Camo truly is the new black as we’ve previously noted, so why take a boring black duffle bag on the road or your next adventure when the Filson Duffle Backpack offers so much more. It is made of rugged Cordura nylon that can stand up to abrasions while also offering some water resistance.
The bag’s top cinches with a leather strap and grommets, while a center-front zipper still allows for easy access to the contents inside. The padded shoulder straps are removable, while it also features RIRI zippers for smooth sliding. Its camouflage design will also help you stand out in a crowd but in a good way!
Filson Duffle Backpack
Kids grow out of bikes pretty fast, so it is no wonder that many parents might head to retailers like Target or Walmart for bikes instead of a bike shop – and actually we’ve been impressed over the last couple of years at what Walmart has offered.
The latest find is a budget line of fat tire bikes that include the 20-inch Mongoose Boys’ Massif, which is available now for under $200. It features tires that are four inches wide, along with a 1×7 drivetrain, disc brakes and twist shifters.
20″ Mongoose Boys’ Massif at Walmart
[Via GearJunkie: 'Fat Bike' For Kids (made by Mongoose, sold at Wal-Mart)]
Laser tag is a good way to get kids away from the video games and get them actually moving around, but that typically means heading to somewhere to play or buying expensive equipment. Skirmos has launched a Kickstarter campaign to develop an open source laser tag system that allows players to create their own electronic battlefield.
It all is built around a white laser tag gun (seen above), which has been designed so that cannot be easily mistaken for a real weapon. We know some parents might not like the concept of a gun in any shape or form for kids, but this one features a transparent design with RGB LEDs that change colors, and the developers have vowed to never make these look like real firearms.
The gun will feature an LCD HUD that can track objectives, timers, ammo and even health as well as “kills/deaths.” This is a war game after all, and one that should get the kids’ hearts racing in a good way. It could be the ultimate first person shooter. Video after the jump
Being seen at night is really the first line of defense for cyclists, and the developers of the Revolights have created a bicycle fender that features an integrated light. However, the Revolights Arc is much more than a set of LED tail lights – it features sensors that actually allow it to operate much like a brake light as well. It can actually increase in brightness much like a car’s brake or go into a blinking mode to help really draw some attention to drivers.
The Revolights Arc is being developed now via a Kickstarter campaign. Video after the jump
While it is designed for military, public safety and for other uses extreme environments the GammaTech DURABOOK R8300 is a notebook that could be ready for your next adventure. It is certified to stringent MIL-STD-810G and IP65 specifications, meaning it can withstand the abusive nature of extremely harsh environments, so it can handle shocks, drops, vibrations and extreme temperatures as well as water and dust.
It is also a serious machine. The DURABOOK R8300 notebook is powered by a Intel 3rd Generation i-Core LV /ULV CPU i-Core i7-3555LE or i-Core i5-3437U mobile processor, which provides optimum power consumption, weight, and performance. The unit also includes a mobile Intel QM77 Express Chipset that, among other features, provides integrated USB 3.0, Intel AMT 8.0 with enhanced manageability and security, Intel Rapid Storage Technology with RAID support for enhanced performance, power management, and data protection, Intel Smart Response Technology, and Intel Anti-Theft Technology that can disable a lost or stolen PC and reactivate it without compromise to the system or data. It includes the Windows 7 operating system.
The TFT touch-screen LCD display features direct-sunlight readability, while the Lithium-Ion battery provides eight hours worth of juice. The Durabook R8300 also features a mini card slot for Wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.0 class 1 combo card; a built-in antenna; one M2 card slot for the WWAN module (Type 3042-S3-B); a built in SIM card slot; a built in WWAN antenna; a GPS module with built-in GPS antenna; and an optional Intel Dual Band Wireless 6235 802.11AGN. System security is provided by both administrator and boot password protection; Absolute Computrace, which allows remote management for continual tracking and securing all endpoints within a single cloud-based console; TPM 1.2; and Kensington lock.
GammaTech Official Website
While there are plenty of low-end binoculars that will work just find isn’t having superior gear really the superior option? Optisan’s Pro PC Series 10×42 Binocular not only delivers the superior quality and performance that you’d expect when in the field, but these are built to last and handle the weather and rigors of rugged country others dare not tread.
These provide unparalleled quality with high image contrast in bright or low light conditions, and feature Optisan’s ETE+ Microlux Fully Multi-Coated glass, which is further enhanced by Optisan’s premium-index phase-coated BaK4 prism. The rugged design and legendary toughness of the Pro PC Series 10×42 Binocular comes in part from Optisan’s lightweight Semi-Aro Thermotech 98 housing, which features 98 percent of the properties of Magnesium alloy while being 20 percent lighter.
Even Mother Nature is no match for the Pro PC Series 10×42 Binocular thanks to the O-ring sealed, dry-lab nitrogen-filled housing to prevent moisture, dust and dirt from infiltrating the housing.
Optisan Official Website
Despite the popularity of the original Netflix series Orange is the New Black, we think that camo is the new black – at least in the world of fitness and more specifically cycling. We’ve seen bike seats, bags, jerseys and now even a camouflage fatbike – which is fitting as it can almost blend into the woods.
At the recent Frostbite Fat Tire bike summit Cogburn unveiled a special version of its CB4 fat tire bike, which will be available with Real Tree APS camo with winter snow. It isn’t like the snow is looking to leave anytime soon, so now you can get this bike and match the terrain.
[Via BikeRumor: FROSTBIKE: YOU CAN’T SEE ME! COGBURN’S LIMITED EDITION REAL TREE SNOW CAMO FAT BIKE]
The Stu Stick is simple but it gets the job done. Named for the famed cyclocross team mechanic and retailer Stu Thorne, this new aluminum offering from Abbey Bike Tools weighs just 44 grams, so it is lighter than steel rotor tools, but also includes a bottle opener. Not everyone might need a brake rotor straightening tool, but considering this one is so light there is no reason not to have it on race day.
Abbey Bike Tools Official Website
Steel is real, and the for those looking to get into cycling this season the steel framed New Albion Homebrew is a quite a steal. This traditional road bike with lugged high-tensile steel frame retails for $949.99. It features retro looks with small diameter tubing, quill stem and downtube shifters, and has braze-ons for rear racks, fenders, and front mini-racks.
In addition the fork has a lugged crown with double fork-end eyelets and mini-rack braze-ons, while the cockpit has a traditional bend drop bar and an alloy quill stem. The Homebrew will get in gear with a 9-speed Sunrace drivetrain.
New Albion Official Website
In baseball the catcher is padded up, and the batter wears a helmet. However, the pitcher has generally been left with little protection. For the upcoming Major League Baseball season pitchers can wear a padded cap, which should provide increased protection from batted balls.
This cap will be optional however, so not every pitcher to take the mount will be wearing one.
The newly approved caps, manufactured by 4Licensing Corporation subsidiary isoBlox, have been made available to pitchers for the ongoing spring training. We’ll have to see if pitchers will sport them for next month’s opening day.
[Via MLB.com: MLB approves padded cap for pitchers]
This month Olympus shows that it is still going tough. The Olympus TOUGH STYLUS TG-850, which comes out this month (MSRP: $249.99) can record video with natural motion via 60p recording at 60fps in Full HD 1080p, as well as high-speed via 120 fps at 640 x 480 or 240 fps at 320 x 240.
But more importantly this one lives up to its name. It is waterproof, shockproof, crushproof, freezeproof, and dustproof camera employs True-Pic VII processor and wide-angle 21–105 mm 5x optical zoom lens. Other features include 180 degree flip LCD monitor and 16 MP backlit CMOS sensor.
Olympus TOUGH STYLUS TG-850 Official Website
Paul Components has introduced a new bicycle Camera Mount that is designed to securely attach a GoPro camera to the top of a threadless stem. This mount is compatible with all HERO3, HERO2, and HD HERO Original GoPro cameras.
It is designed to replace the top cap of a 1 1/8-inch threadless stem and provides a way for the camera to view across the top of the handlebars and down the trail. The Paul Components’ Camera Mount can be attached directly to the camera’s case for a solid connection, or it can also be fitted with an articulated GoPro Pivot Arm for added adjustability.
Paul Component Official Website
Whether you’re looking to take a grand tour on your bike, or just like a bike bag with some style Arkel will have you covered. The company is now taking orders through March 15 for its custom Grand Touring Rear Panniers. Once all the orders are in the production will begin and the company has said bags will be delivered by May 1.
The hard part might be choosing from the six color options they’re offering. Read the rest of this entry »