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Behind the Lens: Photoshoot in Simi Valley with Giro

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Behind the Lens: Photoshoot in Simi Valley with Giro

One of the ways we keep the lights on over here at the Radavist is I try to pick up as much commercial photography work as possible. A lot of which I won’t post here on the site but every so often, I get complete creative control and those shoots are always special to me. I will say when I do post the work here on the website you can rest assured I am not being paid to do so. I’m simply sharing because I’m really stoked on how these photos came out and this is a cycling website, right? This particular shoot covers a zone we haven’t shared much here on the Radavist, so everyone should get out and ride these trails if they have the chance! With that said, check out this Behind the Lens series featuring Giro’s new Manifest helmet in Simi Valley with Kathy Pruitt and Chris Akrigg

Giro’s Oxblood Collection

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Giro’s Oxblood Collection

When I hear Oxblood, I think of a pair of Doc Martins, oi boys, and this is England. Giro tapped into this color and its cult-following on their latest collection, including apparel and these tasty Oxblood VR90s. Head to Giro to see the full drop and your local shop to check them out in person (safely).

Giro Cycling: Sector Off-Road Shoe

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Giro Cycling: Sector Off-Road Shoe

Giro’s latest shoe, the Sector, takes up where the Ventana left off, solidifying the design, function, and fit into something more refined.

This shoe is suited for MTB or gravel riding and features a 3D Molded footbed with medium arch support, stainless hardware, a carbon-composite, 2-bolt plate formed to a dual-injected outsole, and an upper made with a dual Boa L6 dial, with both steel and soft lace guides.

The entire shoe is molded from a one-piece Synchwire and thermo-bonded exo structure. In short, it’s like the Ventana, but more advanced. The Sector is available in black or olive drab and retails for $225. Yes, there is a women’s version too! The Sector W. See more at Giro.

Giro’s Ventana Shoes are the In-Between Shoe for Gravel and MTB

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Giro’s Ventana Shoes are the In-Between Shoe for Gravel and MTB

If you’re like me, you’re discontented with the mountain bike industry’s offerings when it comes to footwear. With most options looking like a mid 90’s skate shoe, they tend to feel bulky and heavy, which is not ideal if you’re the type that enjoys bigger backcountry loops with hiking usually involved.

The same can be said about gravel shoes, with most being adopted from ‘cross racing shoes. They’re narrow and not ideal for hike-a-bikes or long days in the saddle. This is all ATMO, of course, but I’m always on the hunt for the ideal in-between shoe for gravel riding and mountain biking.

Giro’s latest shoe, the Ventana seems to be the perfect in-between shoe for both activities. Can it replace your gravel and mountain shoes? Read on to find out.

Giro’s New Ventana All Mountain All Day Shoe

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Giro’s New Ventana All Mountain All Day Shoe

Giro’s newest shoe, dubbed the Ventana, was designed to be comfortable on and off the bike during day-long rides or multi-day trips. The shoe is based on a heavy-duty nylon shank, developed for the world DH World Cup racing, combined with an injected EVA cushioning midsole, as well as a Sensor® rubber outsole. The Ventana relies upon the BOA system for closure, to provide a secure fit and when biking turns to hiking, the reinforced heel and toe box offer protection from scrapes and impacts.

Oh and those colors!

A Look Inside Santa Cruz’s Spokesman Bicycles Outpost and Their Wild Custom Builds

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A Look Inside Santa Cruz’s Spokesman Bicycles Outpost and Their Wild Custom Builds

Santa Cruz has no shortage of bike shops. This sleepy little beach town might be known for its surfing and pesky vampires, but the road and mountain riding is exceptional. With a myriad of dirt and paved roads snaking their way through coastal redwoods, and dusty, steep mountain bike trails, any cyclist can spend days upon days exploring the terrain. Spokesman Bicycles is one of the powerhouse shops in Santa Cruz and just recently opened up what they’re calling Outpost on the West Side of town, right next to their friends Sawyer and Co, a surfing lifestyle shop.

REI Will Once Again Stock Giro, Bell, and Blackburn After Vista Outdoors Sells Controversial Firearm Companies

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REI Will Once Again Stock Giro, Bell, and Blackburn After Vista Outdoors Sells Controversial Firearm Companies

After last year’s cycling brand boycott following the Parkland shooting, REI dropped Giro, Bell, and Blackburn from their stores. Following an announcement that VISTA Outdoors has sold their controversial firearm companies, Savage Arms and Stevens firearms, makers of assault-style weapons, REI just announced they will be carrying the cycling brands once again:

“Today, we notified our merchants that we will resume orders with Giro, Bell, CamelBak, Blackburn and Camp Chef on the news that their parent company, Vista Outdoor, has secured a buyer for Savage Arms. REI orders of Vista-owned brands have been on hold since March 2018. At that time, Vista Outdoor chose not to engage in the national conversation about common-sense gun safety solutions that followed the tragic mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

REI does not sell guns or ammunition, and does not oppose hunting or the Second Amendment, but we believe companies that profit directly from the sale of guns have a civic responsibility to engage in the national discussion about gun safety, as Dick’s Sporting Goods, Walmart and others have done. We understand and respect that our members and employees enjoy life outside in many ways—including hunting.”

Recycling Plastic: Giro and Bontrager’s New Enviro-Friendly Gear

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Recycling Plastic: Giro and Bontrager’s New Enviro-Friendly Gear


Bontrager’s new Bat Cage rose like a phoenix from fishing nets in Chile and Giro’s Renew line recycles fishing nets and nylon.

Responsible recycling doesn’t just mean washing out your plastic containers before chucking them in the bin. Brands have looked at the world’s abundance of plastic, particularly sea plastic to make everything from apparel to bottle cages. Two brands taking the charge are Bontrager with their Bat Cage and Giro with their new Renew apparel line, using recycled plastic fishing nets to weave in recycled nylon, polyester, and elastane, including Econyl® Lycra® made from reclaimed fishing nets and other ocean debris.

Yes, this is responsible, and yes it is marketing, but I commend these two brands on making a difference. Check out more images below.

Giro Launches their Custom Aether MIPS Program

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Giro Launches their Custom Aether MIPS Program

Each week, Giro is opening up their custom helmet configurator with something they’re calling the Tuesday 25. The first twenty-five people will be able to design their Aether MIPS helmet, down to the straps, fitting system, and colors, choosing from a variety of patterns as well. This is the opportunity to design a truly unique helmet.

Check out more information at Giro!

Rounding out the 2018 Sierra Buttes Triple Crown with Grinduro in Quincy!

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Rounding out the 2018 Sierra Buttes Triple Crown with Grinduro in Quincy!

Grinduro is my favorite cycling event of the year and when you include it in the Sierra Buttes Triple Crown, alongside Lost and Found, as well as Downieville, you’re in for a hell of a weekend. In its fourth year, you could tell the event is dialed but that’s mostly due to the amazing venue that is the Quincy Fairgrounds, Giro, the volunteers, the sponsors, and the Sierra Buttes’ impeccable ability to show everyone a great time!

Side 2 Side with the Giro Aether MIPS

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Side 2 Side with the Giro Aether MIPS

While I don’t plan to be “twistin my body from side 2 side” anytime soon on my road bike, it’s comforting to know that like technology, cycling safety design is progressing at a – pardon the analogy here – breakneck speed. I’ll be honest, I don’t often do helmet reviews but I’ll admit I was really upset when Giro canceled the Atmos helmet. As a guy with a large dome, the Atmos fit me quite well, didn’t look obtuse, and felt great, even after long, hot days in the mountains. Later, Giro launched the Synthe, which I liked enough to make a Radavist edition, which I still stand firmly behind. So I’ll be honest with 100% transparency here. I really didn’t feel the need to talk about Giro’s new Aether MIPS when it launched today but upon my second ride in the helmet this morning, I was sold on both the comfort and the safety features of this revolutionary design…

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Giro Launches the Aether MIPS

If there is one piece of technology that can save your life, it’s a helmet. But that doesn’t mean you should have to sacrifice fit, functionality, and yeah, fashion in the process. Giro’s new Aether MIPS looks to solve all three. Check out more at Giro and tech specs below.