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Tallahasee Rider wrote a review of on September 1, 2014

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So far I've been very disappointed with these brakes. I replaced my Shimano XT BL-M785 with these brakes and upgraded my wife's brakes with the XTs. Unfortunately the XTRs have a lot less power, I'm constantly over shooting corners and my hands go numb from squeezing the levers so hard. I had my fingers crossed the pads needed an extra long time to wear in but that was not the case. I did a lot of trouble shooting and bled the brakes twice. I started by swapping out the pads with pads that were on brakes that worked and this didn't help. I have 4 sets of Shimano brakes, 2 XT BL-M785's and an older Shimano XTR BR-985, all of these have Shimano resin pads paired with either XT or XTR rotors and all three work great.

The levers on my new 987s feel great and are not spongy, it doesn't seem possible Shimano would upgrade their brakes to weigh less yet sacrifice power. I can see having one defective brake but not a pair of bad brakes. I'm stumped, anybody have any suggestions before I return these brakes?

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Tallahasee Rider wrote a review of on October 3, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a very nice heavy weight take you anywhere trail runner that fits great and has piles of good qualities you can read about in other reviews. However, if you sweat even the slightest bit this is not the shoe for you. During the warm time of year this shoe will quickly fill with sweat and since there is no mesh on the lower portion of the shoe, the sweat is there to stay. You can actually fill this shoe a quarter way up with water and it will not drain. So if you live where it's always cool and dry this shoe is great for its intended purpose but if you live anywhere that the temperature gets over 80 stay away.

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Tallahasee Rider wrote a review of on November 19, 2010

5 5

The Kelty Light Year 40 is a wonderful down bag that is priced suspiciously low. If you are like me you may be concerned with the quality of this bag due to the low price. Well don't worry this bag is top notch in quality and very warm. I'm guessing they keep the price low by using 650 fill rather than 800.

Despite the light weight the bag is very warm and roomy, I was expecting to be a bit cramped. The bag puffs up with lots of loft and the fitted head portion of the bag is comfy and warm. A zippered foot box is very nice at the beginning of the night and easily shut when the temperature drops. The hip length zipper is much shorter than most bags but I do not see it as a flaw because I do not unzip other bags that far. The zipper does get hung up pretty easy and that's pretty annoying, oddly the female version of the bag has ribbon stitched in along the zipper to prevent this problem. Hey Kelty why isn't this feature on the men's?

The Light Year stuffs down so small that I have to cram things around it in the bottom of my 35L pack so it fills the bottom of the pack and it's feather light (pun intended). In the warmth department I slept comfortably in 25 degree weather with a hat and silk weight long johns, however I was in a tent along with a the rainfly on and that keeps a lot of heat in.

The included compression stuff sack is a nice bonus however the quality of the stuff sack is ho-hum and I would buy a granite gear compression sack and use the Kelty for your clothes. I have not seen a single stray piece of down floating around. The build of the bag is much nicer than my prior Marmot down bag, slightly nicer than my old North Face down bag and as nice as my Mountain Hardware bag.

Buy this bag with complete confidence, you will not be let down (no pun intended). I'm about to order the 20 degree bag for the colder months, Kelty has really raised the bar on reasonably priced down bags.

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Tallahasee Rider wrote a review of on November 11, 2010

5 5

For you folks who have not seen this pack in person the 2010 version has a great feature that makes it better than all the past Z series packs. The hip belt is adjustable now, so it will properly fit people who are not overweight (Thanks for the update Gregory!!). This feature was previously reserved for the heavy duty Gregory packs.

I have a few older Gregory packs (2008-2009) and my only complaint is that the hip belt ends will touch each other when I tighten them down so they never really get tight enough, the pack weight is not distributed to the hips properly when the padding is wrapped completely around you. I have some really tall friends who wear a large and this problem is far worse for them. For a reference my other Gregory packs are size medium and I have a 32" waist.

Over all this pack is super comfy and well thought out. Either you will like the thickly padded lumbar pad like I do or you will hate it and opt for the Osprey Atmos. I have converted quite a few Osprey owners to Gregory over the years...

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Tallahasee Rider wrote a review of on September 2, 2009

5 5

This is a great looking headset, I'll admit I chose it for its looks. A headset is a headset, I've had $20 ones last forever and Kings last forever.I picked the Cobalt over a King because I though it would look great on a Ti frame and it looks stunning.

There are two things to consider when purchasing this headset. It has a very low stack height so if you already have a pile of spaces on your steertube your bike will look even goofier than it already does.

Secondly make sure you and your mechanic read the directions before installing this is not a typical headset and can't be installed like one. There is a tool included for pressing the cups in that prevents damage to the bearings, don't forget to use it. Also there are two o-rings that do not seem to belong anywhere don't forget them. Keep in mind that the o-rings seem to not fit or belong where they are supposed to go, just do it, it will make sense once you finish.

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Tallahasee Rider wrote a review of on August 29, 2009

4 5

It's a great high quality bag that will keep you warm. I've had to leave it unzipped and pulled open in 40 degree temperatures so do not worry about it not being warm enough.

The only problem is a major one the sizes listed are incorrect. I'm 5'8" and the short is too short to pull the hood over my head. I had to give it to my wife.

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