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Austin H.

Austin H.

Utah, Maine

Austin H.'s Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Running
Skiing

Austin H.

Austin H. wrote a review of on October 10, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a decent, basic glove. It's a little thicker than some other gloves of a similar design and price point (IMO) and the grip is great. There's no "real" wrist closure, though, so over time the wrist opening stretches out a little. I'd prefer a glove with a Velcro closure so you can always keep the wrist closed up and tight when you're riding in mud or dusty conditions.
I keep this as a backup/spare in my riding duffel.

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Austin H.

Austin H. wrote a review of on October 10, 2014

4 5

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

I have large hands and usually have to go through a few products to find just the right fit. These fit right the first time.
The material was a little thinner than I expected but not so much that I felt like they wouldn't protect my hands during a decent crash. I've taken these on quick, hot rides and long, overcast multi-hour slogs—they kept my hands comfortable in both situations.
My one gripe is the wrist closure. Rather than closing flat across the wrist, the closure requires a downward-diagonal pull to get the full purchase on the Velcro. This is minor, and I'm sure it was a design choice to more fully cinch around the bottom part of the wrist. I just found it a little annoying at first.

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Austin H.

Austin H. wrote a review of on October 10, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Alex V's review is spot on, IMO. ...as are MANY of the other reviews.

I'll add another vote for durability. I've pinged these things off countless stumps, slammed them into flatrock in Moab, and generally put them through the wringer over the past couple of years and they still work (but not look) like a charm. The metal in these pedals should be called undestructanium.

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Austin H.

Austin H. wrote a review of on October 10, 2014

5 5

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

The height is lower than I expected (somehow) but that's not a major complaint.

Overall these socks feel nice, fit right, and the price isn't bad. After about a dozen rides I haven't experience any washer/dryer shrinking issues, stretched or ripped seams, or undo wear. They get the job done.

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Austin H.

Austin H. wrote a review of on October 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Just like the description says, these are strong. I'm not sure how lightweight they really are (I don't gram count my gear), but I can attest to the fact that they work. I've gone through five of these without a valve or quick-flat issue. Often, you'll find at least one half-baked tube in a bunch, but these seem to be pretty high quality. A solid buy.

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Austin H.

Austin H. wrote a review of on October 10, 2014

4 5

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

It does exactly what it's supposed to.

My one gripe is that the mount holds the back of the cage off the tube by about a 1/4 of an inch (unlike my King cage). This might not sound like a big deal, but on a hardtail with seriously low standover and a tight space to mount a cage, it causes larger bottles to barely squeak by.

Not a huge issue, more of a frame-by-frame consideration. Still a great product (so far).

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Austin H.

Austin H. wrote a review of on October 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These grips stole me away from the ESIs I love so much. I've used Troy Lees, Lizard Skins, ODIs, and these Easton's are the perfect balance of width, stickiness, and grip pattern. They're easy to install (locks on the bar end and on the stem stem side) and even look good.

I bought one pair for my 575, hammered out a 20 mile ride here in Park City, and then immediately bought another for my DB Mason. Highly recommended.

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Austin H.

Austin H. wrote a review of on June 8, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Solid dropper post with some quirks:
1. The lever is massive, which makes it hard to position next to other business on your bars
2. Stiff lever action--it isn't long before you get a mondo thumb
3. Middle position isn't quite right
4. Slight play in *my* post after about two months of riding
5. Seat-level cable connection means that (like many posts) you're faced with cable drag and housing management issues that can become a PITA

Otherwise, I love this thing. Really, it does the trick. I'll keep it until I can find the pennies (or justification) to upgrade to a KS Lev.

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Austin H.

Austin H. wrote a review of on March 18, 2014

2 5

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

It fits a healthy collection of little stuff (keys, multi-tool, CO2, etc), doesn't rattle around too much, and the adjustments are easy enough to get right.

Unfortunately, the main zipper broke 15 miles into my second ride. I'll be looking elsewhere for a replacement.

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Austin H.

Austin H. wrote a review of on October 22, 2013

5 5

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

Clean style, polarized lenses, durable enough build, and lenses that haven't scratched easily (yet). I'd say that's the makings of a pretty solid pair of shades. Usually $50 would just get you a pair of replacement lenses from another brand--not the case here.

One-size-fits-all and I've found that the Suncloud fit is pretty accommodating for a range of face shapes and sizes.

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Austin H.

Austin H. wrote a review of on October 22, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Sneak up on unsuspecting foes on the trail...or just enjoy a suddenly and surprisingly silent ride. So far this thing has drastically (anecdotal) reduced my dropped chains and I don't hear a peep from drivetrain, even through braking bumps.

Also, I'm a huge fan of the Cage Lock feature. It's easier than ever to install a new chain or pull the rear wheel. Now that I'm spoiled, it'll take something drastic for me to go back.

Running this on a HT 29er with a 1x10.

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Austin H.

Austin H. wrote a review of on October 22, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Running a 32 on my HT 29er with a 1x10 and this ring does exactly what it should, it keeps my drivetrain running smooth. Out of the box it appears to be on par with typical Renthal quality (at least that of a few years back) and it has that drilled-out moto aesthetic that's subtle and pretty damn cool.

Half a season of Utah, Montana, and Idaho singletrack without a single issue. Nothing but praise from this guy.

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Austin H.

Austin H. wrote a review of on October 22, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Half the price of the Gucciest grips and twice the comfort? I'm sold.

I tend to climb without gloves and descend with/without gloves on about 50/50. These grips provide just the right amount of cushioning either way. The actual grippiness of the grip is less than I've experienced with some of the Lizard stuff, but it's still more than acceptable.

I followed the provided installation instructions and both went on easily.

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Austin H.

Austin H. wrote a review of on October 21, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I have a size 8.5-9 foot (street shoes) (26 Mondo) with a wide forefoot, skinny heel, high instep, massive arch, and skinny thighs and ankles, and I usually run a 300-307 BSL. I've been sizing down a 25/25.5 and figured that these boots would do the trick.

The 25.5 size (25 shell) left less than a finger width (10mm wide Sharpie) when shell sizing, which left little wiggle room for the toes when kicking or the space taken up by custom insoles (in my judgement). The liner felt tight out of the shell (not molded) and in the shell there was more than a 'moderate' amount of pressure on my big toes. Good news, the boot volume was right where I felt it should have been and the cuff height was decent. Here's the cliche at work: it's always easier to make a small boot larger...etc, etc. While I prescribed to this when I raced, now that I spend long mornings or days touring, a little extra room in the toe box is a welcome relief and if the rest of the fit is right, it takes nothing away from ski control. That said, I decided to pass on these boots based on the fit for MY foot.

Side note: after comparing the overall build and features to the Scarpa Maestrale and Maestrale RS, I was much more impressed by the liner, walk/ski mechanism, and buckle placement and construction on the Scarpa boots. The BD *felt* (subjective) a little cheaper than the Scarpa's. Had the fit been right this wouldn't have stopped me from choosing the BD's but it did give me a moment of pause.

Four stars because I'm not going to moderately rate a boot I haven't actually skied.

Disclaimer: boot fitting is an art and there are more variables to getting the right fit than anyone would like to admit. This is an anecdotal, tried-on-in-the-house review. Take it with a grain of salt.

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Austin H.

Austin H. wrote a review of on October 21, 2013

These Are Revo Tubeless Ready
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are 'Revo Tubeless Ready' tires. They're ready to run tubeless and they're the Protection model (you'll see this when you try to add a size to your cart). The description mentions the Protection feature but the title doesn't indicate they're Conti's tubeless ready

I'm running a 2.2 on the back and a 2.4 on the front. The higher volume 2.4 actually made it significantly easier to mount with sealant without spilling/making a mess. An interesting byproduct of having some wider rubber up front.

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