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Alexander Waid

Alexander Waid

Southeast Connecticut: Bluff Point, Haley Farm, Pachaug, Salmon River

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Alexander's Passions

Running
Biking
Paddling

Alexander's Bio

I need to move: a lot! I used to smoke, but used exercise to help kick the habit and I'm hooked. Any self-propelled sport (running, cycling, kayaking, swimming...) gets my goat. My kids (8 & 10) are getting into it too, which is very cool. If I had to pick a preferred sport, it would likely be cycling, just because I get to see more in a typical biking outing than any other sport. I'm also a Spanish professor at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Go Bears!

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Alexander Waid wrote a question about on September 21, 2011

What the hack? Chest/waist sizing seems WAY off! A Large has a 19.7 inch chest? and a 17.1 inch waist? Maybe the measurements were taken "across the front" or something like that, as opposed to the actual circumference. In any case, I'm a 41" chest and a 34" waist: does anyone who's worn these have a size suggestion?

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Alexander Waid wrote a question about on April 28, 2011

Hey everyone,

I've got four pairs of these bad boys. I love 'em. I wear them even when I'm not pedaling or standing like the guy in the pic. My original two pairs (the old "Not Black" color) have slowly lost their water-repellant property. I'm sure the new ones will, too, eventually. What's the washing machine additive that supposedly restores this quality? While I'm asking, if anyone's tried that additive, can you comment on how well it worked? Thanks, all.
Cheers,
-Alex
PS Did I mention I love these knickers?

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Alexander Waid wrote a review of on May 24, 2010

4 5

I did not like this pack initially: WAY too much bouncing, to the point of the bottles coming out. Then I realized it needed to be tightened. Once I tightened it, I loved it. The storage is great, the weight distribution is nice. Having this leaves my hands free for some Ultimate Direction® handheld bottles, or just free to be. The bottles come out and go in smoothly, no issues there. All in all, I like the system a lot. For suumertime hydrationI've used backpacks, handhelds and Fuelbelt® systems. This CamleBak® is up there with any of them, and has almost as much storage room as the pack systems I own. Very cool. Very comfortable. Though I should say, I haven't worn it N2S yet, so no comment on chafing.

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Alexander Waid wrote a question about on December 25, 2009

I'm not a hiker, I just run: will these work for running on ice? I'm in S.E. Connecticut, so there won't be large or steep climbs, but we get a good amount of ice-coverage. I've been running in home-made screw shoes for a while, and I like them, but thought these might be better. Thoughts?
-Alex
PS I don't care about the added weight.

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Alexander Waid wrote an answer about on October 6, 2009

Rob, it's on the smaller side, to be sure, but I too am between a medium and a large. I went with the medium and kept it. It's tight (and doesn't stretch) when I'm walking around, but fits well when I'm sitting on the bike with my arms out: that's where I need the comfort. I think the large would be a bit loose on the bike. FYI, I'm 5'4", 165 lbs with a 41" chest & 34" waist.

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Alexander Waid wrote a review of on October 4, 2009

3 5

The gloves did what they were supposed to and were very, very comfy, but the stitching came undone in less than a season of use. This wouldn't have bothered me that much, but I hardly used them and they still came unstitched. Not up to normal mtn hrdwr standards. I'd give them another shot if I saw them on sale, though, they really were nice and soft (buttery). Maybe I got a bad pair.

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Alexander Waid wrote a review of on August 8, 2009

5 5

First, don't get these for racing, they're not skintight spandex®. These are incredibly comfortable, soft, just stretchy enough and exceedingly water-resistant. I rode through some pretty nasty wetstuff in New Hampshire this summer and no matter how wet the trails got, the water just beaded off. I suspect that a major downpour would get them soaked, but I further guess that they'd dry really quickly. The workmanship and styling is great: I wore them out for brunch and mini-golf with the family. I'm not a pockets-on-my-gear kind of guy, so the numerous storage possibilities on them are a minor downside for me. But, that's a personal preference. I don't like giving away secrets, but Cutter® is too cool to keep hidden in my closet. Get these! They rock.

PS Sizing seems to be spot-on: I'm a 34" waist and the medium fit perfectly. I'm short and they come just below my knees, too. And, finally, they do stretch a bit and they have belt loops, so if your weight fluctuates, these will expand a bit (or vice versa) with you.

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Alexander Waid wrote a review of on August 8, 2009

5 5

Okay, first-up, I don't have this jacket. That said, it's eVent®, which makes it lighter and more breatheable than any other non-eVent® jacket in its class. Those of you who do not own gear made of or with eVent® fabrics are missing out: waterproof, windproof and breathes incredibly. I don't understand how it works, but I don't care. It's awesome.

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Alexander Waid wrote a review of on August 6, 2009

5 5

I love these. I don't want everyone to buy them out, but I can't keep my mouth shut on them, either. They ride very comfortably, shed water very well and whatever moisture they do pick up dries quickly. The styling is great, too. I went from a long ride in the mountains to breakfast out with the fam. and then mini-golf in them. Sure, I didn't smell very good at the end of 18 holes, but I looked damn fine in these knickers (manpris, as my friends call them). They're pretty sweet and you should buy them. Size-wise, they ran pretty true: I've got a 34"waist and the mediums are spot-on. If I gain a little weight, they'll stretch with me, if I lose a little weight, well, maybe I'll get a belt: oh, they've got belt-loops. The only downside, and it's minor, is that there are too many pockets. I'm not a pocket-guy on the bike.

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