16 Cool, Mostly Bike-Related Things From the Outdoor Retailer Show

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6. LifeStraw water filter makes the outdoors your sippy cup

Originally created for developing countries and humanitarian efforts, the light, simple and inexpensive LifeStraw stands out in the crowded water filter category as a good pick for bikepacking. About the same size as your mini tire pump, this $24 filter packs well and simply works. Photos courtesy of Lifestraw. lifestraw.com

7. Teva clips-in with new Pivot MTB shoe

Teva’s PR manager Jamie Eschette shows how cleats can be adjusted through the top of their new Pivot clipless mountain bike shoe.

We got our hands….err feet…on a preproduction pair of Teva’s Pivot clipless pedals a few months ago (reviewed here in a long-term test) but thought they might be worth another mention now that they’re available at retail and because they were hard to miss at Outdoor Retailer.

While Teva traditionally uses OR to pitch their popular sport sandals, flip-flops and hiking shoes, the new mountain bike shoes shared the spotlight with the brand’s more outdoorsy siblings at this year’s show. Following up on the success of their Jeff Lenosky-designed Links flat pedal shoes, the Pivot adds clipless-compatibility along with a new twist on set-up, according to Teva PR manager Jaime Eschette who demonstrated the feature.

In addition to threading your cleat screws the traditional way—from the bottom—the Pivots come with a port for mounting the cleats from the top and through the shoe upper and toe box. This allows you to clip into the pedal and make adjustments without clipping out. Yes, you need to pull your foot out of the shoe, but at least you’re not twisting and dramatically upsetting the alignment as you would the traditional way. Teva even includes a T25 Torx driver and matching bolts for the task. An added bonus—down the road when you remove worn cleats you won’t be fighting beat down bolt heads. Smart stuff.

The Pivots go for $150 and come in black with blue accents, and grey with red accents. teva.com

8. Notable Field Notes makes notation notably noble

A notebook is a notebook is a notebook, right? Not so says Field Notes founder and graphic design impresario Aaron Draplin. The inside covers of his high-quality, American-made notebooks come festooned with useful conversion charts and rulers, as well as less-practical bursts of awesome, like a reference guide for hobo symbols and tips for tic-tac-toe. Just the kind of stuff to put you in a fun mindset for adventure planning—which will be the duty of the $9.95 Steno Book shown here. fieldnotesbrand.com

About the author: Don Palermini

Chicago-born Don Palermini became a cycling-based life-form in the sixth grade after completing a family road bike tour of his home state. Three years later he bought his first mountain bike to help mitigate the city's pothole-strewn streets, and began exploring the region's unpaved roads and trails. Those rides sparked a much larger journey which includes all manner of bike racing, commuting, on- and off-road bike advocacy, and a 20-plus-year marketing career in the cycling industry that landed him at his current gig with Santa Cruz bicycles. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, his four favorite words in the English language are "breakfast served all day," together in that order.

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