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Sterling Watson

Sterling Watson

Colorado Springs, CO

Sterling Watson's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Biking
Climbing

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Sterling Watsonwrote a review of on June 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Couldn't be happier with this set up. Install is easy and when you want it off for the TT's it takes about 10 seconds. My favorite features are the stiff straw that doesn't flop all over the place, the easy refill opening on top, and the option to be able to just throw a regular water bottle into the holder for training. A lot of people complain about the computer mount but I actually like it. You do have to lean back to see it but it allows you to focus better and just let the miles roll by!! I highly recommend this for races from sprint all the way up to ironman! Backcounty is the place to order from...free shipping and a great return policy!

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Sterling Watsonwrote a review of on June 9, 2015

Great budget tri wetsuit!!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium Tall

A wetsuit for a triathlete like myself that competes in 4-6 races a year can seem to be an expensive peice of gear considering you may not get to train in it all that often. Spending thousands on a bike I use almost everyday is easy to explain to the wife...but hundreds up to a thousand for a wet suit that is mostly used only during races, hard to argue that point. I don't live anywhere near good open water that has access to the public for swimming, so in reality I may only get to use it 8-12 times per year.

I did a lot of research on my own as well as speaking with some of the experts here at Backcounty.com before making my decision to purchase this suit. My main focus was on cost, fit, and thickness in the chest/legs of the suit. I race olympic distances all the way up to full ironman so I needed a suit that would work for any distance race. After reading other reviews and talking with my gearhead at Backcounty, I decided on the blueseventy fusion suit...I made the right choice! First off, I ALWAYS go with Backcounty especially for things like this where I know if it doesn't fit I can just exchange it or even get a different product, hastle free!

I am 6 foot even and weigh 165 so I ordered the medium tall. Fit is perfect, quite tight but not restrictive. I've used it in several races now and am a huge fan! Favorite features: the strap attatched to the zipper does not get in your way during the swim but is easy to find on the way to transition; with the use of a little body glide on the neck there is no chafing whatsoever; and as I mentioned, with the right fit, there is almost no restriction in movement thanks to the perfect amount of material where you need it. I've used it all the way down to 56 degrees and up to 72, obviously a great price point as well, I can't see why I'd need anymore than this. I'd recommend this suit to anyone needing a wetsuit for triathlons of any distance and that doesn't have a budget for a $1,000+ wetsuit.....maybe someday, when I'm sponsored..HA! Oh, and get it from Backcountry.com!!

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Sterling Watsonwrote a review of on April 16, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

This is my third tri shoe from LG...I've never been unhappy with any of their products but this shoe is certainly my favorite. My favorite features are the VERY stiff carbon fiber sole, the upper material is very breathable and cool, having two insoles(one hot, one cold) is very helpful for those colder rides, and shoe itself is very light. I always wear them barefoot and have had no problems with any kind of hot spots or blisters. The pull tabs on the back are just the right size, easy to use when you need them but don't get in the way. I do olympic to full ironman distance races, ride 250+ miles per week, and would recommend these to any triathlete!


I also recommend buying them from backcountry.com, their staff is always very helpful when asking any questions as well as getting gear to you as quick as possible. Obviously you can't go wrong with the return policy as well!

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Sterling Watsonwrote a review of on April 16, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wanted to get my computer off of my step so I purchased this mount. It is well constructed and works great! Gets my computer out in front of me where I want it and really wasn't a bad price. I'd recommend it to anyone wanting this style of setup for their computer.

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Sterling Watsonwrote a review of on April 16, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've owned several CatEye computers...while this may be my least favorite one, it is still a great computer and gets the job done. My complaints about it are very minor: for a micro computer, it feels a bit bulky.....the two button style can get a bit frustrating to use.....and, the text can be a bit hard to read(I suppose thats expected though, being "mircro"). Having said that, I do like to be able to see speed, time, and distance all on the same screen. Price for what you get is pretty fair, and I've had no issues with it recording properly or anything like that. If you need a basic computer thats wireless(only way to go in my opinion), this computer will get the job done!

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Sterling Watsonwrote a review of on April 16, 2015

Exceptional for tri's and tt's
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I started doing triathlons a couple years ago and had always just used my regular road helmet. This year I upgraded to a TT bike and decided it was time to upgrade the helmet as well.

I did quite a bit of research mainly between this and the Giro options. After making my choice I have to say(having owned Giro helmets) I am more than happy with my purchase. Key features that I have found helpful are the three front vents that allow air to easily move through the helmet and out the back, the "golf ball style" tail really cuts down on noise, and my favorite being the gel rim around the front that completely blocks sweat from dripping down into your glasses. My other helmets that have padding up front tend to fill up with sweat quickly and when the wind changes just drip and blow into my eyes and glasses. The only thing I found awkward and it took me a bit to get used to was how high up on the forehead the helmets sits. This is not a bad thing, just took time to get the fit right.

So quick recap: Great ventilation, almost no wind noise, perfect sweat "discarding", love the magnetic clip/unclip, and a great price point! I'd recommend this helmet to anyone doing triathlons from sprint to full distances as well as TT's.

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Sterling Watsonwrote a review of on January 21, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

My feet seem to almost always get cold when I ride if the temp is below 50 degrees. Thankfully that is now a thing of the past. These overshoes from Gore work perfectly between 25-50 degrees. The windproofness is perfect, the durability is unmatched, and although they are not water proof they work quite well against the occasional splash of mud/water when I use them on the mountain bike. I recommend this overshoe to anyone that rides in cold temps and needs to keep they're feet dry and warm.

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Sterling Watsonwrote a review of on January 21, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I hate riding in the cold...mainly because I can't stay warm. So I ordered a pair of these from backcountry after much research and I'd say I made the right choice. I wear these between 30-50 degrees and they are perfect. I don't get clammy or sweaty hands/fingers and my hands don't go numb. The fit is perfect, however, if I could change once thing it would be that they be made with more of a "spandex like" material so that they would make shifting/braking a little easier. I don't even know if thats possible, but hey, its a review and this would be my only recommendation. Again though, great gloves, you cannot go wrong with this purchase!

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Sterling Watsonwrote a review of on January 21, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I have used several of Salomon's shoes, and this is the first that I am not pleased with. It's not the shoe itself as far as quality goes, it is quite a solid shoe as far as the construction of the sole goes. It just doesn't seam to be as much of a running shoe. I generally prefer a shoe that you can't "feel" on your feet, one that is light weight, with much less rear sole than this one has. It's not bad as an every day "tennis shoe", just doesn't seem to be great for running as far as my style goes. Hope this is helpful!

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Sterling Watsonwrote a review of on January 21, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased this to keep getting in the base miles during the winter. It has performed exceptionally! I use both my road and triathlon bike on it. Never had any leaks, heat level stays low, and the base is very sturdy. The noise level is what I am most impressed with though. I will usually turn on the TV while training and it really doesn't drown out the sound at all. I highly recommend this trainer to anyone, it's a great way to keep your cycling legs fresh throughout the winter!

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Sterling Watsonwrote a review of on March 21, 2013

5 5

I live in Colorado and bought these for everything from ice climbing lincon falls to long hikes up steep slopes. I've had them for two winter seasons now and have no complaints whatsoever. These should work for pretty much anything in north america...unless you have cold feet. I don't, but I have one friend with these boots that prefers his double boots on colder days. But like I said, they work great for me. For sure a great value buy from La Sportiva.

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