our art di­rec­tor & ed­i­tor – they try to call first dibs on all high-end test bikes (but rarely get them).

Bicycling (South Africa) - - Coach -

1 / Oak­ley AR03

+/-R3 000 The MIPSe­quipped ARO3 has large front vents to keep your head cool, even on the hottest days. And Boa’s FS1-1 re­ten­tion sys­tem – sim­i­lar to what you’d find on a Boa-equipped shoe – is thin­ner than most, which re­duces pres­sure when you’re wear­ing sun­glasses. We got our hands on a test ver­sion, but they’re not yet freely avail­able in SA. – MF 2 / MatBlac Dual Quick­draw R745 Min­i­mal­ist wal­lets are a must – but not so min­i­mal­ist that there’s no room to sneak in an ex­tra card or cash. – MF

3 / Omata One Cy­cling

Com­puter R8 100 We’ve just been shipped this new ana­logue-view but fully func­tional retro GPS cy­cling com­puter. Quite frankly, we love it al­ready. It’s the ul­ti­mate in sim­plic­ity. Full hero re­view com­ing up in our Jan­uary is­sue. – MF 4 / Mau­rten Hy­dro­gel Sports Fuel from R38 If it’s good enough for world marathon record­holder Eliud Kip­choge, it’s gotta be good. Clean, pure en­ergy, as used by the world’s best. – AD

5 / Ru­nan­gel R1 450

In South Africa, safety and peace of mind are cru­cial el­e­ments of any out­door ac­tiv­ity. Ru­nan­gel is a wear­able ad­di­tional layer of safety that emits a loud alarm to at­tract at­ten­tion in an emer­gency, and sends alerts to loved ones show­ing your GPS lo­ca­tion. – AD

6 / Fuji X100F R17 795

While not my ev­ery-ride cam­era (my iPhone still holds that ti­tle), the X100F is a small, light­weight, ul­tra-ca­pa­ble point-and-shoot that fits into my jer­sey pocket or a small han­dle­bar bag, for those on-the-bike mo­ments I just have to cap­ture. – MF

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