It was cool enough yesterday to take Haglöfs’ Halo and Zap II’s out for a spin. They came in for test just as the good weather locked in place and have sat there waiting for their chance, and it looks like come autumn these guys might well reign supreme on the trails.
I left the hoose wearing the Halo in a light shower where it worked very well, I stayed at an even temperature until the combination of unbroken sunshine and 300m of ascent saw it relegated to my pack. I pulled it back out on the way home later on, and the good thing was it was unnoticed while it was in my pack.
It’s a good fit for wearing on the bike, slim with a long body and long arms (with thumbloops). The chest pocket took my shades no problem, and the rear pocket has a double ended zip and the pocket itself is divided so stuff doesn’t just roll about in it if you’re out without a pack.
The fabric mix makes sense, windproof front, softshell wind-resistant rear. Like I say, come autumn I’ll be wearing this more and I’ll come back to it.
The Zap II’s are like the race-bred sibling of the Kazoo’s. They’re tights, and are indeed tight, but are also very soft and stretchy so that they kinda go undetected in use. There’s kick patches (great for on the bike to stop crankarm wear on the ankles), wee rear ankle zips to cinch them right in after your feet are through, and the genius touch: stretch thigh pockets. I had a Buff, my shades, even my camera happily stowed in them at various points. Huge but completely flat when empty.
I think I’m going to love these for cold weather biking and running.
It’s early days of course, so I’ll come back to these in a wee while