As we're now well within the midst of spring and with summer just around the corner, we're dusting off our bikepacking kit and getting ready to explore our local countryside. To help our testers who are lusting for adventure, we've got some new kit from Rab. For those who prefer things a bit more mountain bike flavoured; wheels, pedals, and some new rubber have landed for some thorough testing.
LOOK X-Track En-Rage pedals
Let's kick off this week's 5 cool things with a set of pedals from LOOK. We've tested the brand's X-Track pedals before in the form of the Race, the small platform cross country pedal. The En-Rage set we've got here is designed more toward enduro riding, offering a larger platform while making use of the SPD mechanism. The pedal is made with a forged aluminium body and a 545mm squared body. LOOK says that the pedal's surface to weight ratio is unparalleled in the mountain bike pedal market.
Rab Solar Eco 2 (-2) sleeping bag
This sleeping bag from Rab is built using 100% recycled fabrics and Stratus insulation. The brand says that it's ideal for the mountain bothy goer, or globetrotting backpacker. This bag comes in three sizes with choices of left or right zip configurations. It's cut with a wide mummy shape and is rated for temperatures down to -2°, as its title suggests.
Continental Gravity tyres
£50 - £70
Continental's brand new tyre range was big news a couple of weeks ago and it's finally made its way to our office. The Gravity range offers all-new tread patterns for all kinds of conditions, whether that's hardpack through to loose mud. The new tyres also get three new rubber compounds and casings. In for testing we've got the Kryptotal FR and RE, the Argotal and Xynotal, so all of the tyres but the mud-specific Hydrotal. These will keep our testers busy for a while, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for full reviews coming as the trails get dryer, and damper.
Fulcrum Red Zone 3 MTB wheel
The Red Zone 3 wheelset is Fulcrum's second mountain bike wheel and it comes as a result of the brand's experience when creating the Red Zone Carbon. However, the Red Zone 3 brings a reliable and durable Fulcrum wheelset to a more accessible price. The front wheel get a 24 spoke count while the rear gets four more for some extra strength and stiffness. As for the rim widths, these come with a 25mm internal widths.
Rab Neutrino 400 down sleeping bag
The final product in for testing and worming its way into 5 cool things is Rab's Neutrino 400 down sleeping bag. Rated for use down to -7°C, it gets a very tapered design to reduce bulk while offering extra warmth. That boost in warmth comes from 800FP goose down which is covered by a wind-resistant and recycled Pertex Quantum outer.
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