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HELLY HANSEN Women’s Windfoil jacket, £80, www.hellyhansen.comPublished: 10:24pm 2 May 2011

 

The Windfoil’s something of a transformer — one minute it’s a full-sleeved jacket, then with a couple of nifty unzips it’s a sleeveless gilet. Either way it’s proved an essential piece of kit in this changea...

SUGOI Luck Knicker shorts, £44.99, www.minx-girl.com Published: 10:20pm 2 May 2011

First impressions were positive: they looked great with no shiny Lycra effect, instead more of an everyday casual legging look with discreet padding. The benefit of padding wasn’t obviously noticeable though, it doesn’t seem to prote...

SPECIALIZED Body Geometry Comp bib shorts, £59.99, www.specialized.com Published: 10:19pm 2 May 2011

 

Specialized have clearly made the effort to get the comfort aspect of these bibs right — we found the positioning of the ergonomic panels on the insert spot on for long distance rides. The company has also developed effective non-s...

ODLO Bermuda shorts, £69.99, www.odlo.com Published: 10:16pm 2 May 2011

 

Less well-known in the UK, Odlo have over 60 years of sportswear experience in Europe. The Everest Stretch outer fabric is lightweight, highly wicking and fast drying. The stretch and cut provide a comfortable fit and the detachable padd...

SPECIALIZED Body Geometry Comp bib shorts, £59.99, www.specialized.com Published: 10:15pm 2 May 2011

 
Specialized have clearly made the effort to get the comfort aspect of these bibs right — we found the positioning of the ergonomic panels on the insert spot on for long distance rides. The company has also developed effective non-sli...

ENDURA Supplex women's shorts, £32.99, www.endura.co.uk Published: 10:08pm 2 May 2011

 
The shorts have non-gripper hems which means no marks are left on the legs. The mid-length cut works well but the low-rise waist needed the drawcord for a snugger fit. The padding, though designed specifically for women, was not as comfort...

MADISON Flux shorts, £45, www.madison.co.uk Published: 10:08pm 2 May 2011

 
Madison’s Flux is effectively two shorts in one — an outer short constructed from tough ripstop M:Tec 40 material which is lightweight and quick drying, and an inner Lycra short with a Coolmax anti-bacterial pad for extra comfo...

GORE Cosmo reversible jacket, £250, www.gorebikewear.co.ukPublished: 12:00am 21 December 2009

Making gear that looks as good on your bike as off it is – and still performs – is the new Holy Grail for bike clothing manufacturers.
The reversible Cosmo Two-way jacket is Gore’s attempt at the challenge. The ‘outs...

SWRVE jeans, £80, www.swrve.co.ukPublished: 11:00pm 4 October 2009

These regular fit jeans aren't the kind of cycle-specific clothing you'll find in many cycle shops, and that's a shame.
They do contain Lycra, but it's only 2%, with the other 98% being denim.
No, they're not good for downpours or hill trainin...

SWRVE shorts, £65, www.swrve.co.ukPublished: 11:00pm 4 October 2009

These are the WWR (wind and weather resistant) version of Swrve's shorts, which also come in cotton and 3/4-length varieties.
There's something pleasingly understated about these shorts. They come in only a choice of grey and black, and the cut...

BUFF neckwear, from £13, www.buffwear.co.ukPublished: 11:00pm 4 October 2009

At its most basic, the Buff (from the Spanish bufanda, meaning scarf) can be slipped over the head and layered around the neck helping to keep you super warm.
It can also be pulled up over the face or even the back of the head to create a full ...