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Feb 1, 2013 at 0:07
Feb 1, 2013
by Matt Wragg  
 
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Park Tool IB-12 Multi-tool

A forged, lightweight i-beam multi-tool with 2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm and 8mm forged allen keys, T25 torx compatible star-shaped driver and a straight blade screwdriver. The 8mm allen key is an adaptor fitted onto the head of the 6mm. It comes with a lifetime warranty and weighs in at just 79g, MSRP $32.99 USD.
Park Tool

Park Tool IB-12

Fitting neatly in the palm of your hand, or the pocket of your shorts, it has all the basic tools you need to keep rolling.



Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesWe were nervous about receiving this as Park's plastic-bodied trail tools are something of a classic. We shouldn't have been. Slimmer, sexier and lighter is all you need to know. It's not problem free; the 6mm to 8mm adapter is a pain and we'd rather they just left it out as it kept sliding off or moving out of position. Once we'd taken that off it became a joy to use and its tiny size makes it easier to carry it all the time. Park have updated the old classic with a new classic. With the added lifetime warranty it might just be the last trail tool you ever need to buy. - Matt Wragg



Urge Realjet

On its most basic level, the Urge Realjet is their Down-O-Matic fullfacer with the mouthpiece chopped off. But to reduce it to that misses the point, the fun, of this helmet. When we previewed it last year, the press release talked of a return to '80s BMX fashions and the bikes many of us rode as kids, and who are we to argue? It features the same refinement and detailing as their other offerings and the same love or hate styling (we're split here at Pinkbike over their helmets). The visor is one of their trademark thin, plastic affairs that won't shatter when you eat dirt and d-rings hold it in place on your head. They are limited edition, with just 400 available, MSRP $338 USD.
Urge Helmets

Urge Realjet

The Realjet offers much of the protection off a full-face helmet, including a much thicker EPS liner.



Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesWhen we asked Urge for this helmet we admitted we had no idea when we'd actually wear it, just that we knew we wanted to get our hands on it as we liked the look of it so much. It's too hot for trail riding and too little for downhill, so it sat on the shelf looking pretty for weeks. Then we took it to the pumptrack and suddenly it started to make sense. It's perfect for pumptracks, sketchy jump lines and doing skids in the car park, for wearing jeans, riding hardtails and bunny hopping traffic cones. OK, it's not the most practical helmet in the world, but once in a while it's nice to have something simply because it's shiny and exciting, to go back to being a kid again for a few minutes. - Matt Wragg



Endura MT500 Jacket

The MT500 is Endura's heavy-duty, hard-wearing offering. Made of tough 3-layer fabric with PTFE protection and sealed seams that will keep you dry all day, it is still breathable enough not to cook you like a boil-in-the-bag chicken. Out back is a hood big enough to properly cover an open-face helmet (we didn't try it with a full-facer) with reinforced edges. It also has a "Napoleon" pocket, we have no idea what that is, but like the sound of having one. MSRP $253.99 USD.
Endura

Endura MT500


Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesIf the main thing you are looking for in your waterproof is to stay dry all day without sweating to death, this is a very good option. The same goes if you think you might crash because the fabric is incredibly tough. Of course, this does mean that it's not the right choice to tuck into your backpack just in case, but sometimes a lightweight jacket just isn't going to cut it and, on those days, we find ourselves reaching for the MT500. - Matt Wragg

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115 Comments

  • + 82
 $260 for a jacket? I'm getting some xt brakes
  • + 196
 Brakes only slow you down.
  • + 23
 as often said by racing drivers and top gear "you have to go slow to go fast" around corners at least
  • + 39
 im with casums.. a trash bag is almost free Big Grin
  • + 20
 everyone in this video was really slow and i am better
  • + 51
 They are photos Joe, they don't even move.
  • + 53
 Anyone else think he looks like Niko Bellick from GTA 4?
  • - 5
 Urge is the best
  • + 4
 The MT500 is very similar to Gore Tex in its construction. Yes, pricey, but it makes a huge difference in breathability. Just look out for one in the sales, save yourself some money and be completely dry on the trails Smile
  • + 28
 I'm not scared of rain or speed so i have no coats or brakes
  • + 14
 $250 for a water proof breathable that can handle a crash is not so bad. Check out Arcteryx if you want to see expensive.
  • + 6
 After you own one you'l never settle for a cheaper jacket again, i know i wont. it is a fantastic jacket and in the burgundy looks great
  • + 4
 I wonder if they took out the "wich would you rather buy" because everyone would say "nothing for me here." the helmet looks gay, the the jacket is insanely overpriced, and who wants to pay an extra $20 for a lifetime warranty on a f*cking mini-tool?????
  • + 2
 rhiwfar...your username is too complicated. anyways, you mean the Endura or Arcteryx? I find Endura stuff to be pretty good quality and features. And I like that they're bike specific. Never owner a piece of Arcteryx tho. Sorry for giving up on your username. Feeling lazy today.
  • + 3
 Sure conv3rt, because convthreert just rolls off the the tongue...
  • + 3
 @conv3rt im on about the endura jacket, wearing mine right now
  • + 1
 That helmet looks like a moto trials helmet... which aren't the most vented and comfortable. Looks like it could take a good few knocks though
  • + 1
 mickey - well played sir lol
  • + 1
 niko bellic , it looks just like him ahhahaa
  • + 3
 Mfbeast12- so well put.
  • + 2
 Thanks @seanlegan. Surprised no one had made my comment already when I read through them....
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  • + 56
 "The Urge Realjet is their Down-O-Matic fullfacer with the mouthpiece chopped off. But to reduce it to that misses the point".
No it does not. Thats exactly what it is. A pointless helmet.
  • + 9
 I guess I could wear it skiing?
  • + 4
 More pointless than the Archi Enduro?

The un-possible has been achieved.
  • + 3
 I think it may be good for trials, similar to what moto trials riders wear. Extra protection with the same vision field.
  • + 5
 Yeah I have to say honestly, why wouldnt I want my teeth if Im doing the kind of riding that necessitates more protection? I suppose if I want to unleash my inner "Rad" ....
  • + 12
 notice: only 400 available, if they even sell 400 I'd be amazed
  • + 2
 I couldn't agree more with you ThePriory1978. Pointless!
  • + 7
 Not to mention how ridiculous those things look, too!
  • + 5
 It's the same as the TLD D2 open face helmet... I ride one for dirtjumping and i have to say that it offers more protection that a classic dirtjumpin helmet like those tsg and pocs whatever... and it brings you the same visual as a helmet like that (Y)
  • + 2
 Looks like you've missed the point too, they tend to be super popular with dirtjumpers because you get far more protection than you do with a pisspot, however you still have a much cooler, more vented, lighter, and comfortable helmet in general. In the UK you might be able to run a fullface year round but you would cook out here in california.
  • - 2
 honestly. Urge makes the ugliest helmets out on the market and that is including Kali helmets. If you really want an open face, save yourself the 338 bucks and get a used d2, then chop the front off and shorten the visor. Voila! an actual good looking open face!!!!!
  • + 11
 So much wrong with that advice... A. Buying used helmets is a horrible idea. B. Cutting the face off is another horrible idea, i have visions of fiberglass splinters in peoples faces or the shell micro-cracking when you cut it. C. Not everyone thinks the urge looks bad. It's a lot less boring than the D2 and you get way better build quality for your money.
  • + 1
 Bourdo didn't mind lack of mouthpiece in his helmet while he was shredding in nwd 9.
  • + 7
 Bourdo is not mortal.... he can do what he wants.
  • + 1
 well, there's something in it...
  • + 4
 Why not just wear a full face at that point?
  • + 3
 Why is this any cooler than their standard full face? All they did was cut the chin bar off. The chin bar doesn't contact your skin and hardly reduces airflow.
  • + 2
 It looks like he should be wearing a Jofa.
  • + 9
 Your ears shall be protected while you smash your face on a rock.
  • + 3
 I love how everyone bitches about half face helmets because "they dont protect your teeth" and yet they happily wear pisspots/XC helmets...
  • + 3
 no I just think it defeats the purpose of an xc/am helmet which is to be light and vented and especially non sweaty, I run a trabec for am and a d3 for dh and tbh if I was racing enduro I'd just wear the d3, those halfshells are the worst of both worlds, sweaty and unprotective not to mention they look stupid (almost as bad as the elton john colour tld a1)
  • + 1
 it's not for dh or xc/am...

they're mainly worn by dirtjumpers.
  • + 3
 meh still the worst of both worlds, they're not any cooler than a full face
  • + 0
 have you worn one? they're a good bit lighter too.
  • + 1
 yes I have, and I'd stick with a d2 or any dj helmet, they're a bit lighter but again not much more protection but still all the sweat from a full face
  • + 1
 I actually had a Real Jet. It was bought and paid for, in my hands. I liked the look, and the fit, but I still sent it back. Why? Because £200 is too much for a novelty, no matter how 'cool' it is. And more than that, I realised I wouldn't be able to handle the endless laughs and comments and repetitive questions every time I wore it.

Give it up Urge. The moment has passed, the bubble has burst.
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  • + 8
 I hate using multi tools.. Having worked with good hex wrenches in a shop for so long, I hate small multi-tools.. So much that I carry a full set of Pedros Allen wrenches with me in my pack and car, I know that they are heavy and take up space, but not having to dick around with a 2.5mm on a multi-tool to adjust a brake part, or being able to actually torque down a bolt with a real hex is worth the added weight to me.. Granted I do have a few ParkTool AWS-10s hanging around, but they are what I give to kids at the skate park when they ask for a wrench and to buddies who are known for not giving shit back.. I will always reach for my set of Pedros..
  • + 23
 ditch those "buddies""
  • + 2
 sweet contribution to this review, full of on-topic information!
  • + 4
 What kind of condition is your bike in swan that you feel the need to carry all those tools with you... Multi tools are for emergency fixes and or minor adjustments. They are not that hard to use.... Im not raggin on you I just don't follow your logic...
  • + 1
 the alien tools trump anything park has anyways, parks are tiny with no tools. With an alien 3 you can do pretty much everything aside from pressing in bearings or suspension problems
  • + 4
 I work in a shop, so its not always my stuff, but everyone else's stuff that need adjusted.. And then for things like Pedals that I move between bikes on occasion, The kids are the skatepark that have loose crank bolts, etc, a multi-tool sucks in comparison to a good sized hex.. Plus for small stuff like adjusting brake levers, some older suspension systems ( I have a 5th element on my bike currently) are tons easier with a single wrench..

I understand the need for multi-tools for some and If I am on a light weight XC ride, then the AWS-10 goes in a jersey pocket, but with how often I am helping others out, I gave up carrying a multi-tool in favor of my Pedros if I have a pack on..
  • + 0
 Or you can dial your bike in so well that you dont need tools? but I agree with swan, nothing beats a solid Y allen.
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  • + 4
 I was so disgusted with the Park IB-12 that I was unwilling to give it away or fob it off on Goodwill. The lack of a phillips head screwdriver was a critical flaw, but the arbitrary inclusion of a flathead screwdriver made it apparent the goal was cheap, not quality, useful, or a pared down multitool that could handle the basics.
  • + 2
 I was wondering why the review glossed over this. I have one, too, and I hate the lack of a cross screwdriver.

Limit screws sometimes need a touch up as shifting in the stand is different than shifting while riding. Also, $30?
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  • + 6
 looks like urge took a tip from the old D2 half face... should be popular with the dirtjumpers if they make a non-limited edition one at a reasonable price
  • + 14
 and it would be ideal for cold winter riding, as it would keep your ears warm Smile
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  • + 4
 I had one of those Park Tool multi-tools, the nut on the end started loosening after a few months, so that every time you had to use it, all the tools on one side would flip out. Tightening the nut solved the problem, until you flipped one of the tools out to use, then it'd loosen up again, basically useless. The only reason I still keep it around is because the other side, which didn't have this problem, has a chain tool on it. I ended up just removing one side completely and only carry the other half of the tool.
  • + 1
 I guess this article did come in a little handy, I didn't know before that Park Tool had a lifetime warranty. I contacted them through their website and got a quick reply back... looks like they'll be replacing the tool, I think, either that or sending me the half of the tool that malfunctioned. Either way, their customer service has been good so far. I will say that the tool I have, the IB-3, has a lot more useful tools, it comes with a chain tool, tire lever, allen keys, flat head screwdriver, spoke wrenches, torx screwdriver, etc. The chain tool itself has saved me twice on the trail in the three years or so that I'ved carried.
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  • + 7
 $338.00 for a useless helmet..are you kidding me...
  • + 2
 At least its limited edition...
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  • + 3
 I hated the Park IB12 tool. The shaping and utility of it was, IMO, just poorly thought out. It digs into your palm should you ever need to get behind it. Also, it's missing a couple essential tools. I used it about twice before it went on the shelf replaced by a lezyne.
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  • + 4
 Concerning the jacket : www.investerarcitat.se/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/NapoleonBonaparte.jpg >>> An hint about what a "Napoleon pocket" is !
  • + 7
 Yeah, I didn't get that, how can you 'review' a jacket without knowing what its features are? Its like reviewing a bike and saying 'it's got a coil shock, don't know what that is but it sure felt bouncy...'
Napoleon pockets are great on jackets that you'll be wearing with a backpack as often the waist staps cover the regular pockets, so you can still get access to bits and bobs you might want to keep on your person rather than in your bag... Now you know...
  • + 6
 Whoaa, he is holding a can of red bull!
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  • + 1
 I have had the mt500 for the past couple of seasons. It's a great jacket that has proven its worth. I still find my self sweeting on the inside even with the vents and breath ability of fabric. The trick is to wear the correct base layers for the conditions.
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  • + 2
 mT500 jacket is best bike money ive spent recently. especially living in Scotland.

dec/jan.........just base layer & mt500, chest/underarm vents open if it gets too hot climbing .happy days.
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  • + 2
 The motorcycle trials boys might pick up on that helmet.
Otherwise not many will be willing to shell out $338 for a helmet to use on a pump track or do car park skids.
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  • + 4
 what good is a multi-tool without a chain tool?
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  • + 2
 Ya I would keep the production of that helmet limited too. Good grief.. Maybe an attachable mouth piece protector would help..ala 80's bmx Meh, I best not encourage em.
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  • + 1
 Rather pricey for this tool. I bought one almost identical to this one at a flea market for only $10 and works great. Had it for over 5 years now. Paying an extra $20 for a name is a bit silly in my opinion.
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  • + 0
 dont get the point in bike specific multitools. proper tools are usually better and almost as cheap. all i take when riding is a tube, 5 alan keys, a chain tool and some tyre levers. i figure if i break anything i cant fix with them i'm f*cked anyways...
  • + 1
 I think you answered your question there. My multitool has pretty much exactly that stuff, and fits into a saddle bag if I'm riding on the road or don't want to take a pack. And plenty of people don't work on their own bike enough to justify buying individual tools. Do agree about dedicated tools being easier to use though, there's a reason shops have walls full of tools rather than just reaching into their pockets for a multitool.
  • + 1
 yeah, i keep all of that kit in my saddlebag.. i guess since i dont ride competitively or anything though it wouldnt matter to me having the compactness of a multitool..
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  • + 0
 I don't understand why people would buy the Urge RealJet or its older cousin the Archi Enduro helmets, when you can just get this:

www.specialized.com/aw/en/ftr/helmets/gravity-helmets/deviant-ii

Better ventilated, just as light (800-900g?), and beefier protection... not to mention almost half the price. I think it looks hell of a lot more stylish too.
  • + 0
 because it has chin protection, which the Urge does not.... this helmet is aimed more at enduro riding where extra protection is needed, but not as much as a full face
  • + 3
 Try riding uphill with a regular FF like Deviant. You'll be gasping for air like you're having asthma attack Smile
  • + 3
 Ampa speaks truth. Ventilation of URGE is terrible, simply terrible. Only hairless Fab Bar, who is residing in the hot south of France, can fill comfortable in this thing. I have both Enduro-Matic and Giro Remedy, and I would prefer to ride uphill in Remedy.
  • + 7
 Because sometimes people just like to have their teeth blown out Big Grin
  • + 2
 @Zhiloreznik

I ride uphill with the Deviant II helmet very regularly. Around where we are in BC, a typical day of trail ride is no less than 800 meters of climbing, and I do it easily with this helmet. I don't gasp for air any more than when I'm wearing my normal XC helmet.

Perhaps in summer when it is over 25 deg C it will be too hot, but it will still be much cooler than the Urge Helmets we are talking about above. Those things have no vents. Your brain will be pressure cooked inside there. I just don't understand their design philosophy.
  • + 3
 So i came across this Urge Archi Enduro, thinking mmm what a nice crossover between DH FF and XC helmets..
I wanted to know more so googled and one of the first pictures led me to this article: forums.mtbr.com/utah/crash-report-urge-archi-enduro-helmet-795542.html

I'm sticking with my 661 comp FF until there will be more money for stronger and better ventilated DH helmet. Even though I ride entry level hard tail.
On the way up I hang it on backpack, on the way down i wear it. If there would be some uphill parts on the descent, as an amateur rider (by which I mean 95%of us) I'll rather be bit uncomfortable and breathless then faceless..
  • + 1
 @ampa 25C is hot for you? In Southern California, it's 25C in the winter, and 30C in the summer
  • + 0
 if you can't stand the heat then get out of the kitchen? - i ride with an Enduro-Matic, my local trail has >1500m of ascent and in summer down here in the south of hell, we regularly are sitting at 30C heat before 10AM, best weight, protection and ventilation in a package as whole - period, had Giro/ Scott/ Fox (flux) and my next helmet, will be another Enduro-matic
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  • + 1
 Anyone have any experience with the sleeve length on the MT500? Do they run long, or short? I have long arms so seldom do I find a jacket that fits well. (So I go without.) The armspan on a jacket that fits me is 61".
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  • + 1
 It's called a Napoleon pocket because it will fit a French map in there perfectly, whereas a British OS MAP, being bigger, would not fit in.
  • + 1
 Now that's just not true
  • - 1
 It is called a Napolean pocket because he was such a short little sh!t that any pockets lower on the jacket would be down by his ankles so he couldn't reach them. Needed his pockets higher up!
  • + 1
 Read the comment above this by KRVZ
  • + 1
 Ahhh I work in the outdoor industry and that's what we always got told by the brand reps but that does make more sense. I shall nurse my ego.
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  • + 1
 I use the parktool ib 12 multi tool and the 8mm - 6mm cover doesnt seem to move out of posistion for me but mabey I just havent used it enough.
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  • + 1
 I hate reading these product picks. It reminds me of the limited market that comes with mountain biking, creating these ridiculous prices.
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  • + 1
 I am asking Matt Wragg what is so sexy about a pocket tool ? Sorry for the private question, but it sounds ambiguously. Is there any secret way to use it ?
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  • + 2
 Urge - Urghh !! Gotta be the ugliest helmet on the planet
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  • + 1
 Love the jacket but way too pricey for something that's gonna get thrashed riding in it !!!
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  • + 2
 good thing i already have a ski helmet
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  • + 1
 The mt500 is awesome (and cheaper in the UK because its all hand made in Scotland) Smile
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  • + 1
 That park tool multitool is one of the best things I've ever gotten! I use it all the time and it's so cheap!
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  • + 1
 the park tool multi tool sucks the helmet looks silly but the rain coat i can dig it, minus the price ill stick to bontrager
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  • + 1
 Park tools manufacturing of the tool $6 selling $32 nice tidy profit there...
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  • + 1
 This helmet is just ugly! if your going to put that on your head might as well go with a full face!
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  • + 0
 The Urge helmet looks pretty sweet, but i'd probably only use it for a trials bike, if that!
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  • + 1
 I have one all ready....it's my fav riding jacket
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  • + 1
 cost of manufacturing 0.6% of retail price...
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  • + 1
 for 340$ better get a D3 and cut the face part
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  • + 2
 bring in top bar pads!
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  • + 1
 lol @ people who think bikes have huge profit margins.
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  • + 0
 urge is descent but not the the styles of riding i do
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