Time to GoPro and Be A HyperSmooth Hero

We all know GoPro to be the company producing the world’s most versatile action cameras. Every year and every model seems to keep proving this true.

Their latest product line Hero7 Black sets a new bar for video stabilization with its standout feature, HyperSmooth.

HyperSmooth is the best in-camera video stabilization ever featured in a camera. It makes it easy to capture professional-looking, gimbal-like stabilized video without the expense or hassle of a motorized gimbal. And HyperSmooth works underwater and in high-shock and wind situations where gimbals fail. HERO7 Black with HyperSmooth video stabilization – you’ve got to see it to believe it.

Built for action we are stoked for the adventures to be captured on the HERO7.

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GIRO Goes Custom


The future of head protection is now made to suit your style with Giro Custom and the Tuesday 25.

What is the Tuesday 25? Using an online design configurator, each week 25 of you will get to design and order your own unique colorways of the new Giro Aether MIPS. Nearly every aspect of the helmet can be customized — including the straps, fit system and buckles — from a palette of 15 color options including fades and graphic patterns, plus two reflective options.

What we all really desire is something unique, and with more than 805 million possible combinations, it is now possible to have a Giro helmet like no other.

Don’t keep your dream design all to yourself. Save it, share it on social media with the hashtag #GiroCustom, and get feedback from fellow riders. But remember, nobody does you better than you. Welcome to Giro Custom.

Learn More or share your custom helmet on our Instagram.

Water Cycle | Chapter 2 - Ocean, Surf by Bike

Inspired by the 71% of the planet covered by water, Blackburn Design has created WATER CYCLE, an ongoing documentary film project. In the second chapter, OCEAN, we follow Ashley Llyod Thompson, a surf shaper from Santa Cruz, California. Ashley took time away from her shaping studio to travel with her husband and son to Mexico in search of quiet surf breaks. Many of the best breaks are tough to access and aren’t on any map. Fat bikes made the most sense to enjoy these secret places. Along the way, she found some beautiful quiet moments with the ocean and with her family. These are the simple joys that life on a bike can bring. Ashley has been an avid surfer since she was a child, eventually turning her passion into a career shaping surfboards and teaching new riders. As she became closer to her craft and the ocean around her, she adopted an emphasis on sustainable building practices that respected both her ability to ride huge waves, and desire to do as little harm as possible to the planet. Our fragile oceans sustain life on our planet, but increasingly, they are polluted with plastic waste. This waste can range from single use plastic products like cup lids, and take out bags, to microscopic particulates that kill fish and foul beaches. Protecting our oceans is important to Blackburn and so for this project we’ve partnered with Sustainable Surf to bring attention to the continued need to be stewards of our oceans. If this is something that resonates with you, consider becoming involved with one of Sustainable Surfs initiatives. sustainablesurf.org/ Featured at: blackburndesign.com/ocean CREATIVE Ocean was directed by Nicole Mackinlay Hahn. Mackinlay Hahn grew up in New York, where she worked at for the family business on Fire Island National Seashore. Curious, adventurous, and with a drive for honesty, she began making films in 8th grade using her brother’s pixelvision camera. Since then, she has collaborated on projects throughout the US, Africa, and the UK. Brian Vernor, a noted filmmaker and photographer, is provided art direction for the film. Brian has long been a Blackburn collaborator and will be making certain that each story in the project has a distinct point of view, while still holding close to the overall theme and vision. Ocean was produced by Robin Sansom, a long time Blackburn collaborator and a principal of Offsite Studios, a brand and content agency. Chris McNally returned for the second chapter of Water Cycle by providing the amazing illustrations. Follow and like us at: instagram.com/blackburndesign facebook.com/BlackburnDesign twitter.com/BlackburnDesign vimeo.com/blackburndesign ABOUT BLACKBURN In 1975, Jim Blackburn looked at the at the emerging cycling culture and knew he could make a difference. That meant thinking from the end-user perspective, showing respect for materials and their functionality, while offering purpose-built design and innovation. Over the years, Blackburn has adopted and honed those principles to build quality gear that allows people to go further, do more and be better prepared for everyday and extraordinary adventures alike.

Yakima Expands Retail Training Program For 2018

Yakima, the maker of vehicle racks and cargo solutions, is expanding its retail training program in 2018. The program includes both hands-on training at clinics and events across the country, and online training through the Yakima Garage and Brandlive.


“We far exceeded our retail training goals in 2017, and we’re excited to maintain that momentum and reach even more partners in 2018,” said Matt Swainbank, events and training manager at Yakima. “Our goal is to provide all of our partners with unparalleled support, and we have created a diverse array of educational options. From our RoadWarrior team of brand and training representatives located across the country, to our industry-leading full-day RackDawg training events, to the ever-expanding online Yakima Garage training site and, new for 2018, live video training in partnership with Brandlive.”

At the center of Yakima’s retail training program are the RoadWarriors, a traveling team of dedicated brand and training representatives across the country. In 2017, this team trained more than 4,000 retail employees through hundreds of clinics and 17 RackDawg events. RackDawg is a full-day training event that is free to all retailers. It includes sales and product training and hands-on technical installation with lots of Yakima-style fun mixed in.

Led by Yakima’s RoadWarrior field team, the Yakima vehicle fit team and Yakima sales representatives, RackDawg embraces the spirit of the brand. The RackDawg program kicked off in February in Austin, TX and continues throughout the spring nationwide.

“Yakima has shown a wide-ranging commitment to having the best-trained Rack Attack employees through RackDawg and in-store training seminars. These efforts have translated into us having the most knowledgeable staff providing great service and expert installs for our customers. In return for these efforts Yakima has seen some great sales growth across their range in our 12 stores,” said Graeme Paterson, president of Rack Attack.

Yakima’s online training portal, the Yakima Garage, includes a library of sales and installation videos, company news and quarterly sales contests.

New for 2018 is the addition of live product training events from Yakima headquarters and tradeshows, in partnership with Brandlive. These live retail training sessions, broadcast to Yakima’s dealer network, allow the company to train retailers on new products as soon as they are available.

“For many years, Rock/Creek has been the beneficiary of a multitude of training opportunities created by Yakima.  Whether [it has] been their dedicated tech reps, the RackDawg program or the Yakima Garage, we’ve always seen the value in participating in these programs. There is a direct correlation between these opportunities and how it translates to rack sales within Rock/Creek,” said Jonathan Scott, co-owner of Rock/Creek Outfitters.

Added Scott, “One of the biggest reasons we appreciate these events is the fact that it reminds us who our true partners are. Thanks to this hands-on training, we can differentiate ourselves from the rest of the retailers out there, as we have gained the knowledge to take care of the customer in the best way possible by having the best trained and most knowledgeable staff.  We are appreciative of Yakima going the extra mile to help make us stand out.”

Upcoming 2018 RackDawg Events

  • Thompson, CT – 3/28/2018
  • Cincinnati, OH – 4/5/2018
  • Lansing, MI – 4/12/2018
  • Salt Lake City, UT – 4/17/2018
  • Bay Area, CA – 4/24/2018
  • Denver, CO – 4/24/2018
  • Tampa, FL – 10/24/2018

For more information on RackDawg training, visit yakima.com/rackdawg.

Stages’s new dual sided and right side only power meters hit the market

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From Cycling Weekly

We first caught sight of Stages’ new power meters at Eurobike and now the company has brought its new dual sided and right side only models to market as well as updating its original left hand side model.

We’ll begin with the new Stages LR power meter, which is the company’s first dual sided meter. The company claims, when partnered with Stages’ ecosystem, it provides cyclists with the most advanced data.

As well as both left and right measurements, the meter provides pedal smoothness data and Torque efficiency metrics.

Stages claims that it’s accurate within +/-1.5% and has a waterproof rating of IPX7. Its battery life is a supposedly 175+ hours and the battery is a replaceable 2032 coin cell battery.

Read more at http://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/product-news/stages-brings-two-new-power-meters-to-market-including-a-right-side-only-model-365354

How to choose the right Scott bike


Since their invention in the ’70’s, mountain bikes have changed a lot, going from robust multi-functional bikes to high-tech sport machines. The suspension technology in particular has opened the door to a new dimension of riding, comfort and fun. Nowadays, there are so many different bike types for so many different uses. Fabricants and special interest magazines usually divide mountain bikes into the following categories: Cross Country, Trail, All Mountain, Enduro and Freeride/DH.


If you are already an active mountain biker, you will be able to define your profile quite easily. If you are a beginner, then you should first think about what you are expecting from your bike and what brings you the most fun. Here are some features that can help you evaluate yourself.


You like performance and light weight. You want to ride fast and you like competition. More than 100mm of travel is secondary for you.

You need a Scale RC or a Spark RC from the Cross Country category.


 Because of its front and back suspension, a full suspension bike, or “Fully” is normally about 1 kg heavier than a comparable hardtail which only has a front suspension system. However, the comfort of a Fully will allow you to save strength, will give you more confidence and will bring you much more fun. In most cases, mountain bikers are better off with a Fully. Nevertheless, if you are planning to race Cross Country or if you have a small budget, you should go for a hardtail.


You like your bike light, comfortable and playful. Even if you keep an eye on racing, you are more interested about having fun than actually competing.


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Giro Knit Collection


You’ve seen knit technology in athletic footwear, but you haven’t seen it in cycling… until now. Introducing our new engineered Xnetic™ Knit (pronounced ex-net-ic) for unparalleled comfort and breathability. Xnetic™ Knit technology was developed for the specific needs of performance cycling. A TPU skeletal system provides support where you need it, while the knit offers suppleness for superior sock-like comfort. The porous knit material makes the entire upper breathable, giving you a shoe that has superior ventilation and drying time.

Don’t confuse this knit footwear with a fragile sweater, because these shoes stand up to the elements. The Xnetic™ Knit is DWR-treated for water repellency and easy cleaning after grimy rides. Rubber or TPU toe and heel guards provide abrasion resistance and superior durability.
Simply speaking, they are built to tackle the road, trails and any environment where your adventure takes you.

Plus, the style of knit is simply undeniable.

Yakima Reveals Fall Line

Yakima has released their 2017 fall line of vehicle accessories to accommodate a broad range of trending outdoor activities.

Covering a variety of price points, from entry to premium, the new products provide gear hauling solutions for trending activities, including kayak fishing, off-roading and stand-up paddle boarding, plus seasonal snow sports products.

At the center of the fall product launch are the OffGrid Cargo Basket, the LongArm Truck Bed Extender, the FatCat Evo, an update to the snow sports mount, and the FatCat ShowDown – the first side-loader for kayaks and SUP’s.

Article by SGB Media

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Bike Radar Reviews Giro Cinder MIPS Helmet

By: Ben Delaney | May 27, 2017 7:00am GMT

The Giro Cinder is a MIPS road helmet that costs just over half as much as the California company’s top-end Synthe MIPS.

I love the fit and feel of the Cinder, except for on hot days and/or when doing strenuous climbs. In those situations, the difference in ventilation to the Synthe becomes quite apparent.


Visually the two are quite similar, and while there are small differences in the size and shape of the vents, the main difference in air flow lies within the helmets.

The Synthe uses Giro’s Roc Loc Air retention system, which keeps the helmet slightly off the head, especially at the front. This design allows a little more airflow across the forehead.

The Cinder uses Giro’s Roc Loc 5 retention system, which is anchored at the temples of the helmet. The front pad of the Cinder lays right on top of the MIPS liner, which in turn lays flat against the foam body of the helmet.

So Roc Loc Air is better than Roc Loc 5, right? Well, here’s the thing: over months of testing I have found myself grabbing the Cinder over the Synthe most of the time for a couple of reasons.

One, the Cinder just feels more comfortable to me, perhaps because the weight of the helmet is distributed throughout the inside, inside of resting on just the 360-degree plastic Roc Loc Air band.

READ MORE | http://www.bikeradar.com/us/road/gear/category/helmets-and-protection/helmet-standard/product/giro-cinder-mips-review-51308/

Bell's Sean Coffey Comments on Latest Helmet Tech

Through distributor ZyroFisher, Bell Helmets has experienced a number of significant successes in recent years, with top athletes such as Danny Hart and Rachel Atherton wearing its products on their way to becoming World Champions.

The brand’s 2017 helmet collection builds on its success in the MTB category with a range of Road helmets that feature a host of performance and safety innovations.

We sat down with Bell’s Sean Coffey who gave us an insight into Bell Helmets: “We are in a constant state of brainstorming and concept development. That’s why Bell has so many technology ‘firsts’ within the cycling helmet realm. The Bell Zephyr was a ground-up development with the goal of pushing the boundaries in terms of energy management, maximum ventilation and incredible fit and comfort. Concepts like Progressive Layering made sense to consider as it allows us to create an incredibly complex structure for absorbing a broad spectrum of impacts.”

The Progressive Layering in Bell’s Zephyr is more than just the use two different densities of EPS foam, it’s also the replacement of the internal nylon roll cage support structure with a second in-molded polycarbonate shell for the inner layer, essentially two helmets in one. This approach allowed Bell to meet their energy management goals while also incorporating some exceptionally aggressive vents.


First Look: Bell Zephyr MIPS Helmet

It’s been a while since road helmets offered much in the way of genuine innovation, so the release of Bell’s new Zephyr might be something to get excited about.

Where most use a polycarbonate shell to house a single-density EPS liner, the Zephyr’s EPS is dual-density, essentially two shells nestled one inside the other. 

Progressive Layering

‘We’ve called this Progressive Layering,’ says Bell’s Sean Coffey.

‘It creates a structure for absorbing a broad spectrum of impacts – regular EPS for severe impact protection, over lower-density EPS that reduces transmitted forces at lower speeds.’

What’s more, the two densities vary in thickness based on Bell’s crash research data on where different types of crash are most likely to impact the helmet. 


Bell has backed up the Zephyr’s unique shell with additional security in the form of an integrated MIPS liner in its Float Fit Race retention system.

MIPS, available in several brands’ helmets but never before integrated, is a plastic insert that moves independently of the shell to reduce twisting forces on the skull and neck in the event of an impact.


Best GoPro Videos of 2016, According to GoPro

The world looks a little different when shot from a GoPro. The small, nearly indestructible cameras give a first-person point of view to everything from base-jumping to fire eating to Brazilian capoeira. The videos offer a front row seat to an extreme sport for couch dwellers, or maybe just those who can’t afford extreme adventures, and are always fun to watch.

Now, GoPro has a compiled an impressive, adrenaline-fueled collection of what they believe are the best GoPro videos of 2016. The ones that made the cut capture incredible events like Australian stunt driver Matt Mingay performing a dizzying drive on two wheels, basketball star Devin Williams sinking shot after shot, and dazzling shots taken from airplanes, hot air balloons, skis, dragon boats, water slides, sheep runs, surfboards, among many others.


Blackburn Chamber HV floor pump review

"Blackburn has been making innovative cycling accessories since 1975. With high volume, camo and orange colors and steel construction, their Chamber HV floor pump is aimed at mountain bikers through and through. 

Blackburn Chamber HV features

  • Oversize pump shaft for extra durability
  • Pump head features rugged alloy cap and lever
  • Super long 47" hose to reach valves in stands or car racks
  • Convenient integrated hose keeper on handle
  • PSI and Bar increments on gauge, with vibrant color matched background
  • 50 PSI, 3.4 Bar maximum

Blackburn Chamber HV inflation time

Squeezing air from one chamber to another can be done in two ways: with big volumes at low pressures, or small volumes at high pressures.

Floor pumps are typically high pressure affairs, often delivering inflation numbers up to 120psi and well beyond, even up to 220 psi. While that covers the gamut from ultra-low pressure fat bike tires to high-zoot track racing tubulars, it doesn't do much in terms of precision. And when half a psi makes a noticeable difference, as with fat bikes or even plus size rubber, that precision is paramount."

- Russell Eich


Yakima Cargo Boxes: California Grown


Raw sheets – made from up to 80% recycled material – are thermoformed into shape.

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A rough cut is made by machine then gets trimmed by hand for a precise, clean finish.

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A skilled, trained team member carefully installs hinges, locks and hardware.

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The box is thoroughly inspected, polished up and ready to ship.

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Sport Tech Sales Launches new website

Sarasota, FL (July 22, 2016) Sport Tech Sales Group www.sporttechsales.com has launched a new Sales Agency Mobile1st website with REPatron. Over 60% of web traffic is from mobile devices and the new website is also designed to share social content across all the popular services.  Sporttechsales.com is also the first REPatron powered site to include Brand Dealer Locator Services linked to Locally.com .

Sport Tech Sales is an established multi-rep and multi-sport sales agency serving the Greater Mid-Atlantic market.  Led by partners Vince Criscenzo and Tom Harsh, Sport Tech Sales Group represents leading lines such as GoProGiroYakimaBlackburnBellPowerBar & Avex

"I've been able to work with Sport Tech Sales for several years now and they are a progressive agency that is always looking out for their retailers," says Peter Pawlus, Principal at REPatron. "Vince and Tom were one of my early customers and we're excited to incorporate new Mobile1st features and add the Locally.com links to help consumers find local retailers for their brands."

SNEWs Press Release: http://www.snewsnet.com/press-release/sporttech-sales-announces-new-mobile1st-website-with-repatron/

For More Info, please contact:
Peter Pawlus
Principal, REPatron & Founder Outdoor Rep Directory

Sport Tech Sales Group
100 Highwood Avenue
Midland Park, NJ 07432