Spring 2017 Women’s Product Picks: Fi’zi:k, Giro, Mavic, Bontrager, Lumos and Topical Edge

by Anne-Marije Rook

May 4, 2017

It’s been a long and dreary winter and spring for many North Americans as the rainy months just kept going and going. But now that spring weather is finally here (kinda), Ella editor Anne-Marije Rook has been able to put in some outside miles and test some new and fun product.

She’s been rotating through various shoes, helmets and apparel while fighting off muscle fatigue with Topical Edge. A lifestyle cyclist first and foremost, Rook has been riding around the city in the dark hours to test the visibility of Bontrager’s safety apparel as well as the crowd-funded Aster commuter backpack.

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Mavic Sequence Women’s Helmet and Shoes

by VeloClub

Perhaps best known for their wheels, Mavic is beefing up its presence on the soft goods and accessories this year with a new line of shoes, helmets and apparel.

Highlighting Mavic’s women’s products is the Sequence line, which features a race-ready yet budget-friendly helmet, shoes and apparel –all with a uniquely feminine fit and style.

We received the Sequence Pro helmet and Sequence Elite W shoe to review, and at first glance we were intrigued.

The shoes come in a rich plum colour and the helmet, which at first glance appeared black, actually matches the warm purple of the shoes. The triangle pattern on top of the helmet reappears in the liner of the shoes as well as on their soft goods for a complete look.

Mavic Sequence Pro Helmet.

Sequence Pro W Helmet

Taking after the (men’s) Cosmic Pro helmet, the Sequence Pro features the same speed inspiring design lines and Mavic’s patented Live Fit SL liner, a foam construction that moulds to your head shape for a personal fit and secure position without hotspots.

As with Mavic’s other top-of-the-line helmets, the Sequence Pro features the “Ergo Hold”  retention system that allows you to adjust the fit with a simple dial in the back, and Mavic’s 37.5 fabric liner for superior wicking and temperature regulation.

Mavic Sequence Pro Helmet.

And at just 230 grams in a size medium, the helmet is competitive with other race-ready helmets while coming in at a lower price point.

While a little wide in design, the helmet is perfectly comfortable and performed well. The large vents provide good airflow, the three adjustments points make for a superior personalised fit, there’s plenty of room for a pony tail, and it;s light weight.

For a race-ready helmet that looks sleek, keeps your head cool, meets all the safety requirements and comes with a relatively cost efficient price tag, the Sequence Pro Helmet is hard to beat.

Price: 165,00 € / $169 USD

Mavic. Sequence Elite.

Sequence Elite W Shoes

Another race-ready product with a wallet-friendly price tag, the Sequence Elite W shoe is a great example of trickle-down technology.

With a stiff, carbon reinforced sole and micro-adjustable fit, the Sequence Elite shoe balances comfort and style with performance and budget.

Outside, a variety of fabrics and streamlined design make for an aesthetically pleasing and durable shoe. Inside, the Ergo Fit 3D dual density inner sole uses OrthoLite foam for arch support, all-day comfort and foot stability.

Mavic. Sequence Elite.

The foot is kept in place by Mavic’s ‘Endofit Tongue’ as well as dial-and-strap closure system.

An Ergo Dial QR, Mavic’s own take on the Boa closure system, is paired with two Velcro straps on the forefoot for a personalized fit that can be readjusted at any point during the ride.

The quick release function makes removal of the shoe quick and easy, but the cable and dial don’t feel as durable as the Boa dial. However, after several rides, it’s still going strong.

With an Index Energy Transfer of 60 out of 100, the carbon composite sole certainly isn’t the stiffest on the women’s market but offers ample power transfer for most riders’ needs while prioritizing comfort for those long days.

All around, this is a very capable shoe with a budget price tag. The only downside I found is that despite the build-in vents in the upper fabric, the material is fairly thick and my feet ran warn in higher temperatures.

Price: $159.95 USD/ €150 Euro