Randoms: Bags, Shoes, Racks, & More - Sea Otter 2019

Apr 14, 2019 at 20:35
by Sarah Moore  
Paul Bas was at the Ride Concepts booth for most of the show. He's the Team Manager for the brand and rides his Scott Genius eRide 900 with the Powerline shoe on the right.


High Above

Bellingham's High Above booth was bustling as people checked out the various iterations of the Lookout Pack.

The Lookout is made with waterproof materials and smart, simple details.
The water bottle interface has been redesigned with a focus on stabilizing the bottle while carried full. Don't want to ride with a bottle? Simply remove the extra pouch.

This tube wrap is a new product High Above will be offering shortly for $24.




At only $45, Camelbak's new Podium Flow Belt allows you to bring an extra bottle along for the ride for less than some waterbottle cages...

Silca

...Like these Aerospace Grade Titanium Silca cages that retail for $70 USD.

Silca had some of their high-end tools on display including the Ypsilon Y-wrench.

If you have your own Hex, Torx or Screw bits, you can remove the foam plugs and add them in to the box.

This is Silca's first digital floor pump, but the leather wear pieces are still the same as their first pump.



Muc-Off has a new waterless bike wash in its signature pink, as well as velcro disc rotor covers to keep the muck off of your brakes when your bike is on the back of your car. $30 USD for a set of these or a heck of a lot more for new rotors and pads...

Dainese

Dainese was going to launch their enduro pads at Crankworx Whistler last year but held off and delayed production after the media camp revealed there were some changes that needed to be made.

The Enduro 2 pad is softer and has a new shape.
There's also more material above the pad for added comfort. They retail for $130 USD and will be available in the next week or two.




Saris

Saris has introduced four new and updated racks in their line-up including this MTR modular tray rack, a new Bones EX, a 2 bike version of their Glide EX to carry two 60lb bikes, a new Superclamp cargo, and an entry level tray style rack called the All-Star.

They say the new technology from their first modular rack has trickled down to the entire line. The MTR fits two bikes, and has one and two bike attachments if you want to carry 3 or 4 bikes.

The Saris Superclamp Cargo essentially increases the size of your car's trunk, allowing you to carry an additional 120bs alongside two 35lb bikes. The rack is 3" wider now which allows you to fit bikes up to 50" long. They took their existing Superclamp rack and added a tray to it, which you can also do with their retrofit kit if you have a Superclamp or Freedom rack you'd like to convert.

The Bones has been in Saris' line for 25 years and is great if you have a luxury car like Mike Levy's Mini. The Bones EX is the updated version which fits 90% of the most popular vehicles sold in the US.



Pearl Izumi

Another great step forward from an apparel brand at Sea Otter. Pearl Izumi is working with Renewal Workshop to give their samples and the warranty returns they aren't able to repair themselves a new life. Renewal Workshop cleans and repairs the otherwise unsellable inventory before posting it up on their website at incredible prices. Drop off a pair of used shorts at Pearl Izumi's booth to be given a new life and you could get a new pair for 40% off.

The renewed apparel has the Renewal Workshop logo on it, but otherwise is hard to tell it's not brand new. Eventually, Pearl Izumi is hoping to sell the used apparel on their own website like Patagonia does with their Worn Wear, but they're still in the beginning phase of the partnership.
Renewal Workshop provides circular solutions for apparel and textile brands so they waste less.



POC

Suitable for everyday trail rides, POC's new VPD System gives riders maximum back and chest protection without the heat and discomfort of a jacket or vest. VPD material softens with body heat so allows the wearer to move freely. In an impact, the material hardens and provides protection.

Adjustable straps to get the closest fit to your torso.
Large ventilation ports on the back. You can also turn this into a winter sports back protector by buying an additional strap.

Reverse Components

Nico Vink and his Scott Ransom with signature bits from Reverse Components.

The Nico Vink saddle.

Available in 7 different colors.

This is Reverse Components' first foray into the North American market. Until now, the German brand's components with only available in Europe.

We haven't seen anyone else who has the same depth of sizing for their grips. Get the $24-$35 grips in every size from 28 to 34 millimeters.



Pit Viper

Pit Viper got their start in the ski industry and their new safety-rated 2000 glasses retail for $99.99 USD.

They have an updated silicon nose piece, new earpieces, and better lens clarity, but they don't seem to be selling because of those features.



USWE

USWE was at Sea Otter for the first time as well. The brand got its start in the enduro motocross space and as since moved into mountain biking and running bags.

All of the bags from the Swedish brand use the parachute 4 point harness that they say keeps the pack from moving around and dancing on your back like a monkey...

The super lightweight Outlander series is on the left and the slightly more robust and durable Airborne series is on the right.

You can see the differences in the padding in the back between the lightweight Outlander (left) and the heavier and more robust Airborne (right). They agreed that it's confusing that the AIRborne isn't the lighter of the two but that's just the way it is for now!

Manuel Fumic and Henrique Avancini from Cannondale Factory Racing used this bag in the Absa Cape Epic.
The outer bag is removable.



Thule

Thule has an option for those of you with four toddlers...

As well as a couple of affordable new bags. The orange Uptake 8 is $99.99, the black Vital 3 is $89.99 and the tan Rail 12 is $149.99. They come in a variety of sizes.



Afton

Afton has their new shoe colors on display.

They're a good looking shoe with nice details and come in at $99.99.



The tan is a new colour for IXS's Carve and Flow kneepads.

After being hit from behind by a pickup truck traveling at 55 mph while on a solo training ride, Matt Hawkins decided he had been given a new start for a reason and started Ridge Supply socks with the $900 he got from his insurance claim.

See ya later Amerikuh!



131 Comments

  • + 120
 he gets hit by a truck and he gets 900$ ONLY? WTF?
  • + 117
 This is America so don’t forget the probably had to pay about 100k for stitches...
  • + 6
 @Yetimike2019: i guess that if you get rear-ended by a truck while riding a bike you need way more than stitches!
  • + 5
 @Bruccio: Big props to this GUY! LEGEND
  • + 12
 @Yetimike2019: what can you get for 900$ in an American hospital, probably one chest x-ray??
  • + 30
 @seidla: admitted, maybe your blood pressure checked
  • + 4
 @Yetimike2019: very true, but aren’t we in America also the land of lawyers and lawsuits?! How did he not get at leas at mil?!
  • + 55
 @intensemack10: He actually did, but his lawyers kept the extra $999,100.
  • + 11
 @seidla: Maybe $900 for the actual X-ray. Plus $1K for the facility, $1K more if it was an emergency room, $1K for the tending physician, and $500 for the off-shore radiologist report on that X-ray.

Then don't forget the stack of backside costs for any treatment you get based on that outcome!
  • + 1
 @VtVolk: Bwahahaha!!!!!
  • + 21
 @seidla: I got charged $350 for 2 Ibuprofen once....So 5 ish Ibuprofen?
  • + 3
 @Yetimike2019: and after his settlement was taxed, he only took home 600
  • - 1
 $900 for pain and suffering. All these lawsuits and settlements for thousands and thousands are when people really get hurt and put a lot of work into proving it has actually has impacted your life.
  • + 10
 Matt probably shouldn't brag too much about that $900. If his insurance company sees that he profited they'll increase his premium.
I've been hit by cars twice. Both were hit-and-run, so MY over-priced health insurance got the bill. Never once was I offered damages to my bikes or helmets (that were totally destroyed). I feel lucky to just *walk* out of the hospital without having to pay a $10K deductible. The second time there was an additional $4,800 that the hospital sent me to collection over, but my auto insurance covered it.
Also, I just dropped $48 on socks that I didn't know I needed. Thank you PB for the coverage of Ridge Supply, and thank you RS for making socks with PINK! I love color-coordinating to look like a douche, then dropping the hammer on haters!
  • + 3
 @thejake: please tell me how getting rear ended by a truck at 55 mp/h (100 km/h) doesn't hurt you.
  • + 1
 Thing is... most of us would spend on some stupid wireless mambojumbo, that would place our glorious and priceless B I K E higher in the Wannabe_a_Racer/VIp/King-of-the-street List!

Props for putting so little amout of money into a business!
  • + 2
 @seidla: not even an xray...
  • + 1
 I made my index finger point backwards after a mountain bike crash when I lived in America, I had very good insurance, I paid my bill in full when I left the hospital (FSA through work). About a month later, I get a letter from the County that the hospital had put a lien on my house (for a finger), in case, my insurance didn't cover my bill?! Never going back, Trumpland!
  • + 1
 @Bruccio: Maybe he was going 53 mp/h on the bike. Then it's only like a 2 mp/h hit, I'm not sure if the math or physics work out, it kinda does in my head.
  • + 1
 @seidla: It costs $900 for them to ask you your name! It quite but it really does feel that way. Getting injured here is scary. The care is actually very good but then you’ll get the bill!!!
  • + 2
 @LexLewy: well i'm a physicist so maybe i can shed some light Big Grin biking at 53 mp/h is REALLY difficult, the air resistance starts to make its way to your muscles at around 12 mp/h (20 km/h? not really used to imperial units). The difference in mass between a truck and a rider is also to be considered. in the end what counts in the impact is the transferred momentum (mass times speed) or the energy if you want (mass times speed^2) and how fast that trasnfer is (power = energy/time). All in all, it doesn't look good for the rider in any case
  • + 1
 @nuttypoolog: Goddamn dude. I personally hate frivolous lawsuit seekers but I would have gone to some injury attorney for that crap.
  • + 68
 Velcro strap for 24 USD... is that enough? Don't you have something bit more posh like with two or three kevlar fibers integrated to get a bit more expensive piece of nothing?
  • + 22
 The pit vipers are $100 and are made of like 5 pc of plastic 2 screws and some packaging. I’d say that’s more a rip off
  • + 43
 @bubbrubb: Can you really put a price on your level of "endurbro?"
  • + 6
 Yeah but handmade in the USA? Really tho, you're right. You can make this thing for around 2 bucks, and have lots of velcro strap left over for all your velcroing needs. Or make more and sell them to your friends for $25.
  • + 22
 Ski shops give em out for free. Mine even says ATOMIC.
  • + 5
 Yep, recently purchased a Schwalbe Tire Booster (www.schwalbetires.com/node/19) which is one of the best value "air shot thingies" on the market and they provide one of these "tube straps" in the box, for free!!

So either Schwalbe is selling their booster for $24 too much or (more likely) High Above is raking in $23.50 in profit from this $24 strap.
  • + 0
 @islandforlife: Damn.. I didn't get a strap with mine Frown
  • - 3
 “Raking it in” ya I’m sure he is really putting the kids through college with this thing! @islandforlife:
  • + 5
 @BambaClaat: ... do I really need to add sarcastic tags? Obviously he's not raking it in... because no one's buying them at that price!

Tags: /haha, /ba dum tss, /sarcastic, /jokes, /dad jokes
  • + 30
 Now I rarely (if ever) comment on the price of things, but $24 for what looks like a standard velcro strap with a bit of elastic sewn onto it? That really is just taking the piss.
  • + 6
 It's full enduro, so that'll explain the 20$ extra...
  • + 19
 Glad to see Paul Bas has found a home in the industry, and kudos to Ride Concepts! Ride on Paul!
  • + 1
 Yeah, but look at his shirt..... somebody get that man a lint roller! Smile
  • + 4
 Very true, but to be honest, I'm just happy to see him standing upright :-)
  • + 19
 Randy savage wants his glasses back...
  • - 3
 No kidding. I hope those ridiculous looking glasses don't work their way into mtn biking. I've seen a variety of them the last few years and they all look pretty bad IMHO.
  • + 10
 @Poulsbojohnny: I think ridiculous is exactly what they're going for.
  • + 8
 OHHHH YEAAAAH!
  • + 1
 @bschleenbaker: Thumbnail shows why you need two pair--unboxing not necessary. Hill will partner with them when he goes 29
  • + 0
 You seen what Oakley is shitting out these days? sport specific shades never been good lookin. At Least they doing something different. @Poulsbojohnny:
  • + 6
 Slim-Jim included with every purchase!
  • + 0
 @Poulsbojohnny: They're actually the best glasses for biking I've ever had, the only ones who fit my tiny head and never fog up – despite the fact that their marketing is basically genius.
  • + 15
 So dude was riding his bike and got hit by a truck doing 55mph, and not only wasn't he killed, he got a WHOPPING $900 for it?
Oh, and he decides he was spared for a reason, and said reason was to manufacture fricken SOCKS?
Methinks a lot was lost in translation in this story
  • + 2
 Haha. comment of the day!
  • + 11
 Gotta wonder if 1Up USA is flattered or annoyed by all the copycat racks. I suspect the latter.
  • + 8
 Seriously! The first thing I noticed when I saw that Saris rack is that it’s a direct rip off of the 1Up Racks design. Sure, there are a few tweaks, but overall....
  • + 1
 Well they license the design from the inventor. And the guy has a new design up on his site (quik rack 2? ) that he is offering to license out. Maybe someone else jumped on it even though saris seem to look different from what he had updated the original from.
  • + 6
 I swear in my parents drawer there are still some really ugly sunglasses from the 80s that look exactly the same as this Pit Viper glasses - but then again the guy has the same mustache my Dad had back in these days (but he is 77 now!)
Everything comes back in fashion!
  • + 9
 It's not in fashion, it's hipster irony.
  • + 3
 @drunknride: the irony part seems to be fading...
  • + 1
 So ironic, they went serious. Smudgeable Lens Technology is legit, tho.
  • + 5
 Public service announcement

SARIS! They've had a REAL problem with production quality. Namely, racks welded "crooked.".
If you look at the photo of the rack holding the Yeti cooler, you'll notice it's not level. I've seen MANY of their racks of late come out of a box the same way.

Good people @ Saris, no question. But, you guys need to fix the issues.
  • + 2
 looks crooked because its not tight in the hitch display.. that happens with any rack thats loosely fit into a display
  • + 1
 My last Saris rack was welded crooked as well. The overall quality didn't measure up with the first Saris rack I had purchased many years before. Decided to sell it and buy something else from one of their competitors.
  • + 1
 @TylerG96: my Thule is welded crooked. Drives me nuts.
  • + 6
 $70 TI bottle holder....when you absolutely, positively have to let every motherf*cker in the room know what a tool you are.
  • + 1
 They took a jab at that in the photo caption above of the camelback bag... heh,heh...
  • + 4
 The captions for the USWE packs are messed up. The first caption states the " super lightweight Outlander series is on the left and the slightly more robust and durable Airborne" while the next photo says "the heavier and more robust Outlander (left) and the lightweight Airborne (right)." Which one is more robust and which one is light weight?
  • + 2
 Thanks for catching that! It's fixed now.
  • + 2
 THANKS LANCE
  • + 2
 @owl-X: Those backpacks look legit. But, they aren't fanny packs, so they aren't cool.
  • + 1
 @Poulsbojohnny: They do have a lightweight fanny pack in their line as well.
  • + 3
 ME = 45 dollars for a hip back, I guess not a crazy price... What, it says people pay more for that on a bottle cage WTF....?

Next picture, 70 dollars for a bottle cage. OH.


WTF? what they hell are you putting in the bottle cage, champagne???
  • + 3
 Pffft, NEVER put your Champagne in your bottle cage. It bruises the Champagne.
  • + 6
 Not sure I’m comfortable giving my used chamois to Pearl..... I won’t be judged.
  • + 5
 I think I could be Jerry of the Year if properly attired with these selections. All I need to add is a gap jump.
  • + 2
 Got a question for all the hipsters (pun intended): are you using these hip packs for bigger rides? or bikepark? Or is this strictly a weeknight ride thing? I ask because being a sweaty bastard I appreciate riding without a pack, but I don't really want to forgo back protection on the rocky nasty stuff.
  • + 2
 I use mine for everything, which has included many high alpine rides (above 10k feet), and many 40+ miles long. The key is to bring a water filter and refill bottles at creeks.
  • + 1
 I have a Camelback hip pack and I use it for long rides almost exclusively. If I can't take enough water on the bike I bring it, I don't like anything on my back because I just get a sore back supporting the weight but the real advantage of these hip packs to me is they put no weight on your shoulders so it's like you don't have a pack at all. If I don't have it I have small frame bags too for tool, food ect if needed. One thing though with the ones with a bladder is as you drink it you need to tighten to strap a bit as it loosens slightly. Easy adjustment but still one that needs to be made, for that reason it's a no go in a race to me.
  • + 1
 Since I have a new bike that fits a bottle + all the tools I only use mine as an addition for longer rides where I need extra water and some snacks.
  • + 4
 I like the socks a lot, mainly because Matt Hawkins looks like Robert de Niro.
  • + 4
 I wish IXS just made those knee pads in black... that tan is gonna be a fugly shade of brown in a weekends worth of rides
  • + 2
 They need localized colors: Tan for the south-west, red-orange for the south-east, black for the north-west!
  • + 1
 The grey color is great for hiding mud. Next best thing to black.
  • + 4
 STANDING OFFER: ONE USDOLLAR PER MILE RIDDEN WITH FOUR HUMAN BABIES ON THAT GROSS STEPTHRU BIKE
  • + 1
 I only saw seats for three babies; does the fourth have to run alongside?
  • + 1
 @VtVolk: Chariot is a double - two kids inside, two on bike.
  • + 2
 @VtVolk: U R CHILDLESS. BE GONE!
  • + 1
 Pit Vipers saved my eye last summer in a bad case of OTB. Lesser glasses would have shattered and my left eye would have been done for! Love those things and I'm stoked to see them getting involved with MTB!
  • + 3
 "This tube wrap is a new product High Above will be offering shortly for $24."

Go home bike industry, you're drunk.
  • + 3
 $24 for a velcro strap is "High Above" what I'm willing to pay.
  • + 2
 Oh Man, how Pit Viper managed to make their glasses without a patent challenge from Oakley is beyond me.
  • + 1
 Their lenses are crap!
  • + 3
 @tdhr: If you put something that fugly on your face, you're already blind, so lens quality is irrelevant.
  • + 3
 I wish someone made a high-top clip in shoe
  • + 1
 I used to like high top riding shoes as well, but have pretty much given up on finding any other than full on winter boot/shoes.
  • + 1
 I thought Sidi did a not-winter version at one point. Mavic have a sorta-hightop neoprene ankle deal. Think I've seen others too?
  • + 1
 I like the Shimano SH-M200 -- not a full high top, but one of the only clip in shoes with full ankle-protection height on medial side. (older specialized Rime had it, but no longer.)
  • + 2
 Is it just me, or am I the only one that will never own a pair of mtb shoes without a lace cover?
  • + 1
 Amen!
  • + 2
 I may never own another pair of MTB shoes that have laces; Velcro is pretty awesome!
  • + 1
 Nah dude, riding without lace covers gets you the option of having your shoelaces “interlock” with the pedal spindle and allow you a never-before connectedness to your bike that’s so strong, even if you crash you’ll still be connected.

Lace covers really are too rare. They make so much sense.
  • + 1
 Anyone have experience with Dainese protection? I love the way they look and looking into buying basically full body protection from them.
  • + 1
 It's great stuff. I found the jersey/pressure suit/jacket stuff, only, runs a little small, so look at sizing carefully and size up if you are anywhere close to the borderline. Great stuff: flexible, breathable, protective.
  • + 1
 I've been running knee and how pads from them for the past couple of years off and on and have been disappointed with the quality. Have gone back to my older RF ambush stuff. Do love the look though.
  • + 1
 @oldfut: is it the fit or build quality thats inconsistent?
  • + 1
 @Ryan2949: little of both. managed to pull off one of the elbow pull tabs first time I used it. Arm sizing is odd, medium is too big while small is too small.
  • + 2
 The idea of having four toddlers simultaneously seems like a really good ad for vasectomies.
  • + 1
 Paul Bas shoe he rides on the right is a Powerline based on their website. Not the Livewire listed in caption. Really curious to try one those two shoes by the way.
  • + 1
 Right you are!
  • + 1
 Reverse has been available outside of Europe for many years.. Just not north America.. Was in Australia since 09.
  • + 1
 USWE packs are great for the motorcycle; but crazy-hot for mtb (the harness needs to breathe drastically better).
  • + 2
 just here reading the comments...
  • + 1
 Aftons suck. Sole didn’t last a season, and they told me that’s normal wear for 2 times a week of trail riding.
  • + 1
 Pretty much a trendwhore starter pack here:
Pit vipers, fanny pack, tray rack with Yeti cooler

Got any IPA's on tap?
  • + 3
 You mean extra hazy Imperial IPA? Check!!! Don't forget your five dollar coffee!!
  • + 1
 @sambs827: yeah but it's only like an extra dollar and a quarter to get the Venti. May as well size up!


(in my defense it's home or the gas station 96% of the time these days)
  • + 1
 USWE for the win. I'm using the Airborne 3 and Airborne 9. No bouncing and no strap across my gut.
  • + 2
 High Above products looking on point!
  • + 3
 Looks like homemade versions of Evoc packs to me.
  • + 7
 THE CAMELBAK ONE LOOKS WAY ONPOINTIER TO ME
  • + 1
 @jclnv:
for $100!
I'll keep my $40 dakine.
  • - 2
 Enduro motocross? There is enduro and there is motocross.There is also endurocross. There is supercross. There is Trials. There is even MotoGP and Superbike racing.

There is no enduro motocross. That's as bad as downcountry
  • + 7
 Hate to be that guy but you do know what the name Endurocross is taken from right? Enduro Motocross.. We're on a page of bicyclists that might not race motos and might ride Enduro Mountainbikes, so Enduro Motocross would be more descriptive for the unknowing.
  • + 1
 @steezystunts: "enduro motorbikes" would have worked. Enduro Motocross sounds wrong to me too. You have a point tho
  • + 1
 ...dig the USWE packs though.
  • + 1
 Nico, the best Loose Rider!
  • + 0
 Don't waste your money on Pit Viper glasses. The qualify of the lens is crap!
  • + 1
 "$900"
  • - 1
 Four toddlers. Must be a good Christian. I’d shoot my balls off after 3rd
  • + 3
 A vasectomy is mildly less painful but much cleaner than shooting ones testes off.
  • + 1
 Good way to get fit though. My friend used to ride with two kids, he could crush rocks with his thighs after a few months. With four kids...
  • + 1
 Could be a good Good Christian... or was cheating on four women at once, which makes him a bad Christian.
  • + 2
 @iamamodel: but he didn't use a condom when he did, so he was a Good Christian
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Waki, you're kinda making a blanket statement about a whole religion when you're speaking about Catholicism, specifically. Most liberal Protestants and Anglicans have no issue with birth control.
  • + 1
 @woofer2609: nobody defends Catholicism, it’s like calling someone racist by using expression “white trash”. Sorry Smile

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