Wednesday, July 08, 2009

we bring the goods!!!

Besides our own slick shirts and accessories, we also do weekly reviews! This week, Cole reviews the ETA Power MF Stove from North American Gear, and I reviewed a couple of brand spankin' new goodies from Topeak- their Ratchet Rocket RX and their Flypaper Glueless Patch Kit! We've got a lot of great stuff to review in the next upcoming weeks, so check back soon! Word on the street is we might be auctioning off a new BIANCHI soon! No purchase necessary...details on that are coming really soon!!! So yeah- there's a lot going on around here, and it's all good...

the reviews:

North American Gear ETA Power™ MF stove

I am by no means an expert about backpacking stoves, but on my last tour i was freezing in the rain, eating a pb&j, thinking how much some warm food would really help me out. Well, we'll call that tour a learning experience, and it taught me I need a stove.

North American Gear was kind enough to send me the ETA Power MF stove. I was given a lot of choice, and I knew I wanted a mutlifuel because who knows where I'll end up, and having the ability to burn LP gas and liquid fuels- such as white gas, gasoline/petrol, kerosene/paraffin, and if necessary even diesel, makes this the perfect stove in my eyes. read more...

Topeak Ratchet Rocket RX

I never had the pleasure of using the original Ratchet Rocket, and the RX is a slimmed down, lighter version of it with an added tool. Hands down, this is one of the raddest multi-tools I've got my hands on as of late. About the size of...hmm...unfortunately everything that comes to mind right now is firearm related (I live in the country on a bunch of land in the middle of nowhere, so you gotta give me a little slack!), so let's see- it's smaller than a candy bar, fits in the palm of your hand (unless you have REALLY small hands), and is about the size of a standard cell phone (non flip), and way skinnier but a tad heavier.

The Ratchet Rocket RX measures (L x W x H) 3.9” x 1.5” x 0.7”. With 12 tools and only weighing 120g (.26 lbs.), that's not too shabby at all. And for even more convenience than this multi-tool already has to offer, it also comes with a pretty rad poly soft shell case that has an extra pocket for the optional chain tool (or a pack of Topeak's Flypaper: Glueless Patch Kit perfectly!) and also sports a belt loop. Put it on your belt & save the room in your pack- or leave the pack at home- the Ratchet Rocket RX won't weigh you down a bit. If you ride regularly, or distances, or have ever gotten a flat a ways away from home or a gas station and didn't have the tools to fix your flat and you had to walk your bike, you probably know the importance of carrying a few tools with you, some patches, and a pump. The Ratchet Rocket RX covers the first- we'll get to the rest later. read more...

Topeak Flypaper Glueless Patch Kit

We've got one more product from Topeak for you this week- Topeak's Flypaper- their glueless patch kit. Quick, clean, and easy- no worries, no mess, and no fuss. They work great for road bikes as well as mountain bikes and everything in between. read more...

1 comments:

jay said...

That Ratchet Rocket looks great! I have a small collection of multitools though and doubt I can talk my wife into letting another one in our house... :D