The original waterproof phone case manufacturer LifeProof announced four new bags to protect the rest of your essentials. They consist of the Quito, Squamish, Goa, and Squamish XL. Each has water-repellent Cordura fabric outers, a fleece lined device pocket fitting an iPhone 8+ with headphone port, front gear belts, and a removable chest strap. All but the Quito have interior organizing pockets, side pockets for passports and wallets, and a reinforced laptop/tablet pocket…which doubles as a hydration reservoir slot when it’s time to hit the trails.

LifeProof Packs
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The Quito ($100) gets a padded back and shoulder straps, a cinched top and holds up to 18L. Their Squamish ($140) has a padded 13″ laptop pocket, 2 bottle pockets, padded back and shoulder straps, a front pocket for bulk items, and contains up to 20L. The Goa ($160) gets a discreet bottle pocket, padded back, and shoulders, 4 fleece lined pockets, fits a 15″ laptop and holds 22L. Lastly, their Squamish XL ($180) gets 2 fleece lined pockets, 2 bottle pockets, drop bottom compartment, a front pouch for helmet/shoes, padded back and straps, and holds a 15″ laptop.

Mission Workshop around the waist

Mission Workshop
photo c. Mission Workshop

The Axis is Mission Workshop’s most recent bag offering. It hugs the rider’s waist, is water-resistant and holds up to 2.5L of “enduro” gear. The $120 bag has water-resistant YKK zipper, mini u-lock straps, a floating interior, and internal zip pockets to organize tools, keys, devices and more. It buckles around the rider’s waist and comes in black & camo, black, and grey.

Nordweg partners with Kirschner on the Serra saddle bag

Nordweg Kirschner
photo c. Nordweg & Kirschner

Nordweg – a Brazilian leather producer – and Kirschner have teamed up to create the leather Serra saddle bag. It features a velcro canvas strap that holds the molded leather bag snug against road and mountain bike saddles along with a water-resistant nylon liner. It also gets a tool sleeve, elastic strap for tubes and a zip change pocket. It’ll fit 1 mountain or 2 road tubes, keys, Co2, and a small multitool. The $90 bag comes in brown and black and gets free global shipping.

FenderBag is a fender. And a bag.

The FenderBag offers some benefits you won’t find in your standard saddlebag or fender. It was created to move the weight away from the rider’s back to the bike while still keeping plenty of room for tools and spare tubes. The $70 bag has a zipper across the top that opens to a compartment and fits up to 140 cubic inches in the large and 70 cubic inches in the small. It’s made for most full-suspension mountain bikes and offers enough clearance for the rear wheel at the end of the suspension’s stroke. Plus, its dropper post compatibility makes it work for most modern bikes. The fender functionality limits the amount of dirt, dust, and mud that goes into the rear suspension. And on your back.

Liggett, Sherwin read A Bike For Your

A Bike For You childrens audio book narrated by Phil Liggett and Sherwen

A Bike For You is the bike-centric children’s book that aims to inspire kids to go out and explore on bikes. It’s illustrated with an ark’s worth of animals riding various types of bikes. Steve Domahidy and his team have been designing, writing and storyboarding since successfully hitting their Kickstarter goal last year, and now A Bike For You is available for digital download on iTunes with illustrations done by Rob Snow and narration by Paul Sherwen and Phi Liggett. Hard copies are at the printer and will be available in the near future. Plus, a portion of each bike sale is donated to Ride for Reading which delivers books by bikes to kids to support education and healthy habits.

Shredding trails with Traxxas

If you’re into R/C trucks, you’ve almost certainly thought about racing it down your trail. Which, if we’re being honest, is probably not going to be as fun as it sounds since you’ll be chasing it the whole time. That doesn’t mean somebody else doing it (and filming it) won’t be awesome. The Traxxas Rustler VXL peaked at 70mph down the course, surely taking some poor saps Strava segment, and it even sent a few jumps. Check out our 1/16 Slash review for a more in-depth review of a Traxxas R/C setup.

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