Chris

Chris

smokey mountain national forest, southwestern VA

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like running, hiking, backpacking, camping, and starting to get into mountain biking now, too.

Chris

Chris wrote a review of on November 24, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The quality of this shoe seems to be pretty good, and I like the hard plastic plating to protect from rocks etc. However, the soles are pretty thick and bulky, the uppers are thick and interfere with the laces being tightened. It creates some spots where the laces cinch down painfully on my foot and others where the laces are too loose. They also fit narrow and have been rubbing blisters on the inside of my feet (could be just the way my feet are though). If you like light and fast I'd stay away from these, but if you like a lot of protection they may be right for you.

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Chris wrote a review of on November 24, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Good training board; easy to install, fair amount of holds, and decently priced. I've been using it for a few months now and haven't noticed any problems with it. Only giving it four stars because nothing about it really puts it above any other boards I've seen.

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Chris wrote a review of on February 4, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Got this on Bonktown one day for 20 bucks, and it was worth it. Pack does exactly what the description says. The bottle is good quality and stays put, and the pocket holds keys, phone ipod, etc. Good for a 10K or a couple hours of light hiking. Pack will shift a little when running for a while or fairly hard, but for the most part stays in place once cinched down. If you need something just to carry a bottle and a couple of small items this is absolutely perfect. Got to say though the gel flask pockets are a little awkward, and I don't use the gel flasks at all, but seems like they might be difficult to get out on the move. I think they are made that way to keep the pack light and small.

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Chris wrote a review of on May 7, 2011

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this pack to use for a few hours of biking, but I use it for light day hikes now too. Its small enough that you can take it out for just a few hours of riding, but big enough that I can use it for 4-6hrs when I'm packing light. With the 100 oz reservoir you got plenty of water and the compartments inside are actually useful unlike some packs. The helmet carry works great for XC helmet, I can't say how well it works with a full face though. Also, the hydrapak reservoir is a lot easier to clean out than a camelbak. Great pack, but I will say it feels like it sits too low on my back and I can't get the fit just right, but that could just be my personal preference.

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Chris wrote a review of on May 6, 2011

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Not much I can say that hasn't already been said, but overall this is a great jacket. Does a great job of shedding water, and is light weight. The hood fits well and once you adjust it, stays on in the wind and turns with your head. Not going to hold up against an all day downpour, but its good for a couple hours in light to moderate rain. Also its really comfortable. For sizing I'm 5'8 140 and I got a medium which I can wear but a small would probably fit me better.

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