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Bible Testers’ Choice: Riding Kits

Softgoods spotlight from Bike's Bible of Bike Tests in the U.P.

The Bike magazine staff is on the ground in Marquette, Michigan, testing a crop of new bikes for the 2018 Bible of Bike Tests. Here is some of the apparel that’s helping us get through long, cool days in the saddle.

Shimano Transit Jacket – Nicole Formosa

The softsheel Transit jacket sells for $140.

The Transit Jacket from Shimano is a lightweight windbreaker designed to be a minimal outer layer, ideal for the brisk Marquette mornings. With low-profile reflective strips, an adjustable waist strap, chest and lower-back pockets and a DWR coating to keep you dry in light rain or mist, the details upgrade this jacket from a normal windbreaker to a warm softshell.

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Ketl LS Jersey – Ryan Palmer

The Long Sleeve Jersey retails for $100.

Made with Polartec Power Dry, the Ketl Long Sleeve Jersey is lightweight, breathable and moisture-wicking so you’ll fit in at the coffee shop in the morning, on the trail mid-day and in the bar at night. It’s not a traditional jersey, so the Ketl doesn’t fit skin-tight, but it has riding-appropriate features like a three-button front and a chest pocket with eyewear loop. Perfect for cooler-weather riding, Ryan Palmer will be wearing this long after the Bible is over.

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Specialized Atlas XC Pro Short – Jon Weber

The Altas XC Pro goes for $150 with a removable chamois.

Don’t let the Atlas XC Pro’s name turn you off with thoughts of skin-tight chamois and nothing else. The Atlas is a short designed for those days when racing isn’t the mission. The slim short is still baggie and features stretch-woven fabric, a removable bib, two zippered pockets and built-in sun protection. The vented shorts keep you comfortable and riding longer while the slimmer construction stops fabric from catching on your bike.

Specialized 2FO Flat Pedal Shoes – Kristin Butcher

The 2FO flat pedal shoes sell for $110.

For the 2FO, Specialized employed the help of their downhill and all-mountain athletes to develop a flat-pedal shoe that uses the SlipNot rubber compound for ultimate performance between the pedal and shoe. The shoe features a relaxed fit, with the tread up front designed to grip pedals, while the tread in the back is geared toward providing traction during inevitable get-offs. The thermo-bonded upper and reinforced toe offer water resistance, durability and protection in a lightweight package.

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Yeti Hayden Jersey and Norrie Short – Lacy Kemp

The Hayden Jersey goes for $60 and the Norrie Short is $95.

Yeti’s Hayden Jersey is made for those days when you have a date planned post ride. The short-sleeve shirt uses Polygiene fabric technology, which makes claims to be antimicrobal and smell resistant. So much so that you may never wash it. They also worked in DriRelease in sweatier areas like the underarm to efficiently wick away moisture, and there is a small pocket for a tool, a phone or a snack.

Suggested as a pairing to the Hayden Jersey, the Norrie Short is a durable fabric with a stretch yoke in the back and waistband grip stips. A glide patch is strategically placed to reduce rubbing from the up and down of pedal strokes and the shorts have a kneepad-friendly 12-inch seam.

Gore Rescue GTX Jacket – Ryan Cleek

The new Gore Rescue Jacket will sell for $250.

The Gore Rescue GTX Jacket is lightweight and packable, making it easy to carry on those days when the clouds look like they could turn to rain at any time. And once the jacket is on, the Gore-Tex Active—Gore-Tex’s most breathable liner—will keep you dry from both precipitation and perspiration. The DWR treatment on the outside also makes water bead up and easily shake off before packing it up again once the rain stops. The slim fit keeps you from getting caught on your bike or on passing branches.

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100% Airmatic Shorts – Travis Engel

The Airmatic shorts retail for $90.

The Airmatic Short isn’t cheap, but the polyester four-way stretch material is a comfortable material that lets the rider move freely and is worth the price. A mesh back panel promotes breathability and Velcro straps on the waistband allow users to find a perfect fit. Zippered pockets cater to Travis Engel’s packless lifestyle and combined with the other features, these were an easy tester’s choice.

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