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!
MacOS 11 Big Sur Compatibility (+ iPadOS, iOS 14 and WatchOS) :
It is only about a month until the release of MacOS 11 (Big Sur), iPadOS and iOS 14. With each update will come a host of new features and additions to trick out your Mac or iDevice. The question is will your current device get the update or is it time to consider an upgrade?
The update also features 55 gender and skin-tone variants, along with new gender-inclusive emojis that can be used as an alternative to gendered versions, such as person with veil and person with tuxedo rather than the current woman/man options.
Unfortunately after ‘Emoji 13’ there will be a six month delay to ‘Emoji 14’ which means it will most likely be 2022 when the next big update comes along.
“Under the current circumstances we’ve heard that our contributors have a lot on their plates at the moment and decided it was in the best interests of our volunteers and the organizations that depend on the standard to push out our release date,” said Mark Davis, President of the Consortium. “This year we simply can’t commit to the same schedule we’ve adhered to in the past.”
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 much anticipated Playstation 5 Reveal was held as an online streamed event on Thursday 11th June 2020, with it all kicking off at 9PM (BST).
If you missed it fear not, the entire show is available right now on YouTube for your viewing pleasure :
However if you don’t have the time right now to watch the entire 75 minutes of game trailers and reveals TBNI.Blog / T80GSA.com have you covered. Below you will find a complete list with screen grabs of every game announced at the event.
Whilst the bikes may not be racing down Bray Hill this year, TT fans can look forward to 8 evenings of exclusive TT themed entertainment from the past, present and future as part of ‘TT Lock-In’ fuelled by Monster Energy this June.
Streamed from Saturday 6th to Saturday 13th June, via the Official TT website iomttraces.com, Facebook page and YouTube channel, ‘TT Lock-In’ blends some of the greatest solo and sidecar moments from the track in the TT’s long illustrious history with live interviews, personal insights and revelations from the TT Races biggest stars.
Vlogger Chris Pritchard will be the host for the eight nights of TT content, and he will be joined by double TT Race winner Steve Plater for insightful interviews and indiscreet revelations with some of the riders that have created the headlines over the last twenty years.
The ‘Ultimate TT Races presented by Bennetts’ series turns the clock back on the greatest recent, and not so recent races. ‘TT Lock-In’ will be revisiting classic footage from five great races including the 1992 Senior TT, featuring the head to head between Carl Fogarty and Steve Hislop and the race that many believe is its closest challenger for the ‘greatest race’ accolade – the 2018 Senior TT.
Other races featured in the Series include highlights from Joey Dunlop’s memorable 2000 Formula 1 win, the dramatic and controversial 1994 Junior TT Race and the 2nd Supersport Race from 2012 – the Australasian battle between Cameron Donald and Bruce Anstey that produced one of the closest finishes in TT history.
Broadcast live via the TT Lock-In virtual studio, Chris and Steve will be joined by a ‘who’s-who’ of TT racing to provide their own unique views and personal insights to the series. Including the chance to submit their own questions and messages, fans will hear from John McGuinness, Dean Harrison, Carl Fogarty, Phillip McCallen, Rob McElnea, Peter Hickman, Brian Reid and Cameron Donald as well as multi-sidecar TT race winners Ben Birchall and Dave Molyneux.
Meanwhile, the world of Gaming will provide fans with their TT racing fix of another kind. The ‘Virtual TT powered by Motul’ will see 8 TT heroes, including Peter Hickman, Conor Cummins and Davey Todd, getting to grips with a new challenge and tackling the familiar course from the comfort of their own homes. Each of the TT Stars will team up with an experienced gamer and go head to head in a competition to be crowned ‘Virtual TT 2020 Champion’.
There’s also an introduction to racing on the Mountain Course for real from TT rider liaison officer, and former TT Race winner, Richard ‘Milky’ Quayle who will provide his unique insight into how to prepare to race the TT Mountain Course.
In depth features and documentaries on teams and riders include a look back at the lap record breaking 2018 TT – ‘One-Three-Five: Breaking the Barrier’, a tribute to one of the Greatest riders in TT history – ‘the David Jefferies Story’ and a celebration of the career of the 23 time TT Race winner John McGuinness. The spotlight will also be turned on one of the TT’s most successful Race teams – ‘TAS: TT Winning Formula’.
There will also be a digital version of the popular TT paddock attraction, the ‘Sundown Cinema’, with a screening of ‘3 Wheeling’ – the feature-length film that follows the high drama of the 2016 Sidecar TT Races while Arai take us behind the scenes with the renown Italian Helmet designer Aldo Drudi whose creations feature in the limited edition Official TT Helmet collection every year.
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.
It has been a while since I added a G-Shock to my collection and I was waiting for the GBD-H1000 (which is destined to be G-Shock’s next entry into the Smart Watch market), however that model has been delayed and the GA-2100 Series is making major waves in the watch market with the ‘Blackout’ (GA-2100-1A1ER) model sold out globally, and when sporadic stock does appear it disappears every bit as quickly.
Given the nickname ‘CasiOak’ the watch is generally accepted as a homage to the AP Royal Oak. However the CasiOak is priced at a bargain £99.90GBP and the Royal Oak ranges around the eye watering £30,000GBP mark.
Whether it is 2020 and you are on lockdown due to a global pandemic (if you are reading this and it isn’t 2020 look it up) or you have just bought yourself the new yet iconic Honda C125A Super Cub it is a good idea to consider a trickle charger to keep the battery charged, optimised and healthy. This is especially true if you won’t be regularly using the bike – the manual states that you will only get about 10 days from the battery if you have the alarm armed – and you should have the alarm armed. If you aren’t using the alarm then you are advised to charge the battery every 30 days. You can remove the hassle by taking 20 minutes and installing a trickle charger.