New River Gorge WV, Richmond, VA
After reconstructive ankle surgery, it's been nearly impossible to find ANY shoes that fit comfortably, let alone biking shoes. I'm SO thrilled with these, as the fit is great, both supportive and comfortable. The speed-lacing system is very easy and secure. Overall, these are my favorites of any MTB shoe I've ever owned. No more painful foot, heel, or numb toes !! Sizing was right on the money, and while they aren't exactly wide, they are certainly more roomy than the more typical narrow-width shoes. The few minutes I spent ahead of my purchase w/the gear expert on chat was WELL worth the time.
WAY too late to help you, but might be good for others... I was in the exact same boat, and on advice of the fine folks at Backcountry, went for the L/XL. It is a fantastic fit, and does not wiggle at all. At this point, I'm glad I made the choice I did.
After owning several "discount" helmets, I got serious when my wife sustained a concussion from a mtn bike accident that literally BROKE apart her helmet. I know that's part of the design for absorbing energy, but not the way hers broke. I needed a helmet that would protect my noodle as I worked on building my skills and bravery, and one that would breathe enough to make riding on 95deg days a possibility. This is IT. Love this helmet so much that I bought a second, just in case I ever *ahem* damage the first one ;-P
Great coverage, excellent fit with plenty of easy adjustment, and good ventilation. This is a very comfortable helmet with MUCH better coverage and ventilation than others I've used.
These are lightweight, durable, and do the trick for me, as in intermediate rider. I was mostly looking to protect my forearms and elbows from trees, branches, and occassionally gravel or dirt, all without spending a ton of money. These fit the bill perfectly !!