Bogdan

Bogdan

Ottawa, Ontario

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Bogdan's Passions

Mountain Biking
Alpine Skiing

Bogdan's Bio

A powder day in the winter and Whistler bike park in the summer.

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Bogdan wrote a review of on March 21, 2014

5 5

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

Got the glazed/purple ones ... lens colour is fantastic ... similar to the rayban green/brown ... makes everything brighter but not a strain on your eyes.

The size if them is perfect for me ... I have a large head, tend to fit a Smith XL helmet and XXL helmets for DH biking do fits my face very well.

They stay put on my nose bridge too unlike some previous oakleys I've owned and since I got them 1/2 off it was awesome!

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Bogdan wrote a review of on March 21, 2014

5 5

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

I got the imperial purple ... very nice fit, and a very comfy material .. better than most cotton type shirts. Lightweight and comfy plus the goat is like a secret handshake :-)

Got a XXL and fits me perfect without being too long.

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Bogdan wrote a review of on June 14, 2013

5 5

I've always been a fan of the SRAM shifting, especially since they always had stiffer springs in them (something Shimano has remedied with the Shadow stuff) ... but the type 2 clutch takes it to the next level. I've ridden it about a month now and chain slap is pretty much gone away and chain is staying on the bike now. No more lost chains (I don't run anything chain guide wise). Woould love to put these on my DH bike just due to the lack of noise alone.

Awesome product! I actually stepped down from a X0 rear derr to the Type 2 X9 no regrets.

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Bogdan wrote a review of on November 2, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had this bag for 4 years and ... just replaced it with the Freemont pattern. Looks like they improved the wheels compared to mine. The new pone has skate board style wheels while the old one was more roller blade type.

The new ones look more stable. I find with this size when I pack it full to the brim it always comes in just under the 50 lbs mark! Perfect for travel! Fits everything and has awesome pockets and compartments to organize your gear.

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Bogdan wrote a review of on November 2, 2012

Great Fit and Comfort
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've owned this helmet for about 5 years now and it's fantastic! Best fit/comfort of anything I've had so far and the vents work great.

Over time the brim portion has come a bit loose so it's not on there quite as sturdy but that was from hauling the helmet in my boot bag over many day trips and travel trips. I'm retiring it this year and picked up a new one ... same on different colour! The new ones have a nicer retention system which is a dial, mine was a pinch together system ...

Overall a kicka$$ helmet!

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Bogdan wrote a review of on October 2, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was looking around for a some boxer briefs and came across these ... after reading some of the reviews, I decided to go for it and get them. Luckily for me, they were on sale and further bumped to 1/2 off so the price was epic! Even at $50 I would say they are worth it, however at $25 they were a total steal. So much so that I bought 8 pairs! $200 for undies! What can I say ... except they are awesome. Super comfy, I've owned Icebreaker stuff before and know the quality of the brand!

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Bogdan wrote a review of on October 2, 2012

Awesome rack ... but wrong info.
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

First things first ... the rack does NOT include the integrated cable lock as described here! That is a NV Core locking kit which can be purchased separately for $39 ($35 on some sites) ... however BC doesn't have it. I was a bit disapointed to find that out when I ordered it since I was counting on having that. All that was offered was the option to return the rack. Would have been nice to get a slight discount to cover part of the NV Core locking kit which I've now purchased separately on a diff site.

Now onto the rack itself. I've owned several hitch type racks, most recently the Thule T2 which was my fave upto now. The Kuat is hands down the best rack I've used. The quick release cam for tilting the rack up/down and out of the way for the hitch to open is amazing. Much better and easier to use then the T2 which requires a pin be removed if you want access to your trunk with bikes on (it does have a quick release latch to flipping it up/down without bikes though).

The weight diff (~20lbs) is significant, esp on a type 1 hitch like mine. The weight and it's distribution also seems to make moving the rack up/down much simpler and smoother.

When folded up the rack comes right up against the car about 1" away in my case (Golf TDi) which is perfect. With the T2 I had to cut a bit of the front wheel tray to get it to fit.

The price diff between this and the Thule T2 with locks etc is about $40 ... and it's more than worth it in my opinion! Other than the order screw-up this is a fantastic rack! All the tools come included (and even with a beer bottle opener).

Note: listing has been change to reflect the fact that the cable lock was not included.

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Bogdan wrote a review of on December 16, 2010

4 5

Fantastic fit, the XL fits like a proper XL should (in my view). I find a lot of the other thermal brands fit ultra tight in an XL, this fits more like a properly sized XL would.

Fit is awesome, keep you warm.

My only complaint is that they are a bit itchy on the skin. At first I thought it was the wool ... but on closer inspection I realized that the stiching on the inside where the red stripes are (on the black/red one) are kinda raised and that's the part that's a bit itchy. It's not horrible by any means ... but still something I noticed and kept me from giving 5 starts.

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Bogdan wrote a review of on December 16, 2010

5 5

I have read some reviews of the Stoic lowers that complain that they are kinda high waist-ed. I actually like that since it keep your back warm. I'm okay with the thermal underwear riding a bit higher so they don't give you plumbers crack when you bend over.

In the XL they are very comfy, the wool feels great and they keep ya warm.

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Bogdan wrote a review of on December 16, 2010

4 5

So I ordered these, being told that they fit similar to Hestra gloves. I have a size 10 hestra gloves which fit perfectly. These guys have a very odd fit. They are def a very small glove, however circumference wise they seem okay. Where I have the issues is when you go to clench your fist you get a lot of pressure on your knuckles.

It's as if they didn't leave enough room on top of the glove right where the fingers start from the body of the glove.

I got these on a 50% sale so at $50 they make for a nice glove I'll try to see if they give at all ... I'd say go for it and buy them if you fit in a size L glove or smaller ... just buy one size bigger.

Other then that, the design is awesome, I like the short cuff and I really like how it's very snug at the wrist, so they slide under my jacket nicely, since I prefer to put the jacket over the gloves.

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Bogdan wrote a review of on February 6, 2010

Best Shell I've owned.
5 5

Up until the last couple of years I've always been a big believer in the insulated ski jacket thing as I didn't really like the shells from back in the day (the last time I did the 3 in one thing was in 1997). So last year I thought I'd give this another try and picked up a not quite Goretex shell and worked out quite well, so this year I thought, hey, I'll go all in and get a proper shell.So here's a few comments after using it for skiing for about 10 days ...First of all I should mention something about the colour. The website lists it as Everglade and I expected some kind of green tinge to it, however all the pitures posted on Backcountry and Arc'teryx show the jacket to be yellow with a hint of green ... well when I got it it was more green with a hint of yellow. The pic I posted is what it really looks like ... it's still a wicked colour and I love it, but keep that in mind when you order if you have your heart set on a yellow jacket ... it's not.The jacket is fantastic, fit is incredible. I'm 5'11" 230 lbs, I love the way the jacket fits, it's narrower in the waist and has room in the shoulders so it's quite comfy yet it's not baggy, a nice combo.The colar comes up quite high which is fantastic (the largest reason I bought this jacket) so that you can burry your face in the colar when you're up on the chairlift if the wind it really howling. Also the back of the color that comes up to your face has a nice soft backing so it's comfy.This jacket feels a lot warmer then my last cheap shell (no goretex) for some reason when the wind was howling at Tremblant and it was -18C it didn't really bite as bad as it did before, I think given the nature of this shell and that its a soft goretex the shell is thicker ... or goretex is that much better ... either way it's fantastic for cold weather with the proper layers.Breathability was good, though i have not really tried it in warmer weather yet ...in conclusion ... fantastic shell, great materrials, nice pockets, great build ... just have a look at the colours first as they are slightly off the website pictures.

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Bogdan wrote an answer about on January 7, 2010

The jacket fits very "athletic" kinda like the tighter fitting Arc'teryx jackets. Very narrow thru the waist but with a bit more room in shoulders. Def not a baggy jacket ... it's a nice cut I find. I'm 5'11" and 235 lbs and the XXL fits well, the XL was too tight.

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Bogdan wrote a review of on November 30, 2009

5 5

So this is my second review, I had to return my previous XL for a XXL ... so a bit about fit. I tried on both a Arc'teryx side winder jacket and that XL fit me perfectly, the Stoic 2.0 XL was a lot more snug around the lower portion to the point where I didn't think I'd have much room for layers.

Having said that, the shoulder/chest area is quite ample, however the lower half really tapers off quite drastically ... I'm 5'11" and 230 lbs so keep that in mind when ordering.

So ... the jacket itself ... the bamboo liner/thing that's on the inside of the jacket is incredible, you can wear it over a T-shirt as a rain jacket and you don't get that sticky Gore-tex on skin feeling.

So far I've worn it as a rain jacket and it's done a great job. For the money this is a wicked jacket. I'll post another review after I take it up skiing this winter.

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Bogdan wrote a review of on November 10, 2009

4 5

I just received my XL jacket. When I spoke to the guys at Backcountry they told me it fit similar to the Arcterix (sp) jackets, I tried on a Sidewinder jacket in XL and it fit perfectly. This one fits much tighter. Waist and torso are very tight while the shoulders are a bit better fitting.

Compared to my XL Cloudveil jacket this feels about a size and a half smaller. I'm returning it for a XXL. I'm 5'11' and 230 lbs. Someone in the reviews said something when in doubt go up a size ... I def second that.

The jacket build is incredible, the angle cut on the sleeves is perfect and the bamboo weave they have on the inside is super nice ... gives it a velvety type touch, if you wear it over a t-shirt it doesn't have the rough feel.

Overall for $109 ... this is a killer jacket. Once i get my XXL and take it out for a few ski runs I'll write a more detailed review.

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Bogdan wrote a review of on September 28, 2009

4 5

I have owned other roller bags namely a 200cm Head 4 pair bag, but I was looking for a bag that has some clothes storage. I thought the boot compartment would be good for that. With 2 pairs of skis in the bag though the compartments are a bit on the small side. i was really hoping for much larger storage option, but all in all it's a good bag, nice grips and well padded.

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