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Phunk

Salt Lake City, UT

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Phunk wrote a review of on December 15, 2009

5 5

I have 3 pairs of Mojos. They are *the* goto summer short around Salt Lake City for sport climbing, bouldering, running and sitting around being sore from those activities.

They dry quickly. The butt pocket is the perfect size for stowing your car key and iPod when you're running, but they won't bounce around in there like a slow-motion intro shot of Baywatch babes running on the beach. What?

The material is light, smooth and amazingly tough. For all the times that Andy has started climbing again without telling me and I've dropped the 2 feet onto my butt, they've never ripped or anything. He's a jerk, but these shorts are the bee's knees.

Try them paired with a Red Bull and some Chaco flip-flips. Superb.

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Phunk wrote a review of on December 15, 2009

5 5

Nuun is the only thing that keeps my electrolyte levels up during the summer months of climbing/biking/running here in Salt Lake City. On a roadbike ride I have one water bottle with water, and one bottle with Nuun + water.

Nuun is not sticky like sugar-filled Gatorade, so it goes down smoother and doesn't jack my blood sugar levels around. This makes it great for drinking around the house if my muscles are feeling a little crampy or dehydrated-tight.

You don't need to mix it like other powders, which is nice. Just drop a table in 16 ounces of water (I like to add ice) and in about 90 seconds it's ready to drink. Taste is a personal thing, but I really enjoy the Tri-Berry flavor.

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Phunk wrote a review of on December 15, 2009

5 5

Light, blingy, spendy and I love them. My previous two setes of pedals were Time ATAC Carbons, and it took me a couple rides to get used to the feel of the eggbeaters. The biggest difference was the eggbeaters' much more subtle "click" when you clip into them.

I have my cleats set to releast at 15 degrees on my Pinarello roadbike. That setting, with the 6 degrees of float, feels great on the knees and has never caused me to tip over because I couldn't get out of them in time.

I'm probably going to get a pair of Candy Tis for my mountainbike in the spring, as I like a little more of a platform on a mtb. Thanks Brothers that Crank!

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Phunk wrote an answer about on December 15, 2009

Specifically, I believe the main difference between 8/9/10 speed chains is their width, which must be compatible with the spacing of your rear cassette. (If it's not, the shifting will be "terrible" to "completely unusable.")

I bought this chain (along with a SRAM PG-907 cassette and XT shifters) to convert my lady's old 8-speed steel-frame hardtail to a 9-speed, and the whole system worked very well together.

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Phunk wrote a review of on December 15, 2009

4 5

I like it, wear it and have no complaints. The pockets are sized and placed well, and the full zip is great for regulating temperature here in Salt Lake City. I like my Castelli jersey a little bit better due to its smoother material and sharper looks, but the Castelli zipper is pretty tough to operate one-handed and I'm already using my other hand to check my text messages.

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Phunk wrote a review of on December 15, 2009

5 5

I've bought a bunch of these in the 17cm size to donate to a super-steep route with a few hard clips. They are tough as hell, so they withstand abrasion well. They are wide enough to grab in the event of an emotional emergency (but please, never grab a draw when you are falling - I don't want pieces of your finger stuck in the draw if I climb that route after you.)

They are wide enough to resist twisting, unlike the spaghetti-thin dyneema dogbones that seem to be in style these days. I dig em.

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Phunk wrote a review of on December 15, 2009

5 5

Great bag! It's pretty much the maximum allowed dimensions for a checked bag. Much bigger and you'll get charged a ridiculous oversized luggage fee. There are a bunch of Dakine roller bags about this size, so you've got a couple choices in this range. We packed it FULL of clothes and 2 bottles of definitely-not-tequila on our way back from our mexican adventure and it weighed 49.9 pounds exactly.

I chose this bag for its ability to split into 2 separate checkable bags if it was the only bag my lady and I were going to check but it was too heavy.

The two halves separate completely with 4 giant buckles and a velcro hand-loop at the top. It's got nice big internal compartments, which I liked a lot better than bags that break up the space into 11 different mini-compartments. All I want to do is throw a bunch of clothes in there, I don't need a mini-compartment for my casual underwear and a separate compartment for my formal-dress underwear, thank you very much.

Some reviews said this bag did not stand up well on it's own, and I made sure to pack that end of the bag first so I did not have that problem. I could see that it was possible, but packing that end first did the trick.

All the little details are great. It rolls well, the extendable handle is long enough to lean your carryon backpack over when you're walking around with this rig.

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Phunk wrote a review of on December 15, 2009

5 5

Smooooth screw-gate, big enough to get a lot of rope/sling in there. Has a more "solid" feel than my Black Diamond Rocklock. They're both safe, of course.

I also like the added touch of the red paint that *only* shows when this biner is not locked. I don't need a feature like that to keep me alive, of course, but it's an extra safety measure that has no real downside.

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