Jim O'Leary

Jim O'Leary

Live in Lambertville, NJ, usually ride Blue Mt. in PA

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Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
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Selling cars, mountain biking, shrug.

Jim O'Leary

Jim O'Leary wrote a review of on February 16, 2011

4 5

I will be honest, I never felt I needed a helmet. Not because I am "too good", just the opposite. I suck. No way I was capable of anything on a snowboard that could result in a head injury. Well, after a pretty gnarly mountain biking accident this summer, I got short term amnesia, even though I was wearing a helmet... So yeah after that my opinion shifted and I decided that getting a winter brain bucket was the right thing to do.

I shop around a bit, and decide that the Maze, Matte Black, twin tip audio is the one for me. Light weight, simple un-flashy design, and tunes. Yay. The helmet feels a little odd on my head, but I have an oddly large skull so maybe it is just me. It is EXTREMELY light, my girlfriend has a Variant Brim from Smith and my Maze is probably half the weight. Not too shabby. The audio setup (more on that later) was easy to install and provides pretty nice sound.

What is keeping it from a 5 star review however is ventilation. It is FAR better than I expected looking at it, and I guess it really is my fault for choosing the sleeker look, but I really wish there was more circulation under there. I found myself taking it off in the lift line to let my head cool. Probably not a problem if you don't run warm like me, or if you aren't out in eastern PA's rapidly warming February.

The Twin Tip Audio did have shortcomings as well. The split for the wires isn't quite as long as I would hope, so I would have to keep both the cell and mp3 in the same pocket, and they just don't fit. Additionally, there aren't any instructions to tell you this, but it appears that the answer/pause button only works on one of the tips, and only for Apple products. Not a huge bummer, but I was hoping it would work with my Droid. Oh well.

All and all I am happy with my purchase and would definitely recommend this to a friend, but be aware of those few short comings because I could see them being a major issue for some users.

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Jim O'Leary wrote a review of on February 16, 2011

5 5

Not sure what the difference between my shirt and the below reviewer's, but mine has been through the wash a few times now (at a laundromat no less!) and its still the same size!

Anyway, this thing is super comfy. A little thinner than a lot of similar stuff on the market (I own a similar Smartwool) and this thing isn't nearly as warm BUT regulates temperature better once you get moving. As with anything else, compromises.

Other than that, awesome wool super powers (warm when wet, wicks like there is no tomorrow, and odor fighting) make this my favorite base layer.

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Jim O'Leary wrote a review of on July 20, 2010

4 5

This was my first "traditional" cycling jersey, and all in all I find it to be quite good. Pros are that it is a looser fit, but without looking super bagged. The material feels like it will last quite well, and it definitely wicks and dries VERY well. Only possible down side is the zipper gets stuck, both at the top of the jersey and in my chest hair. OUCH!

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Jim O'Leary wrote a review of on July 12, 2010

3 5

Ok so I liked by first pair of Rangers so much I picked up a second pair when they came around on CL. Woo right? My first pair was all-black so I decided to wild out and get the brown hounds tooth this time. Baller.

When I got these shorts though, I noticed something odd. The new pair (brown) had the integrated liner spoken of previously. So I have a black pair with a full-coverage removable liner and a brown pair with an integrated liner. So the browns aren't as good as the blacks, but they are more than adequate I suppose.

Other than that they are everything I love about the first pair. Comfy chamois, good fit (though the integrated liner makes the shorts ride a little lower), and durable construction.

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Jim O'Leary wrote a review of on May 6, 2010

4 5

Scored these on Chainlove. Never really considered cycling specific socks before, but these were definitely worth it. Dries super fast, fits comfy, and keep your feet hella cool. Only drawbacks are minor- the socks are so thin that if your shoes aren't well ventilated then they will get saturated pretty quickly.

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Jim O'Leary wrote a review of on February 11, 2010

4 5

This boot surprised me. Was expecting the lacing system to be a hassle (why do snowboard companies think we can't just tie our shoes?) but it is actually really really good. Was expecting "cheap" boots to be uncomfortable, but these are probably among the most comfortable shoes I own.

On a personal note, I was expecting to hate the all white look (when you buy on sale you make some compromises) but the Stormtrooper look is rockin.

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