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