Riding in the rain is a necessary evil for most motorcyclists, especially commuters or long distance overlander travellers. A smallish waterproof backpack is therefore be an important item if you don’t mind wearing one. And a 20 litre capacity is a good all around carry size. The Furygan Abyss Waterproof Bag also has an internal padded laptop pouch that’s removable, an external zipper pocket, and an inside net pocket to hold your loose items. Available in three colours.
Keep ‘man’s best friend' happy and hydrated on your next outdoors adventure with the new Mountainsmith K9 Backbowl. Designed as a collapsible dog bowl that neatly snaps together when your dog is thirsty, and then the bowl lays flat for packing, or if you need to clean and dry it. Made form a heavy duty nylon fabric with a TPU coating that is machine washable.
Featuring a hi-tech design and components, but based on an old-fashion concept to keep your tyres up to pressure. Compact with a CNC machined aluminium barrel, piston, base, and T-handle, makes a lightweight elegant looking air tool, with a high volume capacity and a long hose. The Lezyne Micro Floor Drive HV Pump could easily find a place in your riding kit.
The new Klim Krios Pro Helmet ECE/DOT. Key features include an ADV-specific design, hand-laid carbon shell with Koroyd materials and production process, quick release shield and visor system, quieter ride thanks to aerodynamic helmet vents and fabric liner system, and adjustable chin and forehead vents. A helmet for adventure riders that's modern, functional, and exceeds ECE and DOT safety standards.
A travel towel generally needs to have three properties: (1) lightweight, (2) absorb water, and (3) dry quickly. A bonus feature is an antimicrobial fabric coating. And extra points for a smart silicone carry case with carabiner, available in a range of colours. Check out the Matador NanoDry Shower Towel.
A good sized, 20 litre capacity waterproof luggage option for riders that like tank bags. Features include a transparent top pocket designed for maps or your smartphone and/or tablet, an adjustable padded shoulder strap to make off-bike transfers easy, and a tough 840D Nylon TPU IPX5 waterproof construction. The new Givi GRT715 Waterproof Tank Bag.
A photographic travel journal to inspire adventure. With ruled pages, lots of quotes, and photographs of rugged landscapes and wilderness cabins, the Chronicle Books Collect Moments Not Things Journal could be the first step you take towards your next travel adventure.
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With a casual, urban-streetwear look matched to technical motorcycle jacket performance, the Furygan KARL Jacket is the classic double duty garment. Features include a waterproof and breathable liner, along with a removable thermal lining and belt snap attachment loops. D3O elbow and shoulder armour, along with an optional back protector, provide crash protection.
Featuring High Definition Optics with UV and impact protected plutonite lens, the Oakley Mayhem Pro MX James Stewart Sig.Series Goggle has your eye protection covered for your next MX ride. The lens is interchangeable and the frame has a quality foam on the facial contact areas with moisture-wicking and an ergonomic comfort fit.
For around town carry duties, the Ortlieb Commuter-Daypack Urban has you covered. Tougher than a typical office bag thanks to a Cordura fabric construction that has the appearance of and feels like a woven fabric and is not too technical looking. A roll down closure top provides quick access to the main compartment. And a padded sub-compartment where it holds a small laptop or tablet / iPad. Available in three colours.
Do you want a travel ready, pocket sized, portable, with a built-in rechargeable battery, DAB/DAB+ FM radio? With a modern minimalist aesthetic, featuring powerful technology like auto scan
tuning, colour LCD screen, lockable buttons, 20 memory presets, and a 10-12 hour playback per charge. The Majority Petersfield Go Pocket Digital Radio.
The CCM Spitfire motorcycle, a British built 600cc single, with a hand-welded trellis frame and a minimalist aesthetic, is available in a few custom designs as limited edition models. However, if you want to custom style your own machine, the 2019 CCM Spitfire Six is the one for you. Like a blank canvas, all the styling decisions are in the hands of the purchaser to choose from a “selection of tank colour options, pre-exisiting seat styles and even personalise the annodised colours throughout the bike.”
Most off-road, 4X4 drivers have at least one recovery strap in their vehicle. For a motorcyclist, it’s probably less important, but you never know when one could come in handy. Featuring a design where the strap ends can be weaved through itself to create a loop attachment, the Speed Strap 1/2” Pocket Tow Weavable Recovery Strap is small enough to easily pack for a long distance overland adventure trip.
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Now who wouldn’t want to sleep in a tipi when out camping. A single centre pole, No-See-Um mesh wall panels, and fly makes the Mountainsmith Mountain Tipi a fun, yet practical tent option. Designed to sleep two comfortably, but roomy enough for a seated group of up to six. Easy setup, with a multitude of arrangements (stand-alone tipi, tipi with nest, stand-alone nest), and relatively lightweight for backpacking or car camping.
Add additional body armour to your riding gear with the EVOC Protector Jacket. At a lightweight 900 grams (32 ounces) this jacket provides protection for your upper body, including padding for your collar, chest, hip, and pelvic bones along with a CE-certified protector (EN 1621-2) for your back and CE-certified coccyx and shoulder protectors.
The Kleintools Canvas Tool Bag is suitable for most workshops and worksites. Wide top opening for easy access to your tools and equipment. A heavy-duty No. 6 natural canvas construction with a double-layer canvas bottom. And the riveted web handles have been reinforced for added durability.
Featuring USB-C input/output port connectivity, the new Mophie Powerstation Mini can use the same port to charge the powerstation and then charge your gadgets when you’re on the go. The 5,000 mAh battery capacity provides a good balance between a compact carry size and enough juice to power your devices. A four-light LED power indicator shows charging status and battery life, and a fabric case finish provides a quality protective layer and pleasant feel in the hand.
Although available as an ebook, the Lonely Planet Best Ever Travel Tips Book is probably best as a soft cover paperback. You can get travel apps or read websites about travel tips, but there’s nothing better than carrying a pocket-sized, physical book on your travels. Read it when waiting for a train or flight, on a boring part of the trip to refresh you mind and improve your travel game. The book covers a wide range of topics like how to travel light, tricks for booking online accommodation, vegan and gluten-free travel, and it also includes a world tipping chart.
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With MIPS brain protection system technology to help reduce rotational forces, an EPP (Expanded PolyPropylene) chin bar, and titanium chin strap D-rings, the new Troy Lee Designs Ltd Edition SE4 Carbon Mirage Helmet has your head covered with cutting-edge helmet technology. Additional features include three shell sizes options to ensure an appropriate fit, 3D-contoured cheek pads with an emergency release system, and a removable and washable comfort liner with Cool Max and Dri-lex moisture wicking fabrics.
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A compact, in-line personal water filtration system that’s simple, elegant, and effective. Provides “0.1 micron absolute filtration — removing 99.99999% of all bacteria, such as salmonella, cholera and E.coli, removing 99.9999% of all protozoa (such as giardia and cryptosporidium), and removing 100% of microplastics.” The Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System comes with a drinking pouch, or use it with a drinking straw or connect the filter unit into your hydration pack tubing.
A casual, off-bike technical jacket, the Shift R3con Drift Jacket has you covered on cold and wet days. Weatherproof design rated for 10,000mm water-resistance and breathability. Zippers are water-resistant
and a drop tail design provides addition weather protection. Available in black or smoke colour designs.
Here’s an interesting idea: Replicate a first edition Paris Dakar rally bike using a 2018 model Royal Enfield Himalayan. The result is the Fuel Bespoke Motorcycle Royal Rally 400. They've kept the Himalayan basically stock with custom work focusing on “lines and proportions to get a more compact, aggressive and classic look.” Front-on there’s a new vintage enduro look, with an ‘80s era front light aesthetic and the cockpit area has a striped back race look with home-made style custom toggle switch panel and a single Koso speedometer / instrument cluster. Other changes include a PowerTRONIC engine management unit, Suzuki RMZ450 exhaust, solo seat conversion, along with new indicators and fenders, and a new paint scheme.
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For short trips, a good way to deal with dirty clothes is just ignore them; that is, wash them when you get home. The retaW Travel Pouch includes a set of three lightweight, packable nylon laundry pouches with waterproof zippers. Perfect to store your used clothing. Also good as a regular travel storage bag and the pouch set comes with a belt/shoulder strap, too. Available in black or white.
The new Garmin GPSMAP 66i makes the popular handheld GPS navigation unit even more useful with the addition of inReach satellite communication technology through two-way messaging and SOS functionality. This provides GEOS 24/7 search and rescue monitoring and messaging via the global Iridium satellite network. Navigation is via a bright three inch color display, TopoActive maps, and wireless BirdsEye Satellite Imagery. Unit battery life is 35 hours when in 10 minute tracking mode and up to 200 hours with 30 minute tracking intervals.
Add some addition security for your expensive gadgets and important travel documents with the new Pacsafe Travelsafe 5L Portable Safe. The case has a five litre carry capacity and is enclosed in wire mesh. An included TSA accepted 3-dial combination lock along with a closure and attachment wire is looped through metal grommets to securely lock your gear in the case. A soft inner lining helps to protect your valuables and a top carry-handle provides for easy transport. Available in black or charcoal.
If you’re a radio loving international traveller, long distance overland adventurer, or just like the idea of a receive-almost-anything radio, then check out the new Sangean ATS-909X. Featuring a World Band Radio FM-Stereo / LW / AM / SW / AUX PLL synthesised portable receiver with 406 memory preset stations, the ATS-909X also has three programmable wake alarms, a large LCD display with clock functionality to show up to 42 world city times, your current radio signal strength, and battery life indicator. Powered by four AA batteries or mains adapter.
The James Brand The Ellis LTD Knife "features carbon fiber scales and PVD-coated black blades and bail,” a partially-serrated drop point blade, a lockback design for the knife blade and multi-type screwdriver / scraper / bottle opener, and a bail loop for attaching keys or carabiner. Limited to 100 units.
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One for the hardcore Ricky and Morty music fan, a limited edition Teenage Engineering Rick and Morty: The PO-137 Pocket Operator. The tiny vocal synthesiser and sequencer has a built-in microphone with 8 different voice character samplings, provided by Ricky and Morty (an adult animated science fiction sitcom) co-creator Justin Roiland along with new custom Rick and Morty visuals. Other key features include the quirky animated LCD display, built-in folding stand, and an alarm clock.
Small in size but large in stature. The Fjallraven Kanken Mini Backpack is the ideal small backpack. Available in a rainbow of different colours and suitable for kids and adults alike, the mini pack is made from Vinyl F fabric, has a single main compartment with a large zipped opening, two side pockets and a small pocket on the front. A PE foam seat cushion, stored in the interior back pocket, provides a comfort seat option while resting or at camp and also gives the pack back padding.
Designed for the adventuring individualist, the new Alpkit Soloist Backpacking Tent is good for multi-day three season, back-country trips. Large enough for one person and all their gear and with enough head room to sit upright in comfort, in a liveable space. Features a freestanding structure with an easy to pitch design.
If you want pro level audio recording in a small, tough outdoors-ready package, then check out the new 6-channel/14-track Zoom F6 Field Recorder. Designed for pros but
attractive to anyone with an interest in recording high quality sound, thanks to its 32-bit float recording being able to capture a wide dynamic range of loud and subtle sounds at high audio
quality. Other features include dual AD converters with 6 inputs, multiple power options, and wireless control.
KTM’s range of new enduros, recently announced, includes their new 'International Six Days Enduro' (ISDE) 2020 KTM 450 EXC-F Six Days. The ISDE competition ready model is based on their latest enduro design along with a premium parts package and top-of-the-line components. For 2020, the new model enduros all have “new and more efficient yet high-performing engines, a re-developed chassis with improved WP XPLOR suspension, improved handling, new bodywork, new air filter box, new cooling system, and new exhaust systems.”
There’s relatively few casual design motorcycle specific jackets. In fact, most motorcycle jackets look, well, like motorcycle jackets, functional and technical, often bulky, rather like a uniform. The Blauer Hi.Tech MAVERICK BLUE Jacket looks different thanks to its classic military style bomber jacket design. Crash protection comes from elbow protections with pockets for shoulder and back protectors. And there’s zips for venting on the front and back.
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Designed to treat life threatening traumatic injuries, the Tactical Medical Solutions TacMed Pocket Medical Kit could be a useful addition to a standard first aid kit for the adventurous expedition style, overland traveller. It’s a small size kit that includes a SOF Tourniquet, Esmark bandage, compressed gauze, Beacon chest seal, and gloves.
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A relatively small sized, smart looking, general ‘out-and-about’ travel bag. The bag’s key feature is RFID blocking technology to protect your electronic embedded items, like credit cards and your passport, form of electronic scanning. The Caribee Jetset RFID Shoulder Bag.