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bab5403681wrote a review of on July 9, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Extra Small

I ordered these shorts in XS and they fit me perfectly--nice and snug in the waist and hips, with an inseam that's just long enough to leave ~4" between the cuffs and my knees. The gripper material in the cuffs is VERY grippy, which I like because it helps keep the shorts in place. The suspenders are so comfortable that I don't even feel them when Im riding. The chamois is top-knotch, too; I've worn these shorts on multiple rides between 1 and 3 hours duration, and my undercarriage always feels fine the whole way. Lastly, these shorts work very well in the heat. I've ridden them through really hot and muggy conditions, and believe they "breath" just about as well as or better than any other bib short you can buy (and I wear lots different bibs, including other Capo models, Garneau, Castelli, Verge, and Giordana).

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bab5403681wrote a review of on July 9, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 135 lbs

I bought these to replace some DC sandals that finally started falling apart after 3 years of regular wear. The Under Armours started falling apart within 2 months. Specifically, the uppers on both sandals are separating from the soles. This is from routine wear around the house...I can probably fix the problem with some crazy glue, but if I spend $27 on plastic sandals, I expect them to last a little longer than 2 months.

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bab5403681wrote a question about on June 30, 2015

Can the rear hub be converted from 142mm to 135mm QR?...I've checked several online threads; there seems to be a wide range of opinions about whether you can convert, and if so, whether this requires just adding end caps or taking apart the hub and replacing the axle as well.

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bab5403681wrote a review of on April 28, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 135 lbs

The frames initially seem kinda chintzy, but don't let first impressions color your judgement. These sunglasses feel nice and light upon my face (I have a medium-large head, for reference). The wide lenses provide excellent coverage and visibility. I use these primarily for cycling, and like how these lenses help me see things from odd angles with no blind spots. The light weight is also nice during long rides--no face fatigue...Im using the rose colored lenses right now, which are perfect for spring afternoons when the sun is shining but not super bright. As the sun picks up summer intensity, I'll probably swap the rose lenses out for darker smoke gray lenses (which are included).

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bab5403681wrote a review of on April 28, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: small

I ride daily throughout the winter and bought these bibtights just in time to catch a late winter/early spring cold snap. They're noticeably warmer in upper 20s-low30s temps than my other bibtights (which include Sportful Grupetto, Capo, Garneau, and Giordana), and the reinforced insulation over the front knee panel definitely helps keep wind chill off your knee caps.

Chamois is high quality; I've had no comfort problems on longer rides. Fit is excellent, with the perfect amount of compression around the hips.

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bab5403681wrote a review of on February 14, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this sleeve to protect my Macbook 13" during travel and am happy with the fit and convenience. The sleeve has just enough slack to pack in a charger/cord, but otherwise, fits pretty snugly on your laptop...Another nice feature: you can leave your laptop sheathed in this sleeve while passing through airport screening (at least you could during my last two tips in Jan. and Feb. 2015). Just make sure to remove cords or anything else; otherwise, TSA will make you unload everything.

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bab5403681wrote a review of on November 26, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought the lightweight and heavyweight versions of Morgan Blue chamois cream, and prefer the heavyweight for rides over 2 hours. The lightweight is decent, but I have to apply large amounts to avoid saddle sores. Also, the lightweight is much less viscous than the heavyweight, which makes "direct drive" application kind of a hassle--a lot of it spills on the floor or runs off the little crevices where you want it to stick.

Bottom line: if you're going big, go Morgan Blue heavyweight.

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bab5403681wrote a review of on November 26, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I discovered Acli-Mate on a whim when I was looking for a change to my trusted but boring routine sports drink. The grape flavor is delicious and encourages me to drink during rides when I don't feel especially thirsty. The product also sits well on my stomach; I drink it during warmup for 'cross and never feel it brewing back up during racetime...For those who are concerned about ingredients, the data are pretty clear--the mix is mostly sugar with some plant-derived additives, vitamins, and electrolytes. The mix does contain rhodiola (adaptogen herb that's supposed to boost the body's response to physical stress), but the per-serving dose of 50mg is pretty small compared to other supplements...Lastly, I live at sea level and haven't tested the product at altitude, so I can't comment on the product's claims regarding acclimatization to high altitude.

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bab5403681wrote a review of on September 1, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I recently used the Dakine bike case to ship a 29er round-trip between the east and west coasts. The case's light weight (~18 lbs) saved me some cash on shipping charges, since my hardshell case adds another 20lbs. The Dakine case is also easier to maneuver around the house and yard because of the lighter weight, more compact profile, and smooth roller wheels.

Packing the bike was very easy, and took me less than 20 minutes in prepping the second trip. Simply remove the wheels, handlebars, seatpost/saddle, pedals, and rear derailleur, and stuff all the loose parts into the case's storage bags. One especially nice feature is the padded donuts inside the wheelbags, which help protect disc brake rotors against warping. Once everything's set in the case, you should still have room for helmet, shoes, several sets of kit, and other accessories.

On top of the light weight and user-friendly design, the Dakine case seems to do an adequate job protecting your bike. My bike survived two very long ground shipments, and showed up at it's destination each time in perfect working order. I line the case's front and back panels with backpacking sleepmats for extra cushioning, but that's probably overkill.

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bab5403681wrote a review of on June 18, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

My daughter put these on straight out of the box and yelled, "These are SOOO comfortable." The Jungle Mocs not only make her feet feel good--they also stand up well to rough terrain like rocks, gravel, snow, and mud, and clean up quite easily with a soapy sponge and towel. Lastly, the kids' versions come in colors that little kids tend to enjoy, so they're more likely to wear them to school, on playdates, and other places besides campgrounds. In short, parents get their money's worth out of these kicks!

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bab5403681wrote a review of on June 18, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this as a just-in-case hiking safety item, and the thing nearly blew my eardrums out when I first tested it...I did use the whistle to signal family while hiking out on lava fields; they were barely within eyesight, but flagged me easily after a few whistle blasts...For $2 a pop, why not keep one of these in your emergency and outdoors kits?

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bab5403681wrote a review of on June 18, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Doc's chamois cream became my go-to cream after I tried it last year. It's a little more viscous than some other brands (e.g., Morgan Blue), but not at all greasy. Doc's holds up well during long rides, even in hot, humid conditions common to mid-Atlantic/Southeast summers. It has a nice minty scent that controls funky smells emitted by sweaty undercarriages, and the natural tea tree oil anti-bacterial helps stave off skin infections . Lastly, the pricing makes this a great deal for such a high quality product. Other creams tend to come in smaller jars/tubes; Doc's gives you a big 8 oz. container for roughly the same price as competing products.

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bab5403681wrote a review of on January 21, 2013

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These bottles offgas like a new vinyl shower curtain. Even after cold washing with gentle detergent, these bottles make your water taste like plasticizer.

Backcountry's website states these are BPA free, yet the bottom of each bottle lacks a recycling number and symbol, leaving you no clue as to what materials were used in
manufacturing. The nauseating odor leads me to believe this is not food-grade plastic.

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bab5403681wrote a review of on August 5, 2012

4 5

These pants feel very comfortable in hot, humid weather. Materials and construction seem high quality. Copious pockets come in handy for stashing small tools, wallet, snacks, etc.

My only gripe is the fit. Im 5'6" (30" inseam), and ordered size small. The pants' inseam is ridiculously long, unless I hike the waistband up to my ribcage. As a fix, I have roll the cuffs up to avoid tripping over them. Fortunately, the pants convert to shorts.

Lastly, the belt is "meh," and kinda pointless given the pants' elasticized waistband. Just remove it for use as a tie-down.

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