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Jon Jwrote a review of on January 7, 2016

Great Boot
5 5

Got these boots for our daughter who'll be 3 in April. Size is true to fit, boots are easy to get no and off, a so far no complaints from her. She's been lapping the sledding hill with these since we got them, and at times that I've been slipping and sliding, she's chugging along. That may be her low center of gravity, but I'm sure the traction of the soles plays a solid role as well. Sorel's quality is never in question, and I'm sure kiddo #2 will be sporting these in the seasons to come.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on January 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had multiple pairs of these, and I always recommend them for a liner glove, or for running. I've run with these into the low 30s and had no problems, and my hands typically get cold first.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on January 7, 2016

3 5

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

Checked out this beenie, and it's super light. It could easily be used as a helmet liner, or used for high intensity /aerobic activity. Being thinner it is a lower profile beenie.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on December 21, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

My head measures 55cm, and the small was not going to happen, couldn't even get in over the crown of my head. I'm always between S and M for helmets, and based on Bells size chart, I was hoping the small may give a lower profile fit.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on December 21, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large

Construction on these boots is great, and the materials, closure, and design give a strong first impression.
In terms of sizing, i feel the boots run large. I've always worn a US 8 and all my cycling shoes have been a EU 41, and I've always had a pinkie finger's width of room between my toes and the front of the shoe. Lake equates a US 8 to a EU 42 in their size chart. I tried on a 40, 41, and 42, and the 41s fit best, I had on a slim sock, but there was still room if I were wearing a warmer winter sock. The 40s weren't too small, but wouldn't have had room for a thicker sock. The 42s had more room than I needed. As for width, I don't wear a an E size shoe or anything, but my feet probably lean towards the wide end of normal. These weren't narrow feeling, and I didn't feel like the wide variant would provide a better fit.

Contact me with any questions here at Competitive at 801-736-6396 x4378, or jjakupcak@backcountry.com

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Jon Jwrote a review of on November 16, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I got to ride the SB4.5c at a dealer event this summer, and this bike flat out impresses. The 4.5 was one of the few bikes that felt effortlessly faster on the first ride than my current bike (the much loved SB66, and the Pivot Mach 6 being the others). I previously owned and loved the SB95c, and couldn't wait for Yeti to slap the Switch Infinity suspension into that frame. With the geometry carrying over similarly from the SB95, only the chainstays and rear travel have shortened. The 10mm drop in travel had me initially scratching my head, but the bottomless feel of the Switch Infinity link, and increased stiffness of the Boost fork and rear end left no lack of confidence in pointing the bike down and hanging on for the ride. At 5’7” - 140 lb, frame stiffness is rarely something I notice, much less stress, but the SB4.5c is the stiffest frame Yeti has ever made, and it noticeably holds its line through rough and off camber terrain. The chain stays are also the shortest of any bike in Yeti’s lineup (even the 27.5 SB5), and gives the 4.5c a wheelbase-defying playfulness on the trail. After riding, I was sure the wheelbase was half an inch shorter than the SB95, not a quarter inch longer. After comfortably riding a medium SB5 and ASR with short stems, I opted for the small SB4.5 frame as the smaller 29er frame gives me a more “balanced” feeling, and that again held true. Overall the SB4.5c is the well-rounded trail bike Yeti set out to make, light enough to hold its own on an XC startline, but stiff and slack enough to be able to throw line choice to the wind and put a grin on the faces of those who can hold on and stay off the brakes. Give me a call or email if I can answer any other questions about the SB4.5c: JJakupcak@backcountry.com / 801-736-6396 x4378

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Jon Jwrote a review of on November 9, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

The Air Liner has quickly become one of my go-to chamois, putting it in company with Assos and Giordana bibs. The 10mm thick chamios provides all day comfort without the "diaper" feeling of other offerings. The bib straps help keep everything in place, and the sizing is true to form. I'm 5'7", 140lbs, and wear a small in just about every bibs (medium in Castelli), and the small Air Liners are on par. Grab a pair and put them on under your favorite baggies, or even consider these as a piece to help keep the sweat down on the trainer.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on November 9, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I got to ride the SB4.5c at a dealer event this summer, and this bike flat out impresses. The 4.5 was one of the few bikes that felt effortlessly faster on the first ride than my current bike (the much loved SB66, and the Pivot Mach 6 being the others). I previously owned and loved the SB95c, and couldn't wait for Yeti to slap the Switch Infinity suspension into that frame. With the geometry carrying over similarly from the SB95, only the chainstays and rear travel have shortened. The 10mm drop in travel had me initially scratching my head, but the bottomless feel of the Switch Infinity link, and increased stiffness of the Boost fork and rear end left no lack of confidence in pointing the bike down and hanging on for the ride. At 5’7” - 140 lb, frame stiffness is rarely something I notice, much less stress, but the SB4.5c is the stiffest frame Yeti has ever made, and it noticeably holds its line through rough and off camber terrain. The chain stays are also the shortest of any bike in Yeti’s lineup (even the 27.5 SB5), and gives the 4.5c a wheelbase-defying playfulness on the trail. After riding, I was sure the wheelbase was half an inch shorter than the SB95, not a quarter inch longer. After comfortably riding a medium SB5 and ASR with short stems, I opted for the small SB4.5 frame as the smaller 29er frame gives me a more “balanced” feeling, and that again held true. Overall the SB4.5c is the well-rounded trail bike Yeti set out to make, light enough to hold its own on an XC startline, but stiff and slack enough to be able to throw line choice to the wind and put a grin on the faces of those who can hold on and stay off the brakes. Give me a call or email if I can answer any other questions about the SB4.5c: JJakupcak@backcountry.com / 801-736-6396 x4378

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Jon Jwrote a review of on October 5, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Coming from a 22lb Yeti ASR 29er, I was eager to check out Niner's new race offering. Thankfully they obliged, and I was able to throw a leg over the RKT 9 during a pre-release visit. The RKT 9 lives up to the name with the same responsive, power to the pedals, acceleration found int he Jet 9 RDO and credited to the CVA suspension design. Riding in the "medium" setting of the DPS rear shock was more than firm enough, and no bob under hard efforts could be detected. I flipped it to the open for the remainded of the climb, and couldn't feel any loss of efficiency, and was able to claw up loose, scree sections with ease. Pointed down, the RKT 9 was stable, responsive, and felt longer than the available 90mm of travel. As much as new wheel/axle standards can be a pain point, the Boost 110 front and 148 rear spacing were noticeably stiffer, even to a smaller 140lb rider like myself. The bike carved corners with ease and tracked through rough segments as well. I'm 5'7" and rode a small frame with a 90mm stem and felt comfortable and well balanced. I came away from the ride impressed, and would have only preferred slightly wider bars, and would probably throw a 120mm fork on the front. If you have any questions about the RKT 9, don't hesitate to call or e-mail. I can be reached directly at 801-736-6396 x4378, or jjakupcak@backcountry.com

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Jon Jwrote a review of on September 9, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm a rube when it comes to GPS units, but the Cyclo 505 is easy to setup and use. Functionality is intuitive, and the ability to change the data points displayed on the head unit was easy. My favorite feature was the "surprise me" route builder. This allows you to set a time or distance, and the unit will generate 3 ride options for you, generally varying in the amount of climbing from less to more. Living in a urban area where most road rides had become standard loops, this provided a welcome change. Way-finding on the screen was clear, and the voice commands were given with ample notice. Durability wise I've had no issues. The screen is robust, but has yet to take a solid fall. Glare hasn't been an issue, nor has distortion with polarized lenses. Battery life is well indicated and seems efficient. Bluetooth and ANT+ connectivity are available, but I have yet to set those up. I was dismayed at first that the out front mount did not feature a hinge, but found the material has enough give to snap over the bar. All in all, functionality for the price is tough to beat.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on August 20, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used this on my mountain and road bike. I wish it had a hinge, but the material has enough give that it can snap over the bar, so you don't have to remove tape/grips to get it on. It can be run in front of the bar, or I also put it on my mountain bike "backwards", so the unit sits over the top cap of the steerer tube.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on August 5, 2015

Grips and Rips
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My 741s weighed in at 1680g with rims strip and valves. Tough to beat ofr sub $1500 wheel set. The wide rim provides a noticable larger contact patch. My 2.2 Conti measures more like a 2.35 on the rear. I've been playing with air pressure around 20pis for a 140lb rider. A larger coworker of mine had some sidewall issues and lower air pressures, so it will vary by rider (like any wheel). Stiffness isn't an issue. If yuo have any questions, please gfeel free to contact me directly at jjakupcak@backcountry.com or 801-736-6396 x4378

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Jon Jwrote a review of on August 5, 2015

Replace and reduce
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When (or if) your XX1 or X01 ring wears down, drop some weight and boost the aesthetics of your ride with the X-Sync direct mount ring. It mounts directly to the arm on any X01 and XX1 crank, and some previous generation X0 cranks. If you have a BB30 crank, you'll need the 0mm offset variant, and if you have GXP cranks, the 6mm offset is the ring for you.

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