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Jay Tierney

Jay Tierney

Lake Tahoe, Sonoma County

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Jay Tierney

Jay Tierneywrote a review of on November 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Last year I had a Flylow Quantum and loved it, but as someone who is always stuck between medium and large for almost everything (I'm 5' 11" / 170 pounds), I had a medium and it was maybe a bit snug sometimes (mostly for BC use where I was carrying more stuff). So I ordered the Lab Coat 2.0 in large and it's really not *that* much larger, meaning it's absolutely perfect.

The Space color is a bit darker than it looks in the photo and really looks even better in person.

One noticeable difference from the Quantum is the hood, which has an extended neck piece it attaches to, so even if you don't have your hood up you still have some extra neck protection which is nice.

Quality seems Flylow top-notch as always - I can't wait to spend the upcoming season in this shell.

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Jay Tierneywrote a review of on February 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've cycled through several ski helmets and with the Smith Variant I've finally discovered the one I'm going to stick with. It feels super light and just fits so comfortably, while also interfacing easily with a variety of goggles (I use both Oakley Crowbars and Smith I/O).

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Jay Tierneywrote a review of on February 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

As someone who just doesn't like the feeling of being clipped in, these shoes are amazing because they have so much grip to your pedal pins that you don't really feel like you're making a compromise. Also very comfortable for those stretches where you have to hike your bike up something steep, which I do quite frequently. I've put over 1,000 miles on them since last spring and they're holding up great.

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Jay Tierneywrote a review of on February 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've taken a few mountain-biking tumbles and these knee pads really did the job. Super durable and also surprisingly comfortable - I will often just put them on before the ascent and they don't bug me one bit. I'm 5' 11" / 170 pounds with soccer player legs and wasn't sure if I should order the M or L size - went with the large and was glad I did. If you're between sizing I'd recommend going with the larger size. The velcro straps will keep them in place nicely and when they heat up they really do seem to conform to the contours of your knees.

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Jay Tierneywrote a review of on February 18, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

You can tell this shell was designed by actual skiers because of the little details and how it fits. I'm 5' 11" / 170 pounds and always stuck between medium and large sizes depending on the brand. I went with the medium and it's perfect - plenty of movement without restriction, just long enough, but slim so it doesn't feel bulky. Also, it's amazing how few jackets / shells can be zipped up fully while still leaving adequate room for your chin, especially while wearing a helmet. Paired with a Patagonia nano puff base layer and I'm plenty warm.

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Jay Tierneywrote a review of on January 25, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm a pant size 33x30 and got these in the medium regular. The crotch is cut low enough that you can pull them up nice and high over your waist to keep the powder out without castrating yourself in the process. They may not be insulated but they're plenty warm. I wore them on a -5 degree morning with nothing but a base layer underneath and was warm as could be. Makes me think the insulated pants would be way too hot if you're actually skiing or being physical in them. After several days so far the durability seems good.

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