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Blder Seven

Blder Sevenwrote a review of on January 25, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These cookies taste great and are very easy to make, just have to add your own ingredients. I opted for chocolate chip cookies and they do taste very good. However, given the ingredients are not organic, nor are they non-GMO, I have a problem supporting companies and farms that use GMO products, pesticides, etc.

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Blder Sevenwrote a review of on January 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Passing on a 2nd hand review from my wife, but she absolutely loves the Black Pearls. She has been skiing for over 20 years and these skis immediately improved her confidence and control on the mountain. Ice? Powder? Groomers? This ski will go through anything with finesse. They are stable through turns and hold an edge at speed very, very well. She pushed these skis hard and feels that she's only unlocked 20% of their potential. Many more fun days on the slopes to come! These skis live up to their reputation, just like many of the other Blizzard skis.

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Blder Sevenwrote a question about on January 24, 2015

Is there any reason why one would not purchase this ski? The reviews are awesome and I'm looking for an all mountain ski that functions anywhere on the mountain (other than moguls). I'm also looking for a stable ski that won't chatter when I'm carving at speed. Thanks

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Blder Sevenwrote a review of on January 24, 2015

5 5

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

Perfect down vest in every possible way - I'm 6'3" 195 lbs and went with a medium for a close, snug fit. The vest is not bulky or puffy like others on the market. This is clean looking vest with a high collar to keep my neck warm. Use this as a layer when I go skiing to keep the core warm and it's functions very well. Green is my favorite color - so it was a no brainer to get the green model this year. Patagonia rocks - easy returns if you ever don't like their products.

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Blder Sevenwrote a review of on January 24, 2015

5 5

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

bridgdale is now my go to sock manufacturer for down hill skiing. these socks are nice and thin, but still provide warmth. nice and high for my long stems. should get many years out of these socks, which come in cool colors too that even match my ski boots, if you're into being matchy match. I'm a size 11.5 and went with large.

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Blder Sevenwrote a review of on January 24, 2015

5 5

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

This jacket is what I live in all winter. I really prefer the hooded model vs. the non-hooded. Great for 45 degrees and below, with options to layer underneath or above for lower temps. I wish it was a bit more form fitting, but that's my only complaint. I'm 6'3" 195 lbs and went with the large. The hood is great if you forget your hat and this jacket seems like it will last for a very long time. Great feature is how small it compresses if you travel and need to stash it in your carry on.

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Blder Sevenwrote a review of on January 24, 2015

5 5

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

After seeing a boot fitting icon in my 'hood, he recommended 2 things: thin ski socks and long underwear that is 3/4 length. I checked Backcountry.com and found a pair in their store brand at a reasonable price. I went with size large, which fits my 6'3" and 195 lb frame with a 34" in waist. I'd describe my physique as thin and found the tights to fit perfectly around the waist and around my legs. The length was perfect and terminate at the top of my boots. These are well constructed and should keep my warm and last for many years.

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Blder Sevenwrote a review of on January 19, 2015

5 5

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

Wore these for the first time on the slopes today and loved them. I wear a size 11.5 shoe and found the large to fit fine. Not overly compressive, but enough that you have to put some effort into getting the sock over your heal. The thinness of these socks it was I truly enjoyed. Today it was 30 degrees on the hill, but my feet never got cold. This was also my first time skiing without thicker socks, and I really prefer the thinner socks now. I just ordered a paid of the Vertige light socks since my wife loves them. Don't itch either and will hold up well over time. They are also long enough to come just below my knees. Perfect!

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Blder Sevenwrote a review of on February 27, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

?but when I do, I use Assos.

I would say on average my taint is more sensitive than most. So if I'm going out for a century or all day ride, I take extra precautions by putting some of this stuff to reduce the friction. I invest in shorts with a good chamois and find the Assos chamois cream makes the ride a bit more comfortable.

I've never had an allergic reaction, but after reading one of the other reviews I may pass on using chamois cream in the future do reduce the amount of chemicals put on my skin.

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Blder Sevenwrote a review of on February 23, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Kudos to Honey Stinger for making USDA Organic products such as this energy gel! Have you looked at the crappy ingredients that are in Gu, Hammer, Powerbar, and other products? I've been using Honey Stinger products for my on the bike food and have never had any problems with stomach issues or taste - and this gel is by far the best I've tried.

I have gone to a strict only USDA organic and Non GMO certified diet and the results are astounding - more energy, faster recovery, better overall mood, and pretty much a happier person. I'm amazed how much of a difference the food we put in our bodies makes!

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Blder Sevenwrote a review of on February 23, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have gone to a struck USDA organic and Non GMO diet and have noticed huge differences in my life. I have more energy that stays constant through the day, I recover more quickly, and am generally in a better mood. When it comes to what to eat on the bike, I mainly stick with Honey Stinger (USDA Organic) and Skratch Labs products. I'm amazed at all the crap that is out there that elite athletes put in their bodies without paying attention to the ingredients!

I enjoy the Skratch Labs Daily Electrolyte Drink Mix on days when I'm traveling or not exercising and want something other than water. So far I've tried the lemons and limes and enjoy that flavor, but will branch out and try the raspberries soon. I refuse to poison my body with soda, Gatorade, or other crap that is being sold out there.

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Blder Sevenwrote a review of on February 23, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used these brake pads exclusively on my sram red brakes. I pretty much get 1 season, ~ 3,500 miles out of each set of pads. They are easy to swap out.

I tend to be a maintenance freak with my bike and keep things very clean and well lubed. About once a month I clean the brake pads with rubbing alcohol and make sure there are no pieces of metal embedded in the pads. About halfway through the season I will rotate the front pads to the rear, and rear pads to the front to get more life out of them.

Most of my rides involve long climbs (2-3 hours up) and then turn around and come down. I also ride in a dry, high desert climate and only ride in rainy conditions in the event I am stuck out in a passing shower. I feel these brake pads modulate well and do their job - if there is something that does a better job out there, I have not used it yet.

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Blder Sevenwrote a review of on February 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Picked up this tire in 25 mm width for winter training. The County I live is does a terrible job picking up and sweeping the sand and gravel they out down during snap storms. So instead of dodging this material when it ends up on the shoulders, I picked up these durable tires so I can ride through it.

I experimented with the 25 mm width and confess I notice a difference in comfort and traction. I herniated a disc in my lower back 3 years ago and any advantage I can get in comfort without losing marks in looks (ie having to have some high rise stem of obnoxiously padded saddle) is great for me. I am going to use 25 mm tires when I buy my summer tires.

As always timely shipping and great service from Competitive Cyclist.

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Blder Sevenwrote a review of on February 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Debated between the Thermoflex and Nanoflex leg warmers and went with the Thermos. First on size I went with XL which is the same size I wear in Castelli bibshorts, tights, and jerseys. I am 6'4" and 190 lbs. I have a 34" inseam and the warmers are perfect in length. I have used these in 40 - 58 degree rides and they have provided the warmth I've needed. I have 1 pair of tights and 1 pair of knickers. So the leg warmers give me another option on colder days.

The warmers have grippers on the inside of the top and I did not experience any slippage. I would highly recommend these for someone searching for leg warmers. In conclusion they are comfy and I don't notice them when riding.

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