Danish sportswear company GripGrab, have sent us some of their cycling accessories to try out, in this preview we take a brief look at what they sent.
GripGrab is a Danish company formed in 2000 by three brothers; Martin, Kristian and Bjørn Krøyer. They make accessories and gloves for cycling and running and are confident enough in the quality of their product to offer a no-nonsense product warranty; if you’re not satisfied with your purchase, they’ll replace it free of charge.
My first experience of GripGrab accessories were their Rider gloves that I reviewed last year. They are a great pair of gloves and despite getting a lot of heavy use, still look good. So I’m expecting a similar performance from these latest items.
We can separate our test items into two groups; spring weather accessories, for when the weather is almost good enough to fool you into exposing your pale, winter flesh; and aero items for high-speed days.
Group one consists of lightweight arm and leg warmers and RaceAqua Hi-Vis shoe covers. The lightweight arm and leg warmers are an essential bit of cycling kit. Whether for pre-event warm-ups or for rides that start chilly, then blossom into full on sunny rides. I use them a lot, especially for fast winter rides, where full bibs can sometimes be too hot, or for when I know I’m going to be hanging around after a ride and don’t want to get cold. If you don’t have a pair, get some!
While warm enough to keep the chill off, they’re not so heavy that you can’t stuff them into your jersey pocket. Silicone grippers help keep them up and they’ve even included a useful L and R on each one, handy for those early morning starts where you can’t quite remember your right from your left! The legs have a shaped, multi-panel design and reflective logos.
Next are the RaceAqua Hi-Vis shoe covers, these retina searing covers are a waterproof cover for race day, or fast rides in the wet. The fit is meant to be a lot tighter than a traditional over shoe, to help with aerodynamics, but should still keep the water at bay. The material has a slight stretch to it and I chose to go with what GripGrab call a regular fit for my shoes size. The only problem I can see is that with some of my shoes the buckles and Boa fastenings could make getting them on a struggle.
Moving on to the aero items, we have a pair of Aero TT gloves and RaceAero TT shoe covers. These lightweight items are race day items, where you’re looking to shave seconds off your PB. Both items are thin with laser cut cuffs and silicone strips to help keep them in place.
The Aero TT gloves use Doctor Gel padding which is positioned to work best when riding with aero-bars. Designed for maximum aerodynamic efficiency, the fit of gloves and shoe covers is tight and GripGrab recommend you take care when removing them.
We’ll be trying out these items over the coming months and will let you know how we get on with them.
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