Brendan Quirk

Brendan Quirk

Park City, UT

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Brendan's Passions

Mountain Biking
Road Cycling

Brendan's Bio

GM of Bike Division at Backcountry.com. Lifelong love affair with bikes. Trying to get in tune with winter sports.

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Brendan Quirk

Brendan Quirk wrote a review of on June 18, 2012

5 5

Pro Bars are like 400 calories per bar. When I'm going for a 3-4 hour ride, it's my trick for preventing the bonk. Even if i eat one all at once, it doesn't sit in my gut. It digests easily. The packaging is reasonably easy to open, At 400 calories, though, you probably don't want to take this on a 1-2 hour ride. Too much.

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Brendan Quirk wrote a review of on June 18, 2012

5 5

You can fit a lot in here -- shaving cream, shampoo, hand cream, a big bar of soap, razor, toothbrush, pills of all sorts. Whether you're going for a weekend jaunt or a long adventure, you can get maximum cargo in the smallest possible space. Dakine hits the nail on the head here. It's the best bag I've used for toiletries by far.

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Brendan Quirk wrote a review of on June 18, 2012

5 5

I can't buy a new pair of shoes w/o buying a set of these insoles, too. I put them in everything -- light running shoes, trail running shoes, golf shoes -- you name it. I have a super-high arch and this keeps my feet from collapsing inward. After just a few days they feel akin to custom orthotics. Beautiful! Also, FYI, the Backcountry sizing chart is spot-on right.

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Brendan Quirk wrote a review of on May 5, 2012

5 5

This is ideal for folks going on adventure-like vacations. I can carry a metric ton of clothes + all of my cycling gear, i.e. helmet, shoes, bottles, saddle bag and all the other bulks gear you need for a cycling vacation. Nimble in the airport, good wheels, and handles everywhere you need 'em for throwing it around.

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Brendan Quirk wrote a review of on May 5, 2012

4 5

Awesome for nordic skiing, and also incredible for cycling on those mornings when it starts in the 30's and may get to the high 40's. Very warm given their thinness. The velcro closure is a bit cheesy, and the plastic clasps are annoying. But these are details easy to overcome given how nice they are otherwise.

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Brendan Quirk wrote a review of on May 5, 2012

4 5

I love everything about these shorts save one detail: They have a drawstring (ick!) along with its button closure. They run perhaps 0.5" big in the waist, so the string was helpful in keeping them cinched. But still, drawstrings are a bit lame. Nevertheless, I love to wear them. A fairly long inseam -- all the way down to the knees.

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Brendan Quirk wrote a review of on May 5, 2012

2 5

I was looking for a simple travel kit that could help with simple dude traveling needs: 3oz toothpaste, tiny shaving cream, razor, toothbrush, maybe a small soap box. This kit is waaaaay too skinny to handle that much stuff. I'm not sure what traveling you can do with as little as this skinny bugger can accomodate. In looking at Eagle creek's website it doesn't appear that they offer a higher-volume option. Bummer

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Brendan Quirk wrote a review of on January 7, 2012

Almost perfect
4 5

5 stars for dexterity and for warmth. 4 stars because it lacks a nose-wiping terrycloth area anywhere, and because they seem to lack an easily-accessible size chart online. The attached is the best thing I could find. If I could give these 4.5 stars I would.

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Brendan Quirk wrote a review of on December 27, 2011

4 5

I sized up to accommodate the use of thick socks. Since these aren't available in half-sizes the risk of imperfect fit is real. I really wish Pajar made these (and other) boots in half-sizes. That being said, the drawback worth pointing out here is the zipper. The presence of a zipper is excellent in terms of easily being able to get them on and off. The headache, though, is that once you have them on, the zipper won't go much more than 75% up and tends to slide down to 40%-50% up. This doesn't really affect the experience of wearing them, but from a design perspective it's annoying.

Wide in the forefoot/instep area.

Warm, comfortable in single-digit temps. Great sole for dealing with ice. Tall enough and waterproof enough to deal with foot-deep snow.

Would I buy these again? Yes, probably. But knowing what I now know about the zipper, I might look at other options.

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