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.
If you have a fondness for titanium kit, the Vargo Sobata-398 Pocket Knife should be on your buy next list. Featuring a “satin finished sintered titanium blade”, and a titanium handle, and a titanium belt clip. Super lightweight at 65 g (2.3 oz). Blade is made from sintered titanium ceramic silver alloy and has a length of 80mm (7.1 in).
The Cotopaxi Chuspa 15L Messenger Bag is your classical bicycle courier bag with a contemporary design. A messenger-style front opening features a quick-release magnetic buckle closure providing easy access to the main compartment, a padded and secure laptop sleeve, and internal organisation panels. There's a breathable mesh, padded back panel for comfort. The carry system includes an adjustable shoulder strap and removable waist strap. Available in four colour designs.
Extra protection for your bike’s fuel system, especially if you’re operating in an area with less than great fuel or refuelling in dirt/sand environments. Made for fuel injection engines, the ZIP-TY Racing Quick Disconnect Fuel Filter has a billet fuel filter with a removable 10 micron stainless steel inner element. Universal fitment, easy to disconnect and clean, and available in orange, blue, or red colours.
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The ultimate camping blanket featuring a traditional design, with Japanese heritage and craft quality. The Best Made Company The Japanese Quilted Blanket “soft cotton fabric is woven in a family-operated factory in Kurume, Japan, a town known for its rich history in crafts and manufacturing”. This cotton blanket is breathable and can be used year-round. Pack one for your next car camping adventure.
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Some hikers love them, others not so much. If you’re in the first group, the Cascade Mountain Tech 3K Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles might be of interest. The pair of trekking poles offer a height adjustable, lightweight yet strong woven carbon fibre shaft with a cork grip. Additional tip covers include a set of boots, mud baskets, snow baskets, and small tips. And a carry case is included.
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MX and enduro riders know the value of a good quality leg brace. Now trail and dual sport riders are also finding the benefits of good mechanical stability and protection for their knees. The Troy Lee Designs 6400 Knee Brace “bilateral support hinges use hyperextension stops to support and help prevent injury to the knee.” A X-Fit strap system holds the knee brace in place, helps prevent bunching for good freedom of movement and a comfort fit. This brace is lightweight so it’s also suitable for mountain bike riders, snowboarders, etc.
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So you’re out camping and need to dry some clothes. If you’re prepared you would’ve packed the Gear Aid Camp Line Kit. The kit comes with a 9.14 m (30 feet) length of 550 Paracord, two camp carabiners, and two line tensioners. Takes a few minutes to set up, then hang your towels or wet gear and forget. Can also be used for other general camp duties if a thin, strong rope is needed.
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If you live or intend to travel to a climate with significant rain fall, a good raincoat is essential. And if you want an urban aesthetic style garment, check out the new Aether Seattle Jacket. A technical and thoughtfully designed coat, the Seattle Jacket has a fully seam taped 3-layer GORE-TEX canvas shell for weatherproofing, elegant black contrast trims and zip/button hardware, and shaped sleeve openings to reduce rain falling onto your hands. Available in three colour designs.
A cooking and eating outdoors camping set for four. Nesting design with separate mesh storage bags for plates and pots. Plates and bowls are made from recycled materials. One stainless steel pot with lid. One frying pan with lid. Four large plates. Four large bowls. Four keying-style utensil sets. The Kelty Camp Kitchen set.
Key features include: Base compartment to store your tools. Internal, removable fluorescent yellow waterproof inner bag. Constructed from High-tenacity 1200D polyester material. Front and side slots for M.O.L.L.E attachment/carry system with a set of four accessories (two D-rings and two universal hooks). Padded shoulder straps and adjustable belt straps with hooks. The Givi GRT711 Rucksack.
Small in stature but big in function. The Scrubba Wash Bag MINI gives you the option to wash small items, say a T-shirt, underwear, or socks, when you’re travelling and don’t have easy access to laundry facilities. For the outdoors traveller, it also functions as a dry bag, a general use bag to store dirty clothes, and a bucket to transport water.
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As the saying goes: Out of sight is out of mind. A bike cover is a good way to protect your bike from the elements as well as unwanted attention. The Nelson Rigg Defender Extreme Motorcycle Cover is made from a durable polyester fabric, has heat taped seams for waterproofing, heat-resistant panels for exhaust pipe protection, a venting system that allows air circulation, grommets at the front wheel for a cable lock, and comes with a storage compression bag.
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D30 protection for your knuckles, a 4-way stretch fabric on the top hand area for abrasion resistance, and a perforated single-layer Clarino palm allows for good airflow and comfort fit. A short cuff design with an adjustable TPR wrist closure band holds the glove in place. Finger mesh gussets and silicone printed palm and finger graphics. The 100% Cognito Gloves in fluo yellow and black.
If you’re a fan of analogue time pieces and have nautical sensibilities, the Tissot Seastar 1000 Chronograph might be of interest. The watch is water-resistance rated to a pressure of 30 bar (300 m/1000 ft), features a 316L stainless steel case with a screw-down crown and caseback, a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal face, a Swiss quartz movement, and an unidirectional ceramic bezel.
A contemporary design with a minimalist aesthetic. The new Energy Sistem Fabric Box Radio features a built-in FM antenna and PLL tuner with 50 station presets. It has a simple frequency digital display. And is powered by an internal 1200 mAh battery with 8 hours run time through a 3 W speaker. Available in navy blue or cream.
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Although we’re slowly moving towards a cashless society, as a traveller, it’s important to have some (local) currency on your person. The Deuter Security Belt is a good way to securely store a few emergency dollars or some important travel documents. The belt is available in tan or black.