Perry Hall

Perry Hall

Wasatch Range, Green Mountains

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Perry's Passions

Alpine Touring
Fly Fishing
Camping
Backpacking
Trail Running
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Road Cycling
Alpine Skiing

Perry's Bio

Massachusetts by way of Vermont, spend most of the winter on skis, and most of the summer on two wheels, Enjoy trail running, climbing, hiking, road biking, skiing, etc. Fall is dedicated to hunts and fall bike rides.

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Perry Hall

Perry Hall wrote a review of on July 9, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I like meat. I like jerky, but these bars are still growing on me. They are definitely different, and may or may not be appetizing looking depending on the consumer, but the taste, that is where they win. I have tried every flavor except for the turkey, and the Bison Bacon Cranberry and the Lamb Currant Mint are both awesome flavors. Better for hiking and lower exertion activities, it did not sit super well in the middle of a long mountain bike ride, but was great on the river fishing or for a snack on a hike. Great protein and a filling snack.

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Perry Hall wrote a review of on June 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The One Industries Ion short is a crusher of a short, providing all day comfort on longer xc rides, but offers enough durability and ventilation for super hot days on the lifts or shuttling. Pairing these with the meshy Giro New Road liner bibs makes for a super cool lower body while pedaling through the heat of the summer. Pockets are small, but can hold a phone/keys/ID, and inseam is short enough that even veteran Lycra wearers will accept them into their wardrobe. Slight issue with the velcro seperating from the pull tabs around your waist, but they are stitched on both ends so its not a major issue at all. (this was after 25-30 hrs trail time). Be sure to size down! I'm a 36 in most things, 200 lbs, 6 ft. and I wear a 34 in all of the One Industries gear.

Be sure to pair this with the Vapor glove and the Ion 1/4 zip jersey to keep it fresh on the trials this summer.

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Perry Hall wrote a review of on May 28, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Not sure if I'm ready to give these more than 2 stars yet. I've used them twice. Once was riding my mountain bike, the other was yard work. For riding, these things seem great, no wires, solid feel in my ear, etc. However, if you have the phone in your back jersey pocket(same side as the BT receiver) you get fairly choppy sound with loss of signal. The headphone is within 2 feet of the phone, but apparently they don't transmit through your body, so its slightly frustrating. I was happy when I didn't have to look left, as that's where I lost my sound.

During yard work, I had my phone in my right front pocket of some shorts, and the sound wasn't cutting out or choppy nearly as much, but did have some interruptions.

I'd give these a solid 2 stars for the first two uses. I plan on trying them with my phone in the top pocket of the hydration pack (closer to the ears) to see if that helps at all, but it may be better to fork out the money for the nicer version coming out soon or some Jaybirds.

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Perry Hall wrote a review of on April 10, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been running this as my rear tire (2.4) for a month or two now and really enjoy the grip, and the slide. This tire is fairly slow rolling, but corners great, and can slide when you want it to. I would recommend this rear tire to anyone. The high volume makes you feel like you are riding a monster truck when paired with a 2.4 trail king front.

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Perry Hall wrote a review of on April 10, 2014

4 5

Is what this tire has. Its big, big enough to scare some people, but it has great grip in all conditions. It is a bit slow rolling, and a bit heavy, and doesn't like going under 15mph to get the grip it has, but once the tire opens up, its full on. This is a great front tire option for someone looking for a killer all mountain tire.

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Perry Hall wrote a review of on April 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have worn my fair share of mountain shoes, and currently own three pairs, but these are my go to shoes. These things are an ultimate trail shoe, good support, stiff sole, and a light weight, breathable upper. They are extremely comfortable, and will take the place of my 5.10 Hellcats as my daily driver. I will hold on to those for full on lift serviced days, but the Mavics are going to be my most ridden shoe.
the 9.5's fit as they should, I generally measure between a 9 and 9.5 on the Brannock and prefer a snug fit in my shoes.
Buy em, they are yellow.

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Perry Hall wrote a review of on April 4, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased the Cyclone jacket to be a mid-level piece between my long sleeve jersey and my Gore soft shell jacket. This thing does not disappoint. I have ridden it in a variety of conditions from chilly sunny days (50 deg) with a sleeveless summer weight base layer (mountain biking) to low 40 degree temperatures with a 150 weight merino top one day and a craft winter weight base layer another, and it is a totally versatile piece. It breathes extremely well and was only chilly on the descents.

I have not tried it in any foul weather or any precipitation, but assume it would preform admirably during a light drizzle.
I initially ordered a Large, but at 6 ft, 200 lbs, the XL just fit better and allowed for a bit looser

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Perry Hall wrote a review of on January 9, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The only reason I didn't give these 5 stars is that on single digits, they are a bit cold. That being said, pittards super supple leather, gore tex, glove leash, and dexterity? What else more could you want! Stylish, too, I kind of feel like James Bond in some nice leather driving gloves skiing around in these things.

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Perry Hall wrote a review of on December 9, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I distinctly remember wasting time in elementary school reading BMX PLUS! and lusting over the Diamondback Reactors. (http://bmxmuseum.com/bikes/diamondback/24675)
Now, with Kelly McGarry's 72 ft backflip, 2nd place, and viewers choice award at the RedBull Rampage, they have rebuilt the brand into a formidable player.

I have been riding this bike for a month or so now, and have been greatly impressed. I knew Diamondback still had it, and that they would come back and produce great bikes again. This is one of those bikes. Stiff aluminum frame and a great (105 level for around a grand? YES). This bike is a great entry level cross racer, a one bike quiver, or a gravel adventure bike. I have since upgraded the seatpost and saddle to some personal preference parts, but the stock build will get you and keep you rolling for years.

I have put about 200 miles on it so far, both on and off road, and have found myself wanting to ride back on the road more and more. The frame is confidence inspiring and solid, and wide tires and disc brakes make descending both more fun and more "spicy" because of brakes that feel like brakes. Discs on road bikes are here to stay and I will only ride them from here on out.

Fit and finish of this bike is on par with bigger names, and the price can't be beat. I'm looking forward to getting a nicer set of wheels, as with bikes in this price range, thats usually the one component selection to suffer. It is a bit heavy to keep up with the fit roadies I work with, but I'm probably having more fun. I can't wait to do some bikepacking, gravel adventures, and longer rides next summer, and this race (http://www.vermontoverland.com/vogp) but with single digit temps, its trainer time.

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