This selection of new products from brands little and large are fresh into the BikeRadar office and should keep you looking good and, importantly, protected.
Boardman Pro C helmet
Boardman have sent us their smart looking Pro C helmet (£69.99), aimed at road and mountain bike riders. The helmet comes in under the 300g mark for a large, and has 22 vents to keep things cool. The single hand adjustment is simple to use, and Boardman have used a carbon internal structure to help keep the weight low. It comes with a removable visor and helmet bag, and is available from www.boardmanbikes.com.
Sugoi RSX shorts
There's only so much technology you can pack into a pair of shorts, but Sugoi have tried to cram a lot into the RSX (£109.99 / $180) to create a top-of-the-line pair of baggy mountain bike shorts. The lightweight construction features a slightly stretchy outer fabric, along with mesh panelling bonded to the shorts, to offer additional venting and breathability. The biggest feature is the use of the BOA L5 system. BOA dials are more commonly found on race shoes, where a dial pulls a lightweight wire as a fastening device. The waist of the RSX short can be adjusted with the BOA system, to ensure a good fit and keep the weight low. A rear pocket adds a bit of storage. You can find more information at www.sugoi.com and the UK distributors are www.cyclingsportsgroup.co.uk.
There’s nothing worse than getting oil and muck on your carpets, and it can be an unfortunate problem for many who don’t have a garage, but do have bikes. Muc-Off have come to the rescue with their foldable Bike Mat (£10.99/$15.00) – effectively a sheet of rip-stop plastic which goes under your bike during storage or maintenance. Conveniently, it has with handles and a tab to keep it folded, so you can easily chuck it in your car, and it folds away without it taking up loads of space. You can get one from www.muc-off.com.
Dainese Oak Pro knee guards
These unmissable Oak Pro knee guards (£129.99 / $149.95) from Italian company Dainese feature a soft, multi-impact protective shell over the knees and mid-way down the shins. Their main feature is the use of the BOA system to secure the pads, more often seen on high-end road shoes. A simple twist of a dial tightens the thin steel wires, tightening the bands around your leg. Pulling the dial up releases the tension to aid removal. Silicon grippers also help keep things in place, while a cutaway at the back and venting on the front should help cool things down. Look out for a full review soon and see www.windwave.co.uk or www.dainese.com for more information.
RaceWare Garmin mount
If you’ve got a Garmin GPS unit and want a funky looking mount for it, then look no further! RaceWare have just sent us one of their 3D printed, bright pink Garmin 800 mount (£29.99 / approx $46) to have a look at. RaceWare make a range of mounts for various Garmins and GoPros, as well as an expanding range of other bits and pieces, all in a variety of bright colours! RaceWare will also ship Garmin mounts worldwide for the same price as shipping in the UK. There’s more information and a full range of products at www.racewaredirect.co.uk.