It's Friday and that means that it's time for 5 cool things. This week, we've got even more handguards, Gary Fisher's autobiography, along with a couple of helmets from Smith and MET. Here's a glance at what we've got in for testing.
Smith Engage MIPS
First up, we've got the Smith Engage MIPS. New for 2021 it gets 21 vents, extended coverage, and Smith's VaporFit system for a custom fit. There's also the brand's AirEvac tech which is designed to direct air over any eyewear. On the subject of eyewear, the helmet features channels at the front of the lid for eyewear storage. Finally, there's an adjustable visor that allows for goggle storage and of course, MIPS.
Being Gary Fisher and the Bicycle Revolution Autobiography
Trek says that this is the biggest upgrade for your bookshelf this year. Being Gary Fisher and the Bicycle Revolution is the autobiography behind the legend that is Gary Fisher. Throughout 254 excellently designed pages, it tells the story of the man himself who transformed an industry by selling mountain biking to the world. You can buy it from Trek or direct from the publisher Bluetrain Publishing.
MET Terranova MIPS
The second fresh helmet we've got on test is the MET Terranova MIPS. It has been designed with trail and e-bike riding in mind and the brand has worked closely with MIPS to make sure that ventilation is as good as it can possibly be. Then, it's sorted with MET's Safe-T DUO fit system, vertical adjustment with ponytail compatibility, and internal air channeling.
AVS Racing Handguards
We dipped our toe into the controversial world of handguards in 5 cool things a few weeks ago (see that here) and curiosity has taken over. Keen to see what other guards on the market can offer, we've got AVS Racing's Handguards which are often seen protecting the digits of Sam Hill. They're compact compared to others and the set we've got on test comes with aluminium supports for a bit of extra strength. Although, they're also available with plastic supports if you would like to save a bit of cash.
Acerbis X-Elite Handguards
A name that's synonymous with motocross, known for making replica plastics for the bikes. The brand has jumped into the mountain bike market with the X-Elite handguards and what sets these out against others are the 'spoilers', the yellow portions you see in the image. They extend the handguard to offer some protection to your controls. They're made using thermoplastic and are claimed to weigh in at 124g.
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