Over the past year, The Happy Athlete tested and reviewed the most promising new products. Here are our selections for the Best Products of 2012, selected for their quality, reliability and innovative features to improve your athletic performance.

Cycleops G3 Power Meter

Since Cycleops’ introduction of the world’s first-ever wireless power meter in 2006, they have been continually striving to improve it. The new PowerTap G3C and G3 hubs raise the bar to another level altogether: lighter, stiffer, ANT+ compatible, and better than ever.

The Cycleops G3 technology and superior product performance continue to set the standard with incredible accuracy and craftsmanship that will become an invaluable training tool for you.

Rocket 7 Custom Cycling Shoes

Rocket 7 Custom Cycling Shoes are 100% hand made in the USA and have been chosen by many top athletes all around the world. Rocket 7 shoes are arguably the lightest, stiffest and most comfortable in the world (180 grams size 40). They integrate an innovative shock dampening system into each shoe that allows them to add additional carbon fiber to stiffen up the shoe while keeping them comfortable for the longer rides.

For years I have been plagued with different size feet (8, 8.5) and that hard to find perfect cycling shoe. The Rocket 7 shoes where hand made specifically from a molded kit that gave me a perfect custom fit. They are incredibly comfortable and don’t leave any amount of power left out from your workouts.

SKINS RY400 Compression Tights

When you have smashed a triathlon, rowed down the competition, or blitzed that perfect tennis match, you want your system healing and strengthening from the moment your muscles power down. SKINS revolutionary research teaches that your compression needs whilst in the height of activity are different to when your muscles are in a relaxed state of recovery. With this in mind, SKINS created the RY400 range. Wearing RY400 men’s long tights after training or playing can help reduce delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and improve your muscle recovery time.

The RY400 Compression tight gives a perfectly calculated fit and gradient compression like no other compression clothing I have worn. These RY400’s just plain work,  after testing them with maximum cycling intervals and high resistance training.

Superior Nutraceuticals Liver Powder

Argentine Beef Liver powder provides a convenient way to obtain all the legendary health and nutritional benefits of liver without the inconvenience. Superior Nutraceuticals powder comes from fresh, hormone-free Argentine Beef Liver carefully processed to preserve all the fragile nutritional elements. Unlike most Desiccated Liver Tablets on the market, this Beef Liver Powder is undefatted, which means it retains all the important oily vitamins that are lost when defatting beef liver.

Liver supplementation has been a part of my daily athletic supplemental program for many years and has been the reason for my continued high levels of energy, endurance, strength and objectively documented elevated RBC levels. The convenience of powder form along the added benefits of easy absorption is an excellent reason to make this supplement a part of your daily routine.

Cycleops PowerBeam Pro

The CycleOps PowerBeam Pro Bike Trainer has been designed specifically for the most demanding riders on earth who want to control the variables of training, with software that lets you plan out a precise workout while measuring your output and comparing it to your targets, to aid you perform at the highest level possible.

The CycleOps PowerBeam Pro Bike Trainer turns a few feet of extra space into a world-class testing facility. The PowerBeam Pro was created with every detail in mind to give the rider as close to a “read road experience” with Ant+ wireless technology in the comfort of your home.

ASSOS FI Millie S5 Long Leg

The long-distance comfort bib short that is tailored for total comfort during longer rides, T FI.Mille S5 is the perfect long-distance bib short. Thanks to its full ergonomic pattern design and four-panel construction, T FI.Mille S5 guarantees optimal muscle compression, coupled with freedom of movement.

The FI.Mille S5 insert is slightly larger and thicker than the FI.13 S5. With more controlled elasticity and a built-in stabilizer, the FI.Mille S5 insert gives even more comfort during your ride. The ASSOS bibs fit my 5’7 and 154 lbs frame like a glove or second skin. These ASSOS Millie Bibs are well worth the high ticket price and I have several.

Elevation Training Mask

Elevation Training Mask mimics the effects of High Altitude Training. When elite athletes want to improve their performance they go to high altitude levels to train. When they come back to sea level they perform much stronger, faster, and have increased endurance.

The MASK is a highly effective training device that changes your cellular and structural mechanisms. It has improved my athletic performance and health on the road and in the gym. Elevate your training by wearing the MASK.

FLUID Performance Drink

FLUID Performance is an energizing blend of electrolytes and carbohydrates for sustained energy and optimal hydration during exercise. When used consistently during training & competition, its unique formula helps the body sustain energy levels, avoid cramping, buffer lactic acid, & maintain hydration. It contains a dual source carbohydrate system, bioavailable electrolytes, and Vitamin C, creating an all natural & easy to digest sports drink.

FLUID performance drink is a combination of simple quality ingredients that you will experience the difference during your workouts and enjoy the great taste during every mile on the bike.

Rudy Project Sterling Helmet

The Rudy Project Sterling helmet is a Rudy Project creation like no other. Equipped with 18 vents, comfort ring that’s adjustable and the latest in retention dial system RSR7, the Sterling will not only turn heads but keep you cool and protected. The Rudy helmet is lightweight, optimized protective cage, dialed in perfect fit and channeled cooling vents make this helmet a great asset to your protection on the road.

After years of only using Giro, the quality and comfort of the Sterling delivers as my new favorite helmet for many 1,000’s of miles in my future.

Acid Check

Athletes continue to improve their performance thru supplements and optimized nutrition. Acid Check was designed to reduce the acid in the body by buffering the lactate acid buildup in average and elite athletes. Acid Check is a patented, natural mineral supplement that reduces body acidity and acidosis, reduces muscle burn, speeds up recovery, and extends time to fatigue. The performance results of Acid Check speak for itself. Using Acid Check will not only improve your performance but, reduce the acidosis that can result for intense physical exercise or poor  dietary habits.

 

ASSOS Zegho Sunglasses

Zegho is the most advanced cycling specific eyewear available. Developed in partnership between ASSOS Centro Studio and Carl Zeiss Vision Sunlens, Zegho feels different to any other sunglasses. Engineered for pure performance.

After years of having to wear sunglasses, I have realized that the Zegho ASSOS combine the best safety, style and technology on the market today. These are quite honestly the best pair of glasses I own and I’d highly recommend them to wear on the bike or while driving on the road.

SKINS Cycle Pro Compression Bibs

SKINS Cycle Pro men’s compression bib shorts feature engineered gradient compression to accelerate blood flow and enhance oxygen delivery to your active muscles – boosting your power on the flats and stamina in the hills. These bibs just increase your performance on the bike and speed your recovery. The gradient compression just works and you can feel the compression like no other compression type of clothing.

I truly feel stronger when I wear the SKINS Pro bibs and have less lactic acid soreness even after a high level internal workout. The black and yellow knit design gives you the compression confidence with a sharp SKINS logo design.

Enzos ButtonHole Chamois Cream

Enzo’s ButtonHole Chamois Cream is engineered to reduce friction, inflammation and other sensations that make the button angry. The longer you can stay on the saddle, the happier you will be. Enzo’s combines melaleuca oil, hamamelis, the Wu-Chu-Yu herb and organic silicone compounds to produce the ultimate button protection.

The Enzo’s ButtonHole Chamois cream has a natural list of ingredients and oils. It worked very well to keep you free from infection, friction, irritation with natural healing herbs and look forward for many miles in the future.

Congratulations to the makers of our Best Products of 2012! We’re looking forward to testing and reviewing the most promising new products for you in 2013. Follow The Happy Athlete on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about how you can maximize your training and performance in the new year.