Fresh Produce – Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch II Shoes, BioLite SolarPanel 5+ and PowerLight Mini

by Brian Mullin on September 19, 2016


Pearl Izumi X-Alp Launch II

The  X-Alp Launch II is a do all shoe, meant for everything from All Mountain to Enduro duties along with hike-a-bike forays. It’s their go-to shoe that’s versatile for most any activity on a mountain bike. It utilizes a BOA Bi-directional Closure system with a Velcro strap for the toe box and has a Carbon fiber injected composite shank to provide power transfer to the pedals. For walking and hiking, it has Carbon rubber lugged outsole for traction and durability and their EVA X-Alp outsole and midsole for comfort and cushioning. It comes in Black/Shadow Grey and Lime Punch/Black colors and 39-49 Euro sizing and retails for $160.

Whether you’re racing Enduro or just shredding the local lunch loop, the X-Alp Launch II delivers the high-performance versatility to get you safely – and quickly – down the trail. A carbon fiber injected composite shank improves power transfer, while the beefed up toe box provides protection from rock strikes. These shoes also feature EVA run shoe foam at the midsole for all-day ride comfort and have a carbon rubber lugged outsole that delivers secure off-bike traction when you’re scrambling over rocks to scout optimal line choice.

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  • Carbon fiber injected composite shank for efficient power transfer
  • Bi-directional Closure: delivers a semi-custom fit by gathering equally from both sides for even foot retention, with the precision of a micro-adjustable BOA reel
  • Low-cut construction for a light, fast fit and feel
  • EVA X-Alp outsole/midsole for off the bike cushioning and comfort and on the bike power transfer
  • Carbon rubber lugged outsole for superior traction and durability
  • SPD compatible
  • Colors – Black/Shadow Grey, Lime Punch/Black
  • Sizes – full in 39-49, half in 39- 46



BioLite SolarPanel 5+

The SolarPanel 5+ is their newest panel and gets the addition of a 2200mAh onboard battery for storage from the 5-Watt solar array. It has a manual sundial system that makes it easy to align the panel to capture the sun’s maximum energy to recharge the battery. You can charge your smartphone or device from the panel when the sun is out or utilize the battery during downtime. The SolarPanel 5+ retails for $79.95 and has a fold out brace to capture the sun and can clip onto a backpack for portability. 

Designed to Maximize Your Charge

Get the most from the sun with the lightweight & portable BioLite SolarPanel 5+. Featuring BioLite’s Optimal Sun System, an integrated sundial aligns you to the sun to capture direct rays while a 360-degree kickstand simplifies positioning on uneven terrain.

The 2200mAh onboard battery stores energy for later, allowing you to charge devices when you need it most. Power phones, tablets, and BioLite gear with this ultra slim 5-Watt panel.

    1. Kickstand – Position your panel from any angle or uneven terrain
    2. Battery and Charge Strength Indicator – See the strength of the sun to measure your panel capacity
    3. Battery Status Button – See how much juice you have stored in your 2200mAh battery
    4. Solar Panel – High-efficiency monocrystalline panel
    5. Sundial – Easy alignment to capture direct rays for maximum charge – USB Charge Out
    6. 5W output to charge phones, cameras, tablets, and other gear
    7. Micro USB Charge In – Get a headstart on your power by filling up the battery at home
    8. Corner Latches – Attach to a pack for external storage or to capture some watts on a hike



  • Weight – 13.76 oz (390 g)
  • Dimensions – 10.12 x 8.19 x 0.94″ (257 x 208 x 24 mm). Panel Only Depth: 0.26″ (6.6 mm)
  • Cell Type Monocrystalline
  • Inputs and Outputs – Micro USB In; USB Out
  • Weather Resistant – IPX4
  • In The Box SolarPanel 5+ – USB Cord, Instructions
  • Power Output – 5 watts per hour at peak sun
  • Battery – 2200mAh Li-on, 8 Wh
  • Warranty 1-year limited warranty on all BioLite products

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BioLite PowerLight Mini

The new PowerLight Mini is their new lantern that has a 1350mAh USB rechargeable battery and retails for $44.95. The lantern can last up to 50 hours and can also be used to backup a smartphone if required. The  PowerLight Mini has a fold out brace for use at camp, or it can clip onto a jacket for walking around and comes with a kit to attach to a bike for commuting. It has multiple modes including a subdued dispersed White Lantern, a Red Night Vision, a Red and White strobe, and finally a bright White point.

See. Be Seen. Be Charged.

Go hands free with this ultraslim clippable lantern that moves with you for on-the-go light and power. Slip it onto a pocket or strap and avoid harsh glares with BioLite edge-lighting, helping you see and be seen on the trail or on your commute. A 1350mAh USB rechargeable battery provides up to 52 hours of light or a backup boost to your phone. It’s a headlamp, lantern, and bikelight all in one highly compact form.


  1. Clip stand – Attach to pockets or rotate out for hanging and standing
  2. Point Light – Boost of bright light for maximum visibility
  3. Lantern Panel – Soft, even light in an ultra compact form for wearability
  4. LED Battery Indicator – Easily see how much juice you’ve got left in your light
  5. USB Charge Out – 1350mAh battery provides a backup boost to phones
  6. Micro USB Charge In – Rechargeable Li-ion means no hunting for batteries



  • Lumens 135 Lm
  • Water Resistance IPX4
  • Inputs and Outputs Micro USB In/USB Charge Out
  • Burn Time (hours) 52 LO/5 HI
  • Battery 1350 mAh Li-on, USB Rechargeable
  • Lighting Modes White Lantern, Red Night Vision, Red/White Strobe, White Point
  • Weight 2.82 oz (80 g)
  • Dimensions 3.35 x 2.01 x 0.59″ (85 x 51 x 15 mm)
  • In The Box – Power Light Mini, Micro USB Cord, Bike Mount (30mm Diameter), Instructions
  • Warranty 1-year limited warranty on all BioLite products

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