The scoop

This week it’s all about the accessories…

Shimano Sport Camera

While you’re all thinking ‘here is another GoPro clone,’ we dare to think differently thanks to this little gadget’s stand-out features. What this POV camera has that others don’t is bike parts behemoth, Shimano, as it’s maker – who had a certain two-wheel riding audience in mind during design. First point of difference is weight. A good 40 grams lighter than the GoPro and approximately the size of a deck of cards, this is a seriously lightweight recorder. Secondly, it’s waterproof. Not the kind of waterproof that allows a sprinkle of water before dying, you can up to 10m without an additional case. The promo video even suggests ‘spraying it off with the rest of your gear’ – the laziness in all of us is cheering. Last but not least, Shimano’s Sport Camera is high-tech. You can connect your device to your phone via Wi-Fi frame the video according to social media site and upload. With 1080p HD filming you can expect a sharp image that will have you the envy of all your cyclist buds. Downfalls? It won’t be on shelves till May and will probably come with a price tag that will have you dipping into your savings. 



POC helmet

POC have mastered the technique of producing good looking helmets that put safety first. Offering more protection than a regular road/XC helmet without going all the way to a full-face lid, the Trabec is another addition to the trail/all-mountain helmet market. While this model was released overseas a few years ago, it’s only just reaching the Australian market. Every helmet sold here needs to pass the stringent and expensive Australian Standards compliance testing, so it always takes a season or two before we see the ‘latest’ helmet models. Regardless, we’ve gone starry-eyed for this looker (that’s right, we’ve got a crush on an inanimate object. In this job, can you blame us!?)

Two versions of the Trabec will be available in Australia; the standard Trabec which sells for $199 and the $299 Race MIPS version.


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