We love it when customers share their experiences with us of them using our products. Simon Lay bought a Race Strap and headed off to the other side of the globe and put it through its paces. Here are his words...
"I have to admit that I was a bit sceptical about the Backcountry Research "Race Strap". I love an MTB gadget, but this just looks like a bit of Velcro which apparently performs the same job (holding an inner-tube under my saddle) as a couple of bits of gaffer tape. But, I figured I would give one a go, in a race, on the other side of the world.
The Pioneer is in its second year and took as over 550km in 7 days with 16,000m of climbing and descending as we crossed the Southern Alps in New Zealand. Virtually all of the riding was off road and some of the descents were up to 14km long down fast rolling, bumpy, rock strewn tracks taken at up to 70kph.
My tube, tyre levers and CO2 cylinders stayed safe and snug under my saddle, ready for use and never once shifting - no matter how hard the Sixth Element carbon 29er wheels of my hardtail smacked against the trail hazards.
The quality of the design and build on the Race Strap really impressed me. The simplicity of the idea plus the little touches like the clever velco locking system and the non-slip patches to add to the resilience of tool carrying really work.
It's not just a bit of velcro, it does a lot more and does it all very well indeed. Tried and tested under full on race conditions, I can't fault it."
Simon Lay, The Pioneer 2017 rider 280-1