As many of you know we recently reviewed the Fabric Scoop saddle here on TriedOnline. You may remember that this was the flattest and lowest priced option, the Flat Elite. So when our friends at Broadribb Cycles Banbury let us know that they had a Fabric ALM Ultimate saddle available for us to test it was an unmissable opportunity. The ALM is the range above the Scoop series and it was exciting to test the entry level against the higher spec option from the same manufacturer, Fabric. Speaking of which…
As reported a few months back, Garmin have released some new ANT+ sensors to provide alternatives to the traditional crank and spoke magnet systems. Previously I thought I’d probably only need the Magnetless Cadence Sensor, but with an increasing amount of turbo sessions this winter I decided to also invest in the new hub mounted sensor to see how it performed against the magnets.
It’s basically a one piece rubberised pod with a stretchy loop to help fit to most conventional rear hubs. So simple in fact, you can be up and running in seconds.
With so many different varieties and options available, choosing the right sports drink can become a bit of a minefield. I’ve always looked for the most convenient, cost effective and natural solution available, plus one that has the ability to provide sufficient hydration for race conditions without unnecessary calories and/or sugars. Step up Nuun Active Hydration Tablets.
The Mio Fuse is a combined optical heart rate sensor and wrist worn activity Tracker. I say combined as you can either simply use it to replace your traditional heart rate strap or use it as an activity tracker (or both). In releasing this nifty little gadget Mio have catered for all athletes who have already invested in a sports watch by making it compatible with Bluetooth smart and ANT+ and even those who don’t. With the already tried and tested optical sensor this makes the Fuse a pretty attractive prospect for anybody looking at solutions for alternative heart rate capture.
The Garmin Speed/Cadence sensor (GSC 10) is Garmin’s basic ANT+ way of getting speed and cadence data from wheels and pedals to your ANT+ device. Much has been made recently about the Garmin Magnetless Cadence Sensor that was reviewed here on TriedOnline a few weeks ago. During these winter months I probably join a number of other people in getting the majority of my bike miles in on a turbo trainer, and I needed to be able to measure cadence and speed, as I was not able to take this information off a GPS track. Enter the GSC 10.
The Tuvizo Reflective Vest has rapidly become one of my most essential pieces of kit for keeping me seen as I continue my training schedule through the winter months. Previously, I probably didn’t take night visibility as seriously as I should and I’m now kicking myself that I hadn’t found a solution as simple as this one sooner. It’s a shockingly simple garment with a one buckle design and massive amounts of adjustability. You can also get it a very bright pink!
The Booq Boa Nerve Graphite is a spacious and extremely robust messenger/laptop style bag. I know this is 100% a triathlon and sports review site, but I’ve been so impressed with the workings of this bag I just had to give it a review. You see… I’m doing a fair bit of travelling around for work plus TriedOnline and always need to have my trusty MacBook close to hand. In fact, since the advent of TriedOnline I think my laptop has become just as sacred as my treasured triathlon bike. Think of the files, photographs and backups as the miles travelled and accrued on my bike (i.e irreplaceable). In short, I’m very protective of my laptop and won’t just place it in any old bag!
Step up the Booq Boa Nerve Graphite.
The Misfit Shine is a small and easy to live with activity tracker that has been designed with minimalism and style in mind. Minimal is definitely the operative word as the main housing is machined from military grade aluminium to form a waterproof, jewellery-like centre piece capable of a wide variety of mounting options.
The iON Air Pro 2 is an advanced action camera with WiFi capabilities and robust design. Unlike many other action cameras, it is a torch-light design making it easy to mount in various situations and completely waterproof without any additional housings. The simple design allows for the capture of HD video images at the slide of a simple button all housed in completely rigid, robust metal housing.
WiFi capability comes via an additional end piece (sold separately) to enable wireless control and transfer to iOS or Android smartphones. It’s a nifty little device packing in a CMOS image sensor capable of 14 megapixels and 1080p HD video via an easy use to wide-angle lens. I’ve given the iON Air pro 2 a test from the perspective of a triathlete to provide an indication of performance both above and below water.
Read on and you’ll also get to critique 50 metres of my front crawl (freestyle) swimming stroke!
Fabric’s Scoop Saddle can come in a few different variations, to suit both different riding styles and different budgets. Divided in to three style options the Scoop Saddle comes as ‘Flat’, ‘Shallow’, and ‘Radius’. The Flat profile is designed for aero riding positions, so (as the name suggests) it it a) flat and b) has very little padding. The curvature and padding increases up to Radius with a profile that suits more upright positions and has much more padding.