Who likes a wet arse? Not me. But I thought I could withstand one for the sake of saving $150. That was until I experienced the benefits of some Ground Effect Helter Skelters. These are ¾ length waterproof trousers that you would normally wear over your riding shorts—think of a shell jacket for your lower half. They’re made of special breathable Hydrofoil fabric, so they’re “totally waterproof, completely windproof and extremely breathable” according to Ground Effect. After a few months of use in one of Wellington’s wettest autumns in memory I am a total convert. Every wet day I went out I stayed bone dry. The ¾ length keeps your knees warm, the Velcro fastenings keep them from riding up and overall they’re much more comfortable than a full length trouser. The waist is elastic with a drawcord, but the fit is on the large side so I went for a smaller size than usual. I found them easy to get on and off over my clothing, even with my shoes on. The real beauty is that they fold up into their own pocket to a size not much larger than your wallet, so they easily fit in your bag. I should note, however, that if you’re working hard in warmer weather the Helter Skelters are likely to get as moist on the inside as they are on the outside, but that’s no different to any other fully waterproof clothing I’ve tried. Waterproof trousers may not be a sexy investment but a pair of these will be an addition to your wardrobe that you won’t regret. A must for any all-weather rider. Highly recommended. MARK DANGERFIELD
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The Flat pedal shoe market has thickened recently, and one brand leading the charge is Ride Concepts. We did some skids this summer in a long term test, and are stoked there is a new player in the mix.
The Orbea Rallon is a hot topic. Good looking and extremely well put together, this pedigree machine gets the carpark talking. We got to spend a few days aboard the Spanish rig and collated some thoughts inside.
We got to spend some of our summer thrashing around on this beast. A user friendly 180mm do it all park bike, that’ll pop jumps and rip turns till the cows come home. Get in.
Two bikes for the price of one? Canyon’s new Strive enters with 29” wheels and a revised shapeshifter giving you a 135mm trail bike and a 150mm enduro weapon at the press of a button. Does it live up to the hype?
We take a look at Whyte’s short travel 130mm 27.5 trail which has all the hallmarks of their bigger rigs. This bike questions the big travel trends and makes us take a look at what we actually require out of a bike. Is big actually better?