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Kevin K

Kevin K

Gearhead

SLC, UT

Kevin K's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Snowshoeing

Kevin K

Kevin Kwrote a review of on November 9, 2016

5 5

I typically only use either Arundel or Blackburn Canber cages. The Arundels are a bit more expensive and seem to hold bottles a bit more secure, useful when mounting below the downtube on a MTB. The Blackburn has a bit better styling to them and offered in a number of colors making it easy to match any bike.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on November 9, 2016

4 5

I always keep a tube on my bike in case of a flat. These tubes are a bit thicker/heavier than the tubes that came with the bike, so it doesn't pack down as small. That being said I think the heavier tubes do a better job of resisting punctures so it's not necessarily bad. If you are looking for the lightest option or something that packs up very small you may want to check out one of the lightweight options such as item VIT002L.

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Kevin K

Kevin Kwrote a review of on November 9, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I received an Eagle Creek carry on bag as a gift, which has been fantastic, which made me want to try more of their products. While I typically just use the carry on, I needed a a bag with more volume that I could check. I wasn't super picky on features since I wouldn't use it as much, but still wanted something that would last a long time. I ended up settling on the No Matter What Flatbed 4715cu in option. The #1 thing that sold me was the quality and knowing that this would stand the test of time over tons of baggage carriers. It offers a good amount of space to pack for a week of travel and the softer sides make it easy to cram in as much as you can and use the straps to keep any bloated appearance to a minimum. 4 spinner wheels would be nice, but 2 gets by just fine for me and I was price conscious. Otherwise zero complaints.

As a FYI, I also got the No Matter What Flatbed 6175 cu in, which a had thinner, non-padded exterior that gave the bag no structure. I ended up deciding on the 4175 solely for this since I felt the padded exterior on the 4175 would protect my gear better.

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Kevin K

Kevin Kwrote a review of on November 9, 2016

4 5

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

I bought this for packing extra water when camping. I got the 3 liter, which is quite small when collapsed, and pretty compact as well once full. Seems durable enough for throwing in the back of a truck for a weekend adventure. I do wish the cap had a leash with it though as it seems like it might be easy to lose.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on November 9, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: 33x32

Got one pair of these and immediately had to check Backcountry for other colors they had in my size to order more. These jeans are super comfortable due to the slight stretch, seem well made, and the small details are a nice touch. I found myself wanting to size down one size due to the stretch. I have two pairs now, and probably going to pick up a third since I like these so much.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on November 9, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Like other reviewers, this shirt is a bit on the thin side, but nothing surprising. Fit is good for me at 5'11" 190lbs and I got a Medium. Had some loose threads when taken out of the packaging, but to be expected when getting a shirt at this price. Good style and quality for the money.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on November 9, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

I've gotten a few pairs of Saxx underwear now since they are pretty comfortable. No issues with them moving around, but like another post they do seem to run a bit big. If you are on the edge I would recommend sizing down.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on November 9, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This eyeshade will pay for itself in one redeye trip and is useful just about anytime you're traveling. I started purchasing Eagle Creek items after being gifted a suitcase that has been awesome and the excellent quality was very apparent. This same quality and attention to detail carries through to all the items I've tried from them, and this eyeshade is no different. To put it quickly, you may be able to get a free eyeshade on your flight, but it won't be nearly as comfortable as this one.

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Kevin K

Kevin Kwrote a review of on October 3, 2016

4 5

Good shoe if you are transitioning from minimalist shoes. After trying on several shoes with low drop I thought these fit me the best after coming from good experiences from several New Balance Minimus shoes. Build seems good and the soles are really comfortable. The topo also have a wide toe box similar but not as wide as keens. Pretty happy with the close and low to the ground fit without the bulk. I have just use them for gym and running errands.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on October 3, 2016

4 5

Really like this shirt for going to the gym and where ever on the weekends. Fit is trim and athletic. While the former backcountry.com shirts I think fit better, these are a close second and will be buying more in the future. Price point isn’t bad either compared to a smartwool or icebreaker tee for the value.

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