A warm weather option with a hydrophobic coating that repels water and dries fast rather than a full waterproof membrane, the Klim Marrakesh Jacket priorities ventilation and rider comfort. But it doesn’t skimp on rider protection. The jacket construction provides crash abrasion thanks to 1000D Cordura fabric and impact protection from D3O CE level 1 armour at the elbows, shoulders, and back pad.
On backcountry trips, stay in contact with your friend when there’s no mobile reception with the new Uniden UH615-2 Handheld Adventure Two-Way Radio. Rugged and lightweight, the radio has a communication range of 10km plus. Other features include 80 UHF channels, a large channel display with backlight, a “shared channel quiet filter” allows the radio to stay quiet on a busy channel, 17 hours of talk time, and recharge the radio’s integrated battery via a micro-USB port and charge dock.
So you want to build your own little amp but aren’t that technical. Then check out the new Korg HA-S Nutube Headphone Amplifier Kit. An assembly style build, the headphone amp is a great first step into hobby electronics. The amp has a Korg designed Nutube (an analog vacuum tube) and “NFB (Negative Feedback) switch, that allows you to choose from a high fidelity clean and pristine sound, or a warmer, more harmonically rich sound as expected from a vacuum tube”.
Are you looking for a waterproof, medium sized, say 30 litre, backpack? One that has a technical, sports style. A top roll down closure system to protect your equipment. And is constructed from welded PVC fabric. The Sharkskin Performance Backpack 30L is available in two colour designs.
If your outdoors activity of choice involves lots of water, e.g. sailing or canoeing, the Alpkit Bob Submersible Camping Lantern might be a handy investment. The lantern is submersible to 1 metre and also floats, it produces light via four modes (high, medium, low, and SOS) with a brightness range of 20 - 200 lumens, has a run time of up to 150 hours, and is powered by four AAA batteries.
Is this the ultimate outdoors fire starting solution? The new UCO Gear Fire Starting Kit has three fire making options all housed in a small, reusable fireproof metal tin. For a slow burn use the Sweetfire matches. The adventurous might want to use the UCO Survival Fire Striker. And if it’s raining, try the stormproof matches; they even burn underwater.
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If ultra-lightweight and durable tools are important to you, the Motion Pro TiProlight Titanium 4 Pc Wrench Set may be of interest. One quarter the weight of standard steel wrenches. Each metric wrench is made from a tool-grade titanium alloy featuring a design for strength and performance, with laser etched tool size markings. The set has 8 mm, 10 mm, 12 mm, and 14 mm wrenches, and comes with a tool wrap.
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A travel jacket option for colder climates. The 509 Tactical Softshell Jacket is a “lightweight fleece with the water-repelling and wind-blocking performance of a rain jacket”. Key features include a removable and adjustable hood, an adjustable hem, and various pockets. Available in various colour designs.
The new MSR Zoic 2 Backpacking Tent is designed with a micro-mesh canopy that provides breathability, moisture control, and as a bonus, great roll-back sky views, and the necessary protection from insects. There’s lots of space for you and a friend, including storing all your hiking gear along with two doors and two gear lofts. Made for “first-time and warm-weather backpackers,” the Zoic 2 is a freestanding tent design with an easy-pitch tent system.
Designed for women riders, the FIVE RS3 Women Gloves provide a short cuff option with moto-technical, urban riding hand protection. Key features include PU metacarpal-knuckle and knuckle protective shells, a TPR protective palm slider shell, a perforated synthetic leather reinforced palm, and thumb and index finger touch-screen display handling.
All-weather touring jacket with a clean look and motorcycle technical features. The Alpinestars Barcelona Drystar Jacket has a polyfabric outer shell material with a waterproof and breathable membrane, a touring collar construction including plenty of pockets for storage, ventilation zippers, a removable thermal liner, and for crash protection there’s level 1 CE-certified Bio Lite shoulder and elbow protectors.
No matter where you are in the world, the Eton Elite Field Radio will receive common radio signals covering AM (MW), FM, Shortwave (SW), and FM with RDS (Radio Data System). The unit has 50 memory stations to store your preferred stations, is easy to setup and use with its dial-in-dial coarse to narrow digital tuning, bluetooth connectivity, and has a bright LCD display.
A fabric holster designed to securely hold and attach a can of chain lube spray, a water or fuel bottle, or really any cylindric object to your bike or bike’s luggage. The holster comes with attachment points, fitment straps, a carry handle, and two drain holes in the base. The Enduristan Can Holster.
A tri-fold design that packs down small, 38 cm (15 in) in length. Lightweight and strong carbon fibre poles with cork handles. Good for backpackers, hikers, mountaineers, and general walkers. Pole length is easily adjusted for most users and assisted walking styles. Comes with a storage bag. And has additional attachments like a hiking basket for muddy terrain and a rubber foot for paved surfaces. The Paria Tri-Fold Carbon Cork Trekking Poles.
A classic, open face motorcycle helmet, the Biltwell Bonanza Helmet features an injection-moulded ABS outer shell and an expanded polystyrene (EPS) safety liner. Brow snaps for attaching a bubble shield or visor. Plus there’s a removable and replaceable comfort liner, and its cheek pads have a brushed fleece Lycra to absorb perspiration. US DOT-certified for safety.
Featuring a riding shoe style, the TCX District Waterproof Boots have a sleek, modern design, with a race boot aesthetic and normal street appearance. The boots have a microfibre upper with high tenacity fabric and T-Dry waterproof lining, a velcro closure system, and a TPU sole that’s comfortable to walk in when you're off your bike.
For lots of people holidays involve watching movies, and if you’re a Star Wars fan the W&P Design Stars Wars Popcorn Popper might be a fun way to help enjoy your movie addiction. Featuring an iconic movie title and print on a collapsible popcorn bowl that’s microwave and dishwasher safe, BPA free, and just real fun.
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Unique in design. Collapsible to a take-anywhere travel size. Environmentally friendly; no need for single use plastic bottles. Constructed from food-grade silicone and BPA-free plastic. Features a redesigned flip-up carry handle. Clip attachment for easy transport. Available in a variety of colour designs and two bottle volumes. The Hydaway Bottle.
If you travel with an assortment of jewellery or precious small items, a little travel sized container might be handy. And if you like this container dressed in a fun, modern cover, then check out the Kikkerland Plaid Travel Jewelry Case. Available in different plaid pattern colours, the case holds small jewellery items, separated into four compartments plus it includes a mirror.
Although, arguably, the contents of a first aid kit is what’s most important, a good kit should also come in a quality, well designed container. The Surviveware Small First Aid Kit has a contents bag made from a water resistant 600D polyester fabric, the kit supplies are protected and organised thanks to internal laminate pouches, and inner sleeves are each labeled based on contents and use. Check their website for a full list of supplies included in this kit.
There’s many reasons to accurately set tyre pressures, including optimising performance, reducing tyre wear, etc. Although a cheap tyre gauge will do the job, the Motion Pro Digital Tire Pressure Gauge has some additional benefits. The gauge is highly accurate, offers a continuous pressure readout, and there’s four selectable scales (PSI, BAR, KG-CM2, and kPa). It also has an aluminium body with bleeder valve and the gauge is housed in a “heavy duty anti-shock protective rubber boot”.
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The new Klim Carlsbad Jacket improves on the original model with “improved core and arm ventilation, greater abrasion resistance, more refined storage options and improved impact protection". Designed for multi-day, all-weather ADV riding, the jacket is highly vented and provides a less-bulky adventure jacket option, but retains a fully waterproof shell with reinforced 500 DENIER KARBONITE RIPSTOP impact and high-wear zones, and D3O CE rated elbow, shoulder, and back protectors.
MX boots function to protect your feet and lower leg, as well as providing contact and weight-bearing points and control over your bike. Most MX boots are technical, like the Fly Racing FR5 Boots, with its TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) heel pieces, lateral/medial TPU pieces, and pre-shaped plastic 3D shins for impact resistance and comfort. Ankle bio-mechanical pivots provide stability and support, and adjustable aluminium quick-lock buckles securely lock the boot to your body. Available in an assortment of colours.
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Lightweight and packs small but provides for a good night sleep. The Klymit Pillow X features a “self-centering X design” that positions and cradles your head, affording a supportive and comfortable sleep. Construction includes a tough 75D fabric on the bottom with a lightweight 30D fabric on the top for softness on skin contact areas. The pillow weighs 55.3 g (1.95 oz) and can be inflated in one or two breaths.
Upgrade your workshop game with the Whites T-Handle Socket Wrench Set. Designed for working on bikes, the set includes seven T-handle socket tools ranging from 8mm to 19mm, that covers most common nut and bolt sizes, giving you fast and controllable access to removing or tightening the nuts and bolts on your bike. In lots of use cases the T-handle design is better than conventional spanners and one bonus is there’s no need to swap out sockets.
Improve your sleeping bag with an Outdoor Vitals Sleeping Bag Liner. The liner is made from a quality micro polyester fabric that wicks away moisture and helps keep your sleeping bag clean, provides an extra layer of insulation adding a few degrees of warmth, and can be used as a lightweight bed sheet if you don’t trust the quality of your 'temporary accommodation mattress'. Available in rectangular or mummy, weighs a lightweight 200g (7 oz), and comes with a stuff sack.
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Material, design, and functional improvements for the new Shoei GT Air II Helmet include a lengthened internal sun shield to address sun-glare, a new "first position" shield opening to help with ventilation and defogging, a redesigned upper air intake and an enlarged lower air intake opening that provides greater airflow within the helmet, and wind-tunnel optimised “aerodynamics and noise-reduction technology” to reduce air resistance and drag and improve rider comfort. Version 2.0 is available in a variety of colour designs.
An outdoors, retro style bowl that evokes the heritage of yesteryear handmade equipment. Made from a steel core with stone grey enamel finish and a hand-finished, baked stainless steel trim. The Barebones Enamel Bowl Set has “antique copper-like detailing' and includes two bowels.
In most cases riders want waterproof bags. For carrying lots of luggage, check out the Lomo Dry Bag Motorcycle Panniers. Designed with welded seams to “ensure that when closed correctly these panniers can withstand driving rain, even when riding at speed”. Other design features include a semi-ridged internal wall to help keep the bag in shape, a roll down top and clip it close system, and carry handles that can be separated using velcro straps to allow for easily detachment of the bags from your bike’s pannier rack.
As 2019 comes to an end, you might want to think about planning some trips for next year. A fun and interesting way to help achieve your travel goals is the Best Made Company The 2020 Japanese Daily Calendar. Mark up specific dates and keep track. Each page of the tear-off daily “calendar depicts the date, the current and previous month, weather predictions averaged from the past five years, and astrological symbols.” An English reference key is included.
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If you need to take medicine regularly a Pill Thing Large Key Ring Pill Box might be a good investment. The pill box is metal, airtight, and moisture proof, and comes with a key ring for easy and secure attachment to your bag, vehicle keys, etc. Available in assorted colours.
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A proven travel luggage design, versatile and functional; everyone should have one. The Ocean & Earth Travel Lite Waterproof Duffle Bag provides a seam sealed waterproof option at a useful size of 42 litres. It’s made from a lightweight fabric and has an additional pack style carry system thanks to padded shoulder straps that zip into a pocket on the bottom of the bag.
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The W&P Design Porter Bowl is perfect for transporting your lunch to work, school, or even on a day trip out exploring. Featuring a Ceramic base with silicone wrap, a plastic lid, and snap-tight silicone strap to hold your food in place. Available in five colour designs.
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For dirt riders who want quality eye protection. The new 100% Armega Goggles have ULTRA HD lens, injection moulded 2mm thick impact-rated, shatter-resistant lens with a quick-release lens change system. Force air intake ports provide air circulation, a removable nose guard provides protection against roost and debris, and a 48mm wide strap with silicon bead provides a secure grip on your helmet.