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.
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.
Chromag makes some really sweet gear. The finish is awesome. My previous bars were 710mm, and I'm really digging the extra width of a 760mm bar.
Black Chrome Fubars OSX on my WFO.
Lightweight, warm, very packable, and looks good. What else can you say? This will go on every trip with me. Even for summer trips, it's the perfect "just-in-case-it-gets-cold" layer.
I'm 6'3, 225, and I like the fit of a large.
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.
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.
When I put them on for the first time, my buddy said "Very David Lee Roth!" Really nice optics and finish quality. Nice case and sleeve, too. I've had many pairs of Smiths over the years, and an Oakley and Anon here and there. I'm pleased with my first Kaenons.
This is a very individual question. I would recommend checking out some of the gear forums at Backpacking Light. There's a huge amount of chatter over this pad. The consensus seems to be coming down towards 3-season use, but what works for one may not for another; we're all snowflakes, etc. I will be buying a Neoair for myself, but it won't replace my Exped Downmat for winter trips.
I haven't compared it first-hand to the Pedros or Cutter Y-wrenches, but it's solid enough for me. I chose it largely for the ball driver, which I find really useful. It's a lot stronger than the allen keys on my multi-tool, so this lives in my Camebak.
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.
Pound them in with a rock, and you won't bend them. They hold surprisingly well in sand. They pull out pretty easily. I'll buy another set for every new tent I get.
Probably depends where on the beach you're pitching. When I floated Desolation Canyon, over half of my tent sites were on sand, and I was surprised by how well they held. But if you're on loose dune sand, you'll probably need deadmen.
These are EXACTLY what I want in a pair of softshell pants: Dryskin body, WB400 knees, removable suspenders and internal gaiters. I thought about having Beyond make me a pair, but why bother when Cloudveil has already done it?
These are the ticket for spring skiing (with a lightweight pair of merino tights), XC skiing anytime, and any other shoulder-season activity. I took them along on a Desolation Canyon float in April and wore them pretty much all the time around camp.
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.
I'll confirm what a couple have written. The zip pocket is too small for a 32-oz Nalgene (even though Osprey shows one there in the product manual). The stretch pocket on the other side will take one, but depending on the load, it can work itself out.
As long as it's not about to rain or too cold (below ~30), this is the one. I like the understated look and color. I got the coffee, and have gotten a number of compliments. I'm 6'3", 230, and XL fits perfectly.
Wind comes through it somewhat. Think of it as a wool version of a fleece. With a tight-weave merino top underneath (Ibex, Icebreaker) it's a pretty warm combination.
Orange is orange. Anodized is blueish grey. Bright is raw aluminum. I have several of all 3.
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.
Noticeably better than other brands'. They just work and work well.
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