Gift Guide #7: It’s the final count-down and those presents won’t buy themselves. Yet another mixed bag of goodies that hopefully get you in the holiday mood. We have offerings from fi’zi:k, Castelli, Lizard Skins, Selle Italia, Wahoo, Officine Mattio, Harry’s, ABUS, Roval, State Bicycle and Grand Tours Project. Not long now!
FIZIK Artica R5 Winter Cycling Shoe
Quite possibly the most robust winter cycling shoe I’ve seen – the Artica R5 from Fizik is both good looking and built to keep out the cold and wet.
The outer shell is seamless and water proof – except for the water proof zipper seam that runs up the front. It’s basically moulded into the shape of the shoe, and attached to the sole in what ends up as a seamless (again) one piece outer shell from top to bottom.
Inside, your foot is wrapped in a neoprene sock-like liner, and cinches down with and easy to use pull tab on the criss-crossed lace. The neoprene makes a great insulator because it’s thousands of tiny pours trap air, creating and insulating layer around whatever it’s wrapped around. It’s not water proof, but it does breathe, so comfort is also enhanced.
The soles are a carbon composite, designed to be stiff & light, shaped with a slick design that looks like there’s nowhere for water to collect or hang around.
Reflective strips on the back light up when light strikes ’em.
The Artica R5 “Winter Edition Cycling Insoles” feature a fuzzy felt padding attached to a thing aluminum foil liner. The padding adds a layer of trapped air for warmth, while the aluminum reflects thermal energy back to its source – in this case your foot, to prevent heat loss. Available is sizes 38-48, for US $229.00
Castelli Perfetto RoS Long Sleeve
The Perfetto RoS excels in almost any condition thanks to its full wind protection, great fit through hi-stretch fabrics, and best-in-class breathability. The jacket really shines in dry weather conditions but provides near waterproof protection if you do get caught in the rain, utilizing Castelli-exclusive GORE-TEX INFINIUM™ WINDSTOPPER® fabrics.
The Perfetto RoS is the ideal weight: without built-in insulation, you can layer over a light base layer for moderate conditions, or you can add a thermal jersey underneath and take it to very cold conditions. You decide. This is the one jacket that belongs in every cyclist’s quiver.
Castelli Sorpasso 2 Bibtight
The Sorpasso 2 Bibtight is Castelli’s best winter tight because of its exceptionally wide comfort range and the amazing fit, stemming from the combination of Thermoflex Core2 fabric and a fleecy Themoflex.
The Core2 fabric utilizes an inner hollow-core polyester yarn and an outer nylon face, providing excellent insulation for cold temperatures along with better wicking to keep you comfortable when it’s not so cold. This fabric offers some wind protection, and when paired with an extremely stretchy Thermoflex fabric, the overall effect is a tight that offers optimal compression and seems to just move with you.
Lizard Skins the tape supplier to Pro Tour Teams Lotto Soudal, Movistar and AG2R LaMondial just redeveloped the compound used in the Dura Soft Polymer tape. The new tape now has the same soft textured feel but has gained better tape durability. It will hold up to those white-knuckle sprints, those muddy cross races and tough hand shaking gravel rides better than ever before.
The tape is available in three thicknesses 1.8mm, 2.5mm and 3.2mm and 15 different colors.
New DSP bar tape $39.99-$43.99
Selle Italia SLR Boost Kit Carbonio Superflow Saddle
The SLR Boost Kit Carbonio Superflow Saddle from Selle Italia is the modern road racing saddle for the discerning rider. Continuing in the tradition of Selle Italia’s popular SLR line, it features a subtle cradle to hold the rider in the prime sitting position, a generous Superflow center cut out for comfort, and Selle Italia’s short-nosed Boost design for ideal power transfer. Ceramic-coated carbon rails, a full carbon shell, and a light but durable microfiber cover keep the total weight down to a svelte 122 grams.
ELEMNT ROAM is designed for those who view each ride as a new adventure. It combines the simple Companion App set up ELEMNT bike computers are known for with powerful on-board smart navigation features, a crystal clear 2.7″ color display, long lasting battery, and an integrated mount design. Now it’s easier than every to stay on course longer and explore further.
RRP: €349 – $379.99
Officine Mattio OM1
The OM1 is the latest frame in the line-up from Officine Mattio; a monocoque frame that is 100% handmade in Italy. For the North American market, an external cable version will be available for delivery in February of 2020 and a fully integrated cable version in March 2020. The OM1 will launch with disc brakes and rim brakes are available upon request.
The OM1 will be offered in 3 stock colors and 5 sizes supporting tire size up to 28mm. Custom colors with the original graphics are offered at no additional cost.
The OM1 frame includes: Frame, Fork, Small Parts, Stem, and Seat-Post. US retail price for the OM1 is estimated to be MSRP $4,500.
Harry’s Winston Gift Set
Our Winston Set with a limited-edition seasonal spin.
What’s Inside the Set
Our limited-edition Christmas Winston handle.
Three German-engineered blade cartridges, each with a flex hinge and lubricating strip.
Foaming Shave Gel for a rich lather.
A Travel Cover to protect your blades when you’re on the move.
Our blades are designed for your face, and not recommended for head shaving.
ABUS 770A SmartX Ulock
Your smartphone is the key to ABUS smart-lock, newly released after years in development. In addition to the smart-locking and social sharing features, it’s built on ABUS’ toughest U-lock platform and features their position-sensitive alarm for added security.
Roval Components Terra CLX EVO
When we’re all riding wiiiiiide gravel wheels in 2022, we’ll look back at the introduction of the Terra series (and particularly the EVO) as an inflection point for gravel equipment.
State Bicycle 4130 Road
Real-deal value and performance for a mere $550 from State. A great lock-up bike, fast-commuter, or even “my first road bike,” the 4130 road has a double-butted frame and dead-reliable 8spd downtube-shifted drivetrain. Mid reach brakes with room for decent tires and fenders round out the package along with front and rear rack eyelets.
State Bicycle at: state-bicycle
Grand Tours Project – Gift a Bike Tour
Escape your busy every-day life and ride with us. Challenge yourself on the most beautiful roads of Europe. Come alone, with your family or your friends. What is your Grand Tours Project?
“The best gift I EVER received from my husband, was a week-long cycling tour across Switzerland. It was a total surprise and I was not prepared for it – mentally or physically. I also had no idea what each day would bring – I found out on the morning of each day!”
“It was special and it was certainly memorable. Two weeks before departure day I was presented with my 50th birthday present. A new bike and the tour. To say it was a challenge is an understatement. I am not a-ride-everyday cyclist. I am not fit like many of my friends and I suspect that this was also my husband’s idea of a present for me and him!”
“But what a magnificent several days of challenges – fitness levels, mountain terrain, weather…good grief the weather! I think I experienced all the weather variables on this tour!! After the first day I was worried. By the last day I had conquered Bormio to Stelvio without stopping and I felt %^&* awesome! I am evidence that a bike tour gift by Grand Tours Project is a great idea and one NEVER forgotten. If I can do a Grand Tours Project tour then your ‘other half’ can too.”
Keep it PEZ for more Holiday Gift Guides in the build up to December the 25th.
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