Giant Ambassador George Fox has been riding since the age of 9 so he knows what works when it comes to cycling clothing. Read his thoughts on his favourite bits of kit from the Giant range below.
ProShield Rain Jacket
Straight away the vivid cyan colour hits you with a ‘be safe, be seen’ note which is ideal for the conditions this jacket is made for. It is great to see the option between Giant’s own cyan and a neon yellow for an even more safety conscious rider as well!
The fit of this jacket is true to size, generally I consider myself a medium in virtually everything and this jacket fits like a glove. Importantly with rain gear, you don’t want anything to be super tight, the main reason is you’ll nearly always want something underneath to help keep you warmer as well! The ProShield jacket lives up to this with the option for just a baselayer, an additional jersey or even a long sleeve jersey all fitting underneath to help keep you warm in the worse weather.
A waterproof zip helps to keep the conditions out when you’re up against it, while the exterior central pocket on the back gives enough room to keep your phone to hand, or if you’re training you can keep nutrition ready to go without having to stop at all.
Sleeve length is something I am VERY conscious of, I generally need longer sleeves on most of my cycling kit, however, the ProShield comes straight down to the wrists even in my riding position and has secure velcro tabs for keeping them there over the top of my gloves too!
Don’t be put off by the name 'Rain Jacket', I have completed some pretty hard training sessions in this jacket with just a Giant short sleeve base layer underneath in temperatures approaching 0 degrees, it wasn’t wet but the windproof characteristics of this jacket meant I was the perfect temperature for training too!
On the whole, this has become my ‘go to’ jacket over my Castelli Gabba simply because it suits nearly all conditions from wet and 0 degrees to 7 or 8 degrees and sunshine, just carefully choose what you want to wear to underneath it and you’ll be ready to go!
Diversion Knee warmers
The Diversion Knee Warmers come in above the 3D Knee Warmers and as soon as you get them out of the packaging you can see why! A careful cut combined with no slip upper and lower cuffs mean that these knee warmers go on and stay on exactly where you want them!
These knee warmers feature Giant’s ProTextura fabric that in essence is designed to keep you warm and dry at the same time! Now by the nature of them being knee warmers, there is a good chance you’re going to these when it is 8 to 14 degrees, so warmth isn’t always the idea. The windproofing of these knee warmers is where you really see the benefit, they’re not thick enough to really notice them when riding, but the ProTextura material is more than enough to keep the wind off and keep those muscles warm while riding!
Personally I always choose knee warmers between 8 and 14 degrees because there is a good chance that once you start to chase a Strava segment or get stuck into a proper training session leg warmers will simply make you overheat, so having a well fitted knee warmer is perfect as an all-rounder for the late winter/early spring/autumn conditions! To find out more about the Diversion range and the technology behind it, check out this article.
Thanks to the ProTextura fabric, the Diversion range keeps you dry and warm. Take a look at the entire range here.
Race Day Long Sleeve Jersey
Firstly, Giant have nailed the colour way with this, I am a big fan of the Navy blue and stripes combo! But more importantly, let's have a look at the jersey’s technical and practical ability!
Firstly sizing; I consider myself an ‘all round’ medium so nearly everything I own comes up medium and this jersey is no different. At just over 6ft and 75kg it is a safe bet if you’re a similar size! On me, the medium fits as the title suggests, a race fit. The sleeve length is bang on and the slightly fleecy liner means the jersey is perfect for 3 to 12 degrees. Choose your baselayer carefully and you could use this jersey all winter in all honesty!
As with most cycling gear, the Race Day Jersey features 3 well-sized pockets on the rear meaning ample room for tools, nutrition and your phone. The zip is nice and secure leaving you with an extremely well fitting jersey that Is extremely versatile at this time of year!