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coocoo wrote a review of on June 12, 2011

5 5

"Easton is so confident they’ve come up with a winner that they’re offering a 2-year “no-questions-asked insurance policy” with each wheel set. That’s right, they’re calling it an insurance policy. By “no questions asked” Easton means that even if you plow your roof-rack-mounted, Haven-Carbon-equipped dream bike into the garage, they’ll happily send you another pair"

Enough said.

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coocoo

coocoo wrote a review of on June 12, 2011

3 5

I'm not sure if these pads are a little thicker then stock Elixr pads, but when I needed to replace my stock pads, these left almost zero clearance. My rotor is true, and I made sure my calipers were fully retracted before I installed these. They weren't so bad that they were holding the wheel, but they added a little drag to my first ride. After my second ride (~15 miles downhill total) , I had worn down enough pad that rubbing was a non- issue. It seems that they were like 1/8th of a mm too thick. Not a big deal, but don't freak out if you are getting a little rub on initial installation.

In terms of braking power, they aren't quite as good as the stock Elixr pads. Take into consideration I'm ~ 200lbs with gear and am running the Elixr 5 in the rear. Still ample braking power, and the price is right.

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coocoo

coocoo wrote a review of on June 12, 2011

5 5

Lighter weight and more diesel then most aluminum seat posts. Not much else to say. Noticeable vibration dampening coming from an aluminum post. Crunching your carbon seat post via over tightening QR/BB is a thing of the past thanks to Easton's RAD design.

One thing to note: if you care about aesthetics, be sure to clean the internal seat tube prior to installation. The matte carbon finish is easily scratched if used with a dirty seat tube. This doesn't affect the integrity of the post ( Easton mentions that deep gouges can lead to failure), but if you are throwing down $130 for this post, might as well keep it looking good.

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coocoo wrote a review of on June 12, 2011

5 5

Great bars. Coming from an aluminum bar, the vibration dampening is actually very noticeable... I don't have the 'electric arm' feeling anymore after a rough descent. Plenty of room on the bars for lights, computer, ect. These bars also come with a 5 year warranty backed by Easton. They also look great-- smooth matte finish. Pull the trigger if you are on the fence, Easton really stepped it up with the new Haven Carbon series.

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coocoo

coocoo wrote a review of on December 20, 2010

5 5

I started skiing the 192 NAS recurve POW about 75 ski days ago. It is *hands down* the best ski I've even ridden; I've tried lots of different skis in the past year or two. The edge hold on groomers is beyond ridiculous. I was coming from the 194 XXL and found that I was overpowering the NAS at first; the ski takes a bit of getting used to and doesn't like being ridden sloppy. When you are on top of these things, there is no comparison. The early rise tip is very subtle--imo it's perfect for my skiing style. The flex is dialed and smooth, this is easily the most stable ski I've been on. Until you get the feel dialed, you can feel a faint tracking when running flat. My favorite part of the design is the way this ski lets you choose your depth in deep snow; you can either surf on top or move your weight a touch more forward and the ski becomes a bottom feeder. Long fast turns, easy stompy, stable as #$%^, and the recommended mounting point is $$$... enough tail to help you recover from being off, and enough tip to let you rally. I can't say enough about em. Pick up a pair if you are on the fence, you won't regret it.

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coocoo wrote a review of on June 8, 2009

5 5

This is a great backpacking T. Everyone knows about merino wool already, so I want to point out the construction of the shirt. The seams are bomber. No simple single/double stitch here. That being said- these shirts are thin-- if you were using them for casual tee shirts, they might be a little too thin unless you were going for that vintage aged see through look. Perfect for summer hiking/ camping. Much more durable then the thinness of shirt would suggest, they are very well made.

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coocoo wrote a review of on June 8, 2009

5 5

Leakproof screw on top,durable and thin profile... and cheap! These don't hold odor at all really- They would if you left some booze in there for a month after your camping trip, but it's really nothing to worry about. I dropped a full one about 10 feet onto hard granite-- just a scratch. They are a little taller then the product photo would indicate- About 8" tall I'd guess w/o having it in front of me.

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coocoo wrote a review of on June 8, 2009

5 5

These are great lightweight shorts for summer backpacking. Lightweight, yet durable- these shorts are have a bit of stretch in them and are incredibly quick drying. The double button waist closure is awesome- much more durable then a traditional button closure. They hit me right at the knee... perfect length- not too short at all. I wouldn't want them any shorter or longer. All pockets sit nice and flat when empty.
These shorts are made in China.

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coocoo wrote a review of on December 3, 2008

5 5

Dynastar nailed it with this ski. Mount em right on the normal line for all/big mth riding. Awesome swing weight for spinning, ect... they feel very balanced under foot. I recommend the p15 on these skis unless you actually set your din to 15 or above. This binding feels great on the ski, and you save some weight over the p18. The construction is bomber- typical Dynastar. Well built and with an amazing feel underfoot, I have no reservations saying this ski is Dynastar's hottest ski this season.

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coocoo wrote a review of on May 22, 2008

5 5

This shirt is styleee ( yes, it deserves extra e's) It should come with a stick to beat off all the ladies that will be chasing you around. Very well made shirt, and the snap buttons are a nice touch. If you want it to stay nice be sure to wash cold and hang/lay flat to dry. It's a little pricey, but worth the $$$. If you take care of it you'll have a stylin' go-to summer shirt for years to come.

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coocoo wrote a review of on March 3, 2008

5 5

Snowbird received 20in of blower overnight last night. Super good turns, ect. I went to send an air that I've hit at least 10 times this year -money take off and landing.. Except the landing had slid, exposing a hard bed surface. Of course the landing is blind, and I didn't realize it until I was in the air. I tried to stomp the landing, as I hadn't set my self up for a hip check. I backslapped a 40 foot air so super hard it wasn't even funny. My head was catapulted backwards into the bed surface incredibly violently. The helmet performed amazingly. Every other helmet I've owned (Giro) would have left me with at least a moderate concussion. Instead, the Bern seemed to absorb 99% of the impact- I hardly felt a thing. The helmet didn't shift at all; I felt like my head was coddled in cotton balls. The tourists at the bottom could not believe I skied out of such a violent fall. Thank you Bern, I'm sold.

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coocoo wrote a review of on January 16, 2008

5 5

Get a bronze brush. It makes all the difference. I brush my skis before I wax ( after I clean them), and you wouldn't believe how much extra glop comes out compared to using a nylon brush. I don't race, but am always breezin' by my buds on traverses and flats. The beauty of a good tune is realized when you are pillaging the 15" of new while your friends are 50 feet behind poling on traverses.

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coocoo wrote a review of on December 3, 2007

5 5

This is for the 192.

These things rip. They chew up crud and rail on the groomers. they almost feel like race skis on the groomers. And the pow... these things love speed and power and a lot of input. You are rewarded with a ripping, stable, big mountain ski. Not for the weak or for the groomer cruiser.. but you knew that already.
These skis are stiff. Think 189 Rossignol squad. No kidding.
Me.. 5'11 190ish. Likes powder and drops and speed.

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