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Chriswrote a review of on February 23, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I got these a couple weeks ago and have worn them about 4-5 times. Seem super warm and comfortable. They are not crazy bit and if you don't wear skinny jeans your pant leg will fit over the top. I have some questions about the stitching that attaches the upper part to the boot base. I feel like I could see that failing over time or starting to rip apart. I could be wrong it just seems like that could be a possibility. Overall a good boot so far

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Chriswrote a review of on February 23, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small

The sizing is a little small. It also shrinks even smaller and the cuffs are long and tight which makes the sleeves look puffy at the bottoms. It's a relatively thin sweatshirt. Good for a cool day, but not really that cold weather hoodie that will keep you toasty. I like that it is organic cotton. Maybe that's why it shrinks a bit oddly?

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Chriswrote a review of on October 22, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was able to pick these up on sale for $23 bucks. They are good for x-country and maybe some endoro. I would not use them for downhill. If you come off your bike it will give you a little padding and separate you from the ground, but not take a hard impact. When you first get them the pad is very flat and does not seem like it will form to your knee or leg. Wear them for about a half hour and it will conform to your knee. It stays that way after you take it off as well. If you are comparing this to the One Industries Exo knee/shin guard which is very similar. The Exo forms a bit better to your knee right off the bat. It has slightly thinner padding and is also a little softer which is not good for impact. overall, especially if you can get these on sale go with the Six Six one

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Chriswrote a review of on October 22, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I like the fit. stays put and does not feel bulky when your riding. The material is a little itchy, thinking of wearing a very light shirt under it to keep it off my skin. Will make it easier to get off when your all sweaty too. The back protector is less intrusive then some others and not even bothersome on the lift when your leaning on it. I wish the shoulder pads were a little bigger and the chest pads were a little thicker. They will help you out in a fall but are far from the think hard padding. Overall I am happy with it. Took one fall on my shoulder and it helped take the impact. It's not going to give you that all out protection of the full, hard padded jerseys, but will give you decent protection and you won't ever heat on a hot day, it won't weigh you down and you forget your wearing it which is always nice

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Chriswrote a review of on October 6, 2013

5 5

I just got this in the mail. Have not worn it snowboarding yet, it's still early fall. Feels really warm. I like the breathing holes in the mouth/nose area. It's thinner at the top as they state to fit under your helmet which is true. I like the convertible style balaclava because you can leave it covering the top of your head and pull the face part below your chin and have it more as a neck warmer when you are not as cold or just want to breath better. I have tried 3-4 different ones and this is a great design. I just hope the breath holes work and it will keep my goggles from fogging up. TBD

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Chriswrote a review of on October 6, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I got this in the mail last week. Tired it on and it seems to fit pretty well, does not feel bulky, shoulder pads seem like they would protect you but not too large or stiff. Chest pad is on the thinner side and is just soft foam. As the other review states, the shirt is kind of itchy. I have another sub gear shirt that is a different material and is way less itchy. I haven't used it yet for DH, I would probably wear a very thin shirt under it to help the itch.

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Chriswrote a review of on September 8, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I just got these earlier this week and have 2 day mountain biking on them. Everything I have read about Five Ten biking shoes is that they stick like glue because of there special sole. They do grip very well on the petals, but not all that much more than my DC shoes I had been using. That being said I'm happy about it. I had read that they grip so well that you have a hard time moving your foot on the petal. What I have loved so far is that they have a very stiff sole and feel so solid on my feet when riding. I would say they made some improvement in my riding they feel so good. They feel much more solid on your feet then the Five Ten Freeride. They are on sale right now so pick them up.

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Chriswrote a review of on August 29, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I ended up returning these after I got them in the mail. What I liked it that they do fit a small-medium face well. It seems like a good well built goggle,but... They look like a big lens from the outside but when you have them on its less than a normal goggle. I like the new look of these "all lens" goggles but it's its only cool from the outside and not for the person wearing them. The lens swap I found not to be very fast and easy. Honestly I can swap the lens on my regular Dragon goggles faster.

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Chriswrote a review of on August 29, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I got these because I do some backcountry snowboarding and they are the most compact poles around to fit in my backpack. I bought them on sale in March (used them in April) and have only used them one time. They seem to be well built and have great grip tape on the pole below the actual grip. When you put the pole together the pieces just slide into one another. I had some problems on my one day of use with the pieces separating when the pole was pushed 6 inches or so into the snow. Granted I didn't have the powder basket on it because it was april in New Hampshire and I really didn't expect the snow to be so deep on my hike. I believe they would probably work fine if the powder basket was on it. I would say it's worth picking up and being really compact it a huge plus to me.

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Chriswrote a review of on August 29, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been really liking this backpack. Plenty of pockets, just the right size for mountain biking, fits nice and stays put on your back. I had a dakine that was a bit smaller and it just wasn't enough to fit all my mountain bike gear. This one is just a bit bigger and fits it all, you still don't feel it on your back when riding. The water reservoir is really cool. It has a really wide mouth at the top for filling and to close it you fold the top over and it has this ziplock type clamp that goes over it. Much better design than the normal screw tops that are always hard to fill.

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Chriswrote a review of on August 29, 2013

4 5

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

I have used this shoe many times over the summer. Great traction in the water. Very easy to get on and off, even when wet. Could wear them around town if you wanted. Dry pretty quickly and the insole comes out for faster drying. My only complaint is that the shoe doesn't have drainage all the way to the sole or bottom of the foot bed. This allows some water to stay in the shoe until you walk around a bit or shake your foot to get it out. Some other brands have drainage in the bottom or at least to the bottom of the foot bed. Overall the fit of these and the grip in the water makes the drainage problem not a very big deal. I Would say buy them!

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Chriswrote a review of on August 22, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

These things are pretty cool. Look like a work boot and a skate shoe. They are a little big and bulky. A little more than I hoped. The tongue seems a little short. I felt like it should come up another inch, when you tie them up to the top the laces are above the tongue. The tongue has a secret compartment on the inside to store things. This makes it kind of stiff and again more bulky. I think they are cool but don't love them.

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Chriswrote a review of on July 11, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

These are a nice pair of sunglasses. They are a smaller fit. If you are medium/large they will not fit you. Small to small/medium heads they should be fine. They feel very light on your face and there is a bit of soft rubber where they rest on your nose which adds to the feel.

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