Mike Newberry

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Mike Newberry's Passions

Telemark Skiing
Backpacking
Camping
Mountain Biking
Trail Running
Road Cycling
Alpine Skiing
Sport Climbing

Mike Newberry's Bio

I have a kick ass job with Competitive Cyclist and work with a bunch of great guys....

Been here (SLC) since '94 and just can't quite leave....can't quite put my finger on why.

Mike Newberry

Mike Newberry wrote a review of on June 13, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I recently purchased this pack upgrading from a smaller volume Osprey. First off, after years of riding with Camelbak packs...a friend suggested I try Osprey. I really like their packs.

This pack has just enough bells and whistles to make it really useful. The access to the innards is made simple by a couple well placed zippers. The 3 compartments make it really easy to carry everything I need for 2 hr, 4 hr, and all day rides. The main compartment (where the water reservoir is contained) is big enough for extra clothes. I use the left side secondary compartment for tools, CO2, pump and tube (for a spare). The right side secondary compartment is just the right size for food, etc. The helmet dock on the exterior of the pack is very useful.

Bottom line, love it.

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Mike Newberry wrote a review of on April 24, 2014

Holy Venting, Batman!
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I finally got a new lid. After years of riding in Giro helmets, I saw the POC Octal at Interbike last year and was pretty impressed. When I got a chance to buy one, I bit the bullet.... Initial impressions are favorable. Two words: Air.flow.

Pros:
Lightweight (very light), fit is great (I have a 5 7/8 size head and the medium fits great), no pressure points at all, great color (blue), not "ugly" as has been described in some corners of the review world.

Cons:
Retention system isn't that adjustable compared to Giro/Bell. The yoke system doesn't allow for that much adjust-ability. The upside, for me, is that right out of the box the fit worked fine. The second problem is that the back of the helmet (just behind the ears) interferes with the arms of sunglasses....I've found that the arms of my Tifosi glasses bend downward which keeps them clear of that part of the helmet.

All in all...fairly happy with it.

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Mike Newberry wrote a review of on February 24, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've skied in bibs forever and thought I'd give pants a try....love these pants. I bought the plum color. They're true to size (32 waist/28 inseam and I bought a size small). Just "baggy" enough for "new school" but an old guy like me can still sport them. the length is perfect...right at the bindings.

Love me some pockets too....the front flap pocket is perfect for stuffing spring gloves in (or a ski pass, something not too bulky, etc). Each pocket has a zipper and velcro to keep the flaps down.

The cordura knee patches and ski edge guards are burly. The waist adjustment and belt loops work fine and allow for a lot of adjustment. Taped seams, full zips, inner cuff to keep the snow out....really nice garment.

I love these ski pants.

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Mike Newberry wrote an answer about on February 9, 2014

Once you choose your frame (ex. Black/Red, XS), a second pull down menu will appear:

select your package - click here to select your parts kit

After you select your parts kit (please read through the copy for compatibility) click on:

configure bike

This will give you a complete list of parts.

If you have any other questions, call/chat with the Customer Solutions team for BIKE and they can help place the order for you.

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Mike Newberry wrote a review of on February 6, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I tried the Moment Deathwish recently and caught the Moment bug. I'm very anxious to ski these as I'm a big fan of traditionally cambered ski with an early rise tip (i.e., Liberty Double Helix). I think these skis will be a great all a rounder based on the turning radius, flex and dimensions. I also like the idea of supporting a small ski company.

[I'm back to give a "long term" review of these skis....after skiing them a ton at The Bird, they're great (for me). They're very predictable, rip on the groomers (nice pop from the tail) and perform nicely in the POW. One "downside" is that they're light but if driven, they ski very nicely. Good resort ski and probably a good touring ski.]

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Mike Newberry wrote a review of on February 6, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

In a word, awesome. HUGE hood for a helmet. High chin area to keep Jack Frost at bay. Great fit (true to size). Awesome velcro at the wrists, super deep inside stow pocket. Sleeve pocket is usable for a pass/wallet, etc. Spendy but worth the scrillas.

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Mike Newberry wrote a review of on February 6, 2014

Great shoe!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Great shoe, very comfortable if you have a “Scarpa” foot. Lacing does look a little bowling shoe-ish but you’ll get past that once you put them on. Very versatile as a knock around shoe. One downside for me is that, in winter, my feet are cold in them. Sticky soles will be great on rock!

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Mike Newberry wrote a review of on December 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I needed a vest..looked around at other brands completely oblivious to Stoic (again) then saw someone wearing one of these. After checking it out, bought it. It's just the right amount of down, warm and no frills that I like. It's a really nice layer either under a shell or over a wool flannel shirt. The collar is high, chest pocket just perfect and a draw string on the bottom to keep the cold out.

After trying it on, I bought a large. A medium would've worked but the large seems to work too. I'm 5'-7" and it fits a touch blousy and comes to below my waist (about pant pocket level) but works great/looks good layering over something.

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Mike Newberry wrote a review of on December 6, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm constantly amazed at how warm polyester lining is...this glove is great. I'm using this as my primary ski glove (size small, I have a "size 9" hand). Pretty decent item for the price.

Pros: Articulation of the fingers is perfect, warmth. solid construction (palm reinforcement is bomber), nice soft leather. Minimal frills is a plus.

Cons: None seen yet, but maybe this weekend will test how low (in temps, single digits expected) these will go to keep my hands warm. There seems to be a little adjusting of the cuff needed after slipping my hands in. Maybe that will subside after break in. The cinch pull doesn't work all that well at first, maybe that will change with some wear (really a non-issue).

(Description says these have a snot wiper, they don't....hopefully that's not a deal breaker.)

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Mike Newberry wrote a review of on November 14, 2013

Deceptively Warm and BRIGHT!
5 5

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

I bought these gloves for an upcoming CX race to see how they'd perform. I wore them on a 1 hr ride in moderate temps (55 deg). First off, the fit is great. I bought a size small and the gloves fit...well, like a glove. The fingers aren't bulky and are just the perfect length on all four fingers/thumb. Secondly, the material is minimal for the warmth provided....still am shaking my head about it. Third, Fluoro....fluoro is the new black. Very visible...visible is good.

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Mike Newberry wrote a review of on November 3, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Carhartt is synonymous with bomber gear and this coat fits right in. The features on the coat are pretty cool. The flap/zipper chest pockets are deep and the hidden pockets on the inside of the coat keep whatever is in there (phone/keys) secure. The zippered hand pockets are tiny though. The quilting is comfortable and warm enough. I'm 5'-7", 150# and not very broad shouldered and the small fits fine (but I can't layer under it with much more than a thin fleece). The buttons down the front work ok.

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Mike Newberry wrote a review of on November 1, 2013

Solid Product
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just bought these knee warmers and have these initial impressions.

I've owned a number of brands of knee warmers (Assos, Pearl Azumi, Giordana, Castelli) and these are a real solid product for the price. Sugoi, unfortunately, isn't on a lot of peoples radar but they should be...they make pretty nice stuff at a good price.

The details on these warmers (seams, length, grippers) work well. My inseam is about 28 inches and at mid thigh, the bottom of the warmer hits just below my calf. What I like about the bottom of the warmer is that it fits tight around my lower leg. The seams, although minimal, are flat lock-ish and are sewn with knee bend articulation in mind. The thigh grippers keep the warmers up. Everything about this product is simple...it's a knee warmer....not "tube sock" simple but just enough frills.

The weight of the material is just thick enough to work well in the 50 deg (and warmer) range coupled with your favorite embrocation (my choice is either Mad Alchemy Warming Pre-Ride Oil or DZs Nuts medium heat) and you're good to go.

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Mike Newberry wrote a review of on October 6, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I've had Kuhl products in the past and have been highly impressed by their durability, comfort, versatility and good looks. These shorts are no different.
Fit: I have closer to a 32 waist but bought a size 32 and they fit great, just a bit below the waist and on the hips. The length of the leg is just right..not too short or long. Roomy through the thigh.
Functionality/durability: The material is very comfortable and works either wearing them casually or in "technical" situations (hiking, climbing, riding). I'm pretty sure I'm not going to wear these out anytime soon. The phone pocket works just fine for the old phone (non-I phone/Smart phone). The two zippered pockets on the side work OK for some (small) things but nothing too heavy-ish. The front/back pockets work just fine as, well, front/back pockets.
Style: very comfy/roomy...they hang just right.

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Mike Newberry wrote a review of on September 28, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought the A.I.R. 9 in August (size Small) and cobbled together as a SS: 32x20T drivetrain (EThirteen guidering/Surly cog), Fox Float CTD fork (100mm travel), Shimano XT brakes, Shimano XT crank set (revived for this purpose), XT hubs laced to WTB rims (TL), SRAM 9 speed chain, Easton EA70 stem, Niner carbon bars/seat post, Selle Italia saddle, ESI chunky grips, XTR pedals and finally GEAX Saguaro tires.

I'd not previously ridden a carbon bike (other than my road bike) so I was really psyched the first time I took it on the trail. Very stiff (climbing), responsive handling (cornering), and overall comfortable in the saddle. At 5'-7"ish, the fit on the size small was spot on (saddle a touch forward from center with a 90mm stem). The carbon bits (bar/seat post) made riding in the saddle a pleasure.

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