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bab5403681 wrote 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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bab5403681 wrote 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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bab5403681 wrote 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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bab5403681 wrote a review of on June 18, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift
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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bab5403681 wrote 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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bab5403681 wrote 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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bab5403681 wrote 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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bab5403681 wrote 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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