Editor’s Dozen: Logan and VA’s Favourite Gear of 2022

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Persevering with the time-honored custom of sharing our favourite gear every year, Logan and Virginia spherical up a dozen prized gadgets. All 12 of those merchandise noticed heavy use and impressed us in 2022, a yr of Baja Divide driving, Japanese Divide route scouting, chunky path rides within the Sierra Norte and the Appalachians, and posh overnighters within the forest…

Lots of the merchandise Virginia and I attempted all through the previous 12 months made it into the 2022 Gear of the Yr awards, so that you would possibly suppose we wouldn’t have sufficient gadgets to spherical out a full dozen. Quite the opposite, there have been nonetheless numerous fascinating items of drugs left on the desk that we’ve come to understand over the previous yr.

To preface, we stayed on largely acquainted turf for many of 2022, except for our Baja Divide journey and rambles within the Oaxacan Sierra Norte firstly of the yr. I additionally took off on a few huge solo pulls to scout some remaining parts of the Japanese Divide Path through the summer time and fall. We examined a lot of recent gear on all these rides all year long.

For this installment of the #editors-dozen sequence, we chosen 12 gadgets that noticed a ton of use in 2022 and have become close to and pricey within the course of. A few of these gadgets got here out of retirement from pandemic-induced storage bins and dusted off to be re-appreciated in new methods. Others have been new to the market this yr. Discover all of them beneath.

PDW 1817 Gloves

50 grams / Made in TBD / $30 at Efficiency

The Portland Design Works 1817 Gloves pay homage to the early days of biking. Why 1817, you would possibly ask? German inventor Karl von Drais is credited with creating the primary bicycle. His contraption, referred to as the “swiftwalker,” first hit the street in 1817 with no pedals and a picket “prime tube.” It was form of an grownup push-bike. Look it up. Apart from the importance of the identify, I dug the aesthetic of those gloves and ordered a pair once they have been launched on our Debrief again in August.

  • PDW 1817 Gloves
  • Burial Bikepacking Collaboration Beer

The PDW 1817 gloves characteristic delicate, sturdy leather-based palms and a breathable cotton crochet again. They’re lots grippy as soon as they break in, even when used with material bar wrap. And the open-air weave retains your arms cool when it’s sizzling outdoors. I used them fairly a bit when the climate was nonetheless heat, and so they even made an look within the Burial Beer Co. collab photographs. The 1817s are supplied in 4 sizes with a black or white colour scheme.

Doom Bars Bikepacker’s Delight

552 grams / Made in New Mexico / $185+ at Doom Bars

New Mexico-based Doom Bars has been on my radar ever since we first posted about them in 2021. I imply, c’mon, they’re an organization that focuses on broad mountain bike bars and so they’re named after one in all my favourite breeds of heavy steel… and so they have a pentagram as their brand. If that doesn’t make them a shoe-in, additionally they have a mannequin known as “Bikepacker’s Delight.” Icing on the cake. I purchased one a couple of months in the past for all of these causes.

Doom Bars is just about a one-person store run by Keaton Haire in bustling Albuquerque, New Mexico. Apart from some newer titanium fashions, Keaton hand bends all of Doom’s bars from 7/8” (22mm) diameter 4130 chromoly tubing. They are often mounted immediately into 22.2mm BMX stems—or in my case, the 22.2mm PAUL Boxcar—or mounted to a typical 31.8mm stem utilizing the included shims.

Doom Bars Bikepacker's Delight

The Bikepacker’s Delight is one in all Doom’s flagship fashions and has a reasonable 19° backsweep and 38mm rise, which isn’t too excessive and doesn’t wreak havoc on bike match. It’s constructed for long-ride consolation and has a 127mm (5”) broad stem clamp space particularly to accommodate bag straps. The Bikepacker’s Delight is a whopping 875mm broad (34.4”), however could be specified upon order to any specific width all the way down to 780mm, which preserves a 185mm grip space. I had mine lower to 820mm, which is my private candy spot.

I actually like the form of those bars. It took a couple of tweaks earlier than I discovered the angle I favored—which is rotated barely down and again in relation to the stem—however as soon as I bought them dialed in, I discovered that they provide a pleasant comfy place that doesn’t sacrifice management on the paths. In comparison with equally formed aluminum bars, such because the Stooge Moto, they’re somewhat heavier, however the straight gauge 22.2mm metal tubing gives a uniquely sturdy really feel with a tangible little bit of full-bar flex. I attempted them on a pair completely different bikes and actually like them on my path bike as that flex helps dampen the larger hits. The Doom Bikepacker’s Delight is available in clear coated uncooked end (as proven right here), Limitless Abyss Black Powdercoat, or nickel-plated.

Rock Sok Bear Line/Bag

66 grams (as proven) / Made in TBD / $35 at AMZN

I had a reasonably jarring bear encounter again in 2014 as I used to be bikepacking the Virginia Mountain Bike Path. It was my last night time on the path after a couple of huge days, and I misjudged my meals rations. After inhaling my final dehydrated meal, I noticed I solely had one Clif Bar remaining. That must be breakfast the subsequent morning, and I hoped to make it into Damascus earlier than utterly bonking. The temperatures plummeted to round 20°F, and it began snowing. I used to be shivering in my 45° bag and determined to forego hanging my bear bag since it will have contained just one measly Clif Bar. Quick ahead an hour, and I heard one thing huge sniffing across the tent. I blew my emergency whistle as loud as potential in hopes that it will startle the creature. Nonetheless, it didn’t run away, as anticipated. As an alternative, it made a growling huff noise and saved pacing on the entrance of the tent. I lay there nonetheless and scared, and fortuitously it will definitely walked away into the chilly night time. Ever since that have, I at all times correctly tie up my meals bag when tenting within the Appalachians.

Rock Son bear bag

I often simply carry some heavy-duty cordage that I bought from the ironmongery shop and use no matter dry bag I’m carrying. Nonetheless, Joe Cruz confirmed me the Rock Sok on a visit final fall. It’s a small neoprene bag that comes with two 36-foot ultralight neon paracord bundles, two carabiners, a dry bag, and an instruction booklet. We used it a few nights whereas scouting some choices for the Japanese Divide Path in New York. I actually favored the ultralight, skinny line and little bag that you can simply stuff with gravel and toss over a tree department to hold up your meals. It’s a lot simpler than tying your twine to no matter stick or rock you will discover laying round. I ended up shopping for one in all my very own and ditched all the pieces however the neoprene sock and one twine (as proven above) for my common bikepacking package.

Rattlesnake Tape Remnants

As you’ll have seen on the positioning, I’m a sucker for CampAndGoSlow’s Rattlesnake bar tape. I really like the look, and I’m not the primary individual to make use of it in methods apart from what it was meant for. I believe Cass might have been the primary to wrap a chainstay with it. I adopted swimsuit this yr and wrapped all three of the metal hardtails I’ve in my possession with some remnants I had mendacity round. Rather more aesthetically pleasing than an outdated inside tube!

  • Rattlesnake Bar tape chain stay wrap

Specialised 2FO Roost Sneakers

576 grams (pair, US9.6) / Made in China / $70 at Backcountry Jenson

If there’s one factor Specialised is aware of the way to do effectively, it’s footwear. A number of of their sneakers have grow to be long-term favorites, proving to carry out effectively and be ultra-durable. An earlier iteration of 2FO clipless sneakers we examined have been bombproof, tremendous comfy, and in the end a number of the most hardwearing sneakers we’ve ever examined. Nonetheless, the primary technology 2FO flats didn’t fare so effectively. The only shredded to bits after one journey. The comparatively new 2FO Roost Flat has a redesigned sole with third technology SlipNot rubber, so we have been to see how it will carry out and maintain up.

Specialized 2FO Roost Review

  • Specialized 2FO Roost Review
  • Specialized 2FO Roost Review

The brand new SlipNot rubber sole includes a hexagonal lug sample that Specialised claims directs pedal pins for a safe “locked-in” feeling and helps cut back general put on off the bike. After quite a lot of use on path rides and bikepacking journeys, I can again each of those claims. The 2FO Roost is without doubt one of the higher sneakers I’ve tried by way of pedal grip. It’s additionally held up surprisingly effectively. I put about 1,200 miles on this pair, give or take, together with an eight-day bikepacking journey by means of Alabama and Florida that was highlighted by tornados and wading by means of swamps. The soles have some scars however are nonetheless in good working order. They’re additionally fairly comfy and have a medium-stiff sole that has a pleasant really feel for lengthy days of pedaling and didn’t trigger any foot fatigue when pulling a few 100-mile days.

Evernew Cross Stand (+ Trangia Range)

17 grams / Made in TBD / $14 for V1 or V2

We’re longtime devotees of the traditional Trangia alcohol range. It’s often simple to seek out gas for when touring, it has a superb simmer-friendly lid, it’s utterly silent, and it burns even sub-par alcohol higher than most different spirit burners. Nonetheless, it requires equipment to behave as a windscreen and/or maintain a pot.

  • Evernew Cross Stand for Trangia Stove
  • Evernew Cross Stand for Trangia Stove

There are a number of nice choices, however one in all our favourite combos is the Vargo aluminum folding windscreen, which doubles as a pot stand when simmering, and the Evernew Cross Stand. None of this stuff are new, both. In reality, we purchased the Trangia who is aware of what number of years in the past and the Evernew Cross Stand in 2017. They’ve each been examined effectively sufficient to fit into the “gear that lasts” roundup too. Nonetheless, we’ve but to write down in regards to the Evernew Cross Stand on the positioning, and it got here out of retirement and has been in heavy rotation this yr. The Cross Stand is an easy, two-piece, ultralight titanium stand that slots collectively and sits in and on the range to carry a pot for boiling water. It really works completely for making espresso and weighs subsequent to nothing. We took it again out on the Baja Divide and in Oaxaca early this yr and remembered why we like it a lot.

Reyr First Solid (4wt) & River Runners

Rod: 245 grams / $289 at AMZN Sneakers: 526 grams / $59 at Reyr

I jumpstarted my outdated fly fishing passion a couple of years in the past after I was launched to the bike-friendly Tenkara rod, discovering a brand new curiosity in looking for out little-visited backcountry rivers and streams through bike. Reyr Gear’s revolutionary telescoping rods popped up on my radar quickly thereafter, however I didn’t have an opportunity to offer one a strive till this previous summer time. Reyr’s flagship First Solid is a light-weight, telescoping rod/reel combo that rapidly packs right into a small one-piece bundle inside an included neoprene case. Fortunate for me, the California-based firm had simply launched a four-weight, seven-foot model of the First Solid, a fantastic measurement and action-level for small and tight backcountry streams within the Appalachians. I had an opportunity to strive it out over the summer time.

REYR First Cast 4wt rod review

What makes the Reyr First Solid distinctive is that the road is internally routed. So, when it collapses, the surplus is wound across the entrance steel hook and the butt of the reel. In use, the Reyr First Solid 4wt rod is fairly spectacular. Apart from the truth that it’s tremendous mild and packs all the way down to a 16.5” package deal, what I really like most about it’s that you just don’t need to take away the chief with the fly or dry-dropper setup as you do with a Tenkara or customary rod. In distinction, you simply collapse it and wind it up. So when driving, you may simply cease anyplace, rapidly unfurl the rod and line, and take a look at your luck on any spot on the river. It’s tremendous fast.

From a efficiency perspective, the First Solid is fairly good. It’s clearly thicker than a standard light-action fly rod as a result of inner line routing, nevertheless it does fairly effectively. A few buddies of mine reported that the heavier-weight variations are fairly stiff, so I’m blissful to report that the 4wt model has a reasonably good, quick motion and is lots flickable for smaller rivers and creeks. I used to be capable of throw the total 40-foot line out on a few events when fishing an enormous open pool, for what it’s price.

  • REYR First Cast 4wt rod review
  • REYR First Cast 4wt rod review

Reyr additionally launched the River Runner wading booties this yr, which I additionally tried. And whereas these are an sudden and area of interest selection for this roundup, I discovered them to be a game-changer. I often fish in Bedrock Sandals, that are fairly good, so far as sandals go, however the felt-bottom River Runners supply glorious grip on our slippery moss-bottom streams. Additionally they have a good quantity of ankle safety, which ends up in much less battered and bruised ft after wading for a pair hours. In abstract, at round a pound, these packable neoprene boots present quite a lot of traction and safety for backcountry fly fishing and are fairly simple to hold in a medium-light bike setup.

British Metal Hardtails

I’ve grow to be enamored with British-designed metal hardtails this yr. I now have two in my shed, one in all which I purchased and the opposite I’m excited about shopping for after I end the evaluate. I’m unsure if there’s one thing within the water over there, however there’s undoubtedly a magical facet to the geometry and tubing that’s coming from English bike manufacturers. A few individuals have talked about that Cotic’s founder Cy Turner ought to get a number of the credit score for this type of motorcycle (see right here). When first launched in 2017, the corporate’s Longshot geometry was years forward of its time, prioritizing added front-center size and shorter stems.

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With that, timing may also have one thing to do with this perfection, or no less than the magic I’ve discovered with these bikes. In brief, Brits have been toying with “longer, low, and slack” earlier than the remainder of the bike business adopted this recipe, in order that they’ve had time to let it simmer and ideal it over time. The 2 bikes pictured right here appear to have dialed within the tubing choice and the geometry, and so they’ve been eye-opening for me in 2022. That being mentioned, they’re additionally utterly completely different animals, regardless of being in the identical “kingdom.” Keep tuned for extra on this style and a evaluate of Pipdream’s S5 that I’m presently testing.


Made in China / $90 at AMZN

The Rock Sok wasn’t the one different editor monkey-see-monkey-do product I procured this yr. This summer time, Neil purchased an enormous array of Steadyracks to arrange his household bike assortment, or ought to I say fleet. After he gave this product excessive marks in a evaluate, I made a decision to do some reorganizing of my very own.


I purchased 5 Steadyracks for my workshop and put two on one wall and three on one other. They principally changed a DIY three-bike ground rack I produced from a reclaimed pallet. The wonderful thing about Steadyracks is the truth that you may rotate the bikes in each instructions, thus getting them out of the best way of cabinets and different storage and clearing ground area. They’re additionally fairly simple to roll your bike out and in of. Steadyracks aren’t low cost, however they made an enormous distinction within the store group for me and are undoubtedly definitely worth the funding. Thanks, Neil. You should definitely take a look at Neil’s full evaluate right here.

Revelate Polecat (as a Rack Bag)

109 grams / Made in China / $44 at REI Campfire

We reviewed the Polecat again in early 2019, so it’s nothing new for 2022. Nonetheless, it’s held up for the lengthy haul, and I discovered a brand new use for it: I’ve been utilizing it as a rack-top pack this previous yr and actually prefer it for this objective.

The Revelate Polecat is an ultralight waterproof bag made particularly for fork-mounted cages. It has a quantity of three.5 liters with a packed diameter of 5.25″ broad x 4.5″ deep and a size of 8.5-12.5”. This lengthy profile, coupled with an oval-esque diameter, provides it a pleasant form for a rack-top bag too. Moreover, it has a tapered backside that’s becoming because it supplies some wiggle room for the saddle when a dropper put up is absolutely engaged—this is perhaps much more helpful for smaller riders. Lastly, the urethane-coated daisy chain loops are nice for maintaining Voilé straps in place when lashed onto the rack.

Revelate Polecat

All that mentioned, I secretly want Revelate made a barely bigger model of the Polecat particularly for this objective—the Perchcat, maybe. It’s a fantastic measurement for a full set of additional garments, toiletries, and possibly a few different odds and ends, however a bigger model can be tremendous cool for an extended journey. Both manner, the Polecat works fairly effectively as a rack bag, and I usually pair it with one other small merchandise, comparable to my trusty Helinox Chair Zero.

Garbaruk 11-speed Cassette/Cage (XT)

320 grams / Made in Poland / $285 (package) at Garbaruk

Someplace amid the components scarcity, I went fairly deep in my components bin for a few builds. I dug out the venerable XT derailleur I had used 4 or 5 years in the past by means of Armenia and the Republic of Georgia and a Garbaruk 11-50T cassette and cage that I used for the favored Mullet Drivetrain roundup in 2020. In brief, the in-house machined Garbaruk cage permits some Shimano 11/12-speed derailleurs to be transformed to work with a 50T chainring.

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After putting in the cassette and cage and driving with it for months on a path hardtail that I’ll be reviewing quickly, it was a stark reminder that it’s fairly simple to place collectively a wide-range drivetrain that shifts fantastically, doesn’t break the financial institution, and is lighter weight than the most recent and biggest 12-speed choices available on the market. For the report, the Garbaruk 11-50T cassette weighs 314 grams, which is 59 grams lower than a comparable 10-50T X01 cassette. And with an honest 455% gear vary, it’s not too shabby. Do we actually want that additional gear? I believe not.

Breeo X Sequence 24 Smokeless Hearth Pit

Made in Pennsylvania / $599 at Breeo.co

This one is form of left-field, so let me preface it by saying I’ve been a sucker for campfires ever since I can keep in mind. A few of my first outdoor recollections are with my grandparents round a campfire. Later, in highschool, a couple of buddies and I used to recurrently head into the woods on faculty nights simply to have a campfire for a few hours. Even now, there’s one thing particular in regards to the circle, the dialog, and the transient nature of it. Nonetheless, I’ve additionally seen the influence that common campfire use has in locations the place there are too many campers, and there are specific locations within the backcountry the place campfires aren’t superb, notably once they require gathering wooden the place it’d have an effect on the ecosystem therein. With that, I’ve tried to chop again on campfires after I’m bikepacking. Not at all times, however I’m making an attempt.

  • Breeo X Series 24
  • Breeo X Series 24

To keep up the dependancy, Virginia and I made a decision to place a firepit within the yard this yr. After some analysis, we decided {that a} smokeless hearth pit was the best way to go. That manner, we may have the occasional campfire in our yard and never scent like a smokestack after the very fact.

We did regarded into it at size and weighed out the choices from Solo Range and Breeo. We in the end landed on the made-in-Pennsylvania Breeo X Sequence 24 as an anniversary current to ourselves this yr. It has nice evaluations, and we just like the pure rust end on the primary physique of the pit. It’s additionally pretty massive and does a superb job of burning wooden effectively and minimizing smoke. You’ll be able to prepare dinner on the chrome steel ring, too, which is form of enjoyable. We like it.

Further: Going Dogpacking (O.P.P.)

After we took off on an enormous bike tour again in 2012, we “loaned” our two canines to Virginia’s mother and father. They refused to offer them again to us after we saved leaving for numerous bike journeys. Sadly sufficient, each Frank and Paco died over the past couple of years, and we’ve technically been dogless since 2012. It’s a surprise, since we’ve at all times been canine individuals. I suppose it makes it all of the extra of a pleasure to hang around with different individuals’s pups. Form of like happening trip.

  • Dogpacking
  • Dogpacking

That amped up in 2022, the primary yr we went dogpacking. Effectively, let me rephrase that, driving with dogpackers. Though, I did drive Cass’ Jones bike with Huesos in tow for 45 minutes or so. Both manner, it’s a cool change of tempo. The whole lot slows all the way down to the canine’s schedule, and it provides a brand new perspective to the journey. I think about it’s solely a matter of time earlier than we’ve a pedaling-friendly pooch of our personal.

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