North America's largest bicycling trade show recently took place. About.com caught up with those who made it to Interbike 2013. Here's a sneak peek at what products you'll find in your local bike shop in 2014.
Showers Pass Crossover Jacket
I wear my cycling-specific rain jacket
just as much off the bike as I do on it. I bet you do too. Showers Pass, maker of wet weather apparel, caught on to this trend and as a result has introduced the Crossover Jacket for multi-sport use. This new addition is designed for protection and performance on the trail with cyclists in mind, but is also suitable for other wet weather adventures. “The new Crossover still has cycling performance family in its DNA, but it’s set to become an outdoor lifestyle favorite for everyone from wet weather dog walkers to hikers everywhere,” said Kyle Ranson, president of Sowers Pass. The Crossover is made of breathable waterproof fabric and comes in a full fit for layering ease
. Ventilation is achieved through forward-facing pit zips and rain is kept out with water-resistant front pocket zippers and a center storm flap. Additional features include an adjustable hood and reflective material. Sizes S – XL. Choose from colors Olive or Rust for men or Fuchsia and Olive for women. Available in September 2013. MSRP: $125.
New Accessory Line From Showers Pass
Portland, Oregon-based Showers Pass has expanded its wet weather offerings with a new accessories line, which includes, among other products, a glove line. Four different cycling-specific gloves offer wind resistance, protection from low temperatures
and superior waterproofness. The gloves are form-fitting and have excellent dexterity. A waterproof and breathable membrane made of OutDry technology is bonded to the glove’s shell, forming a one of a kind body. The membrane has a high water vapor permeability, but OutDry technology keeps both the Crosspoint Hardshell and Softshell WP gloves dry inside and out. Other products in Showers Pass’ new accessory line: waterproof CloudCover tablet and smart phone cases and VelEau, a unique backpack-free hydration system that mounts to the bike.
Light & Motion Taz
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Light & Motion says their new Taz bike light
is “as bright as a car headlamp.” Ideal for just about any form of riding, from technical singletrack to making the daily commute. The compact light fits into the palm of a hand. The Taz is waterproof up to 1 meter, has an ultra wide beam pattern and features button-controlled sidelights. A simple, tool-free handlebar mount as well as a MicroUSB charger is included. Available in two models: Taz 1200 ($299) and Taz 1000 ($249). Both models weigh 216 grams.
Light & Motion Solite
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The new Solite® 250EX is billed as “the most innovative and versatile light on the market” by Light & Motion. Created to perform as a headlamp, flashlight, bike light, helmet light
and free standing light, the Solite 250EX is an all-in-one workhorse. In addition to being strapped to a bike stem or mounted on a helmet, the light can also be connected to the included head strap to function as a headlamp or fastened to a climbing helmet. Additional features include red side lighting and a MicroUSB charger. Available in three models: Solite 250EX, Solite 250 and Solite 100. All models weigh 149 grams. Solite 250EX MSRP: $179.00.
Light & Motion Seca
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Light & Motion’s Seca line is designed for “dedicated cyclists”—whether that means endurance racers or those racing the clock to sneak a ride in after work. It offers an ideal balance of brightness, a “smooth and efficient” beam pattern and light weight. The new light is claimed to be as bright as an average set of car headlamps. Available in three models: Seca 2000 Race (343 grams), Seca 2000 (343 grams), Enduro (495 grams) and Seca 1500 (343 grams). Lumen output is 2,000; 2,000; and 1,500 respectively. Helmet and handlebar mounts are included. MSRP: $569.99 (Race), $499.99 (Enduro) and $399.99 (1,500).
Read our additional coverage here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 4, Part 5 and Part 6.