David Platt

David Platt

SLC, UT

David Platt's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Biking
Skiing

David Platt'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 November 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Kiddo loves them - look just like dad's. Great fit, really nice foam, and lots of lens choices. Fit perfectly with the Smith Zoom Helmet too! Managed to scratch them with a whack from a snowboard edge, but they seem like they'll hold up well when not striking them with sharp metal!

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David Platt

David Platt wrote a review of on November 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was looking for some I/Os, but I found these instead. No they don't swap lenses as easy, maybe they don't have the super ultra high quality foam, but at less than half the price (way less) and a with a really similar fit, AND a bonus lens. Yeah - you are crazy to spend more. If you have money burning a hole in your pocket pick 2 prs and buy them. So when you leave them on top of you rig and drive down the canyon you will have a backup...

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David Platt wrote a review of on November 15, 2014

3 5

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

These are pretty nice socks. I wear them all the time. They are summer socks so they are really thin as expected. I'm not sure I can tell any difference between these and the attack sock for a few bucks less. Other than the snazzy patterns.

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David Platt

David Platt wrote a review of on November 15, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Columbia has been the go to for kids winter gear for a few season. We are just about to outgrow the old stuff so in with the new! This jacket is a great option with a lot of flexibility. Outer jacket, inner jacket, 2-in-1, 2 at the same time? Yup, all that.

Really well put together. Outgrow system is priceless and works perfectly.

A few comments - separating the insulation from the jacket itself means no powder skirt. We've liked that feature to really seal out the cold, we'll see how we do this year. And when you zip in the fleece and zip up tight you have 3 fairly large zippers all at the chin. Annoys me and I'm not even wearing it. Its a lot better if you keep them separate and only end up with 2 zippers. This might not be an issue on the way to school, but on the slopes it can get bothersome with a gaiter, etc...

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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

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

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

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 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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