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Kyle Hotchkiss

Kyle Hotchkiss wrote a review of on November 4, 2012

5 5

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

I've finally got to use this on a real ride and my only word is WOW. I don't even notice that it's on my back! Having iced water so close is seriously awesome.

I recommend it wholeheartedly!

The only bad thing? I can't fit my iPhone in the back pocket too well. No worries! not an advertised feature of the bag anyways,

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Kyle Hotchkiss

Kyle Hotchkiss wrote a review of on November 4, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love this jacket, it really does an awesome job of keeping wind off me. A few comments though:

* You can't expect to layer too much underneath this jacket. Maybe if you order a size up you can.

* This jacket feels like it will rip or otherwise fall apart easily. So far it hasn't, but it feels like a risk.

* The jacket material gets caught up in the zipper really easily. Be careful!

* Water resistance is nice!

* It has vents in the armpit area. Which is actually really nice.

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Kyle Hotchkiss

Kyle Hotchkiss wrote a review of on September 8, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my first purchase of a higher-end jacket and it shows! I picked it up and was surprised how light it was. I know I'm comparing to my department store jackets, but the difference is significant.

It fits very nicely and it's a nice looking jacket. Nobody around here (central Virginia) really knows who Norrona is, so hipster cred, maybe?

I can't speak for the warmth, because it's still too darn hot out in Virginia, but if it isn't warm enough for a nice winter bike ride, I'll fork over for another Norrona jacket (warm2 or warm3), because I really like them.

** Edit: 2 months of owning this jacket, I still think it's very nice, but I want to note that some of the sewing is coming undone. Now that's fine on cheaper clothing, but when you pay $130 for a jacket, it shouldn't do that.

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Kyle Hotchkiss

Kyle Hotchkiss wrote a review of on September 8, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I just got this bike yesterday, and I love it. I am a single speed rider, as riding fixed on a college campus sounds like an invitation to the hospital.

It's a very, very pretty bike and people are very quick to point that out. It is fantastically designed.

It rides nice, and rather importantly for me, new to single speed commuter bikes, it climbs really nicely too. As long as you don't get stuck behind a car who slows down going uphill!

My main issue is the lack of rear brake. I understand why it didn't ship with one, but my first ride was pretty scary, having to rely on the front one alone. I'm planning on getting a rear brake and getting the drop brake levers too, because I tend to ride on those more than I anticipated.

Should you get it? Yes! Support Civilian! They're a nice little company. Just consider that you will, unless you plan on dedicating yourself to fixed, need to get a rear brake for your own safety.

** Edit: 200 miles later, I still really love this bike! I will note that the paint chips off this bike easier than other bikes I've owned, but it's really just me being nitpicky.

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Kyle Hotchkiss

Kyle Hotchkiss wrote a review of on September 8, 2012

2 5

I got the white watch, and while it is very pretty, I managed to scratch it (the glass part) just moving my arm underneath a table. I really hope this watch lasts for a long time, because it's fairly pricey, but things aren't looking great for the long term just yet.

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Update: I gave this thing a week, already scratched and not pretty from just being a student. This watch isn't really made for day-to-day rigor, found that out when the metal somehow got scratched.

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