EORA January Show 2018


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.  



  • 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.





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.

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.”



“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.


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/


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.


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/

Review: Camelbak Mule LR 15 Hydration Pack

Back in the early 2000s, I spent a lot of time riding with a core group of 10-12 guys who rode hard, explored every valley and mountainside, and spent huge days on their bikes. While each individual varied with their set ups and riding style, there was one constant throughout the crew, we all had Camelbak Hawg hydration packs. It gained our trust through thousands of hours of riding, bushwacking and hanging out in the forest — and Camelbak's current Mule LR 15 pack reminds me of those legendary Hawg packs.

Camelbak Mule LR features

  • 100oz Crux LR reservoir (2.84l)12 liters of gear storage
  • 800 gram weight
  • Airfoil back panel
  • Magnetic Tube Trap
  • Stabilizing load-bearing hip belts with cargo
  • Dual reservoir compression straps
  • Rain cover
  • Built-in helmet carry hooks
  • Separate zippered compartment with gear organizer and tool roll
  • Additional top zippered pocket with microfleece lining
  • Overflow storage via two sets of compression straps
  • Reflective accents

BikeRadar verdict

"The Mule LR is supremely comfortable, uses a top-notch reservoir and makes organizing any amount of gear easy"

Highs: 100oz low-ride reservoir, very comfortable, pockets everywhere, detachable hose, bite valve lock, useful gear storage

Lows: Not much; upper strap buckles are hard to close, still warm on the back

Buy if: Your riding needs demand loads of gear and plenty of water and you want one of the best hydration packs on the market