Jeff B.

Jeff B.

Jeff B.

Jeff B.wrote a review of on July 9, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Here in Northern New Jersey the trails are littered with rock gardens. Clipping in and out (mostly clipping in) in these sections was becoming a pain in the ass with my old SPDs. I wanted something different with a little more platform and easier engagement. The Candy 7 was what I was looking for. Even if I can't clip in right away that little extra surface area makes for a stable platform to get my momentum going again. The pedals come with the cleats and shims for your shoes as well as some shims for the pedals. The shims are provided to dial in the interface between the shoe and the pedal. The instructions are quite clear and helpful in this process. I have a pair of Shimano shoes and required the shim between the cleat and sole. The actual clipping in process is slightly easier than the SPD because you can do this from almost any angle, just locate the engagement area with the cleat and apply pressure, you're in! Again the added surface area helps if you can't get in right away. Getting out of them is easy as well. Crank Brothers have given two choices of how much twist it takes to get out of the pedal. This depends on which shoe you put the dotted cleat on. I have them set for earlier release. Got mine in red. They're a little pricey if you're on a budget but who cares, this is our chosen endeavor. Love the shiney metal stuff! Highly recommend these for the bling factor and those who have never used clipless pedals.

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Jeff B.

Jeff B.wrote a review of on September 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Needed a smaller pack with hydration for a day long adventure up and over Mt. Washington. I'm 5'10" and I bought the M/L. Fits great. The light weight frame directs the load to your hips and the mesh panel keeps the air flowing between your back and the pack. There are plenty of zippered compartments to organize all the items you like to bring along with you. The 3L bladder with the semi rigid panel slips in and out of the pack easily. The bite valve is ok, the flow could be better. The magnet on the valve is a great feature. It keeps the hose from flopping around. All in all I highly recommend the Manta 28. The 28 maybe too big for MTBing but perhaps the 20 is ok. I actually went with the Raptor14 for MTBing.

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