First Look Friday: Camelbak Palos 4LR; Jaybird X2; Turbine

First Look Friday is an introduction to the products that we are currently testing for review. This week we're featuring the Camelbak Palos 4LR, Turbine, and Jaybird X2.

Camelbak Palos 4LR


The Palos 4LR forms part of Camelbak's new Low Rider range of hydration packs. It uses a 1.5l bladder (think of it as two 750ml bottles) and has enough cargo space for a multi-tool, tube, a small hand pump or CO2 inflator, phone, keys and an energy bar or two in several, cleverly designed, pockets.

 

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The hydration tube with their signature bite valve wraps around the front of the pack and is held in place with Camelbak’s magnetic Tube Trap and can be routed from either side to suit user preference.

 

I've used Camelbak's "Lumber" hydration packs the last couple of years and am very interested to see how this one compares as both have the bulk of the weight sitting lower down on your back.

 


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Features


Key Pack Features: Integrated tool organiser, lumbar compression, magnetic tube trap, dual waist belt pockets, secured zipper pocket, zippered essentials pocket, air mesh back panel, blinker tab.

 

Designed to Carry: Multi-tool, CO2 pump and cartridges, spare tube, energy bar, phone, keys.

 

CamelBak Got Your Bak Guarantee: If we built it, we'll Bak it with our lifetime guarantee.

 

Recommended Retail Pricing: R1,100.00

 

 

Turbine


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"The aim of the Turbine is not to deliver more air to the lungs, it’s actually to deliver the same amount of air with less energy cost. Reducing the work of breathing — that is, the energy cost of breathing, thereby allowing you to concentrate more energy on your working muscles rather than your breathing.", says Dr Mitch Anderson, Sports Medical Advisor for Rhinomed (creators of Turbine). On top of making breathing easier, the Turbine also boasts an increase in airflow by 38% through the nose.

 


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Starter packs include one Turbine of each size (small, medium, large) to assist determining which size Turbine suits your nose. Retail price R195 for each starter pack.

 

Size packs: once you have found the size of Turbine that suits you, the size packs will contain 3 Turbines of your chosen size. Retail price R365 for each size pack.

 

Each Turbine can be used up to 10 times for hygienic and effectiveness reasons. Why can you only use Turbine up to 10 times each?

  • Risk of bacteria accumulation and the maintenance of hygiene standards.
  • The dilation mechanism and ratchets will wear and may not hold its dilation effectively.
We'll be sticking the Turbine in our noses to test out the claimed benefits.

 

Jaybird X2


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Jaybird Sport's X2 are the company's top-of-the-line Bluetooth wireless in-ear headphone model. Available in several colours, the X2 offers a couple of significant improvements over their predecessor, the BlueBuds X. These include more comfortable design, better sweat proofing, a new matte finish, a better carrying case and, most importantly, up to 8 hours of battery life from it's higher rated 100 mAh battery.

 

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To help you with a secure and comfortable fit for your ears, the X2's come with three different-sized silicone buds and three of Jaybird's "wings" that were designed to keep the earphones in place while on the bike or during workouts

 

Specifications:


Audio
Type: In-Ear Style
Noise-isolation: Passive
Impedance: 16 Ohm
Speaker sensitivity: 103 +-2dB At 1KHz
Output 12mW RMS (with level limit)
Total Harmonic Distortion <5% (1KHz, 1mW)
Audio Format: 16-bit Stereo
Codec: Shift™ custom SBC implementation
Response Bandwidth 20-20000Hz
Driver Size: 6 mm
Bluetooth Version: Bluetooth Class 2.1+EDR
Frequency Band: 2.4 GHz
Profiles: Handsfree 1.6, Headset 1.1, A2DP 1.2, AVCRP 1.4

 

Battery
Play Time: 8 Hrs*
Standby Time: 250 Hrs*
Charging Time: Less than 2.5 hrs
Type: 100 mAh Lithium Polymer
* May vary dependent on usage & device

 

In The Box
X2 Wireless Buds
Comply™ Foam Ear Tips
Silicone Ear Tips
Secure-Fit Ear Fins
Cord Management Clips
USB 2.0 Charging Cable
Silicone Sport Carry Case

 

Recommended retail price: R2,999.00

 

More information on the Jaybird X2 click here.

 




36 Comments

popcorn_skollie, Nov 13 2015 10:24

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I wonder if this is more comfortable than the usual shoulder strap variety. The only downside for me is that it won't work for slogging up a fullface.

raptor-22, Nov 13 2015 10:28

so its a moon bag....

Raab, Nov 13 2015 10:38

Is this the Friday thread? That moonbag and nasal thing are easy targets

Raab, Nov 13 2015 10:39

oooooh and headphones...............

craig82, Nov 13 2015 10:45

Moonbag is soooo politically incorrect, its call a fanny pack!

Odinson, Nov 13 2015 10:45

I could easily see that Turbine nostril stretcher in a USN catalogue - right next to the Oxygenated Water and Hardcore Fat Burner tablets with 100% Pure Serpentes Oil Extract.

craig82, Nov 13 2015 10:47

Would love to try one out, I use a Camelbak mule for every ride, even 1 hour rides.

Koei, Nov 13 2015 10:51

Here's a teaser for next weeks first-look-Friday

 

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Captain Fastbastard Mayhem, Nov 13 2015 10:51

I could easily see that Turbine nostril stretcher in a USN catalogue - right next to the Oxygenated Water and Hardcore Fat Burner tablets with 100% Pure Serpentes Oil Extract.

in this case, it actually seems as if it works at least partially. A far more effective nasal strip, in effect. 

fanievb, Nov 13 2015 11:11

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Odinson, Nov 13 2015 11:17

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He wore that for this:

 

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Matt, Nov 13 2015 11:31

I'm a sceptic when it comes to the actual effectiveness of the Turbine, but looking at the top end of the sport if it gives even a 1% improvement it could be worth it. Marginal gains and all.

For us "average" Hubbers though, I'm not sure the marginal gains are quite enough to offset the mockery or inability to blow your nose.

The guys down over at CyclingTips delved into this one a bit. A long, but interesting read (though at this stage no conclusive, independent studies available): http://cyclingtips.c...imple-placebo/ 

raptor-22, Nov 13 2015 01:34

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I thought he wore cos he is strong like Nguni bull

Bizkit031, Nov 13 2015 03:34

The Palos is quite popular overseas,been looking for One for a while now but agents in SA can't even return Emails. Now there is the Palos4LR as well. According to Camelbak site this one is the normal Palos not the 4LR

Pipsqueak, Nov 13 2015 03:58

The only people who poo-poo riding with a "fanny pack" are the ones that haven'y tried it. Beats a backpack hands down any day.

 

When you consider that you look like a knob in cycling gear anyway, a moonbag isn't going to do you any more harm.

 

It's the way forward. You're even going to see them at Enduro races soon.

Bizkit031, Nov 13 2015 04:15

The only people who poo-poo riding with a "fanny pack" are the ones that haven'y tried it. Beats a backpack hands down any day.
 
When you consider that you look like a knob in cycling gear anyway, a moonbag isn't going to do you any more harm.
 
It's the way forward. You're even going to see them at Enduro races soon.

Saw some guys riding them in the EWS.

KingTJ, Nov 13 2015 10:50

The only people who poo-poo riding with a "fanny pack" are the ones that haven'y tried it. Beats a backpack hands down any day.

 

When you consider that you look like a knob in cycling gear anyway, a moonbag isn't going to do you any more harm.

 

It's the way forward. You're even going to see them at Enduro races soon.

so you want to look like a larger knob...i thought that is what the lycra is for?  :P 

Mackie, Nov 15 2015 05:34

The Palos is a great idea. I'd use it anytime, I use a "bum bag" when riding the dirt bike, much easier carrying the weight on your hips rather than on your back, the straps irritate my shoulders, so this is a great solution.

Rocket-Boy, Nov 15 2015 01:01

The Palos is a great idea. I'd use it anytime, I use a "bum bag" when riding the dirt bike, much easier carrying the weight on your hips rather than on your back, the straps irritate my shoulders, so this is a great solution.

Each to his own i guess, I like the feel of riding with my camelbak, the straps dont bother me and it offers a little bit of back protection if I take a fall.

Bizkit031, Nov 15 2015 03:30

Just managed to find a Palos4 LR on Bikeinn,now just to wait for it.

xnadu, Nov 17 2015 11:17

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xnadu, Nov 17 2015 11:20

Not sure but i thought they always advise a person to cycle without music in your ears cause you have to hear whats going on around you when you cycle or what - is it ok to cycle with music in your ears

Iwan Kemp, Nov 17 2015 11:25

Not sure but i thought they always advise a person to cycle without music in your ears cause you have to hear whats going on around you when you cycle or what - is it ok to cycle with music in your ears

 

Most people I know who do use them only do so when mtb'ing and then only while climbing. On the way down you want to hear yourself screaming like a girl. 

 

I don't exercise with music - will be using these on my motorbike and then only with the GPS. Don't listen to music when I ride.

xnadu, Nov 17 2015 11:41

I was listening on radio where they spoke to a lady that is a organizer of the 94.7 race and a person called and asked if they can cycle with earphones and the lady said yes .

Its strange to me because if somebody wants to pass or something you wont be able to hear what he says - to me its strange that the lady said that you can cycle with your music.

Iwan Kemp, Nov 17 2015 11:44

Yeah, in an organised event like that I definitely wont. I know the Cape Town Cycle Tour does not allow the use of earphones.