GORE’s new Fiber Socks use high tech with merino wool to improve durabilityJosh Patterson / Immediate Media
The material specialists at GORE have some new socks to show off.
Merino/synthetic blend socks are nothing new, but GORE has combined the wicking and naturally odor-resistant elements of Merino with ePTFE (expanded polytetrafluoroethylene) fibers to improve durability, so you can love them long time.
There are short, mid and long lengths to choose from.
The Kora Azog Jersey is a heavyweight top made from yak woolJosh Patterson / Immediate Media
We’ve highlighted numerous types of wool products in past 11spds — including socks made from possums — but this might be our first jersey made from yak.
The Kora Azog Jersey is made from yak wool. It’s a heavyweight long sleeve jersey designed for long days in the saddle. The three rear stash pockets are extra deep to hold additional food and accessories, and there’s reflective striping on the zipper to improve visibility.
The thumbholes will keep the cold out when paired with gloves, or give your hands a bit of cushion when used without.
The Garmin Forerunner 735XT is the latest multisport wonder-watchBen Delaney / Immediate Media
Wrist-based heart rate, smartphone connection for incoming calls and text notification as well as wirelesss uploads, color graphic with custom layouts and Strava Live Segments are just a few of the features on this Garmin watch.
The 735XT is the second of six Forerunner watches. Only the new 935 has more features.
This watch is ideal for triathletes, but can also be a good solution for cyclists who also run. (Hey, we know a pair of shoes is a lot easier to take on work trips…)
Custom Wheels are not actually custom, but they are somewhat uniqueBen Delaney / Immediate Media
First things first: custom wheels aren’t custom wheels. They are made in an unusual way, though, and sold at competitive prices.
The LUX-735 D is made with filament winding, meaning carbon is wrapped around a mandrel in the shape of the rim. Once the mold is removed, a carbon rim bed is inserted, and heated and pressed to solidify the structure.
Custom claims this method is better than the normal process of putting multiple pieces of carbon cloth into a mold because the fibers in that process can end up curved and thus weaker, whereas the filament-wound fibers stay straighter.
The LUX series uses mandrel wrapping to make the rimsBen Delaney / Immediate Media
Custom also claims that this process is greener and more efficient because Custom uses raw filament and wet resin instead of pre-preg cloth that has to be refrigerated.
This disc-brake carbon clincher set weighs 1,460g with rim tape.