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Claire Dun­can An­dre Cheuk

Smart­wool Propul­sion 60 Jacket

With a Merino layer on the in­side to keep you warm and dry, the Propul­sion 60 also uses a wind­proof face with a DWR (Durable Wa­ter Re­pel­lant) fin­ish, along with Smart­loft 60 wool in­su­la­tion to en­sure you’ll stay warm on the cold­est bike or run days. The semi-form fit al­lows you to layer un­der­neath, but keeps things nice and snug if you want, or need, to add any lay­ers on top, too. There are two zip­pered pock­ets on the front and a full front zip­per that even has a draft flap and chin guard. This ex­tremely comfy jacket will get you through the win­ter and spring with a smile no mat­ter how frigid the con­di­tions.

Fab­ric Tri Sad­dle

De­signed specif­i­cally for the needs of a triath­lete who wants to spend as much time as pos­si­ble on their aero bars, tri sad­dles are rapidly be­com­ing the norm in the sport. Typ­i­cally shorter in length than a reg­u­lar sad­dle, tri sad­dles are of­ten a touch wider to sup­port your weight on your sit bones and usu­ally of­fer some sort of “re­lief” area to en­sure there’s not too much soft-tis­sue pres­sure.

Fab­ric’s Tri sad­dle does all that. We re­viewed the chro­moly ver­sion (it’s only 8 g heav­ier than the ti­ta­nium ver­sion) and were more than im­pressed with the com­fort and per­for­mance fea­tures. There’s a full-length pres­sure re­lief chan­nel to en­sure that you won’t put too much pres­sure on the pu­den­dal artery. The wide stance makes it re­ally easy to get a com­fort­able fit and en­sures that your weight is sup­ported where it should be. The shorter nose makes it re­ally easy to stretch out on the aero bars, too.

We es­pe­cially liked the in­te­grated bike hanger and clip on bot­tle mount that is in­cluded with the Fab­ric tri sad­dle – of­fer­ing an easy way to add a wa­ter bot­tle in an aero po­si­tion. The Fab­ric Tri is also avail­able in a num­ber of dif­fer­ent colours, too, adding style to all the per­for­mance and com­fort.

Stac Zero Trainer

Never has a prod­uct been so proud of us­ing the word zero. Zero noise. Zero wear on your tire. Thanks to a unique ar­range­ment of mag­nets that in­ter­act with your alu­minum brake rim, you can get an ex­cel­lent work­out on a Stac Zero trainer with­out driv­ing your neigh­bours crazy or wear­ing out your tires. (It’ll also be so much eas­ier to watch television or lis­ten to mu­sic dur­ing your work­outs, too.) Weigh­ing 13 pounds and since there’s no fly­wheel, the Stac Zero folds to just three inches tall, so it’s a breeze to store, too.– KM

$210 $108 $399

Kevin Mackinnon

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