Friday, July 25, 2014

Hydrapak Announces the Stash Collapsible Bottle

Hydrapak Rolls Out Revolutionary Stash Collapsible Bottle
Hydration Innovator Creates New Hydration Category with Revolutionary Design

July 24, 2014 (Oakland, Calif.) – Hydrapak, a leading global producer of active-lifestyle and technologically advanced hydration solutions, is pleased to announce the introduction of its innovative Stash™ Collapsible Bottle.

Following its ISPO award-winning SoftFlask – released in fall 2013 - Hydrapak’s new and highly-anticipated Stash Collapsible Bottle has a 750ml (25 oz.) capacity, stands upright in-use, and packs down to just 2 inches in height for simple storing.

Grams Thoughts =>  I love their 500ml SoftFlask, since it makes it nice to carry extra water with you inside your pack. The new Stash looks like an ideal water bottle; you could use it just like the  SoftFlask, but with more rigidity you could use it in the water bottle cage and fold it up for storage when done. Looking forward to trying it out. I'll have a SoftFlask review out shortly.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Five Ten Maltese Falcon LT Clipless Shoe Review

I reviewed the Five Ten Maltese Falcon last year, and loved the all-around comfort, protection and sticky rubber soles of the shoe. I first saw the new and improved Maltese Falcon LT Clipless at the 2013 Interbike show, and during my test period, I have been mightily impressed with this upgraded beast.  

The new Maltese Falcon carries on the previous incarnation’s traditions, including durability, toughness, comfort, clipless compatibility, along with the always sticky Stealth S1 rubber soles. It’s now lighter, stiffer, has a waterproof toe cap, and two Velcro straps to cover the laces and to prevent errant water and debris from creeping into the shoe. It comes in the sizes of 6-12 (whole & half) and 13, in the Mono Grey and Red color scheme, and retails for $140.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Introducing PAPER SHOWER: The Portable Packable Shower

If you -- or more importantly, your readers -- have ever been exercising, working late or traveling and said to yourself “Do I need a shower?”,  imagine if you could -- at that moment -- reach into your gym bag, suitcase or pocket and pull out a shower in a pack. Enter Paper Shower.  An innovative offering into the wet wipe marketplace that provides a first-of-its-kind, wet-dry towelette system hermetically sealed in a small, foldable pack that drops easily into a handbag, backpack, carry-on baggage or pocket.

The company, niched and gaining a significant foothold in the wet-wipe industry, is about to experience major expansion having sold over a quarter million units worldwide, including packs to the NFL (namely NY Giants & NY Jets), specialty outlets like Sports Authority and major retailers like Walgreens and Publix. Paper Shower packs retail for $.88 each and are sold online at

Grams Thoughts => These sound a lot more functional than baby wipes, which I have used for years, both on the road and the trail. They seem to be more along the line of Action Wipes, though those have a slightly different purpose.  The Paper Shower system appears to be more of a full or partial body cleaner, so it would be great for cleaning up after a day of riding or camping, especially when access to a real shower is limited.

Uberlube: Lubricant Combining Style, Sex and Sport

Überlube’s Multi-Tasking Product for Style, Sport, and Sex Continues to impress in the Health and Beauty Market

Überlube, a leader in the personal lubricant market, is now showing impressive versatility in the beauty and health industries for men and women alike.

Salons now use überlube as a brilliant smoothing, finishing, and anti-frizz product for hair. When mixed with other hair products, it increases shine and versatility for styling. Überlube also works in the pool as a protectant and chlorine block for hair. For sport training, Überlube helps to eliminate chafing and condition skin during running, swimming, and biking.

Überlube is designed to transfer sensation and reduce friction while using a very small amount of product. Originally created as a personal lubricant, Überlube feels smooth and natural - it performs while in use and, when not being manipulated, will dissipate to leave skin feeling soft and moisturized.

Grams Thoughts => The Überlube appears to be a useful product for chaffing issues while biking. It seems like the 2Toms SportShield product, which does help eliminate or minimize the friction that causes chafing, irritation and saddle sore (aka Money Butt). I'll be interested to see how Überlube compares? No comments on the other uses!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Northwave Introduces the Matrix Shoe


The Northwave Matrix is a comfortable Freeride and All Mountain bike shoe, that is flexible for walking while still retaining enough stiffness for good power transfer while riding. It uses their X-Crossbow sole which has a double crossbow construction, and has shoe laces and a strap for closure. For those really damp and muddy days, they come with a set of waterproof and taped shoe covers, so you can meet the demands of the foulest weather.

This looks like a great pair of shoes for long hike-a-bike sessions, bashing in gnarly terrain and all around usage for mountain biking, where walking and riding are both important functions. It comes in two colors, sizes 36-49 and retails for $130.