Regular updates on gear, bikes, and travel stuff. Mostly short product overviews with the odd post about interesting films, websites, events, and the like.   NEWS: Isle of Man TT 2017, 3rd - 9th June



HELLY HANSON VANIR LOGR JACKET

Helly Hanson Vanir Logr Jacket

TRAVEL WEAR

A lightweight, waterproof jacket is an essential travel item. Versatile and functional. Packs down small. Waterproof, windproof, and breathable thanks to the Helly Tech Performance, 2.5 layer construction with 100% polyurethane laminate, 89% polyester and 11% elastane double weave soft shell. The new Helly Hanson Vanir Logr Jacket has under arm mesh heat vents. Front zipper is YKK. Available in three colours.

SOURCE/PHOTO: Helly Hanson


VOX AMPS AC30 RADIO

Vox Amps AC30 Radio

RADIO MODEL

It looks like a little VOX amp but you don’t need to connect it to a guitar to play music. With a design based on the famous VOX AC30, the new AC30 Radio should appeal to music lovers of the popular British amp maker. Powered by six AA batteries, the little AM/FM AC30 Radio can make sounds for up to eight hours when on battery power, has a clock/alarm feature, two three inch speakers, and headphone and analogue input jack connections.

SOURCE/PHOTO: VOX Amps


XDUOO XQ-10 HEADPHONE AMPLIFIER

Xduoo XQ-10 Headphone Amplifier

BOOST IT

The Xduoo XQ-10 Headphone Amp is a tiny, affordable way to drive your headphones, to boost the sounds out of your smartphone when on the go. Key features include an aluminium-alloy case, twenty hour run time, a pocket friendly price, and small size footprint.

SOURCE/PHOTO: Xduoo


TOM BIHN AERONAULT 30 PACKING CUBE BACKPACK

Tom Bihn Aeronaut 30 Packing Cube Backpack

A VERSATILE BAG

Designed to organise and compress your clothes inside a larger travel bag and, when you arrive at your destination, easily turns into a day pack, the Tom Bihn Aeronaut 30 Packing Cube Backpack is a versatile piece of travel kit. As a walkabout backpack the small four litre top compartment provides storage space your camera or any other small items. The lower ten litre compartment is perfect for holding larger items such as a rain jacket. Made from 200 denier Halcyon/nylon ripstop material and available in five colour designs.

SOURCE/PHOTO: Tom Bihn


2017 MOTO MORINI CORSARO80

2017 Moto Morini Corsaro80

LIMITED EDITION

In 2017, the Italian motorcycle maker Moto Morini turns 80. To celebrate this achievement, a limited edition Moto Morini Corsaro80 will be produced by their One-Off workshop, a department of Moto Morini that creates special bikes based on customer needs and specifications to factory-built standards. Only eight bikes will be produced. Each bike is based on the Corsaro 1200 model with a custom hand-wrought aluminium fuel tank, carbon component superstructures, wheels, handlebars, brake, and clutch levers.

SOURCE/PHOTO: Moto Morini


MIZU V8 BOTTLE

MIZU V8 Bottle

NEW VERSION

The MIZU V8 Bottle is a 26oz (0.77 litres) insulated, stainless steel bottle. A clean, functional design with ten retro colour choices. Good for all types of travel and outdoors activities.

SOURCE/PHOTO: MIZU


FJALLRAVEN VIDDA PRO TROUSERS

Fjallraven Vidda Pro Trousers

PRO TREK GEAR

Fjällräven Vidda Pro Trousers, designed for trekking and general outdoors activities that require a durable and tough pant. Made from wind and water-resistant G-1000 polyester and cotton fabric. Features a double layer over the rear and knees. Six pockets. A map pocket. Axe and knife pocket. Mountain and forest ready.

SOURCE/PHOTO: Fjällräven


EDIFIER MP100 SPEAKER

Edifier MP100 Speaker

MINI BLUETOOTH SOUNDS

Portable sounds. Twenty hour battery life. An IP54 rating for splash and dust proofing. Compatible with Bluetooth 4.0 technology and includes microSD input. Available in blue, green, or yellow. A small and powerful speaker. The Edifier MP100 Mini Bluetooth Speaker.

SOURCE/PHOTO: Edifier


SNUGPAK DRI-SAK

Snugpak Dri-Sak

KEEP-IT-DRY

If your adventure involves some sort of water based travel then maybe a waterproof storage bag is a useful part of your kit. Something that’s lightweight and durable, large enough to keep valuables, such as your your gadgets, dry. The new Snugpak Dri-Sak heavy duty waterproof storage bag has a top roll down and clip seal enclosure to ensure its contents stay dry and protected from the elements. The bag is made from a lightweight nylon fabric with reinforced hem and is available in five sizes and three colours.

SOURCE/PHOTO: Snugpak


DRAGON ALLIANCE NFX2 GOGGLE

Dragon Alliance NFX2 Goggle

MOTO EYE PROTECTION

It’s time for new moto goggles. The Dragon Alliance NFX2 has an integrated, removable outrigger design providing a tighter seal and quad-foam technology for a comfort fit. A frameless design with an all-weather anti-fog treated lens, good venting, removable nose guard, and a silicone beaded strap backing, round out this feature rich, pro standard moto goggle.

SOURCE/PHOTO: Dragon Alliance


FLIGHT 001 F1 AERO PAK

Flight 001 F1 Aero Pak

A COMPLETE FLYING KIT

Everything the international air traveller needs in one small trifold case. The Flight 001 F1 Aero Pak includes a range of common travel items for long haul journeys including an inflatable neck pillow and contoured eye mask, rubber padded socks, foam earplugs, a dental kit, and pen to fill out arrival and custom forms.

SOURCE/PHOTO: Flight 001


FJALLRAVEN TRAVELLERS JACKET

Fjallraven Travellers Jacket

CLASSIC TRAVEL GARMENT

Are you looking for a jacket made specifically for overland or international travel that’s inspired by the golden age of travel, a garment suitable for your next travel adventure? In essence, a classic jacket updated for the modern traveller. The new Fjällräven Travellers Jacket is designed for long trips, capable in both urban and rural environments. Various pockets and amble, easy to access storage, including an inside security stash pocket, makes this a functional travel jacket. Jacket material is a lightweight G-1000 Lite Eco fabric, a recycled polyester and organic cotton, that’s durable, shower proof, and dries fast if it becomes wet. Available in three colour designs.

SOURCE/PHOTO: Fjallraven


SOUND DEVICES MIXPRE-3

Sound Devices MixPre-3

PORTABLE PRO RECORDER

If you record sound the new Sound Devices’ MixPre-3 might be of interest. Designed for “musicians, sound designers, podcasters, videographers, YouTubers and field recordists,” this small, yet full featured recorder packs high-performance low-noise, Class-A mic preamps into a relatively compact and tough die-cast aluminium housing. Other features include USB audio interface, basic and advanced recording modes, a sunlight-readable color LCD touch screen, gain control knobs for fast and accurate mixing, 3.5mm jack for headphone monitoring, and XLR inputs. The unit weighs 480 grams (16.8 oz) and can be powered by AA batteries, Sony L-Mount Li-Ion batteries, via USB-C or USB-A outlets, or an optional mains power AC adapter.

SOURCE/PHOTO: Sound Devices


GIVI GRT708 SIDE BAGS

Givi GRT708 Side Bags

DIRT BIKE LUGGAGE

New for 2017, the Givi GRT708 Side Bags. With an IP 65 waterproof rating, these saddle style bags are designed to perform under extreme riding conditions providing a full waterproof luggage solution for dirt bike/enduro riders. There’s no need for a purpose built luggage rack as the GRT708 Side Bags attach to the motorcycle frame, thanks to rapid attachment straps at the top and base, placing the bag on the seat behind the rider. Each bag holds 15 litres of luggage with a top entry, roll-up closure system and is made from a ballistic fabric/TPU.

SOURCE/PHOTO: Givi


SUUNTO SPARTAN SPORT WRIST WATCH

Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist Watch

FOREST SPECIAL EDITION

Part of Suunto's Spartan range of wrist watches, the new Forest Special Edition Sport Wrist HR is designed for the active urban, multi-sport type. Featuring a forest green wrist band, this smart watch has a wrist based heart rate monitor, a colour touch screen, is rated for 100m water resistance, provides GPS/GLONASS route navigation, and has a 10-day battery life ‘in time’ mode. Eighty pre-set sport modes and a wide range sport specific metrics come built-in. Each watch is hand-made in Finland.

SOURCE/PHOTO: Suunto


MSR TRAILSHOT POCKET-SIZED WATER FILTER

MSR TrailShot Pocket-Sized Water Filter

GLEAN WATER

A tiny hand pump water filter, the MSR TrailShot is a take-it-anywhere-pocket-sized water filter. New for 2017, and designed for trail walkers/runners, this filter unit will let you drink from most water sources as you hike the backcountry or travel through countries where drinkable water is not readily available. The MSR TrailShot can filter one litre of water in a minute to “U.S. EPA drinking water standards and NSF protocol P231 for removal of bacteria (99.9999%), protozoa (99.9%), and particulates.” It weighs only 142 g (5 oz.) and can be easily cleaned, even when you're on the trail.

SOURCE/PHOTO: MSR


THE ICARUS TROPHY 2017

The Icarus Trophy 2017 Website
The Icarus Trophy 2017 Website

PARAMOTOR RACE

So you’ve purchased your new paramotor and you want a real aeronautical adventure. Then check out The Icarus Trophy, it’s “designed to be the toughest air race on the planet, but it's also designed to be the greatest aerial adventure on the planet. Through our different race divisions it's as accessible and challenging for pro-pilots as it is if you're a total novice ready to spend some time training.” The Pure Adventure Division is unsupported and untimed. Fly the course how you like. The Adventure Division is ground supported, for novice racers after the race experience. Check their website for full details.


PARAJET MAVERICK

Parajet Maverick

PARAMOTORING FUN

Generally considered sport or recreational flying, paramotoring has a small but strong following in the adventure sports world. Parajet’s Maverick is their latest paramotor featuring a Titanium Alloy cage with an all-new Snap-Fit Net construction, to produce a strong, safe, and lightweight aircraft. The craft can be assembled within minutes, thanks to its plug-and-play cage connection system. The Maverick also has a new fuel tank with a modern polygonal design. It is powered by a 25hp Moster 185 engine. Just add a harness and wing, plus appropriate training, and your personal flying machine is really for adventure.

SOURCE/PHOTO: Parajet


TOMTOM RIDER SAT NAV

TomTom RIDER Sat Nav

NEW RANGE OF MODELS

TomTom have updated their TomTom RIDER GPS sat nav for 2017, now available in three versions, including an entry model the 42, and two more feature rich models the 420 and the 450. All models will include new preloaded routes and biker specific points of interests. Unit upgrades include a new smart screen touch sensitive display that adapts to light and heavy gloves. The new models will be available in Europe from April 25th.

SOURCE/PHOTO: TomTom


RUMPL OLD GROWTH PUFFY BLANKET

Rumpl Old Growth Puffy Blanket

CAMP BLANKET

The Rumpl Old Growth Puffy Blanket “features photography by Canadian photographer Jeremy Koreski with proceeds benefiting 1% For The Planet and the Raincoast Conservation Foundation.” Like the original Rumpl blanket, this new edition has a 20D Ripstop Nylon back and printed polyester front with a durable water resistance (DWR) treatment. 3D Hollow Fiber Synthetic Insulation provides that blanket-warmth. It weighs 1 kg (2.1 lbs). Size is 127cm by 178cm (50’'by 70'') and a stuff sack is included.

SOURCE/PHOTO: Rumpl


FIELD NOTES PITCH BLACK NOTEBOOK

Field Notes Pitch Black Note Book

UP IN SIZE

Field Notes now offer their popular Pitch Black Note Book in a larger format. The larger Note Book is 12.1cm by 19.1cm (4-3/4” by 7-1/2”) with 64 pages of dot-graph grid and ruled lines. Both the standard and large size Pitch Black Note Books have a custom-duplexed cover and a “Packing Brown Wrap” on the outside.

SOURCE/PHOTO: Field Notes


BURTON ANNEX BACKPACK

Burton Annex Backpack

RETRO STYLE CARRY

Featuring a heritage, rucksack style design, the new Burton Annex Backpack fuses retro style with modern carry technology for this general use bag. Old style external webbing is useful for holding, for example, a jacket. An internal tablet sleeve will securely hold your media gadgets. An expedition style rucksack hood allows for easy access to the bag’s main compartment. Carry volume is 28 litres. The backpack weighs 0.9 kg (2 lbs).

SOURCE/PHOTO: Burton


ICON AIRMADA RUDOS HELMET

ICON Airmada Rudos Helmet

BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL

Not for the shy rider, the ICON Airmada Rudos has big, bold, and colourful statement graphics covering a safety standards compliant DOT and ECE 22-05 rated polycarbonate helmet. On the inside, the Rudos has an energy absorbing EPS foam liner, a removable breath deflector, and washable Hydradry moisture wicking padding. For rider comfort, six air intakes and four exhaust ports help cool your head for warm weather riding.

SOURCE/PHOTO: Ride ICON


TEENAGE ENGINEERING PO-32

Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator PO-32
Teenage Engineering Pocket Operator PO-32

NEW PORTABLE DRUM MACHINE

Teenage Engineering have a range of Pocket Operators, little portable music makers, perfect for the musically inspired traveller. The Pocket Operator PO-32, a drum and percussion synthesiser, is a new addition to the PO range that features a built-in microphone, new punch-in fx, unlimited sounds, and import / export functionality. The unit comes with 16 preset sounds and users can now easily import, export, and share their beats.

SOURCE/PHOTO: Teenage Engineering


PACSAFE TRAVELSAFE X25 PACK INSERT

Pacsafe Travelsafe X25 Pack Insert
Pacsafe Travelsafe X25 Pack Insert

ANTI-THEFT PORTABLE SAFE

Designed to securely store your valuables, the Pacsafe Travelsafe X25 Pack Insert has a slash resistant eXomesh locking system and an attachment lock that allows you to secure the Travelsafe to a fixture in your accommodation, to your bike, or at a table, for example, when you’re out and about. Large enough to hold a 15 inch laptop and assorted small items like a camera, passport, etc. It has adjustable webbing backpack straps and the pack is water resistant.

SOURCE/PHOTO: Pacsafe


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