12 Days of Dig: Day 10
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Dec 23, 2014 – Day 10 of Dig features four items that have become fast-favorites around the peloton offices. Each of them brings simplicity and quality to a new take on common products and is sure to please anyone of your ‘nice’ list this season.
Smith Pivlock Asana
The Pivlock Asana are women-specific sunglasses and come complete with three interchangeable lenses, a smaller face fit, Megol nose bridge that adheres to the skin and an adjustable nosepiece.
Price: $159. More: smithoptics.com
Shimano Sport Camera
Tired of a bulky, gray box on your helmet or bars? Want waterproof without a case? Can’t take anymore fist bumps? Shimano is taking on action-cam juggernaut GoPro with its own Sport Camera. Shimano does a much better job of delivering a sleek camera that hides on your bars or helmet, and making it waterproof is as easy as swapping lens covers. It comes with a super-wide-angle lens cover too. By making its mount GoPro compatible, there are already a plethora of mounts available. It runs full 1080HD as well as super-slo-mo at lower resolutions. The camera is better than GoPro in low light, but not quite as crisp in full sunlight. It’s also a bit tougher to use without the associated smart phone app. Instead of an LCD screen like GoPro, beeps and colored lights need to be memorized to know what mode you are in.
Price: $300 (SD card not included). More: shimano-sportcamera.com
Cateye Rapid X
A lightweight, unobtrusive, rechargeable and powerful rear light is mandatory now that the days are getting shorter. Our favorite is from Cateye, the Rapid X. The tall, slim unit tucks away nicely behind your seat post with six total modes from different flashing, pulsing and constant burns. It can last anywhere from one hour to 30 hours on a single charge, depending on mode. It charges completely in two hours through a USB port. At 22.5 grams with a small footprint, it’s the kind of safety light that can stay on your bike permanently so it’s there if your ride runs late, or you simply want some added visibility. A rubber fixture on the back and different rubber bands fit a wide range of posts. If your battery is running down, the Rapid X automatically changes to the most efficient mode to give you an hour of extra ride time to get home safely.
Price: $40. More: cateye.com
Camelbak Podium Ice
Camelbak re-engineered the original version of the Podium and set out to keep your water or electrolyte concoction cold four times longer than your average bottle. The Podium Ice is worth considering for your late spring and summer adventures. It works. Available in three colors.
Price: $25. More: camelbak.com