Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Review - Smith Optics Pivlock V2 Max

The Smith Optics PivLock V2 Max is a great pair of sunglasses, and the frameless design has superb peripheral visibility and a panoramic field of view, and lens offer excellent optical clarity. The PivLock V2 Max is comfortable, durable and lightweight, and utilizes tough Carbonic lenses. The PivLock name comes from their interchangeable lens release mechanism in which the arms easily pivot upwards and detach from the lens.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Just In - Motrr Galileo Bluetooth and GoPro Mount

The Motrr Galileo is an iOS-controlled robotic motorized platform which has spherical rotation capabilities and uses an iPhone, iPod and GoPro HERO for picture recording devices.

The GoPro mount for Galileo allows you to create sweeping pan movements or towering tilts while taking advantage of the wide field of view and advanced image sensor of the GoPro HERO cameras. Coupled with the app-controlled Galileo you have precise control over the speed and direction of GoPro’s movement.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Just In - Pearl Izumi MTB WRX Jacket

The MTB WRX jacket uses a DWR water resistant material and doesn't have any taped seams. It offers great wind and water protection, is lightweight and has abrasion resistant arm guards. It has a full-length internal draft flap with a sealed zipper, an integrated hood that fits over a bike helmet and is compatible with most elbow pads. It retails for $175 and comes in Black and Yellow.


The jacket has a semi-loose cut with just enough room to wear bulkier garments underneath when condition are cooler, though it's not what I would call a baggy fit. The length comes down to the belt level, and the arms have a nice long cut, which I greatly appreciated, since I hate jackets with short arms. I haven't gotten to use the jacket in any rain or snow storms as yet (been dry lately), but I anticipate that it will work just fine. I used it a number of times on cold days going downhill, and it helped break the wind and increased my comfort and warmth levels. I have worn my soft armor elbow pads under the jacket, and they fit just fine, and I didn't suffer any interference issues.

Friday, December 5, 2014

News - Fox Factory buys Race Face and Easton Cycling for $30.2M

Fox Factory Holding Corp. to Acquire the Assets of the Race Face Performance and Easton Cycling Businesses

Race Face and Easton Businesses to Expand FOX's Ride Dynamics Portfolio to Include High Performance Bicycle Wheel Category

Wow, this is some big new in the bike world. The mighty Fox Racing Shock is acquiring both Race Face and Easton Cycling for $32 million. These companies have quite the convoluted story. Just over three years ago Race Face dissolved when it was close to bankruptcy, and former VP of Sales Chris Tutton (then Director of OEM Sales for Easton Bell Sports.) brought it out of its deathbed. In April this year Race Face bought Easton Cycling from BRG Sports (Bell/Riddell/Giro). Fox was originally part of the monstrous Compass Diversified Holdings until Fox was spun off in an IPO in the summer of 2013. And now Fox buys the Race Face and Easton Cycling duo!

Tutton said Race Face/Easton operations will remain at their current British Columbia location with Tutton at the helm into the foreseeable future. No changes to the operation are planned, he said (which is a good thing).

Review - Bell Super 2R Helmet

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 riding session. 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 Super 2R comes in three sizes, five color combinations and retails for $200 or $220 with the MIPS system.

Even though I frequent gnarly and dangerous terrain on many of my rides, bringing a normal helmet to wear for the climbs and a full-face one for the downhill's is cumbersome and strenuous. With the Super 2R, I can carry one helmet since it gives me the ability to switch between a normal and full-face helmet with three easy clicks, providing additional safety and security and protection when it's required.