Alan Stevens

Alan Stevens

Alan Stevens

Alan Stevens wrote a review of on November 22, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I bought my DAS Parka in 2008 and have worn it extensively every winter season. I have yet to make any repairs, and its seen hundreds of dawn patrol ski days, icy alpine pitches, and miles atop a dogsled. Stayed warm in ambient temperature of -30 while mushing in Alaska. I'm 5'10, 160 lbs, and wear a medium with room to layer underneath. If the mercury is dropping, this is the go-to jacket.

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Alan Stevens

Alan Stevens wrote a review of on November 22, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Been using the Guide Glove for 3 seasons now. This glove is a warm, functional glove for pretty cold conditions. Still dexterous enough for ice climbing on the cold days. The gauntlet adds warmth and keeps snow out. Used this glove for ice climbing, skiing, and dog mushing in Alaska. Comfortable to about 0 degrees. Noticed fingers getting pretty cold by -5. At that temp its time for a mitten.

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Alan Stevens

Alan Stevens wrote a review of on January 18, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Got the Gambler pack for Christmas. Was a little skeptical about its capabilities in the backcountry given its svelte dimensions. My BD shovel fits easily in the front pocket, and I would guess larger bladed shovels would do fine too. My BCA probe and shovel shaft fit nicely in the side pockets and are kept secure by cinching straps. Both skins for my skis (175cm, 110 waist) fit quite snuggly in the main pocket. Not really any room for snacks or camera. However, in the backcountry I didn't find this to be an issue really, as my skins usually find their home inside my shell while skiing, leaving room for other packables.

The backpack is very comfortable and low profile and I almost forget I'm wearing it. It works well for front country skiing as well, not burdensome wearing it on a lift. Nice little stash bag + water while skiing at the resort.

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Alan Stevens

Alan Stevens wrote a review of on October 28, 2012

Totally worth it
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Picked up one of these not really sure what to expect. After racing and riding through the season, I'm ready to review it.

First Impressions:
Arrived very well packed from the guys at BC. Assembly was simple enough, though if you're not a competent mechanic, I'd recommend taking it by your LBS to get it looked over. Had to tighten the slider DO's and headset plus some minor brake adjustment. Out of the box with a pair of egg beaters it weighed 23.74 lbs. not too bad considering the price. Wouldn't be hard to get this sub-20 lbs. wheelset is super heavy, like >2200 grams. Another note: re-spacing for a 135 rear hub was quite simple.

Ride Quality:
This bike is impressively fast. Considering the weight, it accelerated quickly and held speed well. The gigantic fork is stable under hard cornering and loose/ sloppy conditions. The tires don't shed mud very well, but front end clearance is great; rear clearance is ok, not as good. The bike is one of the most stable I've ever ridden. The geometry is well thought out, and appreciable when riding with no hands. The BB7s are awesome; dramatically better than their cheaper counterparts BB5.

Final impressions:

I bought this bike thinking it would be a good platform that I could later upgrade with a carbon frame. Now I'm sold on this frame. It's ride is classic steel; supple and lively. I'll be upgrading components to get the weight down, but it'll always be a civilian. Can't buy a better bike for the price.

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