TRAVEL GEAR

The Irish Times Magazine - - TRAVEL - Tom Kelly @ tom­tomkelly

1. To­peak PakGo bike case Trav­el­ling with a bike can be a pain. To­peak’s new PakGo X is de­signed to covert it into just an­other piece of lug­gage. It’s a rol­lable hard case that holds your bike se­curely, with an in­ter­nal mount and bags for the wheels. Ca­pa­ble of tak­ing 650 and 700 sizes, the outer shell is a tough poly­car­bon­ate and it comes with var­i­ous spac­ers and sleeves to bun­dle up your love- bike. Com­plet­ing the lug­gage fit- out is a built- in TSA- friendly lock. The price is aimed at the serous am­a­teur, of which there ap­pear to be more and more. Around ¤ 850, see to­peak. com, avail­able from Jan

2. Bose SoundS­port Pulse wire­less head­phones With Ap­ple res­o­lutely driv­ing on wire­less head­phone use since its iPhone 7 dis­pensed with the 3.5mm jack port, all the au­dio play­ers have specced up their wire­less of­fer­ings. Bose’s SoundS­port Pulse head­phones don’t just de­liver wire­less mu­sic, they have a built- in heart rate mon­i­tor too. They pair by Blue­tooth or NFC, with five hours’ play­time from the recharge­able bat­tery. Bose’s own app can man­age all the data, but th­ese can also sync with var­i­ous pop­u­lar fit­ness apps. From ¤ 230 at bose. ie 3. Splat flex­i­ble tri­pod Be­ing blue and splat- like, one might re­gard this as a gim­mick, but it can work sur­pris­ingly well as an al­ter­na­tive to Go­ril­la­pod. There are a cou­ple of dif­fer­ent ver­sions. This is the five- legged one for com­pact cam­eras ( un­der 500gms); any­thing big­ger needs the DSLR op­tion. The rub­ber- coated metal legs can bend around ob­jects to rig- up a tri­pod. Do it care­fully to avoid cam­era splat. ¤ 25 from connscam­eras. ie

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