CamelBak – Live Fearless

Live Fearless is a new original series by CamelBak that explores what it means to rise above what’s comfortable, to strive for a greater good and to push past one’s doubts or societal expectations.

Stay up to-date will all future episodes by subscribing to the CamelBak YouTube Channel, or get the full experience on: camelbak.com/live-fearless

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Outside: The Best Stand-Up Paddleboards of 2018 – Jimmy Styks Strider

Outside’s 2018 Summer Buyer’s Guide:

Jimmy Styks Strider 12’6” ($749)

Best inflatable SUP

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Blow-up SUPs are becoming more popular by the minute, and the Strider is a standout in the category. It’s light at 22 pounds and has five inches of rocker. Testers said the stiff Strider had no trouble popping over waves without sacrificing tracking in calm water, and its medium 30-inch width helped it glide well. We also liked the easy-to-install fin, a standard feature on Strider boards for 2018, which locks in place without tools. The Strider is less expensive than some similar boards we tested—an impressive feat, given the solid construction and high-quality materials.

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Jimmy Styks Strider includes:

  • Adjustable Carbon Travel Paddle
  • Dual Action High-Pressure Pump
  • 10′ Coil Leash
  • Click-N-Go Standard Keyless Fin
  • Premium iSUP Board Bag
  • Repair Kit
Features
  • Roll-N-Go Portability
  • Utility Tie-Downs
  • Camera Mount Ready
  • Inflate to 18 PSI
  • Dual Layer Fusion Construction
  • Weight Limit 260 lbs. (117 kg)

New Yakima Racks For Spring 2018

From TheGearCaster.com by  

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Gearing up for Spring 2018, Yakima gets set to roll out some new products in their hitch rack lineup. The company will add a new swing arm that makes it easier to get in and out of the back of your car and a single-bike hitch rack for those quick after work solo missions.

I often throw a single bike on the back of my car whether it’s to head further north to escape the tourist traffic for my weekend ride, or to road trip up to Tahoe and beyond. While not a big deal, a two-bike hitch rack is a bit overkill, especially on my little Mazda Miata.

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Answering my plight, Yakima created a new single-bike hitch rack for those fast and light solo missions. The SingleSpeed ($259) carries any kind of bike and is super-easy to install and remove, making it great for the spur-of-the-moment rides. The StrongArm design secures your bike at the wheels, protecting paint jobs and carbon frames. It’s compatible with fat, mountain, road, BMX and kids’ bikes.

The SingleSpeed is the first single bike tray that comes with a full locking package: SKS Locks are included, which lock both the rack to the vehicle and bikes to the rack. The rack weighs just 20 pounds and is compatible with both 2” and 1.25” hitch receivers.

After seeing Küat introduce the Pivot swing arm at Sea Otter earlier this year, I am psyched to see Yakima follow suit with their own version. The new BackSwing ($299) turns any hitch rack into a swing-away hitch rack. It works seamlessly with Yakima’s DrTray and HoldUp and almost any other rack or hitch basket using a 2” receiver. Now, your fully loaded rack can swing well out-of-the-way for easy access to the trunk of your car.

The BackSwing installs in your hitch receiver just like a regular Yakima hitch rack and includes a receiver on the opposite end for mounting your rack. A locking system holds the arm securely closed when you are driving.

The BackSwing will hold loads up to 250 pounds, so can easily accommodate a 4-bike rack. I’m excited for this one as it is impossible to get Lola in and out of the Subaru when we bring our bikes along on any road trip.

Andy Best – Dometic CFX-40

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For most people, the idea of bringing your seven-month-old daughter on a three-day overlanding trip through the remote Utah desert would be unthinkable. For photographer Andy Best, it’s just another Friday.

“Our daughter is amazing,” says Andy. “We’re lucky. We’ve been able to travel since she was three days old. It’s amazing for me to be able to take our daughter to these places and really see them through her eyes.”

After seven years working in commercial filmmaking, Andy decided he and his wife would sell everything and live full time on the road. During that time, he learned about what gear was essential to live mobile; what consistently worked, and what didn’t. But over all that time, going through all that gear, Andy never got around to installing what he now considers an essential part of his rig: a Dometic CFX 40.

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“On the road, I have to be efficient to function,” says Andy. “When I lived out of an ice cooler, I’d always lose food because the ice would melt. I can’t tell you the amount of food I’ve ruined in coolers – from running out of ice or getting things soggy and wet. It’s crazy.” The Dometic CFX has helped Andy do more than he ever imagined.

“As an outdoor filmmaker and photographer, I really need to stay out for long periods of time, to study, look at angles, look at the sun, or see when the moon is rising. If I don’t have the right gear I can’t stay out and get the work done. The Dometic CFX has been a huge game-changer for me.”

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Staying out longer helps Andy professionally – but most importantly, it helps his family stay together while he’s working. “When you’re living out of an ice cooler in the desert, it really limits the food you can bring,” says Andy. “One of our favorite things now is to make a big meal and save the leftovers. Then we can move fast, get lost and work for a few days, and have the leftovers whenever we want. That feels like cheating, it’s so easy.”

“With the right gear, you can be out a long time, even with a young child,” says Andy. “I’m hoping that these trips build a foundation where she wants to come out and enjoy these places and maybe someday, pass that forward to her own family… Someday. Not soon.”

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If you want to keep following Andy and his family, check out instagram.com/andy_best and andy.best.

Find out more about: Dometic Mobile Coolers and the CFX-40W

GoPro: Behind the Lens

Take a closer look at the innovations behind HERO6 and Fusion. Immerse yourself in groundbreaking technology and discover how high frequency metadata collection, facial recognition and artificial intelligence help drive GoPro’s storytelling.

CamelBak Chase Bike Vest Review

The following is by Ben Delaney from BikeRadar.com

A Hydration Solution for Gravel Racing

Endurance running, gravel racing and the original premise of the CamelBak converge in the Chase Bike Vest. If you are riding gravel events and like the concept of being able to drink with both hands on the bars, then CamelBak hopes the 1.5L Chase Bike Vest works for you.

Yuri Hauswald, winner of the 2015 Dirty Kanza 200 in camo jersey here, helped design the Camelbak Chase Bike Vest for gravel racing

Hydration High and Tight

Of course, you can use the Chase Bike Vest however you like, but the concept came from Yuri Hauswald, winner of the 2015 Dirty Kanza 200 gravel endurance race. He liked the idea of having extra fluid-carrying capacity that didn’t feel like a backpack.

Starting from CamelBak’s Ultra 10 running vest, which sits high on the back and has storage on the chest, Hauswald and CamelBak fine-tuned the design for something that would stay in place while racing, wouldn’t feel hot or heavy, and of course would provide an easy way to drink while keeping both hands on the handlebars.

With a total capacity of 4L / 250 cu in, the pack is on the smaller side, but still large enough to carry a couple of inner tubes, tools and food in the back pockets, plus more food and/or your phone on the chest pockets.

The 4L pack sits high on the back, so you can still reach your jersey pockets

Two stabilizing straps across the chest slide independently up and down.

The material that touches the body on the back and under the shoulder straps is an open mesh with a fair amount of loft to it, to allow for more cooling than a solid material.

CamelBak Chase Bike Vest: How it Feels When Riding

As far as hydration packs go, the Chase Bike Vest is relatively light and airy on the back. It sits securely over rough terrain and can be adjusted for height on the back as well as tightness around the chest.

Still, 1.5L of water on your back plus supplies is a noticeable weight and presence. On a four-hour gravel ride in the Arizona desert, the Chase Bike Vest didn’t exactly disappear on my back, but it wasn’t annoying, either.

Basically a modified endurance run vest, the Chase Bike Vest has front storage and double stabilizing straps

After going through the two bottles on my bike, I was happy to have the extra water in the CamelBak. And, of course, it is convenient to be able to drink while navigating unknown terrain, both hands securely on the controls.

The hose has a quick disconnect to the bladder, so you can quickly switch if need be. and the bite valve has a lock switch too.

As with all CamelBaks, cleaning the bladder isn’t as simple as sticking a water bottle in the dishwasher. The large screw-on cap is wide enough to get a hand inside to scrub, but then you need to wedge something in the cleaned bladder (like the hose) to help the inside dry.

The main selling point, however, is what CamelBak has always offered — a way to drink with both hands on the bars

Ongoing Testing: Gravel Riding and Racing Ahead

As a roadie, I like to travel as lightly as possible, using the bike for carrying water, tools and spares, whether I am riding pavement or dirt. That said, I also don’t like to be stuck in the middle of nowhere without enough to drink.

As with some of my other colleagues, like multi-time DK200 finisher Josh Patterson, I’ll be doing more gravel events this year, where I will continue to test the Chase Bike Vest. I’ll report back here soon.

Specification

  • Hydration Capacity: 1.5L/50 Fl Oz
  • Hydration Type: CRUX™ Reservoir With Quicklink™ System
  • BPA/BPS/BPF Free: Yes
  • Quick Link Disconnect: Yes
  • Gear Capacity: 2.5L/150 Cu In
  • Pack Weight: 330 G/0 Lb 11 Oz
  • Dimensions: 33 X 32 X 14 Cm / 13 X 12.6 X 5.5 In
  • Fits Torso: 71-116 Cm/26-46 In
  • Number Of Exterior Pockets: 8
  • Price $100

Yakima HoldUp EVO – Available Now!

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Yakima HoldUp EVO

Fast, secure, and easy to use, the HoldUp EVO is built to handle new bike standards, like fat tires and boost hubs, but it easily carries the classics too. The StrongArm hook secures the bikes at their wheels, protecting carbon frames and painted surfaces.  Tilt the rack with bikes loaded for quick rear-of-vehicle access using the new easy to reach tilt lever and KickStart™ foot pedal. The super-simple locking SpeedKnob™ makes install a tool-free breeze and included SKS bike locks keep your mind at ease.

PRODUCT DETAILS
  • Hitch mounted tray rack that loads quickly and carries two bikes without frame contact
  • NEW Easy-access tilt mechanism and KickStart™ foot pedal make raising and lowering the rack a breeze, even with bikes loaded
  • NEW Tool-free locking SpeedKnob™ makes installation and removal fast, easy and secure
  • StrongArm hook secures bike at wheels, protecting painted surfaces and carbon frames
  • Easily adjust trays to reduce bike-to-bike interference
  • Fits most bikes, including fat-tire, mountain, road, hybrid, women’s specific, BMX, kids’ bikes, & E-bikes under 50 lbs.
  • Accommodates disc brakes, through axles, boost hubs, and full suspension bikes
  • Fits 20” to 29” wheel sizes and tires up to 5” wide
  • Integrated SKS (Same Key System) locks included for added bike security
  • Carry four bikes – just add the HoldUp EVO +2 (compatible with 2” version only)

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