Cotopaxi is the new outdoor company in town and along with selling cool gear directly online, they are looking to make a difference in the developing world. Set up similar to Patagonia as a Benefit Corporation, this venture capital backed e-commerce startup plans to hit the ground running and do some social good in the process.
Fatbikes were originally built to float over sand and snow, but more and more, riders are taking them on the trail. Pounding over rocks on a fatbike is not exactly fun, even with those super wide tires. In response, RockShox created the Bluto fatbike suspension fork that promises to make fatbikes much more trail worthy.
As another spring and summer travel season arrives, my bags remain perpetually packed. You may notice plenty of of dark colors in the ten essentials above- when traveling for extended periods of time (especially to Europe), I tend to mix and match along one color scheme. This seems to make packing so much easier, where you can later add pops of color in your scarf, watch, or other accessories. I also ensure the majority of my gear can serve double duty for more active pursuits such as hiking or biking.
Some of my favorite Timbuk2 gear is from the company's limited edition collections like the Tour de France set and the Mission Cycling packs. The latest limited edition pieces are a result of an upcycling partnership with TerraCycle out of New Jersey. Using vintage US Postal Service mail bags, Timbuk2 has created a range of one of a kind messengers.
One of the products I am excited to check out at Sea Otter this weekend is the latest cycling computer from Garmin- the Edge 1000. Basically taking the best from Edge Touring and Edge 810, Garmin then added a large, 3" high-res color touchscreen display, advanced smartphone connectivity, and Strava-esque segment features.