We hope you all enjoyed the bank holiday weekend come rain or shine, it certainly didn't stop us getting out for a ride whatever the weather! Here's the pick of the test pile this week...
Foot pumps aren't just for footballs, as this one from SKS knocks out up to 102 psi with Pesta, Shrada and Dunlop valve adapters to cover all possibilities. It promises a user-friendly large pressure gauge and integrated storage space for the hose, and a robust aluminium foot pedal so it should last for years - "pumping has never been so easy on your back", say SKS. Is it better than the humble floor pump? Mike Stead's verdict is coming soon.
Kali say the Tava Flow is one of the fastest helmets in its class, with a wind tunnel-optimised shape and a BOA retention system in line with the credentials of other high-end aero road helmets out there. Kali's Composite Fusion Squared tech combines multi-density EPS foam and dual direction geometric cone shapes, that they say provides superior impact protection. It weighs in at 272g, pretty light for an aero helmet, and George Hill will be telling us if he thinks it's worth the cash in his review shortly.
Rapha's latest packable jacket features a revamped version of their Shadow fabric, that Rapha say is just as strong but now a bit lighter in this jacket that weighs a mere 188g. The jacket is twice treated in a DWR coating for the ultimate in water repellency, and as there's no need for an extra membrane Rapha say it will breathe very well when the weather gets warm and humid. It's a race fit, with a full-length two way zipper and some reflective logos for the obligatory bonus safety points. Is it a safe bet when the weather turns nasty, though? The review's coming soon.
This retro-looking jersey has been updated in its latest edition, with the same graphics but a shorter length to improve fit and comfort. The rear pockets have also been raised and reonforced using better bonding technology, and there's now a little gap for a headphone wire in the waterproof valuables pocket if you like to ride with tunes. It's also 10% lighter than the previous version, with our size medium test jersey tipping the scales at 138g.
"Built for enduro riders with a need for speed", say Smith, the Rebound shades have a large full-rim frame that looks fairly casual but is made for performance too. They have Smith's ChromaPop lenses that also appear on their high-end road sunglasses, adapting to light by darkening in bright conditions and lightening when it gets duller. The frame comes with hydrophilic rubber megol nose pads which are said to help keep the glasses in position however extreme your riding habits, and the not-too-intimidating looks will mean you can wear them on or off the bike. Are the Rebounds the solid all-rounders we're hoping them to be? Mike Stenning's testing them now, with a verdict coming early next month...
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 joined road.cc in 2017, having previously worked for 220 Triathlon magazine. 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.