Shimano Transit Hardshell Jacket
Bike component giant Shimano has made a new hardshell. The Transit is meant for foul-weather riding and uses Shimano’s proprietary waterproof-breathable technology, Dry Shield. This is a robust jacket, not one you stuff in your fanny pack. But when the going gets tough, the Transit will keep you dry. The jacket is a looser fit with arms tapering toward wrists and keeping cuffs out of the way. Small design elements like reflectors, pit zips, zippered pockets, a removable hood and a drawcord waist make this jacket both functional and customizable.
Assos T.Rally Shorts s7
Assos has decades of experience in the road market. Road riders sit on their saddles a lot. This gives Assos true know-how when making a comfortable bib short. For the T.Rally, the company bridged road knowledge with mountain-specific features: Pockets on the inside hold removable hip pads, the fabric is thick enough to handle the rigors of off-road riding--and off-road falling--and the bibs are to be worn with or without baggies. Look for a full review coming soon.
Pearl Izumi Versa Pant
Pearl Izumi says it designed the Versa line to function for at least a one-hour ride, and then the rest is up to your discretion. With that in mind, the pants have bike-specific features like zippered pockets, reflective strips, a gusseted crotch and water resistance. They also have bar-specific features like a comfortable fit, fashionable look, four pockets (plus a small stash spot) and water resistance. For the budget minded folks, that means you may only need to buy one pair of pants for riding and casual dates. Perhaps even casual riding dates.