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Quality eyewear comes down to the details—and with the ROKA GP-1X, performance-enhancing details are plentiful. At a glance, there’s the obvious roofless frame that provides an uninterrupted view when in the cycling position. Then there’s the feather-light 26-gram weight that disappears on your face. And, of course, there’s the lens—the most important part of performance eyewear. Multiple lens coatings keep your focus away from what’s sticking to your shades—water, grime, fingerprints—so you can focus on the road ahead instead. You’ll never have to worry about these shades falling off mid-race either thanks to ROKA’s proprietary GEKO material used around the temple arms and nosepiece. The tacky material is hydrophilic, meaning it grips more when you sweat. Each pair comes with three nosepieces and adjustable temples to dial in your fit. The GP-1X is race-proven to handle any conditions. $230; 26g; roka.com
POC VENTRAL SPIN
The sheer number of helmet choices these days can be overwhelming. It seems that every company is trying to sell you both an aero helmet and an ultra-ventilated one. But what if you could have both types in one? A fast helmet doesn’t have to come at the expense of ventilation and comfort. That’s the case with the POC Ventral SPIN. The Swedish company uses a holistic approach to design to make the allaround best possible helmet. The CFD-optimized design leads air through the helmet’s nine large vents rather than around the helmet’s outside, which simultaneously enhances aerodynamics and cooling. Any turbulent air escaping around the helmet is managed by a 22-degree trailing edge. And POC achieved all this while stepping up safety. In-house SPIN pad technology allows the helmet to move independently from the head in the event of an angled crash. After all, a helmet’s day job is keeping you safe. $290; pocsports.com