Quick run thru on the new Helinox Home and Beach Collection from Surf Expo 2019.
When it comes to fall riding, you need to be prepared to face the elements: moisture, cold wind, mud, and whatever else Mother Nature throws your way. Don’t let inclement conditions ruin your ride. Whether you’re hitting sloppy trails for the first time this season or you’re trying to beat your own PR on wet roads you’ve ridden forever, gear up appropriately so you can get after your adventure in total comfort.
1. ALL WEATHER RIDING JACKETS
Even though the minute you step outside you can see your breath, you should resist the urge to bundle up too much when heading out on the trails. If you do, you’ll end up uncomfortably overheating and feeling soggy. Wet, chilly conditions call for lightweight, solid performers that shrug off rain but stay breathable. Invest in a solid jacket that’s waterproof, stretchy, and windproof. Remember, details like waterproof zippers, packability, vent exhausts, and reflective details go a long way.
2. ALL WEATHER RIDING SHORTS
Staying dry is equally as important as staying warm. With a 15,000mm waterproof rating, waterproof zippers on the vent panels, and DWR coating, the Havoc H20 Short is the one to opt for when it comes to riding damp, gritty trails. Fit and feel also play an important role when it comes to your shorts. The Havoc H20 combines the fit of your favorite enduro-inspired riding shorts with a durable 2-way stretch 3-layer laminated material, and it offers 6,000g/m2 of breathability, so skin won’t feel sticky. Slip them over your knee pads or warmers to stay stoked (not soaked) this fall.
3. THERMAL LAYERS AND BASE LAYERS
Temperature regulation and moisture management are critical to your performance and comfort in cold weather, and nothing beats high-performance layers to help with these components. When you wake up in the morning and it’s still dark out, you’ll get a sense of warmth and comfort when you readily slip on these skin-like fitting layers, especially the Chrono LS Base Layer. It features proprietary Wikpro fabric, a blend of polyester and nylon knit that enhances moisture transfer with an incredibly soft feel against the skin with exceptional stretch. Bonus: when you’re packing for your ski or snowboard trip, you can rely on these to layer under your outerwear for deep winter warmth.
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The New 2019 Ford Ranger was on display at SEMA with 2019 Yakima Overhaul, Skyrise Rooftop Tent, Skinny Warrior, and Slim Shady Awning.
Harnessing the latest developments in battery technology, the PLB40 is a unique and innovative portable battery.
Engineered to satisfy outdoor and mobile lifestyles with high electrical demands, The Dometic PLB40 is the lightest and most powerful battery in its category. It allows adventurers to travel further and stay longer in nature with a safe and reliable power supply.
Dometic's decision to use Lithium Iron Phosphate (known as LiFePo4) makes the battery unit lightweight, compact, and able to deliver stable power for a longer time compared to the Lithium Ion batteries currently available on the market.
Specifically designed to power a cooler, such as a Dometic CFX for a weekend, 12V devices, and USB accessories, the battery has a 2-pin threaded connection and flat discharge curve. Its robust and rugged features make it ideal for outdoor use.
Another innovation of the PLB40 is its multiple power sources: 12 V vehicle socket, solar panel or AC power. This allows users to charge the battery while driving– saving time and the need for an extra battery.
The Dometic PLB40 allows adventurers to travel further and stay longer in nature with a safe and reliable power supply.
The PLB40 will be available in the US in January of 2019.
Weekend of Power (40 Hours)
Exclusive Recharge As You Go Feature
Most Advanced Battery Technology on the Market - Lithium Iron Phosphate
BELL HELMETS VOTED #1 HELMET TO BUY WITH REMOVABLE CHIN BAR
The resuts are in and Vital MTB audience voted Bell the #1 helmet to purchase with a removable chin bar. The Super DH is ready to take on DH runs on the chin, bang out bike park laps until the chairlifts stop running, or settle into hours of back-country uphill grinding in search of that perfect ribbon of high-consequence singletrack.
Inspired by the 71% of the planet covered by water, Blackburn Design has created WATER CYCLE, an ongoing documentary film project. In the second chapter, OCEAN, we follow Ashley Llyod Thompson, a surf shaper from Santa Cruz, California. Ashley took time away from her shaping studio to travel with her husband and son to Mexico in search of quiet surf breaks. Many of the best breaks are tough to access and aren’t on any map. Fat bikes made the most sense to enjoy these secret places. Along the way, she found some beautiful quiet moments with the ocean and with her family. These are the simple joys that life on a bike can bring.
Ashley has been an avid surfer since she was a child, eventually turning her passion into a career shaping surfboards and teaching new riders. As she became closer to her craft and the ocean around her, she adopted an emphasis on sustainable building practices that respected both her ability to ride huge waves, and desire to do as little harm as possible to the planet. Our fragile oceans sustain life on our planet, but increasingly, they are polluted with plastic waste. This waste can range from single use plastic products like cup lids, and take out bags, to microscopic particulates that kill fish and foul beaches. Protecting our oceans is important to Blackburn and so for this project we’ve partnered with Sustainable Surf to bring attention to the continued need to be stewards of our oceans. If this is something that resonates with you, consider becoming involved with one of Sustainable Surfs initiatives.
Ocean was produced by Robin Sansom, a long time Blackburn collaborator and a principal of Offsite Studios, a brand and content agency. Chris McNally returned for the second chapter of Water Cycle by providing the amazing illustrations.
ABOUT BLACKBURN In 1975, Jim Blackburn looked at the at the emerging cycling culture and knew he could make a difference. That meant thinking from the end-user perspective, showing respect for materials and their functionality, while offering purpose-built design and innovation. Over the years, Blackburn has adopted and honed those principles to build quality gear that allows people to go further, do more and be better prepared for everyday and extraordinary adventures alike.
The Aether™ MIPS combines airy, open design with a revolution in rotational energy
The versatile and well-loved Chute® bottle has been improved to feature a NEW magnetic top that easily stows the cap.
BELL ANNOUNCES SPRING 2018 LIMITED EDITION HELMETS AND WELCOMES THE FASTHOUSE GLOBAL MOUNTAIN BIKE TEAM TO THE ROSTER
Bell Helmets announces its new MTB partnership with Fasthouse by releasing a limited edition line of mountain bike helmets for Spring 2018. The new helmets feature the signature bold designs Fasthouse is known for, with the graphics appearing on numerous models in the Bell range.
Bell also extends its partnership with Fasthouse global MTB riders with all FIVE athletes now riding in Bell helmets. Existing Bell athlete’s Ryan Howard and Caroline Buchanan join Tyler McCaul, Emil Johansson, and Bubba Warren in representing both brands throughout 2018.
“WE’RE EXCITED TO BE WORKING WITH THE FASTHOUSE GUYS AS THEY LAUNCH THEIR MTB PROGRAM. WE HAVE A GREAT RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM ON THE MOTO SIDE, AND WITH US SHARING SO MANY OF OUR MTB ATHLETES, EXTENDING THAT PARTNERSHIP INTO MTB FELT LIKE NATURAL PROGRESSION FOR BOTH BRANDS. THE NEW FASTHOUSE HELMET GRAPHICS ARE AWESOME, AND WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THEM ON SOME FUN PROJECTS THIS YEAR,” JON SHERWOOD, BELL GLOBAL DIRECTOR OF BRAND MARKETING SAID.
“FASTHOUSE ADDED, “WE ARE SUPER EXCITED ABOUT THIS CO-LAB WITH BELL HELMETS. IT WAS GREAT TO WORK TOGETHER ON THE RELEASE OF FASTHOUSE GRAPHICS ON THE NEW LINE OF BELL MTB HELMETS. SHARING OUR FASTHOUSE ATHLETES WITH BELL IN A TRUE PARTNERSHIP IS GOING TO RESULT IN SOME GREAT PROJECTS AND FUN.”
The special edition green, orange and black Fasthouse Stripes colorway will be available in the Bell Full-9 downhill helmet, new Super DH helmet with removable chin bar, and the new Sixer trail helmet. Known as a breakthrough brand in the motorcycle industry, Bell is already aligned with Fasthouse, offering a collaboration Moto-9 MIPS-Equipped motorcycle helmet in the current motorcycle helmet line.
EXCLUSIVE POLER SKYRISE TENT! We've teamed up with Poler on this custom SkyRise rooftop tent. It's crafted from the materials we know and trust. The 210D nylon is light and breathable with mesh panels for ventilation and star gazing. The weather-shedding rainfly has a waterproof PU coating and for warm, clear evenings, leave it off for a faster set-up and a wide-open view.
- Easy to pitch design means less work and more play
- Thick, 2.5” wall-to-wall foam mattress provides cushy comfort
- Mattress includes removable cover for easy cleaning
- Made from the same lightweight and breathable materials as backcountry tents - 210D nylon
- All windows and the two skylights have solid and mesh panels that zip open to improve ventilation and provide a view of the starry skies
- 210D nylon rainfly with PU coating protects you from the elements
- Aluminum poles are light, strong and pre-set to make pitching a breeze
- Tool-free vehicle mounts – no bolts required – means it’s easy to put on and quick to take off
- Locks to roof rack with SKS Lock Cores (included) for added security
- Ladder and all hardware are included for easy set up
- Tent FAQs?
RACK YOUR LIL’ RIDE
YOU DON’T NEED A BIG RIDE FOR BIG ADVENTURES
There’s a common misconception that you need a big car to have big adventures… we strongly disagree. With the addition of a Yakima roof rack to your smaller hauler, your tiny ride can easily accommodate you, your friends, and your gear, no matter what the season.
Our racks fit just about any small car out there – from a Mini Cooper to a Toyota Prius, and everything in between. Simply switch up your gear mounts to accommodate any activity, and turn your small car into a year round bad ass adventure-mobile.
Aaron Gwin is considered one of the world’s best Downhill mountain bikers. He most certainly is the best American Downhill Mountain biker of all time and has the stats to prove both. Aaron started at a very early age racing BMX. He then took a break from bikes and started racing motocross. With injuries being a major concern in Moto he decided to switch back to his bike, but this time downhill mountain biking. His childhood experience of riding BMX and Moto gave him a competitive advantage when getting on a downhill bike and has dominated since. As of now he has won 8 United States National Championships and is a 5 time UCI Downhill World Cup Overall Champion. Aaron became the first American ever to win a World Cup Overall Title and the first man to win 5 World Cup Downhill races in one season. At the start of the 2018 season, Aaron Gwin has won a total of 19 UCI Downhill World Cups, sitting at 2nd overall. Aaron is nowhere near finished. He is still setting goals and staying hungry. He is close behind Greg Minaar’s record of most UCI Downhill World Cup wins and the one race he hasn’t won yet, the coveted World Championship is still in his sights. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for Aaron Gwin in Bell Helmets.
AARON GWIN'S GEAR
Last week was the kickoff to 2018 at the Eastern Outdoor Reps Association Show. We had a great time showing some amazing new product, and are pumped to start the new year.
CamelBak Chute has been updated with a Magnetic Lid for easy stow while drinking.
- Magnetic Handle: Keeps the cap stowed while drinking
- Vacuum Insulation: Keeps beverages cold for 24 hours and hot for 6 hours
- Angled Spout: Provides an ergonomic drink interface that delivers a high flow of water without sloshing or spilling
- Internal Cap Threads: No more drinking off those uncomfortable bottle threads
- Dishwasher Safe: All parts are top-rack dishwasher safe
- Wide-Mouth Opening: Easy to fill with ice and water and a breeze to clean
Now you can enjoy the backcountry with a Tritan Chute or have your toes in the sand sipping from your Stainless Vacuum Insulated Chute.
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Videos will loop for a mini clinic on all new products.
Here are some great videos of Key New Product from Giro for the 2018 season. Great refresher for staff on key product features. Also a few key products that have become staples in the line.
GEARJUNKIE Emerging Gear: Outdoor Products This Week
A peek at emerging products from the sometimes cutting-edge, sometimes quirky world of gear design.
Fatter Winter Rack
Haul more of the newest gear to the slopes on Yakima’s FatCat Evo 4 and Evo 6 roof racks. Touted as “the most aerodynamic” snow sports mount by Yakima, the FatCat Evo 4 ($229) and 6 ($279) add more than 4 inches of extra space to accommodate wider all-terrain skis and snowboards. The racks hold four skis/two snowboards and six skis/four snowboards respectively.
FATCAT 6 EVO
The FatCat EVO is our sleekest, quietest, and sweetest ski & snowboard mount. It is wide enough to carry six pairs of powder skis – up to 136mm at the tip – or four snowboards. FatCat EVO mounts tool-free on virtually any roof rack. The HangOver™ clamp attachment point makes it easier to reach your skis or boards. SKS locks are built in for added security, and the mirror black finish looks awesome on your roof. For T-Slot crossbars, add the SmarT-Slot Kit 2 for a super sleek setup (sold separately).
- Easily carries six pair of skis – up to 136 mm wide at the tip – or four snowboards
- Aerodynamic design delivers a quiet ride and streamlined good looks
- Universal mounting system works with round, square, factory, and most aerodynamic roof racks
- Integrated SkiLift provides clearance for tall bindings
- DoubleJoint™ hinge expands for easy use with thick skis and boards
- HangOver™ clamp-mounting position shifts the mount further out on your vehicle’s roof rack allowing easier access to skis and snowboards and leaving more room for other gear
- (A) Standard mounting location
- (B) HangOver™ clamp-mounting position
- Large button makes it easy to open with gloves or mittens on
- Sleek mirror black finish looks great on your roof
- Integrated SKS (Same Key System) locks included
- Compatible with T-slot crossbars – just add our SmarT-Slot Kit 2 (sold separately)
Smart-Slot Kit 2
Go super sleek with this low-profile conversion kit that lets you mount your FatCat or FatCat EVO to T-slotted crossbars, such as our JetStream bars.
A great first ride review of the Empire EC70 Knit road shoe on VeloNews.com!
“Giro has made a name for itself with unconventional cycling shoes. In 2012, it reintroduced lace-ups to racing cyclists with the Empire. Five years later, a number of brands offer shoes with laces. So what’s next? This August, Giro made its next move, introducing knit uppers on three models. So, we laced up a pair of the E70 Knit road shoes, clipped in, and were impressed…. Giro struck the right balance between supportive fit and supple construction. Apart from aesthetic considerations, the knit is notable for providing generous ventilation. Similar to some running shoes, the E70 Knit gets good airflow throughout much of the foot.”
“Could you race in the E70 Knit? Sure. Is it expressly designed for rabid racers? Not exactly. But that’s what is loveable about Giro’s new shoe. The E70 Knit has a unique look and backs it up with all-around comfort and performance at a fair price.”