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Steve Brain

Steve Brain wrote a review of on September 1, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought these for my 12 year old kid. She had tired other clipless pedals but never felt confident. These are ideal - allow her to ride clipped or unclipped on the same ride. Coupled them with the SH56 cleats. I'd highly recommend them for an intro to clipless pedals

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Steve Brain wrote a review of on August 21, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Took about 2 hours to install and hoisted my box off the roof of my car, and stored really snug to the garage roof. Love that I can hoist directly off the roof.

Mounting hardware included only suitable for fixing to a solid roof. You need to provide your own fixings for any other mounting.

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Steve Brain wrote a review of on July 18, 2014

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Have had two broken drive side spokes, and both times it rendered the bike unrideable due to rubbing violently against the brakes. According to the local Mavic dealer there is a recall on these wheels, They say there was an issue with the tolerance on the drive side spokes. Mavic are taking the rear wheel back for a full rebuild and no news on when it will be done. Was promised a temporary replacement, but after two weeks still waiting.

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Steve Brain wrote a review of on July 13, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought this for a race with a bunch of fire roads, and didn't expect much on the trails here in Park City. But it provided a reasonable amount of confidence with grip and rolls fast. On a couple of loose corners definitely felt it slide, but that's what you'd expect for a tire like this. I used it with a Continental X-king up front.

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Steve Brain wrote a review of on June 28, 2014

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Had both this tire, and a nobby nic on my front wheel blow out in the same ride. Less than 100 miles on these tires and they're trash due to multiple sidewall tears. Read the reviews on the snakeskin versions, and went to the local bike store and picked up some today to try - they seem to be a little less paper thin on the sidewalls.

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Steve Brain wrote a review of on June 28, 2014

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Had both this tire, and a rocket ron on my back wheel blow out in the same ride. Less than 100 miles on these tires and they're trash due to multiple sidewall tears. Read the reviews on the snakeskin versions, and went to the local bike store and picked up some today to try - they seem to be a little less paper thin on the sidewalls.

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Steve Brain wrote a review of on June 23, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought this pack after breaking two ICS clip packs. It seems really good, but over the weekend I had two incidents of it un-velcroing itself and dropping down onto the wheel. First time was on my road bike and second time on my mountain bike. I bought the same pack twice - once for each bike, and the issue applied to both.

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Steve Brain wrote a review of on April 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

Had a pair last year, and bought another pair in anticipation of a nice summer ;-) Comfortable leather shoes - I wear them without socks and they're casual enough to wear with shorts, but still smart. They do run big though - I normally wear a 10 or 10.5 and sized down to 9.5.

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Steve Brain wrote a review of on March 24, 2014

5 5

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

Used these ski touring... great from going from shaded starts all the way through to direct sunlight. I found they dealt with the changing light conditions great. Mostly the anti-fog coating seemed to work - only thwarted when boot-packing up a couloir in cloud... otherwise had no problem fogging when skinning or hiking.

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Steve Brain wrote a review of on January 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Mounted these with Dynafit FT bindings. Make a great backcountry ski for the Wasatch. I'm 190lbs / 6' and found them to be solid in the 188cm length. Easy to turn, drift fairly well in soft snow and fun. Also performed unexpectedly well railing on groomers.

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Steve Brain wrote a review of on January 6, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you're somewhere with steep skin tracks and less flat-land travel, then the BD Ascension is the way to go. I'd previously skied a lot in the Cascades and BC, and preferred skins with more glide for approaches and glacier travel. But living now in the Wasatch I'm loving the Ascensions.

The tip & tail connectors seem pretty bomber. Certainly as good as G3 or other systems I've used.

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Steve Brain wrote a review of on January 4, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These skis are fun in all conditions - hold an edge well on a firm icy groomer, but also fun in boot deep powder. I bought them to replace some Rossignol Experience 98's - I feel that the Bonafides hold an edge just as well, but it is much easier to release the tail and smear a turn when you want to. More poppy and more fun than the Rossignols in a wider range of conditions.

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Steve Brain wrote a review of on November 18, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are good value, but note that the skin savers are sold separate (unlike the normal G3 alpinist skins). Goat logo is cool. Have great glide, but are a struggle on steep up-tracks. I found myself sliding when friends with other skins did better. Choose your poison - in the Wasatch with steep up-tracks, I'd look elsewhere. On glaciers and big terrain (BC, etc) then the Alpinist work great. No surprise giving G3 are from British Columbia.

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Steve Brain wrote a review of on November 12, 2013

5 5

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

Great for covering my face on a cold alpine ski day. Pretty breathable and non-obtrusive. Awesome for backcountry days... can work as a face protector, neck warmer or hat. On the up-track I find myself starting with the neck warmer and a separate hat. I can peel the hat, and slide the buff up from being a neck warmer to covering my head and keeping the sun off. We've got about 4-5 of these around our house now, as multiple members of the family use them.

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Steve Brain wrote a review of on November 12, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

These seem like really well made boots and I looked forward to using them in real winter conditions. So far used for walking the dog through crappy wet conditions and they do great. The only criticism is they are pretty high volume. I put an extra footbed in over the top of the stock flimsy footbed, and then they worked for me. I've got medium width feet, fairly low volume, but don't normally have these issues. Was fixable, but heads-up.

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