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Duncan Masland

Duncan Masland

Alpine

Duncan Masland's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

Duncan Masland's Bio

Cyclist, skier, climber, runner, powerpoint monkey.

Duncan Masland

Duncan Maslandwrote a review of on November 25, 2014

5 5

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

I've been abusing three pairs of these socks for the last six years. They've seen thousands of miles on the bike and are still going strong. The material is thin and fits perfectly without bunching or annoying seams. The merino keeps the stink away, and they're made in the USA... not much else you could ask for!

Note that the Wooleators offer no padding and no cushioning. Check out Defeet's running socks if you're looking for a more substantial sock.

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Duncan Maslandwrote a review of on November 25, 2014

5 5

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

Awesome cold weather cycling sock. Mine have seen four years of CX mud and New England base miles and still look new.

Unlike Defeet's Woolie Boolie sock, these are less fuzzy on the inside and feel more dense. I would describe them as mid-weight, meaning they are warm yet still fit in your cycling shoes.

Made in the USA too!

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Duncan Masland

Duncan Maslandwrote a review of on November 25, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used the full range of tuning systems. I prefer simple file guides such as this one because they are efficient, easy to keep clean, and durable. You can get more life out of your files and stones because you're not limited on how or where to clamp them.

Tuning and waxing should be meditative, not a headache of lost angle shims and gummed up rollers. Keep it simple.

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Duncan Maslandwrote a review of on November 25, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Light, compact, and durable. Packs so much better than a nalgene.

I keep mine in the freezer between uses. A quick rinse, no drying time, and zero funk. I used to prefer hard bottles because of the ease of cleaning, but the freezer levels the playing field.

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Duncan Maslandwrote a review of on November 21, 2014

4 5

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

I've abused the Boreas skiing, climbing, and running. It offers light weather protection and sun protection. Breathes well and sheds light snow. Skiing: I tend to wear it over a base layer on the skin track. It dries out quickly under a synth puffy on the way down. Climbing: it cuts just a bit of wind and holds up well to the rock.

Fit: I'm 5'11" and 165lb and the medium fits me well. Sleeves are plenty long. Slightly boxy in the torso.

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Duncan Maslandwrote a review of on November 21, 2014

5 5

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

Recommended!

Light and breathable, sheds just a bit of wind, and offers great sun protection. Note the mesh material on the upper back and armpits. Perfect for running, setting the skin track, or logging uphill miles on groomers. The hood is really two parts: a form fitting/stretchy cap and a slightly looser face covering. I prefer this hood to the hood on my R1. Comfortable unzipped, zipped all the way up, and over a baseball hat.

Fit: a medium fits me perfectly. 5'11", 165lb. Trim but not tight and plenty of length in the sleeves.

Similar to the Rab Boreas, but with a trimmer cut and better hood. The Boreas offers a bit more weather and abrasion resistance.

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Duncan Maslandwrote a review of on December 4, 2013

5 5

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

The best baselayer for high output aerobic activities. Period.

Breathes extremely well so it's comfortable in a range of temperatures. If I'm working hard and it's below 40*, this baselayer is on my back. I've owned the SS and LS version for 4 years and they are holding up very well. Highly recommended.

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