Thursday, September 18, 2014

Interbike 2014 - Five Ten Shoes

The new Kestrel is an All Mountain clipless shoe has been designed for efficient power transfer, so the sole is much stiffer than it's other biking brethren. It has a low-profile design and uses the Boa reel closure system for maximum fit and tunability. It comes in the Team Black color, full and half sizes from 2-15 (15 only full) and retails for $180.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Interbike 2014 - Bell Super 2R

The Super 2R is an All Mountain helmet that has a removable and protective chin bar that can be
easily attached and detached during the course of a ride. You can detach the chin bar and enjoy the comfort and ventilation of a normal helmet or add the chin bar and get the versatility and protection of a full face helmet. The helmet comes with the ICEdot emergency identification and notification service and an optional MIPS insert. The Super 2R comes in three sizes, five color combinations and retails for $200 and will be available at Bell dealers in November.

I checked out the Super 2R at Interbike, and it is pretty cool. Felt comfortable on my head, and switching the chin bar on and off was simple. The latches are just like ones on a pair of ski boots, and once the chin bar is attached it seemed very strong and secure.

The Super 2R is CPSC and CE EN1078 certified, though it doesn't meet the ASTM 1952 certification for DH use. As someone who spends a lot of time in gnarly and dangerous terrain, this should be a great helmet design to provide more safety and protection for face plants into the ground, rocks and trees. I look forward to this model for my personal protection, and I like having the ability to be able to switch between normal or full on safety mode with three easy clicks.

Super 2R Specifications:
  • Weight: 24.5 oz / 694 grams
  • Sizes: S 52–56 cm / 20.5"–22,  M 55–59 cm / 21.625"–23.25, s L 58–62 cm / 22.875"–24.37"
  • Certifications: CPSC and CE EN1078
  • Vents: 23 helmet vents - 4 overbrow port and 6 chinbar vents
  • Removable Wraparound Chinbar
  • GoggleGuide Adjustable Visor System
  • Overbrow Ventilation
  • Integrated Breakaway Camera Mount
  • X-Static Padding
  • Breakaway Visor Screws
  • TAG Fit System

Wahoo Fitness Introduces the TICKR X Heart Rate Monitor

Wahoo Introduces the Ultimate Workout Wearable with Memory and Workout Motion Capture

TICKR X records up to 16 hours of heart rate, calorie burn, and elapsed time, as well as captures indoor cycling cadence

The Wahoo Fitness TICKR X is dual band heart rate and sports mode monitor and can be paired with both Bluetooth 4.0 and ANT+ compatible devices, and it has internal memory so it can store up to 16 hours of data even when the appropriate device recording isn't available. It can capture your heart rate, your calories burned, duration in device-free mode and can then auto-sync the data to a smartphone afterwards. The $99.99 TICKR X sensor is wireless and comes with a chest strap.

Grams Thoughts => This look like a nice dual band sensor so that can be used with my Garmin GPS computers or my iPhone. I like that it has internal memory to hold up to 16 hours of data, making it useful for those days you forgot your device and gym workouts where you don't need your device. This sensor will be useful for cyclist and runners, and the new features help to set it apart in the crowded sensor market. I also like the double tap control feature that allows you to control music on your phone.

  • Memory: Allows you to track your heart rate, calorie burn, and duration while you workout without your phone and auto-sync later - holds up to a 16 hour workout! Perfect for all those activities where you can’t have your phone on hand
  • Motion Analytics: Captures your indoor cycling cadence.
  • Rapid Double Tap Control: Without your phone - double tap adds markers for specific points throughout your workout. With your phone - control app functions such as music playback and laps
  • Vibration Alerts: Let you know your TICKR X is connected and indicate when you add a marker during a phone-free workout
  • Heart Rate: Of course it measures your heart rate, too.
  • Wahoo Running Smoothness: Built- in accelerometer measures running form across three dimensions to help you improve your individual running form and become a stronger runner via Bluetooth 4.0.
  • Cadence Measurement: Replaces a traditional footpod by providing stride rate data
  • Real-time Tracking: See heart rate and calories burned while you exercise
  • Dual Technology: Both ANT+ and Bluetooth 4.0 capabilities connect the TICKR to smartphones and GPS watches
  • Visible Connection: Equipped with two LED lights to show the TICKR’s device connection and heart rate detection,
  • Third Party iPhone App Compatibility: Works seamlessly with over 50 iPhone Apps including Runkeeper, Strava, MapMyFitness, and Cyclemeter/Runmeter.
  • Replaceable Battery: Coin cell lasts up to twelve months.

Interbike 2014 - Pearl Izumi Mountain Bike Apparel And Shoes

X-Project Shoes

The X Project shoe uses a tuned carbon sole which is rigid while pedaling, and then will flex when hiking or running over technical terrain. The shoes have an EVA foam heel to absorb impact, co-molded rubber tips on TPU lugs for traction and a full-length tapered unidirectional carbon plate for power transfer and hike-ability. This year they have revamped the entire line and changed the colors, upgraded the model 1.0 and 2.0 closure system to a Boa reel system.

The X-Project 1.0 has a seamless second skin upper for comfort and breathability, and a non-stretch web that conforms to your foot and keeps you stabilized for maximum pedal efficiency. The innovative bi-directional closure system uses two micro-adjustable Boa reels and gives a semi-custom fit by gathering equally from both sides for even foot retention. I tested the original X-Project 1.0 almost two years ago at a Pearl Izumi press camp: X-Project Shoes Press Camp 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Interbike 2014 - Ortlieb Packs


The Duffle SR is an expedition and travel bag with roller wheels and has padded shoulder straps (removable) for carrying as a backpack. It has a TIZIP zipper with large opening which provides easy access, two internal pockets, a mesh external pocket, inner compression straps and a reinforced bottom. For storage purposes, the bag can be rolled up, making for a much smaller package. It comes in four sizes, a 40, 60, 85 and a monster 110 liter size, and four colors. I liked the high-visibility yellow, since it would be easy to find when it rolls down the baggage claim area at the airport.