White Lightning, the maker of lubes, degreasers and regreasers—okay, just grease—has freshened up its look with new packaging. The goal is to tie the various products together better and make selection of the right product for your need easier. The little demonstration with sand was a great way to illustrate how White Lightning Clean Ride—a wax-based lube—won’t hold sand and other grime; the chain covered in sand was lubed using a traditional wet lube, something that isn’t White Lightning.
It was in being walked through the product line for the first time in a while that I learned that the Epic Ride lube would be a more appropriate solution for the longer rides and races I’ve been doing. And for all the coffee obsessives out there who use burr grinders that need to be greased, White Lightning’s Crystal grease carries a food-grade rating, meaning there’s nothing in it to poison you, so if it finds its way into your coffee grounds, no harm, even less foul. Might be why they call it Crystal, as in clear.
The folks from Vancouver at Sugoi have embraced a bunch of new opportunities for visibility. It’s refreshing to see a brand go for more visibility, rather than less. Sure, a red jacket is easier to see than a black one, but just you wait—
Pow! This uses Sugoi’s new Zap technology for improved reflectivity. This is so bright and reflective I got pops off the jacket just from the room lights if I stood at the right angle. This is the RS Zap Jacket, which goes for $160.
I found the RS Century bibs and shorts to be particularly interesting for their ability to allow you to take the pack mule approach to support on rides. The bibs feature elasticized pockets on the legs that will allow you to carry a couple of gels. In addition to the three pockets in back, the middle of which is larger than usual, the jersey includes two zippered pockets along the side, one of which you can see zipped open here. The jersey goes for $120 while the bibs are $180. Stay tuned on these.
The RSE bibs have gotten some updating and much of the bibs are cut from a knit polyester as opposed to a traditional weave. The upshot is that these bibs wick better, are lighter and based on what I’ve seen from other knits, are more abrasion resistant. They go for $240.
Fabric, best known as a saddle manufacturer, showed off some new lights, like this tiny, yet blindingly bright, tail light. A $40 unit that can mount in a variety of ways.
Mini-tools are also a new addition from Fabric. They are making a few different flavors, with six, eight and 16 tools.
Where Fabric continues to distinguish itself is with innovative design and construction of saddles. This is the ALM (Additional Layer Manufacturing) which is arguably the cleanest-looking saddle I’ve seen, and this one is completely white. Not a saddle for spring, perhaps, but oh my.