Austrian brand Tubolito reduces both the size and weight of traditional inner tubes while claiming two times the durability. Same great taste, less filling? The three models–Tubo, Tubo+ and Tubo-S are indeed smaller and weighed significantly less than standard inner tubes on Tubolito’s display scales, clocking in at a scant 85 grams for the Tubo 29er versus an average of over 200 grams found with traditional, presta valve 29″ inner tubes. The Tubo S model further reduces weight by keeping the valve seaparate, instead wrapping it within the center of the tube. The valve then installs into an opening in the event of a flat. It drops the weight down to 48 grams for a 29″ presta valve tube. Tubolito has achieved this through seamless construction of TPU material, eliminating weak points. The Tubo model covers 1.8-2.4″ tires and Tubo+ covers 2.5-3.0″ tires, both retailing for $35. The Tubo-S ultra-ultralight tubes retail for $45. Available late 2017.
Pearl Izumi has incorporated PI DRY into their Elite Thermal Arm and Leg Warmers. PI DRY is similar to hydrophobic down in that it individually coats each fiber, keeping the garment dry. While water can potentially sneak through, the warmer itself should stay warm because the fibers will not sop up moisture, also aiding in breathability. The PI DRY Elite Thermal Arm Warmers retail for $35, the leg warmers for $50, both are currently available.
The X-ALP Elevate shoes combine an aggressive Vibram outsole with a 3-layer bonded, seamless upper and combine an upper Boa closure with a velcro strap near the toe. The 3/4 shank allows for toe articulation and flex for scrambling while providing stiffness throughout the middle for efficiency. The $180 shoes have a projected availability of January.
The Defender shoe is intended for aggressive riding, providing a mid-top design for additional protection with an overall emphasis placed on durability. The lugged rubber sole is stiff and the ratcheting closure system allows for extra clicks on the fly in case laces loosen while gnar is shredded. The heavily fortified Italian footwear option will retail for $219.99 with late 2017 availability. Note: Black and Orange only.
The DBX 3.0 Enduro V2 helmet combines a removable chin bar with their breakaway visor and incorporates Leatt’s 360 Turbine Technology we discussed HERE to address direct and oblique impacts. The chin bar alone is ASTM Downhill rated and when removed, the helmet is identical to their DBX 3.o All Mountain helmet providing 18 vents, their Fidlock magnetic closure system, and a removable and washable liner. The chin bar is hydration pack compatible with a small port for the tube to enter and mount. The DBX 3.0 Enduro V2 retails for $239.99, weighs 700 grams (375 grams without chin bar,) is offered in four colors, and is available now.
The TrailKit and BigKit allow gear organization on the go–whether throwing riding gear in the back of the truck or further compartmentalizing airline travel. Regardless, everything has its place and smelly things are accommodated too–a vented end pocket is designed for shoes while helmets attach to the outside via a flap. The 40-liter TrailKit is available for $120 while the larger 75-liter BigKit carries a $150 price tag.