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Panasonic DMC-FT4 compact camera

In early-2012, we were looking for a rugged, pocket size camera with good image quality for shooting on MTB trails. At that time, we considered several alternatives that we had found potentially interesting. We finally decided to go for Panasonic DMC-FT4, which turned out to be a big disappointment in terms of image quality.

Withings Smart Body Analyzer WS-50

Easy to set up and pleasure to use, we regard pleasantly designed Withings Smart Body Analyzer WS-50 as a worthwhile option for those looking for a smart scale.

RaceFace Ambush shorts

Quality shorts for gravity style of riding especially in less than burning hot conditions. Read more...

Camelbak Classic hydration pack

Compact, light and comfortable hydration pack with a 2 liter reservoir and a minimalistic pocket for special riding occasion. Read more...

POC Joint VPD 2.0 Long Knee Pads

Despite being very protective, Joint VPD 2.0 Long Knee Pads from POC are flexible, light and comfortable to wear even in extended pedalling. After one season on the saddle with POCs, we warmly recommend these pads, not least for gravity enduro and aggressive trail riding. Read more...

Specialized S-Works EVO MTB shoes

S-Works EVO is a slightly burlier version of its pure XC racing sibling, making it great both for XC and all-mountain riding. We have been using the shoe for the 2012 season and have been extremely impressed by its performance. Read more...

Troy Lee Designs D3 helmet

When it comes to head protection, our philosophy is very simple: Seek the best possible protection, get the wallet out of the pocket and swallow the bill. As long time users of Arai’s flagship helmets in motorsports, our standards were high for our new DH / freeride helmet. While Troy Lee Designs D3 has mostly met or exceeded our expectations, surprisingly we also documented minor but strange mechanical noise. Read more…

Balancing Act: Chromag Fubar OSX bars, Chromag Ranger Stem and ODI Rogue grips on Specialized Enduro

Handlebar width and stem length are some of key parameters for the feel of your bike's steering. In search of a more controlled and aggressive ride, we fitted our Specialized Enduro with Chromag Fubar OSX bars, Chromag Ranger Stem and ODI Rogue grips with great results. Read more….

Lezyne Alloy Drive hand pump

Alloy Drive is another great design from Lezyne. Actually, it is the best hand pump that we have found to date. Recommended without reservations. Read more...

Osprey Raptor 14 hydration bag

Raptor 14 comes with a 3L water reservoir. Impressed by its features and quality, we find Raptor 14 a perfect bag for half-day / full-day mountain bike riding. Highly recommended! Read more…

Crank Brothers Pica+ Premium tool

A proper multi-tool should be one of your best friends to bring along when on a trail. Crank Brothers Pica+ is an exceptionally beautifully crafted piece of kit that gets the job done. We are, however, disappointed by its tendency to catch rust in our backpacks in Scandinavian summer conditions. Read more…

Premium protection against elements: Gore Fusion GT AS Jacket and Pants

Gore Bike Wear’s Fusion AS jacket and pants represent purpose-build MTB clothing engineering in its finest form. Warmly recommended! Read more...

Pump up the jam: Lezyne CNC Travel Floor Drive

This beautifully crafted, shiny aluminium pump may just be the ultimate travel pump you have been looking for. Read more...

Pointing and shooting on MTB trails

While I have been quite comfortable with carrying my heavy SLR when traveling, my trail riding plans call for something substantially smaller and lighter. Riding light on multi-day trails also means a compact camera. Therefore, I began to search for the best possible pocket camera to accompany me on MTB trails. I was looking for decent picture quality in a compact closure with rugged design. Read more…

Hunt for quality pedals

I have been looking for quality AM / freeride pedals with decently large platform and good grip. I was very surprised to note how limited availability of several of the more interesting pedals is in Europe. Read more…

Managing maps on Garmin - Hooray for JaVaWa tools!

While GPSMAP62st comes with preloaded European 1:100k scale recreation maps, topographic maps are necessary for MTB trail planning. I decided to purchase a TOPO map from Garmin Store. While to download was nice and easy, I still came across a number of issues, some of which called for third-party tools to solve. Read more...

MTB trail camping gear: In search of a (hopefully) good night's sleep

I have to admit that I haven't slept under the stars for the past 10 years or so. Things were somewhat different in the past when I had an opportunity to participate in several memorable adventures in Russian wilderness. More than ten years has passed since then and now I feel ready for new adventures in nature, this time with a mountain bike. I started a search of the holy grail of a good night’s sleep: A perfect sleeping bag, comfortable mattress and a pillow. Read more...

Choosing the right GPS for mountain biking

Choosing the right GPS for mountain biking is more difficult than it may first sound. All devices are compromises in terms of their features (size, weight, display, battery time, usability etc). Therefore there is no such a thing as the universally best GPS. In order to find the right GPS you need to think twice what features you want to prioritise. Read more...