Think of a softer lighter version of Carhartts. They're good for cooler days as there are multiple layers of pockets on the front and back of the shorts, so I avoid wearing them when it gets really hot out. I wear these shorts pretty much every day in weather cooler than 75 degrees.
Not a huge fan. Incredibly lightweight which is fantastic, but I think Osprey compromised too much. Gripe #1: side compression straps. They're so low that they do nothing for the top half of your pack. If you want your load compressed at all then you're going to be out of luck. Gripe #2: top pocket. There is one large main compartment and the small upper pocket hangs inside the main. This is fine if you have nothing in the top pocket. However, this is literally the only place on the bag to put smallish items like sunglasses, phone, lunch, and have it be secure. Unfortunately, once this pocket fills up (which happened very quickly), it blocks the entry into the main compartment somewhat. The pack is great if all you're carrying is a couple extra layers and don't have any small belongings. I can picture this pack being great for some, but I needed something with more practical design and a much better compression / attachment system. It would have only cost a couple ounces to add additional compression straps and bottom pack straps, and it would have made HUGE improvements to the functionality of the bag. Returned. The lack of versatility isn't worth dropping a few ounces IMO. I may give the Osprey Manta a try...
From the image on this site the "granite" color appears to be blue-grey. On other sites it appears to be a more light slate grey color. Can anyone attest what the granite color actually looks like? Thanks
The helmet in action on Mary's Peak Trail in Corvallis OR
Solid helmet. It fits a bit narrower than Giro Helmet's I've had in the past, specifically the Ionos, but it feels great. The ratchet system in the back is dialed, and there is plenty of room for air flow underneath when you get moving. Its a bit hot on climbs though.
My only gripe is that there is nowhere to put my glasses on the helmet like my Ionos. As a result, this is my go-to helmet for all my XC through freeride endeavors, but I'll stick to my Ionos for rides with longer climbs.