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Dianoda

Dianoda

Based in Chi-town, IL.

Dianoda's Bio

Most of my outdoor pursuits are driven by my hobby as a photographer with great enthusiasm for wildlife and nature. I currently shoot Canon - my go to gear includes a 7D body with 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II, 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS lenses. I romp around nature parks and forest preserves year-round looking for that next great shot. Backcountry has the non-photo gear I need/want for my pursuits.

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Dianodawrote a review of on July 20, 2012

5 5

It doesn't get much lighter than this, and these bars are pretty darn stiff, too. Admittedly, the Ergosum LTD does have maybe a bit more flex in it at the very tips compared to the 7000 series aluminum bar that came stock on my Fuji, but I can forgive that because it weighs about 120g less. And I can't really notice any difference in stiffness in the drops, which is where I spend most of my time anyways. Being carbon, it does ride noticeably smoother.

If I was doing it all over again, I'd probably opt for the team edition over the LTD - weight is about 25g more, but you gain the option of mounting clip-ons (ie, tri-bars, etc.), and the price is slightly more reasonable.

All in all, there really isn't anything wrong with the ergosum LTD, and I love the shape of the drop - fairly shallow, but ergonomic. It's a great bar if you typically ride in an aggressive position and want weight as low as possible. But the trade off for not being about to mount tri-bars is a small mark against it IMO, as is the normally sky high asking price (on that note, thanks, bonktown/chainlove!). It looks great, too - I almost feel bad about covering that glossy carbon finish with bar tape.

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Dianodawrote a review of on July 12, 2012

5 5

These could not be any better for their intended purpose - hiking/walking anywhere a lightweight breathable pant is desired.

In all honesty, these are pretty much flawless in design and execution and leave me with nothing to be desired. They are remarkably durable for the weight (which is minimal - my 30x32's weigh 9.2oz), and the material is thin enough to roll up into shorts without looking goofy (not that I care about what I look like in the backcountry) or compromising breathability (ie, they still vent well at the leg openings). The thinner fabric means they retain very little moisture and dry quickly when they do get wet, and being tight-woven nylon, they are rather water resistant to begin with. The pockets are numerous, well-placed and functional. They look great, fit great, move well.

I'd buy these again in a heartbeat.

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Dianodawrote a review of on March 27, 2012

5 5

Takes the mystery out of tightening down your fancy bike bits and the included 4/5/6mm hex heads should be all you need to take care of 90% of the screws on most bikes. As soon as I got it out of the package I re-tensioned all the relevant fancy bits of my bike and the cleats to my carbon-soled road shoes. The wrench works like a charm, fits nicely in hand, and was a great deal off bonktown.

One caveat - I did manage to destroy a set of supposedly 7000 series aluminum screws with this wrench while installing a CF bottle cage. Given the nature of the failure - the heads of each screw simultaneously popped off while I was tightening one down at or near the 5NM limit - I think it has a lot more to do with cheap screws and less with this wrench - so go nuts, just try not to lose sight of common sense (for example, bottle cages don't need to be crazy tight).

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Dianodawrote a review of on February 1, 2011

5 5

Overall a great shell. I found a sweetheart deal on the spring '10 version (or possibly fall '09?) in Cinder and took the plunge. Materials and finish are top-notch, the design has great attention to detail. Through 9 or so months of ownership I've had zero issues with regards to durability, it still looks and performs like new (Westcomb does note you will want to wash it from time to time to renew waterproof/breathable properties). That said, I haven't been particularly hard on it - relatively light loads so far, less than 30#'s, with few chances to test abrasion resistance.

Regarding fit, I'm 5'8" and 175lbs, 32 sleeve/44 chest and large is my size of choice. The jacket is tall enough to cover 6-6.5 inches past my waist in front (the back of the jacket extends about 3 inches further) and has internal pulls on either side to tighten things down. The hood is also very adjustable, with plenty of room for a helmet underneath (I've used it without issue with a bike helmet). Sleeve length is plenty more than I need, but given the Velcro/elastic cuffs I can't see how they could ever get in the way.

As an FYI: In addition to the 3 external pockets (1 chest, 2 on either side), there is also a small internal chest pocket with headphone pass-through behind the external chest pocket.

After putting this shell through poor rain/humidity conditions multiple times, I've become a belieVer. eVent fabric is just eerily breathable. The worse case conditions I've had are probably the following: 50-55 degree temps, light to medium rain and 95%+ humidity @ medium activity level for 4.5-5 hours. The jacket did not and has never wet out on me, it is amazing as to what it can take without getting swampy.

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