Bell Limited Edition FastHouse Mountain Helmets

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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 McCaulEmil 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.

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“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.

Yakima X Poler Limited Edition Skyrise Tent

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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.

 

PRODUCT DETAILS

SKYRISE

  • 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?
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RACK YOUR LIL’ RIDE- Yakima Style

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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.

EORA January Show 2018

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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 Mag - New for 2018

CamelBak Chute has been updated with a Magnetic Lid for easy stow while drinking.  

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FEATURES

  • 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.  

Giro New Product Highlight 2018

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. 

Gear Junkie: FatCat EVO

The following is from GEARJUNKIE.COM

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.

 

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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).

PRODUCT DETAILS

  • 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
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    • (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)

 

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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.

Giro Empire Knit Scores 9.4/10 on VeloNews.com

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.”

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“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.”

 

Blackburn Ramble Ride Asheville Oct 19-21

The Asheville Ramble is October 19-21.

Asheville is an oasis and if you’ve spent some time there you know just how much. Home of the second New Belgium brewery and nestled in the Blue Ridge, Asheville is a draw for creative types, outdoor types and every type in between.  We chose the fall for several reasons. First, have you been to the South in July? Second, Fall in the South is magical. Fall in the Blue Ridge is extra magical. Come ride with us.

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Roughly 75% road, the Asheville Ramble loops you through Pisgah National Forest and through the Blue Ridge mountains in a loop beginning and ending at the New Belgium brewery.

The ride is classic North Carolina with quiet roads, back country gravel, steep climbs and a stunning backdrop of Fall colors.

Camping Wednesday night and Saturday night available on site at New Belgium.

With over 21K feet in climbing…it’s a tough one.*

*while we’re hitting the gravel the Pisgah has to offer, we’ll also be rambling on back roads so for this ride particularly, a less aggressive tire choice is wise.

 

For more info go here.  http://newbelgiumramble.com/2016/08/01/ashevilleramble/

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Bike Radar Reviews Giro Cinder MIPS Helmet

By: Ben Delaney | May 27, 2017 7:00am GMT

The Giro Cinder is a MIPS road helmet that costs just over half as much as the California company’s top-end Synthe MIPS.

I love the fit and feel of the Cinder, except for on hot days and/or when doing strenuous climbs. In those situations, the difference in ventilation to the Synthe becomes quite apparent.

CINDER MIPS VS. SYNTHE MIPS, IN FIT AND VENTILATION

Visually the two are quite similar, and while there are small differences in the size and shape of the vents, the main difference in air flow lies within the helmets.

The Synthe uses Giro’s Roc Loc Air retention system, which keeps the helmet slightly off the head, especially at the front. This design allows a little more airflow across the forehead.

The Cinder uses Giro’s Roc Loc 5 retention system, which is anchored at the temples of the helmet. The front pad of the Cinder lays right on top of the MIPS liner, which in turn lays flat against the foam body of the helmet.

So Roc Loc Air is better than Roc Loc 5, right? Well, here’s the thing: over months of testing I have found myself grabbing the Cinder over the Synthe most of the time for a couple of reasons.

One, the Cinder just feels more comfortable to me, perhaps because the weight of the helmet is distributed throughout the inside, inside of resting on just the 360-degree plastic Roc Loc Air band.

READ MORE | http://www.bikeradar.com/us/road/gear/category/helmets-and-protection/helmet-standard/product/giro-cinder-mips-review-51308/