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When I'm not on the grind, it's all about trails, lakes, & mountains!
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I received one of these rad flasks as a gift and I'm totally diggin' it. I've had no troubles with it thus far; well, except for this one time... Somehow, I got talked into letting one my coworkers borrow it for a weekend of snowshoeing, and it came back reeeeeaking of peppermint. Blargh! It took a handful of washes and soakings overnight to finally get the foul nasty out. My guess is, the peppermint somehow reacted with the plastic cap, thus taking on the odor. Anyhow, it did leave after the said soakings.
Out of the dozens and dozens of times using it myself, I've never had this problem. So quite possibly, it was a freak result?!
Depending on what your drank of choice is, try to get this thing cleaned out as soon as you can and you'll be a happy camper.
If you're in the market for some drops that aren't gonna break the bank, then the Pro Logic II is exactly what you need. Mind you, they have the love it or hate it "ergo-bend," so be sure you know what you're getting yourself into before pulling the trigger.
Ritchey makes a whole slew of dang sweet bars for all budgets. Of course, the carbons are all the rage now, but at 4-5x the price, they might just be outta reach. Stick with some tried and true 7075's and you'll be happy.
The Pro Logic II's are a great mid-level bar. If you're a hardcore commuter or just getting into cross (and still hardcore), then these will be perfect.
Unfortunately, the Pro Logic II does not have the cable grooves.
Got the essentials, time to go!
To be honest, I only went with the Neutrino's because they were one of the cheapest options that BC offered at the time of purchase. In addition to their inexpensiveness, they also had a ton of positive reviews to go with them. Ahhh yeah, now that's what I'm talkin' about!
Since I can't speak on their ability for when it comes to climbing, (you'll have to read the other reviews below) I can vouch for their awesome non-climbing versatility elsewhere. Primarily, I use them for danglin' random pack accoutrements, on the fly key chainery, and even leashing up the pooch. Most recently, clipping stuff to my SUP.
Inexpensive, many color options, can withstand the elements, I'm a fan.
Old Hickory Lake in middle Tennessee.
Seriously, there is a size and use for every one of these sacks of meshness! This time around, I picked up an XS size (4 liter) for a specific task. Durability wise, I've probably used it at least 39 times thus far, and it keeps workin' like the day it arrived.
So, uhm, what is this task that I use it for?! Oh, you know, to carry my cans of semi-hydration with me while I'm out SUP'n on the lake. Basically, I was searching for something that could carry things, yet have maximum drainage at the same time; cue this sack made of mesh.
Find one that suits your needs, and you'll be glad you did!
When I lived in PDX, I was commuting via two wheels to my work at least 3-4 days a week. Within a couple months of moving there, autumn started setting in, and the dark rides home became a bit treacherous. So I did what anyone on a budget would do, hit up the 'bay for some cheapo ten buck tail lights. Yeah, no, baaaad idea! The few that I went through, throughout the month, either suffered from some kinda water malfunctioning, or went flying off my bike and blew up on impact if I did anything remotely "not smooth." Bunny-hop, yeah right, it's gone, go off a curb, it's gone, hit a slightly raised sewer lid, gone! WTFZ!? After finally getting fed up, I started asking some of the commuter dudes and dudettes at my work what they used, and the majority of them suggested the Radbot1000! Without hesitation, I sprung for one- local company, insanely crazy light mode, and a cool name?! COUNT ME IN!
Aside from the insanely crazy light mode, the Radbot1000 actually stays clipped on to the bike! Occasionally, I'd take shortcuts down a flight of stairs, maybe hit up some dirt trails with a drop or two, the Radbot1000 is still on the bike! Oh and another thing, it still works with all the rain PDX can dump on you too! BOOM!
Fast forward a few years till today, the Radbot1000 is still going strong; currently being ridden around country roads down in the South. So far, the only downside I've found from living outside the big city, some folks (3 separate incidents with tractor drivers) are not too keen on the seizure inducing light blinks the Radbot1000 can throw out, so beware!
Fall Creek Falls State Park in middle Tennessee
The Torpedo is a superb hoodless wind layer. If you enjoy gettin' outdoors on cold days (used many, many times around freezing level temps) as a topper over a base/mid layer, staying active of course, you're good to go! Initially, it came down between this and the Nine Trails jacket by Patagucci, but this ended up taking the win in the fit department; in the arm and torso lengths to be exact.
Size wise, she went with the Large. She's 5 foot 11 @ 140 lbs (Shhh, don't let her know I told you; she'll kill me!!) Usually she is a Medium or Medium Tall (super hard to find size by the way) but since it's a performance slim fit, it's not too baggy around the stomach area and the extra length of the Large was spot on.
The only downside would be the DayGlo color (she loves Hi-Viz though!) as it can get dirty quite easily. If you choose another color, you shan't have this problem.
along the Fiery Gizzard Trail
at Cedars of Lebanon
Picked up one of these for the lady a few years ago since she was in need of a hydro-pack for hikes and rides. Like Andrew below states, it's a bit of a minimalist pack. I'd say its got enough room for essentials only, and even then, it's a tiiiiiight fit. She can get her phone in, bag of trail mix, and a small first aid kit, but that's about it. I'm used to packing everything, thus I have the MULE, but for her, keeping it lightweight is paramount. I don't mind schelpin' all the other stuff :)
She's taken a few spills with it on whilst riding; handful of times in the washer too, it's still lookin' good!
in Bar Harbor, Maine.
The Recon is a pretty swell bag. We recently picked up a newer one since the old one started to show its age... 7 years later!! Instead of trashin' the old one, we donated it. I'd say it still has plenty of life left in it, the lady just wanted something a bit more colorful. For the price (especially when they go on sale, like ALL the time) they are a great buy. Snag one, be happy, take it with you anywhere.
After getting hooked on the 230's, the inov-8 floodgates opened!
A couple years ago I picked up my first pair of 230's for some light trail / gravel / road running. They work wonders on anything that is relatively smooth and not too crazy. 15-20 milers just seem to fly by in them, even soaking wet when running in the rain too. However, once the trail becomes a bit more crazy, then the TrailRoc's come out; their tread is a bit more aggressive. But back to the 230's, not only are they great for light trail use, they kick it up in the crossfit arena as well- keeping your feet planted like no other. Great all around shoe.