Mark

Mark

Wasatch front, southern Utah, Nevada desert, Northern California, Southern California Desert

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mark's Passions

Backpacking
Snowboarding
Trail Running
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Road Cycling

mark's Bio

You only live once. I want to challenge myself as much as possible while my back, my knees and my heart will carry me.

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Mark wrote a review of on February 13, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Ummmmm...I'm sorry but you cannot beat the value of these shirts. I absolutely love wool when I'm training, it's light, not itchy, cool when I'm sweating and doesn't get funky.

Enough about that, I now have 5-6 of these shirts as they are the best fitting and absolutely best bang for your buck. I'm amazed they fit as well as they do and are priced at where they are.

The long sleeves are awesome too.

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Mark wrote a review of on February 13, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love these boots. Perfect for freestyle AND all-mountain style riding.

Unfortunately the left foot toe box collapsed at my pinky toe while using the boots with Burton bindings.

I returned them and will buy another pair. Hopefully it was an anomaly and the result of a defect.

Awesome boots though

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Mark wrote a review of on February 13, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I really liked this watch. Especially since it was only $250.
I used it for running mostly, and the bike and swim features were also used for my triathlon training.

The only bummer about this watch is that the swim isn't what I thought it was. It doeesn't keep track of the laps indoors at the pool and has a tough time tracking even outside.

In summary, it's a great watch for the beginner triathlete who swims outdoors, however, if you are doing advanced training, you will want the features of the 910xt. Spend the money

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Mark wrote a review of on February 13, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Perfect for freestyle and all mountain. I use them with the Burton imperial.

Word of caution on the new burton binding straps, they are designed to fit the new burton boots with the new lacing system. These bindings didn't get tight enough with my old Sabbaths. So I had to upgrade my boots, which now that I've got the new hotness...it was about time...

Although I do endorse the Burton conspiracy theory that they engineered this to extract more money out of me!!

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Mark wrote a review of on February 13, 2013

2 5

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

These boots were just OK. Unfortunately there is something wrong with the inner boot lacing system as I could not get the cord to release. Either the tab was defective or Rome uses such poor materials that this is unavoidable. I would avoid them.

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Mark wrote a review of on September 29, 2011

3 5

I felt this hat was too hot. It's basically a solid nylon cap for your head with a tiny vent to breathe.
It says that that fabric is breathable however I would like a little more breathing going on. My feeling is, either provide a waterproof hat (in which case I would just put on my gore-tex jacket hood) or a sun hat. I'm just not convinced you can do both well.

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Mark wrote a review of on August 16, 2011

The Gear Cornerstone
5 5

This jacket is great. Very expensive. Fits extremely well (Large, 6'0", 195 lbs). I wore my 850 fill down jacket underneath this, in the rain, and still was dry and warm. There maybe other proshell jackets out there that will perform just as well as this does, for a better value, but obviously I haven't tested those.

My girlfriend was using the Marmot Membrain jacket standing right next to me and she got wet. I hear these jackets are all waterproof, so I'm assuming her's just didn't breathe as well as mine and the condensation collected.

This jacket works great in the backcountry or in town. It looks good and fits nicely. The collar is big so not something you would really wear to a nice dinner I guess, but that's not what this product was designed for.

I wear it everywhere basically.

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