One of the hottest G-Shock Collaborations in 2020 came in the form of a Manga Series, namely ‘One Piece.’ The watch sold out almost instantly and has never come back into stock since, anywhere on the planet!
That does mean that if you want one, you will be buying from a collector or re-seller. At the time of publishing you can expect to pay £250 – £300 GBP for a genuine unworn example.
The only downside to this is that the watch is massively counterfeited. A copy can be picked up for around $30USD, and this has lead to many people falling foul of unscrupulous resellers selling fakes at extortionate prices.
If buying one of these watches make sure to do your due diligence and check that the item you are buying is not a fake. Genuine sellers should be able to authentic their purchase with a Casio invoice and high resolution images of every part of the watch. The watch pictured below is absolutely genuine, bought on release date from Casio – so feel free to use these images as a point of reference.
(Scroll to the bottom past the unboxing gallery for full product specifications).
Disclosure : This review is from my usage and experience with a Secrid Twin Wallet that I purchased myself. This is not a paid review, nor requested by any party. Links to the Official Secrid Website are just that, links, for your convenience. Links to Amazon are affiliate links that help in the running of this website. You are under no obligation to use them and it will cost you nothing either way. Any purchases made through my Amazon links are however gratefully received. Thanks for your support.
Minimalist wallets are in, they have been for quite some time, so if you haven’t made the switch yet – believe me it is time to do so.
At the top of the minimalist wallet game you will find ‘Secrid‘ and when you start researching you will see that there is a full range of options for you to choose from, and that range caters for a wide spread of, I don’t know, ‘carry capacities’?
Personally, before I moved to my Secrid Wallet my previous wallet was a behemoth. It had bank cards, credit cards, loyalty cards, membership cards, dozens of old receipts and business cards and even occasionally some cash. Remember cash? Thats’s how we used to pay for goods and services before Covid-19.
All of hose things at the time seemed totally essential. When I decided that I was going to try out a minimalist wallet I thought I was going to struggle, I needed what was in my wallet after all that’s why it was in my wallet and why I carried it around with me everyday.
The truth however is very different, most of it was rarely touched. In fact all I ever really did was add to its bulk for no reason. I needed a couple of cards and a couple of loyalty cards. That’s it, but at the time I couldn’t see that.
So after some research I decided that to convert to a minimalist wallet I would convert to the biggest one that that they did – the Secrid Twin Wallet.
I have previously posted a review with detailed specs and technical data on a different colourway of the CasiOak GA-2100. You should have a read at it for more information as the only differences between it and this GA-2100-1A1-ER are the colours.
But oh, the colours! This ‘Blackout’ GA-2100-1A1ER came with such unexpected hype that it was sold out globally for months. At the time of writing it is still sold out on the UK Official G-Shock Site.
This is not a limited edition watch but demand has been so intense that eBay scalpers have been selling the watch at many times the RRP (£99.90). That is thankfully starting to calm down now. My advice is simply ‘wait out,’ this watch will be restocked. Or do what I did and purchase from a European retailer. Zalando were selling this at slightly below UK RRP – but at the time of writing are also out of stock.
I touch on it in the linked review but just as a reminder, this is the watch that ‘CasiOak’ seems to pay homage to. This AP Royal Oak however will set you back £30,000!
There is no doubt the Honda C125 Super Cub is a thing of beauty. The throw back to the original Honda Super Cub is obvious and it has an iconic styling that has stood the test of time.
In continuous manufacture since 1958 with production surpassing 60 million in 2008, 87 million in 2014, and 100 million in 2017, the Super Cub is the most produced motor vehicle* in history. Variants include the C100, C50, C70, C90, C100EX and C70 Passport, as well as the Honda Trail series.
So, you have the iconic bike, with the iconic styling, now it is up to you to make sure you keep it looking as iconic as possible and protect it from the elements as best you can.
Inside or Outside :
For most people that will mean one of two things, keeping the bike protected from the elements outside, or protecting it whilst stored inside.
Personally I am lucky enough that I need the protection for the bike whilst it is being stored in my garage. So the commentary on this post will refer mostly to keeping the bike inside.
That is obviously a much less harsh environment than what the raw elements could throw at it, but even if you bike is stored in a garage it is definitely worth considering keeping it under cover whilst inside.
In my case the garage is basic, the bike is not in a bubble, there is no dehumidifier, no heating, no climate control. It is a basic standalone brick garage. The temperature variations are pretty big as are humidity levels. In winter the temperature can reach a few degrees above freezing, in summer it can reach the mid 20s. Last week alone the humidity levels have ranged between 53% and 91%.
Not only that but it is a working garage. Other appliances are in there so there is foot traffic as well as the fact that my go to BMW is in there too.
So for me a cover offers an additional level of protection, over what the garage already offers from the elements. It protects from dust and debris in the garage, protects from anything brushing against the bike and protects from the temperature range in the garage which during the cooler periods of the rear could result in condensation. All of this protection comes in below £20GBP.
In February 2020 I bought myself a new helmet as a sort of ‘me to me’ birthday present. As a child of the 80s when the latest colourways for the Shoei NXR were announced I knew what my next lid was going to be…
More will follow on the Shoei NXR Zork, including an unboxing gallery and why I have moved away from Arai, but I will hold off until I have actually completed some miles with it. As yet I have completed zero miles, because shortly after buying this lid the world basically went into Covid-19 Lockdown.
But as we slowly started to move out of lockdown and get back to a bit of biking I thought I would get the Shoei NXR Zork ready.
But what do you mean ‘ready?’ It’s a helmet, surely it comes ready, you just put it on your head and secure it under your chin, right?
Well, you could, but a few years ago I added another step to getting my kit ready and that is Hyperion Sports Spray.
This is not an affiliate post, I was not asked to write a review, I purchased this spray myself, and have been using it for a number of years. I am simply sharing my experience and hopefully spreading a little knowledge in relation to the product.
The latest G-Shock Unboxing I have for you takes the form of a well known favourite, the DW-6900. This collaboration DW-6900PF-1ER is a result between G-Shock and PLACES + FACES.
The bad news is that this watch is already sold out throughout Europe and G-Shock have not confirmed if there will be another run or even how many units were produced.
The result is as expected – the DW-6900PF-1ER is already an urban classic and another hard to find collectable G-Shock. (Which is already (July 2020) reselling at 50-100% above RRP)
From G-Shock.co.uk : https://g-shock.co.uk/dw-6900pf-1er : Introducing the latest addition to the DW-6900 series. The DW-6900PF-1ER is a DW-6900 collaboration with PLACES + FACES, as part of the iconic 6900s 25th Anniversary year. The PLACES+FACES x G-SHOCK DW-6900 pays tribute to this with contrasting luminescent P+F branding against matte black on the strap. The collaboration includes all the technologically advanced treatments of classic DW-6900 including shock resistance, 200M water resistance, backlight, flash alert, multi-function alarm, 1/100th seconds stopwatch, countdown timer and 12/14hr formats.
The P+F is easily identified throughout the branding on the watch – the glow in the dark strap is just awesome and really helps this watch stand out from just another DW-6900.
“Founded in 2013 by college friends Imran Ciesay and Solomon Boyede (aka Ciesay and Soulz), the project began when Ciesay spent a summer in New York living with a family relative.
While initially interested in videography, Ciesay felt that medium too boring and time consuming, and instead chose to focus on photography. Constantly attending hip-hop shows, he parlayed an old blog he founded two years prior into an excuse to enter the press booth. Before long, the 20-something began masquerading as a photographer from London shooting for so-and-so outlet, finessing AAA (All Access Area) passes at notable shows across New York. With only a DSLR, he worked to score non-traditional images that set him apart from other show photographers. Named after the pattern which they caption every photo—Place: [Location] + Face: [Person]—the account began to attract a cult following.”
PLACES+FACES G-SHOCK DW-6900 Specifications :
Water Resistance 200 meters
Functions : Stopwatch: 1/100 second (00’00”00 ~ 59’59”99) / 1 second (1:00’00 ~ 23:59’59); measuring capacity: 23:59’59; measuring modes: split time Countdown Timer: Measuring unit: 1 second; countdown range: 24 hours; countdown start time setting range: 1 second to 24 hours; 1second accuracy; auto-repeat Alarm Multi-function alarm; hourly time signal
Other Functions Full auto-calendar; 12/24-hour format; EL backlight with afterglow; flash alert: flashes with buzzer that sounds for alarms, hourly time signals, countdown timer Accuracy at Normal Temperature ±15 seconds per month Battery Life 2 years on CR2016
Size of Case 53.2 × 50.0×16.3mm Total Weight Approx. 73g
Read on for an Unboxing Gallery and more detailed product shots :
The ‘Free’ Range is the latest set of multitools released by Leatherman. The huge new difference from this and their previous tools are magnets.
Integrated FREE™ technology means all 19 tools are easily accessed with one hand, open smoothly, and click into place with a confident snap.
Everything you expect from Leatherman is here, amazing quality and craftsmanship and the trusted Leatherman 25 year warranty.
The Leatherman ‘Free’ Range comes in 3 variants – the ‘P’, ‘T’ and ‘K’. Each of which then also has two variants, namely the ‘P2’, ‘P4’, ‘T2’, ‘T4’, ‘K2’ and ‘K4’. They are distinguishable as Pliers, Tool and Knife.
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