New products at MEC for the week of September

What’s new this week

September is the time of year when you can sneak in some serious activity without the “ahhhh-gotta-do-it-all!” wild energy of summer. Weekend trips without crowds. Training for a 10K without sweating the minute you step outside. Riding to work and enjoying the quieter bike lanes.

To help you make the most of it all, here’s this gear we’re stoked on this week, including a pack our designer says “is the coolest stuff [he’s] ever made”:

Wahoo Fitness Kickr Climb Indoor Trainer Grade Simulator

A grade simulator unlike any other, the Wahoo Kickr Climb Simulator raises the front of your bike to match the incline or your training routes. If you want to get better at riding hills, you have to ride hills, and that means changing your posture and grip to engage different muscles and use different pedalling techniques. Real-time grade changes allow for up to 20% inclines and 10% descent simulations.

Brooks LSD Reflective Jacket

This lightweight running jacket lets you cut through a headwind on lunchtime runs, but it really shines after dark. With an all-over reflective print, it makes sure you’re visible from all angles, giving you peace of mind when your long run keeps you out past dusk. Windproof and water-resistant nylon stands up to inclement weather, and it’s lightweight enough to stuff into your running pack or pocket once the wind drops.

MEC Vapour Overnighter Pack

The designer behind the Vapour Series says “this is the coolest stuff I’ve ever made.” Which is saying a lot, because he has designed some pretty sweet gear over the years.

  • This pack is impressively lightweight, especially when you factor in that it’s made from burly nylon that’s completely waterproof (with fully taped seams, to boot).
  • The internal divider keeps you organized while you’re travelling, and the padded back panel and shoulder straps keep you comfortable.
  • A 15-inch laptop sleeve and dimensions approved by most airlines make it just right for going carry-on only on your next trip.

Opinel No 9 Oyster Folding Knife

Don’t damage your pocket knife by using it on oysters – use the right tool for the right job. The Opinel Oyster Knife follows a design that has remained nearly unchanged since 1955. Included instructions show you the safest and most efficient way to extract oysters.

Scarpa Furia S Rock Shoes

The closest thing to climbing barefoot, but better. Offering finger-like grabbing ability and designed for maximum toe sensitivity, the Furia S is ready to grip whatever you’re sending. An Integral Power Rib adds structure for precisions and adaptability, while the microsuede fabric supports your movement but doesn’t loosen over time.

Merrell Sugarbush Braden Waterproof Boots

These boots have a premium leather upper with a waterproof liner to wick moisture away from your foot and keep puddles on the outside. Laces sit in metallic loops shaped to help you get the perfect snug fit for weekend wanders and treks to the market. The Vibram® sole is known for its long-wearing traction, so you know you’ll be together for the long game.

Portland Design Works Gravity+ USB Tail Light

Does your bike have a brake light? It could. The Gravity+ from Portland Design Works has an internal accelerometer that triggers a bright red light as you brake or swerve, instantly letting those around you know to pay attention. Whether you’re riding in a pack, on a busy seawall or in traffic, an easy way to let those around you know when you’re slowing down or changing direction is a game changer.

  • Besides the accelerometer-driven features, it has both a steady and a flashing red light mode.
  • Steady 20 lumens (12 hours) and flashing 80 lumens (30 hours). Brake light shines 100 attention-getting lumens of red light.
  • Easy USB charging means you can top up your battery nearly anywhere you go.

Mammut Runbold Midlayer Hoodie

Mammut Runbold Midlayer Hoodie

A stretchy, athletic mid-layer for striking out into the mountains or down the piste. Smooth, soft fleece slides easily under a shell jacket, and the cozy hood keeps your head warm when the wind picks up. Stretchy enough to move with you on long reaches or pre-dawn warmups, it has flatlock seams to prevent chafing during long days on the trail. Dries quickly so you can wear it again after lunch, tomorrow, the next day…

Outside Inside Freestyle mini Disk Golf

Flex your Frolf skills almost anywhere with this compact disk golf kit. Includes: collapsible target, 6 mini-discs, instructions, and a carry bag.

Pearl Izumi Elite Pursuit Thermal Long-sleeved Jersey

Grey days and dark winter mornings call for a bright thermal jersey. The Elite Pursuit’s warm thermal fleece keeps you comfortable while you warm up, then wicks moisture as you pick up the pace. Handy pockets hold a spare tube, a snack and your phone, and reflective details keep you visible on pre-dawn training rides.

Alex Moss
Alex Moss

Lexically inclined gear geek, EDC nerd (that’s everyday carry) and pancake enthusiast. Often found scouring the web for all there is to know about the newest and coolest.