Francis D.

Francis D.

Denver, CO

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Training, staying fit, and having fun. Snowboarding, road cycling, mountain biking, cross country skiing, and triathlon keep me outside the majority of the year.

Francis D.

Francis D. wrote a review of on July 30, 2009

4 5

I've tried a lot of different full faced helmets and this one fits me the best. I always wear a Medium in road/mountain helmets (I'm at the upper end of the sizing range though), but I guess my head is a weird shape because many of the full-faced mediums were just too tight. Specialized Deviant (too tight), Giro Remedy (too tight), SixSixOne (too tight). So I'd try the large size and they were way too big. The Bell Drop in a medium is just right. Way better venting than a SixSixOne and if it were vented like the Deviant, then 5 stars, but it's not quite that luxurious. Great lid.

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Francis D. wrote a review of on June 8, 2009

3 5

The sizing is very small for these shorts. I'm typically fit mediums from the majority of Euro fit brands that I've purchased: Capo, Craft, Squadra, even Castelli. Yet these are very small. Definitely size up one size, maybe even two if you typically wear non-Euro fit shorts. The sizing was the first disappointment, but then came the tag. These shorts are made in China, which typically I expect, but I didn't expect this from Castelli; one of the most Italian of cycling brands. I guess they need to make a dime somehow and a good pricepoint bib made in China is the way they are doing this.

Finally, there is the issue of the material itself; it's just not that comfortable. The material is a little on the tough side, and when compared to shorts in the $150 pricepoint, these bibs fall short.

If you are really on a budget, these shorts will work, just order up a size and don't expect too much. If you can come up with a little extra cash (or find them on sale), bibs in the $150 range are much more comfortable and worth every penny.

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Francis D. wrote a review of on February 2, 2009

4 5

I liked my custom, actually, I loved my custom until I road the new Burton Hero. The custom rips, has a decent amount of pop for an all-mountain board, and is nice and responsive. The custom is definitely an all-mountain board and its flex patterns reflect this. The nose is a bit stiffer than the tail and overall, the board is responsive because it's fairly stiff. I'm not saying it's custom X or Vapor stiff, just that it definitely is not a true park board (and it's not trying to be). It's great on the jumps and I'm sure it would be good in the pipe (I don't ride pipe), but it's not the best for jibbing. So yeah, it's a great board, but demo a reverse camber or zero camber board prior to investing in the Custom. The Fix and The Hero are Burton's zero and reverse camber boards, respectively. The Hero definitely shreds the pow better than the Custom does, and it has a ton of pop and flex, yet holds a good edge even on hard pack.

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Francis D. wrote a review of on January 20, 2009

5 5

Gore-Tex is awesome, a built in wrist guard helps prevent any issues in the park, and the fleece lining is nice and comfy on the inside. For days when the temperature drops to the single digits then a hand warmer does the trick for keeping warm; a liner would work as well. Good quality construction, would definitely buy again

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Francis D. wrote a review of on January 20, 2009

4 5

I picked these up for my girlfriend and ordered them a 1/2 size larger than her Salomon boots, but they were still too small. Picked up the next size up and they were perfect after a heat molding session (that's a total of 1 full size larger than her Salomon boots). The heat packs are on the budget side and therefore only get about 4 hours on the middle setting, but they keep her toes nice and toasty considering her very poor circulation. If the heat packs held their charge as advertised then this boot would get 5 stars. If you can get this boot on Whiskey, it's more than worth the sizing and heat pack issue.

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Francis D. wrote a review of on January 20, 2009

5 5

I rode the G10 for about 3 seasons and then hit my head pretty good one day. There were no visible cracks, but I figured it was time for a replacement. The new version comes with a retention system just like the Giro bike helmets, so the fit is even better with the new lid. The venting system rocks, keep it closed up on cold days or cold mornings, then open it up on the fly as the temp increases or as you start lapping the park, trees, or bumps. Good style too.

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