Giant Charge Elite Shoes: Quick Review – by Grannygear What It Is: At Sea Otter 2019 I was shown the Giant Shoe system for MTB, road, etc. When I was offered a chance to try a pair, I chose the Charge Elite over the top end Charge Pro. At $275.00, the Charge Elite is in […]
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Giant Bicycles Shuttle Flat Shoes: Checkpoint – by Guitar Ted Flat pedals are definitely a “thing” for mountain biking these days, but what about gravel travel? Well, when we last left you with the “Getting Rolling” post, we were aiming to find out. We have done that and a whole lot more. Check out that […]
It was a sweaty, moist day in the saddle and the breath-ability of the shorts worked in my favor, never feeling swampy. Around the 80 mile mark I typically get achy and start to shift around in the saddle to find a position that does not offend the nethers. But it occurred to me that I was not doing that. At all. I was just sitting and pedaling, still happy after 5 hours in the saddle. Excellent.
The Line model from Giant is actually a development in conjunction with the Giant racing team and aimed at enduro mountain bikers. These types of shoes typically have more foot protection and a nod to walk-ability and with that, traction off the bike. Giant felt as though these might also be traits a gravel road rider might be interested in.
Reggie appeals to my non-serious side with their fun approach to cycling, not taking things too seriously or with a truck load of pretense. Yet, they seem to deliver the goods, allowing me to have a good riding experience in fine clothing. It’s a nice mash-up.
I am willing to bet that many of us rarely think too much about our socks. If you are one of these folks, you don’t know what you are missing. A great pair of socks can make your ride so much better.
My experience with Endura technical clothing has been mostly from the MTR line of gear which is a bit race focused or at least fast performance, if you will. The windproof front jerseys and snug shells have been well used and enjoyed over time, holding a permanent place in my closet.
I would suggest this as a very good but not terribly exceptional outer shell…. I would have expected a much nicer pad in the bibs, and a structure that didn’t put a seam in an area where the body articulates during pedaling.
The Northwave extreme GTX 2 XCM shoes were some of the best of its class that I have tried, perhaps the best. The good far outweighed the concerning points and I can see no problems using these through several seasons of “transitional” or even mild winter use.
Chrome Cycling Gloves: Quick Review- by Grannygear I have said before that it seems a good glove might be the hardest thing to make in cycling clothing. Seemingly simple, but seldom done well, most gloves pinch or bind or squeeze or over do. Enter the simple glove. Chrome even has a simple name for them: […]