PRO­FILE DE­SIGN FC35

Is this aero sys­tem worth the added spend?

220 Triathlon Magazine - - Kit Zone -

Pro­file De­sign’s FC35 comes in two sizes, with this larger one hold­ing a whop­ping 1,035ml of liq­uid (or 35oz, hence the name FC35). Hav­ing tested the smaller ver­sion, our po­si­tion on its short­falls are un­changed. While a great idea, the nu­tri­tion box at the rear only has two crossed rub­ber bands to se­cure what’s in­side it, and things can go fly­ing when you’re down to your last gel or you hit some rough road. It’s a flaw that we’d like to see fixed in fu­ture it­er­a­tions. There’s a bar across the front for a GPS mount and, us­ing small bands, it’ll hold your de­vice fairly well right in your line of sight. Se­cure lock­ing clips are used in­stead of Vel­cro to at­tach the FC35 to your aer­o­bars, with a range ad­just­ment of 70140mm cen­tre to cen­tre. The ben­e­fits in­clude its aero­dy­namic shape, and it’s kept well shielded from the wind be­tween your arms. The straw has a self-lock­ing valve that’s easy to drink from, and there’s a handy clip to store it hor­i­zon­tally so – un­like the XLab – it’s not flap­ping in the wind when not in use. The fill­ing port is huge, mak­ing it quick to re­fill by stick­ing a bot­tle straight in, and it’s easy to clean. JS madi­son.co.uk

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