Check Out - August

Aug 5, 2016
by Paul Aston  

Check-Out is an article that gives you a glimpse at items under $300 that have crossed the desks here at Pinkbike that we've not had a chance to review yet, but we feel that you may want to take a look at.

POC Index Flow Gloves

POC Index Flow Gloves 2016

• Grip patches to enhance braking
• Soft knuckle padding
• Silicon Gel Palm padding
• Slim profile cuff with a comfortable fit
• Ventilated palm
• Terry cloth patch
• Touch screen compatible
• Size: XS, S, M, L, XL
• Price: $55 USD / €60
POC Index Flow Gloves 2016

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesIndex Flow is a bike glove for downhill and trail riders seeking a versatile glove with plenty of control and a direct feel. The glove is equipped with a flexible pad over the knuckles and silicon pads in the palm area.

Michelin Wild Mud Advanced

• Soft Magi-X compound
• Michelin TS aramid bead
• Cuttable blocks
• Reinforced casing
• Tubelss Ready
• Weight: 27.5" - 990g / 29" - 1050g
• Size: 27.5"/29" x 2.25"
• Price: $94.99 USD / €72.99
Michelin Wild Mud Advanced

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesThe "Twisted" block design means immediate performance. The tall blocks plus the steps on their bodies give the tire optimum mud penetration in search of hard packed ground. Whilst in contact with the ground, the blocks twist and straighten under braking and traction. As they come away from the ground, they revert to their original position. This block movement creates a self-cleaning tread to clear the mud quickly ensuring optimized grip under traction and braking. The cutting of the soft Magi-X compound blocks is made easy with the tread guide for a clean and precise cut.

Scott Grenade Evo Knee Pads

• D3O pad features a full coverage design that protects the front and side of your knees
• The strategically positioned EVA side padding protects your knees from lateral impacts.
• Malleable D3O multi-impact certified pad
• Unmatched shock-absorption
• Pre-shaped construction paired with exclusive honeycomb structured inner design provides ultimate flexibility
• Sizes: S, M, L
• Price: $129.99 USD
Scott Grenade Evo Knee Guards Photo Olly Forster

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesThe Scott Grenade Evo Knee Guards are all about protection and comfort. Our engineers have re-designed the standard, malleable and shock absorbing D3O pad used by numerous competitors to ensure an unmatched level of protection. This exclusive design offers, even more, flexibility. Additionally, the strategically positioned ergonomic straps paired with breathable stretch mesh provide ultimate comfort.

Giro Jacket Shoes

• Flat pedal specific design
• Skate style upper
• Internal bootie retention system
• Vibram rubber outsole with excellent pedal zone grip
• EVA midsole
• Poron XRD heel cushioning
• Aegis Single Density Footbed
• 416 grams (size 9)
• Sizes: 7- 14 US
• Price: $120.00 USD
Giro Jacket Shoes Photo Olly Forster

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesThe Jacket transforms the flat pedal riding experience, thanks in part to the Vibram MegaGrip rubber outsole. This rubber compound was engineered for exceptional grip for trail riding, dirt jumping and downhilling. Other highlights include a low-profile upper, an EVA cushioning in the midsole (that helps to reduce shock) and a Poron XRD heel pad that helps minimize the impact of hard landings and bailouts. With a variety of on-point color options, these shoes are just as comfortable at happy hour in the Whistler Village as they are bombing down A-Line.

Bluegrass Eagle Magnete-Lite Glove

Bluegrass Eagle Magnete Lite Gloves

• 1 element palm, 4 way stretch, breathable fabric
• Quick fastening stretch cuff
• Sweat wipe
• Ventilated inserts
• Anti-slip silicon finger grip
• Thumb/index touch devices friendly
• Wrist magnets for an easy pin-on
• Size: S, M, L, XL
• Price: $34.49 USD / €30
Bluegrass Eagle Magnete Lite Gloves

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesThe Magnete Lite benefits from a clever little magnet on the cuff so that your gloves don't get separated. From your pockets to the washing machine,they always stay together. The special magnet allows you to hang them on any ferromagnetic surface or over the bike cables when chilling after a ride. The Magnete Lite are your essential companion for all types of riding!

Deity TMAC Pedals

• Extruded and Machined from Deity molds and 6061 T6 aluminum
• 110mm x 105mm footprint
• Chromoly axle
• Super concave 2.5mm deep pedal profile per side
• Symmetrical pedal profile for added foot support and stability
• Weight: 409 grams
• Available in 6 high polished ano colors and also white powdercoat
• Price: $149 USD
Deity TMAC pedals Photo Olly Forster

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesThe largest Deity pedal to date that features one of the deepest concave profiles industry-wide, the Deity TMAC pedal has been a labor of love for the rider owned company who have spent nearly 3-years perfecting what they confidently call "Your Dream Pedal"!

Osprey Verve 9 Ladies Hydration Pack

Osprey Verve 9 Ladies hydration pack

• BioStretch shoulder harness for contoured fit
• Removable hip belt
• Colors: Scarlet Red, Raven Black, Azure Blue
• Size: O/S
• Price: $100.00 USD
Osprey Verve 9 Ladies hydration pack

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesOsprey's women's specific Verve 9 is the ideal cycling companion. Made to carry weight in an upright position, a foam frame sheet spreads the load across a ventilated mesh back panel for all-day comfort. The BioStretch shoulder harness provides a contoured fit and the webbing hip belt is removable to shave ounces. If you end up carrying extra weight, top compression straps lend extra load stability.

SAXX Kinetic Boxer

• BallPark pouch
• Flat seams prevent chafing
• 85% Nylon / 15% Spandex
• Semi-compression fit
• 9 color options
• Sizes: S, M, L, XL
• Price: $36.95 USD

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesKinetic is built for high performance and high output endurance activities. Made with a moisture wicking 4-way stretch mesh fabric and grip elastic leg opening for excellent aerobic comfort.

Syncros Matchbox Tailor Cage Mini HV1.5

Syncros Matchbox Tailor Cage Mini HV1.5 Photo Olly Forster

• Stores the essential MTB tools, including chain tool, spoke keys and optional pump
• Offers full protection for your tools against outdoor conditions
• A safe and permanent mount, with easy access at any time
• Pump: Extractable hose, reversible Presta/Schrader, with sealing lever
• Side entry cage
• Number of tools: 14
• Price: $69.99 USD
Syncros Matchbox Tailor Cage Mini HV1.5 Photo Olly Forster

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesThe first phase of the accessories integration project at Syncros. This bottle cage with integrated tool storage and high volume pump provides a permanent location for your daily riding essentials. The nylon reinforced bottle cage with our award winning multitool, a plus size capable mini pump and storage for a patch kit means that all you need to do is grab your bike.

Canfield Brothers Crampon Mountain

• Patented convex shape
• Replaceable, dual-sided pins
• Chromoly axle
• Sealed bearing/DU bushing system
• Anodized finish, available in 10 colors
• Weight: 400 grams
• Size: 112-mm x 106-mm wide platforms
• Price: $149 USD
Canfield Brothers Crampon Mountain Pedal

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesThe all-new Crampon Mountain replaces our Classic model. The new model shares many of our Ultimate pedal's features...including the patented convex shape, ultra-thin leading edges and double-sided pins. The Mountain has a fresh, new look, an even larger platform and virtually maintenance-free internals that utilize a bushing at the axle side and stacked bearings at the end, internally. This is a ZERO maintenance pedal, whereas the Ultimate needs grease bushings periodically with hard use.

SQlab 612 Ergowave LP Saddle

SQlab 612 Ergowave saddle

• TiTube Alloy rails
• C84 Kevlar cover
• Marathon Foam Padding
• 3 interchangeable elastomer dampers
• Relief of perineal area: 63%
• Length: 280mm
• Width: 12cm, 13cm, 14cm and 15cm
• Weight: 275g, 278g, 281g, 286g
• Price: $189.99 USD / €149,95
SQlab 612 Ergowave saddle

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesOur new Ergowave Technology kicks off a new era at SQlab. Especially for the dynamic riding position on a road bike and MTB, this shape is optimized for a perfect pressure distribution on the saddle. We've developed the Ergowave shape in collaboration with the Frankfurt University, the University Hospital Frankfurt and our team riders.

Julbo Cortina Sunglasses

• Cat. 3 lenses
• Flash color coating
• Suitable for all types of activty
• Price: $70.00 USD
Julbo Cortina

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesCelebrating Julbo's heritage, a love of clear vision and 1980's style we're relaunching the Cortina, a model that had significant impact on our history. A portion of the profits from worldwide sales of the Cortina will be donated to the vision charity; Eyes for the World.


• SPLENDOR – Biodegradable Bike Wash
• ABITH – Workshop Hand Cleaner
• RESURRECTION – Biodegradable Bike Degreaser
• GLORY – Bike Polish
• REVIVAL – Organic Hand Laundry Wash
• Price: $15.95 - $29.95 AUD
PEDALIT bike and body care products.

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesPEDALIT is an Australian made Premium Bike + Body Care range, focusing on high performing products that deliver an outstanding level of care for the ride, without compromising the world we love to ride in. The PEDALIT Bike Care range is designed for everyday use on all surfaces, no aggressive solvents or harsh cleaners. Combining organic and natural ingredients where possible to great results every time.

Continental Der Baron 2.4 Projekt

• ProTection Tubeless Ready insert for puncture resistance
• Apex stiffening for sidewall support
• BlackChili rubber compound
• Handmade in Germany
• 26", 27.5" and 29" X 2.4" options
• Weight: 960 - 1025 grams
• Price: $69.95 USD
Continental Der Baron 2.4

From the Manufacturer:
bigquotesDer Baron is a technical, sophisticated and versatile enduro tire which is always the right choice. Thanks to the BlackChili compound it has excellent grip, high mileage, and efficient rolling.

MENTIONS: @michelinofficial / @Bluegrasseagle / @CanfieldBrothers / @ContinentalMTB


  • 103 0
 Will Giro make a cycling jacket called The Shoe?
  • 2 3
 They should call it the Worm-Burner.
  • 4 0
 @bstill30: f*ck Yeah!...
  • 1 0
 It's funny that they claim to have a variety of on point colors and show that butt-ugly blue.
  • 68 1
 Between the 60 dollar gloves and 36 dollar undies I don't know what to buy first.
  • 14 4
 If you ever wear a pair of SAXX. You'll never want to wear anything else.
  • 3 1
 threw out every other brand I owned after trying them. I'd suggest starting with the VIBE first if you are hesitant.
  • 4 3
 @ckalckabar: I bought one pair of SAXX. Don't get the hype. I prefer my 2UNDR or adidas.
  • 43 1
 @ckalckabar: Yeah but if you shit your pants once, they're done. So not worth it.
  • 55 0
 @scott-townes: no its like a helmet, send it to the manufacturer and have them inspect for damage. Good undies can withstand a few minor sharts before they need to be tossed
  • 4 1
 I've learned to spend good money on socks and underwear. Makes the biggest difference in my comfort day to day. Buy quality and it will last. I try to find a deal and buy a whole bunch.

As for the gloves, bought those POC gloves 2 years ago when I forgot mine and there was nothing else available- paid like 60$ CAD. But i have to say that they are my favourite. They fit me perfectly, have held up incredible well, the hand pad reduces my hand fatigue (notice a big difference without them). The knuckle pads are barely there but when you clip a tree you're happy to have them.
  • 2 2
 @scott-townes: apparently Scott has a weak is not in the criterium for my underwear. Not since 1st grade anyway.
  • 3 0
 @mrgonzo: brilliant.
  • 1 2
Maybe if your'e FEMALE
  • 1 0
 SAXX are meh. Merino underoos are where it is at!
  • 3 0
 Marks and spencer 7 pack for 10 quid. Done!
  • 2 0

I got the adidas 3 pack at costco for like $17.

They're garbage compared to the underarmor ones. A guy at work that did 2 tours in iraq turned me on the the underarmor ones. His exact words were "these were the only things that got me though that hellhole"

They're expensive at $25 per pair, but they go on sale for 2 for $40 and worth every penny.
  • 1 0
 I know LOL always gets voted down but I laughed pretty good at this one.
  • 2 0
 Man, who wears underpants when biking? ya lose that contact sensitivity that can mean 100's off your strava PB. Use the money to save up for some POC gardening gloves
  • 2 1
 I don't even wear my saxx undies anymore, I felt there was not enough room for my junk and there is no quick access to take a piss. I bought some under armor ones and they are more comfy imo and have quick access to take a piss and more room in the junk dept. saxx is over rated
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 @mrgonzo: I hope they come in brown.
  • 16 0
 I paid $95 for tires once. At Costco for my truck! Puhleeeze.
  • 4 0
 Yeah really. Suck it Michelin
  • 1 0
 @kubaner: Michelin's are like $60-70 for a premium tire, try that against maxis or schwankers at $90....and the silica rubber lasts longer/doesn't shear at the base of knobs. Honestly though. Pretty impressed with the vigilante and the morsa....
  • 12 0
 Picture yourself in the shoes, the underwear and the glasses. Add cape. Instant superhero! !!!
  • 11 0
 50 bucks Can, for underwear. Does it make my junk look bigger for that price?
  • 22 1
 Only if you pack the knee guards or the gloves in thereSmile
  • 6 0
 It better make it actually bigger for that kinda money
  • 2 5
That underwear looks to be made for females, or Bruce Jenner.
There doesn't appear to be any room for adult male appendage
  • 9 0
 New Crampons look so awesome
  • 2 0
 I wonder if they'll give the mags a face-lift too
  • 2 0
 Agreed, it may be my next pedal....once my oozys die....and they will soon, I think the bearings kinda suck....
  • 3 0
 @takeiteasyridehard: I went to the oozys from the crampons because they just wear out and get junky.
  • 6 0
 Looks like poc and Michelin collaborated on grip patches to enhance braking
  • 2 0
 Imagine the sack of your balls nestled in a multidimensional pouch of purified wood pulp. If you're on the fence about SAXX, consider the Ultra Brief Fly for the low low price of CAD $18.17. Be warned though: once you go SAXX, you never go Black.
  • 4 0
 POC's gloves really are quite nice. Decently durable and the best fit I've found.
  • 3 1
 $60 for mtb gloves is ridiculous. I've never had a pair of mtb gloves last a full season.

My $20 mechanic gloves are on its 3rd. I just wish they breathed better.
  • 4 1
 @UtahBikeMike: Try the Mechanix Vents, they have a micro-fiber wipe as well. Been loving mine.
  • 1 0

Those look legit. I'm ordering a set. Thanks for the heads up
  • 1 0
 @UtahBikeMike: No problem man, spread the word.
  • 1 0

Not saying $60 isn't a lot to pay for gloves... but in my own experience, the fit on Mechanix is garbage, and distracting.

My POC gloves have lasted me about 1.5 years on average, and that's 6-8 hours of hard riding per week. With the occasional crash thrown in for good measure.

If I couldn't afford POC, I'd prob buy Mechanix. But it's all about the fit for me.
  • 1 0
 love the SQ labs saddle. Hate the price of tires these days come on we blow through them all the time we shell out for them and we get hosed every time we buy a pair. Would love to see some plus tires for around $75 for my Krampus. They don't need to be bigger than 2.7 as I would love to be able to pedal up as well as tear down the trail.
  • 3 0
 I don't see these sunglass has anything to do with MTB.... Some Pink bike relative make them? ????
  • 4 1
 you're not supposed to wear underwear when you bike...
  • 2 0
 So... Underwear under your chamois? Or are chamois not cool for MTB anymore? I bet the same guys that ride gloveless ride commando. Better stick with the fist bump
  • 3 0
 I commando since the 90's makes you fly over roxxxs
  • 1 0
 The lady rider with the osprey pack seriously needs to invest in some female enduro specific sunscreen for her arms,jesus they are glowing!!
  • 3 0
 I'm sorry, did I just see $36 underwear?
  • 4 1
 I want none of it.
  • 2 0
 The best item in this list is the Scott Grenade EVO knee guards.
  • 2 0
 Did anyone miss the "women's specific" backpack?!
  • 1 0
 Exact same pack as the Viper 9 .. just a different color way.
  • 2 0
 anyone ridden the baron projekt?
  • 1 0
 Mate has barons an loves them
  • 1 0
 Just got on the trail king 2.4 awesome in the fast and loose dirt. The der baron is supposed to be better in all conditions
  • 1 1
 @BigTallYeti: No offense but I don't get that type of answers, is just like saying nothing.
  • 1 1

that's what i have in the front right now. i love the compound, wear and volume on the conti 2.4 tires but was looking for something a bit more 'drifty' to high grip on the shoulder a la Minion/HR2. The trail king is grippy but then just lets go. The shoulders on the Baron look like they would be pushed a little further.
  • 3 0

  • 1 0
 The saddle doesn't seem to be available in Canada... It might as well not be listed.
  • 1 0
 cannot find that Syncros bottle on their page...
  • 2 1
 those shoes are a bit ... bright
  • 1 0
 They're offered in other colors. Nice to have another fit option in a shoe made for flats. I'm hoping they're on the narrow low-volume side, as the Freerider and Freerider Contacts that I've tried are a little loose-fitting in forefoot. Can't say enough about the versatility of flat pedals for MTB FUN, to which shoe fit contributes. Cheers
  • 2 1
 I wonder how many sacks are held by saxx
  • 2 0
  • 4 0
 Under there
  • 1 0
 @sdmgz: Metaphors be with You!
  • 1 0
 Half Saxx are only $18.47, but I wouldn't hit a drop over 4 feet in them.
  • 1 0
 Calm down there, them lift pass aren't free !
  • 1 1
 I bet those Giros retain plenty of bootie
  • 3 4
 I saw SAXX underwear and just lost it.

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