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: Isle of Man TT 2017, 3rd - 9th June
Designed to organise and compress your clothes inside a larger travel bag and, when you arrive at your destination, easily turns into a day pack, the Tom Bihn Aeronaut 30 Packing Cube Backpack is a versatile piece of travel kit. As a walkabout backpack the small four litre top compartment provides storage space your camera or any other small items. The lower ten litre compartment is perfect for holding larger items such as a rain jacket. Made from 200 denier Halcyon/nylon ripstop material and available in five colour designs.
SOURCE/PHOTO: Tom Bihn
In 2017, the Italian motorcycle maker Moto Morini turns 80. To celebrate this achievement, a limited edition Moto Morini Corsaro80 will be produced by their One-Off workshop, a department of Moto Morini that creates special bikes based on customer needs and specifications to factory-built standards. Only eight bikes will be produced. Each bike is based on the Corsaro 1200 model with a custom hand-wrought aluminium fuel tank, carbon component superstructures, wheels, handlebars, brake, and clutch levers.
SOURCE/PHOTO: Moto Morini
Fjällräven Vidda Pro Trousers, designed for trekking and general outdoors activities that require a durable and tough pant. Made from wind and water-resistant G-1000 polyester and cotton fabric. Features a double layer over the rear and knees. Six pockets. A map pocket. Axe and knife pocket. Mountain and forest ready.
Portable sounds. Twenty hour battery life. An IP54 rating for splash and dust proofing. Compatible with Bluetooth 4.0 technology and includes microSD input. Available in blue, green, or yellow. A small and powerful speaker. The Edifier MP100 Mini Bluetooth Speaker.
If your adventure involves some sort of water based travel then maybe a waterproof storage bag is a useful part of your kit. Something that’s lightweight and durable, large enough to keep valuables, such as your your gadgets, dry. The new Snugpak Dri-Sak heavy duty waterproof storage bag has a top roll down and clip seal enclosure to ensure its contents stay dry and protected from the elements. The bag is made from a lightweight nylon fabric with reinforced hem and is available in five sizes and three colours.
It’s time for new moto goggles. The Dragon Alliance NFX2 has an integrated, removable outrigger design providing a tighter seal and quad-foam technology for a comfort fit. A frameless design with an all-weather anti-fog treated lens, good venting, removable nose guard, and a silicone beaded strap backing, round out this feature rich, pro standard moto goggle.
SOURCE/PHOTO: Dragon Alliance
Everything the international air traveller needs in one small trifold case. The Flight 001 F1 Aero Pak includes a range of common travel items for long haul journeys including an inflatable neck pillow and contoured eye mask, rubber padded socks, foam earplugs, a dental kit, and pen to fill out arrival and custom forms.
SOURCE/PHOTO: Flight 001
Are you looking for a jacket made specifically for overland or international travel that’s inspired by the golden age of travel, a garment suitable for your next travel adventure? In essence, a classic jacket updated for the modern traveller. The new Fjällräven Travellers Jacket is designed for long trips, capable in both urban and rural environments. Various pockets and amble, easy to access storage, including an inside security stash pocket, makes this a functional travel jacket. Jacket material is a lightweight G-1000 Lite Eco fabric, a recycled polyester and organic cotton, that’s durable, shower proof, and dries fast if it becomes wet. Available in three colour designs.
If you record sound the new Sound Devices’ MixPre-3 might be of interest. Designed for “musicians, sound designers, podcasters, videographers, YouTubers and field recordists,” this small, yet full featured recorder packs high-performance low-noise, Class-A mic preamps into a relatively compact and tough die-cast aluminium housing. Other features include USB audio interface, basic and advanced recording modes, a sunlight-readable color LCD touch screen, gain control knobs for fast and accurate mixing, 3.5mm jack for headphone monitoring, and XLR inputs. The unit weighs 480 grams (16.8 oz) and can be powered by AA batteries, Sony L-Mount Li-Ion batteries, via USB-C or USB-A outlets, or an optional mains power AC adapter.
SOURCE/PHOTO: Sound Devices
New for 2017, the Givi GRT708 Side Bags. With an IP 65 waterproof rating, these saddle style bags are designed to perform under extreme riding conditions providing a full waterproof luggage solution for dirt bike/enduro riders. There’s no need for a purpose built luggage rack as the GRT708 Side Bags attach to the motorcycle frame, thanks to rapid attachment straps at the top and base, placing the bag on the seat behind the rider. Each bag holds 15 litres of luggage with a top entry, roll-up closure system and is made from a ballistic fabric/TPU.
Part of Suunto's Spartan range of wrist watches, the new Forest Special Edition Sport Wrist HR is designed for the active urban, multi-sport type. Featuring a forest green wrist band, this smart watch has a wrist based heart rate monitor, a colour touch screen, is rated for 100m water resistance, provides GPS/GLONASS route navigation, and has a 10-day battery life ‘in time’ mode. Eighty pre-set sport modes and a wide range sport specific metrics come built-in. Each watch is hand-made in Finland.
A tiny hand pump water filter, the MSR TrailShot is a take-it-anywhere-pocket-sized water filter. New for 2017, and designed for trail walkers/runners, this filter unit will let you drink from most water sources as you hike the backcountry or travel through countries where drinkable water is not readily available. The MSR TrailShot can filter one litre of water in a minute to “U.S. EPA drinking water standards and NSF protocol P231 for removal of bacteria (99.9999%), protozoa (99.9%), and particulates.” It weighs only 142 g (5 oz.) and can be easily cleaned, even when you're on the trail.
So you’ve purchased your new paramotor and you want a real aeronautical adventure. Then check out The Icarus Trophy, it’s “designed to be the toughest air race on the planet, but it's also designed to be the greatest aerial adventure on the planet. Through our different race divisions it's as accessible and challenging for pro-pilots as it is if you're a total novice ready to spend some time training.” The Pure Adventure Division is unsupported and untimed. Fly the course how you like. The Adventure Division is ground supported, for novice racers after the race experience. Check their website for full details.
SOURCE: The Icarus
Generally considered sport or recreational flying, paramotoring has a small but strong following in the adventure sports world. Parajet’s Maverick is their latest paramotor featuring a Titanium Alloy cage with an all-new Snap-Fit Net construction, to produce a strong, safe, and lightweight aircraft. The craft can be assembled within minutes, thanks to its plug-and-play cage connection system. The Maverick also has a new fuel tank with a modern polygonal design. It is powered by a 25hp Moster 185 engine. Just add a harness and wing, plus appropriate training, and your personal flying machine is really for adventure.
TomTom have updated their TomTom RIDER GPS sat nav for 2017, now available in three versions, including an entry model the 42, and two more feature rich models the 420 and the 450. All models will include new preloaded routes and biker specific points of interests. Unit upgrades include a new smart screen touch sensitive display that adapts to light and heavy gloves. The new models will be available in Europe from April 25th.
The Rumpl Old Growth Puffy Blanket “features photography by Canadian photographer Jeremy Koreski with proceeds benefiting 1% For The Planet and the Raincoast Conservation Foundation.” Like the original Rumpl blanket, this new edition has a 20D Ripstop Nylon back and printed polyester front with a durable water resistance (DWR) treatment. 3D Hollow Fiber Synthetic Insulation provides that blanket-warmth. It weighs 1 kg (2.1 lbs). Size is 127cm by 178cm (50’'by 70'') and a stuff sack is included.
Field Notes now offer their popular Pitch Black Note Book in a larger format. The larger Note Book is 12.1cm by 19.1cm (4-3/4” by 7-1/2”) with 64 pages of dot-graph grid and ruled lines. Both the standard and large size Pitch Black Note Books have a custom-duplexed cover and a “Packing Brown Wrap” on the outside.
SOURCE/PHOTO: Field Notes
Featuring a heritage, rucksack style design, the new Burton Annex Backpack fuses retro style with modern carry technology for this general use bag. Old style external webbing is useful for holding, for example, a jacket. An internal tablet sleeve will securely hold your media gadgets. An expedition style rucksack hood allows for easy access to the bag’s main compartment. Carry volume is 28 litres. The backpack weighs 0.9 kg (2 lbs).
Not for the shy rider, the ICON Airmada Rudos has big, bold, and colourful statement graphics covering a safety standards compliant DOT and ECE 22-05 rated polycarbonate helmet. On the inside, the Rudos has an energy absorbing EPS foam liner, a removable breath deflector, and washable Hydradry moisture wicking padding. For rider comfort, six air intakes and four exhaust ports help cool your head for warm weather riding.
SOURCE/PHOTO: Ride ICON
Teenage Engineering have a range of Pocket Operators, little portable music makers, perfect for the musically inspired traveller. The Pocket Operator PO-32, a drum and percussion synthesiser, is a new addition to the PO range that features a built-in microphone, new punch-in fx, unlimited sounds, and import / export functionality. The unit comes with 16 preset sounds and users can now easily import, export, and share their beats.
SOURCE/PHOTO: Teenage Engineering
Designed to securely store your valuables, the Pacsafe Travelsafe X25 Pack Insert has a slash resistant eXomesh locking system and an attachment lock that allows you to secure the Travelsafe to a fixture in your accommodation, to your bike, or at a table, for example, when you’re out and about. Large enough to hold a 15 inch laptop and assorted small items like a camera, passport, etc. It has adjustable webbing backpack straps and the pack is water resistant.
New street wear from Alpinestars, the Hemisphere Jacket. Made from 100% cotton coated canvas with a military, functional aesthetic. A robust front YKK zipper and numerous pockets, branded embroidered sleeve logo, and motorcycle related inside print. Available in military green.
The new Trail King SV Mattress is Thermarest's “fastest self-Inflating backpacking mattress.” Thanks to SpeedValve technology combined with Thermarest's AirFrame construction, the Trail King SV is fast to setup and also deflates quickly. Ride height is a generous and comfortable 6.3 cm (2.5 inches). Its R-Value of 1.8 makes the Trail King SV a good three-season mattress. And a suff sack is included.