We always love geeking out on new ways to splitting up the gear we carry on rides. Dispersing some of the weight to our bikes can result in more fun on the trail, and shorten the time it takes to get ready to roll. Systems like Specialized’s SWAT and OneUp Components EDC allow integrating a […]
We’ve made an effort to use and test most of the waist packs out there but our experience with Euro-brand Evoc is limited, so it was time to take a closer look. Earlier this year we had a chance to get our hands on the Hip Pouch and Race Belt from Evoc bags. The Hip […]
Saddles bags are useful for carrying small riding essentials like a multi-tool, spare tube, levers and the like, but they can be awkward on a modern mountain bike. Not only can they interfere with the operation of an adjustable height post, but the high location can have an effect on the handling of the bike. […]
We find that riding with less weight on the body makes for an improved riding experience, so we’re constantly on the search for ways to disperse the gear we carry on rides. The Wolf Tooth B-RAD System is a bottle relocation and accessory system designed to aid with this endeavor. Designed around a series of […]
The Blackburn Outpost Corner Bag is sized to tote a tube and a few tools and designed to be strapped in anywhere you can fit one. We’re always looking for new ways to tote gear on the bike; we’ve been testing custom made frame bags made by some friends, and always having a spare tube […]
Dakine’s Hot Laps Gripper Bike Bag is more than an aesthetically pleasing alternative to electrical tape. Unlike other hook and loop tube straps, the carrying sleeve encases your tube, protecting it from damage. It also features slots for tire levers, CO2, a small multi-tool and whatever else you can cram into it. Seat packs often […]
Ortlieb packs are a common sight on bike lanes during the wet Portland winters, as some they’re known as some of the most weather proof options available. The Hip Pack 2, Ortlieb’s take on the waist pack is unsurprisingly waterproof as well, making it an excellent choice for riders in the Pacific Northwest seeking alternatives […]
Full disclosure: when the Switch Multi-tool from Blackburn showed up at our door for a review, I wasn’t terribly excited about it. It felt a bit too similar to the modular t-handle Fix It Sticks. However, the primary difference between the products is in the execution; as opposed to utilizing standardized bits, the Switch integrates the […]
The Bottle Pod is a water bottle cage mountable storage solution designed to fit all the essentials needed on a ride. Created by a company called MilesWide Industries, it’s one of a series of storage solutions that includes a favorite, the Sticky Pod. Like the Sticky Pod, the Bottle Pod zips completely open and features dividers to […]
The Camelbak K.U.D.U. was designed specifically to meet the needs for hydration, storage and enhanced protection while racing enduro. Modern MTB enduro is essentially the equivalent of racing downhill on 6″ travel bikes with minimal protective gear, and with riders pushing the limits, crashing is common. The KUDU was designed address these specific needs, carrying the […]
If using a folding multi-tool results in that all thumbs feeling, check out Topeak’s Ratchet Rocket Lite multi-tool, one of our favorite multi-tools to date.
We’re always on the lookout for new ideas and products that enhance our capacity for hauling gear on our rides – especially when we’re not that far from home.