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Some of our favorite picks from the 2014 Interbike floor back in September. Look for these products to hit shelves in 2015.
Lazer Wasp Air
Wearable tech promises so much more than the ability to read emails from your wrist, and Lazer has found a way to use a simple electronic device to reduce aero drag. A small widget tucked in the tail of the Wasp Air aero helmet vibrates to alter the rider when his head tilts out of the aero position. This gentle reminder can help a person maintain the most efficient position possible when fatigue starts to take over. Available in January 2015.
Giro Empire SLX bike shoe
The flashy, stylish new Empire shoe is crazy light (175 grams for size 42.5, which Giro claims is the lightest road shoe out there) due to a minimalistic upper and a stiff carbon outsole. This updated shoe keeps the retro lace-up look, which makes it best for road riding and training. Also included are removable pieces for the foot bed—Giro’s SuperNatural Fit system—so you can adjust the fit on your arch. The Empire is available in “Anodized Glowing Red” and white.
Skratch Labs Exercise Hydration Mix with Matcha & Lemons
$19.50 for 20-serving resealable bag, Skratchlabs.com
The newest (and first caffeinated) flavor out of Skratch Labs, made with matcha (green tea leaves) and lemons, is all about the natural flavoring—it’s flavored with real lemons and pulverized whole tea leaves (adding 16 milligrams of caffeine per 16-ounce drink), and it has a pleasantly subtle green tea and citrus flavor that’s only barely sweet with a clean finish. With 360 milligrams of sodium and 40 milligrams of potassium per 16-ounce serving, it is hydrating and calorie-rich fuel for hard-working muscles.