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Relaunch update

Relaunch update

Back in September 2019 I wrote about the upcoming relaunch of Wildcat and I said we'd have new product ready to go by the end of the year.

Then it all got quiet, the end of the year came and went and there's no new product yet. 

I figured an update is overdue.

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Wildcat Relaunch

Wildcat Relaunch

The observant among you may have noticed that Wildcat Gear actually shut up shop in February of this year (2019).  Beth and Ian who had started Wildcat a decade ago made the tough decision to close the doors after realising they just couldn't commit the time required to make the business work. Wildcat had taken a backseat to their young family and a house move from Wales to Scotland signalled what felt like the right time to wind the business down.   Around the same time Steven Shand was taking a step back from his day to day role at the bicycle...

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Project Cuben

Project Cuben

What is Cuben Fibre? It is a non-woven laminate of Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene fibre monofilaments and polyester films. Cuben for short. Developed as a sail cloth, it is a very light weight and supple fabric, and has extremely strong rip resistance. Why use it for bikepacking luggage? Making gear as light as possible is what we do. Cuben was a way in which we could push the boundaries even further, reducing our luggage weight by more than half. The set up you see here shows a comprehensive yet ultra-minimal bikepacking setup suited to multi-day self-supported racing:   Total dry...

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Review: Aidan Harding tests Wildcat Gear at Iditabike

Review: Aidan Harding tests Wildcat Gear at Iditabike

Last year, Aidan Harding asked us to provide bikepacking gear for his upcoming Iditarod race.Here, he has written down his experiences of the kit (including our bags) during the 1000 mile extreme-condition race. In February 2014, I set off on the Iditarod Trail Invitational. 1000 miles of racing across Alaska with unknowns in every mile. There was bound to be cold, snow, ice, and emptiness. As for anything else the trail might throw up, I'd just have to figure that out when I got there.It was my second time in the 1000 mile race and third time racing in Alaska...

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Review: Ben Rockett tests Wildcat Snow Leopard on Baffin Island in the Arctic Circle

Review: Ben Rockett tests Wildcat Snow Leopard on Baffin Island in the Arctic Circle

In March 2014 Ben Rockett took a Wildcat Gear Snow Leopard frame bag on a 2-week expedition to become the first person ever to ride a bike across Canada's Baffin Island.Tucked up in the Arctic circle North of Canada, Baffin Island endures extremely low temperatures with an annual average of -10°C and winter temperatures of -30°C. Being equipped for such cold temperatures is essential for survival in those conditions.Upon his triumphant return, we asked Ben to write about his experience with our bag in Arctic conditions. For the expedition on Baffin Island I required a storage solution that would keep...

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