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Cycling

Switch Vision Tenaya Extreme

85

2014

Switch Vision Tenaya Extreme

The Switch Vision Tenaya Extreme is a lightweight wrap sunglass designed with a unique magnetic interchangeable lens system that enables simple and fast lens swapping.

Spy Daft

88

2014

Spy Daft

The Daft is a lightweight, rimless performance sunglass from SPY Optic that has a wrapped shield lens design.

Smith Optics Approach Max

85

2014

Smith Optics Approach Max

The Smith Optics Approach Max is a lightweight wrap sunglass designed with an enlarged lens profile for deeper and broader coverage.

Oakley Tour de France Radarlock XL Straight Stem

86

2014

Oakley Tour de France Radarlock XL Straight Stem

The Oakley Tour de France Radarlock XL Straight Stem delivered on-the-bike performance and comfort that’s just right for cyclists, but the stiffer frame material was a bit unforgiving.

Native Eyewear Lynx

86

2014

Native Eyewear Lynx

The Native Eyewear Lynx is a lightweight performance sunglass with a wraparound shield design.

Joovy Cocoon X2

75

2013

Joovy Cocoon X2

Two-child stroller with optional attachments to convert to bike trailer and jogging stroller.

Croozer Kid Double

80

2013

Croozer Kid Double

The Croozer Double is for parents with larger kids who don’t mind pulling a large trailer and don’t plan on using it as a stroller very much.

Chariot Chinook 2

86

2013

Chariot Chinook 2

The Chinook’s quality construction and thoughtful design make it very hard to beat.

Baby Jogger POD

76

2013

Baby Jogger POD

The POD is a well made, versatile child carrier that performs all three roles—stroller, jogging stroller and bike trailer—perfectly well.

Columbia Triteca Jacket

75

2013

Columbia Triteca Jacket

Good, not great. This amalgam of three Omni-branded technologies just doesn’t have the breathability, the stretch, or the abrasion-resistance to be a solid performer in the mountains.

Mountain Hardwear Effusion Power ½ Zip

81

2013

Mountain Hardwear Effusion Power ½ Zip

Tanner Jackson puts Mountain Hardwear's Effusion Power 1/2 Zip to the test, and comes away impressed by the attention to detail.

Stio Hardscrabble Jacket

83

2013

Stio Hardscrabble Jacket

Tanner Jackson calls Stio's Hardscrabble "a winter work jacket classic."

Icebreaker Blast Jacket

69

2013

Icebreaker Blast Jacket

Tanner Jackson says the Icebreaker Blast is long on weather resistance, but isn't as sold on the level of comfort.

Nike Vision Road Machine

92

2013

Nike Vision Road Machine

We feel the Nike Vision Road Machine is the best in its class for sub-$150 sunglasses, with very good optics, comfort, and venting, and a lot of smart features typically found on higher-end shades.

Native Zodiac

87

2013

Native Zodiac

The Native Zodiac is a solid performance sunglass with high-quality optics, low weight, noticeable comfort, and a rubberized gripping system, although it has fewer bells and whistles than comparable shades.

Bolle Cervin

87

2013

Bolle Cervin

Compared to other sunglasses in its class, the Bolle Cervin is a great choice for people with smaller face shapes looking for solid value. Its standout features are its crisp optics and a comfortable fit.

Cébé Wild

79

2013

Cébé Wild

The Cébé Wild is a good multi-sport performance sunglass with a number of strong features, including a notably low weight and photochromic lenses that adjust automatically to varying light conditions. While a good value, the optics are average.

Optic Nerve Neurotoxin 2.0

78

2013

Optic Nerve Neurotoxin 2.0

The Optic Nerve Neurotoxin 2.0 packs in a lot of bang for the buck, though its overall optics  ranked lower than others in its class. For the very reasonable price, though, it comes with a number of useful features.

Bontrager Race Lite Wheels

68

2013

Bontrager Race Lite Wheels

The Race Lite wheels deserve a mixed verdict. The hubs still spin, the rims are still mostly round, they true up easily and take standard spokes. On the other hand, they’re flexy, heavy for XC, the freehub takes a moon cycle to engage, and the narrow rims don’t play nice with wider rubber.

Osprey Escapist 30

81

2013

Osprey Escapist 30

As a pack for long mountain biking trips as well as general day pack use, the Osprey Escapist is very good. The pack’s overall organization has some real bike-friendly features.

Connor Cycles Woody Scorcher 29

84

2012

Connor Cycles Woody Scorcher 29

Grant Davis finds out what it's like to ride a work of art.

SmartWool Teller Tech Tee

94

2012

SmartWool Teller Tech Tee

Powderchaser Steve loved the features SmartWool fit into their Teller Tech Tee, but it's the performance that won him over.

Craft Zero Extreme Concept

94

2012

Craft Zero Extreme Concept

The Craft Zero Extreme Concept provided one of the lightest layers we tested and especially did well in active performance activities.

Rab MeCo 250 Midweight

95

2012

Rab MeCo 250 Midweight

The Rab MeCo Midweight is a high performance midweight baselayer designed to increase wicking and moisture transfer from the skin.

Hydrapak E-Lite Vest

81

2012

Hydrapak E-Lite Vest

A no frills hydration vest for the runner who wants a minimalist approach for staying hydrated.

Native Trango Polarized

92

2012

Native Trango Polarized

A lightweight performance sunglass designed for muti-sport use featuring high-quality optics with polarization.

Nike Show X2 with MAX Transitions Lens

89

2012

Nike Show X2 with MAX Transitions Lens

The Nike MAX features Transitions photochromic lenses, which automatically change tint to meet the needs of varying light.

Bolle Python Polarized

89

2012

Bolle Python Polarized

The Bolle Python is a performance sunglass with an aggressive style engineered for muti-sport use.

Oakley RadarLock

85

2012

Oakley RadarLock

The Oakley RadarLock is a high-tech performance wrap sunglass with an easy-to-operate lens changing system designed for muti-sport use.

Smith Pivlock V90

92

2012

Smith Pivlock V90

The Pivlock V90 from Smith Optics is a rimless sunglass designed for multi-sport use with a focus on cycling and running.

Julbo Dirt with Zebra Lens

88

2012

Julbo Dirt with Zebra Lens

Engineered for mountain biking, the Julbo Dirt features a helmet-friendly design.

Rudy Project Gozen

93

2012

Rudy Project Gozen

A high-tech performance wrap sunglass designed for more serious athletes, gear heads, and mere mortals who appreciate the finer things in life.

Uvex SGL 202 Vario sunglasses

90

2012

Uvex SGL 202 Vario sunglasses

Down with smudges: Cycling-specific, frameless shades with quick-changing photochromic lenses...and at just 0.8 ounces.

Zeal Equinox

89

2012

Zeal Equinox

Erinn Morgan's performance sunglass shootout: The Zeal Equinox.

Kaenon Soft Kore

94

2012

Kaenon Soft Kore

Erinn Morgan's performance sunglass shootout: The Kaenon Soft Kore.

Nike Vomero12

94

2012

Nike Vomero12

Erinn Morgan's performance sunglass shootout: The Nike Vomero12.

Rudy Project Hypermask Performance

95

2012

Rudy Project Hypermask Performance

Erinn Morgan's performance sunglass shootout: The Rudy Project Hypermask Performance.

Specialized BG Equinox Glove

60

2012

Specialized BG Equinox Glove

Rich Siemer had high hopes for the Specialized BG Equinox glove. But after extensive testing, he was less than satisfied with the results.

Giro Blaze 2 Glove

95

2012

Giro Blaze 2 Glove

Even with a basket full of gloves to choose from, Rich Siemer kept going back to Giro's Blaze 2.

Specialized Ridge Glove

90

2012

Specialized Ridge Glove

A long-fingered glove suitable for racing and training on the 'cross bike or cross country mountain biking

Giro Rivet Glove

85

2012

Giro Rivet Glove

A minimalist cycling glove that foregoes padding and a wrist closure. So can it hold up to abuse?

Adidas Evil Eye Half Rim Pro

89

2012

Adidas Evil Eye Half Rim Pro

Thinking about dropping $200-plus on a pair of performance cycling shades? GI Sunglasses expert Erinn Morgan finds one that will give you your money's worth.

Giro Privateer

95

2011

Giro Privateer

Rich Siemer finds a diamond in the rough—a $150 bike shoe that performs like the very best out there.

Louis Garneau Terra Grip Shoes

75

2011

Louis Garneau Terra Grip Shoes

At only $100 a pair, Rich Siemer can't wait to test the Louis Garneau Terra Grip Shoes. Are they worth the price?

Specialized Pro MTB Shoes

95

2011

Specialized Pro MTB Shoes

Self-proclaimed Specialized fan-boy Rich Siemer spends two months testing the brand's Pro MTB Shoes and returns with some incisive test results.

The Shudder Shaker

95

2011

The Shudder Shaker

It's a niche product for a niche sport. But it's...awesome.

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