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Tigerotor77W

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Tigerotor77W wrote a review of on December 25, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Short version: the Tarmac AWD 22 is an excellent carry-on bag. It offers decent interior space, the comfort of knowing it'll comply with just about every airline's carry-on policies (for dimensions), and a solid construction. The weight, clamshell design, and lack of interior pockets may make it less appealing for certain travelers.

Detailed review: I was looking for a rolling bag that was well-built and lightweight (under 9 pounds). A laptop compartment or suit storage bag were not necessary.

Weight: the bag tips the scales right around the advertised 8 lb 4 oz. It's heavier than others in its class, but the counterpoint is its construction. Solid handles (very little flex), tough cloth, and durable wheels give the bag a dependable demeanor. Note: some airlines -- eg Lufthansa -- impose a carry-on weight limit of ~16 pounds.

Build: I've had it gate-checked due to flying on regional jets six times, and so far no abrasions or scratches. The wheels are still great. Handle still telescopes and locks in position with no issues. No frayed threads.

Size: it's a 22" bag, but that includes the wheels. As such, you'll get less interior volume with this bag than with 22" rollaboards. However, it'll fit in most any overhead bin.

Features: the coat keeper is a great idea. The side buckles aren't all that helpful. Some reviews mention that they are at seat armrest height, but this hasn't been my experience on larger (737/A320 sized planes and up). There is a lack of pockets -- definitely not a lot of places to stash random small items, so pack smart!

Design: the clamshell design is both good and bad. It makes it easy for organization of items, but it also prohibits carrying thicker objects easily. The rails for the telescoping handle are inside the unit, which prevent having a flat packing area. The wheels are 58 mm in diameter and are hard plastic, which makes them noisy over textured surfaces.

Overall: I'd give the bag 4.5 stars but without 0.5 stars, 4 it is.

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Tigerotor77W wrote a review of on May 12, 2013

4 5

Compared to the REI Endeavor, this pant has better breathability, looser fit, and no full-length zip-offs (so with certain boots will require you to remove the boot before zipping off the lower leg). The zipper around the zip-off shorts is also much better protected against the leg, reducing chafing (compared to the Endeavor).

For my taste, the zip-off section and the looser fit (I wear 28"-29" jeans but the 28" Cruz is extremely loose around my waist) I rated this a 4. Otherwise, in most aspects it's a superior pant to the Endeavor for warmer climates, comfort, and flexibility.

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Tigerotor77W wrote a review of on February 23, 2013

Fit, quality excellent
4 5

I was originally expecting to write a review just like magp416423's ("Very slick"), but he beat me to the punch and stole most of what I was going to say.

I'm 5'6", 125 lbs and the small fit great. The silicone grippers at the leg openings didn't feel intrusive and held the legs in place rather well.

The reason I give this four stars is the presence of the large "PANTHER" across the lower back of the bib -- it's typically covered up but it still is a little bold (and odd, in my opinion). As a bib and not a fashion statement, there seems to be little to complain about.

Ignore the two books below the bib... just picked them up and was laughing my way through them!

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Tigerotor77W wrote a review of on February 23, 2013

4 5

I'm new to road biking and was looking to get started with a bib set. Stumbled across this one here and on SAC and gave it a try.

Chamois feels less dense than others but still offers decent support. I'm 5'6, 125 lbs and typically wear small (or XS in certain jersey sizes). The jersey here in S is really, really tight -- and the sleeves barely are long enough to go halfway down my biceps.

For $60 it's an excellent deal, but at least on size small be aware that you may need to order a size up. (Of course I didn't try medium so it's hard to say if it would have been too big.)

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Tigerotor77W wrote a question about on April 1, 2010

Has anyone used this jacket in sub 20 °F weather while just walking around? It's kept me (or specifically my torso) warm while sitting on a porch with the temps around the mid 30s and a very slight breeze, but I'm wondering how this will fare when the temps drop below 20.

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