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Camelbak Ratchet comes with a 3-liter Crux hydration reservoir and 3 liters of storage for the essentials. Other features include breathable air mesh back panel and external helmet hooks. It also comes with a removable stability belt, a feature we would have liked to see on Camelbak Classic. Weighing just around 300 grams, it’s also the lightest hydration pack with 3-liter reservoir from Camelbak.
Hylix is a Chinese brand that produces affordable mountain bike and bicycle parts and accessories. The tested stems were certainly affordable with the prices starting from 15€. What makes them stand out from other similarly priced stems is their weight or lack of it. Light weight and even lighter price tag, sounds like a recipe for a disaster.
Polar M400 is Polar’s mid-priced sports watch with GPS tracking built into it. Its main features include 24/7 activity tracking, Polar’s Smart Coaching, Bluetooth connectivity, customizable sports profiles and smart notifications. All this built into a relatively stylish, lightweight and waterproof casing makes it great for everyday usage. It comes in Black, white, red and blue.
Shimano XC51 MTB shoes are Shimano’s entry lever SPD compatible XC shoes featuring Shimano Dynalast Technology. There are two different models in the market. The standard XC51 is a more traditional mountain biking shoe with a breathable mesh upper, whereas the XC51-N version comes with a sealed upper. The shoe comes with a low-profile micro-adjust buckle alongside with two velcro straps to securely hold your foot. Other features include a nylon-reinforced sole and synthetic leather build for added protection and durability.
Tool integration has been fashionable for a while now. Manufacturers offer a variety of different ways to carry all the necessary tools without ruining the looks of your bike too much. Topeak’s answer to this is their Ninja -tools. Currently available there is a micro pump that fits into your seat post, a chain tool that hides inside your handlebar like bar end plugs, and two different bottle cages with included tools. In this review, we’ll be focusing on the road specific bottle cage.