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.
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.
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.
Day pack size, bold colour choice, alpine design aesthetic. Carry volume is 23 litres. Lots of zipper pockets. Internal padded laptop sleeve. The Rains Mountaineer Bag.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With its retro full face bubble visor design, the NEXX X.70 City X Helmet has a heritage style combined with high-tech materials and construction technologies. The shell is a “X-MATRIX technology, a process that combines multiaxial fiberglass, 3D organic fibers and kevlar, special aramid fibers and carbon reinforcement.” There’s an integrated sun visor that has a drop down mechanism. And the helmet’s internal 3D formed foam interiors are removable and washable.
Small and functional with big aesthetic features such as a “decorative pivot with a blue-anodized pivot ring and matching tube spacers” and a dark carbon fibre handle. The new Zero Tolerance Knives Model 0022 Pocketknife is perfect for small cutting duties. A little pocket knife with attitude.
On first glance you probably don’t think you need the Vargo Titanium Straws, however, as long as you don’t loose them, these will likely be the last straws you will need to buy. And they're made from titanium so they’re safe and clean to drink from, they won’t rust or impart odd flavours, and they look good too. Straw diameter is 6mm (0.24 in), length is 203 mm (8 in), and weight is 5.7 g (0.2 oz).
Designed for adventure bikes, the new Nelson Rigg Hurricane Adventure Waterproof Tank Bag offers 11 litres of additional luggage capacity for your next adventure trip. The bag has a waterproof PVC tarpaulin construction with electronically welded seams, a quick release strap system to ensure easy attachment and removal for refuelling or transporting the bag to your destination stop. Its main compartment has an adjustable divider and the top pocket has a clear cover that’s touch screen device friendly. Suitable for larger adventures bikes.
The Tatonka FA Basic Waterproof First Aid Kit is designed for short trips, has supplies for one person, where your journey requires waterproof gear. The pouch has a waterproof roll-down closure with taped seams to hold wound dressings, bandages, plaster strips and tape, gloves, a rescue blanket, and outdoor first aid instructions.
A little package of travel insurance, small and lightweight, just clip to your bag. The Survival Frog Tact Bivvy 2.0 Emergency Sleeping Bag reflects 90% of your body's heat back to you, has taped seams for a wind and waterproof reusable bivvy bag that can also work as a sleeping bag liner. Comes with a stuff sack and alert whistle.
Pumping air into your bike’s tyre shouldn’t be a difficult task. The Eastbound Rocky Creek MotoPressor Pocket Pump makes it easy thanks to a 2m long power cord with a SAE battery terminal fitting, long inflator hose, and capacity to pump up to 6.9 bar. The 12v inflator is small, weighs 580g, and comes with a neoprene storage bag.
Elegant and functional. Thermo 3D double wall vacuum insulation design. Bright painted copper finish. Clear press lid. Made from 18/8 stainless steel. The limited edition MiiR Copper Camp Cup.
Designed for off-road motorcycle riders, with an easy fit and remove harness system that provides unrestricted arm movement and shifts the pack weight from the shoulders to the chest and body. The Kriega HYDRO-2 HydraPak has a 2 litre (122cu in) fluid capacity, 420D Cordura Lite Plus construction, and reflective panels and logos. Available in four colour designs.
Is “travel enduro” a new class of motorcycles? If so, the brand new 2020 KTM 390 ADVENTURE is one of a few that would qualify. A dual sport design, small capacity motorcycle that’s good for long distance touring, but is light weight, has off road technical capability, and is agile enough for dirt riding. A bike built for motorcycle adventure travellers. The 390 ADVENTURE is powered by KTM’s reliable single-cylinder, 43 hp four-stroke 373 cc engine, runs a slipper clutch, and power delivery is managed with an engine management system and ride-by-wire process. Other travel friendly features include a removable, steel trellis subframe designed to carry heavy luggage loads, a two-part seat made for comfort and control, and wide foot pegs to accommodate standing and seated riding positions with offload boots.
The new 2020 Honda CBR100RR-R Fireblade SP draws heavy on the DNA of their MotoGP RC213V race machine. And this latest version of the Fireblade model is powered by the most powerful inline, four cylinder street legal motorcycle engine Honda has ever produced. The new engine is compact, has a short-stroke layout with high performance tech like titanium con-rods, and is generating 160Kw peak power at 14,500rpm. It sits inside a brand new aluminium diamond frame where the rear of the motor is used as the upper shock mount, and its 4-2-1 exhaust pipes feed into an Akrapovic exhaust. Other improvements include an updated Throttle By Wire system with three default riding modes and a customisable 5-inch TFT instrument display.
The modular helmet design is a popular choice for a touring rider as it provides versatility. The new Givi X.33 Canyon Layers Helmet follows this proven design with its thermoplastic construction, full-face flip-up design. Other features include a smoked sun visor, various air vents, a micrometrical helmet strap, removable peak, and washable inner lining.
Before the spork there was the 3-piece knife, fork, and spoon design. If you want a little classic eating tool the Ecologyst The Camp Utensil has you covered. This multi-functional eating/camping utensil is made from 3Cr13 Stainless steel and easily separates into individual tools.
The new Rukka Airventur Jacket has a knitted mesh Cordura shell for good airflow in warm weather riding conditions. For crash protection, there’s Rukka D3O Air XTR shoulder and elbow protectors and two layers of knitted Cordura AFT on the elbow. Plenty of pockets to hold small items. Available in three colour designs.
If you want to replace your plastic travel bottle for environmental reasons then the new W&P Design Porter Bottle might be a good option. It’s made from a lightweight glass and is nicely wrapped in a protective matte silicone sleeve. The bottle is dishwater safe, BPA free, and food safe FDA/LFGA approved. And there’s five sleeve and bottle top colours to choose from.
A multi-tool is always a handy piece of camping kit, does-it-all general use camping equipment. Always with you and available for all kinds of tasks. Like cutting and sawing stuff. Starting fires with it’s fire-starting ferro rod. Making noise with its whistle. Pulling stuff with pliers and opening cans with a can opener. Loosing and tightening screws. Secure it in a nylon sheath. The Leatherman Signal Multi-tool.
Saddle bags are a proven luggage option for motorcyclists that need to carry a bunch of gear. Add in a waterproof top or duffel bag and, if you like include a tank bag or small backpack, then most of your luggage requirements are meet. The SHAD Waterproof Saddle Bags SW42 is made from a PVC tarpaulin three layer mesh fabric, has an PX5 weather durability rating with a top fold down closure system to ensure your gear is safe from water intrusion. Safety and fitment straps are included.
If you’re after a small, functional tool holder for your bike, the Andy Strapz Tool Roll might be worth considering. The design aim was hold all the necessary tools, provide a small work surface, and make the roll capable of carrying an array of tools for different bikes and rider preferences. Made from canvas.
Do you want a mobile all-weather home with room for two? A dome design that offers generous amounts of internal space. Provides 3-season weather protection. Is stable in high winds. Has good ventilation. A ripstop polyamide flysheet rated at a 5,000 mm water column. Large vestibule for cooking and gear storage. Two entrances. And low weight. Try the Salewa Sierra Leone II Tent.
Featuring a combination of analogue, digital, and smartphone watch connectivity, the new Casio EDIFICE ECB-900 Wristwatch brings different technologies together with solar power to produce an elegant, modern timepiece. A motorsports inspired 1/1000-second stopwatch, with memory for up to 200 lap time records, adds value for the vehicle owner. For the traveller, a Bluetooth connection with a smartphone provides accurate timekeeping in any country and an app lets you select from more than 300 cities for your World Time City and manage alarms and timer settings.
If you want to use your own wireless headphones instead of an average quality airline pair, then the KitSound Bluetooth Airline Adaptor might be a good investment. The audio adapter has a standard airline connection to stream audio to your wireless headphones with aptX low latency technology, and a battery life of up to 9 hours.
A sports boot aesthetic, for urban, street riding. The Alpinestars CR-6 Drystar Riding Shoes have fine mesh and specific breathable windows that provides breathability and airflow. A top hook and loop strap with lacing system ensures an agronomic and safe fit. CE-certified thanks to TPU ankle disks under upper external lateral ankle TPR protectors, and toe box and heel counter reinforcements.
Riding shirts have become popular over the last few years. However, typically they trade-off crash protection for the advantages of a lightweight technical shirt. The new Scorpion Abrams Riding Shirt looks to add a level of protection with a “[m]id-weight cotton chassis reinforced with integrated Rhino-Mesh® lining”, 600D polyester reinforcements at the elbows and shoulders, along with pockets for optional Sas-Tec flex armour. The shirt also has YKK zipper underarm venting, forearm and bicep adjustability, and is available in black or grey.
Quality woodworking requires quality tools. If you have an interest in Japanese woodworking techniques and the tools used to master and create fine handmade perfect-fitting joinery, check out the new Best Made Company The Japanese Joinery Kit. Each kit comes in a wooden box “[c]rafted from hand-finished Akagashi Japanese red oak” with an interlocking top. Tools include a cut saw and hardwood saw, octagonal hammer, two wood chisels, small hand plane, square blade awl, and wooden mitre square.
If you want to seriously upgrade your travel filmmaking game, then check out the new Z CAM E2-S6 Cinema Camera. You’ll also need to rig this little camera with a handle or two, Sony NP-F series compatible battery, mic, CFAST 2.0 card, and monitor (although you could use your smartphone). Key features include a super 35mm, 26 megapixel CMOS sensor with resolution of 6K shooting up to 60 fps and 4K up to 100 fps in 10-bit colour, 14 stops of dynamic range, ZRAW is supported, and the E2-S6 is available in EF or PL lens mounts.
A 35 litre classic mountaineer style backpack with everyday use functionality. The new Topo Designs Subalpine Pack is at home half way up a mountain or any busy urban downtown area. With its outdoors design, the pack has padded shoulder straps with load-lifter straps, along with a large main compartment, and an internal laptop sleeve that makes this bag equally useful for urban duties. Other features include a removable front pouch, oversized YKK zippers, and plenty of compression straps. Available in four colour designs.
The new Scorpion EXO-AT950 Outrigger Helmet is a perfect fit for your next round the world motorcycle adventure. Features include a polycarbonate shell design with an oversized eye port and a modular flip-up chin-bar and front shield. And an internal drop down Speedview sun-visor provides added functionality along with a no-fog Everclear face shield that can be removed if you prefer a dirt helmet style with goggles for off-road use.
Where the container is as important as the contents. Based on the original VSSL metal tube design, the new VSSL First Aid follows the same form factor but with first aid supplies in a tool roll style contents wrap. The metal tube container has a 200 lumens LED light and oil-filled precision compass. The contents wrap holds the first aid supplies that include bandages, steri-strips, disposable thermometers, antiseptic wipes, medical gloves, cello homeostatic agent, burn cream, some small tools, and pain relief pills. See their website for full details on the medical supplies included.
The new 2020 Husqvarna FC 450 is, in the hands of an expert MX rider, a competition worthy machine. Powered by a single cylinder, SOHC engine producing 63 hp held in place by a chromium molybdenum steel frame. On the track, launch control gets you off the line in a rush, and engine, gearbox, frame, and suspension refinements improve ride and race ergonomics and power delivery.
If you choose not to buy a down sleeping bag for ethical reasons but still want technical hiking features including a lightweight and warm design, the new NEMO Azura Womens Synthetic Mummy Bag might be worth considering. With NEMO’s FeatherCore construction and Primaloft insulation, this bag offers "ultra-compressibility without sacrificing warmth. This completely new take on insulation construction packs down significantly smaller, providing all the benefits of synthetic insulation at the same pack size as 650FP down”.
A simple plastic container will easily hold your food. But a stainless steel travel jar is, in lots of cases, a better option. The Zoku 10oz Neat Stack Food Jar has a vacuum insulated, double-walled design to ensure your food stays hot for 5 hours or cold for 6.5 hours. Capacity is 295ml (10oz), it's BPA and phthalate free, and has a wide diameter opening for easy access. And for travellers, several jars can be stacked to maximise your available storage space.
Featuring a supermoto configuration, the new 2020 Torrot Supermotard Two electric kids motorcycle now comes with upgraded batteries offering lower weight with greater power and range. Other key child friendly features include a parental control app and programmable power output from 600W to 1500W. Build wise, the little electric bike has a chrome-molybdenum chassis and a swingarm with a hydraulic shock absorber, hydraulic disc brake system, and a top speed of 52 Km/h.
Featuring a simple retro, yet clean classic design, no multi-coloured MX style, but definitely a moto jersey aesthetic. The Fuel Motorcycles Grey Stripes Enduro Jersey has technical capabilities thanks to mesh pit vent panels to allow airflow, a body-mapped fabric placement design, and a fabric that extracts moisture away from the body.
You probably have more than one set of gloves if you ride across the seasons and also on road and dirt. However, if you don’t have multiple sets of gloves but you’re looking for a general use, sort-of-fits most riding conditions type of glove then maybe consider the Furygan Jet All Seasons Gloves. A short cuff design, waterproof with a thermal liner for cooler weather. Hand protection includes a metacarpal protector and palm reinforcement.
Surfers have always known the value of a safe place to store their car and house keys while out riding waves. Secure key storage is also handy for general travelling. The Ocean & Sea Key Vault has a locking dial code combination system for secure storage of your keys within a 69mm (W) x 74mm (H) x 22mm (D) toughened steel metal vault.
An almost essential gadget for the media centric traveller. With a touch of design and fashion flair. The new palm-sized Seagate One Touch SSD Special Edition model is available as a limited offering in a selection of red, green, blue, and white/grey camouflage print patterns. On the technical side, the drive has a SATA-type 500 GB SSD with transfer speeds of up to 400MB per second.
Big enough for the minimalist traveller, this 30 litre (expandable to 38 litres) backpack has a modern design aesthetic with a utilitarian focus on function and usability. Side compression straps help manage volume. Two side expansion bottle pockets lay flat when not in use. A zip away shoulder strap system converts the backpack to a large briefcase style bag. An interior hanging pocket and sunglass holder add more function along with a separate laptop compartment. The Mountainsmith Continental Backpack.
Version 2.0 is a lightweight technical motorcycle garment with a four-way stretch HYCOR waterproof-breathable fabric construction that makes the new ICON Tarmac2 a comfortable all-weather commuter, sport style jacket. Lots of venting options are provided via waterproof YKK zippers for warm weather riding. And there’s quality D3O crash impact protectors in the shoulders, elbows, and back. Available in grey or black.
If you’ve every had an interest in finding lost treasure, prospecting for gold, or just exploring the outdoors, the new Minelab Vanquish 340 Metal Detector could be a fun investment. The Vanquish is designed as an entry level, easy to use detector, that covers most types of metal detecting thanks to Minelab’s Multi-IQ technology where the frequency range of multiple detectors is combined into one unit. With its waterproof V10 coil and the ability to discriminate metal types, just select one of the three operating modes (coin, relic or all metal) and the detector will work at your local park, in a field, or down at the beach.
A lightweight tent for two wheel travellers. Updated for 2019, the Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 Bikepack Tent now has shortened pole segments “for optimal handlebar, pannier, and saddlebag storage.” Other key features include a 1.36 kg (3 lb) weight, two doors and two vestibules with storm flaps, large ceiling pocket storage, a fly vent for air flow and reduction of condensation, a 4-way hub pole design provides ample room for two, and there’s daisy-chain webbing loops on the fly to help dry wet clothes.
Although not the most important item to pack for your next hiking/road trip, a Alpkit Tanka Fuel Bottle will ensure you have enough fuel to run your stove to cook a hot meal after a long day of travel. Designed for “multi-day backpacking and bikepacking adventures”, the Tanka holds 450ml of fluids, weighs 130g, has a top carry loop, and you’ll never misplace it thanks to a bright red colour scheme.
For city riding, maybe on your scooter or for the rider that just prefers an open face helmet, check out the IXS Jet Helmet 77 2.2 Black-Yellow Fluo. A classic design with clean block black and bright yellow graphics on a polycarbonate construction. An interior integrated flip-down sun visor is essential for sunny summer riding days. Also has removable and washable cheek pads.
Less people are carrying around cash these days. And maybe credit cards will soon disappear as their functionality moves into smartphones. In the meantime, to carry a bunch of credit cards, ID cards, and some cash check out the Rains Folded Wallet. Minimalist in design, a rubber strap ensures the wallet is held folded, and construction material is a matte fabric polyurethane fabric.
Warm weather riding jackets need to provide a good level of ventilation without comprising crash protection. The Spidi Netstream Tex Jacket has a 3D mesh design integrated into a high tenacity polyester frame for durability and abrasion resistance. Additional protection comes from multitech removable CE rated protectors. And waterproof and thermo liner options are available for bad weather riding conditions.
Sports styling with technical features such as ultraviolet filtration and blue light reduction, in a modern semi-rimless frame. Other features include a vented lens design, enhanced coverage for an unobstructed view, and rubber nose and temple pads for best fit and comfort. The 100% Speedcouple Sunglasses.
A must have item for most riders. Keeps tools organised and all in one place, with easy access. The new Nelson Rigg RG-055 Tool Roll is made from an abrasion-resistant UltraMax polyester fabric with a hi-visibility orange lining, a small zipper pocket for loose items, and plenty of loops to hold your tools.
A good camping lantern needs to be small, light, reliable, and, most importantly, produce quality light. Another important feature is a design that affords use and function. The new UCO Gear Sprout Mini Lantern meets these lantern criteria along with a unique magnetic lanyard hanging system to help light a tent or camp area. Powered by three AAA batteries and available in four colours.
The Scicon Workshop Apron provides a tough, protective work layer along with pockets and loops to hold your tools. The tool loops have a visible reflective coating and there’s an easy access, but out-of-the-way phone zipper pocket on the chest of the apron. A comfortable, with good freedom of movement and secure fit, is provided by adjustable neck and waist straps.
Here’s another outdoors gadget charging option, especially for windy environments and where solar charging conditions are not optimal. The Tex Energy Infinite Air "has precision designed blades that maximise torque and power, making it very efficient for its size.” Output is 5V at 1.5-2 amps via UAB connectivity. The unit weighs 626g, is IP65 rated dust and splashproof, has auto on/off sensing technology, and breaks down to its main components for easy storage and transport.
Protect your scooter with an Oxford Scoot XA5 Alarm Disc Lock. Featuring a physical disc locking mechanism with a 110dB alarm to deter any bad actor from taking your bike. The unit has a USB-rechargeable battery, comes with three keys, and a coiled reminder cable so you don’t accidentally try to ride off before removing the lock.