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.
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?
I've had mine soaked a number of times and though they don't dry especially fast, they do stay comfortable. Don't buy them with water use as your primary goal, but don't shy away from the water if you do get them.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SOLE recommends molding them for what they describe as a custom fit. I tried them initially without molding them and they felt fine. After molding though, I did notice a difference, especially through the arch. Just a more "neutral" foot feel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
...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.
I really need a bonus sixth star for this top...and any other Icebreaker piece of art for that matter. Seriously, Smartwool can bite it. Icebreaker designs and produces garments at a higher level than any other specialty wool manufacturer. Care is super easy, and durability is amazing. Base layer or no, this top is cozy and wears great. It's nice enough for the office and technical enough for extreme conditions under a shell. All I can say is they must harvest their wool from a smarter, softer, more durable sheep than anyone else.
I only have a few days on this board, but I can honestly say it has made me a better rider. I would liken stepping up to this board to riding a full suspension mountain bike after years of being on a hardtail. It just makes going fast and technical easier. I used to pick my lines with care, now I just point down hill and charge. Carving is effortless. I tried to explain it to a buddy who looked at me like I was on crack, but there is a point in each turn where the board wants to pop you back to the other edge. At first I fought it and spent my first morning making sloppy, sketchy turns. By the afternoon I was working with the board and carving like I never knew I could. Riding powder is pretty sweet...just take a bit of weight off your downhill foot and the board smokes. I found my old board to be sloppy and slow in the powder, and at first I over-rode the Titan, digging into my powder turns and losing momentum. By the end of the day I just unweighted the front and leaned a little and the magic stick did the rest. If I could give this board 6 or 7 stars, I would. It's changed my whole perspective on snowboarding.
I love Smartwool. My sock drawer is full, and I have several tops made from them as well. These dress socks perform every bit as well as their running, hiking, and snowboarding socks. If you have a white-collar job to pay for your down and dirty pursuits, I definitely recommend Smartwool's dress sock line. They keep the hogs cool and dry. Don't tell Mom, but you can actually wear them two days in a row without turning off the ladies with your funky blue cheese.
I have to admit, I have lift performance anxiety. I can ride nearly anything on the mountain, but sometimes exiting the lift takes me back to my edge-catching newbie days. The anxiety has always come from a fear of my foot slipping off, causing me to tense up and indefinitely crash. Since I installed these babies? No crashes. I can put my foot down, and it stays nearly as steadily as if I were strapped in. I can coast and steer with an ease I've never known. The confidence boost puts these in the "best bang for the buck" purchase category for me. Oh...and they look good!
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