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Chuck’s Favorite Cycling Kits

~ Personal Top 10 ~

I’ve had the good fortune to be able to test/review a lot of different kit over the last several years. When the PEZ himself asked me if I had a favorite, my first thought was that that’s a bit like asking a parent who their favorite child is. In my case, that’s easy because we have just one and I love my daughter.

I love my daughter’s golf swing and never get tired of watching her hit golf balls

But in terms of kit, rather than come up with a single favorite, it was impossible for me to choose. So instead, here are my thoughts about my favorite kit from each manufacturer I’ve reviewed. And given that the holiday season is almost upon us, it might also provide some inspiration for those of y’all shopping for your favorite cyclist. NOTE: Some of the kit featured in this article may be older than the current season, so check the manufacturer’s website to see what their latest and greatest is.

Of course, it wasn’t possible for me to write this article without having this in my head throughout:

Alé PR-S Bullet Jersey And R-EV1 Agonista Plus Bib Shorts


Alé (pronounced like the French word allez) is an Italian company (they design and produce most of their line in Italy) with roots in cycling that go back 30 years. In the pro peloton, their kit is worn by Groupama-FDJ and Movistar. And Julian Alaphilippe’s doubling up of the 2020 Worlds and 2021 Worlds was in Alé kit — so not a bad act to follow. In addition to my reviews, Charles Manantan reviewed their Green Kit last summer.

Alaphilippe riding solo FTW in Flanders

This combo is great summer kit.  I’ve worn it for 6+ hours in the saddle in 90+F sweltering heat. The PR-S Bullet jersey is race fit and makes use of different mesh material throughout for air flow/ventilation/wicking. And the color/graphics pop for both style points and to be seen while riding.

The R-EV1 Agonista Plus bib shorts have laser cut, lay flat bib straps that are super comfortable and use AirCell Lycra® that has a mesh structure for air flow/ventilation/wicking in the side panels and “midsection.” And the entire length of the Y-back upper part of the bib has a mesh panel for air flow/ventilation/wicking. Here’s what I wrote about the bibs:

[T]he Agonista Plus bib shorts (size small, which is what I usually wear) fit comfortably snug without being overly tight. The best way to describe it is that it compresses but without the feel of compression. Whereas some of my bib shorts require a bit of squeezing into like a pair of skinny jeans, the Agonista Plus bib shorts slip on relatively easily. And the material is soft and smooth against the skin. Honestly, these may be the most comfortable bib shorts I’ve ever worn.


The light shining through gives you some idea of how the mesh material provides air flow/ventilation/wicking

The other reason I love Alé kit is that Alé does fluo. Sometimes boldly. Sometimes more subtly. Every piece of Alé kit has at least a touch of fluo.



Danny Shane Gex Cycling Lifestyle Polo Shirt

Just to be a little bit different … instead of on-the-bike kit, I’m going to pick casual off-the-bike kit for Danny Shane.


How could I not love Danny Shane’s riff on a polo shirt?

As a former competitive tennis player, the term “polo shirt” evokes images of the iconic Lacoste crocodile polo shirt and the red clay courts of Roland Garros and the French Open tennis championship. And a polo shirt is also one of the most identifiable items in a preppy wardrobe.

But instead of traditional piqué cotton fabric, the Gex polo is made with Danny Shane’s trademark bamboo white ash used in their jerseys — which means it has cooling/wicking properties. Perfect for kicking back and sipping a Negroni on those hot and humid summer days here in Babylon on the Potomac.

But I have Danny Shane kit — that evokes a “country gentleman” look — for riding too!

GORE Fabian Cancellara Collection


GORE has a newer edition of this kit (and assuming Spartacus continues his collaboration with GORE, I would expect a third iteration next spring), but my first choice is the original (so no longer available). I just love the look of it. To me, it’s modern but still a classy, classic look. As I wrote: “The blue on blue is an understated and timeless look. Think of it like a classic blue blazer.”

And as I also wrote;

[W]ho wouldn’t want to be like Fabian Cancellara? Beyond his palmarès — winner of three Monuments: Milano-San Remo, Flanders and Paris-Roubaix both three times (including twice doing the Flanders-Roubaix double); Strade Bianchi three times (with a sector of the gravel roads named in his honor); four-time world time trial champion; and twice Olympic time trial champion, just to name a few — he is undeniably ruggedly handsome and then there is his nickname, Spartacus. Be honest, who amongst PEZ-sters wouldn’t want to be like Spartacus?

There are nods to Spartacus throughout the kit:

  • The honeycomb like pattern on the sleeves and leg gripper sections is a heptagon — a seven-sided polygon. The number 7 is significant in Cancellara’s career: he won seven Spring Classics and won the prologue of the Tour de France on 7.7. 2007.
  • The bib section has a thin blue stripe that runs the length of each strap and lists Cancellara’s seven epic moments:
    • Gold in Rio
    • Dive to victory off the Poggio
    • The hell of Arenberg
    • The thrill of Oude Kawaremont
    • Grit and glory at the Pizza del Campo
    • Pain at Mons-en-Pévèle
    • Attack on the Muur Van Geraadsbergen

One of the things I love about the GORE C5 Cancellara kit is that it’s more affordable relative to a lot of other kit: $99.99 for the jersey and $109.99 for the bibs (again, the original Cancellara kit is no longer available and the newer version is in short supply). That’s less for a pair of bibs than a lot of jerseys!

But lower price shouldn’t be confused with lower quality. The GORE Cancellara kit is race kit (in terms of style, compression, and fit) by any other name. And even though the construction/materials aren’t specific for hot weather riding, i.e., no vented panels, I’ve done a lot of longer summer rides (for me that means metric centuries) in the kit without roasting. But with the right base layer and arm warmers (knee warmers, if it’s cold enough), it’s also great 3-season kit.

To give you an idea of the difference between the first and second versions of the GORE Fabian Cancellara kit

La Passione RVV (Ronde Van Vlaanderen) Collection


La Passione is another Italian company and, as the name suggests, is about passion for cycling. According to the company’s founders Yurika Marchetti and Giuliano Ragazzi:

Yurika – One evening, after an intense week of research, I asked Giuliano, “why are we doing all this?” He simply replied, “For passion”. That is where it all started. We inserted a “La” as a reinforcer. For us, cycling represents passion par excellence, something that is stronger than anything and drives towards a goal, whatever the effort required to reach it.
Giuliano – Then a claim that summarized all of this came to mind, and “Worth The Effort” was born, an incentive to pursue whatever is truly worthwhile. Our brand isn’t one to celebrate performance at all costs because for us cycling is something experiential and a metaphor for life. It’s about enjoying the ride, stopping to eat a sandwich with friends in front of a breathtaking view or, as in everyday life, giving your all to pursue your goals and being able to say, at the end of each ride, that it was worth it, regardless of the end result. What counts is to have given everything.

Given my Wednesday Night Hill Ride that are an unrelenting succession of climbs over the course of ~20 miles (best described as a combination of intervals and weight lifting) and my penchant for inserting tough climbs (sometimes gratuitously) on my weekend rides, it’s no wonder the RVV Collection jersey and bib shorts are my favorite La Passione kit. It’s all about De Ronde and its fabled cobbled climbs aka helligen, which is apparent with the graphics. The front of the jersey — as well as the left leg of the bibs — depicts the sawtooth race profile of the course. But my favorite is the back of the jersey that lists all of the climbs with their distance and gradient.


Of course, it’s more than just graphics. The La Passione RVV Collection is high quality, race-level kit. My appreciation of the kit hasn’t changed since my first ride:

My first ride in the RVV kit was a 65 mile “rouleur” ride with almost 2,500 feet of accumulated elevation gain. Definitely “Classics” terrain. Oh … and in 90F heat (we’re having some early summer weather here in Babylon on the Potomac). I wouldn’t ordinarily wear predominantly black (or dark) kit on such a hot day, but the RVV jersey was about as good as it gets in terms of ventilation and moisture wicking in that kind of heat. There was no avoiding it being hot, but I never felt like I was overheated. I never felt the need to completely un-zip my jersey and I really appreciated how comfortable the low cut collar was. And the RVV bibs were more than comfortable — both in the saddle and (more importantly) at our beer and food truck stop along the way. I could barely feel the bib straps to the point where I pretty much forgot I was wearing bib shorts and the chamois/pad provided enough padding for comfort but also enough firmness/density so as not to be squishy/soft. Suffice to say that I was suitably impressed.

MAAP OffCuts


I love this kit as much for the kit itself as the fact that MAAP has made a conscious decision to be environmentally responsible in the production of this jersey, as well as its other clothing. According to MAAP:

  • Climate matters, and in order to help protect the places we ride, we’re committing to evaluating what we can do now, while continuing to explore what can be done in the coming months, years, and decades.
  • Sustainability defines everything we do, from choosing and processing our product’s raw materials to the manufacturing process and product end life cycle.

As such, the OffCuts Evade Pro Base Jersey is made with “cast off ” pieces of fabric from previous production runs. The result is a multi-color “patchwork” jersey. Style-wise I know that might not appeal to everyone, but as someone who went through a “preppy” stage in life and wore all manner of patchwork/plaid clothing, I’m down with it.

NOTE: This first OffCuts jersey is a limited edition. So there’s a good chance it could be sold out by now (I know that some of MAAP’s previous limited edition kit has sold out the day it’s release!) But I’ve chatted with MAAP’s Darren Tabone (VP of Product) and he assures me there will be other iterations off the OffCuts jersey. So if you missed out on this one, stay tuned for the next one.


Honeycomb mesh sleeves are a giveaway that this is a summer/hot weather jersey

Style aside, the OffCuts Evade Pro Base Jersey and Team Bib Evo (not made with leftover pieces but still made with MAAP’s philosophy of sustainability — so made with recycled yarn and BLUESIGN approved fabrics)  are race fit and race level (are you sensing a common theme amongst all my favorite kits?) So that means firm compression, i.e., if you’re carrying any extra pounds/kilos, it’s going to show.

One thing that’s different about the MAAP Team Bib Evo bib shorts is the pad aka chamois sourced from Elastic Interface (EIT). Per my review:

  • The pad is made specifically for MAAP and in keeping with MAAP’s emphasis on sustainability and protecting the environment, the EIT pad is certified Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex — which means that every component of this article (every thread, button and other accessories) has been tested for harmful substances and that the article therefore is harmless for human health. Also, the pad fabric is made with pre-consumer recycled fabric.
  • The pad itself is a proprietary 3D thermo-molded multi-density chamois and one of the most “sculpted” I’ve seen. The different sections are very pronounced and the padding is relatively thick (in part because the pad is intended for both road and off-road riding). Fortunately, this doesn’t translate into the Team Evo Bib feeling like you’re wearing a diaper. And the high density (120kg/m³) padding is both firm (my preference) and comfortable (for me on a racing saddle with minimal padding).

The pad’s sculpting creates channels intended to collect, canalize, and expel moisture

Primal Zebra Evo 2.0


You either had to race or be a race fan in the 90s and into the early 2000s to truly appreciate the Primal Zebra Evo 2.0 kit. This kit is all about one word … FUN! And two more words … Mario Cipollini aka Super Mario aka Cipo. If I was forced to pick just one and only one favorite kit amongst all the different kits I’ve reviewed for PEZ, I would probably have to go with the Primal Zebra Evo 2.0. After all, my racing days were in the 90s and I wore Brikos.


Per my PEZ compadre and fashionista Ed Hood: “If the team leader had been anyone other than Super Mario then ‘NO!’ But it was led by the big Tuscan, who revelled in gaudiness – Mario simply did not do ‘under stated.’ Just please don’t try and tell me that his winning on the Via Roma in 2002 in that strip wasn’t a fabulous image.”

And what I wrote:

  • Indeed, it’s an indelible image and IMHO the Acqua Sapone zebra kit is just classic. Fast forward to today and you too can channel your inner Cipo with Primal’s new Zebra Evo 2.0 kit (also available separately as a jersey and bib shorts — you get a price break if you buy the kit together but have to wear the same size jersey and bib shorts to be able to do that). Primal’s Evo series kit is second from the top in their range (the top being the Helix series — I previously reviewed some of their Helix kit). Nonetheless, it’s still pretty top shelf stuff.
  • Whereas the Acqua Sapone zebra kit was predominantly white with black zebra stripes, the Primal zebra kit is the opposite: predominantly black with white stripes. But there’s no mistaking it for what it is. When I wore the kit for the first time on a group ride, one of my former teammates rolled up and said “Hey Mario!”

Clearly, the Primal Zebra Evo 2.0 kit is not kit for those who don’t want to attract attention to themselves. You’re going to be noticed and you need to be able to handle the comments that will likely ensue. Indeed, it probably takes a certain amount of self-confidence — if not cockiness/swagger — to pull off wearing this kit, which is in keeping with the Mario Cipollini’s character/sartorial splendor and the vibe of the Acqua Sapone kit it evokes.

It’s worth noting the the Primal Zebra Evo 2.0 kit isn’t quite modern day race fit (although it certainly would’ve been considered race fit back in the day). At least on my 5’8″ 130 pound ectomorph frame, it hugged without being second skin tight. And the sleeve ends just barely encapsulated my skinny-ish arms. So comfortable without being restricting. And a slight departure from most of my other kit.

As far as riding goes:

My first ride in the Zebra Evo 2.0 kit was a 70-miler on a heat advisory day — temp in the mid-90s (F) but with the humidity the “feels like” temp was over 100F. Ordinarily, not the kind of day you’d want to wear predominantly black kit. But despite it being the dog days of summer and the Evo 2.0 kit not specifically billed as uber hot weather cycling kit, I was fine riding in it (at least fine as fine can get under those conditions). It probably wasn’t quite up to the same level of some other kit I have that’s both lighter and more ventilated, but I was more than pleasantly surprised not to roast in it.

Even if you have no idea who Mario Cipollini is, this still isn’t bad kit because as I wrote: “And if not Cipo, the zebra isn’t a bad power animal to channel for cycling — in Native American shamanism it is a symbol of clarity without obstruction, sureness of path, and balance. We should all ride like that.”


REGGIE Urban Camo

REGGIE is a brand probably more known and ridden in gravel and mountain bike circles, but there’s no reason — especially if you want to go the more bold and colorful route — you can’t wear it on the road. What I wrote:

Rapha is considered by many to be the Savile Row of cycling kit – evoking the custom, handmade, bespoke tailoring and sophisticated but quintessential British trademark understated look of the high end suit shops that populate the “golden mile of tailoring.” By contrast, REGGIE is more loud and in your face. Instead of Mayfair in the West End of London, think Palm Beach and Lilly Pulitzer.

How loud?

REGGIE in springtime: a cacophony of color

But it’s not just about the looks. REGGIE is high quality, truly race fit, i.e., second skin, kit. My Urban Camo jersey is made with very “airy” mesh material throughout so definitely a summer/hot weather jersey. But with the right base layer and paired with arm warmers, I can also wear it in cooler spring or fall weather. My Classy Pink bib shorts are similarly more geared towards warmer weather with mesh bib straps, the back of the bibs largely mesh, and mesh “dart” panels on the back of the legs.

And how could I not love kit named after one of the icons of my youth?

For PEZ readers, unfamiliar with Reggie Jackson, he’s a major league baseball Hall of Famer who played for the Oakland A’s (I used to go to A’s games and watched him play when I was a kid), New York Yankees, and California Angels. He earned the nickname “Mr. October” when he hit three home runs on three pitches off of three different Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series (I still remember watching that feat on television).

Specialized HyprViz

To be seen or not to be seen … that is the question

A lot of die hard roadies eschew (even berate) hi-viz kit because it’s not perceived as very pro (although there are a few teams in the pro peloton that do fluo… notably Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) and fluorescent yellow is more often associated with commuters rather than racers. But HyprViz kit from the Big S makes a persuasive case for fluo.

While the pros in the peloton have the relative safety of a protective rolling enclosure, the rest of us in the real world have to share roads with cars. So what’s wrong with making yourself more visible and being seen? And it’s worth noting that the Trek Segafredo pro team has previously done fluo as team training kit for that reason.

Specialized does visibility in two ways. First and foremost is the Hyper Green color (Specialized says it’s “the most visible color on the light spectrum“) used in the body of the Long-sleeve SL Air Jersey and the SL Bicycledelics Short-sleeve Jersey.

Hyper Green is more apparently green when placed against fluorescent yellow (background)

The second thing Specialized does is strategically place Hyper Green reflective trim on this kit. Such as on sleeve ends, rear pocket trim, and on the back legs of bib shorts (also on the back of socks). According to Specialized, “This part is made up of millions of glass beads that receive and reflect light back to the source, so this reflective band gives you an active, moving element to make yourself more visible to drivers.



Not quite “blinded by the light,” but reflective trim helps you to be seen

Whether it’s the Long-sleeve SL Air Jersey or the SL Bicycledelics Short-sleeve Jersey, both are form fitting but weren’t quite second skin race fit on my ectomorph body. And the Long-sleeve SL Air Jersey is relatively lightweight so more of a warm-ish weather long-sleeve jersey (the sleeves actually provide 30+ UPF protection).

Complementing either jersey is the HyprViz SL Bib Short. But don’t worry, the shorts themselves aren’t Hyper Green. As I wrote:

As bib shorts go, the SL Bib Short is pretty straightforward and conventional, which is a good thing. The shorts part consists of five panels (excluding the wrap around leg gripper sections with silicone dots on the inside) that are serge stitched. The bib part is six sections (serge stitched) using a lightweight, ventilated material. Even though it’s not visible (unless you plan on riding without wearing a jersey), the Y-back bib part and bib straps are Hyper Green that fades to black where it meets the shorts part.

My verdict on riding fluo:

  • My answer is: fluo. The Specialized HyprViz kit is pro level and pro cut in terms of fit and function. And the Hyper Green is just different enough from traditional fluorescent yellow such that it won’t be mistaken for a construction or traffic crew “safety vest.” But the added visibility provides an extra element of safety, which in the real world I live in riding with cars and in traffic is nothing to turn your nose up at.
  • And if I may, I’d like to encourage my race/roadie pals who aren’t fans of fluo to please be kind to those who choose to go fluo … especially our commuter and recreational cycling brethren. The cycling community is a small enough community as it is. Creating separation within in it is not healthy IMHO. We’re all cyclists and all in this together. I’m reminded of what I wrote in my review of “Ride the Revolution”:Caroline Stewart is a fully qualified bicycle mechanic who provided support at the 2014 Women’s Tour (Britain) and the Grand Depart of the 2014 Tour de France in Yorkshire. If we want to make the sport (not just women’s cycling) bigger and better, we would all do well to abide by her philosophy: “My cycling may not be your cycling, but it’s just as valid.”

Fluo and almost psychedelic

Some winter kit faves

Since I’m writing this with the onset of winter in the not too distant future, I thought it would be good idea to also share a few thoughts about some of my favorite winter kit (again, something to think about if you’re holiday shopping for your favorite cyclist).

  • Base Layer

This one is easy. The Alé S-1 Fall Base Layer. Functionally, it’s pretty like much all other cold weather base layers I have (and they’re all good) in that it’s designed to provide thermal insulation (but it’s not a windproof base layer like a GORE WINDSTOPPER base layer). So why is it my favorite?

Honestly, this has to be the coolest (as in looks, not its temperature properties) base layer ever. Whereas most base layers look like a long sleeve t-shirt, the S-1 Fall Base Layer looks like something a superhero would wear. There are multiple sections, each with a different pattern and texture. You would think all the different sections are each a separate panel of the base layer, but they’re not really. I don’t know how they’re put together, but they’re not with seams. The only visible seams are where the raglan sleeves connect to the body of the base layer (flat stitched), a seam that runs the length of each sleeve (also flat stitched), and the seams for the sleeve ends, collar, and hem.

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Base layer or Bat armor?

  • Jersey

This was a little bit harder to decide because I have more than a few long-sleeve thermal jerseys and they’re all good. But if I had to pick just one, it would be the GORE C5 Thermo Jersey. It’s an aero fit long-sleeve jersey made with a brushed thermal fabric that’s soft against the skin. And I just like the look of it: essentially a monochrome single color (mine is Orbit Blue) but with a subtle dot pattern graphic. Simple. Classic.


What I wrote:

The C5 Thermo Jersey is form fitting (no flapping in the wind), not that bulky, definitely felt very insulating, and the thermal fabric was very soft against my skin. In moderately cold weather you could probably wear this jersey with a sleeveless baselayer and be warm enough. But for winter riding, I would wear a long-sleeve baselayer … If GORE had made the jersey with their WINDSTOPPER fabric in the front of the jersey, it would be about as perfect as perfect could get.

  • Bib tights

I only wear full-length bib tights on the coldest of winter days. Given that I said the GORE C5 Thermo Jersey was my favorite, I guess I should be matchy-matchy with the GORE C5 Thermo Bib Tights+ (runner-up would be the Alé Graphics PRR Bibtights). Basic black (with the same subtle dot pattern graphic as the jersey) so they go with everything.



What I wrote:

If you know it’s going to be cold all day (especially if it’s overcast with some wind), the C5 Thermo Bib Tights+ will certainly keep your legs warm (or at least warm enough). Being thermal, they have a brushed fabric on the inside that’s soft against skin. The seams for all the panels (if I counted correctly, minus the bib upper section there are 12 panels) are flat stitched to help prevent chafing. WINDSTOPPER in key areas will help keep the “important bits” from windchill. And the ADVANCED seat insert aka chamois made by Elastic Interface exclusively for GORE is the same as in the C5 Cancellara bib shorts that I’ve logged hundreds and hundreds of miles in. What makes the C5 Thermo Bib Tights+ so great is not having to bundle up by wearing shorts/bibs under a pair of tights.

  • 3/4 bib tights aka knickers

Given that I’m of tropical ethnic heritage (Filipino) and feel the cold more easily (I’m a skinny, lightweight ectomorph with relatively low body fat for natural insulation), I know this is strange but … for some reason I prefer 3/4 length rather than full-length tights for winter riding (except for the coldest of cold days that call for full-length thermal tights and my wife and daughter questioning my sanity). Because of this quirk, I’m a big fan of the La Passione PSN 3/4 Thermal Bib Shorts.

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These are made with a fleece backed material called Super Roubaix® Endurance that is comfortable against my skin. One thing that’s unique is that the leg bottom hem has silicone gripper only on the front half. I found that this was enough (along with the compression) kept the bottom of the legs in place and was a little more comfortable by not gripping so tightly all the way around. #marginal gains

What I wrote:

I know from wearing La Passione bib shorts that they like to do compression on the firm side and that was no different with the 3/4 Thermal Bib Shorts. Expect to have to “work” a little to get in them on. Once on, the first word that comes to mind is “warm” because of the fleece. The second word is “comfortable” because of the way they fit — firm but not sausage-like.

  • Vest/gilet

Again, it’s a little strange but … just as I prefer 3/4-length thermal bibs vs full-length bib tights, I also prefer wearing a vest/gilet rather than a jacket. So for when it’s cold enough that I need extra insulation for my core, I wear the La Passione Insulated Alpha Gilet, which is both windproof and has thermal insulation.

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What I wrote:

A gilet is probably the most versatile and quintessential piece of cycling kit. For me — except for the coldest and windiest of days — a gilet is usually all I need as outerwear when I ride. It’s all about keeping my core warm (or at least warm enough). What I really like about the La Passione Insulated Alpha Gilet is that the outside front is a windproof material and the inside front (as well as the top part of the back) is lined with a Polartec fleece for added warmth. The back is a mid-weight stretch fabric. The bottom of the gilet is a stretch hem with silicon gripper to help keep it place while riding.

If you’re wondering why I don’t list a jacket amongst my winter kit … I actually have an older GORE thermal jacket that’s both waterproof and windproof (my wife got it for me when she was still working in the bike industry). It’s a perfectly good jacket (I’ve worn it down to freezing temps), but the truth is that I find I don’t really need it so much anymore. That’s a testament to how well the newer technologies that manufacturers use for winter kit work in cold weather. Plus if it’s that cold that I absolutely need a jacket, even I have to question my sanity.

Note: I feel compelled to say that none of the above should be construed to mean that all the other winter kit I have from these manufacturers isn’t any good. That’s certainly not the case. It’s all good and I use it all. I’m fortunate to have those choices. Plus I’m also able to mix-and-match kit from different manufacturers to suit the weather and riding conditions.

I also want to give a shout out to something I didn’t review … the Fizik Artica R5 winter shoes. I bought a pair after they were featured in PEZ Gear Break. These are the bomb. Once the temps dip low enough, no more dealing with shoe covers. With a pair of good thermal socks, the Artica R5s keep my feet as warm as you can expect in cold weather. If it’s frigid cold, I use throwaway toe warmers that I stick to the insoles for a little added “heat.” In addition to being windproof, the Artica R5s are also  waterproof (except for the neoprene cuff) so they ward off road splash (but I’m not riding in the cold and rain).

My favorite PEZ kit

This is a tossup.  On the one hand, I love my PEZ Super 80s jersey (I don’t have the matching bibs but do have the matchy-matchy socks) patterned after the iconic Renault “super team” that had Hinault, Fignon, and LeMond on the squad — all three of them multiple Tour de France winners. It doesn’t get more “super” than that!

pezChanneling my inner Badger

On the other hand, I also love this one-off kit for PEZ by Verge Sport. I think the PEZ himself and I are the only ones who have it.

venge pez

And then there’s this kit …

Not something I’ve reviewed for PEZ, but falls into the category of “favorite.” Not available from any of the above manufacturers. My good friend and former Coppi’s teammate, Seth Turner, found this and we decided we just had to have it for “special occasion” rides. Definitely something only for the bold and brave of heart. Cipo might even approve, but Ed, Al, and Leslie … avert your eyes!

chuck seth
We’re on a mission from God


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