After nearly two weeks of testing, we’re wrapping up the 2105 Bible of Bike Tests in Central Oregon. Here is one more batch of photos from our annual buyer’s guide test. Keep an eye out for complete print and web coverage in the coming months.
Big Agnes Sleeping Giant $80 / bigagnes.com Whether you’re camping in the mountains or just crashing on your buddy’s floor, Big Agnes’ Sleeping Giant adds that extra layer of comfort and warmth to your air mattress. The Sleeping Giant’s “memory foam” molds to the curves of your body, bringing a bit of luxury to otherwise Spartan sleeping arrangements. Close your eyes long enough and the silky-smooth exterior might make you think you’re in a five-star hotel.
Blackburn Toolmanator-16 $45 / blackburndesign.com “Another multi-tool?” you ask. Hell yeah. At least if it comes to the party packing 17 tragedy flouting functions, including a friggin’ shock pump. Crazy, eh? Despite being loaded with all manner of repair goodness, the Toolmanator-3 is surprisingly compact, with a frame crafted out of a single hunk of […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]