Sports & Outdoors

Hedon Cortex Helmet

Rarely are traditional bicycle helmets attractively designed. But those are the exact words we’d use to describe the Hedon Cortex Helmet. Hedon — shortened from hedonism — aims to bring a bit more pleasure to your protective headgear, building them of a smoothly rounded carbon fiber shell for solid protection that’s trimmed in genuine calf leather. Twenty-one anti-bacterial Cool Max cushions of varying thicknesses ensure a snug fit to the Hed Armor lining, with 360 degree ventilation despite few external vents. They’re available in a wide range of styles including patterns like Cubist (left) and a variety of solid colors, both matte and glossy.

Learn more at Hedon – roughly $265+

GET IT: ~$265+


Budnitz Model E

Electric bicycles have a tendency to be overly heavy. The Budnitz Model E is the lightest yet, the first that can be configured to weigh in at under 30 pounds and likely also the simplest. While it doesn’t look very different than Budnitz’s other non-electric bicycles the model E features a compact electric rear hub and a clean Gates Carbon belt instead of a chain. With no shifters and no throttle, it functions just like a single speed, the difference being that the motor automatically assists you to make your ride far less sweaty by helping climb hills and maintain cruising speeds of up to 15 mph. It comes with a frame of either heavier steel or the aforementioned lightweight titanium alloy and also offers alternate drive modes, customizable via Bluetooth using your smartphone. Plus it’s got a 100 mile range, meaning you’re likely to tire out before your bike does.

Learn more at Budnitz – $3,950+

GET IT: $3,950+


Rungu Electric Juggernaut

Remember the Junnernaut Trike? We’re sure it’s quite a bit of work moving all that rubber. The beefy Rungu Electric Juggernaut, on the other hand, does all that work for you thanks to a 2,100 Watt 3-phase hub motor in the rear wheel that gets you to a top speed of 20 miles per hour. Power is applied thanks to a twist throttle that gives the motor juice whether you’re pedalling or not, and a small display keeps readouts of speed, power consumption, and battery status in sight. It’s got more than enough power to trek through loose ground and uneven terrain, plus all electronics are weather resistant so the Electric Juggernaut is as tough as it looks.

Learn more at Rungu – $5,300


Tern Elektron Electric Bicycle

Aiming to design the perfect non-automobile commuter, Tern just may have done it with the Elektron Electric Bicycle. Since it folds down in ten seconds you won’t need to worry about having it stolen from a bike rack: bring it to the office and slide it under your desk instead. It’s also the most compact electric bike to be powered by Borsch’s Active drivetrain, which adds motor assist as you pedal by use of a 400Wh battery to attain a range of between 31 to 62 miles on a charge (depending on how much you help out), handily tackling even longer commutes. The bike is highly adjustable to fit a variety of people (from 4’7″ to a bit over 6’4″) and packed with features including Deore hydraulic disc brakes, integrated 150 lumen Valo lights, fenders for toughing the rain, and an included cargo rack.

Available on Kickstarter later this year. Until then, learn more at Tern – $3,500


Brooks Cambium Saddle

Breaking in a leather saddle for the first time may seem compelling. The second time you do it it’s a pain in the ass, quite literally, even if the end result is worth it. Brooks England has been making the former for about a century and a half and won’t stop, but on the contrary their all-new Cambium Saddles are good to go right out of the box. Each is made of a vulcanized natural rubber complemented by an organic cotton top that bends and flows naturally as the rider’s legs move, improving both long distance comfort and pedalling control. This hard-wearing top is waterproofed with Numac and sits over a die-cast aluminum frame attached to steel rails for surviving many years of use and abuse. And its shape is a lot more nuanced than one-size-fits-all: instead, the Cambium comes in four colors across eight sizes suiting a variety of riders, including the all-around solid C15, the C15 Carved, which boasts an ergonomic cutout in the center to relieve perineal discomfort, the C17s which is slightly shorter and more suited to females, and the ultra-lightweight carbon-fitted C13.

Learn more at Brooks England – roughly $135


Cobi Biking System

It’d be an insult to call the Cobi Biking System a simple “mount”. Sure, it does mount your iOS or Android device front and center, fitting and charging any sized smartphone up to six inches in size and especially accommodating your iPhone 6 or 6s with a custom case and protective rain cover. The water resistant hub then connects to your phone with Bluetooth and gives you full control of all its features without taking your hands off the handlebars thanks to a six button thumb controller, one of which doubles as a dedicated bell. All this nets you real time data like speed and distance, music and phone controls, turn-by-turn navigation alongside weather forecasts, and the AmbiSense light system that includes automatically illuminating front and rear lights, the latter becoming brighter when braking is detected.

Find it at Cobi – $250+


Zero Gravity Rack

Storing a bike (and other miscellaneous sporting equipment) in a tight apartment or overfilled garage takes some serious Tetris skills. Or a Zero Gravity Rack. Each is customizable with one of several hook systems to hold your bike, surfboard, skis/snowboards, and more, lifting them up and out of the way thanks to a gas strut system that locks in both raised and lowered positions to prevent accidental movement. Installation takes a bit of drilling but then you’re set, and the highest capacity rack can lift up to 50 pounds of stuff.

Learn more at Kickstarter – $120+


Cycliq Fly12

The cyclist’s version of a dash cam, Cycliq’s Fly12 is a brilliant bike light with a 1080p HD camera attached — and a perfect complement to their rear-facing Fly6. The light portion puts out 400 lumens on its max setting, bombarding the road or trail with photons at up to 80 feet ahead. Recording is in constant loops with 1 button footage protection that catches the action (some sample footage here) — or evidence — on its 16GB MicroSD. Naturally, it’s also weatherproof, attaches on a reliable airplane-grade aluminum handlebar mount, and boasts both WiFi and Bluetooth to connect to your phone for full Strava integration, amongst other things.

Find it at Amazon – $350


Revolights Eclipse+

Few products increase nighttime visibility better than Revolights. And the Revolights Eclipse+ is their most complete model yet. The two light-bearing rings screw on to four ball-and-socket brackets on your spokes and are as resistant to theft as are your wheels — lock the latter and your Revolights are safe. A snap-in rechargeable battery powers each one, providing 280 lumens of direction white or red light per wheel, oriented thanks to a fork-mounted magnet and accelerometer that illuminates only front-facing lights in the front wheel and rear-facing ones at the back. The Eclipse+ also adds turn signal functionality to the mix, activated through a handlebar mounted control pad, and it’s Bluetooth-enabled for use with the Revolights app which acts as a bike computer, tracking your ride, displaying battery status, and even notifying you of upcoming weather alerts.

Learn more at Revolights – $220


Vadolibero Bike Safe

Bikes: they’re sitting ducks for thieves and even double as the getaway vehicle. If yours is at risk in your own home or garage then Vadolibero Bike Safe should pique your interest. Mounting is done with four included anchors that are covered up by a satin stainless steel plate, the same material used in the rest of the Italian-made mount. It’s also versatile thanks to a tube-shaped bracket that’s telescopic to fit virtually every handlebar in existence, from narrow road bikes to extra-wide mountain bikes. Its base features a Technogel pad to prevent scratches and tilts to hold bicycles with inclined top tubes straight. And of course it’s equipped with an anti-picking radial pins tumbler cylinder lock that secures automatically when closed and only unlocks with the three included sets of keys. Available in two variants: the standard S-304 stainless steel and a S-316 version with higher corrosion resistance that’s suited for outdoor use, even in the vicinity of the sea.

Learn more at Indiegogo – roughly $345

Sports & Outdoors

Super 73 Electric Bike

Go anywhere without breaking a sweat or producing an ounce of carbon dioxide (from your vehicle, anyway) with the Super 73 Electric Bike. This retro-looking cruiser is simultaneously a lot less noisy and more high-tech than anything motor-powered that resembles it from the ’70s, with a mid-mounted 1,000 watt electric motor, a thumb throttle for control over speed, as well as an LCD screen that displays speed and distance covered. A removable (and lockable, for security) lithium-ion battery has your back for 20 miles and recharges in under 4 hours. Of course you can pedal if you so desire, with an assist mode that gives you an extra boost to greatly extend range. Large disc brakes coupled to more rubber on the floor (thanks to cushiony 4.25-inch wide tires) give the bike tremendous stopping power, with the motor shutting off automatically when doing so. It’s also got a cup holder, a bottle opener, and a top speed of 30 mph. But if you’re worried that’s too fast — or if it’s breaking the local bike speed limit — electronically capping it is as easy as fiddling with its control unit.

Hit up Kickstarter for details – $1,800