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Issue 4: Plans Change

What's In Their Pack?

Issue 4: Plans Change

What's In Their Pack?

September 18, 2019

From the pages of Issue 4: Plans Change


Liv Avail AR: We learned was that whether it was navigating broken asphalt or venturing through mountainous dirt roads, the Liv Avail AR is fast on the flats, spry on climbs, and confident on descents. It’s got all of the bells and whistles including the latest 3F endurance geometry and lightweight ALUXX frame. Three things we liked the most: 1) The D-Fuse seat post that kept us comfortable in the saddle, 2) The Advanced-grade carbon fork that kept the vibrations in check, and 3) Wide tires that came in handy for off-road riding. Least important but worth mentioning: It’s sexy AF.

Liv Sumi ¾ Sleeve Jersey: This jersey is stained with so much dirt and grime that no amount of like that as it’s a reminder of what it was like cycling through the hills of Nepal. It’s all we wore, day after day, and it seriously performed. The moisture-wicking TransTextura™ fabric was built for speed-drying, which we needed since all we did was sweat in it (and sometimes cry). The 3/4 length sleeves were perfect for sun protection without making us feel like we were dressed for cold weather. And the zipper stash pocket was perfect for tucking away our mid-morning snacks.

Topo Designs Global Dress and Boulder Pants: When we switched routes and calculated the elevation gain we’d be tackling each day, we paired down our entire kit to fit into one bag and left the panniers in Kathmandu. Thankfully, we had a few pieces of stylish apparel from Topo Design constructed from lightweight, breathable tech fabric with 2-way mechanical stretch. Each piece rolled into the tiniest ball and could be secured with their clever PackFast™ packing band. The best part was that we could wash it in a bucket before we went to bed, and by morning it would all be dry. These pieces definitely became staples in our technical travel ensemble.

Sherpa Adventure Gear Asaar 2.5-Layer Ultralightweight Waterproof Jacket: Although the plan was to be done with our ride before the afternoon rain set in, we found ourselves on the road into the evening most days. Good thing we packed this ultra-lightweight raincoat from Sherpa that not only had every technical feature we were looking for in a raincoat, but it also balled up into its own pocket. It’s made with Sherpa’s signature Himaltec® laminated fabric that features a hydrophilic membrane that’s lightweight, breathable, and wind-resistant. It’s also affordable (unlike other technical jackets), and for every product sold, they help provide education and resources for children in Nepal, which we think is pretty cool.

Swift Industries Zeitgeist Saddle Bag: This was our favorite bag that carried just about everything we needed for seven days in the saddle. It fit a change of clothing, slim sandals, toiletries, and the random odds and ends you need for a multi-day trip. What we loved the most about the Zeitgeist Saddle Bag was how it doubled as a day bag with the hidden clips and shoulder strap. It’s made from X-Pac™ ripstop materials, so we knew we could count on its durability for this trip and more of our adventures to come. Beyond their sturdy and stylish packs, we also love Swift Industries’ approach to business—they are Seattle- based adventurers who value slow growth and working long, hard hours with their team of seamstresses to get people traveling by bicycle.

Nutrient Instant Coffee: This might be running through our veins at this point, and we’re OK with that. Nutrient makes instant coffee designed to help athletes and amateurs alike harness our bodies' natural power to break the performance barrier. Each cup has 50% of your daily need of 13 vitamins so your body can perform naturally. As someone who can’t be bothered to remember to take a multivitamin but would never miss her morning cup of coffee, this was perfect. Packed with all of the vitamins we needed for the day, we started every morning with at least two cups of Nutrient coffee. Nutrient gets bonus points for actually tasting good, too.

Manda Organic Sun Creme: When you spend all day in the sun, you want to prevent the burn but avoided drenching your body in chemicals. MANDA Organic Sun Creme is made from only the highest quality, food-grade, all-natural and organic ingredients. No harmful chemicals or synthetics are added, making it non-toxic and reef safe (for those of you who like to swim and surf). It leaves your skin slightly white and opaque, but we didn’t care because 1) We had no one to impress and 2) We liked knowing that it contained Thanaka, a traditional powder derived from the bark of a tree native to Myanmar, making it a sustainable and regenerative ingredient. Thanaka has been used for over 2,000 years as a natural sun protectant that preserves and beautifies the skin. And if you take a closer look at the photos, we needed all the help we could get.

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