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Benjamin Platte

Benjamin Platte

Salt Lake City

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Benjamin Platte wrote a review of on July 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is in my opinion some of the simplest and best bar tape out there. You get a soft texture with ample stretch and length to easily wrap any set of bars. Having a ton of colors is always a nice plus as well.

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Benjamin Platte wrote a review of on July 15, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The texture and feel of this tape is super durable, looks good, and offers great grip even with sweaty palms. Having a variety of colors is also a nice perk. So from that perspective it works wonderfully. I will say that the microtex does not have a lot of stretch to it so I would advise against using it on dirt drops or very wide bars.

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Benjamin Platte wrote a review of on July 15, 2014

4 5

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

Like the other reviews mentioned the blue and grey is actually a black and darker blue. Not a complaint, just a warning. The jersey itself works very well. It has a nice long and loose fit which I am a fan of and is actually nice and light weight despite being from a more gravity oriented company.

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Benjamin Platte wrote a review of on July 15, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This liner does it's job wonderfully. The fit is great, have a good length, do not ride up, and the minimal liner is perfect for all but the longest of rides. The only complaint I have is the seam in the very back. When paired with certain overshorts I own, the seam can chaff in out of the saddle efforts. I have only noticed this with certain short combinations but it is still something worth noting.

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Benjamin Platte wrote a review of on July 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The first thing you will notice about these shorts is that they are incredibly thin and light weight. A very nice plus if you do a lot of hot weather riding. Having had a week of 100 plus degree days I have been using these shorts almost exclusively. The shorts have a board short style with many pockets and a drawstring so you do not have to use a belt or worry about velcro straps wearing out over time. The light weight quick dry material is also nice if you decide to hop in some water to cool off quickly.

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Benjamin Platte wrote a review of on July 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I think these handlebars are the perfect addition to any XC set up. I think the 710mm width fits the bill nicely and the sweep seems to be just perfect. These bars are great for any situation where you want to get the front end low and keep your center of gravity balanced. One thing I will say is that for more aggressive bikes or riding styles I would definitely steer towards something a bit wider.

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Benjamin Platte wrote a review of on May 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

I have always been a fan of the fit and function of Tevas. These shoes are no exception and I really dig them. They are a great light hiking shoe that I would not hesitate to tackle almost any trail with. The Vibram soles offer excellent grip and soak up a lot of impact. The only drawback I have found is that they do not allow nearly as much airflow as other shoes I have used with a mesh construction. So on hotter days your feet can really feel the heat.

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Benjamin Platte wrote a review of on May 19, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

The construction and materials of this pant seem great, however, upon trying them on I could not get over the fit. The pants seemed to want to sit at your true waist, which was fine until I wanted to actually start moving. Then the pants tending to want to keep riding up.

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Benjamin Platte wrote a review of on May 19, 2014

5 5

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

I love shirts composed of cotton poly blends. They are great for any of your outdoor pursuits and are significantly cheaper than wool. I have used this shirt for skiing, mountain biking, climbing and everything else you can think of.

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Benjamin Platte wrote a review of on May 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Got this bottle in an attempt to try something a bit different. The mouth is narrower than on a nalgene and makes drinking while on the move much easier. Filling and cleaning the bottle is also very simple and easy because the whole lid screws off allowing the ease of access of most wide mouth bottles.

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Benjamin Platte wrote a review of on May 19, 2014

4 5

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

The shoes look really nice and can be used as a slightly more casual offering for stomping around town. The egg crate style insole takes a bit of getting used to, however, once you get past that the shoes are rather comfortable and a great shoe to wear out on the town.

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Benjamin Platte wrote a review of on May 19, 2014

3 5

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

These jeans look really nice, and have a couple of nice added features. The gusseted crotch and articulated knees make for a nice durable package that is comfortable to move it. I did find that the cut in the thighs was far too tight to be really comfortable when on a bike though. There were also not any good provisions for preventing the hem from getting caught in the chain. I would wear them as a pair of casual jeans, however, the price is a bit steep considering they did not work great for the intended use.

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Benjamin Platte wrote a review of on April 21, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

The built quality of these pants really is top notch. Everything is very durable and is a great pant to use for any type of athletic endeavor where you need tough pants that will not get shredded.

The only issues I had with the pants is that the pants were a bit snug in the thighs and seemed to be on the short side. The length was the real big issue. They are just on the shorter side of most pants so if you are about 6 foot or taller, you should try some on before you buy. The waist measurement was great and fits like a true to size 33. The built in belt worked pretty well but it would be nice if it had a bit more adjustment.

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Benjamin Platte wrote a review of on April 21, 2014

3 5

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

I had a chance to take one of these out on a demo run and I was really excited to ride what all of the magazines claim to be the ultimate quiver killer. After all the hype that it has been given in the media I could not help but be let down a little bit. The bike rode very well, however, I think I kept expecting more. It did not feel nearly as composed and stable as other bikes I have ridden that are similar, the Santa Cruz Tallboy LT comes to mind. The RIP is a very playful bike and takes a special riding style to get the most out of it. If you like skip across roots rocks and other trail features and ride a lot of jump strewn flow trails this bike is an absolute ripper. Despite various shock adjustments and set ups, the bike just did not offer the amazing all around performance I have heard so many people claim about it. Maybe i just let all of the positive reviews and media attention go to my head and I had built it up too much in my mind.

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Benjamin Platte wrote a review of on February 11, 2014

2 5

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

I got these pants to use as general work pants through winter. In terms of comfort, fit, and warmth the pants are great. As far as longevity goes, that is where they kind of failed. I figured that being made by a climbing oriented company the pants would hold up to some abuse. Unfortunately, they started to get small rips and tears after about a month of use. The first of which were small rips along the gusseted crotch panel. I soon started to get small tears around the pockets. Eventually there was a full on blow out and the pants were left unwearable unless I wanted to be charged with indecent exposure.

As an everyday outdoor work pant, they leave a bit to be desired. As something that has a good business casual look while still keeping you warm they are great. I imagine they would hold up much better as a casual pant.

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