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Check Out: A New Helmet, Flat Pedal Shoes, Multi-Tool & More

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A lot of gear comes across our desks here at Pinkbike. Check Out is a monthly round-up of everything our tech editors have gotten their hands on. Sometimes it's products we're doing long-term tests on, other times it's stuff we're stoked on but don't have time to fully review. And, sometimes it's crazy shit someone sent us unsolicited and we're having a laugh.

Polar V650 GPS Bike Computer



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bigquotes Even if you're not a statistic geek or thrive off beating your mates on Strava, a GPS bike computer can be a great tool to use to have more fun on your bike. It's fascinating watching your heart rate fluctuate on climbs and descents and with the V650's in-built route guidance and mapping you can head out into the unknown without the fear of getting lost or missing the turning that'll take you to the land of brown pow. Even at 230 quid, Polar's range-topping V650 is only a smidge over Garmin's bottom of the range colour-screen navigation GPS and cheaper the rest of their range.Alex Evans

Smith Forefront 2 Helmet

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bigquotes The second generation Forefront receives extra Koroyd (the honeycomb shaped material that's claimed to provide better impact protection than EPS) at the rear of the helmet, along with more generous venting over the top of the head, which should help keep things a little cooler on those midsummer rides. Smith are best known for their sunglasses and goggles, so it's not surprising that the Forefront 2 is designed to work well with either eye protection option. There are MIPS and non-MIPS versions, but realistically, if you're already shelling out $200 for a helmet, it seems silly not to scrounge up the extra $30 for the potential benefits of that low-friction slip plane. Mike Kazimer

Bontrager Ion Pro RT Light
Bontrager's Ion Pro RT doesn't take up much space, but it's bright enough for trail riding, with three brightness levels and two flashing modes.

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bigquotes Like it or not, the days are getting shorter in the Northern Hemisphere, which means it's time to start thinking about bike lights. Bontrager's Ion RT is bright and easy to use, with a run time of 1.5 hours in the high setting and 6 hours in the low setting. The Ion Pro comes with handlebar mount, but there is a helmet mount kit available separately. Even if you're not planning to be out after dark, it's not a bad idea to toss a little light like this in your pack, just in case. Mike Kazimer

Spurcycle Tool



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bigquotes The Spurcycle Tool is a well-made and thought out tool that should last a lifetime. The sliding handle makes it versatile and the bits are magnetized when in the socket - nice when dealing with smaller bolts. Yes, it's more than twice as expensive as a lot of other options but you get what you pay for.Daniel Sapp

Ride Concepts Livewire Flat Pedal Shoes

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bigquotes Ride Concepts is a brand new company, and they're kicking things off with three flat pedal shoe models. I only have a couple of rides in on the Livewire shoes, but so far they're comfortable and grippy. That's a good start - we'll see how they hold up to a few more months of hard use. Mike Kazimer
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