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Ian Houghton

Ian Houghton

Revelstoke, BC

Ian Houghton's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Skiing
Climbing

Ian Houghton

Ian Houghtonwrote a review of on July 5, 2013

3 5

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

Love the colour blocking on this jersey - it really stands out. Unfortunately the white portion stains very easily. One ride in the mud and 3 washes later it still has faded brown spots all over the chest. Haven't tried a hot wash yet though. The stripes are made up of separately stitched material, and the seams inside protrude a little. They haven't been uncomfortable yet, but I haven't taken it on any long XC rides, just downhill. Hopefully they don't rub in the long run. It advertises anti-microbial qualities, but I can't say I've noticed much of a difference in stench between this and my other jerseys without it. Small chamois on the inside for eyewear is kind of superfluous, and impossible to access with a pack on.

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Ian Houghton

Ian Houghtonwrote a review of on July 5, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used the pack on singletrack, fire road and bike park for quite a few days now. It's held everything I've needed to carry (tools, food, extra layers, helmet, armour) and the weight distribution has been great. You can strap all the external gear (armour and helmet) down firmly so it doesn't get in the way on the pedal up. The organisational pockets are a god-send, and much better than my previous Nalgene pack. The slim, bike-tailored fit is very nice for ventilation. The hydration pack is good, but it would be nice if the valve was a bit simpler to open. It's impossible to do one-handed while riding on singletrack, and the bladder has tasted a bit like chemicals a couple of times. Hopefully this will dissipate with time though.

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Ian Houghton

Ian Houghtonwrote a review of on November 19, 2012

3 5

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

Tried these on in a store and was very disappointed with the peripheral - didn't seem any larger than the Smith I/O original, and nowhere near the kind of FOV you get from an EG2, for instance. Also, these truly are for a LARGE face. I can normally wear large-framed goggles, but these left a fairly large gap around the bridge of my nose. I recommend trying before buying.

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