GEAR FLY RACING’S CONVERTIBLE HYDROPACK $49.95 FLYRACING.COM Your body needs constant replenishment of fluids in order to keep at optimum performance, especially during long rides or endurance races; simply downing a bottle of water prior to riding just doesn’t cut it. To keep your body topped off and your energy topped out, Fly Racing’s Convertible Hydropack will keep those life-giving fluids within easy reach while riding, without getting in the way. The 70ounce bladder holds more than enough water to quench your thirst, and an inner organizer provides room to safely stash spare spark plugs, keys, food, maps and other necessities. An adjustable, anatomic fit allows the hydration system to be worn over a life vest. Chest and waist straps are included to keep it in place, and the durable 900-Denier outer construction will make it last. For those motorcycle riders out there, the Hydropack can easily be integrated with the available Fly Racing Convertible rock deflector/chest protector for an all-in-one protection/hydration package (hence the name “Convertible”) when your rides take place on terra firma. Pure genius.
CWB’S DIAMOND PULLOVER NEO VEST $89.99 RIDECWB.COM New from CWB for 2010 is the Diamond Pullover non-CGA neoprene vest. Designed as a comfortable, form-fitting alternative to regular vests with straps and buckles, this CWB pullover features only a single side zipper to aid in entry. The Glideskin exterior repels water, while the interior shell material is breathable and great for hotter climates. Oversized armholes allow free range of motion, and segmented foam flotation material allows for complete flexibility and prevents binding. Since the vest is so extremely lightweight, it doesn’t possess the buoyancy of a full-fledged USCG-approved model, making it more appropriate for those days spent close to shore or in supervised competitions.
JET PILOT’S FLIGHT RACE JOHN $129.99 JETPILOT.COM Constructed 100 percent from Flex-Lite ultra-stretch neoprene, Jet Pilot’s Flight race john was constructed with watercraft racing in mind. The pre-bent, articulated form caters to a racer’s aggressive posture while riding, and reinforced Tred-Flex knee pads help protect from bumps and bruises, and makes life easier for those stand-up riders who spend more time on their knees than on their feet. Back-zip entry makes you wish getting into the pits was as easy as getting into your brand-new race john. Available in several colors, in sizes small-XXL.
WATERMANS’ SPF 33 SUN CREAM $19.95 per 100mL bottle WATERMANSAPPLIEDSCIENCE.COM The fact that one in five people will get skin cancer in their lifetime (and one in three Caucasians) alone should preclude us from needing to lecture yet again on the importance of sunscreen. But as any personal watercraft enthusiast knows, not all sunscreens were created equal. Watermans Applied Science says its high-grade sun cream was engineered specifically for high-intensity water sports and is designed to not adversely affect a rider’s performance in any way – meaning it is not slippery or greasy, won’t run into the eyes, or be affected by water or sweat exposure. Each Watermans product (including the pictured SPF 33 sun cream) is subjected to a three-hour immersion test to guarantee that it will retain 100-percent efficiency against UVA/UVB rays – garnering them the FDA’s highest water-resistance rating. Watermans sun cream contains several vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and plant extracts in its formula, and its non-corrosive, waterproof packaging utilizes an airless pump that allows 99.9 percent of the product to be extracted from the bottle.
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