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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If you want to seriously upgrade you travel filmmaking game, then check out the new Z CAM E2-S6 Cinema Camera. You’ll also need to rig this little camera with a handle or two, Sony NP-F series compatible battery, mic, CFAST 2.0 card, and monitor (although you could use your smartphone). Key features include a super 35mm, 26 megapixel CMOS sensor with resolution of 6K shooting up to 60 fps and 4K up to 100 fps in 10-bit colour, 14 stops of dynamic range, ZRAW is supported, and the E2-S6 is available in EF or PL lens mounts.
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A 35 litre classic mountaineer style backpack with everyday use functionality. The new Topo Designs Subalpine Pack is at home half way up a mountain or any busy urban downtown area. With its outdoors design, the pack has padded shoulder straps with load-lifter straps, along with a large main compartment, and an internal laptop sleeve that makes this bag equally useful for urban duties. Other features include a removable front pouch, oversized YKK zippers, and plenty of compression straps. Available in four colour designs.
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The new Scorpion EXO-AT950 Outrigger Helmet is a perfect fit for your next round the world motorcycle adventure. Features include a polycarbonate shell design with an oversized eye port and a modular flip-up chin-bar and front shield. And an internal drop down Speedview sun-visor provides added functionality along with a no-fog Everclear face shield that can be removed if you prefer a dirt helmet style with goggles for off-road use.
Where the container is as important as the contents. Based on the original VSSL metal tube design, the new VSSL First Aid follows the same form factor but with first aid supplies in a tool roll style contents wrap. The metal tube container has a 200 lumens LED light and oil-filled precision compass. The contents wrap holds the first aid supplies that include bandages, steri-strips, disposable thermometers, antiseptic wipes, medical gloves, cello homeostatic agent, burn cream, some small tools, and pain relief pills. See their website for full details on the medical supplies included.
The new 2020 Husqvarna FC 450 is, in the hands of an expert MX rider, a competition worthy machine. Powered by a single cylinder, SOHC engine producing 63 hp held in place by a chromium molybdenum steel frame. On the track, launch control gets you off the line in a rush, and engine, gearbox, frame, and suspension refinements improve ride and race ergonomics and power delivery.
If you choose not to buy a down sleeping bag for ethical reasons but still want technical hiking features including a lightweight and warm design, the new NEMO Azura Womens Synthetic Mummy Bag might be worth considering. With NEMO’s FeatherCore construction and Primaloft insulation, this bag offers "ultra-compressibility without sacrificing warmth. This completely new take on insulation construction packs down significantly smaller, providing all the benefits of synthetic insulation at the same pack size as 650FP down”.
A simple plastic container will easily hold your food. But a stainless steel travel jar is, in lots of cases, a better option. The Zoku 10oz Neat Stack Food Jar has a vacuum insulated, double-walled design to ensure your food stays hot for 5 hours or cold for 6.5 hours. Capacity is 295ml (10oz), it's BPA and phthalate free, and has a wide diameter opening for easy access. And for travellers, several jars can be stacked to maximise your available storage space.
Featuring a supermoto configuration, the new 2020 Torrot Supermotard Two electric kids motorcycle now comes with upgraded batteries offering lower weight with greater power and range. Other key child friendly features include a parental control app and programmable power output from 600W to 1500W. Build wise, the little electric bike has a chrome-molybdenum chassis and a swingarm with a hydraulic shock absorber, hydraulic disc brake system, and a top speed of 52 Km/h.
Featuring a simple retro, yet clean classic design, no multi-coloured MX style, but definitely a moto jersey aesthetic. The Fuel Motorcycles Grey Stripes Enduro Jersey has technical capabilities thanks to mesh pit vent panels to allow airflow, a body-mapped fabric placement design, and a fabric that extracts moisture away from the body.
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You probably have more than one set of gloves if you ride across the seasons and also on road and dirt. However, if you don’t have multiple sets of gloves but you’re looking for a general use, sort-of-fits most riding conditions type of glove then maybe consider the Furygan Jet All Seasons Gloves. A short cuff design, waterproof with a thermal liner for cooler weather. Hand protection includes a metacarpal protector and palm reinforcement.
Surfers have always known the value of a safe place to store their car and house keys while out riding waves. Secure key storage is also handy for general travelling. The Ocean & Sea Key Vault has a locking dial code combination system for secure storage of your keys within a 69mm (W) x 74mm (H) x 22mm (D) toughened steel metal vault.
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An almost essential gadget for the media centric traveller. With a touch of design and fashion flair. The new palm-sized Seagate One Touch SSD Special Edition model is available as a limited offering in a selection of red, green, blue, and white/grey camouflage print patterns. On the technical side, the drive has a SATA-type 500 GB SSD with transfer speeds of up to 400MB per second.
Big enough for the minimalist traveller, this 30 litre (expandable to 38 litres) backpack has a modern design aesthetic with a utilitarian focus on function and usability. Side compression straps help manage volume. Two side expansion bottle pockets lay flat when not in use. A zip away shoulder strap system converts the backpack to a large briefcase style bag. An interior hanging pocket and sunglass holder add more function along with a separate laptop compartment. The Mountainsmith Continental Backpack.
Version 2.0 is a lightweight technical motorcycle garment with a four-way stretch HYCOR waterproof-breathable fabric construction that makes the new ICON Tarmac2 a comfortable all-weather commuter, sport style jacket. Lots of venting options are provided via waterproof YKK zippers for warm weather riding. And there’s quality D3O crash impact protectors in the shoulders, elbows, and back. Available in grey or black.
If you’ve every had an interest in finding lost treasure, prospecting for gold, or just exploring the outdoors, the new Minelab Vanquish 340 Metal Detector could be a fun investment. The Vanquish is designed as an entry level, easy to use detector, that covers most types of metal detecting thanks to Minelab’s Multi-IQ technology where the frequency range of multiple detectors is combined into one unit. With its waterproof V10 coil and the ability to discriminate metal types, just select one of the three operating modes (coin, relic or all metal) and the detector will work at your local park, in a field, or down at the beach.
A lightweight tent for two wheel travellers. Updated for 2019, the Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 Bikepack Tent now has shortened pole segments “for optimal handlebar, pannier, and saddlebag storage.” Other key features include a 1.36 kg (3 lb) weight, two doors and two vestibules with storm flaps, large ceiling pocket storage, a fly vent for air flow and reduction of condensation, a 4-way hub pole design provides ample room for two, and there’s daisy-chain webbing loops on the fly to help dry wet clothes.
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Although not the most important item to pack for your next hiking/road trip, a Alpkit Tanka Fuel Bottle will ensure you have enough fuel to run your stove to cook a hot meal after a long day of travel. Designed for “multi-day backpacking and bikepacking adventures”, the Tanka holds 450ml of fluids, weighs 130g, has a top carry loop, and you’ll never misplace it thanks to a bright red colour scheme.
For city riding, maybe on your scooter or for the rider that just prefers an open face helmet, check out the IXS Jet Helmet 77 2.2 Black-Yellow Fluo. A classic design with clean block black and bright yellow graphics on a polycarbonate construction. An interior integrated flip-down sun visor is essential for sunny summer riding days. Also has removable and washable cheek pads.
Less people are carrying around cash these days. And maybe credit cards will soon disappear as their functionality moves into smartphones. In the meantime, to carry a bunch of credit cards, ID cards, and some cash check out the Rains Folded Wallet. Minimalist in design, a rubber strap ensures the wallet is held folded, and construction material is a matte fabric polyurethane fabric.
Warm weather riding jackets need to provide a good level of ventilation without comprising crash protection. The Spidi Netstream Tex Jacket has a 3D mesh design integrated into a high tenacity polyester frame for durability and abrasion resistance. Additional protection comes from multitech removable CE rated protectors. And waterproof and thermo liner options are available for bad weather riding conditions.
Sports styling with technical features such as ultraviolet filtration and blue light reduction, in a modern semi-rimless frame. Other features include a vented lens design, enhanced coverage for an unobstructed view, and rubber nose and temple pads for best fit and comfort. The 100% Speedcouple Sunglasses.
With big changes predicted for land transport, and the future of motorcycles somewhat uncertain, what are some likely changes in the design of motorcycles to cater for two-wheel travel demand? To help us investigate this we’ll take a brief survey of the electric motorcycle start-up industry to see what the future of motorcycles might look like.
One trend that’s not a maxim but rather an interesting observation is innovative designs, especially with respect to electric motorcycles, seems to be coming from smaller companies. Of course any size company can be innovative. It’s just that work undertaken on the margins of an industry is risky and maybe smaller companies are less risk adverse, or know where they can compete with a competitive advantage over the big players, or are more flexible and dynamic, responding to trends and pushing into uncertain territory. Who really knows. Currently some the most exciting electric motorcycle work is being undertaken by small companies.
A must have item for most riders. Keeps tools organised and all in one place, with easy access. The new Nelson Rigg RG-055 Tool Roll is made from an abrasion-resistant UltraMax polyester fabric with a hi-visibility orange lining, a small zipper pocket for loose items, and plenty of loops to hold your tools.
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A good camping lantern needs to be small, light, reliable, and, most importantly, produce quality light. Another important feature is a design that affords use and function. The new UCO Gear Sprout Mini Lantern meets these lantern criteria along with a unique magnetic lanyard hanging system to help light a tent or camp area. Powered by three AAA batteries and available in four colours.
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The Scicon Workshop Apron provides a tough, protective work layer along with pockets and loops to hold your tools. The tool loops have a visible reflective coating and there’s an easy access, but out-of-the-way phone zipper pocket on the chest of the apron. A comfortable, with good freedom of movement and secure fit, is provided by adjustable neck and waist straps.
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Here’s another outdoors gadget charging option, especially for windy environments and where solar charging conditions are not optimal. The Tex Energy Infinite Air "has precision designed blades that maximise torque and power, making it very efficient for its size.” Output is 5V at 1.5-2 amps via UAB connectivity. The unit weighs 626g, is IP65 rated dust and splashproof, has auto on/off sensing technology, and breaks down to its main components for easy storage and transport.
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Protect your scooter with an Oxford Scoot XA5 Alarm Disc Lock. Featuring a physical disc locking mechanism with a 110dB alarm to deter any bad actor from taking your bike. The unit has a USB-rechargeable battery, comes with three keys, and a coiled reminder cable so you don’t accidentally try to ride off before removing the lock.
Although the Komine JK-586 Comfort Winter Jacket would look appropriate on a ski field, it is designed as a technical motorcycle jacket with a casual, outdoors fashion aesthetic. Technical aspects include a waterproof shell, zippered vents, and removable insulated inner liner, matched to CE rated elbow and shoulder protectors, plus a back protector, and a light reflective pattern to ensure you’re visible to other motorists at night.
The new Nordisk Voss Tech Tarp is great example of innovative thinking. A tarp has always been a handy, simple shelter and/or ground sheet. Now the Voss Tech expands the usefulness of a trap to include functionality as an emergency stretcher with six integrated carry handles, as a poncho with zipper closure, and also as a hammock. The tarp is made from a strong rip-stop nylon with multiple webbing loops and its two-way zipper makes a functional entrance when configured as a small tent.