For your next big adventure, keep track of time with a Breitling Avenger Chronograph 45 Night Mission. Analogue design with a 45mm DLC-coated titanium case, in black with khaki dial, Super-LumiNova coated numerals in a stenciled number font similar to the numbers on the deck of an aircraft carrier, for easy reading. Glove friendly too.
For fans of soft luggage, that travel long distances and ride in all types of weather, check out the Dirtsack Frogman Waterproof Soft Panniers. Featuring a carry capacity of 56 litres, these panniers have a quick-release buckle system for easy mounting and dismounting and come with various securing straps for good fitment to your bike. The bag design includes a welded PVC waterproof rolltop closure with a tough, adjustable link bridge harness that fits most bikes.
For the urban rider wanting a technical motorcycle garment that doesn’t look too technical. The New Alpinestars Newman Overshirt is made from a twill construction, featuring 600 Denier elbow patches and inner abrasion and tear resistance fabric on the shoulder and elbow. Crash protection is provided by low profile Nucleon Flex Plus armour. Other features include a YKK front zipper, snapped shirt collar, two buttoned down chest pockets, and a small Napoleon style waterproof chest pocket.
Featuring a telescoping design, the ZOKU Pocket Straw Bundle includes three charcoal, teal, and berry colour reusable drinking straws. Each straw extends up to 23 cm (9 inches) making it fit-for-purpose from most glass sizes. A case with a loop hole is provided for attachment to a key ring, bag, etc and an included cleaning brush to ensure good hygiene.
A handy, portable travel size battery charging solution for your small gadgets. Just attach the panel to your pack when hiking or set out when camping to charge up the included USB Battery Pack or your gadget via USB connection. The Voltaic Arc 10W Solar Charge Kit has a small water-resistant ETEE coated solar panel and 4,000mAh battery pack.
The ICON MIL-SPEC 2 Vest is your best friend in low visibility conditions. It has a form-fitting, to eliminate wind flap, breathable design, and is made from a four-way stretch poly fabric to be worn over your jacket of choice. Reflective side and back panels provide additional visibility in low-light riding conditions. Available in yellow or orange colour designs.
Probably not the first piece of aftermarket kit you purchase for your new dirt bike, however, these Kriega Fork Seal Covers would be a good investment. Designed to prevent dust and dirt entering through the front fork seals, they increase the service interval of your forks. Made from NEOSKIN, a coated neoprene material, the covers are easy to fit that does not require specialised tools or fork disassembly.
Positioned somewhere between soft and hard luggage, the Lone Rider MotoBags give the long distance rider another large capacity luggage option. The bags come in pairs at various sizes, have removable inner dry bags, and two universal mounting plates with attachment hardware. A secure locking system is provided and the bags can be collapsed flat, reducing their bulk, when not in use.
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The Colby Valve Emergency Valve 2-Pack provides an in-the-field, emergency “tool-free installation from the outside of the wheel, in about 1 minute.” The replacement tyre valve fits the standard .453 wheel openings, is twenty times stronger than a standard valve, and is made with brass components.
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The best way to protect your feet when dirt riding is with a good pair of motorcycle specific boots. The new SIDI Atojo SR Boots have plenty of features you may want. This includes three hyperextension systems covering the front and back of the foot and under the ankle, a boot constructed from technomicro microfibre with various PU protectors, an adjustable and replaceable buckle system, and a replaceable SRS sole.
Featuring an injection moulded, optically correct polycarbonate, Visiglow colour enhancing lens. An Anti-fog, scratch resistant lens that’s UV protected. Comes with a soft bag for safe storage. And has a removable roost nose guard cover and frame ports for better ventilation. The Thor Sniper Pro Goggle.
Most people with a camera, binoculars, or glasses have more than one microfiber cloth to clean their lenses. And because these cleaning cloths are small, they often get lost. A simple solution, get a Kuiu Microfiber Lens Cloth or two. Each cloth has a protective neoprene pouch and snap hook to attach to your bag or keys etc. A genius and elegant solution.
Let’s face it, cold and wet boots suck. If you want to quickly dry your boots, the Dryguy Travel Dry DX Dryer might be a good option. Designed as a portable shoe and boot dryer, the device easily slips into your wet boots and works by drawing in fresh air with a quiet fan and using heating elements to warm the air, circulating the air throughout the inside of your boot or shoe, and transporting away moist air to dry out the footwear. Can be powered through your vehicle or a household outlet.
The Fjallraven Bergtagen Eco-Shell Jacket is a technical, waterproof three-layer jacket for hard-core alpine trekking. Designed with the need for maximum freedom of movement and maximum weather protection. Features include an adjustable hood with room for a helmet, a waterproof and breathable polyester Eco-Shell, ventilation zippers, and plenty of pockets. Available in hokkaido orange or mountain blue colour designs.
The big new feature on the just announced Garmin zūmo XT all-terrain GPS motorcycle navigator is a new touchscreen, glove-friendly “ultra-bright 5.5-inch display with crisp HD resolution.” Garmin’s motorcycle GPS is also packed with rider specific functionality including new Garmin Adventurous Routing that lets riders explore new places and routes based on preloaded topographic maps with public land boundaries, 4x4 roads, etc, Bluetooth hands-free calling, and a hazards alerts and accident/incident notification feature. The unit is rain-resistant and meets military grade 810G drop tests.
For your next winter adventure, add additional ice traction and help reduce the risk of falling with the Yaktrax Walk. Easy to install, just slip the ice-traction device, a spikeless, skid lock coil system featuring abrasion resistant 1.2mm steel coils, over the bottom part of your hiking shoes.
For summer riding, the Revit Airwave 3 Jacket has the features many riders want in a lightweigh, sport style summer jacket. This includes front, back, and arm mesh panels to provide cooling air flow. Adjustment straps and tabs for a comfort fit. And abrasion-resistant stretch ripstop chest panels and CE-level 1 SEESMART protectors at the shoulders and elbows, and the option for chest and back protectors.
With a design that’s clean and elegant, affords ease of holding, and has a double-layer stainless steel structure that insulates hot or cold drinks for up to six hours, the new Snow Peak Tsuzumi Bottle is made for travellers. Fluid capacity is 350ml. Weight is 215g (7.5 oz). Available in four colour designs.
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The Superdry Camo Tarp Backpack would make a good day pack or commuter, school bag. A clean design that features a main compartment with a laptop sleeve behind a smaller front compartment for little items and two side pockets. The backpack has a padded mesh back and adjustable straps, and side compression straps. Design features include a bold urban camouflage pattern, a vertical Superdry logo on the front, and bright orange zip pulls.
A fun little, travel sized drawing kit to help you fill in time creatively while you wait for a flight or maybe just have some spare time during your travels. Housed in passport size tin, the Kikkerland Mini Doodle Kit includes eight colouring pencils and a 'doodle booklet’ with 18 illustrations on acid free paper.
The Bell Helmets Broozer has an aggressive aesthetic with a dual personality. A key feature is its dual-certification for both full-face and open-face configurations. The Broozer has a removable chin bar and drop-down shield, allowing you to quickly convert your full face helmet into an urban jet style variant.
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Some hikers prefer trail running shoes over hiking boots. If you’re in this camp, check out the new Topo Athletic Mtn Racer Shoes. Made for navigating mountain trails at racing pace or for speed-hiking. A Vibram Megagrip outsole provides good traction and, for river or stream crossings, drainage ports afford water exit points that allow for quick drying.
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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.