Faisal Latiff

Faisal Latiff

Bukit Timah Hill, Mt. Niseko An'nupuri, Mt. Sahoro-dake

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Faisal Latiff

Faisal Latiff wrote a review of on October 26, 2013

5 5

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

My 1st try of a semi-minimalist shoe. Used it for a couple of weekend trail runs & an obstacle race on beach sand. True to size, felt firm & fitting (I have low-volume feet) at the first try - likely due to lower stack height of the shoe. Outsole has multi-directional lugs - they are shallow & rather stiff which I suppose would see through much abuse on terrain. Outsoles are grippy, even on flat, semi-wet surfaces. I love the responsiveness of the Kinvara & despite the mention of firmness & stiffness above, I find the shoe flexible at speed after breaking them in. Very light & easy to dry too. Definitely a fan.

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Faisal Latiff wrote a review of on October 19, 2013

Great Trail Helmet!
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Head size 58m or Medium. Objectively, I've had 2 other comparisons, and without naming brands I found one with too big a shell (you look like a mushroom) and another in combi sizes (eg: S/M, M/L, etc) not a right fit - it was either too tight or there too much room. The GIRO Feature got the sizing for me dead-on and with a slim side profile to boot. For those worried about protection, coverage is good on the sides (as with any other lid) with an extended rear coverage (has an adjustable dial), so putting on goggles for mucky days is not a problem. One gripe is that the contact with low branches at speed leaves behind small white scratches (I'm using a black Feature). But positively, it's a reason to stick on the decals to jazz up the Feature. Comfy for an all-day trail ride, without any headache-related squeeze. Love the moto-style peak too.

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Faisal Latiff wrote a review of on October 13, 2013

Great for Mixed USe
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I get in up to 10km per run amid my busy schedule, & my running route is a combi of paved roads & flat trails. What struck me first was how cushy (not too much off the ground, with just a right feel of terrain) these shoes feel, with a nice balance for someone with a high instep. Good grip as well on the downslopes. I usually wear a size US8 (snowboard boots, SPD shoes) but decided to order this in USD8.5 for more toe-room for longer runs, & it was a nice fit without being too overly loose. Comments on the treads & midsoles by other reviewers are a concern for me, but I doubt I put in distances as long as they do to wear the pair out too fast. I'm definitely looking forward to more runs with my Bajada!

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Faisal Latiff wrote a review of on March 30, 2013

Very Comfy & Secure
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Used this on a 5-day trip to Japan, and it's a very comfortable and snug fit without being too overly tight (I'm wearing a Medium for my 58cm noggin). As for the vents being "adjustable", you can't do it on the go... i.e. you've to take it off and adjust the flaps attached to the helmet liner to block or unblock the vents. Not an issue for me as I have the flaps out to block the vents most times and I don't overheat. Overall, this helmet's good enough for its intended purpose.

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Faisal Latiff wrote a review of on March 30, 2013

5 5

From home to the airport, and to the slopes I expand the pack to 26L to hold a pair of gloves, beanies, a jacket, insulated pants, a water bottle and a down mid layer (in the external front compartment for easy access when it gets chilly) - fully laden at 5 to 6kg. On the slopes, I trim the pack back down to 22L to hold riding essentials like water, a midday snack, my GoPro/ Contour (when not attached)/ Samsung S3 in the padded front pocket, and there's still space for my helmet when I take it off to hike. I don't remove the Shield system and weight was not an issue. Overall, this is one tough pack that has seen me through 12-hour flights (to & back each), 5 solid days out on the snow, and likely able to take way much more as we go along.

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Faisal Latiff wrote a review of on March 30, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought & used the DC Focus 153 on my 2nd trip out in Mar 2013 (1st was in Feb 2012 & on a rental Burton Cruzer 151). Excellent board that saw me through my S-turns refresher, switch riding, ollies/hops, and presses. Transitions nicely from edge to edge without catching, especially on faster slopes. Given this is a park board, I have however NOT used it in the park yet. Overall, a good learner board for me.

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Faisal Latiff wrote a review of on March 9, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I ride in the tropics - as hot & humid as 36 degrees C to 25 degrees C on a heavy downpour. Have used this jacket in light drizzle during road riding to heavy rain on the trail - it serves its purpose in keeping me dry during the earlier, and keeping chill out in the latter. Fit is just nice - I'm Asian with 38in chest and the M size fits me fine (over a light jersey). Elastic cuffs keep the sleeves from riding up, with pockets in the back to stow small items. The jacket stows away into a small bundle. Also, I use it with the Craft Rain Booties. Both are my 2 must-haves on every ride, and easily stowed in my hydration haversack

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Faisal Latiff wrote a review of on March 9, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Incredible value for $$$ when compared to the XT/ XTR. True that latter 2 pedals offer better finishes, quality materials, & smoother performance. Tried all 3 & the M530s low price tag, unnoticeable difference in operations won me over. Love the larger platform on the M530s, as it offers ample surface contact to your shoe when unclipped - very useful on rocky sections of the trail. Over the course of 7 years of biking, I've only gone through 3 Shimano SPD pedals... and I'm sure the M530s will last a year or 2 of trail bashing.

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Faisal Latiff wrote a review of on March 2, 2013

Perfect for Medium Sized Hands
4 5

I ride both trail & XC, and recently installed these bar-ends on the latter bike. It's not too long, the curvature/ shape is very comfortable and just right for medium sized hands (I generally wear gloves in Medium). Depending on your gloves, I found this a very secure grip even with full-figured gloves on ascents. Overall, very happy with this product.

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Faisal Latiff wrote a review of on February 17, 2013

Light-weight Sunnies for Biking
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought the Dolomite in white & separately, vented Bike Red Lenses (Amazon). I love these as much as my Oakley Split Jackets, the main difference is that the Dolomite is a better fit for smaller faces, & it's light & flushed with my face I forget I have them on sometimes. They do still fog up a bit when I wait for the lights to go green on my road rides... but hey, so do my Oakley Split Jackets (also with vented lenses) when I ride trails on a humid day. Despite initial reservations about snap-on interchangeable lenses, they hold pretty well. Use them for golf (with Extra Contrast lenses) as well. So yeah, love them.

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Faisal Latiff wrote a review of on February 17, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I wear size "42" M077 Shimano MTB shoes and found the Medium Booties a stretch to cover the heels. But after they go over and zipped up, they were fine. No squeeze during pedaling (2-hour rides usually) and did a good job keeping shoes dry in light rain. Not sure how long the stitching will last with the stretching when putting it on. Three rides in, pretty satisfied with the booties, though a Large would have been a better choice for me.

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Faisal Latiff wrote a review of on October 13, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm one of the many who are in between sizes, but generally a Medium. Have tried shorts from various brands - they were either too tight or they rode a little low when dismounting at certain sections on the trail. Then I found the Syncline - adjustable waist bands made for a perfect fit.A mesh inner with zippers at the thighs for added ventilation, snaps and loops to secure your chamois/ liner shorts. Roomy enough, and yet not snagging when pedaling, and goes over your knee pads nicely. What else can I say? Love these Shorts!

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Faisal Latiff wrote a review of on October 6, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Decided to switch from my medium-sized Limar 911 to this in Stealth Black. Was apprehensive about the sizing at first. Admittedly, when it arrived, the S/M was just slightly tight for my head (58cm noggin)... resolved this by taking out the side padding and velcro bits. Now it fits great. Good looking helmet, great ventilation (I'm in the tropics at 35degrees Celsius at day's peak), and I love the the retention system. Comfy on my rides (mostly 2 - 3 hour trails excursions). Conclusion - no regrets. "What Mountain Bike" winner... I guess they weren't wrong ;)

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