Mission Workshop Axis Bag (opening image)--$120
Hip pack, fanny pack, bum bag. Whatever you want to call it, the one-time fashion faux pas is making a resurgence. Not because it looks exceptionally good, but because they are functional. The new Mission Workshop Axis bag is definitely functional, and true to the company’s form, it looks pretty darn good to. I’m not saying I’d wear it to a wedding, but it would be at home post bike-ride bar hopping. The bag is waterproof, has an internal volume of 2.5 liters, weighs eight ounces and if you have a Mission Workshop backpack, the Axis bag can be strapped onto it for an extra external pocket.
Showers Pass Merino Line--$70 to 125
Something has always seemed odd about the name “Showers Pass.” The brand is known for its wet weather apparel, but if showers do indeed pass, why not wait until then to go on your ride? If that happens to be your interpretation, check out the brand’s Merino wool gear. The new line is a combination of Merino and manmade fibers, with short and long sleeve tees and riding short options. The brand will also continue to support the activities it makes gear for, this time with an IMBA short option, where a portion of the proceeds go to the International Mountain Bike Association. The complete line is available now.
Douchebags Savage Bike Bag--$1,200
Douchebag’s new bike bag is an amalgamation of hard and soft. The actual bag part of it is a soft, durable material, but open it up and there is an aluminum frame giving the bag its structure. The bag comes with all the necessary straps and pads to pack a bike, and it looks plenty big enough to fit plus-size, 29er, XL or what have you. Once your bike has made it safely to its destination, the aluminum frame can be broken down for storage. The Savage is being launched in the near future with more details to follow, but it won’t come cheap.
7Mesh Freeflow Jacket--$250
7Mesh has made a name for itself with premier, uncompromising and expensive riding gear. The Freeflow jacket is no different. It uses Polartec Alpha insulation for the arms, front of the torso and upper back. Everywhere else is a breathable, wicking material. The jacket will keep you warm on cool mornings, and as the day heats up it will keep you from overheating. If the day does get too hot, the Freeflow is lightweight enough to easily stuff into a pack. It will be available in August.