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In the Drops: Pearl Izumi kit, Precision Hydration Gels and Proviz Women’s Tour Cycling Jacket

Our weekly round-up of the newest gear in cycling, plus some axe-throwing

Robyn Davidson
29 Apr 2022

Welcome back to another edition of In the Drops! It seems like only last week we... oh.

At Cyclist, departing Digital Editor Joe Robinson (sad face) reviewed the Officine Mattio OM1 S, and anything described as an 'Italian beefcake' instantly grabs my attention.

Tech Editor Sam Challis has chimed in on the dropper post debate and been busy reviewing the Tifosi Auriga Disc, while Wahoo acquired RGT Cycling to become Wahoo RGT.

I covered the inspiring nature of Thibaut Pinot at the Tour of the Alps only for him to promptly win the next day. 

Everyone liked that. 


But onto my latest instalment of In the Drops which sees the newest kit drop from Pearl iZUMi, Precision Hydration gels and the Proviz Classic Women's Tour Cycling Jacket.

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Pearl iZUMi

Pearl iZUMi’s latest kit drop contains a variety of updated essentials such as bib shorts, colourful jerseys and even arm and leg warmers for when the wind whips up. Which, in the North, has been occurring a fair bit recently.

Women's Expedition Pro Bib Shorts

A new Levitate Pro Chamois upgrades the Women’s Expedition Pro Bib Shorts with a triple-density design. The chest clip allows you to adjust strap positions for comfort too. 

The bibs are certainly one of the comfier pairs I've troed, largely down to the straps not cutting in.

They also include cargo pockets on the thighs and two pockets at the rear for essentials. Ideal for taking your phone out quickly for an Instagram story of some scenery.

I'm such a sucker for a sunset photo. 

Women's Quest Jersey

Sometimes I’m tired of skin-tight jerseys that feel constricting.

The Women’s Quest Jersey is designed to have a more relaxed fit instead of being racer-tight, which I've found, and is now made of sustainable materials like recycled polyester.

I love the various colours this jersey is available in. The 'SCREAMING YELLOW' does what is says on the tin and, frankly, is a little bit relatable. 

Precision Hydration PF 30 Gels

The Precision Fuel gels from Precision Hydration claim to deliver 30g of carbohydrates into your system quickly, ideally for efforts lasting more than 60 minutes.

The 'Jumbo Gel' version (pictured here) packs three of these servings in a resealable pouch.

They don’t contain electrolytes, caffeine, or artificial ingredients, and are a ‘neutral, original’ flavour. Ideal for when you can't hack another strong fruit flavoured gel mid-ride.

Suitable for vegans too!

Proviz Classic Women’s Tour Cycling Jacket

The Classic Women’s Tour Cycling Jacket from Proviz is waterproof up to 10,000mm. The zip helps keep out the elements as the hard-wearing cuffs are easily adjustable to suit the season.

The Classic Women’s Tour Cycling Jacket has REFLECT360 retro-reflective material on its exterior, with a waist toggle to adjust the waistband if you desire.

It’s highly breathable, complete with everyone’s favourite side pockets for snacks too.

Handily demonstrated by my new nails.

What we're into this week: Axe throwing

Folks, I turned the big 24 on the 23rd of April. But don't tell that to the other team members, who refuse to hear my claims of 'growing old.'

There's a lot to do in Manchester, so I went to the local axe-throwing place to celebrate with friends and assert my dominance as someone who could win the Hunger Games. 

There's nothing quite like shattering the board into mini splinters with your axe and being told by a group of men that you're dangerous.

Is this the best comment I've ever received in my life? Probably. Will I live if we're suddenly thrust into an apocalyptic situation? Open for debate.

After axe-throwing (please do not do this before, I will not be held responsible), we went to the local bar along the canal for some Pornstar Martinis and shots. I hope you had as nice a weekend as I did, and not the morning after. 

See you again soon!

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