David Platt

David Platt

SLC, UT

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David's Passions

Road Running
Camping
Backpacking
Snowboarding
Trail Running
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Road Cycling
Alpine Skiing

David's Bio

I'm a skier first, but a Road/Dirt cyclist next - unless it is late spring through early fall then flip that...

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David Platt

David Platt wrote a review of on July 18, 2014

4 5

I've been a PI gel glove guy for a long time! The newest version is a great glove. The gel is excellent for vibration reduction and general cushion. The breathability of this glove is top-notch and the materials are excellent. The new velcro strap is so much better than the old one! But I have a few caveats...

The gel pads on this version are external - and smaller. I was worried the minute I took them out of the box. Turns out they are fine on MTB bars and I don't think twice about it. On road bars however, it seems like there is too big a gap between the pads in certain hand positions. Specifically between the palm and thumb right where that seam is. I find that the curve of the bars from the tops to the hoods (where I frequently rest my hands) fits right in between those pads. The older version with the big white pads handled this a lot better (and they are still going strong after more miles than I can count).

I have a fat thumb, just one - the other one is not. The thumb holes on these gloves are pretty snug. I'm waiting to break them in some more but I might have to cut it to get my fatty through.

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David Platt wrote a review of on July 16, 2014

5 5

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

Just back from a 9 mile, mixed surface run - and I'm impressed. Overall the materials are great and the fit is perfect (for my foot).

The outsole is well lugged for great offroad traction, but they are well placed for road running too. Not wobbly or rough under foot. Forefoot protection is perfect for techincal terrain - but no so stiff that you lose feel for the trail.

Drop is a personal thing, but I'm a big fan of the 4mm drop for trail running, keeps you low and your foot in a nice natural, neutral position.

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David Platt wrote a review of on July 15, 2014

4 5

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

The number 1 thing you have to do when you get these shorts is cut apart the inner and outer shorts. There is NO REASON they should be connected the way they are. Cut the mesh connector then get rid of the extra material as close to the seem on both sides. No more bunching of extra fabric. Better fit from the floating outer short. And at the end a ride, pull off the liners and wear the shorts to the post-ride BBQ.

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David Platt wrote a review of on July 11, 2014

5 5

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

I am usually a gray base lens guy but I gave these a try. The world has never looked so good! It's a little like an instagram filter for your brain - but they are super clear and make details really pop.

With the lens adjusting to light they are easy to wear all day and you can get away with trips in and out of buildings without going blind in either direction. The block between 12-20% of visibile light depending on conditions.

Oh, and they come with a microfiber bag/cleaning cloth AND a very cool hard(ish) case to keep em safe. And at this price you'll want to take good care of them!

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David Platt wrote an answer about on July 11, 2014

Mo - I think the small will be easily dialed in for you. I'm roughly the same dimensions and at our size we are always right on the line between sm and md. The sm will feel more playful and the md more stable - but I'd worry about the medium putting your body (legs specifically) in the wrong position for best results.

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David Platt wrote an answer about on July 11, 2014

I don't have experience with these tents specifically, but I'll comment on the big difference I see - pole configuration. I'm a big fan of the X pole design over the more complex, multisized pole configs. They are easy to setup even in the dark, easy to repair, and just plain simple! When size and weight are relatively similar I'll go X pole all day long.

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David Platt wrote a review of on July 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a long time Shimano user and switching to SRAM was noisy! But not in a bad way! My older 105 shifters are very quiet through their motion, with a very subtle engagement. These Force 22s are VERY positive and very firm in their action. Very different but not worse - just something to be aware of.

DoubleTap is great except for the feedback at the very top of the cassette - when you are out of gears the shift action requires that you press and hold until it releases. If you don't wait long enough or press hard enough you get an unintended upshift which can be bad! This differs from the Shimano that just "locks" the lever and doesn't allow it to move.

This is a very personal preference but I don't love the shape of the hoods and I feel like the cables aren't as buried as they could be - you can still feel them through the material. You may not notice it...

Overall performance is excellent. Great mechanicals and a very solid feel. Also the best levers I've used yet with good range of adjustability on the shift lever.

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David Platt wrote a review of on July 10, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I run this cassette on a cyclocross setup for long mixed surface rides with lots of climbing. The cassette gives me a wide range of gears to choose from and the 32 is a lifesaver on some of the bigger climbs here in the Wasatch. Shifting is smooth up and down and it runs quiet paired with a SRAM chain. The jump between 28 and 32 can take a little getting used to, but it is not a detractor at all and people riding other wide range cassettes or 1x drivetrains won't even notice.

WiFLi 11-32 cassette option:
11-32: 11,12,13,14,15,17,19,22,25,28,32
Weight: 300g

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David Platt wrote a review of on July 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've got about 800 miles on a medium cage version running 11-32 cassette. Shift performance is very good and both setup and adjusting is easy. Shifts well under heavy load (when required) and hasn't required much attention at all.

Does a fine job managing chain slack across all gear combos in rough terrain (setup on a cyclocroos bike for trail use).

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David Platt wrote a review of on June 11, 2014

Stiff, Strong, Fast
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

One of the stiffest frames I've ridden. Fork is also stiff, but makes for very direct steering and braking even on very rough roads/trails. Flies on singletrack, climbs like crazy, handles anything you throw at it.
I'm pretty sure the 4-star doesn't include the RDO post, but the rest of the build is right on. Note that the wheels have a max pressure of 45psi, and the tires a marked minimum of 50. I'm running them tubed at 4o with no problem.
50cm frame with heavy SPD pedals and 2 cages comes in right at 19 lbs.

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David Platt wrote a review of on November 19, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Stiff enough to charge, but not too stiff to cruise. Great lateral support with a nice smooth flex. I can't speak to park performance...
Boa closure? HELL YES! Best thing to happen to footwear since velcro! Double dials, one for the forefoot, one for the cuff. Simple dial turn to fine tune fit with perfectly distributed pressure. But be ready - if you have laces now and you buy these it will ruin you forever.
I'm riding them right out of the box and they feel great - a little customization of the liner would make them heavenly.

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David Platt wrote a review of on November 18, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Columbia jackets are great for kids - this one is no exception. But the thing that makes them awesome is the outgrown system. Allowing you to make the arms and legs longer for a second season is a money saver! The sleeves seem to need it more than the legs, but a simple 2 minute process and you have a jacket that fits like you bought it yesterday - not a year ago.

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