In this blog post, I've picked out ten more products from the past year of testing; they all retail for less than £50, some less than £10, but they are all great gifts. Hopefully they will provide some further gift ideas for the keen bike rider in your life.
Pocpac Any-Road iPac 3X Phone CaseI use a waterproof phone wallet almost every day of the week, and the ones from pOcpac are some of the best that I've trialled. This new 'Any-Road' case is an artistic extension to their great range of cases, which I reviewed on the blog a while back. It features a lovely design on the reverse of the case, as well as the standard pOcpac strong zip, well placed camera window and internal divider for cash/cards. The 3X version fits an iPhone 6 or a Samsung Galaxy.
View the pOcpac range (Link)
See.Sense 2.0 Rear LightBike lights get intelligent with Irish brand See.Sense. I was very impressed with this model when I tested it earlier in the year. The unit reacts to light and motion, both from the bike and from pursuing traffic; flashing angrily when it thinks there is an increased need for visibility. It really does work, and seems to make a notable difference to your road presence; I'm still using mine on my winter bike. See.Sense are soon to be releasing an even more intelligent light, the ICON; I should have a review coming soon.
Read my review of the See.Sense 2.0 Rear Light (Link)
Primal Europe HiVis Wind VestRegular readers of the blog will know that I'm well "into" high visibility kit this winter. Fluorescent kit doesn't have to mean you look and feel like a traffic warden though, and this wind vest from Primal Europe is a great example. It is wind-proof, water resistant and has three useful rear pockets. Ideal for stashing away in a jersey pocket, ready for that chilly descent or unexpected rain shower.
View the Primal HiVis Wind Vest (Link)
Vittoria Pave TyresGive the gift of better grip this Christmas. The Vittoria Pavé tyres are my favourite road tyres, not only for winter riding, but for all year round. Their supple casing, assuring grip and great puncture protection makes them ideal for rough UK roads. Tyres might not seem like the most exciting Christmas gift, but much like socks, every cyclist needs them, and a good set makes a hell of a difference!
Read my review of the Vittoria Pavé Tyres (Link)
Intrepid Apparel Pioneer GiletIntrepid Apparel produce some very well made and stunning value mountain biking kit. I tested the Pioneer gilet earlier this year, and it is a really nice, versatile piece of kit. Whether you're out mountain biking, commuting or just wearing it casually around town, this looks the part and performs well. It is also available for only £30 (at the time of writing).
Read my review of the Intrepid Apparel Pioneer Gilet (Link)
KT Kinesiology Tape
My recent winter cross training regime has meant I've discovered a few niggles whilst running. They're gradually fading as the muscles develop, but this KT tape has been great for stabilising problem areas. Available in a range of colours, it is waterproof and in easy to apply pre-cut strips; it's some of the best I've tried. The instruction videos are great as well.View the range of KT Tape, as well as detailed instructions (Link)
Swrve Modal Cotton Henley TopSwrve is an American brand, which produces a superb range of well made, stylish and durable casual cycling apparel. Their iconic Indigo Cycling Jeans are the staple of the range, but they also do some great tops and accessories. This long sleeve Henley is a prime example, and is made of super soft modal cotton.
Read my review of the Swrve Modal Cotton Henley Top (Link)
Feetures Elite Light Cushion Mini Crew SocksFeetures are really a maker of running socks, but I found these 'mini crew' height socks fantastic for riding too. Their Sock-Lock compression technology keeps them firmly in place, and the light cushioning helps with long endurance rides. They come in Black, Brilliant Blue and Fluorescent Yellow! Everyone gets socks for Christmas, so why not make them cycling/running socks!
View the Feetures range here (Link)
HipLok POP Cable LockThis simple cable lock from HipLok, is perfect for nipping into the shops and leaving your bike in lower risk areas. When it is time to ride off, you simply unlock, wrap it round yourself like a belt, and pop it together. Simple, yet effective!
View the HipLok Pop Lock (Link)
Gore Bike Wear Equipe Gore-Tex CapCycling caps are great for shielding your head from the wind, rain and cold. However, a cotton cap becomes far less effective once it has been saturated with precipitation. Made of Gore-Tex, the Equipe cap from Gore Bike Wear holds the solution; it is fully waterproof and super breathable, so your head is kept warm and dry, even in the worst winter downpours!
View the Gore Bike Wear Equipe Gore-Tex Cap (Link)
Hopefully some more helpful ideas for your Christmas wishlist!