Ground Keeper Mountain Bike Fender Review

Great design are the words that come to mind when I think about the product in this review. We had 5 riders testing these fenders over the past couple of months and the results were fantastic. Everybody loves them!

The shape, material, hole pattern and the printed artwork are all thoughtful representations of this great product.

About Ground Keeper Fenders

This company is brining some cool artwork to the bike industry, one fender at a time. Fenders can be ordered from their standard design selections or can be custom printed to fulfill your wildest dreams. Read on to learn more…


Ground Keeper MTB Fender

Price:

$24 MSRP Standard Designs
Available in Space Ferns, Earth to Mars, Flour Power, La Crud, Church of Dirt, Oil Slick, Racer’s Delight, Mud Rug, Cascadia, Just Bead It, Vintage Palm, WMBC Galbraith Trail Map, Staycation, Colorado Flag and many more.

$35 Custom Designs
Upload and print your own!

Ratings:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5/5) Design

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5/5) Utility

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5/5) Durability

Overall Rating: 5.0

Summary:

These fenders are “the shizzle”. They are easy to customize online, install quickly and save your face from being slung with mud on that epic ride.

MY REVIEW:

The first thing I noticed about these fenders was the shape. The cut of the polyethylene material is just the right width and length. Some fenders are too small and others are a bit overkill, but I felt that the Ground Keeper fender had a perfect fit.

In addition, I really enjoyed the various color ways and designs that we tested. The printed graphics were scratch resistant and looked great on each of the bikes we rode.

The second thing I noted was the build quality. I noticed that they were lightweight, yet felt very strong and durable. On the trail, they proved to work quite well for protecting my face and body from mud, dirt and debris that typically gets kicked up from the front tire.

Installing the fender takes only a few minutes and fastens to the underside of a mountain bike fork with the included zip ties. There are four points of contact for fastening the zip ties. Optionally, you could fasten the fender with velcro straps.

One of our testers emailed me today and mentioned that he has had a handful of positive comments about his fender from various riders on our local trails. That is a testament to how great these fenders look on a bike.

Another thing that I love about these fenders is that they can be passed on to a friend to compliment their sweet ride or they can be recycled when they are end-of-life.

Pro Tip:

When first installing the fender, lay it flat and string the zip ties through the holes before placing it under the fork. It will be much easier to attach if the zip ties are already in position. Oh yea – make sure you have some wire snips with you to trim off those ugly zip tie ends after install!

Pros & Cons:

👍 Pros

  • Lightweight, debris stopping design
  • Easy install
  • Fits most mountain bikes
  • Ability to customize online
  • Matching top caps are also available

👎 Cons

  • I can’t get enough of these amazing fenders!

Ground Keeper Mountain Bike Fenders. They get the job done in a variety of conditions and keep mud, dirt and debris from slinging back. I highly recommend you give one of these fenders a try.

Order one of the models online or customize one with your own digital image. That’s up to you! For more information, head on over to their site now and check ’em out.

Happy trails!

➳ The equipment and associated materials for this review were provided by Ground Keeper Fenders. Unless otherwise noted in captions, all photos are a courtesy of LaGuardia Adventure Photography (that’s me).

Wekapo Air Lounger Review

What is an Air Lounger? It is a cross between a hammock and a bean bag – sort of. Filled with air and a unique, patented design, Wekapo aims to introduce adventurers to a new kind of outdoor relaxation.

About Wekapo

If you do a Google search for the word “Wekapo”, it will return results of a handful of videos and links to an Amazon store. One thing that alludes the consumer is a proper phonetic spelling of the term. What does it mean? How do you pronounce it? Even after this review, I am still not 100% sure.

Read on for my full review…


Wekapo Air Lounger

Price:

$35.98 MSRP
Available in black, green, orange, pink, purple and blue.

There are additional colors in the photo album on the Wekapo website but it is unclear if those are available at this time (green camo and black & white word cloud designs)

Ratings:

⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3/5) Packability

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4/5) Ease of Use

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4/5) Comfort

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4/5) Durability

Overall Rating: 3.8

Summary:

Overall, the manufacturer has done a good job with the design. They have invented a product that challenges traditional thinking on how we lounge around in the outdoors. I personally didn’t find this product to be much of an enhancement to my outdoor experience, but others may feel otherwise. Although it is a nice product and an interesting idea, I most likely would not add the extra weight to a backpack when going on my next big adventure. However, taking it car camping, to the pool, local park or to the reservoir might be good options.

Read on to determine if this new outdoor product would be right for you.

MY REVIEW:

The Wekapo comes packaged in a flat, zip lock bag that contains the air lounger, stuff sack, instruction booklet, ground stake and a bottle opener.

From a packability perspective, it packs down to a size of 3.94″ x 7.87″ x 11.81″ and weighs 2.65 pounds. It’s a bit on the heavy and bulky side for a long backpacking trip, but just perfect for a quick day trip or car camping outing.

Filling the dual chambers with air is simpler than having to tote around an air pump. Simply open up a chamber, shake the lounger up and down to catch air inside, and then quickly close the chamber. Once air is in both chambers, the end can be rolled up and the strap clipped together. This pushes all of the air down to the end and creates the air lounger platform.

As far a comfort is concerned, the Wekapo feels a little unstable at first. Once you get used to laying on the air chambers, it becomes more and more comfortable. There is a nice head rest on the back and legs can be placed in the center or around both sides for more stability.

The first time I tried sitting on the air lounger, I bottomed out and touched the ground. It was at that moment that I realized I didn’t have enough air inside the chambers. After a quick intake of additional air, I no longer had that issue.

The Wekapo air lounger is made of 210T rip stop polyester and sealed with German Bayer PC for durability. It should definitely not be placed on top of sharp objects, but for the most part, the material seems durable enough for short-term, quick outdoor excursions.

Pro Tip:

To fill the dual chambers with air faster, spin your body in a 360 degree motion while capturing the air.

Here’s a quick list of specs:

  • Weight | 2.65 pounds
  • Material | 210T Rip Stop Polyester
  • Capacity | 550-650 pounds
  • Inflated size | 82″ x 27″ x 35″
  • Packed size | 3.94″ x 7.87″ x 11.81″

Pros & Cons:

👍 Pros

  • Comfortable and relaxing
  • Innovative design

👎 Cons

  • Unknown pronunciation. How do I influence others if I can’t even say the name?
  • I felt a little silly spinning around in the outdoors while trying to fill the chambers with air.

Wekapo Air Lounger. An interesting design that challenges the way we think about outdoor comfort.

Are you intrigued and want to try it out? Order online on Amazon here or for more information, head on over to their site and check ’em out.

➳ Wekapo provided the equipment and associated materials for this review. Unless otherwise noted in captions, all photos are a courtesy of LaGuardia Adventure Photography (that’s me).