42 size and it looks as if that's the only size available at the time. The new tyres get 'Bead 2 Bead Protek' reinforced casing and the 'X-Miles-Compound' (as opposed to the gripper 'Grip-Compound') which is said to increase the lifespan of the tyre, they look to be tyres built for many miles in mostly dry going.
Evoc Race Belt
New from Evoc, the Race Belt is a sturd yet slimine waist pack that looks to have plenty of storage options for tools, a pump and added extras. It also has a padded rear and side sections to protect the rider from the hard and pointy contained items in the pack and give structure to the bag, a feature we haven't seen before on a light weight waist pack such as this. It can take 0.8L of gear in plenty of pockets, it weighs a claimed 180g, comes in bacl or blue and costs £39.99.
Julbo Quickshift MTB goggles
The Julbo Quickshift shakes up goggle design with the introduction of the brands SwitchAir system. With two magnetically secured dropouts that sit underneath the eyes, these goggles offer 100% ventilation, great for those hard-charging, warm rides. The goggles come with two double lenses, one tinted and one clear, both getting antifog coatings. Julbo says that they'll fit with any helmet too.
Shimano XT M8120 Wheelset
Shimano's XT M8120 wheelset has graced our office this week. The aluminium, tubeless-ready wheels are offset for completely even spoke tension. Featuring double butted J-hook spokes and the brands' almost silent Microspline freehub Shimano promises a strong, reliable and lively feeling wheel.
Endura MT500 Waterproof Suit
Our Jon couldn't have been more pleased with this all-in-one waterproof adult romper suit turning up, timed as it was to coincide with a sodding great big storm, which he is less happy about. With head-to-toe coverage using a three-layer breathable waterproof fabric, it should be pretty effective at keeping the weather out, though we do wonder about just how sweaty it might get.
Either way, Jon should have plenty of chance to test it out - that canoe in the background is just for in case it gets really biblical.
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