Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith

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Greater Salt Lake Area

Nathan Smith's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Skiing
Biking

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Nathan Smith

Nathan Smithwrote a review of on July 6, 2016

5 5

Fit: True to size

I bought this for my wife, and I have to say it is very flattering on her. It has a soft loose fit that is perfect for hot summer days. While it is very much an everyday shirt, we happened get talked into going on a hike while my wife was wearing the shirt. She liked that it kept her cool.

My wife usually wears a small, but there weren't any of the pink ones left in stock so we went with the medium. The shirt still fits great. because it is a loose fitting shirt I think you can play around a bit more with the size and still be alright.

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Nathan Smithwrote a review of on June 13, 2016

5 5

Fit: Runs large

This is a nice jersey. It is made of comfortable fabric that breaths well. The product description ways it is modeled after a warm weather jersey. I don't know if I would go as far to say this is a warm weather jersey, but it does have thicker construction than other jersey's I own.

For me, the jersey sizing seemed a little big. I usually try to grab a large for most European brands, but I got a medium in this jersey knowing De Marchi fits closer to what I'm used to here in the US. I'd still say that the medium is a little big in the mid section for me. I should caveat that by saying I am a skinny guy, so the sizing might be a little more accurate for others. Next time I try one of their jerseys I'll probably give the small a try.

As mentioned in the other review. De Marchi's attention to detail is incredible. Simple things like embroidering their logo instead of using a cheap sticker and adding a little piece of fabric at the end of the zipper to keep it from rubbing your neck are just the kinds of details you know come from expert craftsman.

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Nathan Smithwrote a review of on June 13, 2016

5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

These bibs are the first product I have tried from De Marchi, and I have to say that I am impressed. I have bibs from Castelli and Capo, and while they too are excellent in there own way, I have to give these De Marchi bibs highest marks in fit. They feel great when they are on. Ultimately, that is what I consider to be most important in a pair of bib shorts.

I like how they fit across the thigh and leave just enough room in the crotch. You can feel some of that light compression in the legs they talk about in the product description. The chamois is on the thicker side and feels good in the saddle. I can feel the straps dig in a bit when I am off the bike, but once I am hunched over they don’t give me any problems.

I should also mention that the De Marchi logo is embroidered onto the bib. It isn’t a cheap sticker that comes off in the wash. This and the other little design details highlight the excellent craftsmanship of the bibs. They aren’t over the top with color and design. They just work.

Before you buy these, you should note that they are made from a medium weight fabric. I don’t know if they will be my first choice on scorching hot days, but again, the fit is so on point for me that I just might grab them first. If you are looking for an ultra light bib, these probably aren’t for you. The medium weight makes the bibs feel solid and well constructed. I haven’t pushed them to the limits yet, but I won’t worry about them when I do.

I understand that everyone has different body types, so if I sound like I am raving about these, take it with a grain of salt. Quality clothing that fits can be a tricky thing to come by for a cyclist. That said, I would recommend giving these a try. Hopefully you have a similar experience with them.

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Nathan Smithwrote a review of on May 23, 2016

5 5

I bought this for my 2 year old daughter. I think I was a little overly optimistic about the fit. It is just a little too big for here. We are going to keep it around and pull it out in another 6 months or so. It is a fantastic helmet and an significant step up from the interim box store helmet we have her in now. As fast as these kids grow, It won't be long be for she will be wearing it, and with as much adjustability as it has, it will be around a long time.

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Nathan Smithwrote a review of on May 18, 2016

5 5

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

This is will be an excellent light jacket for my daughter. She just turned two, and the fit is perfect. I wish she would stop growing so fast so her clothes would last long enough to wear a couple times. You may want to size up a little on this one to make it last. It is a great looking jacket.

I want to point out that only the torso has the fleece lining. This makes it great for a light jacket, but if you were thinking this would be something for really cold weather, you may want to try something else.

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Nathan Smithwrote a review of on March 18, 2016

Excellent Bag
5 5

This bag is the perfect roadside toolbox. It tightly fits everything you need to get you back on the road after a flat. I carry the Blackburn Wayside CO2 nozzle, a CO2 cartridge, 3 tire levers, Park Tool IB-2 set, and a Continental race light tube. There is still a little room I could throw in a key or some patches. The whole thing sits very discreetly under the saddle.

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Nathan Smithwrote a review of on March 11, 2016

5 5

Size Purchased: 10.5

These are a great pair of shoes. I got the gray version, and I really like the look. They are comfortable and fit me well enough.

I usually wear 10.5 and that is what I got with these. I like to wear my shoes really loose so I can slip them on and off without tying the laces. I might have liked a little more room in the toe box. I think over time, once these break in, I will appreciate the initial tightness.

The one issue I have, and this might be unique to me, is with the laces. There are two sets of laces (light and dark) and you end up with a confetti of lace on the top of the shoe once they are tied. Because I don't like tying my shoes this becomes a hassle. For those of you that do, the duel laces let you get a custom fit that other shoes might not let you achieve.

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Nathan Smithwrote a review of on March 11, 2016

4 5

Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: 10

I wear 10.5, but I since most flip flops don't come in half sizes I usually size down. The size 10 fit my foot well. I would prefer to have them just a little larger, but I have a feeling the 11 would be too much.

The quality of the sandal isn't bad. They didn't wow me, but it will work. For the price, they are exactly what I was expecting. They look tough enough to last me a few summers.

Like all flip flops they will need to be broken in, but that is part of the fun. The straps are comfortable enough that part of the breaking in process won't involve blisters (an experience I have endured in the past).

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Nathan Smithwrote a review of on February 29, 2016

4 5

I've been using the RFLKT all winter while I've been spinning on my trainer, and I have recently taken it out on a few rides out doors. Initially the RFLKT didn't wow me, but the more I use it, the more I like it. The fact that it is such a simple way to view key data points on a ride without the fussiness of touch screens and smartphone mounts makes it brilliant.

The initial setup of the device is incredibly simple. I first connected it to Strava and was surprised that it loaded some great default settings for the app. You can start and stop your ride, view ride time, view the time of day, and view essential ride metrics (speed, cadence, heart rate etc). I also fired up the Wahoo fitness app and connected the device. I really like the app and ended up recording all of my training rides with it and later sending them to Strava.

One thing Wahoo doesn'™t seem to be very good at is providing instructions to use their devices. I ended up watching some YouTube video to learn how to customize the device settings. The RFLKT is incredibly customizable. You can pick and choose all kinds of data to display on the device for your ride. You can even use the device to control your music. I found this to be a great feature while on the trainer.

I do have a couple small issues with the RFLKT that are keeping me from giving this a full five stars. First, the device has a backlight, but you have to set it up in your settings and use one of the 4 buttons to activate it. I also notice that when the backlight is on it flickers a little which is a little annoying during a long ride. This may be a non issue for a lot of people using it exclusively to ride outdoors, but I use it in a dark attic when I am training. In normal lighting conditions, the device is great.

The one other issue I have is that the buttons don'™t give hardly any tactile feedback when you press them. On cooler days when I am riding with gloves I can'™t tell if I pressed the start button or not. Even without gloves, I'll press it a second time not realizing I had already pressed it. This is a small thing, but it does force me to think a little harder while using it.

The device comes with three types of connectors for your bike. One to mount it on the stem, one to mount it on your handlebars, and one to mount it with some type of fancy connector I don't have. The device does drain my phone battery faster than normal, but I haven'™t had any problems running out of a charge. I often ride with a heart rate monitor, and I haven't ever lost connectivity.

Overall, I am very happy with the product. I ride with my phone safely stored in my pocket and I have a simple visual display of my workout.

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Nathan Smithwrote a review of on February 8, 2016

Black and Blue
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am very impressed with this bike. It is a beautiful ride. There is only one image of the black frame on the page, so I was a little hesitant to pull the trigger on it. After seeing it in the flesh, I am glad I went for it.

I am 6'€™0"€ with a 34 inseam. A few people told me that Ridley'€™s tend to size big, so I went with a medium. The medium comes with a 120mm stem, 172.5 crank and 42mm handle bars. I swapped out the stem for something a little shorter, and I feel like overall the bike fits me pretty good.

A friend of mine has one of these, so I was able to ride the bike in my size before making the purchase. I was very impressed with the ride quality especially in this price range. The bike is light and stiff and makes for a great all around bike.

For now it gets 5 stars. Once I put some miles on it, I'€™ll be sure to update.

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Nathan Smithwrote a review of on December 7, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a slick little heart rate monitor. I’ve used it several times and so far I’m happy with it. There are a couple different models of the TICKR, but the basic model has exactly what I need. From the reading I did, the TICKR X has built-in memory, some better controls, and cadence measurement. Not really things I felt like I would use when riding my bike.

I have always been a little skeptical of heart rate monitors that go around the chest. They look uncomfortable. Fortunately, that was an erroneous notion, at least with the Wahoo TICKR. With a little bit of adjustment I got it to sit comfortably across my chest. I can feel it during my workout, but not any more than a well fitting jersey. The back of the band has a bit of non-slip material that keeps it in place. It does get a little sweaty, but I can handle it.

Connecting the monitor to the apps on my phone was really easy. The heart rate monitor doesn’t have any buttons but that doesn’t make it difficult to set up. You just give it a couple taps and it starts flashing and searching for a device. I first connected it to Strava. You just go to settings and set it up as an external device. You only need to do that once, and after that every time you open the app it searches for the heart rate monitor. Very simple.

I also downloaded the Wahoo app. It integrates seamlessly with the heart rate monitor as you would expect. It has some really nice goal features that I think you can only get with Strava Premium. It doesn’t seem to have any social features, but if all you want to do is track you workouts, it is a great option.

Overall, a great product that I use on a regular basis.

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