Garmin’s new radar-equipped taillight now includes a video camera that captures close passes or worse as evidence.
Then we travel back in time with De Marchi’s new website to the golden age of cycling – and once you’ve been there, you can buy the jersey.
Meanwhile, MAAP’s new collection is more of an interpretation than a replica of the 1980s and 1990s – which could be a good thing depending on your perspective.
Tester and tri types can shave watts off their CdAs and grams off their wallets with Smith’s new $375 Jetstream TT helmet – and it’s double-protected, too, with Smith’s own Koroyd construction and MIPS also.
Finally, the Beardy Texans ZZ Top sang about cheap sunglasses. They might have compared them to shades of rhinestones, but we don’t think they jumped out of a plane to test them, like Californian brand Goodr did with their $49 Wrap G glasses.
Let’s start with the new Garmin Varia – could this be a game changer?
The new Garmin Varia rear light includes a video camera as well as a radar
Garmin’s new Varia RCT715 radar-equipped tail light now includes a camera that records high-resolution video of what’s happening behind you.
And in the event of an incident, the device’s automatic incident detection feature records before, during and after footage.
By high resolution, Garmin means up to 1080p/30fps – enough frames per second to allow users to see what happened in detail, crucially capturing a license plate.
As with the previous version, the Varia Rear Radar provides visual and audio alerts to your compatible head unit (it doesn’t have to be a Garmin) or the Varia head unit when a vehicle approaches up to 140 meters.
Garmin says the light itself, 65 lumens on flash day, is visible up to a mile away.
Battery life naturally suffers slightly due to the addition of the camera and there’s no longer the 16 hours of daytime flash that the non-camera-equipped RTL515 offers: Garmin claims that the Varia RCT715 offers up to four hours of battery life with radar and taillight. on high or solid night flash and up to six hours with radar and taillight on day flash – with the camera recording continuously at 1080p.
It weighs 147g compared to the cameraless unit’s 71g and costs almost twice as much: the cameraless RTL515 sells for £169.99 while the new Varia RCT715 has a suggested retail price of £349. £.99/$399.99.
We found the rear-facing radar incredibly useful, especially for group riding. Keep an eye out for our review of this latest unit.
New De Marchi website celebrates cycling’s golden age
Italian clothing brand De Marchi has launched a new website which celebrates its long history of providing the jerseys in some of cycling’s most recognizable images.
The photo of an exhausted but defiant Moser wearing the world champion jersey in 1978, surrounded by journalists and fans after losing Amstel Gold to Jan Raas, or a young Merckx having fun with Gimondi – these are jerseys made by From Marchi.
Through the new website you can buy high quality replicas made in Italy from wool or cotton and in some cases even made using the original machinery.
De Marchi provided perhaps the most legendary jersey of all time – Molteni. There is a story about the Merckx team in the “Journal” section of the website which also mentions the De Marchi limited edition jersey replica made in 2018 from the same Zegna wool yarn as in 1970, dyed Tailored to match Merckx’s exact jersey shade. and with the same adjustment. They sold out almost instantly and became a collector’s item.
The Heritage line includes jerseys made by the brand in the 40s, 50s and 60s and includes replica De Marchi jerseys worn by Merckx, Gimondi, Moser, Basso, Koblet, Adorni, by Atala, Bottecchia, Cinelli, Filotex and The Wilier Triestina teams and the national teams of Australia, Ireland, Switzerland, Italy, France and Belgium.
MAAP revives the 1980s and 1990s with the Axis and Fuse collections
Melbourne-based clothing label MAAP is a little newer to the scene than De Marchi, but still keen to get in on the retro action with its latest “design-focused capsule” which includes two collections, Axis and Fuse.
According to MAAP, these are inspired by the “most expressive jersey designs to be found during the heyday of professional racing” – meaning the 1980s and 1990s according to MAAP.
Both collections are available in men’s and women’s versions of the company’s signature Pro Jersey (£140). Axis is also available in long sleeve options (£150).
Each jersey is made from mostly recycled yarns in a combination of three materials that MAAP says maximizes its breathable, lightweight and moisture-wicking qualities. There’s also a matching Axis Team Bib Evo (£195) as well as haversacks, bottles and a Pro Air Cap.
“With the Axis collection, we are connecting the heritage of cycling design with a contemporary MAAP point of view. We had a rich pool of influences to draw from in the world of team racing of the 80s and 90s, because so many radical kits captured our imagination. We really wanted to rip the rulebook with this collection,” said Misha Glisovic, MAAP COO.
The gray of the MAAP kit seems inspired by the less colored panels of the La Vie Claire jersey while the logo suggests TVM and there is another logo on the sleeve which is almost reminiscent of Colnago, but the really “maximally expressive” jerseys of the time were surely the retina- the scorching Z-team kit, the weird Castorama overalls, maybe the mind-blowing car crash of stripes and colors that was the Toshiba jersey…
And don’t forget to check out our very own summer jersey buying guide for this year for more inspiration.
The new Smith Jetstream TT cover gets straight to the point
Smith has released a sharper, sharper time trial and triathlon cover to replace the old sausage-shaped Podium TT.
The American brand claims that the teardrop-style helmet has been extensively developed and tested in the wind tunnel to provide less air drag in all directions for faster, more efficient speeds. He says the longer shape creates an aerodynamic system that interacts with the rider’s back more completely than rounded profile helmet designs to reduce turbulence on the trailing aspects of the helmet.
With the Jetstream, Smith appears to be moving away from the chunky style lid that aimed to be aerodynamically efficient in a wider range of head positions. The teardrop shape of the new Jetstream TT will undoubtedly be faster as long as the pilot can maintain his head in the optimal position.
The Jetstream TT uses Smith’s Koroyd Zonal Impact Protection, but now also features MIPS, meaning it could perform quite well in a crash as well.
There are five strategically placed vents that Smith says keep you cool without adding drag “so you can focus on securing your place on the podium.”
It has a built-in magnetic visor, as all modern TT covers should, for easy lens changing between the bright ChromaPop sun lens and the secondary clear lens for low light conditions (it comes with both lenses).
There’s Smith’s VaporFit dial adjustment system offering 270 degrees of adjustment with the turn of a dial, an Ionic+ antimicrobial liner for sweat-activated odor control, and a low-profile Y-strap divider for a secure fit while reducing wind noise and aerodynamic drag.
The weight is 410g in size M and the price is $375/£299.
And finally… it’s a Wrap G from Calfornian sunglasses brand Goodr
The Californian and “budget” sunglasses brand, Goodr, has just released its wraparound pair of sunglasses, the Wrap G (funny enough). The huge lens brings a modern look to the range while promising to offer better protection from the elements and debris, as well as a wider field of view without obstructions or blind spots.
Goodr gave the grips a “special coating” to increase their slip resistance – their tests involved giving a group of skydivers the goggles as they jumped out of a plane, and the sunglasses stayed in place.
The frame comes in two size options to prevent bouncing on those with smaller heads and the nose is removable. Goodr says the anti-fog coating he uses is “extremely effective” at preventing moisture from building up inside the lenses.
With a retail price of $45 (UK price not yet confirmed), the Wrap G sunglasses are also particularly cheap. If the performance is as good as they claim, they are a very attractive option.
We have an upcoming set, so watch out for our review. In the meantime, you can Check out the sunglasses on the Goodr website.
And why not take a look at our very own guide to the best sunglasses while you’re here? We don’t claim to have jumped out of a plane, but we certainly got out on our bikes to test them.