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New Arrivals – May 6, 2004

Edited by John Stevenson

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Welcome to New Arrivals, a section showcasing the latest equipment that's landed on the Cyclingnews tech desk. Look out for reviews over the next few months when we've clocked up some saddle time with this stuff.

We don't usually dedicate all of New Arrivals to one manufacturer, but Campagnolo just sent us a big box of 2004 spring/summer clothing, so today, here's a look at the whole shebang.

Campagnolo Dynaflex Bib shorts

Dynaflex Bib shorts

One of the flagship items in Campagnolo's top-end Dynaflex line of clothing, these bib shorts are perhaps the most thoroughly detailed we've ever seen. They boast a wide variety of materials depending on the area of the shorts: honeycomb Lycra for the bib, double stretchable mesh, and thick, conforming Lycra for the main body.

As you'd expect, Campagnolo has paid lots of attention to the seat lining, which resembles your old slab-of-leather chamois about as much as a Ducati 996 resembles a 1957 Royal Enfield. The three-layer construction includes a thin layer of foam for cushioning and the top fabric is impregnated with silver, which Campagnolo claims inhibits bacterial growth.

There's plenty of reflective tape for evening and night-time visibility, a double back pocket for your keys and change and silicome legs grippers to keep things in place.

More info: www.campagnolo.com

The tri-tone Dynaflex jersey

Campagnolo Dynaflex jersey

The matching shirt is similarly detailed, with mesh and lightweight fabric over areas that tend to get sweaty, Scotchlite reflective piping for visibility, two roomy rear pockets with more Scotchlite bwteen them and a full-length zip for those days when you just have to cool off as much as possible. There are also three-quarter zip and a sleeveless versions.

All the Dynaflex jerseys use UV-opaque fabrics across the shoulders and claim a UV protection factor of 50+.

More info: www.campagnolo.com

The Dynaflex gloves

Campagnolo Dynaflex gloves

Campagnolo's Dynaflex gloves feature honeycomb and mesh backing with reflective piping to keep your hand signals visible at night, and a synthetic leather palm criss-crossed with silicone gripper. There's also plenty of fine-pile towelling for those sweaty (or very cold!) days when you just have to wipe.

More info: www.campagnolo.com

For when it gets a little colder

Dynaflex jacket

For cooler and damp rides, Campagnolo offers this waterproof, breathable Textran nylon jacket to pull over the rest of your Dynaflex ensemble. It features ventilation zips on the back and shoulders, a pair of zip-up rear pockets and reflective fabric on the back and elbows.

More info: www.campagnolo.com

The Metal jersey

Campagnolo Metal full zip jersey

Next down from Dynaflex in Campagnolo's clothing hierarchy, the Metal series is nevertheless high-zoot kit. The Metal full zip jersey is made from Hydrofit fabric that features instantaneous moisture evaporation, according to Campagnolo, with mesh in sweaty areas like the armpits and reflective piping for evening rides.

More info: www.campagnolo.com

The Metal C Tp gloves

Campagnolo Metal ComforTemp Gloves

These gloves feature Lycra and a material called ConforTemp, a foam that's claimed to actively help with temperature regulation, using 'phase change technology'. The palm features an embossed Campagnolo logo and there's a reflective logo on te back, along with a good-sized fine-pile towilling wipe.

More info: www.campagnolo.com

Metal racing bib shorts

Campagnolo Metal racing bib shorts

The Metal bibs feature a polypropylene bib with flat stitching so it's comfortable whatever you're wearing over the top, and Campagnolo's EPP three-layer lining with ComforTemp foam. There's a diddy pocket in the back for your change and key and silicone elastic grippers keep the legs in place.

More info: www.campagnolo.com

Campagnolo's Metal

Campagnolo Metal vest

For cooler spring days (or the beginning of autumn as currently being experienced in Cyclingnews' Sydney office) the Metal vest is made from stretchable, windproof Textran. There's a two-way zip with a fabric flap to stop it rubbing on your neck and elastic in the collar to snug it round your neck.

As you'd expect from an outer layer that's going to see plenty of evening use, there's also lots of reflective piping; silicone grippers help stop it riding up.

More info: www.campagnolo.com

The budget-level

Campagnolo NEXT short

NEXT is Campagnolo's cost-conscious clothing range but the shorts are still a decent-quality item, with six-panel construction, EPP, three-layer lining, reflective logo and leg grips.

More info: www.campagnolo.com

The Next jersey under lights,

Campagnolo Next full zip jersey

The Next Coolmax full zip jersey might just turn out to be one of the bargains of Campagnolo's clothing range. Construction is classically simple to keep costs down - three main panels, a zip, raglan sleeves and three back pockets - but the interesting feature is the colour print. As well as adding an unusual look (which is one of those things we're sure people will love or hate) the pattern is reflective and lights up in headlights for extra visibility.

More info: www.campagnolo.com


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