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Arvin's Passions

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lonerider wrote a review of on July 24, 2012

3 5

I tried it for a few days... GPS accuracy was pretty good (~1%), I found it a little bulky/uncomfortable for my narrow wrists. I also found the bezel controls to be non-intuitive as a first time GPS watch owner.

I ended up returning it and getting a Garmin 210 which I like a lot (the slightly slimmer, smaller face is noticeably more comfortable. The 210 controls are easier to figure out on the fly (admitted it took more key presses... but I felt that was an acceptable tradeoff). I found I didn't need all the fancy settings of the 410 workout programs.

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lonerider wrote a review of on July 8, 2012

Super lightweight, comfy, shoe
5 5

I really like the light, relaxed slipper like feel to these shoes have. Wide toebox gives your toes a room to breathe.

The default footbeds don't offer that much support, but I replaced the footbeds with my custom orthotics (adding a 1/8 inch shin as well).

Laces were way too long, I replaced them with "LockLaces" that I had leftover (tried them on my running shoes... didn't like them. Work great on my Loulus though).

Shoes are pricey... but for me, they were so comfortable, I think they are worth it. For other people... maybe the green/recycled aspects of the manufacturing are worth it (they are nice features to have... but comfort was the main feature for me).

When I was in Iceland last month (see attached photo I took). My luggage didn't arrive with me... and I spent the first two days at Skaftafel National Park hiking in my Loulus (I was smart enough to pack my tolietries, and three days of clothing in my carry-on... but not my hiking shoes). I managed to survive couple of half-day hikes up gravel/volcanic rock trails ... but I would never recommend it to anyone.

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lonerider wrote a review of on March 6, 2011

5 5

I generally don't like puffies because they are bulky and I tend to overheat in them. This one is lightweight and just breathable enough to wear under any type of chilly conditions. When an arctic storm hit Lake Tahoe the temperature dropped to 5-10F, I just wore it over my longer underwear top and my shell for snowboarding and I was at a very comfortable temperature (I actually am a little cold usually and wear a thin fleece under my shell in 20-30F weather).

I actually wear it all the time now because it is so comfy. At my ski cabin, I wear it to bed because the house hasn't warmed up the first we are up (and head and shoulders are exposed above the blankets). I wear it at home when it is chilly in the late night and morning (thermostat is turned down 11PM-8AM to save energy).

It's great.

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lonerider wrote a review of on January 10, 2011

5 5

The leg cut/seams are nicely articulated for easy of movement. I love the softshell upper section, breathable and very easy to move around in. The material is nice and lightweight... but that also means it provides not real insulation so you will have to layer underneath (I just wore it 10-15 F and 20 mph winds and it was a little chilly with a pair of thermals underneath).

For freedom of movement you can see how easy it is for my to squat down this video of me (I'm wearing protective padded shorts underneath) -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBBpTchyCEA

I love the bib pockets (fit my phone and valuables easily and comfortably) and the reinforced leg cuff (I was tend to shred them as my legs are short at 30" inseam and the cuffs of my pants tend to drag when I walk).

The sizing is true to size... which means size up for most Americans who don't realize that their waist is actually is 3-6 inches larger than the number on their pants (Gap, Old Navy, Levis, Dockers, etc all do this to make us feel better). I'm 5'9 150 lbs with a slim waistline and the Medium fit me perfectly even with a pair of padded protective shorts underneath (I do have big thighs though as I can free weight squat 300 lbs).

These are my favorite pair of bib pants out of the several models (Burton, Oakley, Sessions, Arcteryx, Bonfire) I've tried/used over the past decade.

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lonerider wrote a review of on January 7, 2009

5 5

Excellent jacket, I got this to replace my 10 year old North Face Goretex shell which I used for bad weather and backcountry, using a cheaper, lighter, less waterproof (and more "stylish") snowboard jacket for park and spring riding.

The shell is very waterproof and very breathable so it will keep you dry from outside rain and sleet, but not sweaty from your backcountry hike. I personally like it's very minimalist design, a few pockets, season pass holders, pit vents and little else (i.e. no uper big cargo pockets) to keep it lightweight and easy to move around it. I like the off axis zipper so my face isn't rubbed raw when I have it full zipped up.

I do have to admit that I purchased this particular jacket as a bit of a impulse buy as I really liked the look Electric Blue model (I usually always buy whatever's on super sale)... but with backcountry.com's satisfaction guarantee and a 25% I think it's very worth it.

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lonerider wrote a review of on September 8, 2008

5 5

The tights are great. The material and cut is top notch and super comfortable. They are breathable and relatively cool to wear. I've worn them in the winter (under my snowpant) and the summer (with a pair of shorts). As they are more of a compression short/wicking base layer aren't super warm in the winter. I got a pair of the Insulator versions which I'll try out this winter. The conditional web support your IT band along you outer thigh and then wrap around your knee to help keep it aligned during exercise. It's not going to be better than say a DonJoy hinged brace... but it's far better than those neoprene knee sleeves that you pull on. They also work well as compression shorts, massaging your muscles as you move and help keep them from getting fatigued. These two effects are subtle... but definitely noticeable to me. I've had a variety of long underwear (Patagonia, Burton, UnderArmour, etc) that I've bought a high discounts... while I bought my first two pair of CW-X for like 70% off... I liked them so much I got another pair for full price. That's how much I like them.

I wear them for ice hockey, snowboarding, running, cycling and hiking.

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lonerider wrote a review of on July 22, 2008

4 5

These shirts run tight, so I would recommend going up one size (I'm a skinny 5'9" 140 lbs and I feel like a sausage in my small size although I can fit in it. I also have a medium which is less compressing). While I do think it helps my posture and helps avoid neck/shoulder stiffness... overall I like the long underwear bottoms better (compared to regular long underwear tops and bottoms).

The material is very comfortable and indeed does seem to handle a wide range of temperatures well... I've worn it snowboarding in the winter (with a windproof shell) like 35-40 degree weather and then again hiking the glacier snow in July in 60-65 degree weather (feels like 75-80 in the sun when you are wearing snowpants and a shell). While it was a little cold in the former and a little warm in the later, I really haven't worn anything else that could handle such a temperature range at all.

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lonerider wrote a review of on July 21, 2008

2 5

Based on recommendations from people on other websites. I got a pair of these gloves and a pair of Dakine Bronco GT gloves for my trip to Mt.Hood for some summer snowboarding. I figured the warm, wet, slushy conditions would be the perfect testing ground for these gloves (and I would probably need two pairs since virtually any glove is going to get wet in summer slush conditions). The Sonic Gloves were the clear loser... they were bulky (too much insulation) and the outer material soaks up water like a sponge, so much so that at the end of the day, when I squeezed it hard I could get water to squirt out of the gloves like I was crushing an orange. Now, I wasn't expecting any glove to be bone dry... but these gloves were noticeable heavy and waterlogged and took a long time to dry out. In comparison the Dakine Bronco GT gloves wear thinner (better feel and never got that heavy waterlogged feeling), much more waterproof (only damp), and dried faster. They were the clear winner in my opinion and are my pick for spring park/pipe riding this coming season.

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lonerider wrote a review of on July 21, 2008

4 5

Based on recommendations from people on other websites. I got a pair of these gloves and a pair of Dakine Bronco GT gloves for my trip to Mt.Hood for some summer snowboarding. I figured the warm, wet, slushy conditions would be the perfect testing ground for these gloves (and I would probably need two pairs since virtually any glove is going to get wet in summer slush conditions). The Dakine Bronco GT were the clear winner... they were less bulky, the outer material soaked less water, the inside only got damp, and dries easier.

In comparison, the Pow Sonic Glove outer soak up water like a sponge, so much so that at the end of the day, when I squeezed it hard I could get water to squirt out of the gloves like I was crushing an orange. They were also bulkier and that inner insulation would also become heavy and waterlogged. I found the pre-curved fingers and silicone grip stuff to be overrated (I've have several spring gloves and while the silicone palm is tacky and fun in the store... you don't notice it while riding).

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lonerider wrote a review of on January 29, 2008

5 5

I have very narrow ankles and so heel lift is a bit problem for me. I end up having to overtighten my boots just crushes both the top and bottom of my foot. Over the years I've tried Burton, DCShoes (waaay to wide), owned a pair of 32 Forecast (ok) and Salomon Dialogue, Synapse, Malamute (pretty good)... but the Nitro Team TLS beat them all. Superior liner shape fills in the extra space above the ankle. Heat moldable liners avoids pressure points.

Some tips for durability... pull out your liners every night to let them dry out.

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lonerider wrote a review of on March 12, 2007

5 5

I would disagree with the previous review in that these Nitro boots are particularly good for someone with narrow ankles and from to heel lift. If you feel the liner inside, there is a tremendous amount of contour in the back above the heel and below the calf, like adding 2-3 layers of foam wrap at the boot fitter. In search of eliminating heel lift, I have owned several pairs of boots. From DC Shoes Radians (too wide), to Salomon Dialogue (better), Synapse (ok), Malamute (good), ThirtyTwo Forecast (good), to the Nitro TLS (best). Since I've owned several Salomon boots, the TLS system is very similar, I do like that it tightens the top and bottom separately, I like to keep the lower laces loose and the upper laces tight. I can definitely tighten up the upper laces (really stiffens up the boot). Boot is good and stiff (not quite as stiff as the Malamutes, but good for freeriding or all mtn freestyle).

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