Gloves and accessories are the themes of the day in this week's 5 cool things. This week, we've got kit from Pearl Izumi, TLD, Madison as well as Hope's brand spanking Trail Clip pedals. Dive in, here's a taster of some of the kit we've got in for review.
WTB Silverado Carbon
It's been a little while since a saddle made its way through the office and what a way to break the drought. This is the WTB Silverado, one of the brand's most iconic shapes, sorted with carbon rails. In the size medium we have, it weighs in at 181g and comes with a flexy shell, a microfibre cover, and WTB's DNA padding.
Hope Union Clip TC pedals
We've managed to get our hands on Hope's brand new Union pedals in their Trail Clip guise. They come made using CNC machined pedal bodies and with eight replaceable pins.
The clip mechanisms and cleats are made using stainless steel and on the subject of cleats, the pedals come with two sets with varying degrees of float and unclip angles.
Madison Roam Cargo bib short
Madison's Roam Cargo bib short is said to be perfect for hour-long rides, up to month-long rides, says the brand. As for the cargo part, there's a deep pocket at the side of either leg and there are three pockets at the back of the bib short. Also, there are a pair of hose guides over each shoulder, made specifically for hydration packs, if you like to ride without a jersey... Or wear a jersey over your hydration solution.
It's made using lycra and it's cut with a curve for a better on-bike fit. There are also silicone grippers at the legs and a premium Italian TMF chamois.
Pearl Izumi Attack FF glove
Pearl Izumi's Attack FF unisex glove aims to offer a middle ground between gloveless and gloved riding. Instead of using palm padding, as many gloves do, the Attack FF gloves have recruited the 1:1 Connect Palm that uses gel inserts that help maintain the natural arch across your palm. This not only adds protection but is also said to avoid numb fingers.
They're built with a synthetic leather palm, they're touch screen compatible and there's a hook and loop closure on each glove. Then, there are patches of BioViz reflective elements to make sure you're seen at night.
Troy Lee Designs women's Luxe and Ace 2.0 gloves
Ok, you've got us, we've got six cool things in this week. Here, we've got the Troy Lee Designs Luxe and Ace 2.0 women's gloves. The former is designed more for gravity-fed riding while the latter is intended for cross country.
The Luxe (the one with the floral design) gets a slip-on design, a single-layer palm with perforations, and a conductive index finger and thumb, so you can text while you ride.
The Ace 2.0 promises the perfect fit for cross country riding. They're described as robust, breathable, and also phone friendly. They come built with a mesh upper and they're contoured for on-bike fit. Then, like every good glove, there's a strip of silicone on the braking fingers for an extra bit of grip where it really matters.
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