Check Out: New Multi-Tools, Helmets, Jackets, & More

Mar 15, 2022 at 16:34
by Mike Kazimer  



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 stuff someone sent us unsolicited and we're having a laugh.



Gore Lupra Jacket




Features

• Windproof, durably water-resistant
• Colors: black, green, sand
• Weight: 10.9 oz
• $180 USD
• Taped seams in hood and shoulder area
• Over-the-helmet adjustable hood
gorewear.com.com




bigquotesGore's new Lupra jacket is designed for days when the weather can't make up its mind, those rides when it's rainy and windy one moment and calm and sunny the next. It's sort of a hybrid jacket, a mix between a hard shell and a soft shell. The entire jacket is water-resistant and windproof, but the panels on the chest, shoulders, and hood are the most water-resistant, while the back, hips, and lower arms use a more breathable fabric. The idea is that it can be worn for an entire ride, rather than being taken on and off depending on the conditions.

The Lupra is a bit bulkier than a super-light emergency rain shell - that means it's compact enough to stick into a backpack, but it's too big to stash in a hip pack. The hood easily fits over a helmet, and elastic drawcords on the back of it help snug it down to keep it securely in place. I'm wearing a size medium in the above photos, and for my slim build and 5'11” height it's a great fit – there's plenty of room to move without any overly-baggy areas flapping around. 




Specialized Camber Helmet




Features

• In-molded shell
• MIPS liner
• Headset SX fit system
• Seven color options
• Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL
• Price: $80 USD
specialized.com




bigquotesSpecialized recently released a new version of their high-end Ambush helmet – you can read the full review here – and at the same time launched a more wallet-friendly option, the Camber. It shares a similar futuristic look, but comes in at only $80 USD.

The Camber uses a basic MIPS liner, essentially a layer of slippery plastic that sits between the wearer's head and the helmet itself in order to provide 10-15mm of sideways movement, movement that's intended to reduce some of the rotational forces that reach the brain during an impact. A ratcheting dial at the back of the helmet is used to adjust the fit.

The Camber doesn't provide quite as much coverage at the back of the head compared to the Ambush and Tactic models, and it also has a little less ventilation. However, it did receive a five star rating from Virginia Tech, and its 370 gram weight is very reasonable, especially considering the price.

The Ambush and Tactic both fit me a little better than the Camber – the Camber feels like it perches higher on my head, and the lack of a height-adjustment feature means there's not really a way to change that. As with any helmet, it's best to try before you buy. 



Canyon Fix 3-In-1 Tool




Features

• 90-click ratchet head
• Integrated Dynaplug tool & CO2 inflator
• 4 steel double bits
• Price: $62.95 USD
• More info: canyon.com




bigquotesThere are several multi-tools on the market that incorporate a ratcheting head, but Canyon's Fix tool takes things a step further with the inclusion of a Dynaplug tire plug tool and a CO2 inflator. The tool unthreads into two parts to allow access to the plug or CO2 head. It comes with four two-sided steel bits (2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, T6, T25), and three additional Dynaplugs to accompany the one that's already loaded up.

A neoprene tool roll keeps it all from rattling around, and packages it small enough to put into a pocket, pack, or the downtube of a bike.

I typically prefer a multi-tool without removable bits, since I want to be able to take it out, adjust whatever it is that needs adjusting, and then get back to riding as quickly as possible. The Fix has me reconsidering my position due to how reassuringly solid it feels, and how well it fits into my hand. It also does a very good job of incorporating the tire plug and CO2 inflator without taking up any extra room.

The one thing missing is a chain tool - if that was included somehow it would cover pretty much all the bases when it comes to basic trailside repairs. The high quality construction does make the price tag a little easier to justify, but there's still no denying that the Fix is on the more expensive side of things.





Stan's Dart Tool




Features

• Plug material reacts with Stan's sealant to help seal punctures
• Includes two pre-loaded Darts.
• Weight: 15 grams
• No trimming necessary
• Price: $25 USD
notubes.com





bigquotesStan's Dart tire plug tool has a mixed reputation. Some riders have had great luck with it, while others have had trouble with the tip of the plug breaking off, or not being able to successfully seal a puncture. The design was recently updated, and according to Stan's the tip and the material used is now stronger to help resolve those previous issues.

I took the latest version of the tool with me down to Tucson, Arizona, where there are plenty of sharp things just waiting for the chance to rip a hole in a tire, and it didn't take long before I got the chance to give it a try. My rear wheel touched down on a jagged rock, pinching the tire against the rim and slicing the sidewall right at the bead, a spot that's typically tough to fix. I took out the Dart, jabbed it in, and soon there was all sorts of bubbling sealant that showed it was getting to work – the plug material is designed to react with the sealant to create an even better seal. The fix held, and the tire retained air for multiple rides after that incident. At least until another tester smashed another rock, and put more holes in the same tire...

In any case, the Dart did its job, and worked exactly as intended. I do wish the Darts were compatible with a typical two-prong tire plug tool. That way you could decide whether to use a Dart or a traditional rubber plug, or maybe a combination of both depending on the job at hand. As it is, the Dart is easy to use and light weight, but the proprietary nature of the design does have limitations. 






141 Comments

  • 271 1
 If I want to check out multi(ple) tools, I simply take a look at the UCI officials
  • 117 4
 Dick Pound
  • 38 1
 I C what U did there
  • 29 0
 I think that's pretty unfair. It takes real expertise to schedule a DH calendar so we can have a race in Lourdes in March.
  • 8 3
 @Lanebobane: did U C what I did here?
  • 2 2
 @SIZ: now I get it! Upvotes to you both
  • 3 0
 @SIZ: U C, I don't care
  • 216 11
 So, in short:

$180 jacket that makes you look like a banana
Helmet for cosplaying as a mallard duck (or a rubber ducky, if paired with the jacket above!)
An overcomplicated, expensive and awkward to use multitool with no chain breaker and small easy to lose bits
and last but not least, a tyre plug system that doesn't work.

I'm reaching for my wallet as we speak!
  • 3 1
 lol
  • 12 1
 The jacket is an improvement to the $150 not breathable not waterproof one recently
  • 8 1
 The jacket actually seems worth it to me if you need a jacket like that. Gore Bike Wear is really good stuff... Everything else, yeah... totally agree
  • 3 0
 I'll take 10 of each!!!!!!
  • 9 0
 @PAmtbiker: on that note, the helmet seems worth it if you need a helmet like that and the tools seem worth it if you need tools like that.
  • 2 0
 I suppose if you wear the jacket in the rain and someone were to tread on you they would probably slip over. Does it at least make the comedy slide whistle noise when they do? I should hope so for $180...
  • 1 0
 Reach for it fast before the next price hike!
  • 6 0
 The yellow jacket ensures you don't accidentally get shot by a duck hunter for wearing the helmet.
  • 50 2
 Dart tool is ass-trash in my experience. As stated, the tips continually break off into the tire. This has occurred 4+ times so I've totally disregarded this tool. So not only is your tire still flat there is now a small piece of plastic rattling around inside. I was disappointed with Stans' effort here
  • 13 0
 and the Dart plugs are super expensive. Even more than Dynaplug which work really well.
  • 3 1
 Does anyone have any recommendations for which of the various plug options work well and aren't stupid expensive? I've never used them but I'd be keen to keep some handy without wasting a handful of cash.
  • 17 0
 @codfather1234: Any system using the bacon strips seems to work well in my experience. There are some inexpensive ones.
  • 3 0
 yeah I've found them to be fairly useless. If the hole is too big for the (stans) sealant to seal, but too small for the plastic tip to go in then the dart just bends or breaks rather than going through the hole
  • 2 0
 @codfather1234: I've been pretty happy with the Crankbros Cigar tool. Reasonably priced, no issues so far.
  • 12 0
 @codfather1234: Just buy plug options for a Car. Cheaper and bigger so you wont have problems fixing holes
  • 12 14
 Stans makes trash products period.
  • 15 0
 I must be in the minority. Darts have been far more effective than dynaplugs in my experience. Stan's had a bad batch of feathers, where the feathers would separate from the tip. I believe the ones with the clear tips were bad, but don't quote me on that. The original batch and the latest batches have all been wonderful for me. I've plugged several punch flats at the bead with them even. I'm a fan.
  • 1 0
 Thanks, good to know i was really considering it over a Lezyne. Thought it would stow into the steerer tube using a fork cork.
  • 2 1
 @hardtailparty: Hopefully you're right! @StansNoTubes care to comment?
  • 5 1
 @hardtailparty: yep I've been using them with no problems, fixed a proper squirter mid-race in 15 seconds a couple of months ago, was really impressed.
  • 3 0
 @hardtailparty: This is making my to purchase or not decision difficult
  • 3 0
 @tacklingdummy: Stuffing bacon/plugs in with an Allen key has always worked for me. I keep a pack in my folded multi tool. Cheap n easy.
  • 1 0
 @RockCrawler: yep that's what I did. Fixed plenty of flats on the trail no problems.
  • 3 0
 I've spent more than $50 on dart refills and had exactly one plug work. The rest broke/failed right away or like 100m down the trail. Pretty useless in my opinion. The much cheaper bacon strips sealed up holes that the dart failed time and time again. And like Kaz said, it's annoying that it's a standalone tool and takes up space in a toolwrap and can't be used with any other plug tool.
  • 3 0
 @tacklingdummy: The motorcycle ones can be cut into thinner strips and they're way cheaper than mtb specific.
  • 3 0
 I just bought the tool as I wasn't aware of these issues. Lots of negative comments here, but the article clearly specify that the issue was solved with an updated plug...we'll see how it goes!
  • 5 0
 @codfather1234: I've had the DynaPlug Racer for a few years now. I've used it twice. Once on my CX bike and most recently on my MTB. When you hear the "pssshhhh" and look back at your tire and see sealant, just stick it with the right sized pointy end and pull back. It's the size of a cigarette so it can easily go in a pocket or a bib. Hit it with some CO2 (if you have some) and you're riding back to the car. Sucks when you have to use it, but it's been successful for me both times.
  • 2 0
 @codfather1234: I have a Lezyne bacon strip one that works good, I’ve managed to seal 3 or 4 big punctures with it by sticking the strips together if need be. I keep it in a pocket so the strips get warmed by my body while I ride and they get tackier and easier to work with.
  • 2 0
 @joepax: I've had good luck with Dynaplug as well for road and mountain. Not inexpensive, but made in the states and they work.
  • 2 0
 @codfather1234: I got one of these: www.tweekscycles.com/genuine-innovations-tubeless-repair-kit-camintlkit

cut the handle off and welded it to a grub screw which fits inside my OneUp EDC canister thing. The bacon strips seem to work quite well, sealed two holes so far and when the sealant dried out and I hadn't fixed the hole, it sealed the same but slightly bigger hole again. That's been good for a year now, although that bike does get fairly light use.
  • 19 0
 Since the original version, we've gone with a harder material and strengthened the bond between the material and the tip. We know we're trying something different with the DART from what others have done before, so we're happy to send free replacements if anyone has any problems: warranty@notubes.com.
  • 2 0
 @likeittacky: I think the flange on a dart tool would be too big to fit in a steerer tube. I have dynaplug pill stored in mine with a fork cork, and it fits easily.
  • 2 0
 @gbeaks33: let us know if we can replace anything you have with the new version for free for you, or do anything else to help: warranty@notubes.com
  • 2 0
 @rick26: If your DART gives you any static, just let us know, and we're here to replace it or do anything else we can do help: warranty@notubes.com
  • 3 0
 @StansNoTubes: I had this exact experience, and you guys were great. Sent me replacement darts and even sealant. I'm wary to try them again on the tiny holes, but they seem to work great on the larger ones.
  • 1 0
 @codfather1234: any of the cheap bacon strips tools will work to plug the hole. The weldtite kit has everything you need if you have space in your pack. If you have a small hole, speed is your friend, as you might not need to pump it up again. I'm which case, I'm fond of my one-up with the tubeless plug pre loaded in the sealed pot at the bottom. Not a cheap solution though! You can ghetto the weldtite into the bottom of your steerer or crank, or just tape it to the frame for race days...
  • 1 0
 @StansNoTubes: what about when the flimsy carbon Fibre applicator rod breaks when you're trying to insert the plug into the sidewall of a maxxis rambler? Although at least with one applicator gone I can use that side to store spare darts.
  • 1 0
 @codfather1234: Go to an autoparts store and buy one there. Like 5 bucks and works great.
  • 1 0
 @codfather1234: I use torn bits of old t-shirts. I been riding with one in for 6 months and it's still holding up fine.
  • 1 0
 @commental: Aren't they the same size as the car ones? Also, isn't it hard to cut and ruins scissors because it gets all gummed up? I like my scissors. Lol.

The bike bacon kits are about the same price as the car/moto kits now and are in a tiny cool aluminum kit, so I'd rather just buy the bike specific ones and not deal with it.
  • 1 0
 @tacklingdummy: Use a knife, not scissors. Up to you what you buy or don't buy.
  • 2 0
 @lexcanoe: No problem. Glad we could help out.
  • 5 0
 @palleus: Let us know, so we can send you a free replacement. warranty@notubes.com Yep, that is 100% covered.
  • 4 0
 Wow, lots of actual, useful feedback. Was not expecting this on PB. Thanks all.
  • 12 0
 @StansNoTubes: I'm a pretty diehard dynaplug guy and not in the market, but I always make a mental note when brands engage in the comments with an official account, esp when they're getting beat up a little. I think I'm right in saying that means a lot to people. Props for doing so.
  • 1 0
 @dancingwithmyself: Thanks! Yep, if we can help, we need to be there.
  • 1 0
 @StansNoTubes: Thanks, I just sent the email.
  • 2 0
 Just FYI I contacted Stan's based on the above and they emailed back within 12 hours and mailed out replacement darts and sealant. I'll give em another shot.
  • 1 0
 @gbeaks33: This is like Game of Thrones, cant wait for the next episode!
  • 2 0
 @likeittacky: Let's hope it's not as terrible as Season 8, though.
  • 1 0
 @gbeaks33: Same same. That's a great attribute of a company
  • 46 1
 Can Pinkbike open up the comments on the paid articles? I don't need to read the guys articles about fire road climbing or why we need power meters, but I would really like to ridicule them.
  • 2 0
 Wolfowner: damn funny comment right there!
  • 2 0
 Agreed! Headline and first paragraph would be more than enough to work with.
  • 36 1
 BRKNG NWS: CNYN NW MKNG MLTTL
  • 1 0
 *Boomhauer voive* Yep
  • 19 0
 There's always money in the banana...jacket?
  • 11 0
 1) That’s got to be a typo that the multi tool has a T6 bit, right?

2) It’s totally bizarre that Gore calls that color “Sand”. I’ve never in my life seen sand that color. That’s banana yellow. Crayola yellow. None more yellow.
  • 2 0
 Maybe that's the "green"? LOL
  • 1 0
 You should have seen the jacket they wanted to do. It wasn't banana yellow, believe me!
  • 10 1
 Stan’s makes good sealant…….and that’s it. It’ll take a few years of eyelets not disintegrating on their rims and Dart tools not sucking to regain any faith in their non-liquid products.
  • 5 2
 and freehub bodies locking in the hubs, rims folding at a mere glance, etc
  • 6 0
 In my experience, even Stan's sealant isn't very good. When it was essentially the only option, it was good enough. But other options are much better now. For me, Orange Seal is a much better product.
  • 1 1
 Ive seen stans weep through sidewalls and leave puddles on floors overnight that orange seal fixed.
  • 2 0
 @Marquis: same here, used stans in the past but now only orange. Better results in my experience but I haven't tried the more expensive stans race. Maybe it's amazing..
  • 6 0
 First I heard about Dart issues. I've used it for a couple years, a couple times, and never had this problem. But now I'm paranoid!
  • 3 0
 @Chuckolicious if you ever have any problems with your DART, please just let us know, and we'll take care of you. warranty@notubes.com
  • 6 0
 Mighty small tool you got there sir!
  • 1 0
 Yeah, they commonly leave out the 8mm allen key. Probably because they're less commonly offered in those 1/4" bits. But I need that for my rear axle so that filters out a good lot of these tools. Or you're still going to bother with a separate pop-on 8mm adapter (that fits on the 6mm allen key). Back when I was using Hollowtech Octalink cranks (and especially when they started to loosen up several times a ride) I really needed to bring a separate 10mm allen key as I don't think it is ever included in any of these sets.

So yeah, small tool indeed. But as it is there already, let's hope it can at least make someone happy.
  • 4 0
 @vinay: I managed to find a source for them on AliExpress a few years ago. I bought 75, and have been handing them out to all my friends. The shop doesn’t sell them anymore so will hang on to the remaining 72 I have, hopefully they will last until I no longer have a need for them.
  • 2 0
 Some cultures consider small tools sophisticated…I wish I could live there.
  • 7 0
 @Afterschoolsports: Brag much? I wish I had 3 friends…
  • 8 0
 @unrooted: two friends. One of the bits I use myself.
  • 1 0
 I got yr joke...
  • 2 0
 @Mtn-Goat-13: I know right, these guys are too busy playing with their bits, and 10mm's?...puhlease!!
  • 2 0
 @vinay: Wera sell all their bits individually, kctool.com has them all in stock in the USA
  • 2 0
 @farkinoath: + 1 for Wera. I got their adjustable torque driver and a stainless bit set and stainless hex wrenches. Bought em for my mechanic buddy as well. No rusting my bolts (socket head cap screws) anymore.
  • 3 1
 The Stans dart tool looks like a tampon applicator, so that's out. Anyone else have reservations about the dynaplug pokey stabby metal cone trashing their tubeless tape setup/carbon rims if the tire gets even moderately compressed? A multi tool without an 8mm or chain tool............is not a multi tool. Nope, that's out too. Monkeys like looking like big bananas.
  • 1 0
 The brass is pretty soft. It's not an issue, in my experience
  • 6 1
 Look like a flying banana in that jacket god that thing is ugly
  • 3 0
 it got stolen to a dead sailor i guess!!! ugly is right
  • 5 0
 I think it is fine. Plain colors are less subject to fashion and yellow means you won't even try to keep it spotless. I've got good experience with that Gore-Tex material so I wouldn't be too bothered with the color if it keeps me dry and happy in shite weather.
  • 6 0
 Even the dude wearing is sad he is wearing it, just look at the bottom right photo of him.
  • 5 0
 @paytondean: I can't speak for @mikekazimer, but this must be the part of his job description that he dreads the most
  • 1 0
 he looks like he Knows What I Did Last Summer
  • 1 0
 @paytondean: The hood seems snug. There probably just isn't room left in there to smile.
  • 3 0
 @VtVolk: I imagine a mom voice saying "come on Mikey, turn around, let me see how it fits....oooh you're so handsome".
  • 2 1
 I usually love Specialized equipment but their new helmets are far too ugly for word to adequately describe.
Looks like they fell out of the Ugly Tree and hit every branch on the way down.

BTW, does every single piece of MTB gear these days have to look like (color wise) is was dragged through the dust & mud, or worse pulled out of my old footlocker/duffle bag?
  • 1 0
 Harbor Freight's upper tool line (ICON) now has a small 35 pc kit with all the bits of the Canyon, and more, and comes in a tidy little case.......for $39.95 USD

You could pack the full monte in your backpack, or pick and choose only the bits you need for your bike

www.harborfreight.com/locking-flex-head-ratchet-and-bit-set-35-pc-58074.html?_br_psugg_q=icon+bit+socket+set
  • 1 0
 The stans thing makes me a bit anxious now, as I think I have the “old” version, with a white tip. Not used yet, but bought on the basis of favourable reviews, so hoping the cited problems don’t blight me on the day I need it…not cheap at around £4 per dart either.
  • 4 0
 @rockhopper70 Get in touch at warranty@notubes.com. If you don't have the latest version, we can get that to you.
  • 1 0
 Had a stans dart in my pack for ages and when the time came to use it I found it to be fine. It went into the home no problem and sealed the tyre so much so I used the tires for ages as it was as I could be bothered to change it.
  • 5 0
 Big yellow bird!?
  • 2 0
 Looking forward to Specialized’s u-turn on helmet design for 2023. Hopefully they are learning a lesson and the next batch look great!
  • 3 0
 I lovv how bike tools keep costing more and doing less. It doesn't even have a bottle opener
  • 3 0
 Love the third jacket picture. Mike seems just as excited about UK-ish weather as I am. Or is he just not a fan of bananas?
  • 3 0
 Gore Lupra jacket. For those days when you want to look like someone from Deadliest catch.
  • 1 0
 The HUGE positive here is the integration of dynaplugs in 3rd party tools. Hope this is the first of many collaborations. Really hope Wolftooth and OneUp are taking note. That would awesome.
  • 2 0
 Bought a few Gore pieces last year and they're great, definitely looking into their new Trail collection too
  • 3 0
 $180 for a banana jacket? Lol.
  • 4 0
 Yellow is definitely the new trending color right lately. Not sure why. Lol.
  • 1 1
 @tacklingdummy: easier for SAR to find your body wadded up on the side of the trail
  • 3 0
 Fire road climbing is pretty great.
  • 3 0
 So good it's almost worth paying to read about.
  • 2 0
 Why when people model apparel, they instantly become a hideous looking manikin?
  • 1 0
 Whats up with the color schemes nowadays. Cant we just have normal Color’s and not look like a chunk missing from a rainbow
  • 1 0
 Glad that Stan’s has acknowledged the original Darts were trash. Now only if I had back $50 in failed product as a beta tester.
  • 1 0
 Welcome to mtb. Would you also like a refund on your plus tires?
  • 4 0
 @airsteamin Get in touch so we can help settle up with you at warranty@notubes.com. Seriously, we'll help. Like @RonSauce says, stuff is always changing, but talk to us, and we'll make it right.
  • 1 0
 Stans should send everyone who purchased their gen 1 dart tool a free replacement. Ridiculously weak tool that broke after first use, for me.
  • 1 0
 Contacted Stan's by email regarding broken generation 1 dart tool. Prompt response and replacement arranged. Impressive customer service.
  • 1 0
 Ummm @mikekazimer, the only problem with that jacket is that it still has the sleeves...
  • 2 0
 Only 90 POE on the Canyon tool? I need at least 690..
  • 16 1
 our work here is done.
  • 2 0
 How about the 2022 Pinkbike Team Jersey. Where. Is. That.
  • 2 0
 Can that guy stand up straight, instead of looking like a sulky teenager
  • 1 0
 Mike looks so happy to be modelling the banana... "and turn to the side, smile please" .... "feck off"
  • 1 0
 @stansnotubes sent you an email regarding the replacements. Had a plug break the tip off recently. Thanks
  • 3 1
 Butt Darts
  • 2 0
 Stans dart. What a joke.
  • 3 0
 @keen515 if you had a DART that gave you any trouble, please let us know so we can help. warranty@notubes.com
  • 2 0
 @StansNoTubes: thanks for the response, but the product was so far from the mark that I've no interest in a warranty. Still a loyal stans sealant customer.
  • 7 0
 @keen515: Then let's send you some free sealant instead. Really appreciate the postiive words, and more than happy to send you some extra sealant.
  • 1 0
 Stan's darts have failed me every time, used with Stand fluid too
  • 3 0
 @Dogl0rd we can help out and make sure you have the newest version at warranty@notubes.com
  • 1 0
 Jacket looks short enough in the front to keep your crotch fully hydrated
  • 1 0
 Gore cutting-edge technology includes a left-handed zipper pull.
  • 1 0
 Yeah you know him. He's the saddest man to ever wear a yellow jacket.
  • 1 0
 pnw lander is good g





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