MX and enduro riders know the value of a good quality leg brace. Now trail and dual sport riders are also finding the benefits of good mechanical stability and protection for their knees. The Troy Lee Designs 6400 Knee Brace “bilateral support hinges use hyperextension stops to support and help prevent injury to the knee.” A X-Fit strap system holds the knee brace in place, helps prevent bunching for good freedom of movement and a comfort fit. This brace is lightweight so it’s also suitable for mountain bike riders, snowboarders, etc.
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So you’re out camping and need to dry some clothes. If you’re prepared you would’ve packed the Gear Aid Camp Line Kit. The kit comes with a 9.14 m (30 feet) length of 550 Paracord, two camp carabiners, and two line tensioners. Takes a few minutes to set up, then hang your towels or wet gear and forget. Can also be used for other general camp duties if a thin, strong rope is needed.
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If you live or intend to travel to a climate with significant rain fall, a good raincoat is essential. And if you want an urban aesthetic style garment, check out the new Aether Seattle Jacket. A technical and thoughtfully designed coat, the Seattle Jacket has a fully seam taped 3-layer GORE-TEX canvas shell for weatherproofing, elegant black contrast trims and zip/button hardware, and shaped sleeve openings to reduce rain falling onto your hands. Available in three colour designs.
A cooking and eating outdoors camping set for four. Nesting design with separate mesh storage bags for plates and pots. Plates and bowls are made from recycled materials. One stainless steel pot with lid. One frying pan with lid. Four large plates. Four large bowls. Four keying-style utensil sets. The Kelty Camp Kitchen set.
Key features include: Base compartment to store your tools. Internal, removable fluorescent yellow waterproof inner bag. Constructed from High-tenacity 1200D polyester material. Front and side slots for M.O.L.L.E attachment/carry system with a set of four accessories (two D-rings and two universal hooks). Padded shoulder straps and adjustable belt straps with hooks. The Givi GRT711 Rucksack.
Small in stature but big in function. The Scrubba Wash Bag MINI gives you the option to wash small items, say a T-shirt, underwear, or socks, when you’re travelling and don’t have easy access to laundry facilities. For the outdoors traveller, it also functions as a dry bag, a general use bag to store dirty clothes, and a bucket to transport water.
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As the saying goes: Out of sight is out of mind. A bike cover is a good way to protect your bike from the elements as well as unwanted attention. The Nelson Rigg Defender Extreme Motorcycle Cover is made from a durable polyester fabric, has heat taped seams for waterproofing, heat-resistant panels for exhaust pipe protection, a venting system that allows air circulation, grommets at the front wheel for a cable lock, and comes with a storage compression bag.
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D30 protection for your knuckles, a 4-way stretch fabric on the top hand area for abrasion resistance, and a perforated single-layer Clarino palm allows for good airflow and comfort fit. A short cuff design with an adjustable TPR wrist closure band holds the glove in place. Finger mesh gussets and silicone printed palm and finger graphics. The 100% Cognito Gloves in fluo yellow and black.
If you’re a fan of analogue time pieces and have nautical sensibilities, the Tissot Seastar 1000 Chronograph might be of interest. The watch is water-resistance rated to a pressure of 30 bar (300 m/1000 ft), features a 316L stainless steel case with a screw-down crown and caseback, a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal face, a Swiss quartz movement, and an unidirectional ceramic bezel.
A contemporary design with a minimalist aesthetic. The new Energy Sistem Fabric Box Radio features a built-in FM antenna and PLL tuner with 50 station presets. It has a simple frequency digital display. And is powered by an internal 1200 mAh battery with 8 hours run time through a 3 W speaker. Available in navy blue or cream.
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Although we’re slowly moving towards a cashless society, as a traveller, it’s important to have some (local) currency on your person. The Deuter Security Belt is a good way to securely store a few emergency dollars or some important travel documents. The belt is available in tan or black.
With its retro full face bubble visor design, the NEXX X.70 City X Helmet has a heritage style combined with high-tech materials and construction technologies. The shell is a “X-MATRIX technology, a process that combines multiaxial fiberglass, 3D organic fibers and kevlar, special aramid fibers and carbon reinforcement.” There’s an integrated sun visor that has a drop down mechanism. And the helmet’s internal 3D formed foam interiors are removable and washable.
Small and functional with big aesthetic features such as a “decorative pivot with a blue-anodized pivot ring and matching tube spacers” and a dark carbon fibre handle. The new Zero Tolerance Knives Model 0022 Pocketknife is perfect for small cutting duties. A little pocket knife with attitude.
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On first glance you probably don’t think you need the Vargo Titanium Straws, however, as long as you don’t loose them, these will likely be the last straws you will need to buy. And they're made from titanium so they’re safe and clean to drink from, they won’t rust or impart odd flavours, and they look good too. Straw diameter is 6mm (0.24 in), length is 203 mm (8 in), and weight is 5.7 g (0.2 oz).
Designed for adventure bikes, the new Nelson Rigg Hurricane Adventure Waterproof Tank Bag offers 11 litres of additional luggage capacity for your next adventure trip. The bag has a waterproof PVC tarpaulin construction with electronically welded seams, a quick release strap system to ensure easy attachment and removal for refuelling or transporting the bag to your destination stop. Its main compartment has an adjustable divider and the top pocket has a clear cover that’s touch screen device friendly. Suitable for larger adventures bikes.
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The Tatonka FA Basic Waterproof First Aid Kit is designed for short trips, has supplies for one person, where your journey requires waterproof gear. The pouch has a waterproof roll-down closure with taped seams to hold wound dressings, bandages, plaster strips and tape, gloves, a rescue blanket, and outdoor first aid instructions.
A little package of travel insurance, small and lightweight, just clip to your bag. The Survival Frog Tact Bivvy 2.0 Emergency Sleeping Bag reflects 90% of your body's heat back to you, has taped seams for a wind and waterproof reusable bivvy bag that can also work as a sleeping bag liner. Comes with a stuff sack and alert whistle.
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Pumping air into your bike’s tyre shouldn’t be a difficult task. The Eastbound Rocky Creek MotoPressor Pocket Pump makes it easy thanks to a 2m long power cord with a SAE battery terminal fitting, long inflator hose, and capacity to pump up to 6.9 bar. The 12v inflator is small, weighs 580g, and comes with a neoprene storage bag.
Designed for off-road motorcycle riders, with an easy fit and remove harness system that provides unrestricted arm movement and shifts the pack weight from the shoulders to the chest and body. The Kriega HYDRO-2 HydraPak has a 2 litre (122cu in) fluid capacity, 420D Cordura Lite Plus construction, and reflective panels and logos. Available in four colour designs.
Is “travel enduro” a new class of motorcycles? If so, the brand new 2020 KTM 390 ADVENTURE is one of a few that would qualify. A dual sport design, small capacity motorcycle that’s good for long distance touring, but is light weight, has off road technical capability, and is agile enough for dirt riding. A bike built for motorcycle adventure travellers. The 390 ADVENTURE is powered by KTM’s reliable single-cylinder, 43 hp four-stroke 373 cc engine, runs a slipper clutch, and power delivery is managed with an engine management system and ride-by-wire process. Other travel friendly features include a removable, steel trellis subframe designed to carry heavy luggage loads, a two-part seat made for comfort and control, and wide foot pegs to accommodate standing and seated riding positions with offload boots.
The new 2020 Honda CBR100RR-R Fireblade SP draws heavy on the DNA of their MotoGP RC213V race machine. And this latest version of the Fireblade model is powered by the most powerful inline, four cylinder street legal motorcycle engine Honda has ever produced. The new engine is compact, has a short-stroke layout with high performance tech like titanium con-rods, and is generating 160Kw peak power at 14,500rpm. It sits inside a brand new aluminium diamond frame where the rear of the motor is used as the upper shock mount, and its 4-2-1 exhaust pipes feed into an Akrapovic exhaust. Other improvements include an updated Throttle By Wire system with three default riding modes and a customisable 5-inch TFT instrument display.
The modular helmet design is a popular choice for a touring rider as it provides versatility. The new Givi X.33 Canyon Layers Helmet follows this proven design with its thermoplastic construction, full-face flip-up design. Other features include a smoked sun visor, various air vents, a micrometrical helmet strap, removable peak, and washable inner lining.
Before the spork there was the 3-piece knife, fork, and spoon design. If you want a little classic eating tool the Ecologyst The Camp Utensil has you covered. This multi-functional eating/camping utensil is made from 3Cr13 Stainless steel and easily separates into individual tools.
The new Rukka Airventur Jacket has a knitted mesh Cordura shell for good airflow in warm weather riding conditions. For crash protection, there’s Rukka D3O Air XTR shoulder and elbow protectors and two layers of knitted Cordura AFT on the elbow. Plenty of pockets to hold small items. Available in three colour designs.
If you want to replace your plastic travel bottle for environmental reasons then the new W&P Design Porter Bottle might be a good option. It’s made from a lightweight glass and is nicely wrapped in a protective matte silicone sleeve. The bottle is dishwater safe, BPA free, and food safe FDA/LFGA approved. And there’s five sleeve and bottle top colours to choose from.
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A multi-tool is always a handy piece of camping kit, does-it-all general use camping equipment. Always with you and available for all kinds of tasks. Like cutting and sawing stuff. Starting fires with it’s fire-starting ferro rod. Making noise with its whistle. Pulling stuff with pliers and opening cans with a can opener. Loosing and tightening screws. Secure it in a nylon sheath. The Leatherman Signal Multi-tool.
Saddle bags are a proven luggage option for motorcyclists that need to carry a bunch of gear. Add in a waterproof top or duffel bag and, if you like include a tank bag or small backpack, then most of your luggage requirements are meet. The SHAD Waterproof Saddle Bags SW42 is made from a PVC tarpaulin three layer mesh fabric, has an PX5 weather durability rating with a top fold down closure system to ensure your gear is safe from water intrusion. Safety and fitment straps are included.
If you’re after a small, functional tool holder for your bike, the Andy Strapz Tool Roll might be worth considering. The design aim was hold all the necessary tools, provide a small work surface, and make the roll capable of carrying an array of tools for different bikes and rider preferences. Made from canvas.
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Do you want a mobile all-weather home with room for two? A dome design that offers generous amounts of internal space. Provides 3-season weather protection. Is stable in high winds. Has good ventilation. A ripstop polyamide flysheet rated at a 5,000 mm water column. Large vestibule for cooking and gear storage. Two entrances. And low weight. Try the Salewa Sierra Leone II Tent.
Featuring a combination of analogue, digital, and smartphone watch connectivity, the new Casio EDIFICE ECB-900 Wristwatch brings different technologies together with solar power to produce an elegant, modern timepiece. A motorsports inspired 1/1000-second stopwatch, with memory for up to 200 lap time records, adds value for the vehicle owner. For the traveller, a Bluetooth connection with a smartphone provides accurate timekeeping in any country and an app lets you select from more than 300 cities for your World Time City and manage alarms and timer settings.
If you want to use your own wireless headphones instead of an average quality airline pair, then the KitSound Bluetooth Airline Adaptor might be a good investment. The audio adapter has a standard airline connection to stream audio to your wireless headphones with aptX low latency technology, and a battery life of up to 9 hours.
A sports boot aesthetic, for urban, street riding. The Alpinestars CR-6 Drystar Riding Shoes have fine mesh and specific breathable windows that provides breathability and airflow. A top hook and loop strap with lacing system ensures an agronomic and safe fit. CE-certified thanks to TPU ankle disks under upper external lateral ankle TPR protectors, and toe box and heel counter reinforcements.
Riding shirts have become popular over the last few years. However, typically they trade-off crash protection for the advantages of a lightweight technical shirt. The new Scorpion Abrams Riding Shirt looks to add a level of protection with a “[m]id-weight cotton chassis reinforced with integrated Rhino-Mesh® lining”, 600D polyester reinforcements at the elbows and shoulders, along with pockets for optional Sas-Tec flex armour. The shirt also has YKK zipper underarm venting, forearm and bicep adjustability, and is available in black or grey.
Quality woodworking requires quality tools. If you have an interest in Japanese woodworking techniques and the tools used to master and create fine handmade perfect-fitting joinery, check out the new Best Made Company The Japanese Joinery Kit. Each kit comes in a wooden box “[c]rafted from hand-finished Akagashi Japanese red oak” with an interlocking top. Tools include a cut saw and hardwood saw, octagonal hammer, two wood chisels, small hand plane, square blade awl, and wooden mitre square.
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