Gear Break: KASK, Hiplok, Flite, Nathan Sports, Smith Optics & SockGuy
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Gear Break: More new and exciting kit: KASK Wasabi: A helmet for all seasons, 10 years of Hiplok, Selle Italia Flite Boost Pro Team Kit Carbonio Superflow, NATHAN Sports apparel collection, Smith Shift MAG optics and SockGuy’s new Sugar SGX.
KASK Unveils the Wasabi: A Helmet for all Seasons
Debuted by the INEOS Grenadiers at Strade Bianche, the Wasabi features adjustable airflow channels and a moisture-wicking Merino wool lining – for every ride, whatever the conditions.
Premium Italian helmet manufacturer KASK today reveals a sneak peak of its latest addition: the Wasabi. A high performance cycling helmet designed to be worn in all seasons by road, gravel and cyclocross riders, the new model made its first public appearance at the Strade Bianche on Saturday, 6 March.
Featuring an adjustable airflow port that allows the wearer to easily increase or decrease ventilation depending on conditions, the Wasabi offers optimal comfort and thermoregulation. This neat feature, combined with a Merino wool lining by REDA, Italian styling and a highly aerodynamic profile, makes the Wasabi an exciting new introduction to KASK’s existing range of premium cycling helmets.
Worn by and developed in collaboration with INEOS Grenadiers
Following close collaboration with INEOS Grenadiers in the design and development of the Wasabi, eagle-eyed fans will have spotted the new model making an appearance by the team at the Strade Bianche on Saturday. As the rest of the 2021 season unfurls, the Wasabi will accompany the likes of World Time Trial Champion Filippo Ganna, 2020 Giro D’Italia winner Tao Geoghegan Hart, 2019 Tour de France champion Egan Bernal and exciting new talent taking on multiple disciplines, Tom Pidcock, for the INEOS Grenadiers’ upcoming pursuits – earning its credentials as a helmet fit for world-class riders.
Adjustable airflow, optimum aero
The Wasabi ensures temperature regulation like no other helmet, thanks to its adjustable airflow system. With the push of a finger, a centralized vent can be opened when conditions start to heat up, or closed when things cool down for a 1.5℃ internal temperature increase, when ridden at the same speed. With less than one watt lost between the helmet vent being opened and closed at 50km/h, wind tunnel testing confirms the Wasabi is one of the pro peloton’s fastest helmets – second only to KASK’s Utopia. Thanks to these impressive aerodynamic and ventilating features, coupled with a premium merino wool lining made by Italian wool mill, REDA for protection against uncomfortable temperatures, it is no surprise that the Wasabi is quickly becoming a firm favorite amongst the INEOS Grenadiers.
KASK’s premium touch
The Wasabi comes equipped with KASK’s tried and tested Octo Fit head retention system – a mechanism that allows both vertical and horizontal adjustment for the perfect fit. Despite the helmet’s advanced adjustable ventilation system, it weighs just 290g in a size Medium.
As a manufacturer at the forefront of helmet design across multiple sporting disciplines, KASK strives to develop class-leading helmets that have been subjected to rigorous testing far beyond the mandatory industry standards. Ensuring that all KASK helmets offer the best possible protection against rotational impacts is fundamental to this principle. As such, the Wasabi has been rigorously tested against both linear and rotational impacts at an independent laboratory, striking flat and angled surfaces. When it comes to safety, KASK makes no compromises.
Diego Zambon, General Manager at KASK says: “The Wasabi is the result of continuous and careful innovation that we are committed to as a brand. We are excited to introduce to our collection a helmet that is truly designed to be worn in all seasons and terrains, and we look forward to watching how its active ventilation and thermoregulating capabilities meet the demands of road cyclists, gravel and cyclocross riders everywhere.”
The Wasabi will be available in sizes Small, Medium and Large. A full selection of colorways and availability will be announced soon.
● In the meantime, find out more about KASK’s full range of helmets here.
● Shop Other KASK Helmets at Amazon here
10 Years of Hiplok
Celebrate a Decade on Lock
Ten years ago Hiplok changed how we secure our most prized possessions by bringing a revolutionary new product to the industry: a wearable, adjustable bike lock. We haven’t stopped since then – we are still bringing innovative solutions to riders everywhere. But since we’re turning ten, we wanted to reach out and ask: have you tested Hiplok lately?
Why carry a bag when a lock is all you need? The Original Hiplok has received untold accolades over the last decade, and received many upgrades along the way. While we have been talking in depth surrounding home security and bikes for the last several months – people are starting to move about, and theft is more of an issue than ever before.
The OG of the Chain Lock collection, the Original has a hardened steel shackle and 8mm chain, machined to ward off thieves and attacks. The patented wearable fastening adjusts on the fly, providing a safe and convenient way to carry a strong chain. The Original was independently rated by the experts at Sold Secure and SBS to bring ease of mind when you hop off the saddle and leave your bike behind.
● High Security (Silver Sold Secure)
● Wearable Design – Safe and Removable
● Adjustable Fit (28″-44″)
● 3 X Coded Replaceable Keys
● Lifetime Warranty
● Locking Length: 75cm
● Weight: 1.8kg
● MSRP: $99.99
● More information: hiplok.com
● Shop Hiplock at Amazon here
Flite Boost Pro Team Kit Carbonio Superflow: The Professional Saddle That Every Fan Wishes
Selle Italia introduces, at Strade Bianche 2021, the Pro Team version of the Flite Boost, one of the Italian brand’s most renowned and loved saddles. The new Flite Boost Pro Team Kit Carbonio Superflow is a concentrate of technology: carbon rail with a 10-millimetre increase in length, hard-wearing Fibra-Tek cover material, and with Superflow’s extreme lightness and cutout. A saddle chosen by professionals, now also available for amateur.
The Flite saddles by Selle Italia have written 30 years of the Italian company’s history, as well as the history of cycling, and today, with the Flite Boost model launched a year ago, they are among the saddles most preferred by professionals and amateurs alike. Many athletes from the Selle Italia team train and compete with Flite Boost: Mathieu Van der Poel, for example, chose it for his cyclo-cross bike, with which he won several world titles, as well as for his road bike, winning the prestigious 2020 Tour of Flanders.
At Strade Bianche 2021, a race that will also see the young Dutch talent of the Alpecin Fenix Team competing, Selle Italia introduces a new version of the Flite Boost: the Pro Team Kit Carbonio Superflow, dedicated to further emphasizing and strengthening the Asolo brand’s (Italian for CS eng) bond with the professional world, with a high-end product in a unique design, now also available for every cycling enthusiast.
The Flite Boost Pro Team Kit Carbonio Superflow has a short, compact shape and the classic T form that has always characterized every Flite model. A Made in Italy saddle that has a flat seat and a shell made in a nylon and carbon composite, cover done entirely by hand, and a carbon rail which is 10 millimeters longer for greater adjustment possibilities. An extremely light saddle: 165 grammes in the S3 version and 170 grammes in the L3 version. From the aesthetic point of view, the Flite Boost Kit Carbonio Superflow Pro Team features a special graphic – red on the edges of the saddle and glossy black on the nose – for a distinctive design with a racing attitude.
A product packed with high technical characteristics supplied to road teams sponsored by Selle Italia: Alpecin Fenix, Qhubeka Assos, Cofidis Credits Solutions, Lotto Soudal, Israel Start-Up Nation, Arkea Samsic, Androni Sidermec, Caja Rural and Vini Zabù. A saddle for Pros that, today, is also available for every cycling enthusiast.
● Measurements: S 135mm X 250mm – L 145mm X 250mm
● Weight: S 165 gr / L 170 gr
● Rail: Carbon rail (+10 mm)
● Coverage: Fiber-Tekk
● Sizes ID Match: S3 / L3
● Recommended retail price: €314.90, $484.99
● For more information: www.selleitalia.com
● SHOP Selle Italia at Amazon here
NATHAN Sports Launches First Ever Apparel Collection
The new collection of athletic apparel will transcend from running to fitness to everyday life and take you “Beyond Boundaries”
NATHAN Sports, leader in running hydration, storage and visibility, is thrilled to introduce their first collection of athletic apparel. The assortment will follow the theme “Beyond Boundaries”, where superior performance meets everyday comfort, and is designed to transcend from running into other activities and everyday life. All of the features consumers have come to love and expect from Nathan’s best-in-class hydration gear, will be present in the new collection of running tees, shorts, jackets, joggers and leggings. Lightweight and comfortable with thoughtful storage and enhanced safety features, NATHAN running apparel is made to move in, sweat in, and to feel as good as a second skin.
“Our entry into the apparel category is a direct result of our consumers’ request for these products”, says Mary Harden, Director of Brand Marketing for NATHAN. “We strive to create products that help athletes to perform their best, and this apparel collection is no exception. After extensive research, validation and, most importantly, incorporating feedback from our runners, we couldn’t be more excited to share the collection we’ve put together.”
NATHAN has a strong commitment to run safety, and includes 360-degree hits of reflectivity on all of their hydration gear. Similarly, the apparel line will incorporate reflectivity into the entire collection, with multiple points of strategically-placed reflective details to keep you seen and safe. Preparation is a key component to the run safety story, and choosing apparel with enhanced safety and visibility features is a great place to start.
NATHAN’s apparel line will offer a wide selection of men’s and women’s items, from water and wind resistant jackets to race-day-ready tees, shorts, and leggings. The apparel collection features an “inclusive fit” to cater to the body types of every kind of runner. The same extraordinary attention to detail that can be found in all NATHAN hydration products will also be present in apparel, such as the jingle-free zippers and noise-free fabrics for a quieter run, flatlock stitching to eliminate bulk and chafing, vented panels and moisture-wicking materials to keep you cool and dry, and strategically placed pockets to safely carry whatever you have on hand.
● Beginning March 8, the collection will be available directly to consumers at nathansports.com.
● Shop Other Nathan Gear at Amazon Here
Smith Shift MAG
Pushing athletic endeavors into overdrive, the new Shift MAG offers cyclists and runners every performance advantage possible when it comes to speed. The new 5-base shield unisex sunglass features a slight wrap fit for complete coverage and includes Smith’s notable ChromaPop™ and MAG technologies.
The superlight and slim frame – complete with vented brow bar to promote airflow and minimize fogging – features MAG interchangeable technology; a magnet-based innovation that enables fast lens swapping with a simple click. The MAG system is built directly into the frame for fingerprint-free lens changes.
The Shift MAG is offered in three ChromaPop non-polarized performance lens options that reveal natural color, enhanced visual clarity and greater definition of objects – and all include a secondary Clear lens for riding or running in low light or rain. A Photochromic Clear to Grey option that darkens with sun exposure is also available for addressing varied light conditions within one lens.
Additional features include a multi-adjustable nosepiece to allow for added airflow by positioning the frame closer or further from the face, while also offering a customizable fit. The nosepiece and temples are comprised of megol which reacts to perspiration by gently adhering to the skin for a comfortable, no slip fit at any speed. The thin megol temples also offer ultimate helmet compatibility by securely storing within the open venting channels when taken off the face.
● The new Shift MAG (MSRP $259, including two lenses and a hard case) is available beginning early February at select retailers worldwide and online at smithoptics.com.
● SHOP Smith Optics at Amazon here
SockGuy Announces New Sock: Sugar SGX
SockGuy has a new sock designed to keep feet super dry and supported. The new Sugar SGX socks are engineered to inspire athletes of every kind. The main features of this new technical design include:
● Compression ribbing prevents fatigue and increases blood flow
● Unique 7×2 ribbed double-over cuff for added ankle support
● Our Easy-fit compression-style cuff never falls down
● Mesh upper for maximum airflow ventilation
● Snug arch support for maximum comfort and virtually zero-slip
● 5 candy colors, plus black and white (of course!)
● Superior moisture-wicking to keep feet bacteria-free
● Seamless toe to reduce friction
● Streamlined friction-free sole: go longer and play harder with no pain
● Unique Stretch-to-Fit sizing system for a perfect fit on a wide range of foot sizes
● MSRP: $14.95
● SockGuy has hundreds of original sock designs sold in thousands of retail locations across the U.S. and Internationally. www.sockguy.com.
● SHOP SockGuy Socks at Amazon here
With +25 years as sock experts, SockGuy has been providing athletes, outdoor enthusiasts, and pretty much everyone else with a high-performance fit and cool designs for hard-working/hard-playing feet. SockGuy socks are manufactured right here in the USA – no outsourcing, no cutting corners – just great-fitting, no blistering, high-styling performance socks.
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