Pete OBrien

Pete OBrien

Wasatch Mountains, Utah

Pete OBrien's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Skiing

Pete OBrien's Bio

Originally from Vermont, I moved to Utah for the snow. I like to snowboard, ski, mountain bike, and motocross. I'm addicted to racing cyclocross, and have a retired racing greyhound named Uno. I work as a Videographer and Editor at Backcountry.com

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Pete OBrien

Pete OBrien wrote a review of on December 9, 2014

5 5

I have a size 11 foot and the size 29 Vulcan fits perfectly right out of the box. They may be expensive but they're worth it since I haven't had to do any work to them.
The Vulcan's are my third set of ski boots in my quiver of boots. These are obviously my touring boots. I also own Tecnica Agents with Hotronics for comfort and cold weather sidecountry days, and Atomic Burner 130s for high speed in bounds days.
The Vulcans are very streamlined and stiff almost like a Full Tilt. They are easy to get in and out of when they are in walk mode, unlike my Burners which are extremely painful to take off. I have a relatively narrow foot which is probably the reason I haven't had to do any work to them.
They fit nice and snug around my shins and calves, offering great response when initiating turns. I can't always get my Agents tight enough around my shins and they sometimes feel pressed out.
The Vulcan has two modes, controlled by the top buckle. Switching from walk/skin to ski means you essentially just buckle the boots all the way, clamping the top buckle down in the back of the boot.
Skin mode and entry/exit mode is achieved by unbuckling the top buckle from the back of the boot. This is a little hokey because when you're walking and skinning the top buckle is open and flapping around.
Once the top buckle is clamped down you can hear an obvious click and with a little forward pressure you can feel the stiffness of ski mode engage.

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Pete OBrien

Pete OBrien wrote a review of on December 9, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I own six of these cogs ranging from 15T-20T. I use 38T/16T gearing 80% of the time racing single speed cyclocross here in Utah. My wheels are Hed Belgium Plus with Chris King 11 speed hubs. I have the Surly spacer kit and tugnut held together tightly with a steel DT Swiss RWS quick release. The cogs are very easy to switch out if you have these two tools:
Crombie Tool
http://www.backcountry.com/abbey-bike-tools-single-sided-crombie-tool?rr=t
Chain Whip
http://www.backcountry.com/park-tool-chain-whip-15mm-pedal-wrench-hcw-16?ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6Y2hhaW4gd2hpcDoxOjQ6Y2hhaW4gd2hpcA&skid=PAR0101-ONECOL-ONESIZ
Since you are moving the wheel back and forth each time you change gears you also have to adjust your rear brake accordingly.

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Pete OBrien

Pete OBrien wrote a review of on December 9, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have a 38T and a 42T chainring for single speed racing in Utah. With the 38T my range of rear cogs goes from 16T-19T based on chain tension, the length of my drop out slot and the tolerance of my rear tire and frame. 80% of the time I race on 38T/16T, leaving my quick release at the end of my drop out. I use the 19T on two different hilly courses here in Utah and whenever its snowing. There was one race I was tempted to run 42T/17T because it was so flat and my chain would be too slack if I ran 38T/15T. This season I also switched out my rear 8.4 V-Brake for an Avid Shorty Ultimate because it's much quicker and easier to adjust each time I switch out my cogs. I still rock the V-Brake up front.

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Pete OBrien

Pete OBrien wrote a review of on December 1, 2014

5 5

The only shoes I'll wear are Salomons. I've been a big fan of the XA Pro 3D Ultra 2 GTX for years. When it was time to retire my old ones I decided to give these a try. They aren't as easy to slip on and off as the Ultras, but they offer more support and comfort. The tongue is housed in an elastic cover, keeping everything snug and tight.

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Pete OBrien

Pete OBrien wrote a review of on December 1, 2014

5 5

I bought the camera/ light mount for $15 from the Smith website. It showed up in 2 days (Utah). It's a super solid mount that takes the shakiness out of my POV shots and it's very easy to snap a light on and off. I'm impressed at how comfortable the Forefront is and will probably get the Overtake for road riding.

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Pete OBrien

Pete OBrien wrote a review of on November 24, 2014

5 5

Fit: Runs small

I've had down booties in the past without rubber soles and they last about a week before they start making a feathery mess.
Great indoor/outdoor slippers, these are very warm on cold winter nights. I usually buy a new pair of slippers each winter because it's so hard to get the smell out of them after a while.

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