Giro has been moving from strength to strength the last few years with their helmet, shoe and apparel lines really setting a strong and popular image for the brand. We've seen great mountain bike helmets, shoes and gloves hit the stores over the last few seasons and now finally for 2017 a mountain bike-specific apparel range is hitting the showroom floor. Keeping things simple, Giro is releasing two new jerseys, a tech tee and a new style of baggy short, especially for mountain biking women.
| The Arc shorts in Berry, the Xar jersey in Blue Team, the Montara helmet in Matt Blue / Teal and the Xena glove in turquoise / titanium.|
The Arc short is made from a very light polyester that Giro claims is very quiet on the bike. The Arc's have an 11.25" inseam and should hit close to the top / middle of the kneecap. They are a femininely fitted baggy short that include a secure zip pocket, exterior waist adjustment straps, belt loops and hand pockets. And they're quiet. The Arc's will be available in two colours, Black and Berry and will retail for $80 USD.
| The Arc shorts in Black, the Roust Jersey in Turquoise fade, the Montara helmet in Tide Pools and La DND Glove in Dark Shadow White Dots.|
The Roust Jersey is meant to be a bit of a statement jersey and comes in three colorways that have bold graphic prints set upon bright colors. The jersey only comes in a short sleeve option but the length of the sleeve should be long enough that you can still get away with wearing elbow pads. The Roust is made from a moisture wicking polyester, and although there are no stash pockets, you'll find a goggle wipe tucked away on the inside.
The Xar jersey is made from extremely light polyester which feels incredibly light and soft. The Xar comes available in two very saturated and striking colours, Ultraviolet and Blue Teal. This is the jersey you want for days when you need your jersey to dry really, really fast. The Polartec Power dry fabric will soak that sweaty stuff right up and keep you dry on those hot days.
| For those shorter rides or if you want to keep it casual, the Tech Tee comes in a tri-blend technical fabric that will keep your skin dry and cool when you're out for a quick rip. With four colour and graphic options available, there is a tech tee to suit most tastes.|
The popular Empire road shoe has now been adjusted for mtb, with a carbon outer sole and a Vibram rubber tread for tromping around dirt. These super styling kicks will set you back $300.
The Riv'ette is a new super lightweight glove that offers up lots of ventilation and a barely there feel. A pair retails for $30.
Jenny Rissveds won Olympic gold, a world cup and U23 world champs on her Contessa Spark RC.
Scott has broken their Spark range into three different families this year. The RC - 100mm racing family, the 700 and 900 family of 120mm trail ready bikes, and Plus family of bikes that have more travel, slacked out geo and are super trail ready.
The Contessa 700 from the RC family - this is the bike you want if you are an XC racer at heart. All the Spark models have revised carbon layup and framing along with revised shaping which has made the frames stiffer and stronger. The kinematics of the suspension have been revised this year as well, including the shock position moving to a horizontal trunnion mount. Scott says the suspension is now intended to be more supple earlier in the travel more supportive in the mid stroke and more progressive at the end of the stroke. Overall, we're told the suspension behaves much better than the previous model. Specifically for this women's edition, the RC 700 comes with a revised shock tune on the Fox Nude shock for lighter riders which offers a smoother progression through the stroke.
Hello single ring SRAM X01 Eagle. The shock is now also vertically trunnion mounted.
Ergo optimized for women.
The RC 700 is definitely for racing - it has a steeper race oriented geo and does not come with a dropper post. Also new this year is a SRAM X01 / Eagle 12 speed, single ring drivetrain. It also comes with smaller diameter grips, a women's saddle, and 700mm handlebars. Also, differing from the regular version of the Spark RC is that as opposed to being a 29er, the women's bikes are 27.5.
The Trail 60 Dri jersey features Dri-release technology to keep your sweat from drenching you when out on the trails. The Trail MTN 30 women's shorts are durable and will repel water. They also feature UV-protection as well as an antibacterial / antifungal treatment to keep you and your shorts feeling fresh.
Pictured here are the Trail 40 Women's short sleeve jersey and the new affordable price point Trail 30 Lls/Fit shorts that come with a removable liner. There's good storage in the side pockets for your snacks as well.
| The MTB Comp and the MTB Elite Boa Lady Shoes. |
The MTB Elite Shoe is the top of the line bling shoe, which features the Boa IP-1 closing system which offers the traditional pull-to-release functionality as well as two-way incremental adjustment, so pop the Boa and turn back and forth to tighten and adjust. The Shoe also features minimal tread with different densities of sticky rubber to grip on roots and rocks when you're off your bike. The ErgoLogic insole is a modular footbed that has an adjustable arch and metatarsal button so you can get the shoe feeling cosy under your foot.
The MTB Comp shoe has the Boa L5 system, which provides the same snug fit but does not have the incremental adjustability of the IP-1 system. A single density rubber makes this the more affordable yet still highly functional shoe.
Alpinestars have veered away from the pink and more feminine tones of last year, which left some Pinkbike readers unhappy about, yet which got a great review from Nikki in our Summer Clothing Guide
. Either way, you won't find 'Raspberry' listed on any of the items Alpinestars have released for their Stella line this year. They've headed back toward a bit more of a badass look that looks more in line with their moto and racing background.
The Stella Drop Jersey now comes in this blue long sleeve combo. A new addition this year is two side utility pockets that have an overlapping closure that seals with a velcro button. The shorts have been lengthened ever so slightly to help avoid the dreaded kneepad to shorts skin gap situation.
Ventilation, Dynamic Flow Control, call it what you will but the Drop II's have a zipped opening that allows air to circulate through the shorts. Just under that, you'll find zippered pockets for all of your riding treasures.
| The Yoke on last year's short was much narrower and lacked the little stretch and movement riders were looking for. This year's short has a much deeper yoke to help the shorts move with you while staying put around your waist with the help of the velcro adjustment straps.|
| Flourescent trade show lighting can be a bit of a bugger, but I assure you these shorts are a shade of very deep purple, not raspberry. Smoke on the water...|
| And finally a very bright orange and blue combo for those riders who like to be seen. |