Friday Five Product Revue is our weekly roundup of new bikes and products that have made their way through the doors of RBA headquarters.
RIP VAN WAFELS
When Rip Pruisken, a native of Amsterdam, came to the United States to attend Brown University in 2006, he couldn’t find his beloved stroopwafel snack. So, over the next few years, Pruisken set out to introduce “wafels” to America and now his company’s products, Rip van Wafels, can be found across the country. Available in Traditional and Cocoa-filled flavors, the wafels can be had in a box of 16 for $24.99, while a case of 64 sells for $74.99. We found them to be a great mid-ride snack, and they’re especially tasty with a good cup of coffee to go with them. Check out Rip van Wafels’ website for more details.
There are many different styles of sunglasses to choose from. The three main styles are a zero-framed shield style glasses, top half framed lens, and a full frame lens. Luckily with Tifosi Pro you can have it all. Tifosi uses a modular design to attach a bare lens, or a framed lens to the same arms therefore have a three in one design. See all the Pro combinations at tifosioptics.com
These are definitely not your run of the mill energy bars made for the masses. Enduro Bites are designed for the endurance athlete looking for an all-natural way to stay fueled, for the long haul. At 400 calories per packaged bar, and made to be broken into four portions, Enduro Bites are probably not the best option for just a short ride, but are ideal for a solid day in the saddle where you consistently want to take in a 100 calorie bite every 30 or so minutes. We tried both available flavors, Fig and Dark Chocolate, and Dark Chocolate Espresso, and found them to be moist enough to eat while riding at a solid effort, and tasty enough to want to eat the next bite. Enduro Bites are made in small batches to ensure freshness, and sell for $4.99 each. They can be found at a number of bike shops or direct through Enduro Bites.
Orontas is a company out of Toronto, Canada, that makes a variety of greases, lubricants and cleaning products for bikes, all of which are derived from plants and/or other sustainable goods. The Orontas Grease features over 75% sustainable ingredients and was designed to handle temperatures as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit. Available in 4 oz. and 16 oz. containers. Retail price is $34.95 for the 16 oz. version. www.orontas.com
RAP PROTEIN GUMMIES
There is a seemingly endless amount of on-the-bike gummies and chews available on the market, but very few that put an emphasis on protein. Enter RAP Protein gummies. These fat-free and gluten-free have a full day’s serving of Vitamin C, along with 20 grams of protein derived from a whey protein isolate. Available in three flavors: strawberry, mixed berries and citrus. Check out their website for more info: www.rapproteingummies.com.