Jim M.

Jim M.

Jim M.

Jim M.wrote a review of on December 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I'm 6'0" and 165 lbs, lean build suit coat size 40 regular and a Large in this Espresso jacket fits me great. I compared this jacket to the Alpha and there is simply no contest here...the Espresso is the jacket you want. The Alpha felt "drafty" and the little built-in mesh base layer was weird. Back to the Espresso...this jacket is very, very warm. I've taken it out in sub-30 conditions here along the Wasatch front in Utah and I honestly can ride as long as I want with this jacket. The fit is snug and the Windstopper and fleece keeps you tight and warm. There are a couple of weird things about it that are not real important to me but I will mention them.

1. The media pocket in the front is small - fits an iPhone 6 but I doubt an iPhone Plus would fit. The little wire hole is right out the front of the chest and that's just strange. I simply route my wires up through the collar. No big deal.
2. The zippers on the cuffs are a bit too tight to zip over my bulkier winter gloves. I zip them down about halfway. Not an issue, no heat loss, etc. Just kinda wish they were a tad bigger.
3. At first the chest area feels tight...you'll think you need a size up but this should loosen up. Also, when you are in a riding position you'll feel it loosen and feel more natural.

I haven't ridden any canyons yet in this jacket. Based on the dozen or so rides I've done in varying temps around 30 degrees I'd expect it will breathe really well going up and keep me from freezing on the way down. On the few shorter climbs and descents I've done it feels solid.

Bottom line: I am riding the trainer indoors a lot less so far this winter because of this jacket and for me, that's a big win!

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Jim M.

Jim M.wrote a review of on September 25, 2013

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been a loyal Cycleops Power Meter customer for years. I bought this new Joule computer because I thought it would provide the same type of data fields and functionality that the former Joule 2.0 did - not the case. This thing is vastly inferior to just about any power meter head unit I've ever used. The configuration capabilities are very limited. The display is insanely confusing with data elements that are all different sizes and fonts making it very hard to read and understand. I returned this item and bought the Joule GPS which is similar to the Joule 2.0...although it's a pretty expensive upgrade. I'd recommend the Joule GPS or Garmin 500.

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Jim M.

Jim M.wrote a review of on December 17, 2011

5 5

During five years of training for Ironman triathlon races I've used dozens of gels, sports drinks and other fueling products. EFS Liquid Shot is probably the best I've have ever used. It's technically NOT a gel. The consistency is thinner which helps it be consumed and absorbed faster. The Vanilla taste is great and it's packed with tons of calories and electrolytes to help you keep moving. I use EFS Liquid Shot during all of my long training sessions as well as during 70.3 and Ironman triathlon races. It's easy to carry, the flask is efficient and quick to open and it tastes better than any liquid fuel on the market.

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Jim M.

Jim M.wrote a review of on January 6, 2011

2 5

I was advised by several BC.com "experts" to get this ski. I haven't skied much on fatter skis before and was assured by them that this would be a good transition ski and would work well All Mountain. I found them sluggish, slow and not very responsive to quick maneuvers. I took them through some stashes of powder here and there and thought they floated well but again felt like they were hard to turn and somewhat unresponsive. I was bummed because I really wanted to like this ski. In the end BC.com took care of me and made it right. I give two stars for the cool graphics and the outstanding customer service from BC.com. But the actual product itself was really disappointing.

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