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Honolulu, HI

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chris's Passions

Trail Running
Hiking
Mountain Biking

chris's Bio

Let's see, fanatical mountain biker on a wee bit of a holiday till the little babushka grows up enough to take him out on the trails. I've been into bikes since my small kid BMX days. Currently there's a Yeti 575, Scott FR, Voodoo Wazoo, Titus Racer X, and an urban play bike in the quiver. Known amongst my friends as being a gear whore.

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Oni wrote a review of on March 2, 2013

4 5

I like this helmet better than the Fox striker. Seems to fit me a bit better. Visor is a tad bit cheap (fell off on my first one), but overall, I like this helmet. The plastic piece on the back makes me go fast and make varrroom noises.

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Oni wrote a review of on March 2, 2013

3 5

Had to get an XL size when I normally wear L. Figured it would be a slimmer Euro cut so the Xl wouldn't be huge. And it's not. Jersery is really comfortable. Nice and airy. More of a hot weather, keep the sun off of you versus a keep warm thing. Like the zipper and the mesh inserts.

Bought white. Which has to be the dumbest color for MTB clothes ever. At least you can wear black when its cold out.

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Oni wrote a review of on March 1, 2013

3 5

Bought it to replace my well loved and used 2006 Yeti 575. Very different bikes. Very different feel. Have one trail ride on it and half a dozen DH runs that involve a 35 minute road climb, so I really need to take it out on the trail more. I don't love this bike, and usually I do.
Sometimes on the road climb up I can feel the suspension doing something that makes me think the grips are loose, first ride I stopped and checked the grips several times, but it was just how the frame moved. Coming down the dh isn't bad, stiffer than my 575 (but really, what isn't??).
Think the wide handlebars are bugging me, steering seems twitchy, probably will try to move controls and grips in a bit to see if that's part of my issue.
Had issues with the XTR discs, had to have a caliper warrantied. Rest of the components are working well. 2X10 is interesting, but works. Haven't had an issue running out of gears when climbing for the dh. If I was going to build this bike from scratch, it would look pretty close to this. I like the 2012 spec better than the 2013 spec. Not really excited with the Fox CTD system, wanted the CK headset, the 240 hubs are a nice treat as well.
Let me get more miles and I'll come back and update this.

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Oni wrote a review of on March 1, 2013

3 5

After a painful warranty period, I now like these brakes. :-) While they were not working and I was trying to get them warrantied, I really didn't like them.
The brakes came preinstalled, but since you have to disconnect the lever to install, I suspect that some air was introduced. So I had to bleed them early in the process. managed to drop ( and lose) the bleed screw, and that was a proprietary screw that I had to source from a bike store in Korea as it's not available from US distributors at all. Then contaminated the pads, but managed to get them working again and then the rear piston was leaking fluid, so can imagine all sorts of fun that caused.The replacement came with a hose that was about nine feet too long, so had to cut and install the barbed fitting and new compression olive. That barbed fitting doesn't like to go in the hose.
Had to purchase a bleed kit, because you can't do much with a special bleed kit.
Here's what I like.
Shimano has the best lever feel. Truly one finger braking, even in crazy downhill sections.
Good stopping power.
Goofy finned pads seem to work.
What I don't like;
Shimano mineral oil (really? it's how expensive?)
Barb and compression fitting set up.
The fact that the first pair leaked oil.

I wouldn't have bought these if they didn't come on the bike. Not convinced that I'd buy them again. I've had a better bleeding/maintenance with other brands (Magura and Hope). But now that I've got them working, I'll keep them for a while.

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Oni wrote a review of on April 11, 2012

2 5

I have the 3AAA Remix as well. I just bought this one because I wanted to try it and I have a stash of CR123s at home. And it's all black. It's a little lighter than my 3AAA but other than that, I'd go with the 3AAA version instead. Batteries are cheaper and performance is better.

The always comes on in the low mode was a little annoying.

I do like the Remix platform though. I've used it a lot over the years, from hiking at night, to running, to fixing stuff in the car or just to see where I'm going.

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Oni wrote a review of on March 11, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been looking for a performance black shirt for a while. I was pleased to see that Stoic had one, as I have several other Stoic products and I like them. I'm wearing it today for the second time. It's comfortable. Not too hot, not too cool. Just right. I spent time out in the sun and despite it being black, I wasn't baking. The different colour buttons on the front are kinda weak, why do I need a grey button mixed in with the black ones? And this was the shirt of stink when I took it out of the package. Had to wash it 2x to get it not stinking. Fit is a bit snug, I'm wearing a Large and it's comfy, although I'm not a Hugh Jass so your results may vary.

Been wearing this shirt for almost a year now. Liked it so much I bought a blue one as well. Really, really, really like these shirts. Probably my favorite casual shirts.

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Oni wrote a review of on January 11, 2012

3 5

Just read the reviews on this watch and I'm kinda surprised. I bought it five or six years ago and haven't had to change the band yet. Changed the battery a couple of times and the slot in the back of the watch is kinda chewed up. While I've worn it outdoors/ocean, it hasn't seen a lot of that kind of use, so maybe that's why my band hasn't deteriorated. I've found the altimeter to be kinda wonky; there have been times when I'm standing at sea level and my altitude can vary widely. Manually setting the altitude to sea level helps for a little bit.
I don't find resetting the watch to be at all intuitive; I'm going to use the altimeter tracking function this weekend and I need to reread the directions on how to do it.
I find it comfortable and light.
I bought it on close out for cheap, don't think I would pay the asking price for it.

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Oni wrote a review of on November 21, 2011

1 5

Hated it. Opened the knife, played with it for five minutes, put it back in the box, mailed it back.

The ergonomics of this knife are designed for someone who wears gloves or has slippery hands. I found the knife far too painful on bare skin, as the contact points would dig into the hand in a variety of grips. This included the thumbstuds, the hilt, and the slide lock button.

I let a couple of friends with knives (fwk) play with it and they all thought it was very uncomfortable as well.

I thought the opening system was a gimmick. If you held the slide lock open then flicked your wrist, the blade would open. Which is no big deal as several of my other knives you can just flick your wrist and the blade opens.

Really wanted to like this knife, with the Sai-Mai steel.

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Oni wrote a review of on June 5, 2011

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Alright. I like these shorts. Got them in the mail yesterday, wore them on a four hour hike that had 8 stream crossings and some serious water fall scrambling. Extremely comfortable. And they dried really quick after the stream crossings and after bush whacking through the wet ferns.

They do have some flaws, namely two tiny pockets. If you are doing anything with any gear, you'd need a pack to carry stuff. For the post hike maw-fest, I was carrying a cell phone, keys and wallet and the pockets were pretty maxed out.

The sizing is odd. I'm a 32/33" and the medium is snug. Snug like 'not using the waist belt feature at all snug', snug like 'hey, is that VBL I see? snug', snug like 'I'm not eating ice cream snug.'

These are probably the lightest pair of shorts I've ever owned. Nice and stretchy. The material is very soft, almost makes me want to go commando in them. I like the welded seams. More akin to a pair of nice board shorts. I'm going to try running in them this week and see how they feel. They'll be great for bashing the crap out of.

Slightly disappointed that most of the Stoic stuff I've bought recently is made over seas.

So after wearing and washing for two months, they fit better. The material seems to have stretched a little bit.

The one pair of shorts is now three. I've hiked/camped/slept/fornicated and moved in these shorts. I really like them but here's what I've noticed over time. The material stretches. Quite a bit. From not having to use the wasit belt intially to have to use it now. My butt floats in these bad boys now, hard to look sexy for the ladies while wearing them. I found that putting stuff into the pockets would stretch them out in weird shapes. Still think a single thigh pocket would be better.

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