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The Performance T from Pearl Izumi is a bit of a sleeper. It doesn’t really come across as much, but recently it has become my go to shirt for riding in.

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As we know by now, Trek (and Bontrager) trends towards the side of awesome.   Recently I got the change to do a side by side comparsion between the Bontrager Troslo Liners & Bib shorts. 


Over and over again this summer, the Elevate short from Pearl Izumi kept creeping back to the top of my riding shorts pile.


Over the past couple of years, a number of niche products have entered the mountain bike market that modify the bike to ground interface beyond the simple rim/tire combination. These technologies are generally inserted into the tire airspace of tubeless rim/tire setups with reported claims including reduced tire burping, square edge hit protection, more tunable airspace, better grip with lower air pressure and so on.





It was a sad day. After years of perfect service, my Vans Warner riding shoes finally delaminated. Both soles just pulled right apart. No amount of shoe goo was able to save them, they have done their last spin, last ride, last trip.

Godspeed Warner.


The truth of the matter is that I got these glove last year, but last year turned out to be one of those years where it didn’t come together all that well and they ended up at the bottom of one of my bags, not to see the cold, brisk light of last weekend.   But if we fast forward to this year, they have been in daily rotation. 


My daughter started to ride in the bike park last year. Not her first time in the park, but she wanted to get better at downhilling, or she just wanted to avoid climbing up hills. Either way, she is out riding so that’s a win, right?


Riding in the fall can suck sometimes. Especially when the temps start to drop towards single digits and the wind picks up. Trying to keep the riding season going for a couple more weeks until the snow arrives I picked up a Launch Thermal Jersey.


The Foray gloves might be the least assuming glove in my drawer, but currently, they are by far my favourite pair.


When I first saw the Versa Short, I just thought it was another pair of shorts, I had no idea that they were riding shorts.


Last summer after hearing from an emergency room nurse about all the internal injuries that she had seen i went right out and bought my son a Leatt chest protector 4.5.  With hard plastic chest and back panels it gives a ton of protection against hard knocks to the body.


I might be stuck in a rut. I was looking through all of my riding clothes and they all looked the same. Knee length short? Check. Two pockets? Check. Extra venting? Check.


My son’s head grew this year. Nothing surprising there, it tends to happen.


The first thing that comes to mind when I think of the Rhythm shorts is how lightweight they are.



You know that feeling of joy you get from unwrapping a quality product from its box? Not the fleeting consumer joy feeling but the one where you realize you only cringe once with quality. That was the feeling I had when I opened a Peral Izumi shoe box loaded with the X-Project Pro, Pearl Izumi’s top of the line crossover shoe in the Project line.