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ktimmmtb wrote a review of on December 2, 2013

Disappointed
2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

Expected so much more from these, especially considering the pinky/ring finger combo. Gives the impression that they are for cold weather. I wouldn't use these on the road below 42(F). The back of the glove has Windstopper, but if you blow between the fingers you'll see that the sides of the fingers let's the cold breeze right through. I still like the feel and construction though, and make a good cool weather mountain bike glove. Generous terry cloth area for whiping the snot away.
As much as I like Gore apparel (love my Gore Fusion gloves for extreme temps) there are just too many better winter road glove offerings for the price.
Like most, I had to one size up

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ktimmmtb wrote a review of on July 17, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

And the purpose is being able to look down at the Garmin unit without tucking my head down. Relatively expensive for a piece of plastic, yes. But economies of scale and all that, and it's still a worthy buy.
I don't think I would put this thing on my mountain bike due to exposure in a crash .

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ktimmmtb wrote a review of on October 15, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pros:
This is a very comfortable pack. The shoulder straps are well padded without being too bulky. The ventilated straps seem like a good idea.

The embossed top pocket gets a lot of use, whether it?s to hold my Garmin 500 before a ride, compact camera, or sunglasses. The material is supposed to be safe for these surfaces.

The area zip divider separates stinky and dirty items.

For a smaller pack, the fact that it has an adjustable yoke is a big bonus. Added with the two torso sizes, it?s easy to achieve a very comfortable fit.

The whistle chest strap buckle is a thoughtful feature.

Cons:
One area where the pack could be improved are the side pocket compression straps. They don?t really do the job well of holding anything down. They are too low and thus don?t wrap around the neck of an MSR fuel bottle (maybe the really small one) or water bottle. They will bounce out.

The chest pocket will hold an iphone (maybe not the taller 5) or other similar sized smart phone as long as there is no protective jacket. If you use one, it will not fit. It does however work well for holding a gel flask.

Elastic cord on face would also be great for attaching a lightweight jacket or long sleeve jersey when temps rise. The netting isn?t very large and doesn?t expand enough.

Hip pockets could be a little bigger. Maybe they are on the large, but mine (s/m) basically hold a small headlamp, my mini Griptilian knife, emergency fire starter and gel pack. Not being big enough to fit a small camera or GPS (eTrex size) is my main gripe.

Other than that, I really enjoy using this pack. A large chunk of its use is as a commuter pack. But I also love it just as much on day hikes or overnight trips. The tool organization pouch with pump sleeve is great, and for those with a Raptor series pack, is the same setup. My purpose for buying this pack was for someovernight bike packing and I really look forward to testing it out in that situation.

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ktimmmtb wrote a review of on December 29, 2011

5 5

While some southern riders feel the need for full tights when it drops to 60, we here in the NE have to deal with a little more. And these knickers are great for rides that can dip into the low 40s. The compression is pretty good and the exterior fabric smooth so it doesn't get caught on a lot of things creating pulls. The inner micro fleece is soft and comfortable, providing just the right amount of warmth for rides ~41-55 degrees. I still haven't busted out my Forma Red Super Roubaix bibs as it's been unseasonably warm so far this late fall/early winter.

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ktimmmtb wrote a review of on November 7, 2011

5 5

If you're willing to suffer a little, you can actually go lower, like to 40. Have used these in 3 hr rides starting at 35 and finishing at 39, and though my toes were cold, they weren't dead frozen.
Sucks when you have to play a guessing game as temps start to fall, but you can have some reasonable confidence that these will provide some comfort,even if you chose wrong.
Bottoms and stitching have held up after years of use.

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ktimmmtb wrote a review of on October 13, 2011

5 5

Waste strap huh? It never came with mine.
Otherwise I love my Astro. It’s the perfect size for the many jobs it fills. I’m not a student but occasionally take my laptop home from work, plus lunch, a compact umbrella, a book, Nalgene bottle, and other small items, with plenty of room to spare. Other days I’ll stuff my road riding gear in there; bibs, jersey, socks, base layers and warmers, water bottles, etc. Even when sneaking in roadie wear I want to look a little more professional than a simple draw string bag.
I can’t be seen carrying a diaper bag, so this one sees that duty/doodie (pun intended) when it’s just me and the boys.
The shoulder strap is comfortable and easily adjustable. No issues durability wise. Been using this bag for 10+ months, about 2/3s of the days without issue. Good pockets use for phones, MP3 players, etc.
You could overnight with this bag.

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ktimmmtb wrote an answer about on August 31, 2011

I wear M in Giordana bottoms and L in Girodana tops. I bought the mediums last year. I haven't used them yet, but the fit seemed appropriate. Looking forward to using these, even though it means it be in the cold (northeast too).
I am 5' 7" with a bit longer proportional legs. Try the L. At this price, it's worth a try.

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ktimmmtb wrote a review of on July 5, 2011

5 5

If you don't want to spend a lot, they are a very good value. If they're a little more than what you want to spend, it's still worth the extra $ over cheaper glasses. Optics are very good, lenses are easy to change, and they're comfortable. I enjoy my Smith V90s a little more, but I'd still be wearing these had it not been for my dog eating the dark lense. Luckily she left the frame alone so they still do clear lense duty.

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ktimmmtb wrote a review of on June 24, 2011

4 5

Got quite a bit of use out of these last winter. Relatively easy to get on. I wind up redoing the rear velco at least once to try and line it up properly. Maybe I am just being anal. They do a good job against rain, and a decent job of keep ing feet warm. Of course, when the temps dip into the mid 30s, I grab my winter shoes.

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ktimmmtb wrote a review of on May 25, 2011

5 5

I have the Fiskars in the same design and my hunch tells me Gerber is/was sourcing it from them. This is a nice little saw to carry. As a mountain biker, you constantly encounter head high branches that might poke out an eye or do other facial damage at high speed. This saw has seen a lot a duty and stays sharp. Makes quick work of branches up to around 4". Fits nicely in one of the two pump sleeves in my Osprey Raptor.

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ktimmmtb wrote a review of on April 22, 2011

2 5

or are these rebadged $15 gas station pairs? I usually love Smiths and have two pairs of Pivlocks and another pair my dog ate years ago (I forget the model -Slingshots?). I just got them 3 days ago, and despite the great price I paid and killer looks, I'm seriously considering sending these back and putting the money towards something better, even if I have spend $150 more. Description says metal frames but they feel and ping like like plastic. Only the bridge stuck to a strong magnet. The nose pieces look and feel just like the cheapo pairs found anywhere. I added one star just to give Smith some benefit of the doubt.
In sum, look great, feel cheap.

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