I like gloves, and I like getting free gloves, but ABD’s new Flat Out glove has honestly earned the moniker BGE (best glove ever). I can’t see us parting ways, like Nicole and Paris, anytime soon. This glove won’t be for everyone, but if you’re a fan of thin gloves with seamless palms, zero padding on the top and a good amount of grip, then these are going to be your new gloves—trust me. The design is simple, and one that most glove companies have in their lineup, but ABD has added an indefinable something that pushes the Flat Out past its competition. The massively grippy and seriously branded palm is spot on. The thin exterior is exactly right for a lightweight glove—not so breathable that you can’t use it in winter, but not so thick that you overheat. If they lost the Velcro fastening these gloves would be even more perfect. I’ve been using the Flat Outs for everything: early morning road rides, overnight trips and everyday singletrack missions. The fit is perfect and in the time I’ve been using them they haven’t become misshapen at all. All my other pairs of gloves now sit on the shelf, ranked in order of which ones most resemble the ABDs. There you have it. The best gloves ever, or at least until someone sends me a better pair. CALEB SMITH
Afton are another newcomer in what seems a flood of new shoe brands, but the stylish look and comfort have got everyone talking. Want to be the snazziest dude among your mates? Look no further.
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?