Author: Jason Mitchell

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Jason quickly developed a love for the outdoors and a thing for mountains. That infatuation continues as he founded this site in 1999 -- sharing his love of road biking, mountain biking, trail running and skiing. That passion is channeled into every article or gear review he writes. Utah's Wasatch Mountains are his playground.

With the boom of gravel riding and racing, tire choices abound. Zipp’s modest tubeless tire line now includes the Tangente Course G40 and is a welcome option for anyone wanting to go fast on the gravels. Available as a single, 700x40c size, it hits the sweet spot of width, speed, traction and comfort. Zipp Tangente Course G40 Features: Optimized, high performance gravel tire Aggressive cornering side knobs for excellent control Fast rolling center section Aramid bead-to-bead puncture protection strip Recommended 30-65 psi Tubeless Ready, tube compatible 127 TPI casing Tan sidewall Hookless compatible Weight: 485 grams (actual) MSRP: $65 Zipp’s…

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The ideal running jacket will scoff at rain and wind, but still breathe well. Yes, it has to breathe. Just ten years ago, that magical combination was still problematic, but now Gore-Tex Infinium is making a strong case for the ideal fabric for running (or other aerobic activities) in cold or variable weather. I’ve had the GORE R7 Partial Gore-Tex Infinium Hooded Jacket in for review throughout this fall and it scoffs at wind and cold and breathes like a sieve. GORE R7 Partial Gore-Tex Infinium Jacket Features: Gore-Tex Infinium on front, shoulders and sleeves Stretch fabric panels (back and…

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As the peloton rolled onto the Champs-Élysées to finish the wildly-successful 2020 Tour de France, we all sat back in awe. The dueling Slovenians left us with the 21-yr-old Tadej Poga?ar in yellow — ushering in a new dawn in the WorldTour. But, with that stunning win, EF Pro Cycling enjoyed a stage win and 8th place overall for Rigoberto Uran. To celebrate that solid finish, Cannondale is now giving away Rigo’s Tour de France-ridden SystemSix to one lucky winner. See below for the details and information on this giveaway. Wilton, Conn. – December 1, 2020 – Cannondale, a premium…

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It’s time for a little thicker pair of gloves, but with that you don’t want to just wear a pair of ski gloves. No, you want a pair of cycling gloves with the proper fit and feel for your ride. The new Pearl Izumi AmFIB Lite Gloves are made for moderately cold temperatures down to the mid-40’s while still affording a high-quality cockpit connection. Pearl Izumi AmFIB Lite Glove Features: Features 60g Primaloft Gold insulation Features Crosscore insulation technology with Aerogel particles AmFIB softshell back of hand for weather protection Touchscreen compatible index finger and thumb Ax Suede Laredo synthetic…

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Wahoo is on a roll. In my testing of the ELEMNT BOLT and now the ROAM, I’ve had nothing but consistency — quick satellite tracking, accurate data capture and simple configuration. But, the ROAM takes that one step further with a 2.7″ selective color display that shines brightly even in direct sunlight. This powerhouse cycling computer sets the standard for usability and remains a “must have” for data junkies. Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM Features: 2.7″ Gorilla Glass© display Light-sensitive screen automatically adapts brightness ANT+ and Bluetooth capabilities On-device turn-by-turn navigation Pre-loaded global maps “Back on Track” re-routing Up to 17 hours…

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Along with their heritage in performance running shoes, Saucony has also earned a good following when it comes to trail running. Last year, we tested the Switchback ISO and liked it overall, but the new Saucony Switchback 2 takes everything up another notch with a completely-new upper and unique use of the BOA Fit System, the Switchback 2 is like wearing a trail running slipper. Saucony Switchback 2 Features: Low-profile PWRTRAC directional lugs BOA Fit System offers quick fit adjustments PWRRUN+ midsole offers a well-cushioned ride for training or racing Lightweight rock plate Trail-specific FORMFIT design Mud guard provides added…

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Patagonia is no stranger to the mantra “function over form” and the Storm Racer Jacket is a perfect example of just that. Sporting a unique design, the Storm Racer is ready to protect you from nature’s worst on that long-distance backcountry trail run. Patagonia Storm Racer Waterproof Jacket Features: Part of the High Endurance Kit system Featherweight H2No® 100% recycled nylon ripstop Double-sided zipper system with waterproof zippers Adjustable hood maximizes field-of-vision Low-bulk elastic cuffs Integrated stuff sack Weight: 200g (medium, actual) MSRP: $249 Storm Racer is a bit of an enigma Honestly, I love highly-functional gear. I value versatility.…

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Crossover jackets add the option of versatility into your cycling wardrobe. While I have a bounty of pure cycling jackets, I wouldn’t choose to wear one unless I was… well… riding my bike. In an effort to appeal to road, mountain and gravel cyclists who want some versatility in a cold-weather jacket, Pearl Izumi presents the Elevate Insulated AmFIB Jacket. Pearl Izumi Elevate Insulated AmFIB Jacket Features: Lightweight AmFIB softshell main body softshell fabric Chest and upper-arms feature 100g Primaloft Gold insulation DWR treatment for water resistance Optimized for on-bike performance Bi-directional zippers for easy access Front hand pockets Two…

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I’m a sucker for vests for cool weather running. And, even in the summer, a nice vest is always great to have, just in case. Keeping your core warm and dry is the name of the game with vests and with Gore-Tex Infinium, the new Gore R7 Partial Infinium Running Vest has been an awesome shoulder-season companion. Gore R7 Partial Gore-Tex Infinium Running Vest Features: Gore-Tex Infinium Windstopper panels for wind protection, breathability and high water resistance Centered stretch panels on back for ultimate breathability Designed for freedom of movement Full length zip with underflap and zipper garage High collar…

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“Sir, can I get a little more flare? Just a little more flare.” When the people asked for it, the folks at Zipp delivered. But, instead of flaring the whole drop outward, the Zipp Service Course SL-70 XPLR bar keeps your hoods vertical while flaring the drops (below the hoods) outward. It’s a unique design that delivers road-like feel with the friendliness of today’s flared bars. Zipp Service Course SL-70 XPLR Features: Flare starts after the clamping area 70mm reach and 115mm drop Ovalized tops for added comfort Uses lightweight AL-7050 11-degree outsweep gives about 6cm wider position Extended, 100mm clamping…

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When heading out for a ride, how do you stash your spares? Are you anti-saddle bag or are you cool with handlebar bags, like the trendy kids? I find myself opting for the jersey stash most of the time, unless it’s a long ride, but WaterField has another option with their Jersey Pocket Tool Case. WaterField Jersey Pocket Tool Case Features: Dedicated phone pocket Available in two sizes for regular and large phones Water-resistant design Interior organization pockets Ballistic nylon and full-grain leather design Single pull for easy pocket retrieval Waterproof zippers MSRP: $69 The anti-saddle bag crowd has a…

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ENVE makes tires now? Yup, when your latest rims have a finite list of compatible tires, you just make your own. That’s just what happened with ENVE’s latest Foundation Series wheels, which are tubeless only, so ENVE launched their new SES Road Tire lineup. We’ve had the 29c width and it’s been reliable and zippy so far. ENVE SES 29c Tubeless Road Tires Features: Smart ENVE System Aero Optimized Shape and Tread Design Natural and Synthetic Rubber Compound w/ Activated Silica for All-Weather Performance Tubeless-Ready and Inner-Tube Compatible Hookless and Hooked-Bead Rim Type Compatible Vectran™ Protection Barrier Rim Width Compatibility:…

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Cold weather riding requires the proper gear. And, I’m all for full-length bib tights when necessary, but  by the time the weather gets that cold, I’m most often going to be on Zwift. So, for cold, but still temperate rides from 40-55 degrees, a good set of 3/4 bib tights (a.k.a. bib knickers) does the trick. The Pearl Izumi Thermal 3/4 Bib Tight is the Goldilocks solution for cold, but not-too-cold rides. Pearl Izumi Thermal Cycling 3/4 Bib Tights Features: Ultra-soft Thermal fleece fabric PI Dry® permanent water-shedding technology ELITE Escape 1:1® Chamois BioViz® reflective elements Form fit MSRP: $165…

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Adding both a suspension lockout lever and dropper post isn’t an easy endeavor. You can go for a mixture of twist grips and levers, or you could go for something like the new Bontrager DropLock. This combo lever allows you to operate both the suspension lockout and dropper post from a single unit. Bontrager DropLock Remote Features: Integrated dropper and dual-remote lockout lever for a cleaner cockpit Single lockout lever controls both on/off Removeable dropper lever Compatible with mechanically activated droppers and suspension lockout systems MSRP: $119.99 Lock, drop and roll If you’ve got an XC race bike, you’re probably…

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Running in pants isn’t always anyone’s favorite choice. Knowing that, Patagonia put some thought and design expertise into their new Strider Pro Pants that are part of their High Endurance Kit for alpine trail running. As it turns out, running in these lightweight pants isn’t so bad after all. Patagonia Strider Pro Pants Features: 100% recycled ripstop polyester Snap closure legs Drawstring waistband Interior stuff/phone storage pocket Fair trade certified MSRP: $129 Lightweight warmth and comfort Tights are more the flavor du jour for cold-weather trail running. But, what about when inclement weather rolls in unexpectedly? Or, what about those…

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Tifosi does a masterful job of making versatile, cycling-friendly sunglasses at affordable prices. Their latest model, the Tifosi Tsali, is a lightweight rimless design aimed squarely at cycling and running. Tifosi Tsali Sunglasses Features: Grilamid TR-90 frame material Polycarbonate lenses with 100% UV protection Adjustable nose and temple tips Includes 3 interchangeable lenses MSRP: $69.95 or $79.95 with Clarion lenses (as tested) Tsali offers uninhibited vision When out on the road, I don’t want anything blocking my line-of-sight. Thick, chunky sunglasses are an absolute “no-no” in my book. The only exception to “Sunglasses Rule #1” has been the recent crop…

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Merino wool has long been one of my favorite fabrics. I’d honestly wear a fine-quality Merino wool shirt every day if I could. With that, I’ve been wearing the Voormi River Run Hoodie around for a few months and it’s got a lot of great things to talk about. Voormi River Run Merino Hoodie Features: DUAL SURFACE™ UL Precision Blended Merino Wool Integrated thumb loops Relaxed full cover hood 52% Merino wool / 48% polyester (100 g/m2) Weight: 160 grams (medium, actual) MSRP: $129 Versatility in a Merino hoodie With the best performance comes innovation. To really excel, you can’t be…

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Blue suede shoes are classics that only The King can wear (or sing about). But, Shimano has done us all a favor by making blue (non-suede) mtb/cx/gravel shoes that have knocked it out of the park this year. The Shimano S-Phyre XC9’s are stiff, responsive and great for all things dirt at breakneck speeds. Shimano S-Phyre XC9 Features: Asymmetric, one-piece upper for superb fit Stiff, carbon composite midsole (11 Stiffness) Perforated upper for ventilation Dual BOA IP1 fit system Low stack height for improved pedal feel Grippy Michelin outsole Optional, 18mm climbing spikes External heel cup for rock solid foot…

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After being teased for what seems like a year, the 2021 Canyon Aeroad is finally official. This slippery road racer is slated to continue setting new aerodynamic benchmarks for Canyon and aero road bikes in general. Now, fresh off the overall win at the 2020 BinckBank Tour, the all-new Canyon Aeroad is ready for business (under the legs of wunderkid, Mathieu van der Poel and now the rest of us). First unveiled in 2014, the previous-generation Aeroad had some notable wins at the Tour de France and Tour of Flanders over the years. For 2021, the Canyon Aeroad was re-designed…

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Gravel wheelsets aren’t always just “gravel” wheelsets. But, the ENVE G23 really is a gravel-focused wheelset with all the trappings you’d ever need for pure gravel enjoyment. They are light, fast and will transform any gravel bike into a speed demon. ENVE G23 Wheelset Features: Features ENVE’s Wide Hookless Bead Built to run even lower pressures without pinch flatting ENVE Alloy Disc CL hubs Optimized for 40mm tires (28-50mm recommended) 25mm depth 23mm internal width / 31.5mm outer width Weight: 1305 grams (complete, stated) MSRP: $2550 Purpose-built gravel wheels Upon arrival, the ENVE G23’s stood out with their matchy matchy…

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