Vail/Beaver Creek/Eagle, CO
Going into my third season, I love this helmet. It's super light, and the fit is superb. It keeps me pretty cool on those mid afternoon grinders without leaving me feeling exposed when things get wild. The removable pads are nice for washing. The graphics are still sharp as a knife. The visor is even tight still and doesn't flop around. This helmet even sports goggles with ease and great fit, just in case you have an identity crisis. Buy it!
Wet, dry, gloves, bare hands, these grips are sick! With proper rotation I've even used them for 2 whole seasons. They lose the brightness of color pretty quickly, but what would you expect from a piece of rubber that you hold onto with your nasty gloves and hands for hours on end. The rings are completely reusable with every new pair. After seeing the beating the rings take I would not recommend wasting the money on the bling color versions, unless you never ever crash, turn your bike upside down, or bump into other bars.
Pretty rad shirt. Get a lot of compliments just walking around in it. I have the blue, and so far the color is pretty vivid after a few washes. The fit is a little more relaxed, I would probably go for a small over a medium if I bought it again. The collar is a little loose, and it is a little baggy to be ripping through the trees without it getting snagged. Pick one up!
Bought this for my DH bike since I was looking for something light and low profile. I don't intend on spending any significant time actually on the saddle so this review may be a little useless, but it does feel good for the short time I am on it. Just to make sure all the weight wienie cry babies were correct I did weigh it, and yes it is 217g. For me, that's great, lighter than most really expensive options. The cheesy alien is pretty ghey, but the overall colors, materials, and profile actually look pretty rad on the bike. It's pretty durable, and only has a slight rash after a couple dumps. The rails are still square after a few hard landing. If you are looking for a light, low profile, and cost effective option for your DJ/FR/DH bike, I would definitely recommend it at the price. I know I would be pretty upset about ripping up a $199 seat after bailing down an ugly steep...
Stem looks great on the bike. Holds the bars like it should. All the anodizing and graphics are pretty durable so far. Only gripes are that headset spacers have to be very thin profile, otherwise the stem pinches them and doesn't mount square to the crown. Also be sure to either locktite the bolts or always make sure you check the tension, they tend to back out easily. Other than, light, strong, and blingy option for the rig!
The side seam all blown out from crank chafe...
Just got my helmet in today. Looks great, light, fits true. Coming from the original Fox Pilot full face from 1999, it's pretty easy to see the changes in padding since then. The Pilot was a DOT/Snell cert helmet so it is easy to see the differences in protection, coverage, fit, and build when comparing to a bicycle full face. The quality is pretty nice, looks a little more cheap than my Pilot, but in all fairness my Pilot was $300. Fit is true to Fox sizing, Pilot was small, Rampage is small. No movement and very secure on my head, and once the padding settles in this is gonna be a perfect fit. Only real complaints are cheap hardware and mine came with a big fat paint run on the top. Looking forward to raging with this next season, and I would definitely recommend this to anyone, especially at sale prices!
As usual, with all Dakine gloves, I'm super impressed. I actually started the season with a pair from another company, and was so unimpressed I bought these halfway through. I wear these for everything with complete confidence. They breathe great on long XC and AM days, and protect with great dexterity on big DH/FR days. Taken several spills from all angles and haven't even stressed the seams or material. They even wash great. If you're not really stoked on the full blown carbon knuckle gig, but want the same protection in your everyday glove, these are perfect for you. After a whole summer of riding, there are a few stressed seams and a ripped palm at the pad. I also have notices a slight pressure point on my pinky knuckles. I will definitely buy them again, and maybe size up just to see if that helps the pressure spots.
When I first got these in I thought I made a mistake. They are HEAVY. The pads are stiff and large, but hey, that's why I bought padded shorts right? After trying them on, they transformed entirely. I will agree with a previous poster that the thigh elastic is a little tight, but it never makes me uncomfortable, even after 6 hours. They fit so slim and nice, you can't even tell they are there under jeans! And yes, they make a big difference in protection. You never really know how much they protect until you inevitably fall, glad I bought them! Would have been a 5 star for sure, if it wasn't for the tight thighs.
Upon receiving them, I found the packaging weighed more than the bars themselves. Initial inspection deemed them of quality construction and materials. After installing, they look awesome, the width felt great and there was plenty of room for any amount of gadgets you could throw on there. After riding, they greatly reduced the vibration fatigue, lightened up the front end slightly, and gave very good response. The rise is nice because its not to high. Definitely worth the money, and would recommend them to anyone in the market for new bars on their all-mountain bikes.
Got the really rare (discontinued) White/Black. Look sick and super comfortable. As far as grip, WOW! I haven't slipped a pedal once since buying these. First pair of 5.10's and I'm a believer! Normally wear an 11 and read several other reviews saying to buy a whole size down. Went with the 10 and they fit perfect. If you can try on a pair anywhere go for it to avoid the returns and exchanges.
UPDATE ON DURABILITY 8/15/11
After a short season (May to August) these shoes are toast. In comparison to past seasons I haven't gotten as many rides in at this point, but for some reason these shoes have worn out. The side of the sole has peeled loose from the bottom, making a flap around the whole shoe and tearing in a couple places. The crank arm side of the shoe has blown a seam as well. It seems like a bad place to have that style of seam, as it apparently catches on the crank. The sole feels pretty compressed now, like the padding is shot. Still love the shoe, but I'm pretty disappointed in the duability. If you are considering the Freerider, wait till the 2012 comes out this winter/spring. They will have toe caps, new sole design, and a streamlined design. I will give them a shot, only because of the complete redesign.
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