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Jan 21, 2008
by Tyler Maine  
Shift Strike Gloves

Colors:

Black
Blue
Red
Yellow/White
Fatigue/Black

Price:

$19 USD (MSRP)
$29 CDN

Sizing:

S, M, L, XL, XXL

The palm of the Strike glove is re-enforced but still really thin for good grip feel. The pre-curved fingers give a great fit and there are no irritating seems on the inside to rub your fingers in the wrong way. Silicone printing on the wrist tab and on the first and second fingers give extra grip when putting the gloves on and better lever feel when braking. The knuckle area has light weight injected rubber for a little added protection. The wrist closure is a Velcro set up that is un-obtrusive when all cinched down.

I picked these up in Edson Alberta while home on holidays for Christmas and I needed some thin gloves. The local Honda dealership there has a great selection of motocross gear and these gloves fit great and fit the bill for what I needed. The snot wipe on the thumb is a bonus in the cold too.


Check out www.shiftracing.com to learn more.



Lizard Skins Charger Grips

Colors:

Black
White
Powder Blue
Pink
Brown
Olive
Orange

Price:

$8 USD (MSRP)
$12 CDN

I'm a huge fan of lock on grips, but I was at Jack's Cycle in Chilliwack looking for a new seat back in November and saw these sweet looking grips. At $12 you can't really go wrong and according to Lizard Skins their new "Elastomer" compound will last a lot longer than conventional "Crayton" rubber grips. I'm waiting for the 5 months of rains to stop out here before I mount then to any of my bikes, but I think that their thin profile and soft feel will be great come dryer spring days.


Check out www.lizardskins.com to learn more.



North Face Jacket

Colors:

Orange
Black
Navy Blue


Price:

$259 CDN (MSRP)

Sizing:

Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large

Riding jackets that allow you to enjoy riding in adverse weather conditions are a must. Everything from a Glad garbage bag to a winter parka can make adverse conditions more enjoyable in the right circumstances. Finding a jacket that is best suited to your riding area and conditions should be a part of your regular kit.

I was in Jasper Alberta at the start of the fall and went for a light XC ride and was faced with wind and some rain. It was fine and bearable, but I know that had I had a light wind breaker that ride would have been more fun. A quick stop in Jasper at the Wild Mountain North Face store to see my old buddy Dave and the next thing I know he's got me trying on coats and telling me about various features. In the end I settled for the one that was going to be the most useful out on the coast.

With water proof zippers and pockets my layers would stay dry in the rain. Velcro wrist closures keep the debris and moisture out, but can be opened for ventilation along with the pit zips. This coat has seen a deluge of rain during the fall building season and I look forward to the spring time riding too.


Check out www.thenorthface.com to learn more.



Sombrio Forensic Gloves

Colors:

Cloud White
Rasta
Electric Blue

Price:

$45 CDN (MSRP)

Sizing:

Youth, XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL

While on a trip up to Williams Lake back in the fall I found myself with wet hands and only one set of gloves. Yes I know that a lot of folks only have one set of gloves at a time, but I am different, I like to have a few sets on trips in case you are riding in the rain or a buddy forgets theirs (Dolla Bill?)-it's about being prepared. Needless to say Red Shreds Bike and Board Shed in Williams Lake is pretty much the coolest shop I've ever been in and I've been stopping by for over 15 years now-Great Shop Mark! With great shops comes cool clothes and in this case gloves. Since reading Shrew's thoughts on the Sombrio Forensic glove, I've been keen to try a pair of them. Rasta was my first color choice, but I was happy to settle for a nice medium pair of Electric Blue gloves.

Sombrio Cartel has been manufacturing high end biking gear since '98, and they didn't change a thing this year. A lot of people cringe there teeth at the thought of a cuff-less glove, due to its loose feeling on your hand. Sombrio has come up with a unique, cuff-less, but tapered wrist design. This taper allows the glove to fit tighter to your wrist, making it so the glove doesn't feel loose. Also, they are applying a double reinforced palm overlay for increased durability, with vented mesh fingers for a snug finger fit, with maximum breath ability. Engineered palm side ventilation holes allow your palm to vent, saving yourself from smelly gloves, and hands once done riding (I thought I'd poked a hole or two in the fingers the first time I felt the air go through the little holes, but alas they are there for a purpose).

So far the Forensics are stylie and the I'm having no trouble with the cuff-less wrists either. Nice work Sombrio!


Check out www.sombriocartel.com to see the whole line up of clothes.



Chromag Seat Post Quick Release

Colors:

Black with Aluminum Lever
Black with Brass Lever

Price:

$44-Aluminum Lever and $48-Brass Lever CDN (MSRP)

Sizing:

Specific to your bike.

Some parts tend to get over looked until you either break them or get so frustrated at the current market offerings that you wonder why there isn't something better out there. The seat post quick release is one of these parts. You need it to be strong so that your post isn't rotating or slipping while you ride, but it needs to be able to be opened and adjusted when you do choose to lower or raise your saddle height. Ian at Chromag saw these same issues with the current offerings-not enough lever leverage, weak metals that bend/break under the slightest amount of force or simply wear out prematurely due to regular use.

My buddy Chris Armstrong was the first one to show me pics of the new seat post Q/R offering and I knew that I had to have one. I headed to Pedal Sport here in Chilliwack and had one ordered up for my bike. I chose to go with the brass one for looks and its self lubricating properties. I expect that this little ditty will last me for a long, long time.


Check out www.chromagbikes.com to learn more about all their parts and frames.



Goodyear Wrangler MTR Tires

Colors:

Black with White Lettering (optional)

Price:

Varies by size and dealerships

Sizing:

30 to 40 inches in diameter and everything in between to fit your off-roading and shuttle vehicle needs.

Ok so we all need parts for our bikes and gear to wear in order to be safer when riding, but what about your faithful shuttle rig? Since our primary riding area is shuttle access, we're able to drive up before unloading and ripping down. The downside to our shuttle area is the access road. This is no beauty paved shuttle road like you see in some cities, its dirt, drainage ditches, rocks, mud and in the winter time we get slushy snow to impede your forward motion. A good shuttle rig needs proper tires in order to get through all these different conditions. I've grown to love my Goodyear MTR tires that were on my old faithful 4Runner for years, so when I purchased a truck it only made sense to equip it with the set up for tires. They dig and claw their way to the top and are still quiet on the highway, so I can't say I've been happier with a set of tires. Thanks to Ken's Wheel and Tire in Chilliwack for ordering them in for me even if you don't carry them.



Check out www.goodyear.ca to see if they make a set of tires to fit your shuttle rig.



Dakine Cross X Gloves

Colors:

Black
White/Olive
Orange/Brown

Price:

$29.99 USD (MSRP)
$34.99 CDN

Sizing:

XS, S, M, L, XL

While I was still working for Calgary Cycle a few years back I bought my first pair of Dakine Cross X gloves and haven't turned back yet. Each year I buy a new pair and they are the gloves that see the most use on a riding basis. This fall I was in Vegas and managed to get a hold of a pair that would do me well going into hunting season. Now I myself am not a hunter, but I do share the woods with a few of them and if I can reduce the chances of an errand bullet heading my way then these are the gloves to do it!

The Cross-X glove utilizes a breathable Nylon mesh back panel, Terrycloth thumb panels, and Airprene wristcuff and knuckle panels. Like a lot of gloves, the Cross-X uses a "sticky finger" grip system to give you better lever feel and grip. The Cross-X uses a Clarino synthetic leather palm, for added comfort, and molded knuckle and finger protection to keep the paws safe. All in all the Cross-X is a sick glove, not only on the outside, but on the inside and it has a hood scoop! (editors note: The hood scoop is not functional).


Check out www.dakine.com to learn more.



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41 Comments

  • + 31
 I'd rather see Cori's Mum modelling this stuff than Brule...
  • + 7
 yeah me to man , she rocks my world Frown
  • + 4
 hahaha its even better coming from a guy named milfhunter. but i will not disagree Cori's mom is premium.
  • + 13
 Even if it will last a long time, $44 for a seat qr is ridiculous
  • + 2
 It's not always about need my friend, sometimes you find things that you just want. It's like having Deemax on your hard tail, may not "need" them, but you wanted them-same idea.
  • - 1
 It's got a super long handle by the looks of it. Though I would rather have a bolt on, less fuss.
  • + 5
 thats what she said...
  • + 2
 well actually it's not really the same idea. I got my wheelset for $350 which is quite a good deal. $50 for a seat collar is not so much as you can get a Salsa for like $20 or so and they last many ages...
  • + 10
 no shit, my $10 one has lasted just fine for 4 years.
  • + 3
 $260 for a jacket? $44 for a seat collar?
You guys won the lottery or don't care that much for your bucks...

If you got the money go ahead and buy it, but i'm sure you can get a best deal for less $$

But was a good reading anyways! :-)
  • + 0
 Allen,
I bought the coat just like a regular joe in a little shop in Jasper-needed one and I've had others in the past that just either came short in the breathability or else the the waterproofness, so I thought I'd bite the bullet and see what $260 actually buys. So far so good, but I'll be sure to let you know if it fails this spring.
  • + 2
 Seems like Brule doesn´t have that good a sense for colours ... pink grips and glowing orange gloves are the worst combo I´ve seen for a long time! But at least you won´t get shot by accident.

But thanks for the info about the Sombrio glove. I bought a pair of 661´s "Raji" model and became a huge fan of cuffless gloves. It looks better (that´s at least what I think) and they´re a bit lighter. My Raji´s are worn down now (esp. the grippy stuff on the fingers!) and I need some replacement. Or at least a just-in-case-backup...
  • + 1
 Hahaha it's true and I'm not even color blind. I just like colors that pop a little more. Thanks for the info on the Raji glove by 661.
  • + 1
 werd about the cross X Dakine gloves - they rulez it for me as well. Been exclusively running them for years. doesn't matter if they are pink, blue, shait brown, safety orange or sweat yellow...they pair my hands nicely and doesn't bunch up in the palm like other gloves. I also have a pair of covert that I love to wear during hot summer days!
  • + 0
 it is not about the price.. don't you guys realize the dollar is about par with the U.S.A. but we are still paying way more... untl bikeshops stop ripping us off... don't buy anything in Canada... it is cheaper to mail order this stuff out of the States
  • + 0
 yep and if everybody do this the canada will go down and the us up.. bad thing Razz
  • + 1
 I just buy my stuffs in US! NEVER bought anything big here in Canada, maybe just tires, tubes and some cheap tools... But big stuff just doing mail order.

But if we keep doing this the Stores here in "Otario" (no "N") will keep this shitty behavior like "we don't stock anything and we charge you 300% more than US anyways"...
  • + 0
 The wholesale price for parts AND bikes was decided a LONG time before the dollar gained so much steam which means that bike shops have to pay a certain price regardless of what the Canadian dollar is doing. This decides what the retail will be and not how the loonie is doing vs. the U.S.

Anything that you see stocked in a bike shop has to be paid for, there is NO consignment in this business. When your house is on the line you would be very careful as to what you stock also I bet=)
  • + 0
 by not buying it in canada it gives false stats that the demand is lower. if everyone just sucks it up and pays the extra little bit soon prices will begin to drop. besides it is best to support your local bike shop. besides by going to the states it wastes more time and money to go there than to just go to yourlocal shop.
  • + 0
 I agree that the wrangler MTR tires are the best aggressive tread out there. However they are also one of the most expensive tires. I paid $1323.00 (17-inch rim)for my latest set of 4 tires and $1140.00 (16-inch rim) for my previous set. My first set lasted for 110 000 kms. The current set I'm expecting 80 000kms based on current tread wear. I have never had any flats or other problems with these tires. As for highway use I find them to be very loud.
  • + 0
 ^^^Stewie59, its not really the bike shops that are ripping you off all the bike companies are still selling their stuff to Canada like the doller hasn't changed so if the bike shops were to "stop ripping you off" they would be selling if for cost or less which would put them out of business.
  • - 1
 I buy everything mail order. Bike shops in Ontario treat you like crap and don't stock the items I want. Plus I can buy 300% more stuff in the US with the same money.

I think it's the major two-three distributors in Canada that keep the prices high and prevent competition. Ie Norco, Lambert
  • + 0
 You'd be surprised on the mark up between dealer cost and what you see on the tag, I wouldn't blame the distributors (not entirely anyways). Also, Norco (maybe Lambert too) do supply to the US as well for some things so the mail-order stock is coming from the same distribution center.
  • + 0
 i don't get why people won't buy from their LBS. By the time u pay duty and shipping the price is only marginally larger at your LBS so why not help support a home grown bike company?
  • + 0
 I agree with acadian, not the best looking glove, but i've been running them for almost two years.

Brule, do you know if Lizard Skin has plans to make a Lock-On version of that grip?
  • + 0
 NOt that I am aware of, but feel free to contact them directly as they are a small group of folks and really good about getting back to customers.
  • - 1
 I bought a pairs of the dakine cross-x and defender gloves in 07. I got terrible blisters like never before breaking them in..never have I had this problem with any other glove. I bought size large and they seemed to fit nicely. Now that they're broken in I don't have the problem but I wouldn't buy dakine gloves again. I do like they're colours though. I also bought the Lizard Skin soft cell shin guard. Don't buy them, because the bottom digs into the top part of your foot and becomes super uncomfortable. I think I'm going to try Sombrio but not in the colour shown above.
  • + 2
 Thanks for your take on the gloves-what did you wear before? I find with ALL gloves that if you wear one set for a long time and then switch it up to a new pair by a different company that you can sometimes have sore paws for a run or two while your hands adjust. I ride in wet weather so I have a few pairs a day and the old paws have adapted to different shapes nicely.
  • + 0
 I find you have to order a size smaller than you normally would in the cross-x to get the right fit with no blisters. My favorite gloves and you can sometimes get them for $10 on Steepandcheap.com.
  • + 0
 In 06 I ran the RockGarden Dh glove and 661 CG glove. The rock garden was really good but the black coloured leather stained my hand blue even a year later. The 661 CG's are the worst gloves I ever bought. Both mine and my friends fell apart under two weeks...no crashes.

I'm might try wearing a smaller sized DAkine but that would be pretty tight?? Anyone else have experience with this?

The best product I bought for 07, was the Giro Remedy helmet (medium) for $80
Protec knee pads work great two and only cost 30 bucks.
  • + 0
 man...that's a little wierd...3 gloves on the same fresh meat! something will go wrong! nice grips by the way...
  • + 0
 Down with censorship! Booo!
  • + 0
 NM, I'm just crazy....
  • + 0
 sweet i like reviews and new products !!!
  • + 1
 which ones
  • - 1
 waukeetx is totaly right!!
  • + 0
 nice !
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