Five cool things to come from Bont, Specialized, 4iiii, Galibier and Exogard

Did you manage to get out on the bike this weekend before next week’s party one? Our review team was definitely on the go, putting some exciting elements of the kit to the test, here are the highlights…

£ 325

The all-new Vaypors now feature the latest high-end BOA Li2 fit system for a precise, secure and micro-adjustable fit. The Vaypors are thermoformable shoes from Bont with a 100% carbon monocoque frame made from hand-laid unidirectional carbon and the shoes also have a 3.6mm stack height for a tighter connection to the pedal for pedal hits. more rounded to improve stability and prevent injury.

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Marine grade 316 stainless steel upgraded t-nuts are also included to enhance the quality of these premium shoes. Tech editor Mat Brett molded them to his feet and will be letting us know how these new shoes stack up soon …

£ 46.30

Considered the lightest windproof vest on the market, with a large 52 gram size, Galibier claims this diaper just takes up the space of two gels in your pocket. It uses an AquaVent membrane; Galibier says this lightweight, compact fabric is also four-way stretch and can also be sealed, waterproofing seams. The properties of the material prevent it from taking a stain, so it is only available in transparent anthracite color. Does this lightweight option provide the weather protection you want? Stuart Kerton found out and his verdict is coming soon …

£ 35

Not only is this frame protection film invisible, it is also claimed to be self-healing. Exogard claims its film has been scientifically formulated to create a strong and reliable layer of protection against damage from stone chips, abrasions, cable chafing and scratches. You can get it in a gloss or matte finish, and the kit includes strips to cover the top tube, down tube, seat tube, fork (x2), chainstay (x2), seatstay (x2) as well as patches for the friction of cables and spare parts. How effective is it? Stuart Kerton has covered his bike with the fabric and he will let us know shortly …

£ 240

The new Prevail II is the coolest helmet Specialized has ever made, claims the brand, with the removal of a total of seven foam “bridges” from the center and sides to create ventilation channels. Specialized says these enlarged channels move air through a whopping 18% faster than the original Prevail II.

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Specialized has also updated its lightweight MIPS protection system – which offers 10 to 15 milliliters of rotation in all directions – with additional perforations, as well as ripstop mesh to maximize breathability. How much of a difference have these changes made? Liam Cahill found out and his full report is coming soon …

4iiii Viiiiva Heart Rate Monitor

£ 54.99

This heart rate monitor not only measures your bpm, it also stores up to 65 hours of training data so you can be sure your valuable data is never lost and used by the WorldTour Israel Start team – Up Nation.

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Viiiiva can also serve as an ANT + to Bluetooth bridge to connect your ANT + devices to a Bluetooth-only receiver such as a smartphone, tablet, or laptop. Liam Cahill trained with the support of this device and his verdict is on the way …

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Wiley C. Thompson