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Eric Sivers

Eric Sivers wrote a review of on April 30, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

I bought these for a cabin trip and figured I wouldn't use them much beyond that. Turns out I ended up wearing them around the house nearly every day for the last few months. They're very comfortable. I bought a pair for my girlfriend, and she loves hers, too. We haven't had any lumpy footbed issues with ours. I wear size 12-12.5 and the 3XL fits me comfortably.

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Eric Sivers wrote a review of on May 9, 2011

5 5

I haven't crash-tested them yet, but these elbow pads stay in place and aren't uncomfortable at all. They fit just fine under a 3/4 sleeve Endura Burner jersey. They're light, so if I were a dedicated gravity rider I might look for something heavier, but for trail riding they're exactly what I was looking for. To be fair, these are my 1st pair of hard pads- I have 661 Evos that never stay put, and don't really give much of a feeling of confidence.

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Eric Sivers wrote a review of on August 16, 2010

5 5

I switched from a Specialized Phenom (143mm) to the Lynx DT b/c I was looking for a saddle with a rounded tail. I got tired of my shorts hanging up on the Phenom, but I still wanted a firmer, no-nonsense saddle. I wondered if I'd miss the width of the Phenom, which had after all been fitted to me via my LBS' butt-o-meter, but no worries.

The Lynx has a really wide and well-padded nose. This is awesome for steep climbs when you're perched on the end of the saddle.

And it looks cool.

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Eric Sivers wrote a review of on August 3, 2009

5 5

Believe the other reviews of Kaenon sunglasses. I have many pairs: Smith, Anon, Spy, Oakley, Gucci, Electric, etc. and the Kaenons have distinctly better clarity. I've been a vocal booster of Smith for a long time, and while I still like and wear several pair, I'm now always on the lookout for a deal on a new pair of Kaenons.

The Gauges are wide. I would say they're more of a large fit than medium-to-large. They're the widest sunglasses I've found so far. It would be nice if Backcountry actually gave dimensions the way some other sites do- I always have to go to another site to check... They fit larger than the Jettys, which I also have. The style is a little different. The Gauge have a more retro look; think Ace Rothstein in Casino. Pretty sweet. Mine are walnut, and as always with a translucent frame, they look much darker when they're on your head than in the photo.

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Eric Sivers wrote a review of on May 20, 2009

5 5

I have been paddling the 2006 model for several years (10.5 length). I really like the way it paddles. It's not as efficient as a touring boat, or as manueverable as a whitewater boat, but that's the point of the recreational class. I have been happy with it on flat water, but it shines on easier rivers. I've floated Class II rapids confidently in it, and I'm not much of a paddler. Tipping means a wet exit; you're not going to roll it with a spray skirt anyway. The hull compartment isn't waterproof, but it works to keep spray or waves out. The ability to raise/lower the skeg from the cockpit is a very nice feature. This boat may not have all the bells and whistles of some competitors (cupholders, dashboard compartments), but much of that can be added with aftermarket accesories. I have a Canpanion cupholder that I clip over the coaming, and it works fine. I'm 6'3" and ~230, and I've been very happy with the 10.5. Incidentally, the product info here disagrees with the Dagger website. They give a max load of 295 for the 10.5. One caveat- with plastic boats like this, careful storage is necessary to prevent deforming the hull.

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Eric Sivers wrote a review of on May 7, 2009

3 5

I like the knife a lot. But the sheath led me to put a different knife on my PFD. The sheaf is fairly big, but that didn't bother me. However, the clip sticks out far enough that I would hit the knife while rowing. Also, the clip is flexy and soft. It gradually bent open enough that the knife was flapping around on my PFD. I had the clip attached to the sheath as pictured above: clip open towards the tip of the knife. Perhaps reversing that would have been more stable and less likely to bend the clip. It was never likely to come off; the clip has a little hook on it that makes it pretty difficult to pull off a belt or PFD tab, but it didn't feel secure. If you can mount the sheath with straps, then it would feel a lot more secure.

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Eric Sivers wrote a review of on May 7, 2009

4 5

The suspension is pretty awesome. It's a very comfortable pack for trips where I'm hauling more than I need to. I haven't tried using the top as a lumbar pack, but I have pulled out the bladder sleeve to use as a basic hydration pack for side hikes. Good design, works well. Lots of access to the main compartment, and it has just enough pockets. Not too many so you rummage all over, but enough that you can compartmentalize efficiently.

Definitely not a light pack, but it's the one for more than a weekend, for winter trips, or trips where I need the volume for a bear canister. I'll probably pick up a lighter pack for weekend trips, though. Got my eye on an Exos.

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Eric Sivers wrote a review of on January 9, 2009

1 5

I gotta disagree with the other reviews. I had high expectations for a knife from SOG, but the construction and materials just don't cut it. I have owned a lot of knives from CRKT, Gerber, Kershaw, etc. The plastic handles on the Flash II look and feel like cheap plastic. Nothing near as substantial as the zytel on a cheaper CRKT. The blade isn't the greatest either, but I'll admit that my regular knife is the big CRKT M-16, so I'm used to a beefy blade. The overall construction just feels weak. And the triangular shape to the handle just feels weird in your hand and pocket. I bought it on a SAC deal, so I'm not out much, but it's getting 'spare' duty and l leave it in the truck door box.

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Eric Sivers wrote a review of on January 7, 2009

4 5

I've used them on a couple of (lift-served) ski days so far, with temps at 8 and 20. I have cold hands, and they've done OK. I noticed slightly chilly fingers on the colder day, but once I started moving, they warmed up fine. What really impressed me was after getting snow into one of the gloves (set it down), my hand was wet and cold for about 5 minutes. The liners dried out really quickly and my hand was warm again surprisingly fast. Construction is good, the gloves look and feel great, and the idiot straps are really nice. They're fastened inside the gauntlet, and are wide elastic straps you slip over your wrists. No wrestling them over your jacket, and nothing to snag. One thing I notice: the gauntlet isn't insulated, so getting the cuff snugged down over your jacket is more important than with some over gloves I've had. So far, pretty happy with these.

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Eric Sivers wrote a review of on May 5, 2008

3 5

Backpacker gave this pad a good review, but noted that the pump isn't much help. I couldn't get it to do much myself, and if there's a trick to it, the enclosed guide isn't much help. But my biggest beef with the pump is that it makes the rolled pad much thicker than it needs to be (but only on one end). So it's a pain to cram it into the stuff sack, b/c it rolls up asymmetrically. Comfortable pad, but the pump (which I wouldn't use anyway) is a pain. No thanks. I'll be returning this one.

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