GEAR/TOOLS/FOOD

 
 

PEARL IZUMI X-ALP ELEVATE

Pearl Izumi's X-Alp shoes have been the standard for bikepackers for the last 3 versions, and I doubt that will change with this model. PI keep improving their hikeable mountain bike shoes. They pedal well - they're stiff enough for good power transfer and the lugged Vibram soles provide solid grip in soft conditions. I have to say, however after a recent bikepacking weekend that involved lots of scrambling on rocks, that these would not be my first choice for walking on rocks - the sole needs to be flatter for that. I think the X-Alp Launch, (which is still available) had a flatter sole. That's a minor complaint. The shoes fit well and should be a top contender for trail riders that like to explore during their rides. 

WOLFTOOTH MASTER LINK COMBO PLIERS

Wolftooth is making tools you didn't know you needed. The Pack Pliers are a perfect example of Wolftooth smarts. The tool serves as a tire lever, valve core remover, valve stem lock nut wrench and master link pliers. It also provides storage for two master links so you will always be prepared on the trail. Magnets hold the master links securely in place and self close the tool. With this in your pack, you'll always have your missing links handy, a tire lever, and a valve core remover in one handy package. Brilliant!

WOLFTOOTH PACK WRENCH & ULTRALIGHT BB TOOL & 1" HEX TOOL INSERTS

Wolftooth keep managing to make ingenious bits for customizing your ride, or for working on your ride. The idea with the combo tool was to make a modular wrench that you could take with you on trail without too much weight or bulk. Honestly, I can't tell you how many times I've been out in the woods and someone asked me if I had a cassette removal tool. Seriously. As their site say, The aluminum wrench has magnets that hold the nickel plated steel inserts in place. We love what Wolftooth are bringing to market these days - they're making smart products that really work and they're doing it in small batches in Minnesota. We're fans!

  • Pack Wrench - ultralight 1 inch hex and bottom bracket wrench
  • Ultralight Cinch and ISIS Spline Wrench Insert - older ISIS bottom brackets or the Race Face Cinch direct mount chainring system
  • Ultralight Cassette Lock Ring Wrench Insert - cassette lockrings and some centerlock rotor lockrings
  • Ultralight 8mm Hex Wrench Insert - pedal removal and other 8mm hex applications
  • Ultralight 16mm Hex Wrench Insert - Race Face Cinch aluminum spindle bolts, frame pivots, and other 16mm hex applications 

DYNAPLUG RACER

Just like Wolftooth, Dynaplug is USA made in small batches - except Dynaplug is from Chico, CA not Minnesota. Before Dynaplug we were jamming “bacon strips” into our tire gashes. Dynaplug has many models to choose from - some incorporate CO2 cartridges for race applications. The idea is to plug that hole and reinflate as quickly as possible. Plugs are easier to place when the tire still has some air volume. The Racer is our model of choice, since it's slim and won't take up too much room in our pack. An essential piece of gear for bikepackers and trail riders alike!

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PDW FULL METAL FENDER

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PICKY OATS “Performance Oatmeal”

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