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Sea Otter pt.4: Cool tools and new apparel

Youth helmets and shoes plus racks, saddles and a cool lock

More new apparel, including awesome youth shoes and safety, new eyewear and an interesting bike lock from the endless booths of Sea Otter.


If you don’t have something new at Sea Otter, one way to get attention is to create a one-off or brightly coloured custom piece. Vancouver Island’s NOBL Wheels did both. Showing that it can do custom builds and custom colours, NOBL’s glittery TR35 rim on display in its booth was bright, down to the chrome tubeless valve. And it was different. It used Berd’s distinctive polyethylene spokes laced to a Classified two-speed internal gearing hub.


Over at the Smith booth, there was a rainbow of colours. The goggles Smith announced last summer are now live and shipping, as are an earlier commuter helmet release. The recently-released Shift Mag now comes in an XL Mag and Split Mag (half frame) version. Momentum glasses are now OSX4 compatible, so they’ll work with your prescription, while a Vert frame is added to the line for a smaller fit.


Dynaplug makes tire plugs in any conceivable container, plus a couple more we can’t show just yet. It’s the new multitool, made with Cannondale, that really caught our attention, though. It integrates a plug into the multitool. Easy.


ABUS covers safety for you and your bike. A light but very secure Goose lock, interesting youth helmets and a crash detection system were all on display.

Yakima racks (and awning)

Yakima had a very sturdy eMTB rack, a different take on the vertical rack, a fancy awning that attaches to your vehicle and a new rack that is very modular and adaptable to hold any frame shape you can image.

Prologo saddles and … gloves?

Prologo is expanding further into mountain biking with new trail/XC saddles and an enduro design. The Italian brand is now sponsoring several downhill and enduro teams so expect to see more on that front in the future.

Addidas / Five Ten

The adidas FiveTen Kestrel Boa is the brand’s new downcountry shoe. They also had the Trailcross – clipless and standard flat pedal soles – in many colours. For young shredders, there were cute Lego shoes. On the eyewear side, aididas’ CMPT uses photochromatic lenses and comes with a spare clear lens.

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