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Cory wrote a review of on July 15, 2013

4 5

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

I bought this to replace my first gen Ambit. The Fused-Alti feature and more memory and battery life are what made that decision. The Fused-Alti feature incorporates both barometric and gps data to give a more precise altitude reference, though I've found that measurements can vary a bit depending on the terrain you are on. For example, on a small summit pinnacle like Lone Peak here in UT, which has a 10X10 summit area surrounded by cliffs, the altitude reference is off by a couple hundred feet if the gps fix in the watch wanders off at all. However on a broad, rounded peak, the altitude is usually within 10 feet of accurate. Pretty cool feature really, and I've found that I get the best results if I fire up the fused-alti about 20 minutes before getting to the trail head.

Another feature that is pretty cool on the watch is the auto-pause feature, which a lot of the Garmins have. I've found it works well for faster moving activities like biking and running, though while scrambling slowly up some exposed ridge it can be a nuisance.

The heart rate strap that comes with this... sucks. I found that communication between the strap and the watch would continuously loose sync. I ended up purchasing the Garmin ANT+ strap sold here on Backcountry which fixed that problem. I suggest getting the $600.00 version of this watch and then getting a different strap altogether.

Overall the build quality of this watch is pretty damn tough. That stainless bezel and the mineral lens haven't shown any signs of wear at all over the past couple months I've had it. The casing is the fiber-resin, which looks to be the same housing material of the original Ambit. Overall the watch is pretty decent, sans the issue with the heartrate strap provided by Suunto. This watch is tough enough to take a good beating out doors, but classy enough to be worn formally as well.

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Cory wrote a review of on October 29, 2012

Used this for a custom mod.
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

After trying to find something to stabilize the GoPro and get some more footage in exposed, rugged terrain, I purchased this. I was able to find a bolt with the same thread pitch for the adapter, and an insert which was installed on the top of one of my trekking poles. Works great at stabilizing footage, and not having to buy or carry another monopod up the mountain.

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Cory wrote a review of on October 18, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought a set of these a year ago and have beat the living daylights out of them. Now, a year later, they are ready to be replaced. Approximataley 250,000 vertical feet and about 600 miles on these bad boys. I never had any leaks during that time, never even had to replace the laces. The soles wore down progressively over that time, which is to be expected. Going to get a couple sets of these, they are super comfortable for my wide ape like feet and have proven to handle the abuse. They look pretty cool, too, no bling and straight to the point.

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Cory wrote a review of on February 2, 2012

5 5

After riding on a couple different sets of first gen Cobalts, I saw the HNR had these in their lineup. I decided to grab a set for a complete custom build I was doing at the time. First thing I noticed was the different free hub in the back, much more quiet than the 6 pawl design of the first gens. Also, slightly more latent engagement. The wheels still have the same stiff crisp response in varying terrain as the first gens. Also, IMO, the look hella nice too.

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Cory wrote a review of on February 2, 2012

4 5

I bought this to replace an aging unit on the bike. Initially it was a little confusing to figure out which one to get, bottom or top pull, high or low clamp until I got my hands on one. The install was pretty basic getting it dialed in. Performance wise it's held up good, shifting is decent. Seems to be on par with most of Sram's X9 lineup.

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Cory wrote a review of on February 2, 2012

5 5

So far I've used these for XC, downhill and all mountain, both on the front and rear. After two hard season's worth of abuse they have held up and worn extremely well. The tread pattern is an excellent all around design for most of the terrain here along the Wasatch Front in Utah. Cornering grip was improved greatly after switching to these tires, as well as better rolling resistance. Once these eventually wear out I'll replace them with the same setup new.

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Cory wrote a review of on February 2, 2012

5 5

I bought this one after checking it out down at the Back Country store location in West Valley. The machining on these posts seems to rival that of Thomson. The adjustment works great for the seat. The anodized gray version looks killer. I run three of these posts on all three of my bikes. Great post of the price.

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Cory wrote a review of on August 5, 2011

My best piece of gear. Ever.
5 5

This by far has been the best pack I've owned. Period. I've used it for back country skiing, snowshoeing, alpine climbing, hiking, and even mountain biking. I purchased the pack in January of 2009 and still am using it to date. Not much wear or tear after several thousand miles and well over 500,000 vertical feet of use since the purchase. I run mine with a 6 liter MSR Dromedary hydration bladder, custom axe/trekking pole attachment system on the left shoulder strap. I've also added clips to stow the trekking/ski poles to the sides of the pack as well.

The main drawback I see with the pack is shoulder/back venting. I understand that the pack is primarily used during the winter season, though I've seen the Deuter equivalent (Freeride 30) rigged with breathable mesh. If this pack had that feature incorporated in the future I'd be the first in line for one.

As far as longevity, the nylon materials the pack is made of have withstood the elements incredibly well. Minimal signs of wear after being used for long periods several days a week. I did snap the frame about six months ago, however I was able to purchase some aluminum rod about the same diameter as the existing frame and bent/shaped the rod pretty much to the exact dimension as the original. Works like new again.

Everytime I find myself looking at packs it has been hard to find anything like this Outlaw. It's been an excellent piece of gear for the last couple years.

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