Q36.5: New cycling shorts: Salopette ventd
Feb09

Q36.5: New cycling shorts: Salopette ventd

For its Spring/Summer 2015 Collection, Q36.5 expands its line of cycling shorts or culottes … with the Salopette ventd.   Would you wear a new pair of cycling shorts for the first time if you were facing a 200K trial? No sooner have I tried them on, that I realize just how right the fitting from the brand Q36.5 really is. It is outstanding, cycling shorts and pad (chamois) all rolled into one. Though the original concept was designed to create top-grade cycling shorts for competition, I can assure you that it will delight anyone who loves the idea of riding for hours on end too. For the sake of comparison, let us contrast it with its sibling, the Salopette L1 Essential. The fabric on the sides of the cycling shorts allows for maximum breathability. The compression of the material in the thigh area is very balanced without being bothersome. For those of you who do not like excessive compression, these cycling shorts are for you. Another feature which has caught my attention is the pad or chamois. At first glance, while comparing it with the Salopette L1, it does not come with as much padding, which would lead one to see a similarity with other brands. Nothing could be further from the truth. After seven hours on my bike, the hamstrings are intact, not the slightest discomfort. I believe the reason is that even though the new model lacks an external chamois base, it has the same amount of padding as the Salopette L1. Plus, it has greater breathability and there is a notable drop in discomfort.   On the other hand, these cycling shorts adjusts more to the anatomy of the pelvis and groin, allowing for the new chamois to be more precise than its predecessor and perfect in its fit. Expressed differently, let’s just say that these new cycling shorts fit like a glove. Another interesting feature is the cycling shorts’ straps. They continue to have the same tubular design as the former model, but are lighter and have greater breathability. The lumbar region of these cycling shorts is also reinforced in such a way that it is barely visible and, curiously with the passing of hours, we do not experience the kind of suffering we’ve grown accustomed to in this area.   The Salopette Vented cycling shorts are destined to carve a niche for themselves among the finest of cycling shorts (they may very well be the finest yet). They are tailor-made for those of us who welcome major challenges. No doubt these cycling shorts will become my personal choice for any of the major challenges that...

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New women’s cycling jersey from Q36.5
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New women’s cycling jersey from Q36.5

Q36.5 launches its new women’s cycling collection for this Spring/Summer 2015. These new prints in 3D transmit the impression of an embossed effect that is truly gorgeous. The new exclusive Lycra maillots from Q36.5 are lighter, more flexible and resistant. The most distinctive feature from Q36.5 or the big difference with other brands is that sensation of simplicity in the cut and fabrication which contributes to a unique design that adjusts to your body perfectly. You can check them out at U51PRO San Sebastian or Madrid and www.mikelkolino.com...

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Advance 2015 Spring/Summer Collection fromQ36.5
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Advance 2015 Spring/Summer Collection fromQ36.5

This spring/summer 2015 pay attention to the new maillots and cycling jerseys from the Italian manufacturer Q36.5 . New colors such as hawaii, blue, pink, with 3D prints, and the Voccaboia, an Italian expression which refers to a cyclist pulling away from the lead group in a race, thereby breaking the prevailing homogeneity, in an effort to not be one of the herd. Avante-garde design from the super-tight-fitting and flexible Lycra which fits like a glove and has máximum breathability. The most notable difference with Q36.5 is that its design and pattern is exclusive for cycling workouts with back pockets that do not hang or flap about, are invisible to the eye and are aerodynamic. Check them out on...

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Project 365
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Project 365

Proyecto 365 is the fruit of my own restlessness regarding the brands that I sell at my business U51PRO and www.mikelkolino.com. It is fundamental to dispose of information concerning sports apparel and equipment in situations that are uncommon to most of us. This is my main aim. Initially, when I speak of “uncommon situations”, I am referring to spending one year in the mountains, for instance, using all the brands to their maximum limit. It is important to point out that this project is neither about climbing nor engaging in challenges that test the limits of physical endurance. It is about coexisting with sports material and equipment such as Arc´teryx gamma lt pants, ar Beta ar jacket , rho zip jerseys, kata 45 backpacks, X-bionic Tees, accumulator extra warm and energy interiors, mk2 tights and adrelaline socks,  Falke, Q36.5 undershirts, Be love 0 socks and base layer 3 in Eureka tents, Suunto wrist watches. This entire project would not be possible without my great friend, Grego, who has taped himself with two video cameras and which I have gone to pick up the material produced in video and photography. I would like to excuse myself for the quality of the videotaping, but there is no major commercial brand collaborating on this venture. It is a real context in which there will be a weekly and monthly sensory watch, there will be varying takes on Grego’s psychological state as well as the operation and deterioration Mikel Kolino...

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SALOPETTE L1… The Ferrari of Cycling Tights
Oct21

SALOPETTE L1… The Ferrari of Cycling Tights

Last Sunday I had an opportunity to try them out for the first time… The truth is that for anyone unfamiliar with the product, this may sound like quantum mechanics or, at the very least, a prototype of some sports innovation… However, the reality is much simpler than all that… we are speaking of cycling tights… that is, basically I have tried these on… they are not just any tights, but model Salopette L1 from the brand Q36.5, which is a mouthful… better said, it is the Ferrari of cycling tights.   I had heard people speak wonders of them and, fortunately for me, I finally was able to get a pair of them… Let me state upfront that I am no expert in cycling, insofar as cycles or equipment is concerned… I really haven’t tried many brands; nevertheless, one thing is clear: they are different and better than any other cycling tights I have ever owned. One notices the difference when you put them on. The Lycra is different, denser, you have the feeling that it is “more” of a cycling tight, it adjusts much more than any other… such is the case that even though I had tried them on at Walktopro, when I did the same at home, I felt uncertainty as to whether I had the right size or not… that is what happens when cycling tights adjust so well…   Once on, it was time to test them or try them out, so I headed out to the street with them… the first thing I noticed was that the feeling of being a tad small disappeared as soon as I began pedaling. From the first kilometer, I felt very comfortable in them… though it is true that, at first, the sensations were slightly contradictory… I admit I did go out with a certain critical spirit and was very aware of the sensations I was experiencing… I wanted to know if such an expensive product was worth its cost, so from the very first pedaling I was thinking of the sensations these cycling tights were transmitting, is something that I had never done with any other.   The first few kilometers unfolded without any special revelation, that is, the sensations were the same as with any other cycling tights; in fact, I was asking myself whether the investment was worth it… I did not notice any difference with the others. However, as I progressed in kilometers, the sensations began to change. The thing that most caught my attention was that these cycling tights did not move an inch, it seemed like the inner padding and...

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ARC’TERYX: KEEP ON TREKKING
Jun13

ARC’TERYX: KEEP ON TREKKING

I’ve been working for more than 12 years with sports apparel; you could say I have seen practically all the brands on the market in the areas of trekking, running, cycling and so forth. Maybe it’s my age or just that I’m particularly meticulous when it comes to products, but lately there is nothing out there that motivates me, as far as brands or products are concerned. Once again, it was time to do my annual shopping for the Spring/Summer collection. It sounds crazy, right? In this case, I was buying for my U51-Pro shops in San Sebastian and Madrid the latest from the Canadian brand, Arc’teryx, clothing manufacturer for trekking, climbing, skiing and a reference point as a global brand. As a novelty for Spring 2015, I have had the opportunity to test and use the new Arc’teryx footwear. The company has been working on developing trekking footwear aimed at meeting the same lofty standards as their other products. They’ve managed it. The first thing that catches one’s attention is their light weight. I am referring specifically to the Alfa FL Men`s model in a size 10 (UK). It weighs 410 grams, way below anything else on the market. The manufacturing concept and design is totally new; it is a shoe which has an ankle boot inside and, depending on the model, this can be removed or not. My attention was not grabbed only by this feature. The ankle boot has tremendous breathability, built to ensure maximum performance in this regard. The outer part of the shoe is not embossed at all. That is, it is smooth except for laser-cut perforations which help avoid scrapes, providing maximum fit. The toe and heel are reinforced and come with an Arc’a Approach sole. Even though this footwear has been conceived for sports use, it is so attractive that you will have no problem using it as casual wear. The model I looked at was for men, the Alpha2 FL Men’s, manufactured in Gore-tex. This particular has a removable ankle boot. With this model, you can choose an Insulated Mid ankle boot for brutally cold days. Another model, the Alpha FL GTX Men’s comes with an ankle boot that is not removable. Alpha FL Men’s is the same model, but does not come in Gore-tex. There is also the Bora2 Mid Men’s, with a removable ankle boot, Gore-tex, 550 grams. This boot has the possibility of inter-changing with the Insulated Mid Bora Mid GTX Men’s, which does not have this possibility of change and weighs 500 grams. In sum, it is a pity we have to wait till next February but...

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