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ric4106664 wrote a review of on August 15, 2013

5 5

I use this for road biking, mostly just in case I get caught out late on a long ride. I was concerned it would be too heavy (can't really use as a helmet light), but it really hasn't ever concerned me and now I leave it on the bike most of the time just in case. Battery life has been great (at least as good as represented) and it is super bright. Only on rare occasions have I run it on full power because it can annoy oncoming people, cars and bikes. But 1000 lumens is nice to have when I am hurrying home down a back road in the otherwise pitch black. I got the "loaded" pack with an extra battery, but have never needed it and rarely carry it. But, again, I still like the option of up to 10 hours of light- maybe I'll go in search of a moonlight double century to ride. (Won't happen.) Mount on my round road bike bars is solid. Only thing I think could be improved is the beam pattern- it is pretty much round but with this much light capacity, I would prefer a triangle shaped beam. Oh, and it is a little slow to charge- definitely have to plan ahead. Nonetheless, I have a lot of hours on it and am really pleased.

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ric4106664 wrote a review of on January 31, 2013

5 5

Have had my pair for a couple months and they have made a big difference in my enthusiasm for trail running. Very comfortable, great traction, and although I don't know they I gain much from them being mid-high, I have noticed that in 20+ runs I have not once gotten even a single pebble in a shoe. Happy for this because that is normally an immediate sow stopper for me. Also my feet have stayed completely dry even in light rain and running through occasional mud and small puddles. Very happy with these shoes. Only concern is whether they will be too warm in summer.

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ric4106664 wrote a review of on January 29, 2013

5 5

I ride in temps down to about 40 degrees and usually used leg warmers. My Castelli (Duran) leg warmers are a slight bit warmer than these tights, but these are way more comfortable- no upper thigh cuff squeeze- so I use these almost exclusively now. Plus, as the day warms up, they are middle-of-the-road enough in warmth to have a broad comfort range. I have grown to like thin chamois, and this is a good thin one. Two thumbs up.

I didn't have the sizing issues described by many others. I'm 5'8", 155 lbs, 31" waist, 31" inseam, athletic build. More a crossfit guy than a biker. Read reviews and bought a Large, but it fit sloppy. Bought Medium and it fits great- snug but not tight. Length perfect. Only issues is with the straps, that feel a little short (I have to yard the bids up really well when I put them on, not uncomfortably, just deliberately) and they don't want to lay flat (want to roll), plus sometimes when taking off the bib the stretching makes disconcerting little ripping sounds down around the front strap anchor area, although in 20 rides I've seen no indication that anything is coming apart. On the bike, no issues with the straps- they disappear, just as one would hope.

Overall, love them. Just bought a second pair so I will never be caught without a pair because it's in the wash.

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ric4106664 wrote a review of on August 29, 2011

5 5

Used as a secondary set (I have a GSI fancy non-stick nested stuff set as primary) on a three night backpacking trip with some equipmentless friends and ended wondering why I would ever want to carry the GSI set on two person trips. This thing is light and works perfectly for two people. This might change me to ultralight backpacking. I am now watching SAC for a pair of ti cups (just got the knife/fork/spoon set- two thumbs up) and then I'm set.

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