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PICK OF THE PRODUCTS I FEBRUARY 2014


Seal Skinz Kids Waterproof Gloves www.sealskinz.com £20


Seal Skinz kid’s gloves remove all excuses for retreating indoors during the colder months thanks to a clever mix of materials keeping little digits dry and warm. However, sizing seems a touch hit n’ miss so virtual purchases are best avoided. Essentially, we’ve a three-layer sandwich comprising of a soft shell, rip stop nylon outer, polyurethane palms, polyester lining and waterproof/breathable Hipora membrane. Refl ective logos offer a subtle nod in safety’s direction, accentuating hand signals without losing street cred. Tapered cuffs incorporate an extended knitted gauntlet that forms a seamless interface, preventing wind, rain and chill gusting inside training jackets, jerseys or indeed, civilian coats. Hipora’s properties can feel a little alien to begin with and while icy winds won’t pose any problems, things can prove uncomfortably clammy when temperatures sneak past single fi gures. Verdict: Nice generic outdoor gloves but sizing is defi nitely on the small side.


Purple Harry Bike Cleaner/Degreaser www.purpleharry.co.uk 750ml £7.99


Purple Harry Bike Cleaner/degreaser is a an effective grime busting formula giving most genres of dirt short shrift, yet mild enough for use on all surfaces. Composition isn’t particularly ground-breaking, essentially a mild alkaline brew with our old friend, non-ionic surfactants leading from the front.


Performance upon generic grime is really impressive. Deliberately extending waiting times and half-hearted rinses hasn’t induced streaking or other unsightly residue. However, the mild consistency lacks tenacity on thicker petro-chemical chain lubes, demanding several reapplications and sustained scrubbing to cleanse embedded dirt. It’s much the same story when talking chains/cassettes too.


Moving to mountain bikes, I was suitably impressed by its subtle prowess, banishing trail grime with no tell-tale footprints on elastomers and other rubberised components. Verdict: Gentle grime busting bike wash but too dilute in its present guise for degreasing duties.


Seal Skinz Winter Overshoes www.sealskinz.com £30


Seal Skinz winter overshoes are the most convenient I’ve used, thanks to clever materials and sensible, road specifi c design. They’re fashioned from micro fl eece lined neoprene but it’s a middleweight, waterproof variety with pleasant leatherette texture forcing rain, sleet and slush harmlessly away. Storm fl aps and water repellent heel zips, along with Kevlar toes, make for sturdy, sure-footed construction. There’s usually some trade off with impervious membranes,


breathability being the most obvious casualty when the mercury rises above single fi gures. However, mild, wet late autumn temperatures haven’t induced such.


Despite long, steady outings along waterlogged lanes in driving rain wearing summer weight road shoes, my feet have remained almost completely arid. Some wetness had snuck past the twin bolt cleats and those particularly susceptible to chill could be better served by thermal models. Well designed and near as damn it impervious overshoes that breathe remarkably effi ciently.


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