Gift Guides 2021: Nathan's Picks!
Nathan is the other half of the original Dismount team, starting the shop with Pat back in September 2018. He loves all things outdoors and has spent a lot of time in the bike world. He's a huge part of discovering all the gear we bring into the shop and loves field testing. Whether bikepacking southern Ontario on his Surly Krampus or commuting on his All-City Macho King, he loves riding no matter the weather or terrain. See what he's been using on all his bike adventures!
1. Road Runner Middle Earth Jammer
Having used side entry handlebar bags in the past and being satisfied but not over-the-moon about that style, it was time to try something new. The Middle Earth stood out to me for its whopping 19L of storage, amazing weather resistance, the easy to access and pack roll top, and the quick grab outer pockets on the front. This summer I managed to fit my Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL3 Bikepack tent, 2 pillows, jacket, headlamp, extra shorts and riding shirt. Made in Los Angeles by a great group of folks, you can’t go wrong!
2. Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL3 Bikepack
This tent is amazing! Big Agnes nailed all the details to make this a bikepackers dream! Packing this tent is a breeze with the shorter pole segments of 12” vs. the whopping 16” poles everyone else is using. This is a double wall tent (which means the tent has a rainfly and an inner tent body) so condensation is a non-issue and it can handle some pretty heavy rainfall as well. The Tiger Wall has some awesome storage inside the tent, with a gear loft above your feet, and some pockets above your head and in the lower corners of the tent. Setup is easy with colour-coded pole ends and clips for quick pitches after a ride.
3. 7mesh Cargo Bibs
These shorts changed my life lol..! Having the side cargo pockets really come in handy when you want to stash your phone, a small camera, or that mid ride Snickers bar! The other thing I love about the Cargo Bibs is that I don’t have to wear a cycling jersey to be able to carry things, I can wear a tech-t or any other shirt from the closet! The chamois is perfect, and the shoulder straps are placed perfectly.. 7Mesh has an attention to detail that is hard to beat!
4. Dynaplug “The Pill”
We love riding tubeless tires, and I have yet to get a flat in my 3-years running a tubeless setup.. But I want to be ready if it ever happens. The Pill is pretty small, so it won’t take up much space in your pack. It’s also made in Chico, California from high grade aluminum so you know it is going to last a lifetime. It comes with everything you need to fix a tubeless puncture, and comes in some pretty fun colour options… and we have some Dismount x Dynaplug custom tools on the way!!
5. Big Agnes Insualted Q-Core SLX Sleeping Pad
Holy moly this pad is sooo comfy! With it’s 3.25” thickness and raised outer baffles you stay nice and centered on this pad and feel like you’re on a cloud! It has an R-Value of 3.2 that will take you from Spring to Fall pretty comfortably, while still packing down to a decent size. For me, getting a good night sleep is crucial to having a great trip, and the Q-Core SLX delivers in a big way. Super easy to inflate with its included inflation sac, and you can also customize the firmness to your preference with the micro adjust valve!
6. Smith Shades
Nothing beats a great pair of sunglasses when it comes to riding! Keeping the sun, wind, and dust at bay makes a huge difference on any ride. I’ve been using the Ruckus this season and have brought them on pretty much every ride. The fit is great, the lense blocks out light from almost every angle, and they come with 2 lenses for different lighting conditions.
7. Snow Peak Ti Mug
These Snowpeak mugs are one of those classic pieces that you just need to have for your camping or day-to-day use! They exemplify the best in Japanese craftsmanship and have a timeless design that will be with you for a lifetime!
8. Oneup EDC Lite Tool
Don’t forget your multitool ever again! The EDC Lite Tool is cleverly hidden in your steertube, so it is always there when you need it. It installs in 5 minutes, has 9 super handy tools for on trail adjustments, and comes in a bunch of great colours!
9. Patagonia Merino Bike Jersey
When it comes to active wear, you really cannot beat quality merino for its feel, temperature regulation, and moisture management. Patagonia has really nailed it with both their Mountain bike T and the ¾ sleeve version. A great flowy fit that is super comfy, sleeve lengths are perfect, and the weight is perfect for warm or cool days.
10. Revelate Designs Gas Tank
I’ve had this for a good long time and it is my go-to bag for longer days on the bike. It sits nicely on the top tube of my bike and has a nice tapered shape so it stays out of the way of my knees when pedaling. It fits heaps of bars, gels, and other snacks that you might need for your ride.