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biketobrew wrote a review of on January 24, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The legs run short, so they're not ideal for biking where you have to constantly bend your knee.

It's nice that the velcro cinches down really small, though.

They don't breathe well at all, and I wonder what the point is if I'm going to be soaked from the inside anyway after a 10 minute ride and stuck sitting in an office feeling cold and clammy. And I'm not even a heavy sweat-er!

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biketobrew wrote a review of on November 28, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I LOVE this piece of gear. It is my absolute favorite right now, and I take it on any ride over 10 miles.

It is so well designed that I can easily carry a U Lock without feeling like the weight of that plus the 3L of water disturbs me very much. It breathes very well, and the overflow capacity is INCREDIBLE! I can take this little guy on an overnight summer backpacking trip no problem!

If there could be one more feature on the bag, I'd advocate for soft side pockets on the main compartment just for another snack or two, but for now I make the most out of the hip belt pockets.

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biketobrew wrote a review of on November 28, 2012

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These shoes do the trick if you're looking for some neutral support and lots of padding under the foot.

Me? I prefer a zero drop and more proprioception. I tried these shoes but found that they severely aggravated my hammer toe, because they were so padded that I was not able to properly engage my arches while walking.

I ended up being MUCH happier with the Merrel Pace Glove!

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biketobrew wrote a review of on November 28, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Zero-drop shoes suit my feet very well, and I have been quite pleased with this pair. They are super light and perfect for either a city run or all-day hike. They had excellent grip on my most recent day hike despite wet muddy terrain and slippery rocks.

At first, I felt that the ankle box was a little too big, but I realized that if I tied the laces tight enough, the back would tighten up as well. In the next design, I think Merrell should consider slimming and/or lowering the ankles a tad.

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biketobrew wrote a review of on September 2, 2012

4 5

this tent was pretty roomy and luxurious for a 5'5 person camping in the summer.

one night, the tent did blow over when it was set up in a grassy area with no wind protection.

i wish the tent were a little more freestanding, and the rain fly is hard to tension just right.

i fit really well in the tent with my bags, but i can imagine that someone taller would have trouble squeezing in there.

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biketobrew wrote a review of on September 2, 2012

4 5

I'm 5'5 and have the XS. the first couple nights i definitely slipped around a lot and ended off the pad. here's some tips:

1) stuff a bag and use a pillow. it stays put much better if you keep it shoulders to hip instead of trying to squeeze your head on there as well.

2) if you sleep on your stomach, you can hug it like a surf board with your arms on the side to keep it in place.

otherwise, loved the weight and size!

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biketobrew wrote a review of on August 10, 2012

3 5

This harness runs VERY large. I ordered a S after measuring myself and consulting the size chart, then had to exchange it for an XS. Even with the XS, I don't always feel secure even though I've tightened it as far as it can go. I can still fit about a fist in between my belly and the harness once it's there.

As for the black elastic bits, they're VERY hard to adjust. Plan on spending a long time getting them just right.

Then when you've got it ready to go? The flared shape of the whole structure leads to a lot of riding up.

All in all, this harness is lightweight, but I felt a lot more secure and comfortable with the rental harnesses in the gym.

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biketobrew wrote a review of on August 10, 2012

4 5

I use this jacket in torrential downpours and it keeps me dry. I use it in combo with a wool or cashmere sweater when it's especially windy and cold.

A few critiques, though - the hood fits neither under nor over a bicycle helmet very well. For someone who's slim, the sleeves are really long and clunky to adjust. I wish the inside pocket were big enough to fit a wallet or phone more comfortably.

I got the orange and I also wish it didn't stain so easily, but I got mud and grease on it from a couple of crazy rides, and it looks like those marks are here to stay.

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