In this video, we review a pannier from the Swift Industries Hinterland Collection. Lightweight, svelte and black, this pannier if perfect for an overnighter, commuting or if you prefer to do light weight bike touring.
Arkel has recently entered the bikepacking scene with a new set of rear seatbags that they are calling their Seatpacker line. What’s unique to their design is that the bags work with a mini support that lifts the bag from the top! Check out how the support works and if we like it in our video first look.
The best camera is the camera that is the most readily accessible and the one you use the most. Period. We have a lot of different cameras for the work that we do, so it might seem a little strange that we’ve gone “backwards” and are using an iPhone. The truth is that we’ve shot lots of footage but they never see the light of day. The workflow of downloading them to a computer post-trip and then editing them is sometimes enough of a barrier that we don’t ever produce something from the stuff we’ve shot. In an attempt to remedy this and be more active vloggers on our Youtube Channel, we are experimenting with just using an iPhone. We messed around with it on our Lodi trip and got a glimpse of how we can use it for storytelling. Here are three tips we’ve learned so far from using the iPhone for shooting AND editing.
Just posted another video review on our Bicycle Travel Channel (you’d know if you were a subscriber…hint, hint :), this time looking at two popular titanium pot supports for bike touring and bikepacking. Watch the vid below, or scroll down for the executive summary.
+ Lightweight at 2.5oz
+ Very stable base, good for larger pots and pans
+ Compact when folded down
+ Works with alcohol stoves and solid fuel tablets
Vargo Titanium Hexagon Stove
+ Light at 5oz
+ Compact, one piece design
+ Very heat efficient
+ Works with alcohol stoves, fuel tablets and twig fires
– Warps over time and doesn’t fit together as snugly
– A little dodgy to move once lit because of loose fit
Both filters have a place in our touring gear, but they each work optimally for certain situations. Here are some pros and cons of each.
+ Large opening on bladder makes it easy to fill
+ Great basecamp water filter
+ Best option for filtering for 3-4 people
– At 12.5oz, twice the weight and pack size of the Sawyer Squeeze
+ At 5oz, half the weight and volume of the MSR Autoflow
+ Small and convenient enough to take even on long day rides
+ Filters for 1 to 2 people
+ Comes with syringe to backflush the filter
– Stock bladder is too small, must immediately upgrade to a larger one like the Platypus Platy bottle.
– Small mouth on bladder makes it tricky to fill in low water situations
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In this vid, we take a closer look at Ortlieb’s new handlebar roll. Be sure to subscribe to our Youtube Channel for the latest updates!
In this video, we take a quick first look at Ortlieb’s first foray into bikepacking! Bringing their years of experience in making quality panniers, it’s exciting to see their addition to the current bikepacking trend.
We’re going to be taking a look at their handlebar roll and accessory bag as well. Be sure to subscribe to our Youtube Channel and be notified the second they are released!
In this video we take a look at the Swift Industries Hinterland Ozette Rando bag. Made of lightweight X-Pac, it’s a great mashup between the traditional form factor of French randonneuring bags and modern materials. Watch the vid for a closer look!
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In this vid, we review the Carsick Designs Rack Sling, an open topped sling bag that functions similarly to Xtracycle Free Radical bags. The slings can accommodate loads that won’t fit in regular panniers. In the few weeks that we’ve been testing them, I’ve put everything from a standard backpack to a 1×1 LED video light to our fishing gear in the sling. Watch the vid and see it in action on our Bicycle Travel Channel.
In this video we review the SOMA Fabrications Supple Vitesse tire. The Supple Vitesse, as the name implies, is an amazingly smooth and fast riding tire. It’s 42mm width means that there is tons of air volume to provide suspension. Unlike tires just a few years ago that were wide, but prioritized flat protection, the Supple Vitesse offers great ride quality. I’ve been riding it for the last few months and have enjoyed it over varied terrain, everything from paved road rides to mixed terrain rambles up in the Verdugos, Griffith Park and Forest Park here in Portland. Watch the vid for the rest of our thoughts and don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube Channel!