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Drew wrote an answer about on August 24, 2011

The built weight is a couple pounds lighter.
However, that's not the reason to ride a hard tail single speed...it's a totally different ride experience. Unless I'm doing a route/race with an absolute ton of steep climbing, or tons burly rocks and jumps/drops, I'm on my 26" wheeled steel SS hardtail. It's just fun. connects you with the trail, and has an incredible feeling of efficiency if you have the quads. My 5+inch FS bike is fun, but makes me kind of lazy on the downs. They both have their place.

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Drew wrote a question about on August 17, 2011

How does the Brisk compare in warmth and pack-ability/lightness versus the Marmot Driclime Windshirt or Catalyst jackets?

By spec it's only a couple oz heavier...I love an ems-version of the windshirt that I have for its warmth, versatility, and lightweight pack-ability, but it's time for a replacement, and this jacket looks interesting for the extra stretch and perhaps nicer feel? Feedback?

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Drew wrote a question about on April 29, 2011

This is generally a great jacket for its...

This is generally a great jacket for its intended purpose. Served as a good intermediate layer while trekking in Nepal and a light layer for windy days in Thailand. The hood is nice when the weather is unsettled and you might need a little extra coverage. Not sure I really need the extra breathability of the lighter/stretchy sleeves, but it does breath well for high output activities. For low exertion efforts, I often reach for a jacket with more full protection.

One issue though: Does anyone else have issues with the velcro tabs on the cuffs? I think I have last year's version and the velcro isn't very sticky, and tends to come undone/flop around while running, xc skiing, and even walking sometimes. It seems like too small issue to return the jacket (as I've considered), but it can be pretty annoying on this otherwise nice jacket.

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Drew wrote a review of on January 4, 2010

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I've only been on free heels for a season, so take this with a grain of salt...

I currently have a set of garmont syner-g boots, and was looking for something a bit taller/stiffer. I'd been eyeing the ener-g or BD push when I had the opportunity to demo a set of the voodoo's for a few runs. I was on a set of Atomic Kailas (88 waist) with voile switchbacks in fairly firm conditions.

First impression. Very different last/shape than the syner-g. I have an admittedly wide flat foot, and scarpa boots generally don't work for me. Knowing that the liners hadn't been baked on the voodoo, I'm still pretty sure that the arch area and the outside perimeter/ball of my foot would never quite fit right in these boots. My dogs were cramping pretty quickly.

How did they ride?
As expected, they had a significantly stiffer/taller feel than the syner-g's, and had more forward lean. The lean would likely be good for more aggressive folks. Unfortunately, I'm not too aggressive yet (single blacks and blues), it’s early season, and I hadn't warmed up, so my quads burnt up pretty quick.

The bellows flexed very smooth... significantly softer than the bellows on my syner-g's, which took some getting used to. Once gotten used to, this might help you keep the ball of your foot down rather than tip-toeing, but might be too soft for some?

I had a thin cycling sock on, which allowed me to feel the bellows coming down on top of my foot a little, but not painfully so. A thicker sock would probably eliminate the top of foot feel.

Unfortunately, my feet were screaming in these so I only got 3 or 4 runs, which was only long enough for these quick impressions.

With a bit of liner/shell work, these would probably be a good set for me and I might be able to get used to the softer bellows. However, given that the last of the syner-g/ener-g are pretty similar and only needed minor work, I'll probably go back to those to make life easier.
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Drew wrote an answer about on March 28, 2009

I've got a similar Q. Have considered both skis, and also the Karhu Spire.
I see the upside of converting the Work Stinx, is that when my A. Kailas tele set-up dies or I want a fatter AT set-up, i could convert the Work Stinx as tele w/o re-drilling. Anyone ski the Work Stinx as AT? Any comparison between these K2 skis and the karhu spire?
Thanks.
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Drew wrote an answer about on March 28, 2009

I've got a similar Q. Have considered both skis, and also the Karhu Spire.
I see the upside of converting the Work Stinx, is that when my A. Kailas tele set-up dies or I want a fatter AT set-up, i could convert the Work Stinx as tele w/o re-drilling. Anyone ski the Work Stinx as AT? Any comparison between these K2 skis and the karhu spire?

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Drew wrote a question about on February 2, 2009

I have heard that the Garmont shells/liners realy just come in one-size jumps and they rely on the thermofit to dial the fitting. Is this true?If so, would the 29.5 size be the same as the 29 or the 30? Thanks CoryAlso. I have a pressure point on the outside of my foot, just forward and above the ankle pivot "axle". Does anyone, know if the shell could be blown out in that spot by a good bootfitter, and not interfere with the walk mode?

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Drew wrote a question about on January 28, 2009

I'm just crossing into AT from boarding for 20 years so I'm just getting used to in-bound blacks. I demo'd these boots this past weekend. I have somewhat wide/flat feet, so it took a little while to get the forefoot dialed. I might have missed the forward lean adjuster, but I felt like I wanted more lean but the stiffness at the shin was painful and never settled into a comfortable spot. I was bruised by the end of the day. Anyone else have this problem or a solution?

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