Chris Stephens

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Christopher's Passions

Backpacking
Snowboarding
Hiking
Road Cycling
Sport Climbing

Christopher's Bio

I'm passionate about beer, skiing and biking. In that order.

Chris Stephens

Chris Stephens wrote a review of on September 10, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The fact that this light puts out 350 lumens, charges on usb and doesn't need a separate battery is pretty sweet. This makes it perfect for throwing on your bike when popping out on errands and can't leave $100 of light sitting outside (aka: bar trips) but you still don't want to get mowed down by cars. I just pop the whole unit off and throw it in my pocket, then toss it back on when it's time to ride.
My only complaint is that there is enough play in the mount that when riding on pretty bumpy roads the beam doesn't stick in one place. But couple this with a decent helmet mounted light and this doesn't really matter much.

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Chris Stephens wrote a review of on September 10, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used the older and lower power version of this light for commuting for several years and I am a huge fan of this light. But in the last few years NiteRider has been making these things cheaper and better (more lumens and less $$?!). If you are looking for version that comes with the all the bits to mount to your helmet mount, you're looking for the 350 plus.

Pros:
It's very low profile on the handle bars, so your chance of smacking it on things (other bikes in the bike cage at work) is reduced.
The battery is quick and easy to remove or change mount position. Increasing the chances that you'll remember to pull it off the bike and charge it at home.
The mount is pretty much flush to the handlebar so you don't get quite as much jiggle in the beam when riding down war torn streets as you do with some of the more bulky mounts.

cons:
It's not as easy to pull the light on and off the bike. So for my bar bike (read: leaving my bike outside of sketchy dive bars) I've swapped to use something with a quick release mount.

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Chris Stephens wrote a review of on July 9, 2013

164cm - got to be aggressive
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm 5'4.5" and 130lbs. My fiance got me the 164cm version. Thanks love! :) I demoed these inbounds at the start of last winter when I was still swapping from board to skis and found that they were hard for me to control on the groomers. However, with a more aggressive approach (ie. "I am going to KILL this run! Arrrrgh!") I discovered the joy of the extra length and width in the powder and found that these could carry me through the chunder on the edges of runs much better than anything else I'd ridden so far. Definitely NOT my first choice for groomers, but obviously, that's not why they were made. Mid season I bought a pair of these and mounted some Marker Baron bindings on them to do more backcountry and work on my powder skills. These were absolutely perfect on a perfect day - 2ft powder, below Mt. Wolverine (pic included - sorry you can't see the rockettes, but they're there!). UN-believable at every turn. But, I had again a hard time controlling them on less perfect days/terrain though - low angle, lots of Aspens, thick sun crust on a south facing slope heading back to the car - but those are not ideal conditions and hey, I'm still learning HOW to ski so user-error is probably more to blame. Basically, you just have to ride these hard and not hold back, and they're perfect. This might be obvious, but if you're a more tentative skier or mostly ride groomers - I recommend you look for something else.

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Chris Stephens wrote a review of on July 9, 2013

5 5

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

Bought the Malibu blue version of these. I run 3-5 miles a few times a week on mixed terrain, from dry trails with ups and downs to cement and grass city runs to treadmills at the gym. I only use these right now, and they are fabulous. No blisters ever, good enough support, light weight, beautiful color, and feel right as soon as you put them on. I've worn them about 6 months and I am lining up to buy another pair soon. If you are ONLY a trail runner and need more traction and support - I would consider buying something a bit more rugged since it might hold up better and give you more grip. But for mixed use and consistent working out - these are working perfect.

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Chris Stephens wrote a review of on July 9, 2013

5 5

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

I am 130lbs, 5'4.5", bought M, and have tried to fit into the tiny bike shorts that have the unforgiving fabric before, and the ones that run really really small and make me have to buy size L, even had some shorts split open while I try to pull them on mid-ride. :( These are NOT like that! Yay! :) These run true to size (I normally wear a 4 or 6 pant), the fabric is light and stretchy and dries quickly, pull on really easily even when sweaty, and they still hold their shape and fit my butt and thighs nicely. The length is perfect - hitting mid thigh (not too short or too long). The padding is adequate as far as I know - my problem is that my bike seat is terrible, so I might not be the best reviewer. The padding has good distribution and isn't too terrible to walk in. The waist band is really comfortable, coming up a bit higher in back. Overall - best shorts I've ever had! Great in hot weather.

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Chris Stephens wrote a review of on July 9, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

5'5", 130lbs, normally wear a size 4 or 6 pant - I bought a medium and a small and I kept the small in the green. So, if anything, the skirt runs a little large. I LOVE this skirt and it fits really well - it is very flattering since it's tight but a good fabric, great short/flirty length (NOT business casual), with the lovely light weight fabric that Prana uses so often. WARNING - if you wear this skirt on a really hot day, and you're sitting on a plastic lawn chair for a few hours in the sun talking to friends - the swamp ass will show a LOT when you stand up again,until it wicks away...which happens quickly, but just letting you know! :) Finally, the dark green looks really good on us olive skin-toned brunettes! Enjoy!

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Chris Stephens wrote a review of on July 9, 2013

5 5

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

I'm 5' 5", 130lbs, 34C, athletic build (ie. runner's butt/muscle-y shoulders) and I got a M. This dress fits perfectly - tight/supportive around the bust, not too tight around the hips, but slimming, and moves nicely while walking. Good skirt length (hits my knees), nicely low cut neck, and I wear it with and without a strapless bra. The cloth is of good quality - if anything, a bit thick and warm on hot days, but that's what makes it hold its shape so well (also, the pattern didn't seem to show too much sweat! woo!). I got the paintbrush red dress, and love wearing it for summer gatherings when I want to comfortably prance around in bright colors and look somewhat girly. HIGHLY recommend for those who love the Pata-gucci.

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Chris Stephens wrote a review of on March 13, 2013

4 5

As people have mentioned before, this is a delicious cookie. It's awesome to have some substance when out playing rather then pounding packeted goo. And if you are reading these reviews you can pretty much tell all of BC.com is hooked on honey stingers.
But I've found that when temperatures get too cold they turn from tasty honey filled biscuits into two pieces of cardboard sandwiched together. So when out skiing stick to the honey stinger chews.

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Chris Stephens wrote an answer about on January 15, 2013

I normally wear a 9.5 street shoe (translates to 27.5 mondo) but I'm rocking the 27 mondo spark boot and it works just fine for me. The boot was pretty snug to start but this is a good thing as the boot will pack out as you ride it or if you heat mold the liners. I find that when buying snowboarding boots it's best to put your foot in the smallest size that you can fit as they will always loosen up over time.

That being said, as far as mondo point translation goes I've found them to be a little tight. In ski boots I'm wearing closer to a 26.5 in most brands but I don't think that I would be able to fit the 26.5 in the Sparks.

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Chris Stephens wrote a review of on January 14, 2013

5 5

This is the only helmet that I have ever forgotten that I was wearing. I actually turned around when starting a ride to go find my helmet before a friend reminded me, with an appropriate amount of mockery, that it was on my head. Plus I can adjust the snugness of it while wearing winter gloves which is key when you need to swap ear covers for a full head cover quickly.

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