New Easton ARC Plus Rims: ARC 45 Long-distance Review29 Mar 17 Skyler Des Roches / gear
In August 2015, I was lucky to get my hands on one of the first pairs of pre-production ARC 45 rims. Easton’s design team let them slide with the promise that I’d get some photos of them in use, in the wild. I was never expected to write a review, but after almost 4000km of hard, loaded riding, I feel compelled to do so. Its combination of features, size options, and a competitive price, sets the full ARC rim series apart as a potential “staple” mountain bike and bikepacking rim.
98 mi. / 158 km4 days
Bikepacking the Camelsfoot Range4 Sep 29 Skyler Des Roches CanadaIf variety is the spice of life, this is a five-star bikepacking route. From nirvanic double-track, to rowdy DH descents, with some rooty tech, some open alpine free-riding, a tough bushwhack, and a bit of gravel grinding thrown in, it has it all.
75 mi. / 121 km3 days
Bikepacking the Best of the South Chilcotin Mountains32 Oct 27 Skyler Des Roches CanadaThe South Chilcotin Mountains are Canada's bikepacking hotspot. There is a good reason for this: nowhere else in the country offers such long singletrack trails of comparable quality in such a spectacular setting. The Best of the South Chilcotin Mountains Route is a 120km loop that strategically follows some of the most rewarding trails in the park, and can be ridden in a long weekend...
126 mi. / 203 km4 days
Bikepacking Chile: The Lakes District & Reserva Huilo Huilo27 Oct 21 Skyler Des RochesTwelve years ago, the main bridge on this back road from Lago Ranco to Neltume fell down. As the rainforest engulfs the old road, gauchos have maintained a singletrack through this remote corner of the Chilean Lakes District.
145 mi. / 233 km4 days
Dirt Touring Araucanía: The Monkey Puzzle Trail, Chile38 Oct 16 Skyler Des Roches Latin AmericaEach year in mid-April, the subalpine forests of Araucanía explode into an autumnal fire. Rising high above the red and gold canopy of southern beeches are the umbrella-topped figures of Araucarias – also known as Monkey Puzzle Trees – which lend their name to this region of Chile.
479 mi. / 771 km14 days
The Coast Mountains Bikepacking Route, British Columbia12 Oct 14 Skyler Des Roches CanadaThe Coast Mountains bikepacking route traverses British Columbia's biggest, highest, and wildest mountain range. They rise steeply out of the Pacific as broken fjordlands on their western edge, lifting up to the globe's largest sub-polar icefields at their spine.