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bcrdukes wrote a review of on October 3, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Okay, I didn't buy these from Competitive Cyclist but instead, my LBS. Any way, I wasn't sure about these gloves and what they were capable of, but wow, upon riding with them in 9 degree Celsius weather (wet cold here) they were amazing! They definitely live up to the marketing hype and for the price and competition, these are amazing!

The sizing is true to Pearl Izumi's sizing chart so trust it. They fit well and offer enough wiggle room if/when your hands are in between sizes. The cuff doesn't wiggle off or anything so these are worth adding to your fall/winter gear.

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bcrdukes wrote a review of on September 1, 2013

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This stuff is God awful. The powder is very fine and is impossible to mix properly. Nevermind drinking it down. The chocolate and the vanilla flavours taste like cream of wheat, if not worse! Highly NOT recommended. You've been warned. Don't fall for the hype.

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bcrdukes wrote a review of on December 1, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I didn't buy these from Backcountry.com because they didn't have my size, but overall, pretty good shoe.

I have not yet once gotten wet from the rain and the puddles. Lots of good grip in the wet thanks to its sole and flexible enough to be a street shoe. These fit true to size, despite my wider feet.

My only gripe is the lack of a proper heel support system. They kind of suck this way but perhaps it has to do with me not yet properly breaking them in. Afterall, these are a rain boot substitute, yet, functional and fashionable at the same time.

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bcrdukes wrote a review of on November 23, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So based upon Evan's review and my obsessive research, I dove right in and bought this jacket.

This is a 1 month review and it has been raining non-stop in Vancouver, BC. The jacket holds up to its claim. I am dry. I have been exposed to the elements in both dry cold and wet cold conditions. I spent a weekend in the mountains and the jacket performed as described. Not once did I overheat and the pit zips were extremely helpful in dumping any excess heat.

The jacket fit true to size as per the sizing chart however, there is a lot of excess slack in the arm pit area. Perhaps designed this way and the hoodie itself is a little too large, often obstructing your field of vision. I would have bought a medium but it wouldn't allow any room for me to layer up so with the large, I am able to layer up comfortably with room to move.

Regardless, this product is tough to beat given its price and its features. The fit, finish and construction is superb! I am extremely satisfied!

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bcrdukes wrote a review of on November 23, 2012

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this beanie based upon the materials description - cashmere blend.

This is how it goes:
- 37% Vicose
- 32% Acrylic
- 23% Nylon
- 4% Cashmere
- 4% Angora

The original Truckstop beanie is acrylic. Is this one worth the price compared to the original at $12.95? You decide.

I was disappointed.

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bcrdukes wrote a review of on October 22, 2012

5 5

So I was looking for some new sunglasses for the summer cycling season. After looking through Oakley, Smith and what have you, I settled for a pair of the Spy Screw. I based this decision on cost / value, exclusivity, and prior ownership of Spy products which I still own today.

The lens quality / optical clarity is superb but not quite as good as Oakley, so keep that in mind but you'd have to be extremely detail oriented to tell the difference. The margin of difference is little to none. I have the Matt Busche edition so the spectra lens does an extremely good job of blocking out sunlight in extreme light conditions (think early to mid afternoon.)

The frame itself is extremely light weight and the Hytrel rubber on the temple and nose piece doesn't slip off even when you're working up a sweat. I love that air flows past the lens and it scoops air through the side vents of the frame so this does live up to it's fog free claim. Realistically, however, if you're stopped, yeah, it'll fog up, but even $300+ Oakley's do this. The moment you get going, the fog disappears within a matter of seconds.

One note - I'm Asian so the original nose piece did not fit me very well. I e-mailed Spy's customer service to see if there was a larger/Asian-fit nose piece and to my surprise, they simply sent to to me - free of charge! How's that for customer service?! For Oakley, you'd have to buy an Asian-fit frame and most of them are gaudy and in the $300 range anyway (way to push the stereotype, Oakley.)

My only gripes - the Screw does not have a polarized option. Would be awesome if they did! If you're looking for a polarized performance pair of sunglasses from Spy, I would suggest the Spy Alpha which comes in a polarized option and looks similar to the Screw. That and the quality of the frame is nowhere near as good as Oakley but hey, unfortunately, you get what you pay for. This does the job for me and I'm happy.

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bcrdukes wrote a review of on October 20, 2012

5 5

I was a little unsure of what to expect out of this but to my surprise, very warm and very comfortable! I wouldn't use this for a road ride but more to lounge around, head out to pick up groceries or a brisk walk around the neighbourhood. Fit is casual, not like bike jerseys so keep that in mind when ordering. I'm 5'8 @ 210lbs, large build so XXL worked out for me albeit the arms were a little long, but nothing crazy.

Nice attention to detail and craftsmanship. An excellent buy!

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bcrdukes wrote a review of on October 20, 2012

Worst Bottle - EVER!
1 5

Despite the 5 star reviews, this bottle is tough to squeeze, making it non-functional for a majority of people. Not only that, it isn't pictured, but it sports a "POWERBAR" logo on the side behind the Competitive Cyclist logo - not cool! If this was a sponsored bottle being resold - totally uncool.

The removable bottom and "easy to clean" idea is a gimmick. There are tonnes of other better bottles out there. This isn't one of them. Will never ever buy again.

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bcrdukes wrote a review of on September 5, 2012

4 5

Purchased this a month and used it during the peak of summer (here in Vancouver anyway.)

Jersey looks great, fits well and material is nice, although I prefer Castelli. Fit is slightly slimmer than Castelli for comparison and I'm pretty big overall. Traps in heat slightly but the zipper can take care of that heat dump on an instant. Pockets are nicely finished so nothing jumps out.

Workmanship is up on top and is made in Italy. For the sake of the brand itself, I purchased another Capo jersey from Art's Cyclery. A month into use, the stitching came off. I got in touch with Capo and they warrantied it for me. Minor inconvenience but goes to show they care about their customers.

Would I recommend this jersey? Yes. Especially it being not-so-flashy like other brands being so fashion forward.

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bcrdukes wrote a review of on July 31, 2012

5 5

I normally buy Castelli, especially when it goes on sale but saw this Capo Modena on sale briefly and decided to pick it up.

Not knowing what to expect, I had to do some homework in regards to sizing so I had only my Castelli to reference. After figuring out which size worked, I took the leap of faith and lucked out with my order - it fits true to their sizing chart.

Overall, great materials and craftsmanship. In fact, I prefer this over my Castelli jerseys. This one is not particularly as "thin" compared to my Castelli's but so far breathes very well in this Vancouver weather and allows me to dump the heat with the zipper down. The jersey pockets aren't as stretchy as my Castelli's so this is a bonus. I don't have to worry so much that my keys or phone will fall out.

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bcrdukes wrote a review of on July 17, 2012

5 5

These socks were really cheap so I decided to pick them up. They fit great and the fabric/material exceeded my expectations. They keep my feet dry and they breath well. I'd get more of them but these socks are a little too "loud" for my personal liking. All in all, great socks given the price. No complaints on my end and would highly recommend to buy if you're looking to stock up on socks!

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bcrdukes wrote a review of on July 17, 2012

5 5

My first helmet so bear with me.

I found this on sale for $44 here on realcyclist.com. Not knowing what size to get, I was in luck as this was a one size fits all. I have no complaints given the cost and overall quality of the helmet, especially it being my first one. This helmet allows me to wear a cap underneath and has been comfortable in all the rides I've done.

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bcrdukes wrote a review of on July 17, 2012

5 5

My first helmet so bear with me.

I found this on sale for $44 here on realcyclist.com. Not knowing what size to get, I was in luck as this was a one size fits all. I have no complaints given the cost and overall quality of the helmet, especially it being my first one. This helmet allows me to wear a cap underneath and has been comfortable in all the rides I've done.

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bcrdukes wrote a review of on July 17, 2012

5 5

For the price, this jersey was tough to beat. In fact, this was the first jersey - ever. For reference, I'm 5'8 and was 235lbs back in February. 5 months later, I'm at 215lbs and getting a lot leaner. The jersey still fits well except for the arms and neck area - this is where I lost shed most of that excess weight.

I've ridden in the Pacific Northwest late winter, spring and now summer. The jersey has yet to let me down. The zipper stays intact and the rear pockets let me fit my keys, phone and random bits and pieces.

One minor detail to note - 5 months in, I've noticed a bit of the fabric or thread sticking/poking out. Probably due to my clumsiness when doing laundry and what not but I can't say for sure. But all in all, for the $45 or so, there is very little room to complain about. The jersey works as described and in fact, exceeded my personal expectations.

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