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ehe2439977 wrote a review of on December 13, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great output, great depth, great spread, and is bright almost straight down which helps for pothole avoidance. Could use a better shroud as standing you get a bit blinded. Using the entire rear of the light as a touch sensitive button is the single best feature I have ever used on a light - works perfectly, EXCEPT there is no true sleep mode so it is sensitive to unintentional bumps. Like all Exposure lights it does not have a true strobe mode which seems strange since it costs nothing to program that in (they all have pulse modes which is just not as noticeably as a strobe although this does have SOS mode) The led screen to show mode, battery time remaining, and light output programs to choose from is also a superb feature and the led screen makes it really easy to change modes. Mount is rock solid although I wish you could swivel a bit like Lezyne instead of being stuck pointing straight ahead. Build quality is superb. I have not tried the auto-adjust (reflex) feature since I mostly use on the road and that feature is not designed for road use. Battery time seems as advertised. Re-charge time is OK.

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ehe2439977 wrote a review of on October 29, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Easily as bright as Cateye Volt 1200 and Lezyne 1200, but with a bit smaller pattern so the 1300 claimed lumens does seem accurate. Pretty good distance so would work fine for road bikes. Various light settings are good. typical Exposure quality build. Not sure of battery life. Mounting system very easy but not ultra-secure. Also not possible to pivot to a side as the Lezyne and Light and Motion do very well. Tried the TAP with the light mounted on the handlebars of a cross bike on pretty good quality cinder road and even on the least sensitive setting it self-changed constantly - total fail for that use and a bit of a disappointment at this price. I suspect helmet mounting would be fine but have not yet tried. Perhaps a bit of foam under the handlebar mount would help. So all in all an excellent light as long as you are not counting on using TAP while mounted on handlebars. PS - and if you are intending a handlebar mount, you would be paying a lot for the TAP technology that you can't use so something else might be a better value.

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ehe2439977 wrote a review of on October 22, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Effective in the rain. Fits very nicely, with fairly high volume so provides good coverage. Looks great, nice reflective details. Does not look quite like a typical bicycling cap so I can wear it apres cycling. Thin so fits under a helmet well, and does not have a thick band at the bottom edge so does not leave a heavy indentation on your forehead when you take it off. My new favorite riding cap.

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ehe2439977 wrote a review of on October 15, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Everything about this is superb (very light weight, exceptional side safety, good buttons, good beam output level choices, good build quality, mount was strong but hard to adjust up/down) except the actual light output and battery life. Very broad flood beam with little depth and I doubt my unit is above 1000 lumens. Cateye Volt 1200 very noticeably brighter and much more distance lighting. Lezyne 1200 has twice the distance, although with a narrow beam pattern. Cateye allowed 25+ mph on dark downhill street, this sharply limited my comfort level, perhaps 18mph. Even if you like a very a broad beam pattern, this simply does not put out enough light to justify the price. And I hit red warning low battery level after 37 minutes of high beam use although it took 15+ minutes after that to noticeably weaken. Perhaps mine was defective, but then quality control is an issue.

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ehe2439977 wrote a review of on August 27, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Very bright, nice beam pattern. The beam has good spread but a little less depth so lights with a more focused spotlight pattern are better for higher road speeds. Light weight, small size, very good quick mounting system. Unit pivots on the mount which is very nice. Amber side lights are a good feature.
DOES NOT FLASH - it only pulses slightly on the low setting which is perfect for keeping the road visible on that setting and a total total fail for use as a warning light, for example in daytime or on a running path. If you need a true flash mode, this will not work. If not, it is a great little light.

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ehe2439977 wrote a review of on August 21, 2014

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Despite hours with a Tom Tom service rep, multiple new program downloads, switching wrists, bottom of wrist, gel, spit, cleaning of skin, etc. it never ever has consistent HR - not slightly inaccurate, a total fail, like reading 120 when it should be 165. Large function button is extremely easy to bump and mistakenly switch functions. Screen has 1 large display and tiny additional data lines - bring your reading glasses.

On the positive side, GPS is extremely accurate, battery life seems good, sync to iphone was quick and painless. As a GPS running watch it would be OK, as a HR watch it is an expensive failure.

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ehe2439977 wrote a review of on July 3, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The "hard" mount is undersized and will not fit any oversize handlebars - ridiculous and useless. The quick release mount is similar to the Edge quick release, therefore not a true quick release since you would have difficulty mounting this in the dark. The whole unit seems unnecessarily large and bulky, taking a lot of precious handlebar space for a little convenience. The configuration as a large thick disc limits reasonable mounting options as you could not for example place on or near the brake hoods. A small rectangle would be better. I bought two - one works fine, one will not sync and is being returned.

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ehe2439977 wrote a review of on June 1, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am a firm believer in the nitrate - vasodilatation benefits of beet products and have tried many and have something essentially every day. usually one of the powders or crystals in a protein drink, which tastes marginal - and I like beets.

This is far more convenient and really does taste good. even beet haters should be able to tolerate this and may even like it, since it has a very predominant cherry flavor rather than beet. Although the company advertises it as being exponentially stronger then beet juice or beet powder, that has not been my experience. Seems the same effect as 2 tablespoons of powder or 5-6 oz.of straight juice. In any event a great product.

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ehe2439977 wrote a review of on June 1, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

DISCLOSURE - I could not get it to sync with my iPhone but could not care less about the phone features.

I bought for 2 reasons - my 800 has many poor features and needed an upgrade, and I want to be able to see the screen without reading glasses. Seemed senseless to spend $600 on the incremental upgrade of the 810 and still need reading glasses.
So I mostly love the 1000. The slightly larger, noticeably clearer screen is a huge huge huge plus for me. I will not list features but many are great and are extremely useful. GPS + Glonass burns through battery life but extremely accurate. Build quality seems high. Even just on GPS it did not lose satellite in heavy woods as my 800 often did. It did seem to burn through battery pretty fast just on GPS so if you have 12 hour epics in mind that could be a big problem.
And candidly, I am happy with Garmin having released a BETA version I can use all summer and then hopefully have software updates resolve issues rather than working out all the glitches and not releasing until September.

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ehe2439977 wrote a review of on May 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Magical handling at all speeds. The roads in Eastern PA are totally shot after the winter and this bike gives me the confidence to go downhill fast and know I can change my line and stay planted and upright. Reasonably compliant ride for a race bike. Handling a half notch better than my Zero 7 and ride is similarly not brutal. My favorite bike ever.

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ehe2439977 wrote a review of on December 3, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

OMG these feel good. No seams and perfect leg grippers - none - the material is just a bit thicker and stays in place. Very lightweight so best for warm to hot days, although compression is pretty good despite thin material. Runs slightly small. I am 5'6" 29" waist 139 lbs and the small works for me. The straps are a bit flimsy and tight but I always wear a baselayer and I am on short side so not a problem for me. If you are tall they might dig in a bit. Superb chamois. Have held up well to repeated use but would not call these everyday bibs.

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ehe2439977 wrote a review of on November 11, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is basically a very nice mid-level summer shoe with a Gore-Tex lightly insulated body and upper. Nylon sole, standard straps. Call it a $180 shoe with a goretex and insulation upgrade, which do not in my view justify a $150 price increase, although there are not many decent winter road shoes on the market so these could be the best alternative if you do not want summer shoes and heavy booties.
Pros - fit is right-on for Sidi and despite the non-carbon sole has a very nice road feel. Straps allow easy on-bike adjustment with heavy gloves. Fairly warm but not winter-warm for most folks. Top neoprene ankle band does seal pretty tight and well.
Con - price and not nearly insulated enough to be a true winter shoe.
Fit - Has a bit more volume than same size Sidi road shoe, BUT has a very thin cheap insole so if you replace that with a supportive insole you have less room for thick socks. I am very comfortable in my Ergo 41's and got these in a 42 and am glad I did - I think most people will need to upgrade a size if they will wear heavy socks and/or insole replacement.
Bottom line - great $250 shoe that retails for $330.

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ehe2439977 wrote a review of on October 22, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Beautifully made, as light weight as advertised, very bright, nice beam pattern. The basic issue is whether for the high cost it gives enough light or if you should get the Diablo (or similar higher-output light) instead, perhaps with a back-up battery since the Diablo burns through battery life really fast. This has much better battery life, perhaps since it is a single LED v. 3 LED's for Diablo. I tend to think that most folks will want more light or settle for a bit less light at a far lower cost from one of the very nice 2014 lights from various brands that are coming out. Also, the "flash" setting is fairly ineffective - it only "blips" slightly so is just not very noticeable as a daytime warning light. The $79 Tracer is actually far more effective for that. Bottom line - a great light with a very narrow niche.

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ehe2439977 wrote a review of on October 14, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Both lights are extremely bright. Both highly effective for day-time bright sunshine safety visibility. Wrap-around design of lenses provide very good side visibility. Buttons are very small and I expect hard to use with winter gloves but you would only very rarely need to change a setting while riding. Front mounts easily and is unobtrusive - front gets 5+ stars. Rear, however, is designed ONLY to mount onto round seatposts (?!??!) so is very difficult to mount to a saddle bag, backpack, chainstay or to an aero seatpost. so unless you have a round seatpost with a bit of room this may be impossible to mount securely. Hard to fathom why such an expensive and well-made item does not have a more adaptable mounting system. Rear gets 5 stars for visibility 1 star for mounting - how can you make a rear light that does not effectively mount to a backpack or courier pack?

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