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.
This is one for the coffee loving outdoors person. Featuring a kettle, grinder, and coffee drip, the Snow Peak Field Barista Set will ensure you will always get your daily hit of caffeine. Total kit weight is 935g (33 oz) and there’s storage cases for each item.
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Some riders don’t mind wearing a small back back, whereas others, not-so-much. If you are in the former category, and you ride a dirt or dual sport bike with limited on-bike luggage capacity, the Ojworld Dry Pack 20L might be of interest. Designed for motorcycle riders, the dry bag has a tough, coated polyester fabric construction with weather sealed seams, an air valve to help compression packing, and a full shoulder strap and waist belt system.
A little kit in a tin for the traveller that can’t do without functional eye glasses. The Kikkerland Eyeglass Repair Kit includes “1 Flat head screwdriver, 1 pair of tweezers, 2 nose pads, 2 Frame grips, 4 Screws, 1 Magnifying glass, 1 Philips-head screwdriver, 1 Microfiber cloth.” Pack one for your next travel adventure to always ensure clear vision.
The new Garmin Instinct Tactical Edition Watch is a fusion of military use features such as projected waypoints, night vision mode, dual-position GPS formatting, and display setups to view two sets of coordinate systems on a single screen matched with modern smartwatch health, hiking, and activity monitoring functionality. Add in a 14 day battery life in smartwatch mode, with phone connectivity, notifications, and activity training and monitoring, and a 16 hour GPS mode runtime with up to 40 hours of use in battery saver mode.
There’s no real need to have a specialised mug for camping unless, maybe, you’re into ultra-lightweight hiking where every gram counts. However, if you like an outdoors style, tough but functional camping mug, the Tatonka Expedition Mug might appeal. It’s made from stainless steel, features a detachable handle, has a 350 ml capacity, and there’s a volume scale on the inside in case you want to use it for measuring liquids for cooking, etc.
Maybe inspired by Japanese wave and water tattoo designs, the DMD IREZUMI Open Face Helmet adds a big splash of colourful art to an otherwise functional motorcycling accessory. Key features include a fibreglass shell, removable and washable inner liner, visor and shield snaps, and a chin strap with a double d-ring closure.
A lightweight, waterproof jacket is, for most travellers and outdoors types, an essential piece of kit. If you want a full-featured, high-end model, check out the new Mission Workshop The Orion Jacket. A seam-taped, waterproof and breathable jacket made for wet and windy conditions, from a “96 g/m2 high-performance Toray® Entrant® textile from Japan that is lightweight, has stretch, and is engineered to allow excess moisture and heat to escape at high intensity levels.” Available in black or blue.
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This item is a little difficult to define. The Holyfreedom Butterfly is a lightweight, breathable, and wind resistant stretch tubular neck and face bandana with antibacterial treated fabric. It features a modern design with a large colourful butterfly graphic. And it can be used as a full face balaclava, bandana, neck tube, beanie, or face mask. That said, it’s certainly an essential item for any open face or jet helmet wearing rider.
As a general rule you can never have enough bags to organise your travel gear. Like the Sealine Blocker Zip Sack, small bags need to also have an easy access, wide-opening design, be made from lightweight but tough nylon fabric, and a selection of bright colours helps one discriminate between different bags. The splashproof blocker zip is a bonus.
Are you looking for a set of aluminium camp pans/pots for up to four people with a food-grade PFOA-free non-stick coating? Including pots with a 2 and 1.3 litre capacity and wide frying pans that can double as pot lids. And they all nest together into a storage bag for easy transport. Plus the kit comes with a heavy-duty handle, strong enough to support a full pan of food or water. The Alpkit Vagabond Pan Set.
If you’re heavily invested in photography, with an expensive camera, and more than one lens, then the Shimoda Explore 40 Backpack might be of interest. Designed for transporting a small mountain load of camera gear, the Explore 40 offers features like modular Core Unit camera inserts, height adjustable harness system, under-the-arm camera access, all within a flight-ready, ‘carry-on’ spec bag.
It’s hard to find alternative looking motorcycle jackets, different from the majority standard. If you’re interested in different, unique styling then check out the Macna IMBUZ Jacket. Urban focused, featuring a hoody holder, the jacket is a waterproof summer weight riding garment with a removable Raintex membrane, fixed mesh liner, along with Safe Tech CE protectors for the shoulders, elbows, and back.
The new FIVE WFX3 WP Gloves provide an affordable cold weather glove option. Key features include a topside nylon construction with a synthetic leather palm, WP Line internal weatherproof membrane, and Thinsulate 180g thermal insulation. Top of the hand protection comes from a PU metacarpophalangeal protective shell. And TouchScreen fabric on the glove index finger provides added value.
Keep your passport, credit cards, travel ID, and cash all in one place, on-person and protected from external electronic scanning. The Tatonka Passport Safe RFID B travel wallet has RFID scan protection with TÜV certified RFID blocking material in a tidy fold close design. Available in olive or black colours.
Stand out from your friends with this old-fashion, quirky but with a timeless design, camp mug. The Ello Products Campy 18oz Vacuum Insulated Stainless Travel Mug has a cork inlay, soft touch handle and leak-proof slider style lid. Made from BPA free materials and available in three colour designs.
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Although designed for motorcycle patrol officers, the Rescue Essentials Motorcycle Operator Kit is a good option for safety conscious motorcyclists, especially overland travellers that travel off-road and may be far from emergency response services. The kit “includes supplies to address catastrophic trauma, as well as minor fractures”, such as a SWAT-T tourniquet, an 18 inch SAM splint, and a Waterjel burn dressing. This specialist compact emergency kit that can provide addition functionality to your standard first aid gear.
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A pocket sized DAB radio, that also receives FM, has an auto scan feature and 64 presets, could be a handy travel gadget. The KitSound PocketDAB portable Radio has seven hours play time thanks to a 350 mAh LiPo internal battery. Plus an LED information display and physical track, device controls. And an integrated LED torch just in case you need some extra light.