New Product Discoveries
CAMELBAK CHASE BIKE VEST
Minimalist pack for long distances
There are some riders who don’t want to wear a hydration pack but have to compromise for those long adventure days. The Chase bike vest is a 1.5-liter hydration pack with a minimalistic, ergonomic design. Camelbak built pockets into the front harness for easy access to gels or food. On the back of the pack are stretch pockets that can store a rain shell or leg and arm warmers. This pack uses adjustable sternum straps for a comfortable fit. Retail price for this pack is $100, and the pack can be found online at www.camelbak.com.
NORTHWAVE GHOST XC SHOES
Stiff cross-country kicks
Northwave sponsors some of the fastest racers in the world, including German cross-country champ Manuel Fumic. While Northwave makes a range of shoes from XC to enduro, the Ghost XC is its lightest and most dedicated cross-country shoe. The Ghost XC uses a unidirectional carbon fiber sole with a claimed stiffness index of 14. For additional durability and traction, Northwave uses Michelin rubber on the outsole. Dialing in the fit is Northwave’s SLW2 dial that releases tension with the push of a button. These shoes come with two different footbeds and have a retail price of $450. northwave.com
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