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PEZ Holiday Gift Guide’16 #2

Holiday Gift Guide #2 is full of just the stuff to please the cyclist in your life, especially if it’s you. Clothing from Assos, Race Face and Genova Retro, saddles by Astute, training at home with the Sufferfest Training Centre App or abroad at the Garda Bike Hotel. Plus glasses from XX2i Optics and a beautiful retro steel frame from the Battaglin Collezione Speciale. All great gift ideas.

Astute SkyLite VT

Astute Italia may be a young brand, but it’s rich in history when it comes to saddle design and technology. With a design and engineering staff with over 40 years of experience, the entire hand made in Italy assortment is a fresh example of how saddle technology and construction can still be taken up a few notches. The SkyLite VT is the original and still most popular model in the line up. Built with all Italian sourced materials, the 135mm width saddle consists of a luxury level microfiber top surface, covering a unique triple density progressive memory foam, supported by a dual shell and proprietary carbon rail system. The VT model indicates that it has a pressure relieving cut out, but it is also available in a SR non cut out version. Color options and configurations are also available, along with a 145mm width option. This is the perfect holiday gift for the discerning cyclist looking for the best.

· MSRP: $299
· Available through your local bike shop, and imported by MC² Sports.
· For more information, please visit www.astuteitalia.com, or email us at [email protected]


ASSOS Early Winter Skinfoil Base Layer

The Early Winter Skinfoil base layer is designed to be worn next to the skin and quickly wicks moisture away from the body. The seamless tubular kitting technology eliminates pressure points and seams that can cause discomfort. The form-fitting base layer utilizes lightweight, fast-drying fibers, 97% Polypropylene and 3% Elastine. The design provides soft compression, maximum elasticity and comfort, along with low volume ideal for layering on cooler days.

· MSRP $129
· More info on the Early Winter Skinfoil base layer HERE.


Battaglin Collezione Speciale

On July 22, 2016, the Italian ex-rider Giovanni Battaglin turned 65. Since 1981, when he achieved the Giro-Vuelta double and launched his eponymous bikes, thousands of cyclists all over the world have pedaled on Battaglins made from Columbus tubing. What better way to celebrate his 65th birthday than an exclusive series of steel frames? Officina Battaglin, the brand which stands for Giovanni’s return to handcrafting steel in Italy, unveils the Collezione Speciale, a limited edition of 65 classic lugged framesets, each of them numbered and coming with a 1981 Maglia Rosa replica.

· Retail price is €2.800,00 – shipping, VAT and import taxes included
· Battaglin Collezione Speciale website.
· Read more about the Battaglin 65 years on PEZ.


The Sufferfest Training Centre App

Got a special someone in your life that deserves to Suffer this holiday season? Famous for their gruelling workouts, The Sufferfest have rounded out their app offering with the addition of a complete set of yoga videos. The performance-orientated sessions have been created specifically for cyclists and target key trouble spots, including flexibility, power, and core strength. Suitable for beginners through to professional athletes, The Sufferfest Training Centre App includes unlimited access to 37 cycling videos, 10 free training plans, device connection, smart trainer control, workout analysis, sharing to Strava and more.

· Give the gift of Suffering at thesufferfest.com @ USD$10 / month
· PEZ Review: Sufferfest, ‘The Wretched’ HERE.


The Genova Retro Wool Jersey

DannyShane delivers: Finally, classic styling and a performance cut in a premium three-season wool-blend cycling jersey. Perfect for a crisp fall morning ride or as a base-layer in the winter, our short sleeve Genova Wool Jersey is fabricated in our California facility but designed to brave frigid conditions. DannyShane’s technical wool-blend has natural wicking properties, allows for full range of motion and comfort, and is incredibly durable. Proudly sewn in USA.

The Genova Wool Jersey includes renowned DannyShane silicon gripper, angled back pockets, and single zippered ID back pocket.

· Retail price = $189. PEZ readers take 25% off this product with discount code: PEZ16
· See the Genova Wool Jersey HERE.


XX2i Optics – USA1 Demi Tortoise w/ Brown Lenses

Designed with the aid of top athletes, the XX2i Optics USA1 sunglasses offer unparalleled performance while going easy on your wallet. With multiple styles, colors, and lens configurations including Polarized, Sport Reader & fully Rx-able lenses, the XX2i USA1 provides a range of superb optical solutions. Made from flexible and strong Grilamid, the USA1 offers fully adjustable temple tips and nose pads to ensure an accurate, individual face fit that holds strong while remaining feather light. Every pair come with a 365 day money back guarantee and a lifetime frame and lens warranty – even against scratches. Also available with polarized sport readers with three popular powers: +1.50, +2.00 and +2.50.

· MSRP – $59.99
· More info on XX2i Optics.


The Race Face Loam Ranger Jacket

Great to slide into after that cold CX race or after that 5 hour winter base training slog. Flannel outer face with a lightly insulated and quilted inner lining, also featuring a snap front closure and multiple pockets for stashing Clif bars or even a flask of your favorite adult beverage. The Loam Ranger is built for all your off the bike adventures!!

· MSRP – $109.99 USD
· More details on the Race Face Loam Ranger Jacket HERE.


Garda Bike Hotel Cycling Holidays

Since 2005 Garda Bike Hotel is the first and original “Boutique Bike Hotel” located in the south of Lake Garda & Verona (northern Italy), offering customized services for all cyclo-tourists. Brothers Alberto and Nicola have created unforgettable, quality, tailored cycling holidays in Italy with daily guided bike tours/excursions along a variety of flat, hilly and mountainous routes, for all levels of riders, from recreational to competitive. PINARELLO DOGMA F8 bikes are available for hire.

· Garda Bike Hotel website.
· See Garda Bike Hotel ‘The Movie HERE’.
· And read how much Pez enjoyed his stay in the Garda Bike Hotel.

Keep it PEZ for more Holiday Gift Guides in the build up to December the 25th.

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