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Scott's Passions

Camping
Trail Running
Sport Climbing

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unrooted wrote a review of on July 18, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small

Bought these for my wife, who wears a size xs in the Yeti Caddoa Shorts, she ended up fitting a size small in these. She says the liners are still really tight, but hopefully they will stretch enough to be comfortable.

The quality is good, which it should be for the price, my wife says they are comfortable and they don't look overly baggy or tight on her.

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unrooted wrote a review of on June 9, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this when it first came out in 2012, since then the geometry of the newer 29er All Mountain Bikes has become much better. The Tallboy LT Carbon still has a really steep-XC-ish headtube and seattube, the chainstays are much longer than most other All Mountain 29ers out now.

I wish I would have waited a year, I've recently test ridden the Yeti SB95C and The Specialized Enduro 29 Carbon, both bikes feel much more agile, especially on switch backs. I could never get behind my size Medium Tallboy LT Carbon to manual through bumps, and I definately can't get the bike into the air very easily, especially compared to the Specialized Enduro. I think it has a lot to do with the steeper headtube and shorter chainstays on that bike.

The Santa Cruz Tallboy LT needs some major improvements if they want to compete with the other All Mountain 29ers that have come out in the last year.

The only place the Tallboy LT shines is on really long rides, but I have to put in more air than necessary to keep the back end from bobbing constantly, even with the trail mode switched on.

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unrooted wrote a review of on January 28, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The only thing better right now, for me, would be a hitch mount rack that doesn't require taking the front wheel off, but to "cheaply" convert my current cartop rack this is the best thing going, not terribly expensive considering it comes with the lock. I just ordered a second one.

This one is a lot easier to use than the typical fork ups where you have to hold the bike just right while putting the thru axle on, with this you already have the axle in place and just set the vice/clamp.

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unrooted wrote a review of on June 19, 2012

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Initially I really liked this harness, mostly due to it's bomber construction, but after a few months of use and very little wear I replaced it. The harness was very uncomfortable for me, I wear a size 33 pant and have relatively big thighs but the leg loops were still too big and allowed part of my body to get squished.

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unrooted wrote a review of on March 11, 2012

4 5

I was happy to find a trail runner that came in a 48 (I wear a 13 or 14 depending on the brand/shoe) these fit really well for me. The sole is not as stiff as other trail runners, and not barefoot soft, so if you need a stiff shoe look at some of the others (I think the Epic has a stiffer plate despite having the same outsole).

Pros: Very airy (great summer shoe)
Fit Narrower feet
Good looking (IMO)
Good trail running traction

Cons: Not stiff enough to hike long distance with a heavy pack
Lots of mesh lets water or dust inside easily

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unrooted wrote a review of on March 2, 2012

1 5

I love the shape of the old and new hotwires, too bad the new ones are made with a softer aluminum. I climbed regularly with the original hotwires for five years after replacing them with the new ones which are now half as worn in one year. My rope gets black much faster than ever before . Now I'm looking for wire gate DMM's, they have a much better reputation for not compromising on quality.

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unrooted wrote an answer about on April 4, 2011

The lid does not come apart, and it easily traps funk inside the lid (which is much larger than necessary), especially if your aren't SUPER DILIGENT about cleaning, like on a climbing trip???

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unrooted wrote a review of on April 4, 2011

1 5

I was excited to buy this because I need a mug that won't spill in my backpack on my way to school, by bike, in the mornings. The mug worked as intended, didn't spill (most of the time). The big problem is the design of the lid, it has hidden little pockets where liquids can get into and since I have to put 1/2&1/2 in my coffee (jacked up stomach can't handle acid of plain coffee) the liquid gets into those pockets and FUNKY stuff grows in it. I rinsed the lid and mug after I used it every time but no matter what that nasty stuff would grow a layer of disgusting inside. The worst part is it's really hidden so you can't tell until all of a sudden a CHUNK of it comes out, fortunately it came out when I rinsed it, not when I was drinking, but it's really gross. I showed my wife and she started dry heaving.

What worked best in the past was a mug from Starbucks with a flip lock lid, they still sell them but the lids are much less durable than they used to be and the mugs hold barely any liquid.

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unrooted wrote an answer about on December 20, 2010

I think that the Approach Jacket would match what you are looking for, it has a fleecy backing to the material and the pocket section is basically the entire front section of the coat, which is hard to describe, but adds another, thin, layer of fleecy type material to the front side, but if you open the pockets it allows the jacket to breath. I have an older version of this jacket and I've beaten it up from climbing for the past 5 years, so I bought this as an around town jacket, that I will likely wear while climbing. The one thing I really liked about the older model was the cuff didn't have a tightening system, where as this one has a velcro cuff, which in my experience wears out and begins to come undone, but it is cheap and looks good enough to wear with business casual clothing.

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