Check Out: Hip Packs, Shoes, Tailgate Pads, Tire Plugs & More

Oct 28, 2020
by Daniel Sapp  



A lot of gear comes across our desks here at Pinkbike. Check Out is an occasional round-up of everything our tech editors have gotten their hands on. Sometimes it's products we're doing long-term tests on, other times it's stuff we're stoked on but don't have time to fully review. And, sometimes it's crazy shit someone sent us unsolicited and we're having a laugh.



Bontrager Rapid Pack



Features

• Designed for 1-2 hour rides
• Ridged foam back panel/stretch woven mesh
• $59.99 USD
• Zippered pockets with organization
• Waterbottle pocket centralizes weight
trekbikes.com

bigquotesBontrager's Rapid Pack is made for shorter rides where not much more than a flat kit and a water bottle are needed. The pack is lightweight and conforms to the body to stay in place over rough terrain. There are zippered storage pockets that can stash a phone, keys, light, tube, pump, or other essentials, and a water bottle fits squarely in the middle, keeping the bulk of weight centered.



RMU Outdoors Tailgate Locker 2.0




Features

• Small and Large sizes
• Back-up camera compatible
rmuoutdoors.com
• 840D Nylon with Carbonate + PU coating
• Beer cooler/accessory pockets
• $239 USD




bigquotesRMU Outdoors is a Breckenridge, Colorado-based brand with roots in building skis. The company has more recently jumped into building mountain bike products to meet their needs. In addition to some fancy packs, they make the Tailgate Locker truck pad. The pad, available in a small or large size, is built to be durable and stand up to the elements. There's an insulated beer pocket on the back which has a food-grade liner to keep things tasty and locking zippers to keep everything safe. The brand is still working on getting the pad out to the public through some crowdfunding and early supporters can get one at a steeply discounted rate.



Dynaplug Covert Bar End Plug




Features

• ODI lock-on grip compatible
• Two plugs in each tool
• Includes set of grips
• 6061 Aluminum and 304 Stainless Steel
• $69.99 USD
dynaplug.com




bigquotesDynaplug's Bar End Racer tool comes with a tool for each bar end. In each bar end, there's a standard Soft Tip plug and a Megaplug ready to go. The kit includes three spare Soft Tip plugs and one Megaplug. The lockrings are adaptable to any ODI lock-on grip and come with a set of grips as well.

Dynaplug's bar-end tool is a simple and effective way to keep a plug kit close by without taking up extra room in a pack or being left behind by accident, since it's always on the bike.




Bontrager Avert Adventure Shoe




Features

• Cordura and suede upper construction
• High-traction reverse-lug outsole
• EVA midsole
• Slip-on style tongue
• $174.99 USD
trekbikes.com




bigquotesBontrager's Avert Adventure Shoe is designed to be capable both off and on the bike. The SPD-compatible shoe features ample traction and is comfortable on and off the bike. The upper is designed with Cordura and suede for durability and quick drying and the tongue is integrated, similar to a slip-on shoe, so that it stays in place. The laces have an easy to access lace holder to keep everything tidy. The shoe is available in two colors, black and sandstorm and US sizes 3.5-14.5 (EU 36-4Cool .



Phoozy XP3 Phone Case




Features

• Protects phone from the elements
• Attachment points to lash on a pack, bike, etc.
• Floats
• Keeps phone from getting too hot/cold
• $49.99 USD
phoozy.com




bigquotesI typically don't think too much about having an extra case on my phone, however, phones are expensive and breaking them often is less than ideal. Phoozy's case is an easy slip-on cover to drop a fancy pocket computer in which protects it from a lot of the elements, plus it floats. The biggest selling feature in my mind is that it slows down the cold from killing your phone's battery, which is useful on cooler weather rides whether you plan to often use your phone or just have it available in case of an emergency.





149 Comments

  • 147 4
 Nice to see a trail dog specific hip pack
  • 45 4
 Missed opportunity from marketing team, should have been called the Dog Pack.
  • 63 1
 @isaacschmidt: Or the Poochie
  • 42 0
 @isaacschmidt: I think wolf tooth ought to make a pack and call it the Wolf Pack
  • 27 1
 They could do two sizes. The kit and the caboodle.
  • 10 0
 @codypup: didnt realize there were so many marketing majors here!
  • 5 0
 @jojotherider1977: dang it. That’s better than mine.
  • 17 0
 Rhodesian Ridge 'pack' ?
  • 19 1
 @ATV25: Jack Russell "carrier"?
  • 6 0
 only a trail dirt bag would force their dog to carry their water for them.
  • 11 0
 It looked violated...Had that I'm not your bitch look...
  • 2 0
 Dog does not look impressed…
  • 6 0
 I thought it was a dude with a really hairy back
  • 1 1
 @VtVolk: @whattheheel is that you?
  • 1 0
 @ericls: Because it pinches at the hips when he sits.
  • 6 0
 Hopefully not a weight wiener
  • 1 0
 @ericls: "Dog does not look impressed…"

Search for a pic of @danielsapp in a rain jacket on here. She takes after daddy. Wink
  • 2 0
 @DroppingThreeTwoOne:
Go Pro helmet came for my dog so he can record how awesome I am while he chases me down a trail. LOL
  • 3 0
 @ericls:
Dog is like "Bontrager...really? I am a sub culture dog so get me a Dakine or one of those Wolf Tooth packs the PB commenters are talking about.
  • 2 0
 Time to summon @IamTheDogEzra and ask for his opinion I guess...
  • 2 0
 @neimbc: Poochie Pouch!
  • 6 0
 @southoftheborder: The best place to store food and water is inside yourself. Tools too, although it can take a bit to access if you flat or need to adjust something.
  • 3 0
 @isaacschmidt: I downvote you!
  • 1 0
 @neimbc: Almost like the strap the put on a bucking bulls private area so it will go nuts!!
  • 1 0
 @curendero: That is so cruel.
  • 105 2
 Those shoes are perfect for when you're stationed in Iraq, but still want to ride clips
  • 43 0
 They have a stationed in a nursing home vibe to me
  • 3 0
 LOL thanks for that...
  • 6 2
 @leadsledpaintrain: Made for the e-bike market. Probably lots of 80 year olds cruising around on clips.
  • 2 0
 @leadsledpaintrain: Yup, as soon as I saw the pic, I was thinking "looks like something an orderly would wear"
  • 1 0
 @fielonator: The older, The beige!
  • 56 0
 Camo phone case? To make sure no one finds your phone if you lose it on the trail.
  • 1 0
 I see that brand name and can't help but pronounce it Phloozy.
  • 14 1
 $50 for a beer-cozy for your phone. The never-find-it-again camo is just the icing on the dumbest-purchase-ever cake.
  • 7 0
 "The biggest selling feature in my mind is that it slows down the cold from killing your phone's battery"

You mean like a pocket?
  • 2 0
 The padding also makes it sound resistant so when one of your buddies calls the phone on his/hers to find it in the brush...you won't hear it.

Or maybe this product is made the those edgy sidewall mountain bikers.
  • 46 1
 My dog gives me that same look of 'If you're going to use me for marketing, at least give me a steak'
  • 59 16
 $70 to put plugs in your handlebar.

I know a girl who will put in plugs for $69, but not in your handlebars....
  • 6 0
 in my cranks, right?
  • 41 0
 @vhdh666: in your downtube
  • 8 0
 @chadtague1: hopefully in her seat tube
  • 4 0
 If she is putting two plugs in she may need a bottom bracket.
  • 2 0
 @vjunior21: Make sure to grease it, they get creaky.
  • 22 0
 I just can't see how he'll get that bottle open, but whatever...
  • 20 0
 She's always surprising us.
  • 10 0
 My dog's strategy would be to chew through the cap
  • 17 0
 @danielsapp: Shes a good boy
  • 6 0
 @Alvey72: My dog tested this method on a CamelBak Podium bottle last night and can confirm that it works.
  • 7 0
 @mtb-sf: my kid destroyed 5 camelback bottles and i dont know how many camelback bite valves as a baby. I dont know how my wife could tolerate breast feeding him.
  • 6 0
 @fabwizard: probably the same way she tolerates you..????
  • 19 1
 I've been using the rapid pack for 3 years now, it's awesome. It keeps everything very tight to your body and you don't get a ton of bouncing like some of the larger packs.
  • 4 0
 I use the Rapid Pack for local 1-3 hour rides, also. I agree, it's really stable. Plus, it kind fits under the shirt instead of over, or at least the front side. This is good for us old dudes with thicc mid torsos because it doesn't enhance the thiccness.
  • 2 0
 My Rapid Pack is one of the best designed pieces of gear I have ever owned. Wish I had a loonie for every time I reached back to make sure it was still there. The thing disappears within 30 seconds of putting it on.
  • 3 0
 Yeah, seems like the ideal place to put a hard bottle is right at the base of your spine...
  • 2 0
 @lacuna: idk what bottles you're using...
  • 1 0
 @lacuna: I have had several water bottles save my spine during my XC days, they literally explode and take the force of impact.
  • 22 4
 Those Bontrager shoes are hideous.
  • 1 9
flag tbubier (Oct 28, 2020 at 15:34) (Below Threshold)
 Laces??? Aren't we better than that?
  • 19 1
 Grandpa meets Operation Desert Storm!
  • 2 0
 they killed Osama Bin Laden with these!
  • 16 0
 Rapid Pack is perfect for short rides, or med duration rides if you can carry a bottle on the frame too.
  • 4 0
 It's actually so good! Bontrager is rad for the 30 day trial too! I use it on fairly long rides even, as so many things can be stored on the bike now. No movement on this hip pack at all!
  • 4 0
 I’ve fit a 24oz water bottle, crank bros tool, iPhone XS, mini slim Jim, keys, tire lever, inhaler, mini ziplock bag of trail mix and a 16oz High Sierra Torpedo and a small glass...pain reliever in one of those packs! The material stretches wonderfully.
  • 1 0
 @abueno: "inhaler" riiiiiiiiiight.
  • 10 0
 $239 us for a tailgate pad.

And people complain about the price of a 1up or a recon rack.
  • 2 0
 It has no blocks for downtube security and looks super thin too. Def a pass
  • 3 0
 @senorbanana: BUt coLORaDo mAn
  • 6 0
 But it has a pocket to keep your beer warm!
  • 1 0
 What's the preferred tailgate pad to get? I need one for my ute.
  • 1 0
 @onemind123: legend, thanks. I figured theres going to be crap pads, overpriced pads, and something in between that has everything you need. I will grab one of these next week.
  • 8 0
 I have had pretty good results using generic bacon strip tire plugs.They are around 1/10th the cost of the dynaplugs.
  • 1 0
 Me too... far too many times I have needed them. I wish I had them in a handier place than in my pack though. It is nice to not let the air leak out but a pain to fish around in my pack for the bacon strips while holding a finger over the leak.
  • 1 1
 They also work way better
  • 6 4
 I pinchflatted a brand new tire in moab 2 weekends ago while dropping the stairs on ahab. Put bacon in it and it fell out riding back to the car. Put another one in. Rode mag 7 the next day and it popped out while we were sitting and talking after dropping down portal. Put another one in and rode back to town. Next day on the way to an enchilada shuttle the bacon popped out again while riding the bike path. Met some dude that was heading to the same shuttle. He said he had a dynaplug and to try it.

It's still in my tire, sealed completely and hasn't fallen out. The brass tip is an excellent idea and works well. I ordered a racer kit the day I got home. It was $55 but that's cheaper than a new tire and came with 5 plugs, refills aren't that expensive.

It's made in the usa and works amazing so I was ok paying the money for it. It really is a great product.
  • 8 0
 Do you guys start the bacon plugs on fire and smooshthe burnt rubber onto the tire? They seal really well if you do. (Not kidding)
  • 6 1
 @UtahBikeMike: You missed the part where that Racer tool should have been made of plastic so it costs & weighs half as much. Dynaplugs stay put better than Bacon, but they're not a permanent solution, like *all* plugs (Bacon & Stan's included) they'll lose seal at some point. Pointed tips like on Darts or the Dynas can also puncture rim tape or sidewalls. Get a set of old-school REMA Tip-Top patches & vulcanizer and patch your tires from the inside as soon as you get home. That repair will last the life of the tire, and you'll never have to keep stuffing one $3 Dynaplug after another into the same hole trying to reseal it.
  • 2 0
 @woofer2609: gonna try that, find it works its way out, even faster if its trimmed so it doesn't hit something every rotation, annoying AF thanks
  • 3 0
 @UtahBikeMike: I’ve only ever had troubles with bacon strips on pumice soils. My theory is the abrasive soils yank the plugs out. Both times I have had the bacon strip pull out were while climbing in pumice. Never been to Moab but I assume it is fairly abrasive soil/rock there. Perhaps different products work better for different conditions... some food for thought at least.
  • 2 0
 I have had issues but also had no issues with the bacon strips when I use two at once, they seem to work better that way.
  • 1 4
 @Veloscente:

I'd rather have an aluminum one honestly. If they offered a plastic one for $35 or an aluminum I'd buy the $55 aluminum one. I'm in the camp of "buy once, cry once".

The way it works they'd still have to put metal tubes in the plastic handle anyways.
  • 1 4
 @Veloscente:

The dyna plug is still in there, still sealed. It'll last longer than the tire does.

You can't fit a patch on the bead from a pinchflat. Plug is the correct solution.

I've tried to patch mountain bike tires on the inside after ripping knobs but due to the flex it always peels off. I've had better luck just throwing a large piece of gorilla tape over the hole.
  • 5 0
 @UtahBikeMike: you can patch the inside of a tube with glued or glueless patches if the tire is absolutely clean. Shoo goo works for punctures near the bead as well. All of th above are only doable after returning home, however
  • 1 4
 @woofer2609:
I'd rather just poke a plug in it and call it a day. The amount of effort required to patch a tubless tire isn't worth it to me.
  • 4 0
 @UtahBikeMike: How about on a brand-new $100 tire? It's definitely worth the effort to patch for me.
  • 1 4
 @Skooks:
I'd rather throw a $3 plug in it and call it a day. Messing with patching a previously tubeless tire sounds like an awful waste of time.

PS, where are you spending that much money on tires? You need to shop around more
  • 4 0
 @UtahBikeMike: Your lack of experience w/ plugging & patching is obvious. I ride daily on exceptionally rocky trails. Punctures happen weekly. Every single tire in my quiver of over a dozen has at least one patch on it. Every tire worth riding costs $55+ street, you do the math. I have frequently had to stuff 2-3 dynaplugs in a hole to get proper seal. $6-9 to plug a single hole I am going to have to patch anyway is a mug's game: I simply throw in a tube & boot to get home unless I'm incredibly pinched for time. Patching a tire from the inside takes 3 minutes, including coating inside and outside with urethane sealant after vulcanizing patch in place. Lasts the life of the tire, and can be done all the way down to the very bottom of the bead. I have used every brand of plug on the market over the last 5 years. 100% of them have failed*while riding* within two months. Not one patch has failed in 5 years. If your plug hasn't failed, you just haven't ridden it enough yet.
  • 1 3
 @Veloscente:
You have zero knowledge of my experience and are making some pretty tall assumptions there, bud.

Thanks for gracing me with your presence and throwing down all that knowledge to me.

That's great you like to waste time patching all those tires, I don't.

The tire that got a pinchflat in moab just got another one. Small dynaplug fixed it again. I'll replace the tire in the spring as the tire is about worn out.

I don't see why folks spit all this hate on something that works well.
  • 8 0
 Didn't even notice it was a dog. What does that say about my friends?
  • 4 0
 IDK...are your friends in the habit of smiffing your butt?
  • 1 0
 @woofer2609: or licking their balls?
  • 2 0
 @woofer2609: Not usually, but anything can happen after a few beers.
  • 1 0
 @ReformedRoadie: Well I do like a nice cup of tea, oh wait . . . .
  • 9 1
 I wonder how quickly that bar plug will break in a decent crash or two
  • 2 0
 Do they also provide a saw guide so you can trim down your bars so it doesn't get ripped out at the first tree caress?
  • 1 0
 right? bar plugs are a terrible design. Lets put a tool in a high impact zone!
  • 1 0
 Not to mention it'd hurt when you land on it...
  • 1 0
 I think mu concern would be having a solid sharp object, fixed to the inside or my tire, now pointing at the carbon rim and rim strip. Pass
  • 5 0
 That hip pack is the best ride storage I’ve ever purchased. Easily 2.5 hour ride with that thing, if you don’t need any extra layers.
  • 1 0
 But there’s the elastic loop on the back part where you can roll your jacket and attach it
  • 2 0
 @abueno: well, didn’t think of that. I guess that’s my one complaint then, that loop is really weak. Already ripped it off getting a water bottle in.
  • 1 0
 @slayersxc17: yea the loop isn’t durable but that elastic is fantastic
  • 3 0
 Another +1 on the rapid pack. Light, comfy, and I was surprised that it's pretty easy to get the bottle back into the pack... it kinda holds its shape instead of collapsing on itself. You can also stuff a fair bit into the pockets if you have to.
  • 2 0
 +1 for the Rapid Pack. One year and still loving it.
I fit more in there than I thought I could, including emergency blanket and a small pump(doubles with CO2), couple snacks and cell, tube, allen keys etc.... etc....

I got rid of all my 3 pocket jerseys and wear any t shirt now. This pack is great for the retired XC or roadie.
  • 6 0
 Didnt know Larry David shreds clipped in?
  • 1 0
 Pretty, pretty good...
  • 4 0
 @danielsapp how in the world did you get your dog to sit still with the hip pack on? Super impressed.
  • 7 1
 She’s pretty tolerant, especially for a 10 month old, 90 lb. puppy.
  • 1 0
 As other people has said the rapid pack is a great buy. I’ve had mine a while now and use it all the time. With a bottle also carried on the bike you can really extend your rides considerably. I have a co2, tools and gels in mine. It has never bounced around when riding and is slim enough to sit under a jacket and not be noticed.
  • 6 2
 Bontrager Rapid Pack - that's how you do product photos...
  • 3 0
 I'll give Trek some credit with the Bontrager hip pack, its great. I own one and it is my "go to" most of the time
  • 4 0
 Not sure why, but I initially read that as Butt plug!!
  • 1 0
 yeah, good catch up line hahahahaha
  • 3 0
 Don't worry, it includes the soft tip. And the megaplug.
  • 4 1
 Those shoes will work great for my job at the nursing home. Now I can ride to work and only bring one pair!
  • 4 0
 That dynaplug bar end is getting ripped off by a tree in no time!!
  • 3 0
 mirabel lookin slim thicccc with that sweet fanny pack!
  • 5 3
 I love my Bontrager hip pack also, but for 1-2h rides these days I just drink a glass of water before my ride.
  • 4 0
 You could use the pack for 4 hour rides maybe?
  • 1 0
 I do realize this practice is considered pinkbike heresy.
  • 1 0
 Integrated tongue like a slip-on shoe? But with laces... so the tongue just wrinkles up when you tighten the laces? Doesn't sound ideal.
  • 3 0
 Shoes Rambo and Chuck Norris would be proud of
  • 1 0
 dude you nailed it! I was like hanging on them and thinking 'I saw these before' it is like a MacGyver shit Smile no use in winter UK whatsoever hahaha
  • 1 0
 That phone 'case' is supposed to attach to your bike, but how does it prevent your phone from launching outta the case itself?
  • 2 0
 Bar end plugs that protrude from the grip, for when your 820mm bars aren't wide enough.
  • 1 0
 'Avert Adventure' I feel like this is finally a product aimed at me, I'll get some and stay in and watch TV, it's dangerous outside.
  • 2 0
 Those shoes don't look bad actually, at least they are moving past the early 2000s skate shoe aesthetic
  • 2 0
 those bar ends look dangerous...
  • 1 0
 Sister Encarnación : Can I come in?

Nacho : No, people might get the wrong idea about you... Like maybe you are a phoozy.
  • 1 0
 When you hit desert storm and realize you're wearing your SPD's and not your hooah boots!
  • 1 1
 Ya know what I really need? something to keep my phone from getting too hot or cold on a ride! oh great, they have just what I need....
  • 2 0
 Sounds like you have off season or love somewhere nice. My phone has a solid 12-14 hour batter life, that drops to 30 minutes in my chest pocket 3 layers deep when I'm on the fatbike and it's -7 in the dark, in the woods outside of chicago.
  • 1 0
 @Glenngineer: youre a better man than me! there is literally nothing in this world that I love to do that I'll do at -7 in the dark!
  • 2 0
 @chawski: Honestly... give it a try sometime. You see the trails you love in a whole new light, or lack of light. The riding is fun, in a not fun, this is brutal way, but you get a different sense of accomplishment. It's also just plain beautiful. Fresh snow, full moon night riding is stunning.
  • 2 0
 @chawski: XC skiing is best at -20 in the dark
  • 2 0
 A $50 phone case that isn't even waterproof?
  • 2 0
 tactical bike shoes? hard pass
  • 2 0
 When did we go back to outboard grip lock rings??!! No thanks.
  • 1 0
 Have you seen my camouflaged phone case? I dropped it somewhere in all these leaves and stuff.
  • 1 0
 Those bontrager shoes are beyond awful. Look like some Payless joints
  • 1 0
 Nice Truck... I mean gazebo.
  • 1 0
 It’s no 4Runner but it’ll get you unstuck, ha!
  • 2 0
 @danielsapp: Love my Ridgeline. Would take it over a 4Runner any day!
  • 1 0
 Gramps meets desert storm! Thanks for the laugh Bontrager!
  • 1 0
 Trail Timberlands
  • 1 1
 are you kidding me that pouch i could use for 6 hour rides.
  • 2 3
 I don’t get it. Are you supposed to ride the dog?
  • 2 0
 Only in America...
  • 3 6
 Too bad Dynaplugs aren't called 'do-not plugs' cause they really don't work.

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