“Friday Five Product Revue” is our weekly roundup of new bikes and products that have made their way through the doors of RBA headquarters. Many will be featured in upcoming issues of Road Bike Action magazine, so be sure to subscribe.
Sommerville Sports Tiorati Cycling Shoes
Leather cycling shoes are always going to be a hot item when style, comfort and fit are concerned. New York’s Sommerville Sports has followed that trend with their Tiorati Leather cycling shoes. They use a full grain leather with perforated holes around the entire shoe for ultimate breathability. Wax laces make it easy to tie and make quick adjustments. To increase visibility, Sommerville lined the entire shoe with 3M Scotchlite reflective material. The Tiorati comes with a carbon fiber sole and is available for $220.
Kask Protone Helmet
Aero road helmets are becoming the standard in the pro peloton and around the amateur ranks. Kask’s new Protone helmet is their third helmet that has been inspired by aerodynamic performance. The Protone has 20 large vent holes for optimal ventilation, a comfortable leather chin strap, and a cushioned anti-microbial padding.
Suunto Ambit3 Sport
General fitness and fitness awareness has been growing exponentially in the past few years. Nowadays it is even easier than ever to track your fitness, activities, and calories burned throughout the day with phone applications and wearable gadgets that track your activity. Suunto is one of those companies that make a full range of wearable watches and accessories to track your fitness throughout the day. The Ambit3 Sport is GPS capable and works great for cycling, running, and for swimming. The Ambit3 is Bluetooth ready to hook up to heart rate, cadence, and power meter sensors, and can be displayed on the watches screen for instant information during your workouts.
Connex 11SX 11-speed Chain
Some people think that all bicycle chains are the same, no matter what company they may be coming from. That notion couldn’t be more wrong. The Connex 11SX chains, made by Wipperman, feature nickel-coated stainless steel links for great strength and even better corrosion protection. Connex also uses a proprietary reusable quick-link that makes it easier to remove the chain for replacement or cleaning. The Connex chain retails for $60, while the Connex chain connector is $15.
Endura FS260-Pro Lite Gloves
Need to wear gloves but can’t find a lightweight glove to protect your hands from the sun, Endura has you covered. Their FS260-Pro Lite gloves use a thin, four-way stretch, UPF50+ backing that protects your hands from the burning sun while retaining its lightweight and cooling features. Microfiber fabric on the palms absorbs much of the sweat from your hands and fingers, while silicone printed patches provide extra grip on the handlebars. Endura also makes a short finger version of this glove, the FS260-Pro Print Mitt.
WIN SOME RBA SCHWAG!
Now here’s your chance to win a prize package from the RBA office’s schwag pile. This week winner will take home a medium Pinerello Jersey and Bib. To win, all you have to do is send us an email at [email protected] with answers to the following question(s), or simply answer them below in the Facebook comments section, and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. (The winner must be a resident of the U.S.) Good luck!
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