Check Out - March

Mar 3, 2017
by Paul Aston  
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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.

Problem Solvers Zinger

• Threads onto SRAM XD driver compatible freehubs
• Spacers included to customize chainline
• 18t and 20t interchangeable 6-bolt cog included
• Replacements from 16-22t available
• Price: $74.99 USD
Problem Solvers single speed conversion

bigquotesThe singlespeed conversion is one of our favorite do-it-yourself projects. And there are a lot of products out there to help—for Shimano-splined freehub bodies, that is. We wanted a solution for XD-driver-compatible hubs, so we designed the Zinger. The carrier engages the XD splines and a threaded nut keeps it in place. 6-bolt pattern spacers and cogs slide over the nut and bolt to the carrier to complete the assembly. It sounds complicated, but it ain’t. Trust us.

661 Comp Air Glove

661 Comp Air Glove

• Reduced bulk and weight from Spandura® back of hand and cuffless construction
• Enhanced feel from single layer synthetic leather palm
• Increased control from silicone printed finger tips

661 Comp Air Glove

• Mesh finger side panels for increased ventilation
• Micro-fiber sweat wipe on thumb
• Gray/green, gray/teal
• Price: $21.99 USD

bigquotesOur Comp gloves have the perfect balance of fit, comfort and style. Historically the Comp range has been some of the best value gloves on the market with no compromise on comfort or durability. We've continued this legacy with the the Comp gloves in a variety of colors and designs.

Dynaplug Racer Tubeless Tire Repair Tool

Dynaplug Racer

• Quickly plugs tubeless tire holes
• Dimensions: 3.75” x .437”
• Weight: .816 ounces
• Two plug sizes - regular and Mega

Dynaplug Racer

• Machined from 6061 aluminum
• Made in USA
• Price: $43.99 USD

bigquotesOur newest repair tool for tubeless bicycle tires...the Dynaplug Racer. Why do you need this? It plugs holes, massive holes that sealant won't stand a chance against. 

Chamois Butt'r Skin & Kit Wash

Skin Wash
• Perfect for post ride cleanup when a shower is not available
• Chamois Butt’r Skin Wash is made in the USA
• Clean fresh scent leaves skin feeling cool and refreshed
• Does not leave sticky residue or film on skin after use
•16oz bottle: $15.99 USD

Kit Wash
• Chamois Butt’r Kit Wash is a detergent designed for hand washing technical athletic clothing
• Removes chlorine and is safe to use on swimsuits and wetsuits
• Chamois Butt’r Kit Wash is made in the USA
• Great for use when traveling
•16oz bottle: $15.99 USD

Chamois Butt R

Adidas Zonyk Pro Sunglasses

• Photochromic Vario lens changes from clear to dark tint
• Lens Lock system
• Detachable foam bar
• Compatible with prescription lenses
• Different sizes available
• $209 USD


bigquotesThe Zonyk is built for speed and offers superior technology and a wide field of vision. These functional sunglasses let you personalise the fit and the new lens lock system makes it easy to find the perfect setup. The Pro version includes a removable sweat blocker.

Heat Holders

Head Holders

• Thick, chunky and with a massive tog rating of 2.34, Heat Holders® are made from a specially developed heavy bulk yarn which has extreme thermal qualities.
• Long pile cushioning helps keep feet fully comfortable and supported.
• The inside of each sock has been intensively brushed that not only feels sensationally soft but also traps warm air close to the skin keeping your feet warmer for longer.

Head Holders

• Heat Holders® are non-binding. They are diabetic friendly and provide relief for cold feet due to circulation problems.
• Fiber Composition: 91% Acrylic, 5% Nylon, 3% Polyester, 1% Elastane.
• Price: $15.99 USD

bigquotesKeep feet warm on the coldest of days and pull on this pair of solid color crew length Heat Holders® for men, the warmest thermal sock!

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  • 80 6
 I'm sorry but who spends this much on sun glasses? Or am I just tight? Actually I'm scottish so that might justify this whole argument....
  • 18 2
 yeah, I don't get the point of spending $200 on glasses that will be scraped on a rock after the first crash. $50 works for me. My sale Tifosi's have lasted 3 years for $40.
  • 5 0
 $200 may seem high, but some Oakly's can be higher, not that I am siding with one or another. Im still using ESS glasses from 10 years ago.
  • 12 0
 Not that I am for spending an absurd amount on sunglasses, but I have Oakley Jawbreakers (got them as a gift) which are in that range for price. I keep really good care of mine and have been lucky enough to not crash on them yet and I have had them over a year and still have no scratches. I can say they are hands down the best sunglasses I have ever owned. Field of vision is huge, clarity is insane. So while I have trouble stomaching the cost of such a thing, I completely understand spending it.
  • 63 7
 @jasbushey: Woah there big spender, $50 on glasses that will be scraped on a rock after the first crash?!

I wear $2 safety glasses that I take from work. I don't even need to clean them, I can just grab another pair.
  • 7 0
 Those of us who get prescription sunglasses. Other than can usually find deals.I must say though, I'm astonished at the clarity and detail from my polarized Oakleys.
  • 4 2
 It is a bit much but buying cheaply made sunglasses can have a drawback. Not a lot of people experience direct crashes to their face (someone below mentioning scraping the glasses on a rock after a crash) most higher end glasses have shatter resistant lenses. Even if I can get $10 dollar sunglasses at the gas station, I'd rather spend the money and purchase some oakleys or similar. (not sure if these adidas are shatterproof though). Rather not have shard of plastic/glass puncturing my eye.
  • 8 2
 209us that's 1000$ cad canadian pesos could not afford it
  • 13 0
 @Dethphist: I too used to use safety glasses from work but the difference between safety glasses and sport specific/designed for a purpose glasses is noticeable. I mean, it's only your field of vision we're talking about....
  • 4 1
 @motoxxxer26: I find I get MORE usable field of vision out of safety glasses than any sunglasses I've ever owned. Although, I won't buy a set of $250cad glasses to wear on a bike either, so I can't speak to how effective they would be. I'm sure they feel and work great, but not something I can justify.
  • 12 0
 How sunny is it in Scotland?
  • 3 0
 @Dethphist: wasteful
  • 2 0
 PX Oakley for me. About the same as contact lenses which I only wear when riding. Definitely worth the money for me.
  • 4 3
 I bought my Adidas Evil Eye Pro for a similar price. I decided for something with quality, and yeah they were expensive but:
.They're excelent in terms of field of vision and comfort
.easy interchangeable lenses
.quality lenses. I have three pairs of lenses, vario (photochromic), mirrored for sunny and even on for skiing.
you know why? Over the years I bought several "cheap" that never suited 100% and they always ended up on some box.
This ones are an investment
  • 3 0
 Under $20 seems about right.
  • 7 0
 My glasses came with liquor, and they're knock off Ray Bans. They hurt my eyes from lens distortion or something.
  • 1 0
 I just got these adidas delivered and waiting for some sun to come out in Squamish to see how this photochromic lense performs
  • 4 0
 @pz3z: I definitely don't get $209 worth of sunny days up here, believe it.
  • 1 0
 @jasbushey: which tifosis?
  • 1 0
 Short arms and deep pockets you lot hahaha
  • 4 0
 @BaeckerX1: You can get some decent prescription wind shades at zennioptical for about $45. I have clear, yellow and tinted, but I mostly wear the yellow because I am old and my eyes don't adjust fast enough when moving between bright/dark areas like most people do when mountain biking (and photochromic lenses are super slow to change as well). I looked at Oakley's, but I knew as soon as I dropped $500 on riding glasses I would face-plant into a tree.
  • 1 0
 @TenBeers: I wouldnt spend any money on sunglasses for riding, I use goggles. I do own a 20 year old pair of serenghetis that were $200 then, but are still the best pair I've ever owned - lenses, the fit, never break even when you sit on them.
  • 5 0
 Certainly some people are more accident-prone than others, but i've been buying high-end sunglasses for my entire riding life and have never obtained so much as a scratch on any of them from riding. They always end up getting scratched in some stupid way - like in the car on the way back from the trail. Also it's important to note - Oakley's frames are warranted for life against breakage, though their lenses are not. So if you break the frames, you get a brand new set no questions asked. They offer the full range of lenses separately so you can replace scratched lenses and in most cases they are $30-$50.
  • 1 0
 @ianswilson815: try the ev zeros..gets rid of the annoying(to me) peripheral part that jawbreakers have and arent as tall, so doesmt hit helmet brow-BUT, u cannot cange the hit wonders.
  • 2 0
 People who buy $3000 carbon frames, that's who.
  • 2 0
 I have had surgery on both ears, and have an expensive pair of Rudy Projects Rydon(about this same price, had them a long time though and can't remember exactly).

They allow me to fit the glasses on my ears much more comfortably as there is scar tissue and long periods of wearing other glasses can get painful.

They have survived some pretty cool stuff. Plus replaceable lenses that are quickly and easily interchangeable. I love those things.
  • 2 0
 @jasbushey: How many times have you actually hit your face on a rock? I've been riding for about 20 years and it has never happened to me. You need good lenses to see undistorted. We spend $1000s/year on bike parts, what's $200 to protect your eyes?
  • 2 0
 @jasbushey: X2
I've had the same pair of Tifosi's I bought I wanna say back in '13.
At night I swap in the clear lenses. During the day I swap back to the tinted.
Fit is great, and they have holes at the top of the lenses so they won't fog up
  • 1 0
 @Kramz: Funniest thing I've read this month!!!
  • 1 0
 Most people who wear Oakley's (I haven't worn anything else for the past 10 years).
  • 1 0
 I'm american and wouldn't spent this either
  • 1 0
 @warmerdamj: i do often
  • 2 0
 Have you heard about Oakley's ?
  • 8 0
 @Dethphist: Woah there big spender, $2 on glasses that will be scraped on a rock after the first crash?!

I wear pieces of glass taped to my face that I find on the side of the road. Work and look way better than oakleys.
  • 1 0
 people that want to get rad, but also dont want to leave the jersey shore.
  • 2 0
 Move to colorado and you will understand
  • 1 0
 @dumpsterdiver1: Understand what?
  • 1 0
 @warmerdamj: I've scraped up 2-3 pairs of glasses. While its not all the time, I just don't see the point of having super expensive glasses that I worry about. My glasses let me see just fine, I don't feel I need $200 to see better. They even change colors so when its bright. And @Dethphist I've tried safety glasses, but they don't stay on my face, so yup, I'm a big spender.
  • 1 0
 @macross87: ESS huh? tyfys
  • 1 0
 @noisette: Geo plays a role for sure! Colorado gets 300 +/- sunny days a year so good shades are key...but anyone that pays retail for just about anything these days is a fool. manufacturing costs on these has to be what? maybe $3?
  • 1 0
 @Dethphist: Nice... use, abuse. Out of sight, out of mind. Or you could take a sustainable approach and buy some that you will take care of...
  • 1 0
 @RBalicious: Yes. Chucking 1 or 2 pairs of safety glasses into the garbage each year doesn't bother me much. I can still sleep at night. I'll spend the hundreds of dollars that I save each year on things that will do more to help the environment.
  • 9 2
 Really ! ....... 200+ for a pair of

£8 from arco....( other industrial suppliers exist..) problem ....bin them and get a new pair.
Or is it just that I am Scottish ? Lol
  • 9 1
 I'd feel like Tony Bennett in those glasses, ming
  • 1 0
 How about Tony Clifton?
  • 2 0
 @CarlMega: nah tony Montana..say hello to my little friends
  • 5 0
 That Dynaplug is a neat idea. Any color options? That price though, not sure....
  • 1 0
 Either all purple or purple with chrome caps.
  • 1 0
 Check out the dynaplug air. Super sweet concept
  • 1 0
 I agree, super cool.
  • 3 2
 It leaves a metal point inside of your tire... talk about rim damage when running any normal tubeless tire psi
  • 1 0
 @Yibh6009: not really supposed to be a long term solution. Just run a little higher pressure for the rest of the ride. I have the dynaplug micro and it's better than dealing with sealant everywhere when installing a tube, or walking for that matter, although I do still carry a tube in case of sidewall tears
  • 4 0
 Yeah I'm gonna rock me some thick grey wool gym sock steeze, maybe with some Birkenstock sandals. Can't get my wallet out fast enough...
  • 1 0
 These are fantastic if your on a budget, anti fog/scratch coating that does its job plus the inner foam works well to keep the shit & wind out of the eyes....
  • 1 0
 They look good, especially for night riding! $18 each $227 for a 20 pair case.
  • 3 0
 A- those 661 gloves are horrible ooking B- somone will complain about .816 ounce as being to heavy to carry.
  • 2 0
 how is the dynaplug different/better than the GI tubeless plug kit?
  • 1 0
 Or the Sahmurai Sword tubeless patch kit
  • 2 0
 I don't know but the GI plug kit is awesome. Works great for moderate punctures and is $7.
  • 1 0
 I just like the ease of carry for the dynaplug stuff over the GI kit. I considered the sahmurai kit but again the dynaplug is easier to switch bikes. More expensive yes but it's not like I'm buying one every month
  • 2 0
 I don't trust issi pedals. I bought an early pair and the part that the front of the cleat goes under snapped after two rides. Their customer service was pretty poor too.
  • 3 0
 The problem solver Zinger looks sweet, no idea that even was a thing!
  • 3 0
 ..and C- I missed a few letters
  • 3 1
 Those look like sunglasses Clark Kent would wear to the gym.
  • 1 2
 clark kent with sunglasses is still clark kent?
  • 1 0
 Pretty sure Clark Kent does not need to go to a gym. Just saying.
  • 2 0
 Buttr lather your ass with that before a ride or you might get chafing.
  • 1 0
 Adidas Zonyk - as seen by MC SpandeX in Le Velo
  • 2 0
 Not exactly a stellar list of products under $300… jeez
  • 1 0
 Eurostyle? I wonder what that means... I wonder what non eurostyle means too
  • 1 0
 Gloves...socks...up next...biking underwear with tailbone protection
  • 2 0
 POC makes those
  • 1 0
 yeah dude that's a thing already
  • 3 2
 gloves for the win they re sick
  • 1 0
 Those sunglasses are ugly as sin
  • 1 0
 44 bucks for a plug kit!!!!!
  • 3 2
 Wonk wonk
  • 1 0
 Sick socks.

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