Fresh Produce

Product picks from Fox, Hydro Flask, Feed Zone, Giro and Abbey

Fox Metah Helmet

Fox Metah Helmet
Officially released this week, but first seen back in September at Interbike, Fox’s Metah helmet continues the lineage of the brand’s original trail lid, the Flux. One of the original purpose-built trail helmets, the Flux made waves, but that was a decade ago. Trail helmets are deeper now, and most are lighter and more comfortable than their forbearers. The Metah has that deeper profile in back, while the long, non-adjustable visor in the front gives it a distinct silhouette. Underneath that visor are three large intake vents, which are complemented by another seven vents around the rest of the shell. Retention is adjustable single-handedly via a dial in the rear, and Y-anchors on the ear straps make for fidget-free fitting. The 400-gram Metah looks and feels to have more of a square fit than most lids. $150 / foxracing.com

 

Abbey Tools Modular Bearing Press

Abbey Tools Bearing Press
Abbey’s Modular Bearing Press is pricey, but it performs the functions of three tools with its ability to press bearings onto headtubes, hubs and bottom brackets. The drifts are secured by Abbey’s Split Nut, which is essentially a nut that’s cut in half and clamps together with magnets, streamlining operation of the press and removing the pinch hazard inherent in some presses. A large-ball thrust bearing cuts down on required torque so much that the press can come either with or without handles. In addition to a centering cone, the tool includes PF-30, Shimano press fit, GXP press fit, 1.5″ headset, and 1.125″ headset drifts. Abbey also offers custom-made drifts. $325 / abbeybiketools.com

 

Giro Truant Shorts

Giro Truant Shorts
These Truant shorts from Giro could pass as street wear, and that’s one of our favorite things about them. But don’t let the everyday appearance fool you: there’s plenty of tech packed into these nylon/spandex shorts, including Velcro waist adjusters, a stretch-knit rear yoke and a mid-thigh zip pocket. The 14″ inseam and wide leg openings promise kneepad-friendliness. Giro also offers a women’s version of the Truant with an 11″ inseam. $100 / giro.com

 

Hydro Flask 18 oz Standard Mouth

Hydro Flask
With double-wall vacuum insulation, Hydro Flask’s insulated bottles promise to keep icy liquids frigid for 24 hours, and hot drinks hot for six hours. Made of 18/8 pro-grade stainless steel, this bottle is BPA-free and is backed by a lifetime warranty. But, should you need to toss it, it’s 100-percent recyclable. Its sweat-free powder coat finish keeps condensation at bay. $26 / hydroflask.com

 

Feed Zone Table

Feed Zone Table
The 100-plus recipes in “Feed Zone Table” aren’t just about fueling athletic performance. As the cover suggests, this addition to the “Feed Zone” series is as much about delicious food as it is about helping committed athletes use mealtime to break through the isolation that often comes with a life filled with intensive training, competition and travel. Of course, this hardcover is just as relevant for weekend warriors as it is for professional athletes. Sharing meals with friends and family–according to co-author Dr. Allen Lim–is just as important to our well-being and performance as the nutritional value of the meals, and this book promises flavorful dishes that are easy to prepare and share. $25 / velopress.com