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ALTURA Quantum Women’s shorts, £44.99, www.zyro.co.uk Published: 11:28pm 2 May 2011

 
This pared-down baggy short includes a removable chamois liner that’s specifically shaped and padded for women. The waist can be cinched using a pair of adjusters and the zip fly is capped with a double popper. We’ve been impre...

HOWIES Alder shorts, £95, www.howies.co.uk Published: 11:27pm 2 May 2011

We’ve come to expect great looking kit from Howies, and the Alders fit right into a classic range. With seven pockets, there’s a good mix of secure and easy-access storage for keys, wallet and phone as you ride. The regular fit mea...

GROUND EFFECT Supertankers shorts, £47, www.groundeffect.co.nz Published: 11:24pm 2 May 2011

 

These Kiwi-designed and built shorts come in a longer, baggy cut that’s indicative of the company’s mountain bike roots.
Features include an elasticated waist, seamless gusset, single zipped rear pocket, front handwarmer poc...

SWRVE cotton shorts, £65, www.swrve.co.uk Published: 11:23pm 2 May 2011

This sturdy and understated pair is cut fairly short and the fit’s fairly snug, although a Lycra fabric mix provides a little stretch. A seamless crotch helps avoid pressure points, while Velcro and zipped pockets keep belongings safe. Not...

ENDURA Singletrack short, £44.99, www.endura.co.ukPublished: 11:22pm 2 May 2011

 

This is the top-rated 'baggy' from the Scottish bikewear supremos, packed with a multitude of ingenious features. The Cordura fabric has a Teflon treatment which makes them not only highly durable, laughing off the odd scrape or tumble, ...

SEALSKINZ Ultralight sock £25 www.sealskinz.com Published: 11:18pm 2 May 2011

If you can’t afford waterproof cycling footwear or overshoes, Sealskinz socks are the answer. Mountain bikers have sworn by them for years and this pair is the lightest in the range, incorporating a Coolmax liner to prevent clamminess...

GORE City Race Power Thermo overshoe, £44.99, www.gorebikewear.com Published: 11:16pm 2 May 2011

These overshoes are very solidly built compared with others we’ve encountered. Their uppers are made from a waterproof and breathable Gore-tex membrane with a Polyester lining. Velcro fastenings at the back keep them in place, while slot...

MISSION WORKSHOP Rondel shoe, £125, www.missionworkshop.com Published: 11:16pm 2 May 2011

As these were the first pair of Rondels in the UK, it’s been our pleasure to hammer them over a particularly grim winter. Smarter than a ‘skate-style' shoe, they’re designed to be worn all day about town; the midsole gives en...

BROOKLYN INDUSTRIES Totes Safe T-shirt, $34, www.brooklynindustries.com Published: 10:37pm 2 May 2011

One of several cycle-inspired T-shirts from New York’s finest designers. Cycling there has risen at a similar rate to our own city in recent years and it seems some messages remain universal; this design of bulldog and multiple D-locks f...

MADISON Telegraphe jacket, £99, www.madison.co.uk Published: 10:33pm 2 May 2011

A generous, non-cycling specific cut means that this versatile jacket is as at home hiking or biking. Constructed from M:Tec 5000 micro rip-stop fabric, it’s waterproof and breathable. Elements are firmly kept out with a stowaway ho...

ENDURA Flyte jacket, £99, www.endura.co.ukPublished: 10:32pm 2 May 2011

 

Made from eVent fabric, the Flyte is fully waterproof and its breathability is claimed to be on a par with Gore-Tex. To ensure the waterproof properties Endura uses sealed seams and waterproof zips. The jacket is purpose designed for cyc...

PEARL IZUMI Select Barrier WxB jacket, £130, www.pearlizumi.comPublished: 10:31pm 2 May 2011

The sportiest jacket on test offers a ‘tailored’ cut, but one that didn’t feel too snug — arms are the perfect length with nifty asymmetrical cuffs. In black it’s smart enough to wear casually as well as on the bi...

DARE 2 B Amplitude jacket, £65, www.dare2b.com Published: 10:29pm 2 May 2011

Dare 2 B specialises in ski-wear but they have a sideline in light waterproof clothing. The lightweight Amplitude comes in retro-lime green and has fully taped seams and a rollaway hood. It is made 
from a waterproof/breathable fabr...

ALTURA Night Vision Evo jacket, £99, www.zyro.co.uk Published: 10:27pm 2 May 2011

This is Altura’s most popular commuter jacket and it makes no apologies for being a cycling jacket with a cycling-specific cut and bucket loads of reflective features. For those who want a general outdoor jacket for on and off the bike, ...

GORE Xenon gloves, £45, www.gorebikewear.com Published: 10:26pm 2 May 2011

We originally planned to review this pair in the Xmas issue, but cold temperatures meant these lightweight items didn't get many outings until March. Curiously, Gore markets them as winter gloves, but they're much more suitable for spring and ...