Check Out: Trail Snacks, Sunglasses, a Waterproof Jersey & More - November 2018

Nov 16, 2018
by Pinkbike Staff  



A lot of gear comes across our desks here at Pinkbike. Check Out is a monthly 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.



Smith Wildcat Sunglasses


The glasses come with a ChromaPop lens for sunny days, a clear lens for when the clouds move in, and a hard case for storage.
Smith says the Wildcat glasses were designed to blend the best attributes of sunglasses and goggles.

Features

• Goggle inspired coverage
• Frame colors: black, moss, citron
• Two position nose piece
• $199 USD

• Includes ChromaPop lens and additional clear lens
• Hydroleophobic lens coating
• Lifetime warranty
www.smithoptics.com


bigquotesYes, you can buy safety glasses at the hardware story to keep your eyes free from flying debris, but the clarity and scratch resistance of those inexpensive options tends to be lacking. Smith's new Wildcat glasses are on the higher end of the spectrum, but they're nice and light, with a wide field of vision and tons of of coverage. I've only used them on a few rainy rides so far (based on the weather forecast it'll probably be awhile before the tinted lens gets any use) but they worked very well on those initial rides, remaining comfortable and fog-free for the duration. Mike Kazimer




Stryve Trail Mix

Stryve Trail Mix
Stryve's newest product blends air-dried beef morsels with seeds and nuts.

Features

• High quality mix of nuts and seeds
• Air-dried beef biltong flakes
• Gluten free, no peanuts
• $4.99 USD (60 gram pack)

• Long lasting energy, 20 grams of protein
• No hormones, antibiotics or additives
• Original, dark chocolate, and jalapeno flavors
Stryve Snacks


bigquotesIt would be tough to pack more energy into a 60-gram pouch. Stryve's mix of seeds, nuts and beef biltong takes up almost no space in a pocket or pack, and the ingredients deliver the staying power you need for long days in the saddle. A zip-lock pouch allows you to nibble at will, or add other ingredients to suit your taste. Five bucks may seem outrageous for a 60 gram bag of nuts and artisanal beef jerky, but three hours into an epic trail ride, you will be praising your purchase once you've tasted this delicious power food. I'm a fan of the dark chocolate. RC



Pearl Izumi Versa Softshell Hoodie


There are two hand pockets, with an additional zippered pocket on the right side.
A secondary cuff keeps the wind from sneaking into the sleeves.

Features

• Softshell fabric
• Two hand pockets, zippered security pocket, zippered back pocket
• $175 USD


• Reflective accents
• Drawstring hood
• Colors: port/arctic, black
www.pearlizumi.com



bigquotesPearl Izumi's new Versa Softshell jacket has the relaxed fit of a comfy cotton hoodie, but it's made from a polyester fabric that'll keep the wind out, and won't soak through immediately if there's little drizzle or snow. It's a good choice for chilly fall adventures, or for those pre- and post-ride moments where you need another layer for hanging around at the trailhead. The drop tail hem and reflective bits in key areas are clues that it's made for cycling, but it doesn't scream "I'm a bike dork," which means you can wear it around town without getting any strange looks. Mike Kazimer



Giro Riddance Women's Flat Pedal Shoes

Giro Riddance Women s

Giro Riddance Women s Shoes

Features

• Water-resistant breathable microfiber upper
• Laced closure with lace keeper
• Rubber toe and heel reinforcements
• Rockprint reinforcement for enhanced durability
• Available in whole sizes from 35 to 43
• Two colours: Dark Shadow/Berry or Glacier/Mint
www.giro.com
• Vibram Megagrip ISR rubber outsole
• EVA midsole optimized for vibration damping
• Molded DH EVA Footbed with arch support
• 400 grams (size 39)
• $129 USD


bigquotesGiro's Riddance Women's shoe is a welcome addition to the brand's line-up of women's mountain bike shoes which has mainly focused on more cross-country oriented clipless models until now. In fact, this is the brand's first flat pedal gravity shoe with a women's last. The women's version has a little less volume in the forefoot and a narrower heel cup when compared to the men's version. The Riddance uses Giro's new Vibram Megagrip ISR rubber outsole, and the low top allows for considerable movement around the ankle while pedaling. I have high arches and narrow feet, and I find the Riddance a very comfortable shoe with a supportive fit.Sarah Moore


Ion Tee LS Scrub Select


The Scrub Select is about as basic as it gets - it's a waterproof jersey one small pocket and a goggle / glasses wipe.

Features

• 5,000mm waterproof / 5,000 g/m² breathable
• Small zippered left pocket.
www.ion-products.com

• 4-way stretch fabric
• Loose fit
• 89.95 EUR

bigquotesIon's Tee LS Scrub Select jersey (the name doesn't exactly roll off the tongue) is a different take on waterproof apparel. It may look like what wrestlers wear when they're trying to shed pounds before a big match, but it's actually a waterproof / breathable jersey. The lack of vents or zippers means it's not going to be ideal for long rides with lots of pedalling, but I could see it working as a simple layer for those rainy bike park or shuttle days. Mike Kazimer



Gore Wear M Windstopper Gloves


The thin palm feels like a standard summer weight MTB glove and doesn't hamper your control.
The back of the gloves completely cut the wind, repel water, and have soe added insulation to keep your hands warm, dry, and functioning.

Features

• Minimalist feel
• Colors: Black or Neon
• Sizes XS-3XL
• $59.99 USD

• Touch screen compatible
• Water resistant
• Fully windproof
www.gorewear.com


bigquotesThick and bulky gloves are of little use to me on the mountain bike but frozen digits are even worse. The Gore M Windstopper glove has a minimalist feel that doesn't compromise grip on the bars and keeps the wind off while also offering a bit of protection from moisture in cooler weather. The gloves are breathable and pack down small so they're easy to stash in your pocket or pack when they're not in use. Daniel Sapp





106 Comments

  • + 32
 100% Brisker gloves are the shit for cold/wet weather riding if you don't live somewhere that gets to -20 in the winter. They have a nice one piece palm and the top side of your hand is insulated. They also cost half as much as those gore gloves...
  • + 7
 agree, I am riding all winter in -10 degrees C, and they are the best. Seriously people, if you want good winter gloves 100% Brisker is the way to go
  • + 4
 Best deal going for sure.
  • + 3
 I just bought a pair and they're awesome.
  • + 2
 I've been looking for a good winter pair. How are the briskers at repelling water?
  • - 8
flag getsomesy (Nov 16, 2018 at 23:50) (Below Threshold)
 i disagree, because the 100% gloves when relaxed, do not like to be curled around a bar, rather they straighten out fingers.
  • + 1
 @crsimmons: the original briskers were ok at repelling water, then after a while they got wet but as the back is made of neoprene like a wet suit your hands stayed fairly warm anyway, the latest version I believe are fully waterproof now, I highly recommend you try some as they wear well and stay in shape, I've had mine 2 years now and they have not even broke a stitch. unlike some gloves I've had that only last a few months
  • + 2
 The Briskers look interesting. How do they fit? I'm usually a large or XL in gloves depending on the brand.
  • + 2
 Yep, love mine. Go to when the weather is cold or iffy.
  • + 3
 I deal with the same xl/lg dilemma, I find that I am a xl in 100%. Stuff is great. @bde1024:
  • + 1
 What temp do you figure the Brisker's are good to? Would you be comfortable on a -5C ride?
  • + 1
 @bde1024: I wear the Briskers in XXL, they are ok so far for the low pricetag (21€).
I had to restitch them, because left and right were different and the thumbs were way too big.
XXL is about the same as with Fox, but bigger than Lizardskins and smaller than Alpinestars.

The reflective print came off after some weeks.

@motard5 If you are the cold-finger type they should be fine from + 3°C. At - 5°C I would prefer cheap insulated ski gloves on a longer ride . Cold fingers are ok for 10min, not for 2hrs. If your ride starts uphill and then goes down quite fast they should be fine when colder, but not in flat land where you wont heat up.
  • + 3
 @bde1024: They fit big for an XL. That is what I normally wear and I find them a little roomy. Most motorcycle shops have them in stock this time of year, so you might try to go support a local business.
  • + 2
 I just got a pair of these and they are awesome!!!!
  • + 16
 After a muddy ride I like to take off my pants and jacket
  • + 6
 Reminds me of Blink 182...
  • + 15
 Dope shades MC Kazzy PB Da Mic Droppa
  • + 11
 Not getting laid with those shades.
  • + 2
 @Boardlife69: if I saw a dude in those shades around to my daughters primary school, I would ask questions with the blow torch ready
  • + 1
 I wa gonna day Kool Moe Dee.
  • + 1
 @Boardlife69: never doubt the humans..good at making bad choices.
  • + 2
 @jrocksdh: who or what isn't making bad choices then? Big Grin
  • + 14
 The glasses make you look like a tool. Then when people find out what you paid, they’ll call you a fool.
  • + 9
 I’d rock those shades in a heart beat. For $25.
  • + 10
 I can buy 100 pairs of safety glasses for the price of those Smiths. Is the increased scratch protection THAT much better?
  • - 1
 Is the fit, optics, scratch protection, and ventilation better than $3 saftey glasses? Probably not, keep telling yourself there is no difference
  • + 12
 @Tr011: He didn't say it wasn't better, is it 100x better though?
  • + 2
 @ZappBrannigan: probably, depends on the user
  • + 5
 Price vs performance does not have a linear response. And it definitely doesn't have a 1:1 ratio. This is not news. If you don't notice any performance gains then don't bother with high end equipment. And probably don't bother with this sort of advertising pieces on a mtb website.
  • + 0
 Go to your trail and wear 100 pairs of DeWalts then
  • + 2
 @ZappBrannigan: is your bike 100x better than a Walmart special?

I bet your not a 100x better rider than those people who buy them
  • + 4
 Once you look through Smith shades, there is no turning back... I will not use anything else until something better comes along..
  • + 3
 @Tr011: get to a military surplus store. Today I got some ESS Suppressors for 25quid, the fit, antifog coating and lens quality is better than most cycling glasses. They even play nice with full face helmets.
  • + 7
 I spend the extra $0.50 to get the fancy safety glasses with the anti fog coating. They are cas clear as can be, don't fog, and they have a great crash replacement policy. No matter how you break them or misplace them you can buy an unlimited number of replacements for $1.89 each.
  • + 5
 For the record, I actually wear a pair of Ryders most often when on the bike, but those were $60cad. I'll wear the safeties when at night and I want clear lenses.

I just think $200usd is beyond ridiculous for a pair of REALLY ugly sun glasses.
  • + 3
 @Fix-the-Spade: what is a quid in freedom dollars?
  • + 7
 @Tr011: It's about 40 Canadian roubles.
  • + 1
 And you don't want to buy anthing Smith anyway. Their designs are usually great but the quality and durability is apalling. Everything I had with that company disintegrated after a year or so (usually sooner). Also, non existent customer support (it is part of Safilo group, so what more to say).
  • + 2
 @Archimonde: dont know what your talking about but the product and service has been great since I got my first pair of ski goggles 7 years ago from them
  • + 3
 @Tr011: as a former retailer I can say, without question, that yes you can buy work safety spex that work as well, last as long, and cost under $10. I’m personal to my Elvex. There’s a brown tint lens that works great for everything except sun, and then I buy $10 sunnies from the local bike shop. I really can’t argue against a guy wanting nice shades, but there’s something for everyone isn’t there?
  • + 3
 @Tr011: Long story short: 2x Squad MTB goggles. Old and a new model: both got cracks on the lenses (from the sides going to the centre). One lens had a small crack so during a crash that crack spread so big that it was possible that the lens would shatter damaging my eye. *All* those lenses developed cracks at the same places. Some lenses even after one(!) ride.
1x Pivlock Arena: After a year or so, well you've guessed it, lenses started to crack on the corners near the hinges. So I'm down to one lens and I'm just trying to calculate how long it will last.

I'm very very careful with my gear and always take utmost care with anything. It is just unacceptable that this happens. Even if you accept it, customer support should catch it. What Smith EU actually wrote to me was this: (paraphrassing): "Thank you, we'll let our engineers know about this. Have a nice day." Wrote them again, they didn't even reply.

So no, not buying their low quality stuff anymore. Most of my buddies and family have 100% gear and I wanted to have something different (and design-wise better). It was a mistake in hindsight and whatever I bought from 100% it was great afterwards.
  • + 0
 Top end Adidas sunglasses I bought are the best spent money this year. The vision, vario glass, fit and looks are totally worth it. Especially when you get them for 65 % of recommended price.
  • + 1
 @Archimonde: weird I've had my io/x goggles for 5 years of snowboarding and dh mtb with zero issues and my pivloc v2 max for almost 7 years with out any complaints.

Lens quality is second to none.
  • + 4
 My Smith Hideouts have great clarity and were $80. Last month the coating started to peel off after three years of daily use, I mailed them to Smith, a week later I have brand new Hideouts.

I bought some 3M safety glasses in the interm and the edgess of the lenses had a distortion that gave me a splitting headache, they were $9usd. Seems like a waste of $9.
  • + 1
 @kelownakona: Well it doesn't fall apart. But I enjoy the ad hominem, makes for lovely civil discourse.
  • + 1
 Try fitting 100 pairs of safety glasses into your fancy pack.
  • + 5
 ", but it doesn't scream "I'm a bike dork," which means you can wear it around town without getting any strange looks."

Are you sure about that Mike? That blue and red is hella ugly.
  • + 3
 Dang you beat me too it! It doesnt scream bike dork, rather it just screams my parents didn't love me because they didn't teach me how to dress.
  • + 7
 Trail mix? You guys are reviewing trail mix now?
  • + 4
 I'm usually eating leftover Halloween candy until December...
  • + 3
 No this is 'check out.' But to be clear, reviewing trail mix sounds like a dream job.
  • + 8
 Bike shit's expensive
  • + 1
 That's what I was thinking about shorts. Label them, "riding shorts", and the price triples. I was going to buy a pair of legitimate riding shorts, but payed a third for a pair that was 8.5/10 as good.
  • + 1
 Meanwhile people are paying around $500 for a sweatshirt, that would fit in a mentally-challenged kid's wardrobe and $900 for a pair of uncomfortable pair of bulky sneakers.
  • + 1
 Modern times...the makers generally live/work in expensive(high tax) areas so therefore price is up.
  • + 5
 Can we skip the 80's retro look and get straight to the 90's comeback? Although everything was baggy which probably wouldn't work too well with cycling.
  • + 23
 I look forward to some throwback JNCO DH shorts.
  • + 1
 Mainstream is there already. I'm just trying to fastforward to the 2000s comeback.
  • + 4
 Save all your food stamps, burn down the trailerpark.
  • + 9
 Baggy jeans in 90’s was main reason to lose your big ring and run a bash guard! People think 1x gearing is a new thing.
You have baggy-90’s to thank.

(Except then it was 1x8!)
  • + 2
 Could always go Milli Vanilli ))
  • + 2
 I dunno about you but I'm totally digging the members only jacket with the bolle chrono shield glasses. If only those gloves came in white with rhinestones.
  • + 6
 175$ for a hoodie? Mine was $11 from Walmart
  • + 1
 Targets and the champion line is exceptional.
  • + 4
 2.11oz for $4.99!! That's an expensive snack, doesn't even have enough calories! A box of Nature Valley for $2.50 is a better alternative! Or a slice of pizza or PBJ!
  • + 1
 Oh, c'mon @drivereight, think about all the hungry dentists!
  • + 2
 whooping $83/kg...
  • + 1
 Pop tarts are about $1 usd and have over 400 calories for the pair.
  • + 1
 my go-to trail snack is good ol' trail mix, which i buy for $0.89 /100g. these pouches work out to $10.83 /100g (CAD) hmmmmm
  • + 1
 Dentists are probably not in support of trail mix as a snack for the masses. Those pop tarts however sound more like soomething they'd promote. Gotta keep those customers coming back to pay for that new Santa Cruz!
  • + 5
 Serious question for a second, does anyone pay $200 for a pair of glasses? Like in the real world, with real money
  • - 1
 Yes.
  • + 0
 Yes many people do and I am grateful for that. I can then buy them from them at 50% of the price in a barely used condition.
  • + 2
 I really don't understand how it can be reasonably argued that there is fair value in a $200 pair of glasses. What do they do differently to $20 glasses? Obviously there's the brand name and marketing, but I still don't see how that adds x10 of value.
  • + 4
 @IllestT:
Only thing I don't mind paying for on glasses is proper polarized lenses.
Gimme the cheapest no brand frame but good lenses.
The thing good polarized lenses do is amazing to me. It's like x Ray specs when it comes to water and glare
  • + 1
 @IllestT:
Dunno not all advertised polarized are equal. Had some that are shit and are no better than regular petrol station glasses and some that are mega. Case of suck it and see. Last decent pair I got where asda 30quid jobbys and the ones before that I got from oz for 20$. Find a puddel in the sun and you can tell straight away. Good Pair of polarized and you can count fish on a sunny day 100ft down in water
  • + 1
 I can just hear the lyrics "I am so god damn sick and tired of this pink sh*t
Show me something rad with some black in a girl’s fit
Feel like Cinderella dressed in yella in my race kit"

not a girl but my Gf got into mountain biking, hehe:" GUYS, I did it!"
and I totally get bumped when I see a great product that is woman specific but is only in limited options, some frames that are woman specific are even worse than those for men, for the same price!

But yeah. nice shoes but seriously, "Show me something rad with some in a girl's fit"
I really want to buy her something great that is MTB specific.
other than that. you guys are awesome!
  • + 2
 For $199 I'll just buy some nice goggles and glasses. Smith IOS on sale and whatever glasses you want should easily fit under the 199 mark and not decrease your chance of getting laid.
  • + 5
 "they very worked well"
Is this Canadian English?
  • + 2
 Very eh
  • + 3
 Wear my XC Skiing gloves when the weather drops down under 10 C. Keeps my fingers and hands toasty which, when cycling in the cooler months in Finland, is important.
  • + 1
 Man I need some sort of riding glasses that can keep my eyes from watering up at speed.... but geez these big glasses are so ugly and expensive. Is there a cheap option that works?
  • + 4
 1992 called and wants their heinous glasses back......
  • + 2
 Kool Moe Dee shades in da house!
  • + 1
 Why is it so hard to make a decent waterproof layer?
Formula: 2 layer poly, 20k waterproof, 20k breathable, pit zips, full front zipper, two side zippers, adjustable hood. Done.
  • + 1
 @motard5: love endura stuff. The mt500 is awesome, but not really “packable.” That’s why a 2L might be a better choice.
  • + 0
 I have never come across a relatively thin glove that wasn't touch screen compatible. Even my old ones from before touch screens were a thing. Fleece, clarino, rubber, you name it. The worst comes when the maker decides to use a 'touch screen compatible' panel for the fingertips, adding a seam where the finger meet the brakes.
  • + 3
 I'd feel inclined to punch someone in the face for wearing those glasses.
  • + 3
 Ducati now has an E-bike, 27.5....but is fugly!
  • + 1
 I like my trail mix, a pre-ride fries and two cheese burgers in the pouch, 3 dollars, 1500 calories, nothing beats the fast food chain on compact energy.
  • + 2
 I feel bad for the 80s. They must miss all their sunglasses.
  • + 1
 Next week at Checkout: Pole's new CNC'd frame, just $4000. Pocket change for the Millennial Bay Area population.
  • + 2
 Literally rent for a 2br place there.
  • + 1
 $175 for a hoodie? Retro glasses and rabbit food.... quit wasting our time PB
  • + 2
 on behalf of all hydroleos everywhere, i am offended by the Smith glasses.
  • + 1
 Is that trail snack for squirrels? :-D
  • + 0
 Please leave the gear photos and words to meagher et. al
  • + 0
 I'm sorry how much to look like a Burnley fan? Piss of pearl izumi
  • + 1
 Only a football fan would get upset about colours.
  • + 2
 @fatduke:
Honestly i can't stand footy or its fans or Burnley in general.
I love it when the world cups on tho as the lake district is empty.
  • - 2
 Hate how much I love those Smith's. Been avoiding goggle glasses like the plague and then this.. damn it.

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