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At the Peloton Service Course we’re currently riding a new wind vest from Donkey Label, Peter Sagan’s Look KEO Blade 2 pedals and the Suomy Gun Wind Helmet. Donkey Label seeks improvement through simplification and fit, Suomy brings the helmet we’ve seen on Lampre-Merida riders to the states and LOOK wants Peter Sagan to inspire a few more watts from our legs.
Donkey Label Wind Vest
The wind vest. Pretty simple garment, a million examples are on the road. What’s left to improve? Plenty, according to Donkey Label out of Minnesota. It’s a stylish piece with heathered, wind proof front panels and breathable rear mesh that is incredibly stretchy. It focused on improving fit around the collar, shoulders, and access to pockets – all with the simple, slightly off-beat style Donkey Label is known for. Options for an orange or green stripe Donkey Label logo on back are what Donkey Label calls ‘low-vis’, meaning it provides visibility without looking like it belongs on a traffic cone.
Suomy Gun Wind
In this world of espresso at McDonalds, there are still things that feel reliably exotic and european – escargot, limoncello – and this year the Suomy helmets we saw on the heads of Lampre-Merida riders. It’s called the Gun Wind, looks like no other helmet on the market, is the first cycling race helmet from the Italian motorcycle brand and now it’s coming to the US.
It’s light, 250grams for the size medium we are testing, and the vent layout, with big exhaust ports on top, make it great for slow climbing in hot weather with exceptional radiant heat ventilation. The fit system, called a ‘Biaxial Size Adjuster’, creates a firm and comfortable hold while it’s packed with current safety features like internal reinforcement and has lots of extras available from bug nets to rain covers. Suomy offers the Gun Wind in 13different color ways – from a Lampre-Merida Replica and Hi-Vis options to classic black and white.
LOOK KEO Blade 2 Signature Series
Who doesn’t like Peter Sagan? According to social media, nobody. The guy is unquestionably the most popular rider in the world and now you can ride his pedals – sort of. LOOK is offering the offering the KEO Blade 2 in a signature series with Peter Sagan graphics on the carbon blade. These are standard KEO Blade 2’s with a 110gram weight, big contact patch for power transfer, two options for cleat release release angle and low 13mm stack height. LOOK is also making an ‘El Pistolero’ version for Contador. While we’ve always been fans of his attacking riding style, according to social media, he’s not quite as popular as Mr. Sagan.