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Salvage!

Our good friend Corrine over at Chrome recently shared with us something new they’ve done.  Introducing the Salvage series: bags made from reclaimed materials.

Cool stuff!

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011 Gear No Comments

Stuck in a Ruck

Introducing The IGNOBLE- Cora Classic Rucksack

Photos by Kalan Briggs http://kalanbriggs.wordpress.com

The Cora Classic Rucksack delivers an industrial feel IGNOBLE consistently employs in it’s quality products.  This particular rucksack is constructed of 400D high density Nylon, heavy duty web strapping and YKK Zippers–making for a super sturdy pack.  During the hands-on review, the CORA went with me everywhere I went. Whether it was for an overnight excursion, riding by bike or taking it to work, the pack…carried it’s own weight. Serious!

Photos by Kalan Briggs http://kalanbriggs.wordpress.com

My first impression of this pack was that it looked sure of a heck smaller than it’s counterpart, the MONA Cocoon.  I was honestly skeptical of it’s ability to serve as an everyday bag, as I was not a fan of the hood top closure nor the “lack of structural body” as the MONA provided.  At any rate, I was obligated to give this product a fair review!

My first voyage with the CORA was on an 14 mile Alley Cat here in Dallas.  I had my doubts, however the pack quickly spoke for itself and silenced my skepticism.  I wasn’t DFL (so in my book, it was a success)–I credit the bag!  The pack has the same comfort as the MONA.  The mesh back padding is ample and very breathable.  The shoulder straps provide great support as well!  I didn’t need to use em, but the bag also has chest straps for added stability.

Photos by Kalan Briggs http://kalanbriggs.wordpress.com

CORA’s character made itself known when I began to utilize this pack to the max.  It was the “Little Pack That Could”. Filling it to the brim and riding cross town, the CORA proved itself as a strong candidate for everyday use.  The more I used it, the more I became fond of it.  The more crap I stuffed in it, the more structurally sound it became.  It retained a comfortable shape to wear no matter what I crammed into it or where I was taking it.  To my surprise, the CORA actually has a bigger volume that it’s sister the MONA.

The rucksack as a whole is well constructed and is very durable.  I love the fact that it’s made here in the U.S.A., I can wear it with pride.  Although it’s only available in black, consistent with the MONA, the black on black is very sleek– makes it ideal for any occasion.  The deep side pockets were perfect for all the quick-access accessories I typically carry.  The internal zipper pouch, laptop sleeve, hood top zipper pouch and outer zipper pocket also served me well.

All in all, Dean and his team over at IGNOBLE know their $#!+.  They’re a recent startup,however their mission and goods are a time-line ahead.  Simple, Sleek, Top-notch stuff!  I’m excited to see what else comes outta their shop!  Shop’em at http://IGNOBLEbags.com

Now for the copy and paste deets from IGNOBLE’s site:

Features:

- Padded Shoulder Straps and Padded Airmesh Back
- Adjustable Hood and Draw Cord Opening
- Large Main Compartment
- Internal Hanging-Pocket
- Internal Book-Sleeve
- Zippered Front Stash-Pocket
- Zippered Hood Stash-Pocket
- Dual Side Utility Pockets
- Side Compression Straps
- Bottom Bag Compression Strap
- Top Bag Webloop Handle

Specifications:

*
Average Weight: 1 lbs 6 oz (624 g)
Bag Dims, Nominal: 11.25″ W x 20.5″ H x 8″ D **
Bag Dims, Actual: 11.25″ W x 26″ H x 8″ D **
Internal Book-Sleeve Dims: 10″ W x 12.5″ H x 5″ D
Total Capacity: 36 Liters

* All measurements are approximate.
**In use, Cora’s dimensions will vary based on the main compartment load and adjustable hood settings.

Special Thanks to Mr. Briggs for the photos!  Check him out http://kalanbriggs.wordpress.com

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 Gear No Comments

The Lion and the Lamb

If you haven’t participated in an alley cat, or if it’s been a while… here’s you next chance. This alley cat will benefit our friends: http://www.sxsfixed.com/

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 Gear No Comments

I Need Some Helium

I so could have used this for my trip to Miami. ::sigh::

From BIKND:

THE HELIUM BIKE CASE uses a combination of light, flexible materials and strategically positioned rigid reinforcements, allowing it to offer excellent protection at a surprisingly low weight of only 9 kg (19,8 lbs). Not only is our bags easy on your shoulders, it also makes it easy to respect the strict baggage weight restrictions imposed by many airlines.
The Helium’s unique 360° opening means that packing your bike is easier than ever.
It even has enough room for two wheelsets. We specifically designed a proprietary anchoring system for wheels, which guarantees they will be well protected and will not damage your frame in transit.
Air protection
The biggest innovation inside the Helium is its network of inflatable partitions, strategically positioned on either side of the frame. They offer more stability and protection, at a lower weight, than other systems. The partitions are held in place by Velcro straps, making cleaning and maintenance a breeze
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Saturday, January 29th, 2011 Gear No Comments

The IGNOBLE MONA Cocoon

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The IGNOBLE MONA Cocoon is my type of backpack. It balances heavy duty function with a modern style that anyone can rock. Ultra capable and ultra sleek. I really like the total blackout, making it suitable for any occasion, uniform to the company’s moniker “Black. Backpack. The essential carryall for the modern man. Click “› Continue reading” for the full review!

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Sunday, January 23rd, 2011 Gear 3 Comments

Holy Hindsight Gadgets Batman!

So a company from South Carolina by the name of Cerevellum has championed a digital “rear view mirror” called “the Hindsight 30″.

 It not only gives you an idea of what’s behind you, but it also records video, e.i. getting clipped from behind, now you got that mothasucka on video…(hoping your device doesn’t get smashed to bits)..Not sure how I feel about this technology.  What do you guys think?

Sunday, January 16th, 2011 Gear No Comments

Chrome x PEDALLAS = Yalta!

Chrome’s new backpack, the Yalta (which we shared with you a few posts back), has made it into our hands! We’ve given it a full week of use and abuse and we can say we love the damn thing!

First Impression: This bag is nothing shy of what Chrome always delivers in it’s premium goods. It’s simple, straightforward and sleek. The branding Chrome has employed is superb, there’s great attention to detail.

As with any rolltop, the simple yet ingenious design allows you limitless capacity, carrying whatever you please. Additionally, there is an awesome side compartment that allows for more containment, equipped with a laptop sleeve –suitable for my Mackbook 15″ with room to spare. The outer zipper compartment is also a haus, carrying tons of your smaller items. In that compartment, I kept two of my camera battery chargers, a pocket video recorder, my point and shoot, a mini tripod, an iPhone charger and my cycling gloves, with no bulk to show for. Over all dimensions of the Yalta read : 14″ x 21″ high x 6″ deep and a volume of 29L. A lightweight bag that packs a punch.

A heavy load never felt so good (that’s what she said). Whether you load this thing up with bulk and beyond or attire for an overnight stay, the backpack molds to your body with comfort at all times. The compression molded EVA back panel gives the perfect amount of cushion, while allowing your back to breathe. Initially, I wasn’t fond of the shoulder straps, as I prefer thick, heavily padded straps akin to the Northface backpacks. Although skeptic, the straps actually prevailed and feel really good while riding. The straps are meshed and provide great breathability while embracing you and keeping the load close to the core. For even more stability, a chest strap is available and at your service–the double pull system is a plus.

All of the riders in the video have independently given this bag positive feedback, most commonly how comfortable it feels when riding. At the end of the day, this bag is a keeper. It’s just right in size, yet holds everything you need for the daily grind. Lightweight and weatherproof with its’ 1,000 denier tarpaulin shell. I give this bag an A+.

If you’re looking to spoil yourself, or give the perfect gift to your favorite cyclist, the Yalta would be just the thing. Chrome’s giving away free 2nd day shipping on orders over $50 if ordered by the 20th. Yes! That’s TOMORROW…or TODAY!!!! (depending when you’re reading this). If you’re from Texas or shipping to Texas, it looks like Chrome has opened up shop with free ground shipping for ya. Happy Holidays!

Special thanks to all the riders: Raul, Richard, Miguel, Arnold, Viktor, Mario and Graham. Most especially Corinne!

Sunday, December 19th, 2010 Gear, Video 9 Comments
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