The Road to Lanceville

The Best Helmet, Sunglasses, and Shoes

2004 Road Bike Review

2004 Road Bike Review

2004 Road Bike Review

THE LIGHTEST LID
Weighing less than this magazine, the GIRO ATMOS helmet is most notable for what it is not—heavy. The secret is a carbon-fiber lattice running through the shell, which allowed the company to slash the EPS foam with 26 vents. ($189; 831-420-4010, www.giro.com)
THE BRIGHTEST SHADES
If the one-piece, hinge-free design isn't enough to hold OAKLEY's RACING JACKET shades in place, the absorbent rubber in the nosepiece and stems will be—the stuff gets tackier as you sweat. Vented, persimmon-hued lenses bring out detail in shady tree sections but are still dark enough for intense daylight. ($165; 800-336-3994, www.oakley.com)
THE FLEETEST SHOES
For its new 22-ounce VIPER ROAD shoe, PEARL IZUMI borrowed the microadjustability and foot-swaddling support of the Boa Lacing System—a Kevlar-cable setup previously perfected on snowboard boots. Simply twist the ratcheting wheel to dial in a glove-like fit. ($190; 303-460-8888, www.pearlizumi.com)

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