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ALEX_Cwrote a review of on July 23, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 153 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Have used these for a few of months and like them quite a bit.
They really have a snug fit (like a glove is supposed to have!). Very good grip, breaths very well. On mine, no stitches have come apart or anything of the sort. These are on the lighter side though. Great for mild to hot weather. I bought some other pair (also by Fox) with some more protection (padding) and thicker, to use when hitting some gnarly stuff or riding during winter.

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ALEX_Cwrote a review of on July 23, 2019

4 5

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

If you are a rider that likes everything from XC to some decent-speed descents, for me this helmet may be the best choice in the market. This is of course not an XC-specific helmet (those are much lighter and have more ventilation), and it is not a downhill-specific helmet either (those have better crash ratings), but if you have to own one and only one helmet, I find this to be a terrific choice.
Did quite a fair bit of reading (reviews, descriptions, and such) when looking for an all-in-one helmet, and this came up first. The fit without the chin guard does not look as cool as a regular helmet that was designed not to have a chin guard (it looks a little large, as if you had a huge head); but for me protection comes first (likely all other "hybrid" helmets would have this somewhat odd look when worn without the guard).
Todd Frein, a gear advisor here at C.C. was quite helpful addressing my questions and helping me out with my order. Always a great experience shopping here at C.C!

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ALEX_Cwrote a review of on April 9, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I waited a few months to write this review, just to make sure I provide an accurate and fair review.
... It's been about 3 months already and I'm loving it!
It was easy to install (easy-to-read instructions) and looks great on my small SUV.
Folds very easily, despite having the lever close to the actual hitch. I haven't tried lowering the rack when there are two bikes on it (to open the trunk, for example). That is the only situation where I could imagine it being a little tricky to reach the lever (and this is only an assumption!).
Bikes are very secured and glued to the rack. Love the built-in locking mechanism for some extra safety when hitting a restaurant or leaving the car for a few minutes.
I was debating between the Thule rack (the similarly priced Thule version) and this one, but slightly better reviews exist for this Yakima. One of competitivecyclist.com's gearhead, Todd Frein, gave me very good first-hand information and advice regarding both racks and I pulled the trigger for the Yakima. I could not be happier with both the product and the assistance (and patience!) provided by my gearhead.
You won't be disappointed with this product.

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ALEX_Cwrote a question about on December 27, 2015

There are many Nikwax products and after reading contradicting reviews online, am not sure which one to get for my Marmot Cyclone Jacket (it's a 2-layer jacket). Could you tell me which Nikwax product should I get please?

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ALEX_Cwrote a review of on December 10, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 159 lbs
Size Purchased: 32x32

I've owned hiking pants from other brands (including some of the biggest brands out there) and these ones (actually, an older version of these same pants) are my all-time favorites for warm weather hiking.
They are comfortable, a tiny little stretchy allowing for freedom of movement, dry really fast.
They have been with me on virtually every single one of my warm weather hiking/trekking outings, as well as when traveling and they are perfect for backpacking trips (really light and packs small in your backpack). I put them through HEAVY use and even so they lasted seven years! I just purchased another pair few days ago, but this time on an outlet mall (sorry backcountry... they were on sale).
Overall, a great product.

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ALEX_Cwrote a review of on December 10, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 159 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I love this light jacket. I've used it mostly for my chilly early morning runs and does a great job by protecting me from wind and conserving heat in my torso. Does fine when it sprinkles outside and also takes on normal wind gusts... a bit more of rain or windy conditions though, and you will be needing something else!... which is fine, you should buy something else if you're looking for a waterproof and strong windbreaker jacket. This one serves its purpose perfectly.
After 2-3 years of use during winter morning runs, the Marmot logo is coming out though...

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ALEX_Cwrote a review of on December 10, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 159 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This shirt seems like a good product. If it had a better fit I would have given it more starts, but it runs a little baggy and I tend to like a bit more of a fitted cut.
I've only used it for casual wear (since I prefer other to wear other gear when I hit the trails or do stuff), but given the flexibility of the material and how quickly it can dry, I can imagine people wearing it when bouldering on when hitting the trails to look fancy.
Good product, just not the right fit/cut for my taste.

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ALEX_Cwrote a review of on December 10, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 159 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

From all the gear I've even owned, this one is one of my very favorites of all time.
Very light, packages very small in your pack, comfy with a nice soft feeling, shapes very well and looks great.
Great first layer when in cold temps, great alone in mid-temps. Keeps you cool on moderate to only slightly hot temps, and somehow warm on moderate to slightly cold temps. Some people say they use it as a summer layer but for me would be too warm for that (although I guess it all depends where you spend your summer).
Like other reviewer mentions, it will pull if you catch it on something.
Bought one in 2012 and minutes ago just realized they still have my size. Bought another one immediately!
Overall, a GREAT product.

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ALEX_Cwrote a review of on October 25, 2009

4 5

Pretty good shoes. Although these are not trail running shoes, they do the job fairly well, even on 10+ mile runs.
Pretty stable, protective, good ankle support.
At first I thought they wouldn’t be very breathable, but they exceeded my expectations in that respect.
The only thing that kinda surprised/dissapointed me, is that a small piece of the sole (front of the shoe) sort of unglued from the shoe… like before 10 times of wearing them!
Overall, pretty good shoes.

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ALEX_Cwrote a review of on November 12, 2007

5 5

Ok, the Geosphere Jacket is one of the best gears I have bought so far. Pretty light, protects from wind fairly well and when it rains, you would have to be exposed to if for quite a while before you start feeling some of the water inside. If you are wearing layers, then it’s not a problem, the few drops would stay there. In other words, I would say it’s a very good windproof jacket, but not a hardcore waterproof jacket; it protects fairly well from rain.

When hiking (or doing some physical activity), the jacket tends to warm you up fairly well, even to the point of making you sweat in moderate to warmer temperatures. By some, this could be taken as a “pro”, and by others as a “con”. I have been at around 40 – 50 ºF wearing nothing but a t-shirt and this light jacket… pretty comfortable! In warm weather, some might not like their windproof jacket to make them sweat when hiking.

It’s a very good item, depending on what use you will give to this jacket. I think it’s pretty versatile; you can use it in different weather conditions (for my taste, maybe not for exercising in warm weather), light, and good looking. Personally, I love it.

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