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Five cool things coming soon from Trek, Giro, Galibier, Pas Normal Studios and Craft Cadence

More of the best bits we're testing right now, with full reviews coming soon

What an unexpected turn for the cold, looks like we're going to need warmer gear in the wardrobe for a touch longer! Amongst bikes and bits, our team of reviewers have been out testing some useful layers. Here are this week's highlights...

Galibier Ardennes Light Winter Gloves 


Designed to be windproof and provide thermal insulation without any bulk, Galibier opted for a single layer German membrane which is only 1.4mm thick to achieve this and claims you won’t get cold fingers even when it’s as cold as two degrees. 

> 10 best winter cycling gloves for 2022 — keep your hands warm and dry

Silicone is heat applied to the palm, which Galibier says gives superb grip to prevent hands slipping on wet bar tape. A 35mm neoprene cuff finishes off these gloves for cool conditions. How effective is this thin option at keeping you warm? Steve Williams has been finding out and his full report is coming to the site soon… 

Pas Normal Studios Men’s Escapism Down Vest


Filled with ethically sourced 900 fill-power goose down, this top layer is designed to be highly insulating but also packable too. The two-way zipper also gives easy access to the layers below. 

Two front pockets are positioned higher up to prevent packed belongings from being jostled around while pedalling, while a back pocket has been included for additional out-of-the-way storage. There’s also an additional storage compartment to allow the layer to be easily packed down and stowed away when not in use. How useful is this vest in a layering system? Dave Atkinson has been finding out and his thoughts will be shared on the site shortly…

Giro Eclipse Spherical Road Helmet 


With an outer shell that’s designed to streamline airflow across multiple wind angles, Giro claims the new Eclipse is the fastest road helmet it has ever tested. Giro also says it doesn’t compromise on protection, heat management or comfort. 

> The 10 best cycling helmets for 2022 — plus how to choose the right helmet for you

Thanks its 14 Wind Tunnel vents, the Eclipse is also claimed to be almost as cool as Giro’s best in-class road helmet, the Aether Spherical - the Eclipse has a cooling efficiency of 89.25%, whereas the Aether has an efficiency of 89.75%. “These vents pull air through the helmet to decrease aerodynamic drag and provide incredible cooling power that rivals most aggressively vented road helmets,” Giro claims.

Along with improved aero advantages and cooling benefits, Giro has introduced its ball-and-socket Spherical MIPs system to the Eclipse for protection against rotational forces. Does the Eclipse really not compromise on heat management or comfort? Nick Cox has been finding out and his full report is coming soon…  

Craft Cadence Pannier Backpack Convertible 


Designed to be converted easily from a pannier bag to a backpack, this versatile option will cover you for commutes no matter the weather too, as it’s fully waterproof with its buckle roll top enclosure system and welded seams. 

> 10 of the best cycling rucksacks — carry your stuff the easy way

Other commuting features include front-mounted straps for a D lock, external pockets on either side for tools and a tech sleeve with eight compartments to cater for a laptop (up to 17 inches), paper notebook, tablet, electronic accessories, keys, two pens and your smartphone. Does this bag fully serve commuting needs? Steve Williams has been finding out and his verdict is on the way soon… 


Trek Emonda SL 5 Disc


The Emonda SL 5 is Trek’s lightweight carbon road bike that also now has aerodynamic tube shaping for speed on the flats and climbs alike. The bike features Trek’s 500 Series OCLV carbon frame and puts you in an aero racing position. 

> 14 of the best carbon fibre road bikes - from £1,099 to £11,600

This spec on test comes with Shimano’s 105 11-speed drivetrain, hydraulic disc brakes, internal cable routing for a neat finish and Bontrager Paradigm Comp tubeless-ready wheels. Trek reckons this is the perfect upgrade from an aluminium road bike. Stuart Kerton has been putting this bike through its paces and will be letting us know if he agrees in his full report which is coming to the site very soon… 

For all the latest test reports, head over to our reviews section. If you want some more advice before splashing the cash, check out our buyer's guides.

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IanGlasgow | 2 years ago
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The Craft Cadence covertible backpack/pannier looks great value with a 5 year warranty.

I've got the similarly specced Ortlieb Vario for commuting - it cost about 50% more (the updated PS version is even more expensive), & comes with a similar 5 year warranty. Mine is 4 years old and has been replaced or repaired once a year since I got it. The last repair they did has just failed, so it's going back to Ortlieb for the fifth time.

Sriracha replied to IanGlasgow | 2 years ago

Sounds more like a service package than a warranty! Do they count on most buyers not using the panniers much over the 5 years?

andystow replied to IanGlasgow | 2 years ago

I haven't had any problems yet with my Ortlieb panniers, only used sporadically for a couple of years, but I've seen enough complaints online that I suspect they've been trading on their good name for some time now.

sparrowlegs | 2 years ago

I like the look of the Giro Eclipse. But as usual it'll look like a bin lid on my 50p shaped head. 
Id be willing to pay up to £300 for a custom made helmet. I've looked at the HEXR helmet but reviews have said it's heavier than most and suffers with poor cooling. 

andystow | 2 years ago

I use a similar down vest from Patagonia. It's fantastic for when it's truly cold (for me, below 20 °F / -7 °C) to keep my core toasty and warm in the first 20-30 minutes of riding. After that, I can often just unzip it fully to prevent overheating, without needing to stop and take it off.

At even lower temperatures, I sometimes wear it under my wind blocking outer layer, making it even more effective.

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