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Marcelwrote a review of on June 22, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Recently went to a wider bars and thought I'd go 35mm, bought the haven bars and stem. I'm a big fan of easton cockpit using stem, handlebars and lock-on grips. and all 3 are superb.

I like the new bolt scheme easton came up with, makes a little easier to install, also like most easton products it's very clean design and won't interfere with your color bits but also won't add any bling, it's more of a stealth kind piece which I like it, like you would expect goes very well with the easton handlebars, very well finished and looks high quality materials.

If you don't need a wider than 750mm bars I'd go easton over race face, if you need 800mm bars the sixc/atlas combo should do it but I see no reason to buy the next sl bars over the easton combo which is great!

I went from a 711mm/50mm to 750mm/40mm combo and the size is great!

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Marcelwrote a review of on June 22, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

This is an excellent glove for summer riding in temps ~100F. It's on the small size compared to say Fox or TLD, but this latest (last years now) has a little more room than the previous one that I also have, I prefer the previous one since it has bigger vent holes at the top and the fingers are a little bit shorter.

Even though it's very lightweight it's very durable, I've taken my share of nasty spills and yes it shows some signs of wear and tear but no holes and still fully usable after a season, the new one has about 180 miles on it and I have no reason to believe it's not gonna perform as good as the old one I have!

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Marcelwrote a review of on June 22, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is my first EVOC product and so far quality seems superb. Attention to detail, quality materials, very nice finishing on par with my Osprey Raptor Pack.

Biggest pro of this pack for me is that it rides very close to your back it's very slim and doesn't tend to bounce around side to side on your pack, very different fell compared to the Raptor which is narrower and a little deeper which causes it to bounce a little bit when going down fast over kickers, rock gardens and that kinda stuff.

My torso was ~46cm which would put me in the M/L but after trying both FR Lite M/L and FR Lite Team S I went with the small since the M/L was getting into the back of my neck and would definitely cause issues when using a helmet.

Things I like it:

+very secure waist belt, it's great better than even my Mammut ski pack thanks to the wide (guessing 4" or so) velcro belt, it took me a couple of rides to get used to how up the belt is located compared to the Osprey but it's out of the way now.

+shoulder strap and belt pockets, great for on the go gels/bars, one could even carry a minimalist emergency kit in one of the waist belt pockets, they are good size!

+back protector. added security, can be placebo but why not use given the pack fits you.

+excellent helmet carry system both 1/2 lid and full face. It works great with my Forefront and Fox Rampage helmets.

Things that could be better:

-hydration exit port for the hose is made as if the hose would go towards your right shoulder, when the pack is clearly made to have the hose on the left shoulder, that's a clear execution mistake

-not the best for organization. The pack has 4 compartments. The lower one in the front I use for tools (CB multitool, tire lever, tube) + emergency kit. There is a front compartment that I use to carry my elbow sleeves + my medical supplies (diabetes monitor and glucose gels), could fit a very compact jacket, would fit my TLD ruckus jackets. The main compartment is also used for the hydration bladder (there is a sleeve), I also carry my pump and sometimes a shock pump if I'm experimenting stuff, that's where I carry an extra layer. There is also a small wallet, phone, key pocket. Now the issue is not lack of space but the way the pack is designed being very slim it makes organizing stuff difficult, you have to keep things spread across the entire pack, there is no stuff sack kind pocket in the pack. I'm not sure it would be possible to make it better given the design of the pack, it's just something I dislike and trying to get used to.

-hot! The pack will definitely keep your back and waist area hot. I climb with the velcro open and waist belt very loose, and only adjust them for descent, makes climbing much more comfortable. Now this is definitely not a problem for descents, it's actually a big pro since it keeps the pack very secure to your back.

In the end this is a great back for 3 to 4 hours rides, definitely would want something bigger for a full day out.

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Marcelwrote a review of on May 8, 2015

coming apart after a few rides
1 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: 32

I was really excited about these mtb shorts until the seams started to come apart after a few rides.

Seems started to split in the crotch area, and right now I have backcountry telling me to contact TLD directly and TLD telling me to contact the dealer!

Fortunately, after talking to BC warranty department they will take care of me! Disappointed with durability of this short, not sure if this was a one off or bigger quality problem! Will try something else next!

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Marcelwrote a review of on September 12, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I upgraded my EA70 XC 685mm handlebar to this after a month or so riding my SB66C! This is the older version 711mm, the new version is 740mm and 750mm for the 35 version.

The carbon bars feels much easier on your hands and I get a much better feel of the trail I'm riding but at the same time it's not hard on your hands and I can ride longer, harder and I won't be as sore as I would on my original alloy version.

I'm short and don't have much reach at 5'5" and regular sized arms for my height, so the 711mm is a good width but definitely not wide enough for a faster/quicker all mountain/enduro type of riding if you are a bigger person!

With all that said, it was a great upgrade and worthy upgrade, like I said much better riding feel compared to alloy! Only 4 stars because I wish it was wider since you can always make it smaller if you need to!

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Marcelwrote a review of on May 13, 2014

so far so good
5 5

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

I've only taken this bike for a short 10 mile ride. The price is very good for a xt/xtr carbon bike even though it's a 26". The bike shifts flawlessly, brakes without much effort and it's incredibly light. This custom build by backcountry is very well thought they put some xtr components where wear is not much of a problem (crankset, shifters and rear derailleur ), I'd have liked xtr brakes as well but xt brakes are awesome too!

The 6" travel is amazing and I can see I will be able to drop from anything I'm able too without any problems, I can definitely say that this bike can stomp big airs, higher than I can !

The cable routing in this yeti is not the best around, but it works, there will be some cable rub if you don't use some protection in the frame, this frame is very prone to marks so some clear protection will be welcome! I'm not sure why the build guys decided to route the left shifter cable straight down the bottom of the top tube instead of across the head tube first, but that was no big deal and it took 5 minutes to re-route across the head tube to reduce cable rub.

The packaging and shipment was very good, the bike arrived in perfect condition and the brakes and shifters were working very well, I only had to do some minor adjustments in the rear derailleur stop limits. But the suspension was way off for me, so if you don't have one yet get a shock pump to dial the suspension to your liking and riding style!

Btw, the head tube was the perfect spot for my patriot goat! :-)

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Marcelwrote a question about on April 21, 2014

anyone using this on the blizzard cochise? Looks like the cochise is right in between brake sisze. Did you go with the 100mm or 115mm? I have wider than necessary brakes, and I've always been lucky using 115 brakes on my on3p billy goat 114, and rocker2 which is 113. and 100mm brakes on 98mm underfoot skis... now I'm not sure which way to go with the cochise! I saw some pictures of a cochise with 115mm brakes and they looked too wide to me...

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Marcelwrote a review of on April 13, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I've used the Patagonia Powslayer bibs for a little over a season, and decided to bite the bullet and buy the arcteryx stinger bibs when I saw it on sale. Backcountry was great on price matching and I got it for a good price.
I got the bibs not too long ago so can't comment on durability. I've used this a few times in April on some wet storm days, skiing on a mix of snow, wet snow and also rain, as you would expect from Gore Pro Shell it's totally waterproof and excellent on beading water!
I'm 5,5" ~147lbs somewhere between 30 and 32 waist and 30 inseam and the small fits me perfectly, the fit is not so generous above the waist area like the powslayer but it's not restricting, it's a nice snug fit, legs are less relaxed but still good room for layering, I could fit either a merino baselayer or a fleece pants for really cold days. It looks a little longer compared to the powslayer, but I'm not really sure.
The pockets configuration is great for me, the two upper pockets are small, but useful and they don't make the bibs part bulky, I would put things like money and cc for apres, ID and things like that, since they are not really easy to reach if you are wearing jacket and pack, I prefer to put stuff I grab more frequently during my day on my jacket pockets. The two lower pockets are big enough for a balaclava, glove liners, neck gaiter or other things like that, maybe a trail map if you are skiing inbounds in a place you are not used to.
Venting is great, two big side zipper venting that go from the top of the bibs to around the knees, the best is that it's a triple not dual zippers, so you can play with it, you don't need to open all the way to the top of the bibs to vent and you don't have zippers hidden bellow your jacket! The drop seat seems practical and easier to use compared to the powslayer.
I'm really impressed by the stinger bibs, it costs $100 less, and more durable(??) 80D vs 70D, but I think both are comparable and I'd get the one that fits better!

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Marcelwrote a review of on March 14, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

This is a great jacket! The mix 80D/40D gives you durability and save some weight without compromising features!

I'm 5'5" / 147 and the small fits great! I agree with some of the reviews that say the jacket is a little on the short length side, but that's where the powder skirt is going to help you and the slide&lock feature works great to attach to your pants if you don't like to wear bibs, it provides enough room for layering and and I can move without any restriction! The quality and detail in this piece is outstanding, the blue nile color is pretty much like shown in the picture.

Pockets: the two hand warmer pockets are a little higher than normal, but not totally pack friendly, they can work with a pack, but are not the easiest ones to use with a pack, the internal stash pockets is handy and the zippered internal pocket is a nice addition for some snacks or wallet, no media pocket but I prefer to put iPod on my mid layer to keep it warm and save battery. I wish there was a big chest pocket, something like the one on the Theta SVX, maybe not necessary to be too big, but a chest pocket would be a nice improvement!

The hood is big and easy to go over my medium smith helmet, the collar is high but not the most spacious. Sometimes I wish there was a little more space in the collar area since it can get a little tight sometimes, but not to the point to bother me.

This is a great jacket, light, generous fit for layers, nice helmet compatible hood and I believe it's the least expensive Goretex Pro Shell from Arcteryx, what else can we ask for? Humm, maybe a chest pocket!

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Marcelwrote a review of on March 14, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

First of all this is the quality piece you would expect for an Arcteryx! THe cut is generous, but not relaxed. Huge helmet compatible helmet, longer cut, articulated sleeves and 80D goretex pro shell!

This would be the perfect storm day skiing shell except for the terrible pockets! I'm not a big guy so my jacket was size small, but I also have small hands I use small in pretty much all brands (Hestra, Black Diamond, Smartwool). The two hand pockets are not pack friendly, they could work with some effort but I would put anything I reach out for regularly. The two chest pockets are there just to add weight to the jacket! They are too small and I can barely put my bare hands inside to grab stuff, that was a deal breaker for me, since I couldn't care less for features that add weight and are useless. If you have practice grabbing stuff from your pockets using two fingers or don't mind taking your gloves off in cold, snowy days this jacket might be the one for you!

The quality and attention to detail is what you would expect. The fit is amazing, it's somewhere between the Rush and Theta SVX, the collar and hood are a little higher, bigger than the ones in the Rush but not as nice as the ones on the Theta SVX.

To me both the Rush and Theta SVX are better options, the Rush is a 80D/40D jacket, but it's lighter and has a more trim fit, but it's also an amazing piece and it doesn't come with useless chest pockets. The Theta SVX is simple the best shell ever made by Arcteryx!

I bought these 3 jackets and kept the Rush and Theta SVX, and if you are interested in the Caden I would look elsewhere if you care to use pockets!

One note about size, I think it's true to size, I've tried many different jackets Rush, Theta SVX, Sabre, Caden, Alpha SV and yes they fit different, but I'd be happy with any in size Small, some have a longer cut, others a longer sleeve, but I wouldn't be in a different size for any model!

Giving a 3 stars due to the quality of the garment!

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Marcelwrote a question about on March 9, 2014

How does this goretex compares to last year's pro shell? I see that most of the Arcteryx women stuff now uses the same 3L goretex fabric with different construction, other than a few SV pieces that use the new pro shell. Last year's Kamoda uses the old gore pro shell, this year's Kamoda says gore 3L. Is this similar to the Sentinel gore fabric? How does it compare to last year's pro shell in terms of breathability and waterproofness?

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Marcelwrote a review of on March 4, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

This is my first polartec neoshell piece. I bought because Flylow is a reputable brand, and to have a taste of the fabric. First thing I noticed it that this jacket is much heavier than any other Patagonia, Arcteryx, OR and MH jackets that I'm used to. Yes the fabric is really burly and appears to be durable and bomb proof, but it makes me wonder if it needs to be that heavy and thick to achieve the same durability compared to a 80D gore pro shell.

The fit is great, relaxed fit but true to size. I'm 5'5" / 150 and I use size small, and I pair this with the compound pants also size small. Thanks to the relaxed fit it's easy to move in this jacket but the heavy fabric is quite noticeable when compared to my theta svx and powslayer jackets.

The design of the jacket is a little too busy for my tastes, too many zippers, the two internal stash pockets have zippers, also the front zipper is quite big and could have been more minimalist. The powder skirt is removable which adds more weight to the jacket and another zipper, also it seems to have too many snaps to connect to the pants. Maybe two front and one back would be enough.

The adjustable draw cords are no perfect, I find much easier to adjust Arcteryx drawcords wearing gloves, but they are far from bad, they are great just not perfect.

I like the two way front zipper, which is great if you have to adjust something on your pants, and also love the pit zips which are huge and great for venting!

Overall this is a great jacket, but needs some improvements and a lighter fabric, I haven't used much to say it's more durable than a gore pro shell 80D, but it better be because it's much heavier. handwarmer pockets could have been put a little higher to work better with a pack, but they are still accessible.

Also, even though it's "made with love" it's made in China! Wish they were made here.

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