Best Industry-Wide Trend
Registering low drag numbers in a wind tunnel isn’t reason enough to classify a piece of tri or cycling gear as “good.” Aero performance is really, really important, but equipment has to be practical and functional in addition to being fast in a straight line. Instead of creating products that test well in a wind tunnel but suck in all other categories, manufacturers are now building all types of race gear that is both aerodynamic and useful in other ways. Giro deserves credit for kicking this trend off in the helmet category with the Air Attack, a hybrid aero and road helmet. Now, a swell of helmets have been designed for heat dissipation, safety, performance out of the aero position or other benefits in addition to wind tunnel performance. The same goes for triathlon frames, wheels, aerobar, cycling shoes, hydration and clothing. Having to choose either fast or functional is no longer a problem—you can have both.