Bike brands including Pinarello, Wahoo, Giro, POC and more were among the over 130 exhibitors from across the world of outdoor companies at the first ever Big Gear Show in Park City, Utah. We were there on the ground checking everything out among the high altitude backdrop of the Deer Valley ski resort. Here are a few new and notable things we saw.
Podium Flow 4
Camelbak’s Podium Flow hip pack is doubling up on storage capacity. It still has a slot to carry an included 21oz Podium Dirt Series bottle, but the bottle is now centered in the pack, and there’s an additional side of storage, bringing the capacity to 4L of cargo. Look for the pack in early 2022.
Lighter and easier to clean, need we say more? The new Fusion Reservoir, available in a variety of sizes including 2L and 3L, is a completely reimagined bladder design for Camelbak. It features a waterproof zip closure, providing easier access to the inside for cleaning than the Crux series bladders. And dropping 30 percent of the weight doesn’t hurt, either. Plus, there are tons of well-thought-out features, including a rigid back for ease of putting a full bladder in your pack, and an integrated handle that makes filling up easier. It could be a perfect upgrade for your bikepacking backpack. Expect them to hit shelves in early 2022.
Camelbak has long made the tools to carry water on just about any adventure. Now the brand is thinking about what goes inside its bottles as well. Camelbak Performance Hydration is a complete product line of drink mixes, including a pre-workout called Activate, a during-ride electrolyte mix called Sustain, and a post-ride recovery mix called Thrive Recovery. A good place to start would be with one of the four electrolyte mix flavors: Lemon Lime, Raspberry Lemonade, Berry Stinger or Strawberry Kiwi. Look for them in late 2021.
POC had its Pristine Jersey, made entirely of recycled fabrics that meet the Global Recycled Standard certification, on display. It features a close fit and a low-cut collar as well as elbow-length sleeves. Lightweight and breathable, it’s made for summer riding and comes in a variety of single-color designs cut for men or women.
For slightly colder weather, POC has a Merino Wool blend jersey called the Muse Jersey. This shortsleeved jersey provides a bit of extra warmth over a standard jersey, while providing better odor control—all while maintaining high moisture-wicking capability.
Signal All-Weather Jacket
This jacket is an up-for-anything shell that is perfect to bring along on any adventure. Made from a durable fabric with Ripstop protection, the waterproof and breathable Signal is an easy choice any time things are not 70°F and sunny. And if you’re not sure whether you’ll need it, it packs into its own pocket and has tabs to clip it onto handlebars, so it’s always at the ready. It also features a RECCO Reflector making it easier for search and rescue to find you, and an NFC Medical ID which stores vital medical info.
Diamondback Haanjo 8C Carbon
Diamondback came with a fleet of demo bikes, and had its Haanjo 8C Carbon gravel bike on display. Occupying the brand’s top spot for gravel, it features Easton EC70AX carbon wheels, handlebar and seatpost, along with WTB tires and saddle and a Shimano GRX 810 drivetrain. An endurance focused geometry keeps you comfortable off-road. It’s expected to arrive fall 2021.
Stan’s NoTubes Crest MK4 Rim
Gravel riders looking to build up a set of wheels have a new option from a trusted name in Stan’s NoTubes. The alloy Crest MK4 Rim features a 25mm internal rim width to support high volume gravel tires, and is built with a Bead Socket Technology Asymmetric design which allows for offset spokes and a stronger overall wheel build. Plus, Stan’s is a leader in tubeless technology. They are available now for $129 each.
Gnarly Sports Nutrition
Gnarly Sports Nutrition was showing off its line of hydration mixes, including a pre-workout, a Hydrate mix for during workouts and protein mixes for recovery. The brand is also going to begin phasing out some of its plastic packaging, replacing it with fully recyclable metal containers.
Giro didn’t have any new products to share at this show, but did show up with this fancy new booth that you should keep an eye out for at future gear shows.