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Perry Hall

Perry Hall

Gearhead

Wasatch Range, Green Mountains

Perry Hall's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Skiing
Snowboarding
Yoga
Surfing
Paddling
Climbing
Snowshoeing

Perry Hall'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.

Perry Hall

Perry Hallwrote a review of on June 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have this tire as the rear on both of my bikes. I'm running it on a 26mm internal width rim on my trail bike, and you can see that review under the 27.5 version. On my 29er, I'm running a much narrower rim, and the tire profile is definitely different. Still great, but different. I find the side knobs are a bit more rounded over with the narrower rim, changing the cornering characteristics of this tire slightly. If you want a fast dry conditions tire that can really rail corners, this would be a great option.

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Perry Hallwrote a review of on June 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6'
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I've been a pretty religious wearer of knee pads for a few seasons, and these are my new go-to pads.
I've been wearing G-Form on nearly every trail ride, in every condition for the past 2 seasons. Early this season I was given the opportunity to ride and test the Dakine Slayer pads, and have permanently made the switch. Besides lift serve days for which I have a specific hard shell pad, the Slayer bridges a gap that previously was left to sacrifice. You would either sacrifice pedaling performance and breatheablilty or protection. This pad prevents that decision from having to be made.

Offering much more protection than a G-Form pad, in an only slightly thicker sleeve , the Slayer makes me feel much more comfortable and confident while descending. I was able to test these in temps approaching 80 this weekend, and slid the pads down around my ankles for the long climb, then wore them for the remainder of the rolling ride. They disappeared once in place.

I would suggest this pad for anyone who likes to feel safe while riding, and wants a pad that can pedal and handle 20+ miles in comfort.

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Perry Hallwrote a review of on June 6, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: 34

I've been looking for new shorts after dropping a few pounds, and decided to go with the Skylines. The fit is spot on, I'm about 6', 200lbs, and historically a 36 waist, but went 34 and they are great. only 2 side pockets, but it fits a iPhone 6 comfortably, even on longer (24 mile) rides. Cool (temperature wise) and durable enough to be a lighter lift serve short.

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Perry Hallwrote a review of on June 1, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

RaceFace uses a different spline interface than your standard Shimano or GXP external BB. I believe its to accomodate for the larger spindles the cranks run, but I'm not quite sure. Either way, this tool is needed for install. Has a place to insert a 3/4" torque wrench, and works just fine. Wrap some old bar tape around the handle and you've got a padded grip!

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Perry Hallwrote a review of on May 25, 2016

Fantastic helmet!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There's been an increasing demand for helmets equipped with concussion reduction technology, and there has historically been one option for that technology – MIPS. MIPS seemingly took the bicycle helmet industry by storm a few years back, but we now have a new player producing some amazing helmets. 6D has been manufacturing helmets used in motocross and BMX for a while, and has finally ventured into mountain bike with the ATB-1T. This helmet uses a system they are calling ODS, or Omni-Directional Suspension. It's similar to MIPS, but it's executed a bit differently. The system basically creates a ball-in-socket from the inner and outer shell, with 27 elastic isolation dampers connecting the two EPS Foam layers. The benefit is that it cuts down on rotational forces like MIPS, but unlike MIPS, I've never noticed any noise or rattling from the ATB-1T.

One of the first things you notice about the helmet is the weight. It is heavier than my Bell Super 2 MIPS that I had been riding prior. However, once the helmet is on your head, the weight is less noticeable, mostly due to a fantastic retention system. The buckle is a nice touch as well. It's a magnetic system called Fidlock that automatically locks together, and allows for quick, one-handed connection of the buckle.

I find that a warm day is best when getting a feel for a new helmet, since it allows one to experience the ventilation and wicking performance. Luckily I was able to give the helmet a solid shake down in approximately 75-degree weather on exposed, sunny trails. The padding does a good job of wicking the sweat away from the eyes, and while it has fewer vents than my Bell Super, my head didn't feel any warmer in the ATB-1T. The added weight of the helmet disappeared as I was riding, whether I was climbing or descending.
Comparing this helmet to the Super 2, the difference is definitely noticeable. Weight aside, the 6D is a larger helmet, overall. I currently own a large Super 2, and the 6D is a M/L, which puts me at the top end of the size range. I wouldn't want to size up to the XL/XXL due to the increased size of the shell on the 6D.
Although I appreciate the added protection, one of my biggest complaints about MIPS helmets has been the noise. Noise is not something that one usually thinks about when it comes to a helmet, but after riding a POC Trabec Race MIPS and the Super MIPS, I have found that the plastic MIPS layer can rub against the inside of the helmet, which creates a distracting squeak while riding. The 6D has not developed any noise in the few weeks I have been riding it, and is far more comfortable on my head. After spending the early season in the ATB-1T, my take is that this helmet would be a great option for someone looking for a comfortable, well-ventilated helmet that provides maximum protection when you're on the trail.

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Perry Hallwrote a review of on May 19, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

With such a versatile axle system, ease of adjusting chaining sizes, and the stiffness and light weight of the cranks, its hard to find a better option. I've been running these on two bikes now, and will be hard pressed to ride a different crank in the future.

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Perry Hallwrote a review of on May 19, 2016

BOOOOOOOST
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Not only are the axles boost, but the bike will help you to boost your riding. A huge change over the prior VPP Design, the new one is more active, and has less of a mid-stroke wallow which I found on most gen 1 Santa Cruz VPP bikes. I'm in the process of getting some volume spacers for the Fox Rear shock to try a bit different setup, but this bike has been an amazing addition to my quiver. Light, stiff, and burly, you have a really versatile bike that can handle both Nomad and 5010 terrain.

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Perry Hallwrote a review of on May 4, 2016

4 5

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

I gave these to my girlfriend as she is learning how to ride clipless pedals and needed some knee pads. We went with these since they are a light weight, have no Velcro, and are super comfy to pedal in! they are a soft pad, that really conform to your knee, but its clear that they harden substantially upon impact. We're very happy with these pads!

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Perry Hallwrote a review of on April 25, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this same tire in the 2.3 standard version at the beginning of the season. I'm running a 26mm internal rim Mercury X1 carbon, and felt as though the tire was a bit squirly leaning into looser corners. I bought the WT version for increased volume, and improved tire profile, and have been very impressed. I rode one trail where I distinctly noticed the tire squirm in a corner, and it handled marvelously. After a long weekend riding in southern Utah, I'm hooked on the WT DHR II!

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Perry Hallwrote a review of on April 25, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm personally on my 2nd set of knees, I own a set of these, and juts bought a set for my girlfriend. Light protection for your elbows for under a long sleeve jersey while riding DH, or great for more aggressive trail riding where a little extra protection is wanted. Light weight, can be easily stowed in a pack for the climb up.

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Perry Hallwrote a review of on April 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This tire is what I have been waiting for for a while now. I was running a Ikon last year, and loved the slide that tire provided. This has similar characteristics, but as soon as you lean it into the side knobs, this thing grips! I've had great luck with it so far the past month riding in Utah, the only issue is steep, loose over hard climbs where I tend to lose traction. I am excited to get this thing out on the Park City Trails this summer!

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Perry Hallwrote a review of on March 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6'
Weight: 205 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

Is that cheesy? Naw. The Medium's didn't leave me mushroom for my 9.5 foot, but these things won't let me chicken out on a line due to their bright colors. I'm out of puns. Buy these socks, they are rad. Pizza is good.

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Perry Hallwrote a review of on March 28, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Although its pretty meek for a bell, it mounts nearly anywhere and mounts out of the way. Upside down, on the left, under the dropper lever. Easy to use without altering bar grip. Bell's are mandatory out here and this is a great option.

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