Although available as an ebook, the Lonely Planet Best Ever Travel Tips Book is probably best as a soft cover paperback. You can get travel apps or read websites about travel tips, but there’s nothing better than carrying a pocket-sized, physical book on your travels. Read it when waiting for a train or flight, on a boring part of the trip to refresh you mind and improve your travel game. The book covers a wide range of topics like how to travel light, tricks for booking online accommodation, vegan and gluten-free travel, and it also includes a world tipping chart.
With MIPS brain protection system technology to help reduce rotational forces, an EPP (Expanded PolyPropylene) chin bar, and titanium chin strap D-rings, the new Troy Lee Designs Ltd Edition SE4 Carbon Mirage Helmet has your head covered with cutting-edge helmet technology. Additional features include three shell sizes options to ensure an appropriate fit, 3D-contoured cheek pads with an emergency release system, and a removable and washable comfort liner with Cool Max and Dri-lex moisture wicking fabrics.
A compact, in-line personal water filtration system that’s simple, elegant, and effective. Provides “0.1 micron absolute filtration — removing 99.99999% of all bacteria, such as salmonella, cholera and E.coli, removing 99.9999% of all protozoa (such as giardia and cryptosporidium), and removing 100% of microplastics.” The Sawyer Mini Water Filtration System comes with a drinking pouch, or use it with a drinking straw or connect the filter unit into your hydration pack tubing.
A casual, off-bike technical jacket, the Shift R3con Drift Jacket has you covered on cold and wet days. Weatherproof design rated for 10,000mm water-resistance and breathability. Zippers are water-resistant
and a drop tail design provides addition weather protection. Available in black or smoke colour designs.
Here’s an interesting idea: Replicate a first edition Paris Dakar rally bike using a 2018 model Royal Enfield Himalayan. The result is the Fuel Bespoke Motorcycle Royal Rally 400. They've kept the Himalayan basically stock with custom work focusing on “lines and proportions to get a more compact, aggressive and classic look.” Front-on there’s a new vintage enduro look, with an ‘80s era front light aesthetic and the cockpit area has a striped back race look with home-made style custom toggle switch panel and a single Koso speedometer / instrument cluster. Other changes include a PowerTRONIC engine management unit, Suzuki RMZ450 exhaust, solo seat conversion, along with new indicators and fenders, and a new paint scheme.
For short trips, a good way to deal with dirty clothes is just ignore them; that is, wash them when you get home. The retaW Travel Pouch includes a set of three lightweight, packable nylon laundry pouches with waterproof zippers. Perfect to store your used clothing. Also good as a regular travel storage bag and the pouch set comes with a belt/shoulder strap, too. Available in black or white.
The new Garmin GPSMAP 66i makes the popular handheld GPS navigation unit even more useful with the addition of inReach satellite communication technology through two-way messaging and SOS functionality. This provides GEOS 24/7 search and rescue monitoring and messaging via the global Iridium satellite network. Navigation is via a bright three inch color display, TopoActive maps, and wireless BirdsEye Satellite Imagery. Unit battery life is 35 hours when in 10 minute tracking mode and up to 200 hours with 30 minute tracking intervals.
Add some addition security for your expensive gadgets and important travel documents with the new Pacsafe Travelsafe 5L Portable Safe. The case has a five litre carry capacity and is enclosed in wire mesh. An included TSA accepted 3-dial combination lock along with a closure and attachment wire is looped through metal grommets to securely lock your gear in the case. A soft inner lining helps to protect your valuables and a top carry-handle provides for easy transport. Available in black or charcoal.
If you’re a radio loving international traveller, long distance overland adventurer, or just like the idea of a receive-almost-anything radio, then check out the new Sangean ATS-909X. Featuring a World Band Radio FM-Stereo / LW / AM / SW / AUX PLL synthesised portable receiver with 406 memory preset stations, the ATS-909X also has three programmable wake alarms, a large LCD display with clock functionality to show up to 42 world city times, your current radio signal strength, and battery life indicator. Powered by four AA batteries or mains adapter.
The James Brand The Ellis LTD Knife "features carbon fiber scales and PVD-coated black blades and bail,” a partially-serrated drop point blade, a lockback design for the knife blade and multi-type screwdriver / scraper / bottle opener, and a bail loop for attaching keys or carabiner. Limited to 100 units.
One for the hardcore Ricky and Morty music fan, a limited edition Teenage Engineering Rick and Morty: The PO-137 Pocket Operator. The tiny vocal synthesiser and sequencer has a built-in microphone with 8 different voice character samplings, provided by Ricky and Morty (an adult animated science fiction sitcom) co-creator Justin Roiland along with new custom Rick and Morty visuals. Other key features include the quirky animated LCD display, built-in folding stand, and an alarm clock.
Small in size but large in stature. The Fjallraven Kanken Mini Backpack is the ideal small backpack. Available in a rainbow of different colours and suitable for kids and adults alike, the mini pack is made from Vinyl F fabric, has a single main compartment with a large zipped opening, two side pockets and a small pocket on the front. A PE foam seat cushion, stored in the interior back pocket, provides a comfort seat option while resting or at camp and also gives the pack back padding.
Designed for the adventuring individualist, the new Alpkit Soloist Backpacking Tent is good for multi-day three season, back-country trips. Large enough for one person and all their gear and with enough head room to sit upright in comfort, in a liveable space. Features a freestanding structure with an easy to pitch design.
If you want pro level audio recording in a small, tough outdoors-ready package, then check out the new 6-channel/14-track Zoom F6 Field Recorder. Designed for pros but
attractive to anyone with an interest in recording high quality sound, thanks to its 32-bit float recording being able to capture a wide dynamic range of loud and subtle sounds at high audio
quality. Other features include dual AD converters with 6 inputs, multiple power options, and wireless control.
KTM’s range of new enduros, recently announced, includes their new 'International Six Days Enduro' (ISDE) 2020 KTM 450 EXC-F Six Days. The ISDE competition ready model is based on their latest enduro design along with a premium parts package and top-of-the-line components. For 2020, the new model enduros all have “new and more efficient yet high-performing engines, a re-developed chassis with improved WP XPLOR suspension, improved handling, new bodywork, new air filter box, new cooling system, and new exhaust systems.”
There’s relatively few casual design motorcycle specific jackets. In fact, most motorcycle jackets look, well, like motorcycle jackets, functional and technical, often bulky, rather like a uniform. The Blauer Hi.Tech MAVERICK BLUE Jacket looks different thanks to its classic military style bomber jacket design. Crash protection comes from elbow protections with pockets for shoulder and back protectors. And there’s zips for venting on the front and back.
Designed to treat life threatening traumatic injuries, the Tactical Medical Solutions TacMed Pocket Medical Kit could be a useful addition to a standard first aid kit for the adventurous expedition style, overland traveller. It’s a small size kit that includes a SOF Tourniquet, Esmark bandage, compressed gauze, Beacon chest seal, and gloves.
A relatively small sized, smart looking, general ‘out-and-about’ travel bag. The bag’s key feature is RFID blocking technology to protect your electronic embedded items, like credit cards and your passport, form of electronic scanning. The Caribee Jetset RFID Shoulder Bag.
Kit Contents: Survival Frog pocket stove and fuel tablets. Waterproof matches in a container. Stainless steel pot/cup. Spork survival tool and p-38 can opener. The Survival Frog Mess Kit for one. Also comes with a bright green ripstop fabric carry storage bag.
Everyone knows the future of motorcycles involves some form of electric power, except, maybe, the current big name Japanese and European factory bike makers. While we wait for these companies to make electric motorcycles, smaller firms are bringing innovative machines to the market like the 2019 Sur-Ron Light Bee Electric Bike. Part MTB and part MX bike, the Light Bee packs a 3500W electric motor and a removable 60V/32AH battery into a lightweight dirt bike style aluminium alloy frame, with a full mono shock suspension setup and a multistage coaxial transmission system running a chain drive to the rear wheel. Curb weight is 50kg with a range up to 100km.
The Dakar Rally is moving from South America to the Middle East. It was recently announced the 2020 Rally will be held in Saudi Arabia, starting in Jeddah on January 2nd to finish at Al Qiddiya on January 17th 2020. The Dakar Rally started in Africa in 1978 then it moved to South America in 2009.
Light and portable. A canvas seat. Folds down flat. Comes with a carry bag. Designed to support one person. The KUARTO Collapsable Camp Stool is available with a green or brown coloured canvas stool seat.
Urban or street gloves are generally short cuff in design with a feature balance pushed towards rider control, in the form of dexterity and feel plus comfort, and the necessary and sufficient level of crash and environmental protection; there’s really no need for MotoGP type glove features. Also features like touchscreen friendly pointer fingers are important. The ICON 1000 Nightbreed Glove fits within this urban or street criteria, is constructed from an AxSuede Laredo chassis with AxSuede Quattro “fourchettes and neoprene flex zones”, and has D3O knuckle protection inserts.
One of the secrets to lowering stress while travelling is organising your gear, and packing cubes can play a part. The Eagle Creek Pack-it Spector Compression Cube Set will help you organise you clothes in your travel bag. Simple and effective. Made from a lightweight water repellent silnylon ripstop fabric, the cubes have a quick grab handle and come in a variety of sizes and designs.
Why not add some art to your camping gear with the Zippo Spazuk Lighter. Featuring a fumage technique (created by holding flame to paper and etching into the resulting soot) bird cover art by Steven Spazuk. The lighter has Zippo’s windproof lighter technology within an all metal construction, and is refillable for a lifetime of camp use.
One aspect of your enduro or dual sport bike is limited luggage space. Panniers, tail or tank bags can be fitted with the dis-benefit of adding bulk. However if you want a clean, minimalist small
tool bag carry solution then check out the Acerbis Front Fender Tool Bag. The 2 litre capacity bag has various internal
tool pockets and is securely attached to the front fender with a locking system.
If you’re off-grid and have gadgets to charge then check out the RAVPower Solar Charger 24W Solar Panel. Its solar panel is waterproof,
durable, and foldable so suitable of camping or hiking trips. Featuring iSmart Technology where its three USB ports automatically detect and deliver the optimal charging current for your
Campfire safe and beautifully made, the Best Made Company The Limited Edition Polaris Bowls are a notch above
your standard camping dish. Enamelware bowls evoke a connection with the past, and the illustrations on these bowls celebrate the night sky. A two bowl kit that’s lightweight and stackable,
durable and aesthetically pleasing, just what you need for your next camping trip.
The updated Hit-Air EU6 Ultimate Airbag Jacket looks like a good fit for the touring motorcyclists looking for cutting edge safety features in their riding gear. Outside of the S-System Key Box activated integrated airbag, this jacket also features CE rated shoulder, elbow, and back padding, a moisture permeable and waterproof removable quilted fleece lining for cold weather riding, and Lumidex reflective material for night or poor light rider illumination.
Some form of water purification is essential for off-the-grid, adventure travel. A lightweight option is the GRAYL Ultralight Purifer, designed for all forms of outdoor travel, especially hiking where carry weight is an issue. The Purifer “[p]rovides full-spectrum protection against pathogens (viruses, bacteria, and protozoa), particulates, chemicals and heavy metals”.
Short boot touring style. CE approved. Micro synthetic construction with Air-Tech ventilated upper. D3O armour ankle cup protection. Rear calf stretch accordion design. Side Velcro strap zipper
closure. Vulcanised rubber sole. The Falco Land 2
The Vargo Triad Multi-Fuel Stove is a little camp cooker made from lightweight, yet durable titanium. Integrated folding legs support the stove and pot. One side provides a long burning alcohol stove. Then turn it over and the opposite side burns fuel tabs or fuel gels. Weight is 30 grams (1.0 ounces). Burn time is approximately 20 minutes for alcohol and 12 minutes for fuel tabs or gels.
For the optically challenged, the ThinOptics Glasses and Metal Finish Pod is a good backup, or even travel option, providing you with easily packed armless, portable reading glasses. The pod case is designed to fit on the back of your phone or tablet, or nicely slip into a pocket or small bag. Available in four colour designs.
With its aggressive styling and carbon aramidic fibreglass shell, the new AGV AX9 Multi E2205 Helmet looks like a good dual sport option. This lightweight helmet features internal pads
made from fabric with antibacterical protection, moisture wicking, and skin comfort treatments, that are also removable and washable. Available in three shell sizes and various colour
Better than a landscape photo hanging on your wall, this original fine art print is “[a]n imagined expedition to explore mysterious ancient ruins in a dense, remote jungle somewhere in South East Asia, featured on an extra fine, archival grade print.” The Prometheus Design Werx Art Print is by Florent Llamas and has a game or movie concept illustration feel. The print area is 40cm X 50cm (16” x 20”), printed on 100% cotton fibre, acid-free 260 g/m paper with a velvet finish.
Featuring some sort of magic powers, the Survival Frog HydraLight Mini Flashlight is powered by water. Just “dip the bottom of the unit in water for 10 seconds and you’ll have instant light.” The flashlight is powered on for 10 hours. Re-dip in water and the flashlight is good for another 10 hours of light making magic.
Delivering energy via a wireless (electromagnetic) power transfer seems to be the future for charging electric gadgets. It’s certainly more convenient and less hassle than using cables. For travellers, the Usbepower Air Wireless Power Bank provides two charging options, one wireless and one via traditional 2A USB-A port connectivity. The power back has a 5000mAh capacity, is compact and portable, and available in three colour designs.
Everyone needs a small tool box made from pressed steel. The Rikumo Trusco Tool Box T-150 model is designed for ease of use and storage. The box’s corner dents on the top lid and base allow for stacking. Available in blue or silver.
The Aether Expedition Motorcycle Jacket is designed for long distance hard-core touring, real expedition style travel. A heavy-duty, 3-layer Japanese field nylon fabric provides an abrasion-resistant, waterproof, and breathable shell. Warm weather rider comfort comes from venting provided by half-body chest vents, pit-zip vents that run from the elbow to the waist, and half-body length back vents. And there’s crash protection from shoulder, elbow, and back pads, along with fully-integrated front chest pads. Available in four colour designs.
Featuring a new long cuff design, the Shift 3Lue Label Air Glove has your warm weather MX or enduro riding covered. Lots of venting helps regulate hand temperature along with Cordura stretch nylon fabric on the palm and top-of-hand for dexterity and lever control, plus the required hand protection. Added rider control is also provided by silicone fingertip printing.
For anyone addicted to their morning coffee, the MSR Pika 1 L Teapot might be a vital camping accessory. Lightweight with a no-drip spout, a lid design that ensures it stays in place when pouring, an upright handle for good control that keeps your hand away from the hot part, and a pot opening wide enough to allow for easy cleaning and storing of items like a small stove or coffee/tea/food making ingredients.
Shoes, especially expensive motorcycle boots or good quality hiking shoes, are an investment. One way to look after this investment is through proper maintenance, including regular cleaning. The Pajar Premium Shoe Cleaning Kit works on most materials and does not contain harsh chemicals with 98% natural ingredients.
Sometimes a product title is all you need to know about said product. A description as a title, if you like. This is the case for the Acerbis No Water Horizontal Bag. Designed for motorcycle use, but also a good travel duffle bag. Has a 40 litre capacity.
Featuring a built-in rechargeable battery with up to 7 hours play time and 20 station presets, the KitSound Classic DAB+ portable Radio with Bluetooth has modern radio technology presented in a clean, retro aesthetic design. Other features include DAB radio technology, the ability to play tunes or podcasts via Bluetooth, a micro SD, and good-old-fashion aux-in connectivity.
A tool most campers, and for that matter, travellers should carry. Key aspects of a good torch include small and light form factor, high build quality, produces enough light, and looks good. The Alpkit Fluxon Handheld Torch has these capabilities and more. It has an aluminium body that’s drop-proof with a dust proof and water resistant IP6X rating allowing it to work during adverse weather conditions. Powered by a 2600mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery.
Designed for cutting wood, when out camping or even in your garden pruning trees. The Opinel N°18 Saw might be a good tool to add to your camping gear. Featuring an 18 cm long carbon steel, anti-corrosion coating blade with two rows of teeth turned towards the handle. The saw handle is made from beech wood.
With its long overcoat design and GORE-TEX lining, the new Alpinestars Bradford Gore-Tex Jacket presents as a stylish riding garment. Alpinestars describe it as an “elegant city riding jacket”. The Bradford’s main shell is constructed from a two-layer laminated GORE-TEX fabric for water and wind proofing, along with breathability. And crash protection comes from CE certified bio light shoulder and elbow protectors.
As a rugged yet functional timepiece, the Bristol Aviator Watches A-10 Thunderbolt Tribute Watch displays the same characteristics on its aircraft namesake. The A-10 Thunderbolt is a modern warplane built for ground attack and battle survivability. The A-10 Thunderbolt Tribute Watch features a sapphire crystal face and stainless steel 316L case housing a precision Swiss made chronograph and the Super Luminova dial. A black kevlar band with red stitching secures the watch to your wrist.
You can make almost any bag a camera bag with the Fjallraven Kanken Photo Insert. Bags designed for carrying camera equipment are often rather expensive. So if you already own a quality bag and you want to have similar functionality to a dedicated camera bag, the Kanken Photo Insert may be a good option (note it’s specifically sized to fit the Fjallraven Kanken bag). It is designed to hold two camera bodies and assorted lenses. And is made from recycled polyester, organic cotton with padding to protect your expensive camera gear.
The appeal of helmet graphics is often subjective. If you like the unusual, a bit of urban grange, maybe you're a fan of exploring abandoned places, then the NEXX SX.100 Helmet could appeal to your aesthetic sensibilities. An urban, street, and touring design, featuring a wide eye port with a drop-down sun visor, along with 3D formed interior pads that are removable and washable with anti-sweat and anti-allergic treatments.
Simple, elegant, and functional. The Snow Peak Kanpai Bottle is a good option to carry liquids for your next hiking trip. A double-walled, vacuum-sealed design ensures your drink is kept hot or cold for for at least six hours. Available in three colour designs.
Apart from a fun name, the Kermit Chair has a classic design, is made from traditional hand-craft materials, and is fit-for-purpose. Being small and foldable, durable, and relatively lightweight, makes the chair good for camping. The elegant wood design also makes it a piece of fine furniture.
New for 2019, the Kriega OS-22 Soft Pannier looks like a great option for a smaller dual sport adventure bike. The panniers require a frame to mount properly to your bike. Each pannier bag is made from HYPALON + 1000D Cordura with a waterproof liner, aircraft grade alloy buckles, KEVLAR webbing, and comes with a security cable block. Per bag weight is 2.6 kg (91.7 oz) and carry volume is 22 litres (1340 cu in).
Updated for 2019 and ready for the northern hemisphere riding season. The ICON Contra 2 Jacket has been reworked and upgraded. Mesh paneling provides plenty of of cooling air to stop overheating and reduce the changes of rider heat related fatigue. The new jacket also has an upgraded reinforced ballistic Poly in the tumble zones along with a “full suite of industry-leading D3O® Impact Protectors (shoulders, elbows, and back)”.
A mobile home for two. Weighs only 1.3 kg. Features a semi-geodesic design. Pitch fast thanks to colour-coded webbing and a single hub design. Available in kelp or chilli colour designs. The new Alpkit Ordos 2 Tent.
Built for the little ones, the 2019 Beta Minicross-E looks and operates like a real dirt bike but comes in a small form factor and is powered by electrons. Big bike features include hydraulic disc brakes and modern suspension with an aluminium swingarm, 33 mm inverted hydraulic front fork setup and an adjustable air and spring rear shock absorber. The bike weighs 43 kg (94.5 lbs) and is designed for 6 to 11 year olds.
Featuring a new full multi-coating and enhanced light transmission lens coating, the PENTAX ZD 8x43 ED Binoculars also sports a complex optical roof prism that’s a “durable, compact, yet lightweight design" for a high "level of optical perfection”. Body is a magnesium alloy construction. Lens have extra-low dispersion glass. Weight is 715 g.
Designed for alpinists, hardcore hikers, and mountaineers that value lightweight equipment, the new Thermarest NeoAir UberLite Mattress provides ultralight sleeping comfort. It also packs small, has an R-value rating of 2.0, and its 6.4 cm (2.5 in) of cushioned padding will support your body after a hard day on the trails.
In true analogue style, paper and pen only, the Wandrd The Travel Journal has space to plan and record twelve travel adventures. “The Travel Journal includes planning, itineraries, pre-trip checklists, maps and travel logs”. Features include a soft touch cover for the 240 page journal, with an elastic closure strap and integrated pen slot.
Although generally known for making large capacity sports bikes with Italian styling, Aprilia do make a few entry level motorcycles. The 2019 Aprilia RS50 is one of them and is often, maybe unkindly, referred to as a sport moped. The RS50 certainly looks the part with its aggressive, racing RSV4 superbike inspired design. The moped part of the description comes from its power plant, a single cylinder 50cc, liquid cooled 2-stroke engine.
If a manufacturer adds detail and care to the inside of a garment, the part most people won’t see, then you know the whole garment is likely to be top notch. The new Taylor Stitch The Primrose Jacket has a fun custom camo print interior lining. The shell is a seam taped, fully waterproof recycled nylon fabric cut as a short but clean lined trench coat design. A lightweight urban outdoors jacket.
(1) A compressible camp lantern. (2) A wireless Bluetooth music and audio player. (3) A smartphone connected speaker with microphone for hands-free calls. (4) A small compact utility flashlight. Why bring four gadgets camping when you get all these functions in one, the Antigravity Batteries Multi-Function Lantern. It has a built-in 1800 mAh capacity rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery and the lantern weighs only 180 g (6.35 oz).
Featuring the Deadbolt lock system and a 100mm (3.9 inch) blade, the CRKT Seismic Black is an idea folding pocketknife for most outdoors camping tasks. The veff serrations provide “superior cutting of cordage, rope, and fibrous materials”. And it has a black PVD coated blade made from 1.4116 stainless steel. Weight is 180g ( 6.3 oz).
One for the aviator, the new Breitling Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph is an all analogue wristwatch designed for keeping time and looking good. Classic aeronautical styling with a circular aviation slide rule, and an easy to read dial layout. Inside there’s a high-performance self-winding movement. The 46 mm diameter case is steel with a transparent sapphire crystal back and watch face.
Saddle bags have a very long history, probably first developed around the time humans domesticated the horse and wanted to pack extra gear. As a proven design, the pannier style bag system works extremely well for motorcycles too. A soft luggage pannier solution is the Kappa Saddle Bags, made from polyester canvas with a roll-down top closure. Other features include a high contrast orange waterproof liner, straps on top, sides and bottom to adjust bag volume, and a double hook and loop mounting system.
Retro styling, open face design with a short visor peak straight out of the 70s. With loads of urban rider appeal, the Held Jet Helmet meets the ECE 22.05 safety standard with a relatively lightweight construction. Other features include a manual pull-down sun-visor, quick release ratchet chin-strap buckle system, and it's available in seven graphic designs.
A must have for any international traveller. Also has the new USB Type-C port to charge your modern gadgets. The EPICKA Universal USB Travel Adapter features four standard USB ports and is designed to work in over 160 countries with its universal UK/US/AU/EU plug adapter. It comes with a nylon travel case and a short charging cable.
With its clean aesthetic, the Ortlieb Urban Daypack draws on minimalistic design language yet provides the functionality necessary for an urban bag. A single top opening provdes access to your gear along with a quick access pocket on the bag’s front. There's a simple shoulder strap system with a single carry loop. Made from a blend of Cordura and cotton fabric that’s durable and waterproof. Available in three colour designs.
An important yet often overlooked aspect of maintaining your bike is running correct tyre pressures. One reason this is overlooked is the hassle involved with manually checking the pressures. So the new Michelin Tyre Pressure Monitoring System automates this process plus adds a few extra benefits. The key feature is the ability to detect if a tyre has lost pressure, particularly if a fast leakage has occurred (a puncture for example) or if there’s an increase in temperature that could led to a tyre blowout. Installation requires a wireless pressure sender fitted to both tyres that communicates with a small round LCD screen display unit that fits into a magnetic bike mount. A simple, elegant, and effective solution.
More than a pretty coffee table travel book, the Gestalten Ride Out! Book has stories, pictures, and detailed maps covering some wonderful motorcycle (off-)road trips from around the globe. Route des Grandes Alpes. Kashmir in India. Paths that flank the Silk Road. The Californian desert and more.
The new Speed and Strength Rust and Redemption 2.0 Jacket has clean lines and technical functionality. It's made from heavy-duty cotton canvas. Key features include removable Vault shoulder, elbow, and back protection, speed zip controlled ventilation system, and a YKK front zip. Comes in black. And you can wear it while you're off your bike, too.
An urban diver’s wristwatch may sound like an oxymoron, but for the Seiko Prospex it’s a contradiction that works. Inspired by Seiko’s original 1970s driver watch, updated and styled for urban life, the Prospex has rugged, functional appeal. The wristwatch is solar charged with a ten-month battery reserve, is 200 metre water resistance rated ISO 6425 compliant for divers, and powered by a Seiko in-house caliber V157. Available in three colour designs.
Classically styled, featuring a real wood case, the MyVQ Monty Radio brings radio and a Bluetooth speaker to any room in your house, and when fitted with an optional rechargeable battery, the Monty can go anywhere you go. Radio is DAB/DAB+ digital with a traditional analogue FM reception mode. It’s 10W ultra-wide full range stereo speaker can play tunes over a Bluetooth connection. A 3.5mm aux-in is included for hard wired connection and there’s a USB port to charge you gadgets.
Aggressive styling. Flip-up design. Carbon fibre shell. Two shield system. Removable and washable internal foam padding. Ventilation system. Certified ECE 22.05. Available in 3 shells. The new LS2 Helmets Vortex Helmet.
It’s clear the future of transport is electric. For urban scooters there’s lots of options. And companies are providing new purchase and ownership schemes. The 2019 Ather 450 Electric Scooter will be available through a purchase and on going subscription plan to cover, depending on the chosen plan, bike service, charging, and data features. Scooter features include a top speed of 80 km/h and range of 75 km thanks to its hub motor design powered by a 2.4 kWh Li-ion battery pack. A large 7-inch touchscreen display provides all the information you need.
A little desktop headphone amp with a minimalistic design aesthetic yet big time audio performance. Building on their Objective2 amp technology, the new JDS Labs Atom Amp packs lots of features into a small package. Connectivity is via a 1/4" headphone jack, gold-plated preamp RCA outputs, and 3.5mm jack and RCA inputs. Controls are front mounted. Technical features include preamp outputs where the “amp's knob adjusts volume of its RCA preamp outputs” and a smart logic design where the amp's “relay muting eliminates pops and thumps during startup”.
Add some spice and adventure to your next trip with the Chronicle Books Anywhere Travel Guide. Presented as a deck of 75 cards, the Guide has a “unique mix of concrete actions and whimsical prompts”. The aim is to encourage you to try different, unexpected things when travelling.
You know with a name like big boss this device has your bike security covered. Approved by Thatcham Vehicle Security, the Oxford Big Boss Alarm Disc Lock adds another layer of security for your bike. Just attach to a brake disc and the lock provides both a physical padlock and a 100db audio alarm. The device has a removable, sealed alarm module that’s water, vibration, frost and heat-proof, comes with a minder cable, so you don’t accidentally forget to remove the lock, and three keys with a key replacement service.
A little bike for a the little person. The new 2019 GasGas Enduro One is one of the best ways to get kids into dirt bike riding. A tiny version of an adult’s dirt bike, the Enduro One is electric powered with a programmable power range that covers 350W to 1050W in order to manage your child’s off-road learning curve. The bike’s battery pack is field removable and replaceable. And the best part is parent supervision via a smartphone app to manage and configure performance parameters, and, if needed, disconnect power to the motorcycle.
If you’re after a lightweight, three season jacket that packs small and provides a good amount of all-weather protection, then check out the Fjallraven Keb Lite Jacket. Made from a four-way stretch fabric that’s durable, water-resistant, breathable, windproof, and quick drying. Available in deep forest green and stone grey black colour designs.
Protect your small laptop from travel related bumps and organise your small-item-travel-life with the Knomo Fulham Organiser 13 Inch. This organising equipment/system includes six slip pockets, eight card holders, three pens loops, and one mesh pocket.
Featuring CRKT’s new “Field Strip” technology, the new Homefront Knife has a “no-tool take apart capability [that] lets you purge your most reliable companion of a hard day’s grime right where you are, without ever returning to your workbench.” This small pocket knife has an 89 mm (3.5 inch) blade made from AUS 8 HRC 57-58 steel with 6061 aluminium handle.
New for 2019, the Shoei GT-Air II Helmet builds on the legacy of the original model with an array of upgrades. Some of the new features include a lengthened internal sun shield for better sun-glare coverage, a new "first position" shield opening for enhanced ventilation and defogging, and improved shell aerodynamics and the implementation of noise-reduction technology. The helmet is hand constructed with interwoven layers of fibreglass, organic fibres, and resin and sports an emergency quick release system.
A convertible travel bag to backpack. Unzip and unfold from briefcase mode to convert the bag to backpack mode. Main mode is a messenger, travel bag configuration. Has three compartments. Designed to fit a 13 inch laptop. Exterior material is tough wearing 525 denier HT Ballistic nylon. Bag capacity is 12 litres (725 cubic inches). For the overnight business traveller, check out the Tom Bihn The Stowaway.
Based on their inline seat configuration model G 4-2 Gyrocopter, the Trixy Aviation TrixyEye has added functionality and capability designed to make this little aircraft suitable for a host of professional aviation roles. The sort of roles cover urban policing / border control / search & rescue support and surveillance, through to commercial operations such as pipe and power line monitoring, and even agricultural work like crop spraying. Key features include an all-weather removable glass canopy and cabin heating system, easy road transport with a small trailer, a certified camera mount, and an option to carry a drop box or auxiliary fuel tank under the cabin of the craft.
A cute and fun electric scooter for urban travel. Part of the micro mobility transport movement, the new NUI UM Scooter is a little urban hybrid electric bicycle/scooter showcased at the 2018 EICMA Milan Motorcycle Show. The UM (U-Mini) is designed for short distance urban travel up to 40km. It is relatively lightweight at only 39kgs and has a frame made from 6061 aviation T6 aluminum, is powered by a 800W Bosh motor and 21Ah battery pack. One interesting feature is its pedal design that allows for either a fixed position foot pedal setup like a scooter or riding pedals like a bicycle.
The new FiiO M6 Music Player is packed with audio technology to enhance your listening pleasure. Designed as a companion player for your smartphone and other devices (it can also function as a USB DAC), the M6 has dual-mode Bluetooth 4.2 and WiFi streaming supporting high-resolution wireless audio formats and through the FiiO Link functionality on Bluetooth, it can control your music selection and listening experience. A 1200mAh battery allows 13 hours of playback and device control, powering a 3.2 inch colour touchscreen display and the unit’s ESS Sabre 9018Q2C chipset, with connectivity and charging via a USB-C connector, and 2GB internal storage including support for Micro-SD cards.
A flint spark lighter. Old fashioned but reliable. Lighter body is a steel cylinder. Matte finish. Logo "May the Bridges I Burn Light the Way". The IZOLA Bridges Lighter.
A lightweight and packable cold weather jacket is a good option for the traveller and, well, most outdoor types. “Primaloft Silver insulation is a synthetic fibre which creates millions of tiny air pockets to trap body heat,” retains thermal properties even when wet, and if you get the jacket wet it will dry quickly. The Alpkit Heiko Primaloft Jacket is available in two colours, with a clean, low-profile quilted design, and a DWR coated water resistance polyester shell.
Does owning a small, amateur-built aircraft interest you? Then check out this kit aircraft with amazing STOL (short takeoff and landing) ability, the new Zenith Aircraft Company STOL CH750 Super Duty. The Super Duty model brings increased load, a jump seat in the rear cabin area, and more powerful engine options to their standard model. To achieve good STOL and slow flight performance and handling, the CH 750 Super Duty has “fixed leading-edge wing slats and full-length flaperons which are common to all Zenith STOL designs”. Visit the Zenith Aircraft Company website for information on how you can start your kit building aircraft journey.
The SSD storage device is almost mandatory for any tech using traveller. Reliable, portable, often a bit pricey, but one of the best ways to backup your photos, videos, travel documents. If you have a gadget with USB type C connectivity then the Glyph Atom SSD is a good option. Featuring the latest USB-C (3.1, Gen 2) technology, the Atom is compatible with Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.0, has write speeds up to 560 MB/s, and is available with storage capacities up to 2TB.
Carry-on sized. Rolls by itself. Rugged yet aesthetically pleasing design. Lightweight aluminum frame. Has an extendable handle. Compression straps to pack down bulky loads. The Osprey Transporter Wheeled Duffel 40 is available in three colours.
The new 2019 GasGas Enduro EC 300 features a host of across-the-bike improvements. The 250 and 300 cc EC models have a new cylinder head providing increased performance. Along with improvements to the frame and suspension, the enduro range also gets a new starter and a larger capacity battery system, and a double switch map “to get the most out of dry or wet terrain”.
Apart from a fun, interesting name, the new Vargo Titanium Scork brings innovative design to camp cutlery. Based on the classic spork design, the Scork features added functionality with a can and bottle opener in the handle. Very handy. And it’s also made from lightweight, durable titanium.
A magazine for motorcyclists. The latest issue is Meta Magazine Volume 13, Fragments from the Road. Check their website for information on this edition, including blog posts, photographs, and videos. There’s also access to a digital archive, and of course, you can purchase a hard copy of the magazine.
New from Nolan, the N70-2 X is their high-end modular helmet covering dual sport riding. A removable protective chin guard converts the helmet into a jet style configuration. In fact, the N70-2 X can be used in eight different configurations. Other key features include a wide vision design that’s compatible with goggles, a VPS drop down sunscreen with various adjustable positions and an automatic repositioning system, and an AirBooster technology upper ventilation system to cool the rider. Available in a number of colour designs.
One for the stoic individual, always travelling alone but smart enough to bring along accident insurance in the form of a My Medic The Solo First Aid Kit. This kit is designed for one, includes first aid supplies carefully researched and optimised for outdoor related accident treatment. For the motorcyclist, the Solo kit is small and compact, can be carried on person or positioned on your bike within easy reach.