Gear Reviews

24 10, 2019

Canyon Grail: A Pure Gravel Racer

By |2019-10-24T14:55:02+02:00October 24th, 2019|Gear Reviews|Comments Off on Canyon Grail: A Pure Gravel Racer

I always ask myself, when writing a bike review, what makes really makes the bike in question unique. With the Canyon Grail the answer is simpler than most. Components – like wheels, drivetrain, brakes and particularly tyres – aren’t exactly unique to a specific bike after all. Though there is undoubted skill in piecing all [...]

15 07, 2019

Apex of Chamois Comfort

By |2019-07-15T23:25:29+02:00July 15th, 2019|Gear Reviews|Comments Off on Apex of Chamois Comfort

Ciovita's new Apex kit range is something pretty special. But while their puffer riding jackets are exceptionally warm and their ceramic sleeved jerseys (that's a full article in and of it self) it's the Apex bibs that steal the show. They are gloriously comfortable. Apex vs Supremo bibs. Photo by Steve Thistle. Now [...]

27 05, 2019

Gear Review: Specialized Diverge Updated or Reimagined?

By |2019-05-28T21:30:18+02:00May 27th, 2019|Gear Reviews|Comments Off on Gear Review: Specialized Diverge Updated or Reimagined?

It is hardly fair to compare the 2016 Specialized Diverge Seamus Allardice usually rides to the 2019 model, he discovered within a few pedal stokes on the new machine. But the DNA of the older bike is still there driving the latest model towards fresh adventures. The original. A 2016 Specialized Diverge. Since [...]

13 12, 2018

Gear Review: WUBEN TO40R Flashlight

By |2018-12-13T21:42:26+02:00December 13th, 2018|Gear Reviews|Comments Off on Gear Review: WUBEN TO40R Flashlight

The WUBEN TO40R Flashlight is a USB rechargeable, single CREE XP-L2 LED flashlight; designed to cast a concentrated beam up to 220 metres ahead, making it perfect applications where beam reach is paramount. About WUBEN WUBEN is the in-house product range of Chinese lighting giants, Shenzhen ShengQi Lighting Technology. Shenzhen ShengQi is so big in [...]

13 12, 2018

Gear Review: WUBEN TO46R Flashlight

By |2018-12-13T21:41:52+02:00December 13th, 2018|Gear Reviews|Comments Off on Gear Review: WUBEN TO46R Flashlight

The WUBEN TO46R Flashlight is a USB rechargeable, 3 CREE XP-G3 90 CRI LED flashlight; designed to cast a broad beam, making it perfect for hiking and camping. The compact WUBEN TO46R packs quite a punch into its 120mm length and 128g weight. About WUBEN WUBEN is the in-house product range of [...]

18 10, 2018

Gear Review: First Ascent X-Trail Gear

By |2018-10-18T17:36:51+02:00October 18th, 2018|Gear Reviews|Comments Off on Gear Review: First Ascent X-Trail Gear

During the Leopard Run recce Seamus Allardice put First Ascent's new X-Trail range of trail running gear to the test. Here's his run down on the 2019 product range. First Ascent's X-Trail range is specifically intended for trail running. Hush Minimalist Pack R899 | Shop Online Comfortable and snug fitting, thanks to two adjustable [...]

10 10, 2018

Gear: Explore Land Rover’s new Outdoor Phone

By |2018-10-10T15:23:55+02:00October 10th, 2018|Gear Reviews|Comments Off on Gear: Explore Land Rover’s new Outdoor Phone

The Bullitt Group and Land Rover have teamed up to produce an exciting new smart phone designed for the outdoors and adventurers. Seamus Allardice put it through its paces. Set up for 24 hours of adventures and phone testing in the Trans Baviaans ultra-endurance MTB race. Initial Thoughts & Unboxing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTllFswS1pY Who the [...]

4 10, 2018

Squirt Cycling Products Introduce Squirt SEAL Tyre Sealant – the Ultimate Tubeless Tyre Sealant Solution

By |2018-10-04T12:00:53+02:00October 4th, 2018|Gear Reviews|Comments Off on Squirt Cycling Products Introduce Squirt SEAL Tyre Sealant – the Ultimate Tubeless Tyre Sealant Solution

Squirt Cycling Products® is proud to announce the launch of Squirt SEAL Tyre Sealant with BeadBlock®, a tyre sealant for both tubed- and tubeless wheels which provides superior puncture sealing properties while boasting a long lifespan and environmentally non-hazardous formulation. Like all Squirt products, Squirt SEAL Tyre Sealant with BeadBlock® has already been extensively tested [...]

3 09, 2018

Gear: Momsen Vipa Race

By |2018-09-06T11:13:34+02:00September 3rd, 2018|Gear Reviews|Comments Off on Gear: Momsen Vipa Race

The Momsen Vipa first made its debut in 2013 and since then the standard frame has spawned a number of incarnations. The most exciting of these is the Vipa Ultra, which you can read about on Diverge here, but also the Vipa Trail and Vipa Race. Seamus Allardice put the Race 2 through its paces [...]

10 07, 2018

Gear: First Ascent Starlight II Tent

By |2018-07-10T17:53:30+02:00July 10th, 2018|Gear Reviews|Comments Off on Gear: First Ascent Starlight II Tent

The First Ascent Starlight II tent is a light-weight (2.3kg) tent intended for hiking and camping. Seamus Allardice and Zane Schmahl used it while bikepacking the Bikamino recce in late June; by splitting the tent and distributing the weight across two Lezyne Bar Caddy Bags. One carried an aluminum tent pole and the fly sheet, while [...]