That's a wrap! Interbike 2013 has come to a close. If you didn't make it to Las Vegas for the bicycle industry's largest trade show, don't fret! We've got you covered. About.com is providing in-depth coverage of the latest products to hit bike shop shelves next year. Read on for the latest from GU, Hydrapak and Pearl Izumi. And read our additional coverage here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 6.
1. Gu Salted Caramel Energy Gel
Admit it. Sometimes pulling an energy shot from your jersey pocket or hydration pack is less than appealing. But something tells me I will have no problem downing GU Energy Labs’ newest flavor: Salted Caramel. Oh. My. Goodness. Designed to be, well, delicious. Oh, right, and keep you going for miles and miles. The new flavor provides a serving of Vitamin C & E which keeps your body healthy and your energy levels up. It is also full of electrolytes. A shot offers mountain bikers 100 calories in the form of a carbohydrate blend. What does this translates to? Why long-lasting energy, of course! In addition, an antioxidant blend will help to ward off muscle tissue damage and an amino acid blend will help to delay muscle fatigue. MSRP: $10.45 for an eight pack. Mmmmm.
2. Hydrapak The Bishop
This new “all-day” pack from Hydrapak has a brand new chassis with an internal aluminum-shank frame, as well as a new Air Tread back panel and Swivel Tacked hinged harness, which allows for increased fit and comfort. Unlike the customary foam straps, The Bishop features padded shoulder straps to distribute weight better. Wet weather isn’t a problem, as the pack comes with a splash guard rain cover. Store your keys, energy gels and other small, miscellaneous accessories in the zippered belt pockets. Your phone and other small electronics will be safe and sound in a fleece-lined device pocket. Additional features include a big front pocket full of internal pockets, elastic loops and a key clip; side zip pockets for essential items; a separate zippered pocket designed especially for the reservoir on the back panel; an adjustable sternum strap; and a high-flow bite valve. Available in two sizes: standard (12L) and EXT (15L).
3. Pearl Izumi SELECT Series X-Alp Enduro IV
The new X-Alp Enduro from Pearl Izumi combines performance and comfort with the security of a ratchet buckle system and the versatility of the manufacturer’s ground breaking X-Alp bottom. A 1:1 Anatomical Buckle Closure System reduces hot spots and removes pressure from your instep. Low cut construction provides a light, fast fit and feel. A quick drying, highly breathable mesh/synthetic upper delivers comfort and breathability. An EVA foam run shoe midsole offers off the bike cushioning and comfort. A carbon rubber lugged outsole provides traction and durability. Shoes are SPD compatible. MSRP: $120.
4. Pearl Izumi Transfer Short Sleeve Baselayer
Pearl Izumi’s popular lightweight Transfer Short Sleeve Baselayer has been updated using a stretchier version of its P.R.O. Transfer Dry fabric. The garment was created to keep cyclists dry and free of odor. A new anatomic ‘close–to–body’ cycling specific fit with rotated sleeve construction will keep you comfortable in warm to hot weather as well. Pearl Izumi claims this is “the best baselayer [it’s] ever offered.” Made of 70 percent MineraleTM polyester, 27 percent polyester and 3 percent Elastane. Side panel is made of 80 percent Polyester and 20 percent Elastane. MSRP: $55.