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Under Test: Arkel Seatpacker Bags

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Bikepacking-style seat bags are great for carrying bulky items, but many bags are prone to sagging and swaying. Arkel’s Seatpacker bags feature integrated racks that provide additional support and stability, but can be quickly removed by flipping the rack’s quick-release lever. The Canadian company offers 9L and 15L versions, which retail for $199.95 and $219.95, respectively.

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First Impressions: Showers Pass Syncline Jacket & Refuge Duffel

Men’s Syncline Jacket
When it comes to choosing biking gear, I place a premium on versatility. Sure, I want cycling-specific features, but something like a rain jacket should work well–and look good–on or off the bike. Recognizing the need for versatile, affordable outerwear, Showers Pass designed their new Syncline jacket ($125 MSRP) to work equally well for biking, hiking, or camping.

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Under Test: Blackburn Chamber HV Floor Pump

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If you have a mountain, plus, or fat bike, you probably dread pumping up the tires. Road-style floor pumps may be great for low-volume, high pressure tires, but they can be a pain for inflating larger tires. Designed for high-volume tires, Blackburn’s new Chamber HV floor pump maxes out at 50 psi, features an oversized shaft for extra durability, and a 47-inch hose to reach valves in stands or car racks.

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