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Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith

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Greater Salt Lake Area

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Nathan Smith

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. I'€™ll most like

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 November 18, 2015

A Backpacking Staple
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used these bottles for years, and I will continue to do so. They are solid, they don't leak, and they they fit perfectly in my pack. I do recommend buying a narrow mouth bottle for drinking. I use the wide mouth bottles for packing cooking water and refills for my drinking bottle.

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Nathan Smithwrote a review of on September 17, 2015

5 5

I was looking for a floor pump after spending the last year using the one at work or my small hand pump. It was getting to be unmanageable keeping my tires inflated and it was a bit unsafe.

I found this guy at a very reasonable price and pulled the trigger. My first impression is that it felt solid. The pumps we have at work I consider to be the bar for floor pumps, and this felt on par. It does have more plastic parts then other more expensive pumps I've used, but It works and with a lifetime warranty I feel confident this thing will be around for a long time.

I do have to comment on the color. I am a sucker for everything green, and I will admit that it is part of what sold me. It looks even better than the picture.

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Nathan Smithwrote a review of on September 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The light attached easily to my bike and feels like it is not going to fall off. It doesn't give off enough light to light the way in the dark, but I gives off plenty of light to stay safe in low light. They have given me that little extra piece of mind while on my evening rig. I recommend picking them up.

I'll admittedly say that it took me quit a few tries to get these things turned on after I pulled them from the packaging. There is a shield that needs to be removed from the battery chamber and then the batteries need to be placed back in the proper direction.

What really had me scratching my head was how you turn them on. You have to press and hold the light down until it turns on. I was thinking one click would do the trick, but you need to hold it. Once the light is on, one click will cycle through the light blink settings. While this was hard to figure out at first, it is really slick having these minimal controls to toggle through settings.

The moral is you should read the instructions...

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Nathan Smithwrote a review of on September 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am always the envy of the campsite when I bring this along. It makes sitting around the fire that much more awesome.

My brother packs his on backpacking trips and uses it as a sleeping pad. I don't know if I would ever do it, but maybe you could give it a try.

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Nathan Smithwrote a review of on September 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I highly recommend these boots. They are comfortable and warm. I wear size ten and I got the UK 9.5. They fit like a glove.

I have a pair of SNS skate skis and SNS classic skis. I love that I can use these with both. Of course they feel better on the skates, but when I want to go with folks that just do classic I don't have to get a whole new rig.

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Nathan Smithwrote a review of on September 1, 2015

A Steal
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are great goggles for the price. I don't do a lot of skiing, and I was happy to find a pair of goggles that didn't break the bank. They fit well and they stay on my face when I fall.

They aren't supper dark, so on really sunny days, things can get a little bright, but the subtle orange tin still creates some contrast on the snow.

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Nathan Smithwrote a review of on September 1, 2015

5 5

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

I won't hide the fact that I got this shirt because my last name is Smith. I really have no brand affinity towards Smith other than that. The quality of this shirt is top notch. I got the Medium because I usually wear medium. Sometimes medium shirt fit me a little tight after a wash, but I have had no such problems with this shirt.

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Nathan Smithwrote a review of on September 1, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recently bought this as a second pad for casual camping. The pad I use for Backpacking is the Therm-a-Rest ProLite 4 Sleeping Pad. Head to head, the Therm-a-Rest takes comfort, packability and weight, but not by much. Were the ALPS takes the cake is in price. As a casual camping pad, it is easily a 4 star pad.

The ALPS pad is comfy, durable, and packs up easily. It is more bulky than higher end pads I've used when it is packed up, but it is not any more bulky than those foam pads you see around. I would take this pad any day over one of those.

It comes with some nice elastic straps and a bag for backing.

All in all, this is a great pad, If you aren't ready to drop a chunk of change on a Therm-a-Rest or Sea to Summit, pick up one of these and you won't regret it.

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Nathan Smithwrote a review of on September 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is is probably the best sleeping pad I have owned. I have always traditionally stuck to using foam pads, but boy, I missing out.

Pros:
• Packs small and I can fit it into my bag.
• Very comfy for back sleeping
• It is lighter than any other pad I have used

Cons:
• It's not the most comfortable on my boney hips when side sleeping, but with that said, I still wake up fresh and without soreness.

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Nathan Smithwrote a review of on September 1, 2015

This thing rocks
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I did a lot of research before making this purchase. I wanted something that would last a few kids. There are some great options out there, but I kept coming back to the Deuter Kid Comfort II.

The selling points for me are the easy shoulder strap adjuster for handing the pack back and forth between me and my wife, the slim profile, and the packing space, and most importantly the side child entrance. It doesn't go overboard on anything. It has exactly what you need.

The only con I have (and this is small) is the child harness. It is a little hard to access with a kid sitting in the pack, but we usually make it work. The side entrance feature helps mitigate some of this problem.

Lastly, the cherry on top is the little plush bear that comes with the pack.

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Nathan Smithwrote a review of on September 1, 2015

Versatile
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6'
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I didn't realize how versatile this jacket would bet. I initially got it for cross country skiing, but I use it on chilly bike rides and runs. The jacket is light, breathable, and most important it protects well against wind and moisture.

I originally bought the medium, but I found that it was too tight in the chest and a little short in the sleeves, I returned it for the large, and I am very happy with the fit. It has an athletic fit without being restrictive. Like I mentioned, I occasionally use the jacket on bike rides because it is light and keeps the wind off. You can tell it wasn’t cut for a cycling position as it gets a little flappy in the back, but for skiing and running it is perfect.

I was a little skeptical at first when I saw the jacket. it looks thin. When I wore it our for the rest time, I wore a long sleeve cotton shirt. I was soon burning up and unzipping the front all the way. It does a surprisingly good job at keeping me warn.

The one thing I would change on this jacket would be the zippers. They are really small, and seem a little fragile. Trying to open them with even a thin pare of gloves is a little tricky.

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Nathan Smithwrote a review of on September 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's of higher quality than your average T and it has a nice-trim fit. I usually purchase mediums, but with Castelli I tend to size up. The large is a perfect fit. I've had this shirt for almost a year now, and it is still consistently making it through the rotation.

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Nathan Smithwrote a review of on September 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I didn't realize how dicey it was getting coming down Guardsman Pass until I got these. I didn't do a lot of riding last year, so my old brake pads had gotten hard and slippery. I popped these guys on, and I am glad to have the extra stopping power.

So far this summer they have been working great. I'm using them with some Mavic Aluminum rims. I'll be picking these up again when I need new pads for this bike.

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Nathan Smithwrote a review of on September 1, 2015

5 5

I replaced some housing on an old bike that was starting to deteriorate. The housing was being held together with some electric tape which really slowed down the shifting. As you can imagine the improvement these made was night and day different.

I don't recommend letting your housing get to that point, but regardless, this kit is great. It plays great with all the rest of my Shimano 105 components and brings back that crisp action you expect when shifting.

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Nathan Smithwrote a review of on September 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I decided to swap out my original brake cables and housing when I was doing some work on my shifters, and these work great. I don't have any complaints about them. They were easy to install (once I got a housing cutter), and they work great with the Shimano 105 components I have on this bike.

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Nathan Smithwrote a review of on August 14, 2015

Matches My Farmers Tan
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This has been my go-to jersey this summer. It been first up in the rotation every time It comes out of the wash. As stated below the jersey does fit a little tight. I notice especially when I am off the bike I can fell it tight through the chest and armpits, but once I get down on the hoods, the fit is perfect.

One thing I like about it is the sleeve length. I have some tight fitting jerseys that have shorter sleeves that seem to ride up into my pits, but this jersey has slightly longer sleeves and an elastic band that keeps it in place. Because of this, I€™ve got a great farmers tan that matches this jersey.

I chose the Antrhacite/Green jersey which seems like a misnomer. Its definitely not green. It€™s Antrhacite, blue and orange. Regardless, it looks great.

In case it helps, I am 6ft €™0in€ 170lbs with a fairly skinny upper body. I purchased the medium.

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