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UNIFIBER BEACH CART REVIEW
February 6, 2015 · by Speedsurf.nl ·
A few months ago I was happy to receive the Unifiber Beach Cart. In search for the best flat water speed spots I needed a cart to be able to get my gear at remote locations. The Unifiber Beach Cart is supposed to be a multipurpose all-terrain cart. The available pictures on the net show the low centre of gravity what I believe is one of the key factors for ease of use.
Dimensions (lxwxd): 27 cm x 56 cm x 27 cm
Load bearing capacity: 100 kg
Weight including straps: 2,9 kg
What’s in the box:
2 frame parts
2 self adjusting loading plates
2 tie down straps
Unifiber Beach Cart Box Content
As one can see the cart consists only out of a few parts and can be assembled within one minute. No need for tools due to the clever design of the parts! The assembled cart is fairly small compared to other carts available so it will fit in any car. The opportunity for a quick disassembly is a nice feature when travelling the world. Furthermore you can still use it up to checking in, which equals less hassle on the airport. Unifiber Beach Cart WheelAll the parts fits within a suitcase with ease. The wheels are made of a tough plastic. I believe these have the right balance between softness (suitable for hard surfaces like asphalt) and rigidity (suitable for sand).
Unifiber Beach Cart Frame Part
The two load bearing platforms can be adjusted according the board shape. This enables an evenly distributed stress between board and cart. To make loading easy the cart has been equipped with a standard. I don’t think it’s a necessity (I don’t use it) and it’s nice the user can decide to leave it off if he/she wants to.
After loading the cart it’s only a matter of tying. The straps are long enough to tie down multiple boards, sails, etc.
I used the cart on the beach/dunes, grass and asphalt. Although it is listed as a beach cart it performs perfect on hard surfaces like asphalt or concrete. A certain amount of dampening has been applied in the wheels. This dampens the bumps in the road a bit. It’s even possible to mount it behind a bike. Just tie the loop of your board bag to your bike and off you go.Unifiber Beach Cart Loaded
Unifiber Beach Cart 1I like the low centre of gravity when walking up a dike or dune. You don’t have to be that concerned about a possible roll over.
Also the low weight is a real advantage. To access a particular speed spot I have to cross a road and a crash barrier. With this light weight cart I am able to carry the complete package while stepping across the crash barrier.
Since I don’t notice any wear and tear up to this date I just can’t come up with disadvantages.
The price is €89,95
For more information please refer to the Unifiber website
The Avade heated jersey – potentially useful in any situation where you're outdoors and you're cold (Photo: Noel McKeegan/Gizmag.com)
Review: Beating the cold with the Avade heated jersey
By Noel McKeegan February 5, 2015
Stephen Romanin is the outdoors type. He loves mountain biking, skiing, and taking motorcycles off the beaten track – pursuits that put him on a mission to create a lightweight heated garment that can keep the cold at bay without interfering with the activity at hand. The result is the Avade heated jersey.
At first glance the Avade doesn't look a lot different to many long-sleeved sports garment...A large, glove-friendly button operates the three color-coded heat settings (Photo: Loz Bl...The 7.4 V, 4400 mAh lithium polymer battery should last for around 6 hours on the lowest s...Operation is simple – press of the button for three seconds turns it on, press it again to...View all
Australian-based Romanin started developing the idea four years ago when he couldn't find anything on the market to meet his exact needs. Heated jackets (most notably the Milwaukee jacket) were already out there, but he wanted a more sports-focused solution. Working from the ground-up, he began by tinkering with a set-up that involved power drill batteries and a Camelbak, eventually honing the design and launching it onto the marketplace in late 2014. The final product is a versatile piece of kit. Not only can it be used as a warm-up and cool-down aid in Enduro riding and any number of adventure sports, it's potentially useful in any situation where you're outdoors and you're cold.
At first glance the Avade doesn't look a lot different to many long-sleeved sports garments. It's made from a polyester spandex blend and is designed to provide a balance of lightness, strength, compression and wicking capability. Look a little closer and you'll notice three knitted carbon-fiber wire heating elements (two on the chest and one in the center of the upper back), a button on the cuff of the right sleeve and a battery pocket under the arm. Wires run up the outside of the sleeve between the battery and the button and across the upper part of the chest and back to the heating panels – all of which isn't quite as cumbersome as it sounds.
The jersey has three knitted carbon fiber wire heating elements, a button on the cuff of t...
As a motorcyclist who lives a long way from the equator and commutes 12 months of the year, I can see the attraction of a lightweight heated garment (as far as I'm concerned, heated handgrips represent humanity’s finest application of radiant heat since the invention of the toaster). This was my first test scenario for the Avade jersey, and immediately I was impressed.
Despite all the extra bits, the top is quite comfortable and you tend to forget about the wiring and the 174 g battery under your arm once you're on the move. If you do find the battery annoying, there's an extension cable that let's you remove it from its pocket and place it in a backpack. Operation is simple – press of the button for three seconds to turn it on, press it again to move through the three color-coded heat settings – 30º C/ 86º F (green), 40º C/ 104º F (amber) and 50º C/122º F (red). The button does take a little getting used to, and I found myself having to reach inside the sleeve and press it between my finger and my thumb initially, but after some practice I was able to operate it with one finger, even with gloves on and a heavy jacket over the top. Romanin explained that a little slack has been deliberately left in the wires in case you do need to tug the sleeve down a bit to access the button. My only other gripe is it can be easy to forget which setting you are on if the button is hidden underneath other layers of clothing. There's a fairly simple solution though – turn off the heat by pressing the button for three seconds and start again.
Operation is simple – press of the button for three seconds turns it on, press it again to...
Each element has its own sensor to stop it from getting hotter than 50º C, so if you are wearing a backpack and the rear element gets too hot, it will shut down while the front panels keep delivering heat.
The heat arrives within about 15 seconds and on the highest setting it is fairly aggressive. I was most comfortable during my one hour commute with it on the lower settings and/or adding a think layer underneath. The pads are well positioned to keep your entire torso warm (though of course, I won't be trading in my heated hand-grips). The heat also fades quickly when you switch it off.
On the mountain bike, these factors make the jersey ideal for warming up or for when you are taking a break from pedaling. The fabric breathes nicely, doing a decent job of drawing sweat away from your skin and, central heating aside, it's a very serviceable garment in its own right.
The 7.4 V, 4400 mAh lithium polymer battery should last for around six hours on the lowest setting, but expect less than three on high. According to Stephen's testing it should last for 2.5 hours in a freezer at -18º C (-0.4º F), in case you had that in mind.
Given you are not likely to have it on all the time – even on a brisk morning on the road bike I found myself switching it off occasionally – this seems like a pretty good trade off between having enough juice to ensure you are not constantly charging up and not having to lug around a massive battery.
Charging is through a regular socket and while you can't toss the jersey in the washing machine, it can be hand washed once the battery is removed.
The conclusion here is pretty simple. The Avade jersey is a well thought through design that does exactly what it sets out to do, it does it with little fuss and it does it well. There might even be a place for it on the podium next to the heated hand grips and the toaster.
The Avade is priced at AUD$199 (approx. US$155) in Australia (including shipping). The company is also taking international orders.
Product page: AVADE