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: INTERMIT 2018 Motorcycle Show, Cologne, 3-7 October
Based on the US Air Force’s famous flight jacket, and new for 2017, the Alpha Industries L-2B Flex Flight Jacket is a modern version of an iconic design. Reflecting its military heritage, the L-2B Flex Flight Jacket has four hook-and-loop areas for patches, and comes with various “patches including a nautical flag, letter L, nautical flag letter V, USA flag patch, D-Tec patch, and the calico.” It has a emergency colour orange liner and a zippered utility/pencil pocket on the left arm with a “Remove Before Flight” red tag.
SOURCE/PHOTO: Alpha Industries
Featuring a fighter pilot style, the new Shark Vancore helmet has a cross-over, urban look with integrated goggles on a round shaped, aggressive shell design. The goggle visor is from Carl Zeiss with anti-fog and scratch-proofing. On the inside, Snark have included their newly designed cheek pads, using a natural bamboo fibre material and sweat-wicking design, providing a good level of comfort, with a quick and easy removable, fully washable liner.
SOURCE/PHOTO: Shark Helmets
Mosko Moto’s Fatty Tool Roll is a well thought out and designed equipment accessory. If you carry tools for your bike or 4X4, the tool roll is almost an essential item. Key features include an abrasion-proof fabric construction, removable welded-seam waterproof rain cover, large mesh pocket and two zippered pockets for large items, eleven tool pockets with webbing loops, and a clear zippered vinyl pocket with conversion tables.
SOURCE/PHOTO: Mosko Moto
A three season sleeping bag. Synthetic-fill, SuperMix Fiber, that manages wet conditions well. Affordable too. Great ease of care, just machine-wash and and store the bag compressed. Best for hiking and trekking, or camping trips. The new Millet Baikal 1500 Sleeping Bag. Available in six models to match the type of activity and comfort temperatures you want.
A tough, outdoors ready, military-grade drop-resistant, and compact 9000mAh battery pack protected by a Dow Dupont polycarbonate frame and TPU rubber case. Future-proofed with USB type-c connection and charging and never to be lost thanks to integrated Bluetooth tracking Tile technology. The Nomad Powerpack has two USB fast charging ports and ambient-light sensing technology.
New riding gear from Acerbis for 2017. This technical enduro jacket is available in three colour designs. Made from a high density polyester. Designed for use with body armour. Zip off removable sleeves. Lots of pockets. A slim, sport fit with adjustable waist drawstring and sleeve velcro closure.
Affordable, quality saddlebag style moto luggage. Waterproof with a roll down top design. A tough bag, made from an easy to clean, heavy duty tarpaulin with heat welded seams. ITW quick release buckles to secure all your stuff. Fits most adventure bikes and many dual purpose models thanks to its hook and loop adjustable straps. The bags also have quick disconnect buckles. Available in two sizes, 20L or 30L. The ADV1 Dry Saddlebags from Moose Racing.
SOURCE/PHOTO: Moose Racing
With its motor sport centric design, the new Seiko Astron 2017 Limited Edition Watch should appeal to the watch loving motorcyclist. The wristwatch has an asymmetrical design with its sapphire crystal and titanium case offset to allow better access to the buttons, a very handy feature for motorcyclists. It incorporates Seiko’s Astron 8X82 chronograph and their GPS Solar technology, so when “connecting to the GPS network, the new Astron adjusts at the touch of a button to your time zone and, by taking all the energy it needs from light alone, never needs a battery change.” Only three thousand units will be produced.
The latest W&P Design Carry On kit, The Margarita, has cocktail ingredients housed in a lime green Carry On tin, adding to the company’s range of in-flight cocktail kits. Each Margartia kit includes starter ingredients for two drinks, a recipe card, a little bar spoon and small linen coaster, along with a packet of rimming salt to complete the drinking experience.
SOURCE/PHOTO: W&P Design
The Henty CoPilot Messenger Bag is designed to transport your business suit (two jackets and two pants/skirts plus three shirts/blouses), along with an integrated overnight bag full of your stuff. Featuring a single messenger style shoulder carry strap, the larger 20 litre inner tube bag has enough luggage space for gear to cover a two or three day business trip. The outer suit-bag wraps around the inner tube bag. There is also a removable laptop pouch.
This year only small improvements for the Honda race ready 450 enduro. The Honda CRF450RX has the same 2018 updates as the standard CRF450R, including a new electric starter with lightweight lithium ion battery and the ability to remove the kick starter. The enduro model comes with enduro specification suspension, PGM-FI (Honda’s digital electronic programmed fuel injection system) with an EMSB (Engine Mode Select Button) mapping, an 8.5 litre fuel tank, a smaller 18 inch rear wheel, and a side stand.
Field Notes’ Campfire Memo Book, a 48-page, three notebook set, is their 35th Quarterly Edition and celebrates the camp fire. Each memo book represents one of the three stages of a camp fire, as printed on the covers, for Dusk, Night, and Dawn. “Each book is printed with five different spot colors, the darkest color being the photographic halftone. They’re printed on a coated-one-side paperboard (coated outside, uncoated inside) with a satin varnish applied to protect the finish.” And Field Notes has also included a Scout style Campfire Master merit badge.
SOURCE/PHOTO: Field Notes
Inspired by dripping maple syrup, and therefore featuring a unique handle design, the CRKT Drip Tighe Pocket Knife has a 79 mm (3.106”) 8Cr13MoV steel blade with black weaved, carbon fibre handle grip overlays. The design is a traditional folding pocket knife with a frame lock and an outburst assisted opening system with thumb stud.
New for 2017, the SIDI B2 Boots bring race performance and looks to the average rider, at an affordable price point. The B2 is constructed from Technomicro, a composite microfiber material. “These fibers act like natural leather skin, but with the advantage of better strength, softer texture and lighter weight.” An Air Teflon mesh liner and velcro plus zipper closure system affords easy foot access and a comfort fit, and the SIDI Vertebra Achilles System provides calf and ankle protection along with a hinged mechanism for flexibility. Additional foot protection comes from a shine plate.
With military-grunge style graphics, an open face design and a snap on visor, the new HJC IS-5 Arrow Helmet has a mixed retro yet modern feel about it. Its lightweight polycarbonate compact shell is DOT approved and provides a good comfort fit thanks to CAD design technology. A modern style, integrated smoke-tinted and anti-scratch sun visor is easily deployed by a quick pull down. And the helmet is secured to your head using the classic double D-ring chin strap locking system.
SOURCE/PHOTO: HJC Helmets
Are you looking for a winter coat that is a quality product, provides warmth and protection from the elements, has style, and is from a company with an environmental, ethical based business approach? The Wully Outerwear Elk Parka, made by a Canadian garment maker based in Toronto, ticks all these boxes. The Parka has a water resistant shell, with 200g primaloft gold insulation, and heavy-duty YKK zippers. On the inside, a micro suede fabric lining and polar fleeced pockets provide comfort and warmth. And the coat is rated for temperatures to -25 degrees Celsius with “climate control back straps to help adapt to sudden climate changes”.
SOURCE/PHOTO: Wully Outerwear
Designed for closed circuit enduro competitions and featuring an Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team factory bike style (and graphics package), the Limited Edition Yamaha WR250F EnduroGP provides an entry point into competition racing. For the rider, improved bike performance is gained through special ECU engine mapping providing a smooth and torque rich power delivery. Other features include a lightweight Akrapovič titanium muffler and Acerbis Tri-fit handguards.
Got gadgets and you travel internationally? You’ll most probably need a power plug adapter. The Travel Inspira Universal All-in-one Worldwide Travel Power Plug has a wall AC adapter configurable for USA, EU, UK, and AUS power sockets (covering over 150 countries) with overload/surge fuse protection and dual USB charging ports. A small, portable, and essential travel item.
Everyone loves a good road trip. Now, thanks to TomTom, you can get over ninety hand curated routes, with more to come, from around the world. It’s easily to use, just go to the Road Trips website, browse and select the available routes for your location, add any important stops or diversions, maybe including point of interests, then load the selected routes onto your car or bike TomTom GPS (or export as a GPX file for most other GPS units) and go exploring. Examples of famous routes include “the stunning Amalfi Coast, to the sensational Australian Great Ocean Road; the picturesque South African Chapman’s Peak, to the epic Route 66.”
A new workshop glove from Mechanix, the Specialty 0.5mm High-Dexterity Glove provides hand protection while giving you a ‘gloveless,’ bare hands feel for those tricky situations where precision work is required. Thanks to a thin AX-Suede palm and three-dimensional patterning, this glove affords a high level of dexterity and hand control. Breathable TrekDry fabric provides a comfort fit, protects the back of your hand, and allows cool air in to the glove in warm work environments.
Like art, the new MV Agusta RVS#1 is a one of a kind, limited edition, hand crafted expression of human skill and imagination. Created by MV Agusta with their CRC (Castiglioni Research Center), the RVS#1’s Euro IV compliant engine, featuring improved efficiency and quieter operation, produces 150 hp, cradled in a steel trellis frame with new aviation grade aluminum lateral plates. And the bike weighs a nimble 160 Kgs (353 lbs). A SC-Project Titanium exhaust (included for those racetrack days) will provide that race quality sound. Sunstar Batfly brake discs provide amble stopping power and an aggressive aesthetic touch, and the front headlight has an integrated inertial system.
SOURCE/PHOTO: MV Agusta
Fresh from the factory, updated for 2018 and race ready. The new Husqvarna FS450 receives a Suter Industries developed slipper clutch, a handlebar mounted map switch that’s setup for easy operation, and also activates the bike’s launch control system. On the looks front, the 2018 model has updated graphics with a new extra grip seat cover. The race track ready supermoto will be available from July 2017.
Small but loud. Waterproof and it even floats. Plays tunes for up to tens hours. Bluetooth connectivity. Built-in microphone for handsfree calling. Distortion-free music thanks to anti-clipping technology. Take the Anker SoundCore Sport Speaker on your next outdoors adventure.
It could be argued that the new MiiR Tumbler is designed for the on-the-go coffee addict. Available in three sizes (6, 8, and 12 oz) and three colours (black, white, and blue), the Tumbler has a modern, minimalist aesthetic. In fact, the white model has a design that wouldn't look out of place in a NASA facility. Key features include an 18/8 medical grade stainless steel body with a hardshell powder coat and 3D double wall vacuum insulation technology.