Utah, Idaho, Maine
That's all you need to know for now.
Expect a more extensive review later this season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The inside of the Continental MTB tires packaging.
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.
I purchased this bottle vest and the bladder-compatible UltraAspire Omega vest and ended up keeping the Omega. While both vests offer much of the same in the way of build quality, materials, and pocket storage, the placement of the Kinetic's water bottles was far too awkward. In addition, I found that the bottom of the bottles pressed against my back in a manner that would drive me crazy during a long-haul run. Sorry Kinetic, I wanted to love your two-bottle design over a hydration bladder.
I gave this three stars because I feel like it's probably an excellent product in practice, it simply has a fit issue that doesn't work for my body.
As a point of reference for the aforementioned fit issue: I'm 5'11 with a medium-to-slender build and a proportional torso.
I run this as my primary taillight on my commuter. It appears well built, it's easy to attach and remove from your seatpost, it's easy to switch on and off, and the light modes are as described (an assault on the senses). I would call this a no-brainer purchase if you're a city commuter.
I bought one of these little buggers. This light is bright enough for riding in city traffic at night, it's super tough (I crash sometimes), and it's easy to attach/remove in a hurry. Just keep one stash in your backpack or riding bag and you'll always have a way to be a little more visible at night. Going stealth is only cool if you're a plane.
Although they're on the pricey side, these bars are worth the money. They're tasty as hell, less sugary than Clif Bars (IMO), and don't leave you with a nasty too-dense-nutrition-bar hangover. Probar does a great job of balancing flavors and mixing up ingredients without getting too fruity. As a quick meal, these bars pack a heap of decently clean calories into a tiny package.
With a steel frame and big, easy-sliding pivots, this chair is sturdy. Both the height of the chair and the height of the arm rests are just right (I'm 5'11 with a standard wingspan). Chair collapses and opens easily, even after a few days in the desert. This is a reliable, comfy choice for car camping and sitting around the fire. Great bang for the buck!
I've only run about ten miles in these shoes thus far, so I'll hold off on a performance review until I log more miles.
Initial feel is extremely lightweight. Although I've noticed that the heel has more of a cup than many road shoes. I prefer this fit but it may rub the achilles for some. I wear a size 8.5 in most running shoes and these 8.5's fit spot-on.
I've run about 20 miles while wearing this shirt and no complaints.
The material feels a little heavier than I expected, but it's by no means too heavy for running. Unlike some brands, a medium is truly a medium. I'm about 5'11, 165lbs with a medium-width chest and the medium fits just right. Any smaller and it would be too tight.
Well constructed and obviously high quality--very typically Patagonia.
I agree with Nate Blouin across the board. Read his review and his answers to the questions posed by other customers.
This thing solves the age-old struggle of finding a shower kit that's not too big and not too small.
A toothbrush, small shampoo + conditioner bottles, a pill container, toothpaste, a razor, and more fit easily inside.
Ideal for the week-long trip or overnighter.
Fights the effect of gravity just like it should.
Perfect for meandering through airport security scanners without your pants hitting your ankles.
I have a size 33 waist and this belt has plenty of adjustability left.
I've been using one of these packs for the past few seasons. I'm a huge fan of the interior divider system and the capacity. Inside I can fit: 7D and 5D Mkii bodies, a 70-200mm 2.8, 24-70mm 2.8, 16mm 2.8 fisheye, a 17-40mm 4, and a flash along with some Pocket Wizard Plus II's (and sometimes more based on the configuration or stacking of lenses).
Carrying a large avy probe can get a little tricky, but a large, square-blade shovel fits in the shovel pocket. Side pockets take on the duty of carrying snacks and I carabiner a water bottle to one of the loops or straps on the front.
The carry system is my favorite feature of this pack. The shoulder straps have the perfect balance of shape, padding, and adjustability and the waistbelt is positioned at just the right height. Burton crushed the fit of the suspension.
Fit reference: 5' 11", 165lb, with medium-width shoulder, torso, and chest.
You pay for all this gear protection and carry-system comfort with a weight penalty though. This bag isn't the lightweight option offered by competitors like F-Stop or Clik Elite, but that doesn't stop me from carrying it on lift days.
Assuming you ride lifts or access the backcountry by sled, this pack is a great choice.
This is one of the best emergency blanket options I've come across. The material feels noticeably more durable than many competitors (Walmart and the like). Survivalists, preppers, and backcountry pros all have varying opinions on how you should ready yourself for an emergency, but why NOT carry one of these? I pack one in my ski touring bag and one in my mountain biking backpack.