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AndrewSwitchwrote a review of on June 29, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got a set of these as a gift during the winter. They set up tubeless on KOM i25s fine - I did need a compressor to seat them, but they seal well enough to inflate from zero with a floor pump.

Initially I was a bit underwhelmed. They don't have great traction when it's muddy. I know it's not a mud tire, but other manufacturers' full knob XC tires have been more versatile for me.

As conditions dried out, I started to like these tires better. Not that it's that challenging to make a tire that grips well on hero dirt. I do like the volume, although the 2.4s only measure 2.3" on my rims. One thing that's very odd to me, though, is that the carcass actually measures wider than the widest measurement I can get over the knobs. At 550 miles, there's quite a lot of wear to the rear sidewalls, and the cords are working their way out through the rubber. The tire has also been weeping sealant a little bit, though it's still holding pressure okay. Finally, I'm tearing the corners off some of the knobs, and undercutting them some.

I won't be buying another set of these - I think the tread on a mountain bike tire should protect the sidewall better than that. They might sit a little better on a narrower rim, though.

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AndrewSwitchwrote a review of on October 20, 2014

4 5

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

I got this hoodie to do dual-duty between riding bikes to school and wandering around campus all day. I live in the Pacific Northwest, so I wanted something water resistant, breathable, reasonably warm, and not too weird looking. This has been pretty great at all of those things.

The cut's pretty boxy. The sleeves are big at the shoulder and there's a lot of room through the midriff. I think the chest size is pretty much as stated, though.

Make sure to zip up the zipper before throwing it in the wash.

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AndrewSwitchwrote a review of on September 24, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Supposedly, this jacket is made of a more breathable material than anything else that's really water proof. It's certainly better than anything else I own (Gore-tex, Karbonite.) But the jacket also has ginormous armpit zips! So if it's not breathable enough for aerobic activity, and in my climate, to be honest, that's pretty frequent, the zips help a ton. I'll even wear it on a crisp dry day instead of my wind breaker. Partly because of the zips, and partly because hey, it could rain.

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AndrewSwitchwrote a review of on December 25, 2009

5 5

I have one of these, have for a couple of seasons. It hasn't given me a durability problem, although I suppose I don't use it super-heavily. I love the simplicity - if I'm being good about keeping my skis tuned, I just hit each edge a couple of times with the finer side of the file, wax, and go. 2 degrees is the only angle I have a need for.

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AndrewSwitchwrote a review of on October 3, 2008

5 5

I have the '08 model in 176cm. (I'm 5'8" and 145lbs) I love them. I also love my GS skis. Hopefully if you're looking at these skis you're primarily an off-piste skier, because that's what these are really for. They're very stiff, so they're not a dedicated powder board, but when conditions start getting weird, these skis are there for me. The stiffness gives the mountain a very smooth feel because they'll blast through a lot of crud and stay on top of powder and slush. They're pretty damp and I haven't found a speed limit for them yet except on refrozen crud and mank. They still work on that stuff - it's just not as much fun. I also find them to be very nimble, although the next size up was a bit much for me if I went in the rocks and trees. I really love the width because I think that's a big part of the stability of these skis. I'm landing much bigger airs with them than I would choose to do on my previous skis (K2 Public Enemies.) If I had to ski only one ski for a whole season, it would be these.

There are two things about these skis that I don't like. One is moguls. They're a big, heavy ski and while I can navigate them through a mogul field and even do pretty even, consistent turns, they're a lot of work. I've seen people on Mantras making moguls look easy, so it's definitely doable. You'd just better be really good. The other is that I had trouble staying on top of the super-light powder in Colorado (I usually ski Tahoe.) I definitely still had more fun with it than I would have had with any other ski I've owned and probably more fun than with some powder skis I've tried, but if I put a Duke on this ski at some point, it's going on 1cm back of the factory line.

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AndrewSwitchwrote a review of on January 29, 2008

4 5

I bought two sets of these, one for a pair of B2s (116mm shovel) and one for a pair of Public Enemies (118mm shovel.) They fit fine on both of those skis. I replaced the PEs with this year's Mantras (133mm shovel,) and the velcro just barely reaches, with some of the fuzzy stuff exposed. They still do the job, so who am I to complain?

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