Zoic's Highland Fleece Jersey is breathable enough to be worn all day should the sun come out, and warm enough to keep a rider comfortable in the mid-40's. Pair it with a wind-proof vest or shell and it could become your favorite jersey this winter.
|Zoic's Highland Fleece Jersey feels ultra comfortable against the body and when worn over another garment, like a performance T-shirt, it doesn't bind or pull during any type of riding conditions. The fit and look are stylish enough to be used as a pullover warmer for a trail run, or a trip to town. The material seems to wick away moisture quickly and it doesn't broadcast body odors like some synthetic materials do. The Highland jersey performs best on the bike in temps ranging from 38 to 45 degrees as an inner layer and solo from 45 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. If there is a downside to the pajama-like comfort of fleece, it is that the fluffy micro-fibers can snag brush and are a magnet for thistles and barbed seeds. That said; when cold snaps hit, it sits at the top of the jersey pile - the first choice for the next ride. We highly recommend it.- RC|
Camelbak upgraded technical aspects of the Lobo hydration pack without stealing from its standout features - its compact size, useful pocket layout and generous water storage. A look at the quick-fill Antidote bladder system (center) and the well-ventilated back.
|We had an opportunity to test a variety of Camelbak's hydration packs this winter and it was no surprise that the the Lobo became one of the most favored when we turned up the volume. Its compact size and secure fit made the pack virtually imperceptible on our backs and did not hamper bike handling. The pack's external pump loop secures average-sized mini-pumps quite well and there is room enough in the pockets for all the necessary basics: tools, a shock pump, two spare tubes, Co2 implements, car keys, a wallet and a mobile phone - but not much more. A soft pair of elbows will fit in the overflow pocket, but that would be a tight fit. Construction is top notch and all the zippers and do-dads can be manipulated with gloved hands. Another plus is that the chest strap can be raised or lowered on a sliding track, which should afford a reasonable fit for both men or women. Consider the Lobo as a summer pack or plan wisely for winter rides, because insulated gloves, zip-off leggings and other cold-weather standards will quickly overwhelm its limited storage space. Technically speaking, the Lobo's only bothersome negative was that the stow-clip for the hose, located on the chest strap, will pinch off the flow of water if you attempt to drink without unhooking it. We liked it before - and we like the Lobo even more now. - RC|
Kali threw every technology it had into its first dedicated Enduro helmet. The Avana's maximum-coverage shell is reinforced by a carbon fiber forward deck and protected by an in-molded, dual-density foam liner.
|Kali replicated the light and airy feel of its XC/trail helmets with the Avana, so there is no loss of comfort to pay for the extra coverage in the rear and at the forehead. The adjustable head band has a latch for each side, so it takes two hands, more time and some fiddling to achieve a perfect fit when compared to more common, one-handed-dial systems. You must get the fit correct too, because the Avana's non-adjustable visor sits low on the brow of the helmet and that can be bothersome should it rock forward during a techy part of a descent, which it did more than once. Once you get the fit right however, the Avana Enduro helmet is a lightweight, super-ventilated, very convincing alternative to the heavier hard-shell lids made popular by POC and Urge.- RC|
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