The holidays are a time to give gifts and thanks. This year, our Holiday Gift Guide is a chance to celebrate both–giving and thanking, that is. First, itâ€™s our opportunity to highlight several products we would be happy to give to any cyclist or fan. But itâ€™s also a chance for us to say â€œthank youâ€ to the many generous people and companies who have honored us throughout the year with samples of their newest and greatest gear.
So for the sake of full disclosure: yes, we did receive some of these items as gifts. That said, weâ€™ve chosen to include those products that we feel we can endorse honestly. If you know us personally, youâ€™ve likely seen us riding it, wearing it, or reading itâ€”in other words, take what we say as seriously as you like, but know that weâ€™re not pandering or blowing sunshine up anyoneâ€™s derrieres.
Letâ€™s get on with it, shall we?
Many of these gifts represent a celebration of PavÃ©â€™s friends and their talents–our first choice is a perfect example. Gary Rothera is a Philadelphian who makes some of the finest handmade cycling caps around using locally-sourced materials. Colors and styles abound and all caps are lined, reversible, machine washable, and come in multiple sizes. Iâ€™m most fond of his thicker, fully-lined winter caps featuring PolarTec earflaps.
Gary introduced an All Weather version this past summer featuring moisture-wicking fabric that is wind and water repellant, odor resistant, and dries quicker than cotton. They can take a beating and unlike many â€œall weatherâ€ products, theyâ€™re comfortable too.
Prices range from $30 to $43 and shipping is free for the holidaysâ€”so order now!
Pros: High tech features meet old school style. Totally customizable.
Peeves: I wish there were more custom ribbon options. I’ve been dying for some custom hats made with a red/yellow/blue stripe.