Gear Break: Sea to Summit’s Spark Ultralight sleeping bag & Ether Mild XT insulated pad, Alé: Colour the autumn with our mid season sale, Selle Italia and the 3D printed cowl: The SLR Enhance 3D is now out there to buy, Bianchi Oltre RC is born: The primary hyperbike, fizik: Get pleasure from good rides in unhealthy climate with GORE-TEX and ENVE: The life-style assortment simply launched.
Sea to Summit’s Spark Ultralight Sleeping Bag & Ether Mild XT Insulated Pad
Bikepacking rapidly factors you down the trail to a minimalist way of life.
Relating to bikepacking sleep techniques, it’s all about maximal consolation for minimal weight and quantity. That’s the place the Sea to Summit Spark Ultralight sleeping bag and Ether Mild XT Insulated got here in super-handy throughout my bikepacking adventures this yr.
The Spark and Ether with the dry/compression bag for my 15 L saddlebag for reference. That is clearly pre-compression, so the combo packs down even additional. There was loads of room leftover for a change of clothes, mild jacket, and different bikepacking necessities.
The Spark Ultralight sleeping bag is a down bag that is available in a wide range of temperature scores, from a primary 50°F liner to 40, 28, 18, and 5°F scores (do not forget that these are generic consolation scores, so private preferences fluctuate when you’re a sizzling or chilly sleeper). It additionally is available in common and lengthy lengths.
The Spark absolutely compressed with a 1 L bottle for measurement comparability. Weight together with the stuff sack is 544 g for my alternative of 28°F score in Common size.
Widespread to all variations of the Spark is ethically sourced 850+ score goose down and light-weight material to maximise compression and reduce weight. Options fluctuate relying in your alternative of temperature score, with the hotter temperature luggage having 1/3 size zippers (to extend warmth retention) and the cooler ones full-length zippers (to keep away from boiling in hotter temperatures). The cooler luggage are absolutely baffled in development to maximise insulation, whereas the 28°F bag is baffled within the torso however sewn-through within the decrease physique, and the hotter luggage absolutely sewn-through.
Waking as much as a riverside view like this is without doubt one of the magical rewards of bikepacking.
In my journeys with the bag to date this yr, I’ve discovered the 28°F bag very best for 3-season use for me. I are likely to sleep predominantly on my again, and I didn’t discover the contoured mummy form constrictive. The hood may be properly closed round me to maintain the heat in too. The 1/3 size zipper does make getting out and in a little bit of a gymnastics act, and you’ll possible need to take care to keep away from risking tearing the comparatively lighter bag and zipper.
For a sleeping pad, I went with the Ether Mild XT Insulated and it was fairly the revelation in comparison with the compressed foam pads I’ve been used to. When rolled up, it’s utterly flat as a result of there is no such thing as a foam to compress. Within the stuff sack, it’s only a bit greater than a 1 L water bottle and smaller than the Spark. I went for the Common contoured model, however it is available in 3 contoured lengths and in addition an oblong model in common and enormous.
The stuff sack can also be the inflator system. Plug it into the Ether port, blow calmly into the stuff sack, then roll it to push the air into the Ether pad. I discovered that 4-5 repeats of this absolutely inflated the bag in a few minutes.
Inflated, the Ether is rated at a R worth of three.2, lots for most individuals for 3-season use. It’s about 4 inches thick when absolutely inflated, which supplies loads of cushioning and excess of all however probably the most luxurious (and heavy and ponderous) foam pads. Moreover bikepacking and tenting, I additionally used it on the exhausting flooring of our home the primary a number of nights after we introduced our new pet residence and I slept beside her kennel to get her settled, and it was greater than plush sufficient.
In case you haven’t tried bikepacking but, journey and enjoyable await – get on the market!
With each the Spark Ultralight and the Ether Mild XT Insulated, do not forget that you’re prioritizing mild weight and small measurement, so the flip aspect is that it’s important to hold sturdiness in thoughts. So take some further time to ensure your sleeping space is freed from pebbles and branches.
Alé: Colour the Fall with our Mid Season Sale
Selle Italia and the 3D Printed Cowl: The SLR Enhance 3D is Now Out there to Buy
Offered in July on the Eurobike present in Frankfurt, the SLR Enhance 3D is the primary Selle Italia product with a 3D printed cowl. The brand new saddle is now out there on the selleitalia.com web site and within the high biking shops.
The drive to create more and more technological merchandise has led Selle Italia, for the primary time in its historical past, to supply a saddle with a 3D-printed cowl that may complement the SLR line, some of the standard and high-performance fashions within the Treviso-based firm’s vary.
The brand new SLR Enhance 3D was premiered at Eurobike 2022, the place it attracted a substantial amount of curiosity amongst biking fanatics and industry-based technicians, each for its practical and aesthetic parts.
The quilt, which adapts to the long-lasting form of the SLR Enhance, has been developed utilizing Carbon DLSTM expertise and 3D printed with a devoted, proprietary textured sample, leading to a novel and fully Made in Italy saddle.
To supply cyclists the easiest help whereas driving, the duvet has differentiated areas which create progressive cushioning over the complete floor. Additionally it is options the Superflow cutout, designed to scale back strain on the pelvic space.
The SLR Enhance 3D comes within the S3 and L3 idmatch sizes and is offered in two variations, with both a carbon or TI 316 rail.
The saddle is now on sale to the general public and may be bought on the selleitalia.com web site and in high biking shops.
SLR Enhance 3D Equipment Carbonio Superflow technical information sheet:
- Measurement: S3 130 x 248 mm / L3 145 x 248 mm
- Rail: Carbon + 10mm Ø7×9 mm
- Weight: S3 170 g (+/- 8%)
- Cowl: 3D Printed
- Use: Highway
- Form: Impartial
- idmatch measurement: S3 / L3
- Really useful retail value: €449.90 and $499.
SLR Enhance TI 316 Superflow technical information sheet:
- Measurement: S3 130 x 248 mm / L3 145 x 248 mm
- Rail: TI 316 Tube Ø7 mm
- Cowl: 3D Printed
- Use: Highway
- Form: Impartial
- idmatch measurement: S3 / L3
- Really useful retail value: €359.90 and $399
- For extra info: www.selleitalia.com.
Bianchi Oltre RC is Born: The First Hyperbike
With the brand new Oltre vary, Bianchi Reparto Corse begins from scratch and goes past the aero bike idea by introducing the primary Hyperbike: the Oltre RC. A wonderfully built-in athlete-bike system ensures the Oltre RC’s excessive efficiency and velocity, due to Air Deflector expertise and an revolutionary aero cockpit. The brand new Oltre assortment represents the primary general body/part platform designed completely by Bianchi.
Aerovolution is now. Bianchi has rewritten the idea of a high-performance aerodynamic bicycle with the launch of the Oltre platform, led by the Oltre RC hyperbike and complemented by the Oltre Professional and Oltre fashions.
Born from Bianchi Reparto Corse’s analysis and improvement, the Oltre RC is a revolution when it comes to design and engineering with an goal to actively dominate and exploit airflow via engineering a completely built-in bike-athlete and frame-component system. Oltre is a revolutionary design pondering method outlined by the introduction of Bianchi Air Deflector expertise.
“The Bianchi Oltre RC units a brand new technological normal within the biking world,” mentioned Bianchi’s CEO, Fabrizio Scalzotto. “With Oltre we began from scratch to create an unprecedented aero bike. It’s a undertaking developed by our Reparto Corse that marks a turning level for the model. The brand new Oltre household represents the primary full body/part platform designed and manufactured completely by Bianchi: from the body to the handlebar system, plus the wheels, hubs, and saddles.”
Aerovolution: Air Deflectors and Aero Cockpit
“To develop the brand new Oltre undertaking, Bianchi put the athlete on the middle and the necessity to make him as quick as attainable with the least use of vitality,” commented Claudio Masnata, advertising and marketing and communications supervisor for Bianchi. “The primary revolutionary ingredient is the Air Deflectors, a expertise impressed by the world of motor racing on the highest stage to optimize aerodynamic effectivity in each scenario.”
Bianchi designed and built-in Air Deflectors (patent pending) into the perimeters of the top tube, thus channeling airflow and making a low-pressure zone on the rear of the tube. The motion of the deflectors enhances the efficiency of the brand new aero cockpit, which generates low-pressure air vortices directed towards the legs of the transferring athlete via a centrally situated gap.
The result’s a major discount in aerodynamic resistance by the athlete-bike system, as licensed by wind tunnel testing. In brief, outcomes proved increased velocity with much less effort.
In comparison with the earlier Oltre XR4 mannequin, the Oltre RC saves 17 watts at a velocity of fifty km/h and features 45 seconds over a distance of 40km with an influence output of 250 watts/h. In variable wind circumstances, the benefit over one of the best aero bikes in the marketplace will increase by 30 %, guaranteeing excessive efficiency even throughout sudden adjustments in wind path.
Reparto Corse Parts
Each element of the Oltre RC’s body/part system has been studied by Reparto Corse to realize the best stage of efficiency. It’s obsessive analysis that led Bianchi to design and produce unique parts engineered by a devoted group of consultants.
The pair of Reparto Corse RC50 and RC65 tubeless prepared wheels have been developed with 4 tips: stiffness, smoothness, weight, and design. The brand new wheels, which function a 3K carbon end, are stiff, super-responsive and weigh 1540 grams (per set) whereas clean efficiency is assured by SPB Tech | Tremendous Precision Bearings Know-how.
Along with the wheels, the RC139 carbon air saddle encompasses a pad developed with 3D expertise, and a weight of simply 168 grams, which permits the athlete to take care of an aerodynamic place even over lengthy distances with out sacrificing one of the best ergonomics.
The New Oltre Household
There are three fashions that make up the Oltre vary:
- OLTRE RC: The brand new top-of-the-range mannequin in Bianchi’s aero racing assortment, the Oltre RC has been designed for probably the most excessive athletes searching for most velocity. The Oltre RC introduces the hyperbike idea. Created for World Tour racing and professionals, the Oltre RC (6.850kg in measurement 55, +/- 5%) dominates airflow, thus decreasing aerodynamic resistance and growing the velocity of the general bike-athlete system. That is achieved due to the distinctive “Air Deflector” expertise that acts along with the brand new aero handlebar to ship unprecedented efficiency. The Oltre RC is supplied with the brand new RC50 SPB Tech and RC65 SPBTech tubeless prepared wheels (50mm entrance profile and 65mm rear profile) and options the RC139 Carbon air saddle (with 3D expertise). These high-performance parts have been designed and produced by Bianchi Reparto Corse. The Oltre RC is offered in six sizes and three totally different colours, all with ultralight paint and uncovered carbon: anthracite with Celeste inserts, anthracite with white inserts, and anthracite with iridescent purple inserts. Priced from €13,800.
- OLTRE PRO: The Oltre Professional shares the identical development rules because the top-of-the-line RC mannequin and options Air Deflector expertise and a brand new aero handlebar. The body incorporates the Bianchi CV vibration cancellation system into the carbon fiber, which will increase driving consolation for a much less excessive rider. Outfitted with Reparto Corse parts, the Oltre Professional options the RC139 Carbon saddle and a set of RC50 tubeless prepared wheels (50mm profile entrance and rear). Out there in six sizes and three totally different colours (anthracite with Celeste inserts, anthracite with white inserts, and anthracite with black inserts). The Oltre Professional is offered for a instructed retail value of €8,000.
- OLTRE: The Oltre represents the gateway to Bianchi’s fledgling aero assortment. Derived from the superior Professional and RC variations, the Oltre mannequin is designed for a wider vary of cyclists who additionally search the fun of velocity. The Oltre’s full carbon body and fork present excessive efficiency when it comes to stiffness and responsiveness. The Oltre mannequin is supplied with new Velomann parts: aero handlebar and stem; V50R wheels (50mm profile entrance and rear); and Mitora saddle. Out there in six sizes, the Oltre is offered in three colours (Celeste, white, and darkish metallic grey) for a instructed retail value ranging from €5,400.
Oltre within the Metaverse
With an goal to convey the brand new Oltre as near the person as attainable, Bianchi has developed a complicated 3D digital communication house utilizing digital and augmented actuality.
Along with the Digital Expertise out there at bianchi.com, a particular filter might be out there on all of Bianchi’s social channels (Instagram, TikTok, and Fb). Each fanatic will be capable of expertise the feeling of seeing and nearly “touching” the brand new Oltre RC via a multichannel on-line expertise that brings the person extraordinarily near actuality.
The brand new Bianchi Oltre, Oltre Professional, and Oltre RC might be out there from the Bianchi supplier community beginning in November 2022.
fizik: Get pleasure from Good Rides in Unhealthy Climate with GORE-TEX
fizik introduce winter and waterproof TEMPO and TERRA ARTICA GTX – designed to excel in excessive climates.
The brand new ARTICA GTX shoe vary stops chilly, moist climate in its tracks due to the highly effective efficiency of GORE-TEX.
Riders each on and off street can now embrace unhealthy climate with TERRA ARTICA GTX and TEMPO ARTICA GTX that includes an insulating fleece lining and safe two-part closure system. Constructed to guard from probably the most extreme climate, they’re insulated and outfitted with a breathable, waterproof GORE-TEX membrane.
Throughout each fashions, a high-density PU-laminated higher is the proper match to the light-weight GORE-TEX membrane, combining resilience with streamlined heat retaining a excessive stage of sturdiness. The addition of a Velcro strap secures the ankle in place, whereas a single L6 BOA® dial makes micro match changes straightforward, even with cumbersome winter gloves.
However past merely stopping moist climate, the superior GORE-TEX expertise is optimized for higher breathability. That implies that whereas moist climate circumstances are stopped on the floor, moisture molecules from sweat vapor contained in the shoe can simply escape via billions of tiny pores, for hotter, drier toes on chilly, moist winter biking adventures.
The TEMPO ARTICA GTX is a totally insulated, waterproof and breathable winter-riding street shoe. The nylon outsole of the newly-redesigned R5 provides consolation and average stiffness for environment friendly pedaling. Moreover, the cleat place is about barely additional again in comparison with conventional settings to raised optimize pedaling effectivity and cut back knee compression. This winter-specific outsole omits vented holes to maintain toes heat and dry.
Suiting a variety of driving types, TERRA ARTICA GTX is a flexible off-road winter biking shoe for all-terrain driving, gravel grinding, mountain biking and past. Particularly for the TERRA ARTICA, the X5 Nylon and rubber outsole has been redesigned for higher grip and extra traction together with beneficiant studs and a rubber coating that covers the complete floor.
Key Options for each TERRA and TEMPO ARTICA GTX
- Insulated, waterproof and breathable Koala membrane by GORE-TEX
- Smooth brushed-fleece lining provides insulation and luxury
- Beneficiant match and simple changes offered by a sensible single-dial BOA® match system and safe Velcro cuff strap.
- Excessive-density PU higher + Ripstop material
TERRA ARTICA GTX
TERRA ARTICA GTX
- Stiffness index 5
- Weight: 432g
TEMPO ARTICA GTX
TEMPO ARTICA GTX
- Stiffness index 6
- Weight: 319g
Sizes: 36-48 (37 to 47 additionally in half sizes)
Costs: TEMPO and TERRA ARTICA GTX – $259.99 / £249.99 / €259
ENVE: The Way of life Assortment Simply Launched
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