The Brands Man…The Brands!

Something just occurred to me. While we often talk about the new products we get on Facebook, Twitter and our monthly newsletter, we rarely make mention of the actual brands. I told myself, c’mon man get with it, tell them about the brands man, the brands! As we roll into 2012, figured I’d share a few with you that we are proud to be associated with — welcome aboard new brands! – Roland @ACK

Saris Cycle Group – Beautifully designed bicycle racks and accessories.

Ultimate Survival – Rock solid survival and emergency tools.

Xcel – Performance outdoorwear and wetsuits.

Primus – Durable stoves and other camping equipment.

Kuat – Sophisticated bike racks that turn heads.

Redfeather – Innovative snowshoes and accessories.

Zing – Toys for the rest of us (and kids too)!

Omega Pacific – Serious climbing and rescue equipment.

Cleanwaste – Go anywhere personal human waste management…yes, that.

Reliance – The best in collapsible containers for hydration and waste management.

AGS Labs – Simple yet effective outdoor cookware and other camping equipment.

Bluewater Ropes Quality recreational and occupational climbing and rescue gear.

Is there a brand you think we should carry? Tell us why by commenting below!


Product Testing – Kuat Bottle Lock

We received a new product today, the highly anticipated Kuat Bottle Lock. This nifty little item appears to be a standard water bottle but in reality it is a 5 foot 8mm thick, cable lock. Pretty cool. It stores right in your water bottle cage until needed, at which point you grasp the end and pull, allowing it to uncoil itself. Just wrap it around your bike frame and then lock it back into itself, voila.

The Aftermath

Well, while trying to forecast demand for this item we got into the discussion concerning the durability and strength of the locking mechanism as well as the plastic housing. After a few minutes of debate, brute force took over…tell you what, this sucker is strong! It took a hearty 7 slams of the sledge end of the axe until the casing finally gave way — impressive. What we were really interested in determining was how the 8mm cable was locking back into itself and as you can see, solid as a rock. While this probably won’t deter the more aggressive bike thieves, it sure will slow them down and it will definitely keep the honest folks honest. We are impressed!

Steve @ACK