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Jon J

Jon J

Jon J

Jon Jwrote a review of on May 25, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Fast, light, stable, responsive, how about we just roll it all into one word - Awesome. That sums up the ASR Carbon. If you?re looking for an short-travel bike, look no further. With a frame weight in the 4lb range, the ASRc makes the ?SL? on similar segmented frames stand for ?sorta light?. Where I?ve been most impressed with the ASR is on the descents. As great as the bike climbs, as soon as you crest the hill, the 69 degree head angle makes the bike feel right at home and dares you to go faster. I'm 5'7" and fit right between a S and M based on Yeti's sizing. I demo?d the small with 27.5 wheels on the local, buff SLC singletrack, and the medium 29er on the rougher Brand trails in Moab, and ended up going with a medium and running a 60mm stem. My medium frame weighed 4.45lbs with the rear axle, head set and, seatpost clamp. Give me a call at 801-736-6396 x4378, or e-mail me at jjakupcak@backcountry.com with any questions or help configuring your ASR

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Jon Jwrote a review of on January 29, 2015

5 5

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

I really like the fit of these jeans. They're not super skinny jeans, but fit slimmer than a standard boot cut/straight leg jean. Cell phone pocket in the left pocket is a col feature, fits my S4 phone fine. The 1% elastane gives the pants a comfortable fit and nice amount of give. I have the wrecked Indigo, and it's your standard "blue jeans" color.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on January 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought this for my wife, and she uses it more off the bike. It's a great casual piece, but the fit and material go well with her riding kit also. No pockets except for little thing on the shoulder, but looks like it's more for fashion rather than function. She's happy with it, so I'm happy.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on January 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have two of these, and use them as mountain jerseys. If you're not into day-glo florescents aren't your stlye, this jersey is a great alternative to a full zip, 3 pocket, jersey. The merino wool/poly blend breaths well, and I've worn this comfortably in the 70s, once the temps hits 80 and beyond, things get muggy. It still has three rear pockets, and the elastic keeps everything safe. Sizing is true to fit, I'm a small in just about everything including this jersey.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on January 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This jacket is great for fighting the morning chill, or as a wind layer. The material is very light, and vents well off the back. I can pack this down smaller than a my fist, and I have small hands. There are no pockets, but the elastic band on the bottom make it easy to stretch and lift up to access jersey pockets. This will get you home or to shelter if you get caught in a storm, but if you're looking for something to keep you dry in a downpour, check out the stuff from Showers Pass. I have this tucked in my hydration pack most of the summer, and can easily fit it in jersey pocket along with a tube and C02. Size is true to fit, I get a small like everything I normally wear.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on January 6, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've worn these shorts on and off the bike, and they're great. Size is true to fit, I got small, like everything I normally wear. The're not loose in the crotch and don't get hung up on your saddle, but also don't restrict movement. Material is durable and tough, yet lightweight and breaths well. Cargo pockets are subtle and lay flat against your leg. These and the Mtn Surf shorts are my go-to overshorts.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on December 22, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love these shorts, practical enough for casual use off the bike, but with a ride inspired fit. I have these and the Cargo Away shorts, and the both fit the same, but I'd say the Mtn Surfs have a little sturdier feel to the fabric. These fit and feel great on the bike. They don't sit low in the crotch (others I own will get hung up on the saddle), but aren't restrictive in their movement. I was in Phoenix over thanksgiving, and it was great to only have to pack these 2 over-shorts. I used them for riding, and then as casual shorts the rest of the time.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on December 5, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The SB75 was Yeti's first foray into the 27.5 wheel size, and I more comparable in ride quality to the 29" SB95. I got to take a SB75 demo to Moab for a weekend this spring, and had a blast. It' doesn't win any awards on the scale, my small XT demo weight 30 lbs with pedals, but the bike rode much lighter, and the weight wasn't noticeable on the trail. I think of myself as a capable rider, and the SB75 didn't hold me back at all, it handled aggressive lines with easy, and climbed up anything I could keep the pedals turning on. Feel free to e-mail me at jjakupcak@backcountry.com if I can answer any questions.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on September 9, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are a great lightweight pad for pedaling all day in, or keeping in your pack and putting on for the descent. The knee pad is a softer foam, not an ABS or VPD like other offerings, but whats lost in padding is gained in mobility. These are great for keeping your skin on as opposed to taking hard direct impacts..

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Jon Jwrote a review of on August 6, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been really pleased with the Ion shorts. They have the pockets that the Fox and Giro shorts I own always leave me wanting to throw my keys and phone in on the way to the ride. While I haven't ridden with anything in the pockets (load up the hydro pack), the rear waist pocket is the most out of the way, the thigh pockets lay flat and could hold a gel or bar without issue, but that'd be it in my opinion. Fit on these shorts is great, the size is my true waist fit, and they feature adjusters, so if you're on the line, you can size up and cinch them down. Other overshorts I have hang low in the crotch and will snag on the back of my seat when I'm behind the saddle on steep descents, not an issue with the Ions. The included liner chamois is ok. It'd be fine for 1-2 hour rides, but I'll be using other bibs under the Ions for longer efforts. The Ions are a great, lightweight, overshort and for the price, I'd consider the included liner a bonus.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on April 3, 2014

4 5

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

These are very similar to the Fox Launch Pro and the Troy Lee T-Bone. A little lower profile than the Foxs, and similar in fit and comfort. Top and bottom velcro closures make them stay in place when pedaling. Haven't had them out on a super long effort or a hot day, so not sure on breathability.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on April 3, 2014

4 5

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

While longer/taller than the One Industries Enemy and the 661 Comp am knee guards, these seem more comfortable to pedal in. The side and rear material is ergo formed and very pliable out of the bag. The upper and lower velcro traps make a secure and comfortable fit. Similar options would be the Kali Protectives Aazis Soft Knee Guard and the Troy Lee T-Bone

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Jon Jwrote a review of on March 19, 2014

4 5

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

These are without a doubt the lowest profile, most comfortable knee pads to pedal in. They do fit snug, and you definitely can't just "pull them on" as another review said. I have to inch mine on, but once they're in place, they stay there. The G-forms trade bulk/padding for mobility, so if you're going nuts out there, you may want to look at other offerings, the Fox Launch Pro is one I'm a fan of.

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