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seattleleaf wrote a review of on August 16, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

Maybe I just got a poorly manufactured pair, but these shoes have this weird bulge of fabric where the tongue is stitched to the upper. The left one is particularly bad. On just a four mile run is dug into the top of my foot enough to cause a raw spot. Ouch. I tried retying the shoe twice during my run, but that didn't help. I have to send these back. They seem like a good shoe, but I am super hesitant to try another pair.

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seattleleaf wrote a review of on June 3, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I picked up the monsoon plaid color, and will soon grab another color. I love this shirt. I have always longed for a button down merino shirt that had a similar weave to other poly/cotton button downs. Most merino is the soft t-shirt fabric, and I just don't dig that in a button down. This has more structure to it. Anyway, the fit is in line with other Icebreaker products...I have 44-45" chest and the XL works well. It's a little tight through the biceps, but not overly so. Body builders would have issues. Like all merino, the funk fighting properties are great. Anxious to see how it holds up after laundering. It is expensive, but merino fans will appreciate the quality.

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seattleleaf wrote a review of on June 3, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I bought these just before a trip to Europe, primarily with the thought they would be great for the airport and plane ride. Indeed, the flip down heel is perfect for the mad dash through security where you have to take off the shoes. On a 9 hour flight, they were like slippers, nice and cozy and easy to take off to let the piggies breathe. The merino lining keeps the sweat factor low...and no detectable odor after many day of wear. They are great work-casual shoes and are good for around the office. I would not recommend them for long days of walking. I wore them one day sightseeing around Paris and they almost broke my spirit. Not enough support for chalking up the miles, but perfect for less ambitious (slacker) pursuits.

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seattleleaf wrote a review of on March 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This was a Christmas gift from my wifey...best. gift. ever. So far I haven't done much down and dirty dirt riding, but rolling on some Conti 4 Season 28's, this bike has become my go to commuter & training companion. It is soooo smooooth, the carbon fork and frame just suck the crap our of bad pavement and small potholes. It will be a dream on course. The Hayes discs are awesome so far...much quieter than Avid's BB7's. Shifting is all solid Shimano components. The only "upgrade" I made was to put on some Lizard Skin DSP tape to suck some of the vibe out of the aluminum bars. Not sure if I feel safe upgrading them to carbon, but I think it would make it even more plush. The wheels ARE NOT Reynolds Solitude as listed. They are Velocity A23's, but not sure of the build level. They seem bomber so far, and the rear hub is very loud. Not a concern for me, in fact, free-wheeling is almost as good as a bell for getting oblivious dog walkers to MTF Over. I can't wait to cover it in mud, blood, sweat and beer!

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seattleleaf wrote a review of on April 10, 2013

5 5

I use these for wet weather bike commuting in Seattle. I've had full-leg Goretex paclite pant that I've used and never really liked due to the condensation build up in side. The Active Shell is super lite, but seems durable so far. I don't know it would survive a slide across asphalt and road grit, but not much will. I like the knicker length of these, it vents much better. Personally, I only need protection on the tops of my legs. My calfs will get we, but never cold. Great protection from the rain, as with all Gore-tex, but it's light and breathable enough to stay cool when the sun does pop out. They pack down to nothing. I will buy them again if I ever need to.

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seattleleaf wrote a question about on July 9, 2012

Maxxis (and others) lists this as a road tubless tire, not tubular. In the blown up image of the tire it lists "tubeless." What's up? Tubeless or totally tubular, dude?

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seattleleaf wrote a review of on September 26, 2011

4 5

I've used this on several over-nighters now and a couple car camps, but up until this last weekend, my SAC bargain hadn't been seriously tested. While camped in the North Cascades we had a nasty little storm system blow in on our final night. Wind gusts were easily upwards of 50 MPH, and they pelted my tent with heavy PNW rain for hours. Finally, around day light, some rain dripped in through the vestibules, especially on the side facing the wind. I had set up to face the wind with the foot end of the tent, but the wind came in from a different direction the final night...lousy mountains and their unpredictable weather. All in all I am very pleased with my hundred buck tent. The fact that it survived that one night alone totally pays for the tent and then some. It looked like the tent was going to implode on itself, but it stood its ground. If you know it's going to storm and can set up with account for wind direction, I think it can can handle some hefty storms. I'll be sure to take a few extra stakes to guy it down better next time.

As for the product itself, it might be a 2 person tent if you are sleeping a pair of professional cyclists or perhaps horse jockeys, but for normal folks, it would be a bit tight. I make other sacrifices (less clothes) to account for the extra weight of this over most ultra light one person tents. I like extra living space and the vestibules are priceless, especially while trying to pack up the rest of your stuff that shouldn't get wet in a storm. The included footprint is a nice bonus, but I wish it was a bit bigger.

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seattleleaf wrote a review of on September 1, 2011

5 5

I have been looking for a set of glasses like this for a LONG time. I've owned a variety from most major sport optic manufacturers, and this is the first pair I've been totally happy with. The biggest thing for me is the rimless design above the eyebrows. When descending in the drops, I don't have to compensate for looking around the usual rim that you find on sunglasses. In the past, I would either slightly pull down the glasses or have to really kink my neck to get a full field of vision. The lack of rim on the Pivlocks is a fricken miracle. The lens swap out is so fast and there is no worry of scratching the optic like on other designs. These vent exceptionally well and the only time they fog is in the elevator after my commute...but as soon as I start walking, it clears up. Highly, highly recommended. Especially if you have a big fat face like mine!

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seattleleaf wrote a review of on June 17, 2011

5 5

I slapped these in the 28's on my commuter bike to replace the 32C touring tires it came with. It made the bike noticeably more snappy and stiff. Which I like. They don'e roll over train tracks and the like quite as smoothly, but that's expected. I've got a couple hundred miles on them so far and no troubles. Good considering the construction zones, potholes, gutter junk, glass, and my fat butt all putting a strain on them. They stop fine and hold corners well. Not cheap so the better last a couple seasons at least. I might go back to the beefier tire for winter time when the roads are more unpredictable, but I think these will fit the bill the rest of the time.

October Update

I've ridden these tires nearly every day to work since May. Not a flat yet. No significant signs of wear. Great grip in the wet. Set the PSI and forget it. Upgrading to a full 5 stars.

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seattleleaf wrote a review of on March 1, 2010

5 5

So the only "precipitation" this jacket has seen so far is the stupid human trick shower test. That's right...I hopped in the shower with a tee and this jacket on to test the waterproofness. After a few minutes not nary a drop got in. Impressive. The style is good and it doesn't scream "Tour de France Wannabe" in any way. I look forward to actually putting the eVent fabric through it's paces...if it can keep me remotely dry (evac the sweat) I will be impressed. I've seen some question as to sizing. I'm not a "svelte" cyclist by any means. My chest is 44" and my belly is 43." The XL gives me a nice athletic fit with room for a mid weight jersey underneath if needed. The sleeves are a touch long (33" dress shirt) but not bad. The drop tail is fricken sweet.Look for this on Bonktown if you're a real cheapster.

April Update:

So now that I've had a chance to try this thing outdoors I'd like to update my review. Is it the uber miracle jacket that ever outdoor junkie is looking for? No, I don't think so. Here's why: we sweat. I sweat a lot. Under high aerobic conditions it's not realistic to imagine your clothes won't get wet. Such a garment does not and will never exist. What eVent does do VERY well is regulate body temperature. For a real test, I went out for a run with this jacket in the pouring rain. I wore a thin light gray colored base layer that shows wet spots really well. When I got back from my run, all the typical areas were wet (chest, arm pits) but there were plenty of areas that were dry. Best of all, it didn't overheat. Even the lightest goretex paclite shells have me gasping for air, claustrophobic hot under heavy aerobic use. Event kept my body temp in line. So does it pull sweat off and expunge it like a sprinkler? No, but it does keep the temps in line which is far more important to me.

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seattleleaf wrote a review of on September 4, 2009

5 5

I don't know if it's kosher to post a review for the 08/09 model in the 09/10 product description, but I have to put my recommendation out there for any fellow riders scoping this board. I don't think there's a significant difference this year over last anyway.

This board has literally changed my riding life. I used to just cruise and make wide sweeping turns and have tons of trouble keeping my speed in powder. After a few rides on the NS Titan I felt my skill level and my speed going up. I have no fear of just pointing this dagger down the hill and letting it be one with snow and gravity. The best comparison I can think of is the difference in going from a hardtail mountain bike to a 5 inch travel full suspension...it's just easier to go FAST!!! When it comes time to turn, the edges grab and board springs into the carve...it took me a full day to get used to this sensation. Riding powder is a dream and it's easy to keep your speed up and float. Powder turns require minimal effort, in fact it's easy to overdo it and take too much snow. USA made in Colorado with an unheard of 3 year warranty (used to be 5, but hey). Un-effing-believable stick. If you've read this far, I hope you'll give this sucker a ride. I don't work for NS, I just whole-heartedly believe in their product.

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seattleleaf wrote a review of on May 4, 2009

5 5

I have run and biked most of my adult life for fitness and some competition. I've always been willing to spend a bit more for performance and comfort. A year or so ago, I began buying smartwool socks and soon began replacing all of my synthetic garments with wool. Somewhere along the way I picked up an Icebreaker piece...and oh my holy Hell! I was instantly sold on the look, the build, the softness, the performance. Just everything about it said love. I haven't bought smartwool since. These socks are the most recent add in my IB quiver. I can't believe how great they feel. I wore them for a 50 mile cool and damp bike ride and stayed toasty without shoe covers. I just wore them in a 12K run and my dogs were begging for more at the finish line. The fit is great. Perfect for my cycling shoes and great for my running shoes as well. My toes don't feel crammed and the loft layer these seem to create breathes and retains warmth in an amazing way. Terrific, A+++ product.

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seattleleaf wrote a review of on April 14, 2009

5 5

These insoles have been miraculous for me. Last year, through training for a half marathon and upping my mileage for a full marathon, I developed severe Plantar Fasciitis in my left heal. I tried pretty much every color of Superfeet and several motion control shoes...all to no avail. Every time I would get it in control and then go for a run it would flair up and I could barely walk the next day. I took a couple months off and really missed running. I picked it back up in February and the faciitis returned quickly. I decided to try the SOLE footbeds out of frustration. I went in with low expectations, but man have I been shocked and awed. I won't say my plantar faciitis is completely gone, but running with these insoles has had a very therapeutic effect and I no longer wake up to my first step out of bed feeling like I stepped on a tent stake. Combined with a moderate motion control shoe, I've been gradually adding more miles each weak with no signs of the severe heal pain. I'm very pleased so far and am very excited to be able to enjoy running again.

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seattleleaf wrote a review of on March 5, 2009

5 5

No sure how the other reviewer was wearing these, but I find they stay up and in place perfectly. I believe they are intended to be worn under the elastic leg band of you cycling shorts. They may slip if worn with baggy shorts, but I never ride with them so I wouldn't know. Performance wise, I prefer these to any lycra or synthetic product I've owned. Wool is just terrific at regulating temperatures and in changing ride conditions (cold start to warm end) these wooly buggers fit the bill. If you have big sprinter legs, get the large. If you have lanky climbers legs, get the small or medium. There is only a 2 inch difference in length between the small (14.25") and large (16.25") but I believe there must be a difference in circumference as well. According to Ibex, these should fit mid calf to mid thigh...if you need more protection they make leg warmers. The price may seem steep, but I truly cherish my wool cycling garments, and these and the matching arm warmers are no exception.

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seattleleaf wrote a review of on March 5, 2009

5 5

If you need a set of arm warmers and are looking at these and reading this review just go ahead and select your size and order. I have used lycra and various other synthetics, including a Gore Windstopper arm warmer, but I have never been impressed. Either the garment was too airy and wind chilled, or too insulting and sweaty. So far these Ibex wool arm warmers have been warm and dry. They are great for changing conditions where the ride may start cool and blustery and end up warm and sunny. Plus these are made in the USA with sustainable practices...the thought of which makes my granola go down easier before I head out for a morning ride.

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seattleleaf wrote a review of on March 4, 2009

5 5

...wear sheep. These are pricey, absolutely, but so it a lot of other junk by big name manufacturers that don't deliver what the consumer pays for. Considering what you get for your hard earned cash, these are a much better investment than most 401K's these days. These fit superbly and are very soft. I have pretty picky skin (especially down there) and I can teste-fy that these absolutely do not itch. As others have mentioned, the comfort range is wide open from cold days on the lift to 12oz curls at the bar I never think about being warm or cold, dry or sweaty. I just can't say enough about Icebreaker garments. From base layers to outerwear, and from top to bottom I just can't get enough.

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