While we might have overdone it over the festive season as much as the next person (luckily there's little photographic evidence from our Christmas Party) our review team still budgeted in enough recovery time to get out and test some of the latest kit, tech and bikes so you can read before you buy. Here's our pick of what's on test this week...
Big price but also claimed to offer big performance, this luxurious jersey is designed to be super aerodynamic and has a pre-shaped 'Skin Fit' construction according to RH+. They loftily say the breathability is of a level never seen before on a bike jersey, and it's also waterproof thanks to added Polartec innovation. Is it the best in the biz? Stu Kerton is testing it now...
The Tarmac needs little introduction, but it has had quite an overhaul over the last couple of years and our tester Dave Arthur runs through what's new for the 2018 version in this video. His review will be on the site in the coming weeks...
Expensive yes, but Scott's RC Ultimate road shoes are designed to offer the very best in breathability and comfort while offering top end power transfer from the soles, rated a 10 out of 10 on Scott's stiffness index. The upper is a mix of Carbitex, a structural fabric that's actually made from carbon, and a textile mesh to offer support and a high level of comfort. Are they worth the huge outlay? The review is coming soon.
"As a cyclist, you have probably been in countless situations whereby you wish you could’ve replayed an incident", say RoadHawk, who are touting this bar-mounted video camera as the answer. It can spin 360° and has a simple mounting system, plus 1080p resolution quality and an 8gb SD card included. Apparently it's also ideal for horse riders, if that is of interest to you...
The latest version of these overshoes from Brit brand Lusso have a more understated look, and retain the same thermal, windproof and water repellent properties. They're said to be ideal for temps of 0-14°c, a wide range, and our reviewer Stu Kerton has been trying them out in the mildest and chilliest days the UK's eccentric weather system can throw at him to see if the claims ring true...
After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since. He was Staff Writer at 220 Triathlon magazine for two years before joining road.cc in 2017, and reports on all things tech as well as editing the road.cc live blog. He is also the news editor of our electric-powered sister site eBikeTips. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake.