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Madison Stellar jacketPublished: 11:56am 16 Dec 2013

MADISON Stellar
£89.99
madison.cc

 
Madison has upgraded its top commuter jacket to make it more durable yet even more compact; there’s no mesh liner to reduce bulk and it can be folded away neatly in a backpack. It fits wel...

DARE2B AEP jacketPublished: 11:50am 16 Dec 2013

DARE2B AEP
£70
dare2b.com

With design input from 2006 Tour de France winner Oscar Pereiro, the pro roadie sensibilities are immediately obvious. The fit is ‘athletic’, the front is very short, the tail extremely long, while ...

Altura Women's Flite jacketPublished: 11:43am 16 Dec 2013

Altura Women’s Flite
£70
zyro.co.uk

 
This is a super lightweight waterproof with an integrated rear pocket, into which the jacket packs away. It lives up to its ‘race fit’ label as the front is cut short, while ...

Hilltrek Ventile Cycling Jacket - £170 Published: 03:28pm 30 Mar 2013


Hilltrek Ventile Cycling Jacket - £170 (Olive, Red, Beige, Black, Navy)

Retro clothing fans hunt down the old ‘Greenspot’ jackets that were once popular  with cycle tourists. 
Now Hilltrek, a British outdoor g...

ANANICHOOLA Kestral, £35, www.ananichoola.co.ukPublished: 06:06pm 09 Dec 2011

Anna Glowinski, the brains behind women's cycle fashion outfit AnaNichoola, is a competitive racer across several cycling disciplines, but one who's not afraid to say she wants to keep her hands in good nick.
For the summer, she's designed two ...

DEFEET Levitator D-logo socks, £13.99, www.defeet.comPublished: 06:04pm 09 Dec 2011

These purposed-designed cycling socks are made from a mix of synthetic materials, of which crucially two percent is Spandex, giving them a pleasing fit. Despite being made of plastic, the spun fibres still create a woolly feel, with extra paddin...

CRAGHOPPER Endurance Lite, £78, www.craghoppers.comPublished: 05:57pm 09 Dec 2011

This 450g waterproof comes with a lifetime guarantee and in black, grey and blue options; it’s a sensibly styled garment for wearing on or off the bike.
Considering the price, it’s a little short on features though — there are...

SUGOI El Toro jersey, £52, www.sugoi.comPublished: 05:53pm 09 Dec 2011

Sugoi may be a Canadian company, with Far East manufacturing, but it isn’t averse to tipping its hat to Spanish sporting culture. This bold print, short-sleeved jersey comes with a 40cm front zip (which isn’t quite the smoothest) and...

BBB Pacer, £24.95, www.bbbparts.comPublished: 03:42pm 09 Dec 2011

The Pacer is squarely aimed at casual riders, but doesn’t skimp on technical features: the Grilamid frame is equipped with polycarbonate lenses which offer 100 percent UV protection. Plus there’s an anti-slip nose piece; work up a sw...

HELLY HANSEN Pace Single, £26, www.hellyhansen.comPublished: 03:40pm 09 Dec 2011

The Pace series is a collection of technical t-shirts and jerseys made using HH Cool, Helly Hansen’s most advanced fabric for high intensity workouts. It can be worn on its own or as a base layer beneath a jersey or midlayer; the seamless ...

Muxu Ride Cap, £15, www.muxu.ccPublished: 03:38pm 09 Dec 2011

This cap is a stylish and practical item that won't break the bank. It adds useful warmth on cool evenings and also protects you from the summer sun; that central grey stripe is made from vented material, allowing your head to breathe. Muxu&rsqu...

LAKE MX85 shoes, £79.99, www.todayscyclist.co.ukPublished: 03:35pm 09 Dec 2011

Lake has been producing shoes for pretty much every cycling discipline for the last 30 years and the MX85 is one of its most popular models. It’s primarily designed for mountain biking, but many people happily use it for recreational ridin...

MONTANE Slipsteam, £50, www.montane.co.ukPublished: 03:28pm 09 Dec 2011

This featherweight 78g gilet is aimed at bikers and other fast-moving adventurers. The ripstop Pertex fabric is supremely breathable, wind resistant and keeps light showers at bay; a more robust Pertex is used on the shoulders and lumbar area, w...

MUXU Ride Jeans, £90, www.muxu.ccPublished: 03:25pm 09 Dec 2011

A couple of brands have tried ‘riding jeans’ before but fairly unsuccessfully. This pair, made from fine Japanese stretch denim is perhaps the best yet. Other than unbelievably comfy material, there’s triple stitching on the le...

OPTILABS sunglasses, £135, www.optilabs.comPublished: 02:59pm 09 Dec 2011

Optilabs offers a wide range of road and off-road sunnies, but its forte is prescription models, which come with either standard polarised lenses or a mirror finish.
Non-prescription lenses seem steep at £135, though single-vision (£...