Helmets, gloves, shoes oh my! For the last 4 or 5 years, Giro has been at the leading edge of cycling-chic. Just below pretentious thanks to loads of useability with an enviable balance of form vs function, the Giro book has become one of the highlights of the IBD year. Here's a quick look at the remarkable and new.
|Speaking of, the Air Attack adds a couple of new colors.
|The other high end helmet of note is the Cipher.
It is Giro's new freeride / DH helmet of choice.
|Giro makes a big push into cold-weather gloves for 2013.
This is the 100 Proof. $85 of extreme hand protection.
Official usable low temperature of this glove is 15 degrees.
We are guessing it can go as low as 10.
|Slightly less intimidating is the plain ol Proof. Rated to 30 degrees.
Would we wear this glove during 30 degree late-November CX races...
Probably not. Would we wear it during 18 degree
late-January, 3 hour base-mile road rides... You bet.
|This is the Pivot... "Our most versatile winter glove".
At $70 dollars it seems a little plain. But this glove will probably be a fool-proof
way to keep your grubby hands acceptably warm this winter.
|Just had to include this 2-page photo spread because it is so rad.
|Let's not forget summertime handwear. This LTZ II should be
a great glove for those new-age, no padding needed roadies.
Only $30 as well.
|Also updated is the very popular Factor. Price goes up $10
but you get that new Easton EC90 sole... That's the "ACC" part.
|We've already discussed our love for the Empire.
As such hopes were high for the 2014 model. The new shoe gets that new ACC bottom part.
The blander color selection leaves a little to be desired.
Subtle is not what this shoe should be about.
|This one left us wondering what the Giro R&D office
was smoking on this day. Which closet does this get put in? Won't beginner spin class buyers think even less of
"clipping in" after seeing this on the shelf?