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Trail tested: F-Stop Kenti camera bag

Over the course of the last year I’ve put the F-Stop Kenti through its paces and haven’t seen any noticeable signs of wear. The straps and zipper are functioning as they did on the first day.

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Fresh: Chrome Kursk Pro

11.25.2011

Chrome Kursk Pro $95 / chromebags.com If a pair of Converse Chuck Taylors became sentient beings with access to a time machine, they’d go to the future, get all hopped up on technology and return to the present day as a pair of Chrome Kursk Pros. Burly Cordura uppers lend these stylish shoes amazing durability. Beefed-up soles contribute to pedaling efficiency and eliminate pedal hot spots. But the most important aspect of these shoes is the fact that they’re Chrome’s first SPD-compatible kicks.

Fresh: Thule TRCU-1 Rolling Carry On Bag

11.23.2011

Thule TRCU-1 Rolling Carry On Bag $290 / thule.com Thule recently branched out into the world of luggage with its smartly-designed Crossover series. The TRCU-1, shown here, is a combination backpack and rollerbag that meets airline carry on regulations. The divided interior keeps funky socks from fouling fresh shirts, plus there’s a locking, crush-proof compartment for sunglasses, iPods and fragile sundries. At 38 liters, it’s the perfect size for day trips and if you’re heading out for weeks at a time, Thule also offers gargantuan versions.

Sidi Shoes: Fifty Years of Innovation

11.15.2011

Pie in the sky. Sidi has long aspired to produce the best in the business.

Fresh: Wheels Manufacturing Hanger Multi-Tool

11.14.2011

Multi-tools are great on occasions when things rattle loose, but when you mangle your derailleur hanger, you’re generally SOL. Unless, that is, you’ve got this multi-tool in your pack. In addition to sporting allen wrenches, screw drivers and a T25 torx wrench, it also packs a universal emergency derailleur hanger that attaches to any dropout and lets you get back home without turning your bike into a singlespeed.

Fresh: Park Blue Box Tool Case

11.13.2011

It’s not often when mountain bikers can feel as if they’re carrying a high roller’s briefcase into a casino. Well, with Park Tool’s Blue Box Tool Case you’re just one pair of shiny handcuffs short of that feeling. This tool case features top-notch clasps and a built-in combination lock. Inside, the case has 35 tool pockets and straps, plus four universal tool compartments to accommodate a wide variety of extra tools.

Fresh: DZR Strasse Shoes

11.11.2011

Cyclists often face a paradox: Dress in functional clothes that make you look like an escapee from a Jazzercize-themed gulag or wear stylish clothes that chafe and pinch things that should never be chafed or pinched. DZR’s new line of clipless-compatible shoes are an exception to the rule: They sport semi-rigid soles that offer plenty of power transfer to the pedals, yet also allow you to walk around, minus the pregnant-duck waddle.

Fresh: Chain-L Lube

11.07.2011

Wet lubes, dry lubes…there seems to be a lubricant for every occasion.

Fresh: Smith Fuel V.2 Sweat-X goggles

11.04.2011

Clear vision is a pretty valuable asset when you’re going fast, and good goggles are an important piece of equipment in every gravity rider’s kit bag.

Third Party Review: GoPro Hero2

11.04.2011

Review of GoPro’s Hero2 POV camera. Here’s some of the video captured with the Hero2:

Urge’s All Mountain and Veggie Down-O-Matic Helmets

09.24.2011

Urge’s new All Mountain (the model name) helmet sports an aluminum-tubed roll cage molded into the helmet. Urge claims that even with the metal structure the helmet comes in lighter than the Fox Flux. Part of this is because the Urge doesn’t have a traditional retention system, but rather the straps are crossed in the […]

Interbike: Jett Elevation Tech Hoodie

09.21.2011

It’s hard not to love a good hoodie. They are stylish and functional, but cotton generally doesn’t equate to a high-performance garment. Jett realized the advantages that hoodies offer, and took hooded-comfort technology to the next level with its Elevation Tech Hoodie. Loads of style, functionality (the hood is large enough to fit over a […]

Fresh Hydration Packs From Camelbak

09.19.2011

Charge LR The Charge LR pack features a lumbar design that slings the bladder around the rider’s waist. The Charge LR keeps 70 cool ounces on-tap. Originally designed with the adventure-racing, trail-running crowd in mind, the Charge has found favor within mountain biking circles as well thanks to its low center of gravity and lightweight […]

Oakley Gloves, Packs and Goggles

09.19.2011

While Oakley is putting a hiatus on its apparel line for 2012, the company is still running strong with its gloves, packs and eyewear. Oakley has partnered with Troy Lee Designs for a line of goggles. Oakley will also have a line of retro-styled goggles dubbed its Heritage Series. Oakley’s Factory Lite aren’t just feathery, […]

Poc Spine VPD 2.0

09.15.2011

Poc’s Spine VPD 2.0 offers moto-rated protection, all in a soft-fitting package. Expect the Spine VPD 2.0 armor to become available in Spring 2012, and retail just around $300.

Gear: Lezyne’s Newest Offerings

09.13.2011

We paid Lezyne a visit during the Interbike Outdoor Demo and they gladly hocked their ware for us. New for the cycling accessory company is a brand-new line of shop-grade tools as well as a new lighting range.  Also of note is an updated design for their thread-on chucks, as well as the introduction of […]

POC Launches VPD 2.0 Pads and Trabec Race Mips Helmet

07.22.2011

By: Ryan LaBar There aren’t many more appropriate places to launch new body armor and helmets than at Crankworx. It looks like the Swedish company, POC, has been hard at work. The Trabec Race Mips sees the ground-breaking Mips technology in a cross-country lid. The Mips system allows for part of the helmet to rotate […]

Sombrio’s New Kicks

07.21.2011

Sombrio hosted a media/industry/athlete event just before the Deep Summer Photo Challenge. At this event the clothing company had a full line of riding shoes on display. Sombrio’s mission with these shoes was to improve upon three elements of riding shoes: traction, durability and dexterity. Across the line, the shoes feature, a high-friction rubber sole […]

New Products from Genuine Innovation

03.24.2011

Whether you are a weekend ripper or a pro racer there is no faster way to fix then with a blast of CO2. Genuine Innovation has been at the forefront of CO2 inflator technologies for quite some time now, and it appears the company has been working hard lately with its launch of a few […]

Preview: Fox’s Stealth Bomber Glove

02.01.2011

Fox’s new Stealth Bomber gloves look like they should be gripping the bars of a jet-black Ducati, but look as if they offer some serious breathability for a leather glove. They are made of 70% leather and have a nice soft snot wipe on the thumb. The outer palms have a rubbery slide guard to […]

Down The Pipe Helmet Cameras

01.22.2011

Contour and GoPro cameras have been leading the charge in small POV camera technology. Here’s a look at what’s to come from these two companies in the near future. Contour HD The big news for Contour is that, in addition to GPS tracking, the Contour GPS camera will sync video wirelessly via bluetooth to smart […]

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