Coeur Zele Zip Cycling Bib
In an industry full of Italian brands doing aero apparel, Coeur is debuting its new Zele line, which is the L.A.-based company’s tech performance take. And it’s a unique one at that. To be sure, the brand’s subtle but strong graphic look is retained, in this instance with strong chevron designs and bold racing stripes.
Coeur also went as far as to test its now Cycling Speed Jersey at the ERO Sports, using its tunnel-tested fabric on the jersey’s shoulders. It’s something few boutique women’s-specific brands are doing (We can’t think of any, in fact.)
But it was new Zele Zip Bib that wowed us. We’ve all see women’s bibs get popular; they’re just comfortable, and comfort is kin…. queen. And we’ve seen different takes on how to get them off for nature breaks; it’s not not as easy as it is for guys to deal with. Coeur’s solution? A pliable zipper along the right lateral thighline. For the time nature calls, just zip it up the thigh to the hip and the leg flays open, allowing the short to be pulled off without having to remove the jersey or shoulder straps. Coeur’s top-line bib retails at $190.
It’s a pretty good deal when the Louis Garneau product team is presenting new designs and Louis Garneau (yes, the namesake founder) pours a handful of Snickers Bites into your palm to help you get through the day as that 2:30 feeling starts setting in. Thanks LG.
Still, the stuff his company had on show was captivating; it’s no Vegas gamble to say the Louis Garneau team has some of the most daring, stylish and progressive apparel design (and bike design with their new Dream Factory custom paint program) prints in cycling. The women’s line in particular is among our favorite, with bright, electric colors rainbow refractive appliques. I mean, cycling shoe inserts are always boring. Until today. Check out the watercolor ones below, which feature in the new tri shoe, and work with other pieces in the triathlon apparel line. LG is just killing it; so many style points.
Happy for us, LG applies so much of its tech (both in design and print) into its triathlon line. It’s convenient having their fellow Canadian ace Lionel Sanders doing a ton of product testing in his Kona lead-up, testing that has led to developments and alterations in their in-line product line.
Highlighting the tri apparel line for 2017 is the new LGeneer Trisuit. Effectively a one-piece suit with a full-zip jersey that stays connected at the hip and across the back, the LGeneer was co-developed with aero experts Alphamantis in testing aero fabrics, which feature across the shoulders and down the arms of the suit.
The women’s suit now has an ultra-breathable modesty panel across the jersey chest allowing women to open the jersey for better breathability.
Chamois Butt’r Go Stick
How many times do you pack your MASSIVE 80lb transition bag and just kinda forgo anti-chafing lube because there’s just no room in the bag… and immediately regret that decision when you feel that raw neck hickey following the swim? And the subsequent days after? This Go Stick will be the least expensive thing we’ll ever feature ($2.99), but has big impact.
Stick this tiny guy into your bag and you’re covered from a wetsuit rash (it’s tested non-damaging/non-degrading to neoprene) as well as other friction points (running shoe heel, heart rate monitor straps, jog bra elastic). There’s just no reason to not have this. Little package, big impact.