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Jay Tierney

Jay Tierney

Lake Tahoe, Sonoma County

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Jay Tierney

Jay Tierneywrote a review of on July 28, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 9.5

I was a huge fan of the original Impacts and was hesitant to try another shoe, but these are even better. So much lighter, thinner and more comfortable with just as much grip on the sole. Especially great for those steep sections where you have to hike-a-bike.

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Jay Tierneywrote a review of on July 28, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 172 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

They fit nice and snug and I quickly forget that I'm wearing any padding at all beneath my regular mtb shorts. That's about the best compliment I can give. Liked them so much I ordered 2 more. I usually wear a 32-33 waist and the medium was a good choice.

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Jay Tierneywrote a review of on July 28, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 34 / Large

I was concerned about these shorts being too snug based on the other reviews, so I ordered them a bit larger (34 waist when I'm normally a 32 or 33) and they're perfect. So definitely error on the larger size but you don't need to go too far beyond that. Nicely placed pockets that aren't too big but still large enough to hold an iPhone 6, for example, without bugging my leg during rides.

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Jay Tierneywrote a review of on July 28, 2015

The Bronson Plain Rips
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Never in my life did I think I'd ever spend this much on a bike, but I'm so glad I did. There's a good reason the Bronson is so popular amongst avid riders, it absolutely shreds and is also super playful. Really the best of both worlds.

It took a bit to get it dialed in to my liking - I swapped the stem for a shorter one (I'm 5'11" and ride a large so a bit less reach was nice), replaced the stock grips with some wider ones, then added a dropper post - but once I did, oh man. I feel like I'm in mountain-biking heaven. The Bronson and this specific build with 150mm suspension up front and in back really inspires confidence to just tear into rough terrain and really go for it. Also, after riding an aluminum frame previously, I did notice some degree of vibration dampening from the carbon frame so it's not just hype and worth the extra expense. I can say without a doubt this bike makes me a better rider and I'm having even more fun because of it.

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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 28, 2013

Smooth Glide & Lots of Traction
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought the size large / 130mm skins for my Salomon Rocker2 115's and so far I've been very happy with them. The trimmer tool is easy to use, they have plenty of grip for the uphill, and a nice smooth gliding feel. The adjustable tail connector makes them easy to pull tight every time you put them on.

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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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