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Aaron Bytendorp

Salt Lake City, UT

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Aaron Bytendorp's Passions

  • Skiing,
  • Biking,
  • Hiking & Camping.
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Aaron Bytendorpwrote a review of on April 3, 2020

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

I picked these up a few weeks ago in anticipation of the riding season and so far i'm pretty impressed! The KISS Air2 is breathable, and supportive without being too thick.

The material gives a good amount of compression so be aware of that when deciding on size. I went with an XL but XXL might have worked as well. I have yet to use them on a blistering hot summer day, but so far on the trainer and on rides I have found them to be plenty breathable. My only gripe is that the bib straps tend to bunch and twist easily, but they stay in place once you get a tight jersey on over the top.

Plan on sizing up a full size possibly two for Castelli as with most Italian brands.

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Aaron Bytendorpwrote a review of on April 3, 2020

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: 46.5

First off, let me just say these shoes are amazing. Starting from the top, the knit upper combined with double boa closure gives you a fit that is more comfortable and secure than anything else I have tried. The two-boa dials make it easy to adjust the fit on the fly if you have a pain point.

The shoe can be tricky to get into at first. This is because it has a pad to help your heel stay put. That pad does an amazing job, while that knit upper surrounds your foot and keeps it from moving while giving you nice ventilation.

The sole is super lightweight carbon which still gives you plenty of stiffness for excellent power transfer.

I normally size up a full size from my street shoes (size 11.5) for my cycling shoes, but on these I went with a 46.5 and they are perfect. In general I would say come down a half size from your normal cycling shoe size. Width-wise, these are a just hair above average width, but not quite as wide as say a shimano shoe.

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Aaron Bytendorpwrote a review of on April 2, 2020

5 5

Fit: True to size

So far I haven't tested the helmet's protection (Knock on wood.) I can however say the Century mips is extremely comfortable, looks great and is loaded with awesome features.

The Turnfit system allows you to dial in the fit all the way around your head with the twist of a dial, this means Lazer helmets can fit a wider variety of head shapes.

The Century Mips also has some excellent features a flipable plate that changes from vents to aero with the twist of a magnetic cap. Don't worry either, the magnets are solid after several weeks of riding there is no movement or rattle in the plate at all.

As the icing on the cake, it has an integrated LED built right into the back of the helmet. While it isn't the brightest light, it is so well integrated I don't ever notice it until I need it.

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Aaron Bytendorpwrote a review of on March 9, 2020

4 5

Long have the clipless boys waited to bring some color to their rides. Issi finally gives you that option, if you aren't all about that flat pedal life. These aren't all about looks though. They get you solid performance, and offer different spindle lengths for a wider more stable riding stance. The only thing that holds me back from 5 stars is they are a little heavier than other similar options

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Aaron Bytendorpwrote a review of on February 18, 2020

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been using my Hero 4 Session for several years without ever trying another GoPro. I had come to think that GoPros were inherently difficult to use, confusing, and not something i needed in my photography setup. That all changed when I got to try the HERO8. The touch screen is simple to navigate and the interface is cleverly designed. Once you get an understanding of the settings, anyone can get the camera to do what they want it to. The stability is insanely good compared to my older one and the clarity is pretty wild as well. If you want to record you your time outside this is the camera for you.

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Aaron Bytendorpwrote a review of on February 18, 2020

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Let's start with the good. This pack is a good size, plenty of room for extra layers, skins, snacks, helmet, and even camera gear. For shorter tours and less gear it could be a bit too big. The helmet carry works great and stays out of the way when not in use.

My favorite feature is the rear entry zipper which gives you quick access to anything in your pack even if it is buried in the bottom. This is huge for photographers like me. I can keep my smaller camera bag, lenses and accessories safely buried in the bottom of the bag, then when it's time to for a photo. I can open up the whole back and quickly pull out what I need without emptying your pack.

The only complaints i have on this pack are the lack of pockets and the buckles they use on the waist belt. I would love to have a few pockets on the waist band so i can stash things I need quick access to such as lens caps, snacks, etc... I really love the buckles they used with the major exception being the waist belt. I found it near impossible to buckle them with gloves or mittens on. With a beacon in the pocket of my bibs on my chest it makes my jacket stick out just far enough to make it hard to see my buckles when i look down, and the unique buckle was pretty difficult to operate by touch alone, even more so when you have gloves on. This may be a niche concern for just my set up, but still, it bugged.

Overall I really liked the pack, despite the small annoyances, I would highly recommend it if you're looking for a larger pack.

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Aaron Bytendorpwrote a review of on December 27, 2019

4 5

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

If you're looking for bang for your buck you've come to the right place. The Kickr core gets you most of the functionality that it's big brother is known for in a cheaper and smaller package.

There are a few differences to note between the kickr core and the Kickr. First, The core will be a bit louder and the flywheel will be smaller, that means your road feel won't be quite as realistic. In general the Core will be a little smaller and more compact, but with that you trade off a little stability.

All in all, it gets the job done but lacks a few of the features that make the Kickr so popular.

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Aaron Bytendorpwrote a review of on December 27, 2019

5 5

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

Coming from someone who is relatively new to the indoor trainer game I initially thought the Climb was a total gimmick. After using it I have to say, it's pretty cool.

Combined with a kickr and Zwift the Climb really takes your ride to another level (pun intended.) It goes a long way towards making your training ride feel natural.

Do you need it? Probably not, but would you like it and enjoy it if you had it? Definitely.

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Aaron Bytendorpwrote a review of on December 27, 2019

5 5

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

Coming from a cheap wheel on trainer, I have to say I didn't know what I was missing. My first impression was that I was blown away by how quiet it was even when I was using a quieter trainer tire.

In addition to that the ride feel is amazing, it really feels like you are on a bike not a trainer. Wahoo makes things easy by including an 11 speed cassette for you. Just pull off your wheel put your bike on and start training!

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Aaron Bytendorpwrote a review of on October 16, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I normally hate knee pads, but a few recent crashes have made me change my stance. I have tried several pads but I have struggled to find some I like enough to bring along with me on a ride. These are super easy to take on and off, but they are so comfy, I don't think i would ever want to take them off once they are on. The zipper is covered so it doesn't rub at all.

As someone with big legs, I struggle to get knee pads to stay put. These stay right where you want them. It might be important to note that when putting them on, it is easier to put them on over your calves first, zip them up, then slide them into position.

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Aaron Bytendorpwrote a review of on October 16, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Looking to match your grips, but don't want to give up a great feel on one of the main points of contact with your bike. These are the way to go. Super grippy with just the right amount of squish. Update your rides look and feel with these and you won't be mad you did.

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Aaron Bytendorpwrote a review of on October 7, 2019

5 5

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

I used the NRS ninja on a couple late summer snake river laps. I was super impressed by the comfort and had no complaints leaving it on all day. It provided a lot of flotation without being bulky.

I would highly recommend this to anyone who spends a lot of time in white water.

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Aaron Bytendorpwrote a review of on October 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm a mountain biker, right? After riding the Cervelo R3 I don't know what to believe anymore.

This bike it light enough to feel great climbing a canyon and has a smooth ride that feels comfortable going down a canyon at high speed. The di2 shifting can't be beat. I found myself looking down to make sure it had actually shifted because it was so smooth. This bike was really fast. If you decide you want to slow down for some reason, the disk brakes give a lot of confidence to those of us who are usually more knobby tire inclined.

This bike has skinny tires, no suspension to be seen, and no dropper post. But riding it was really fun? What is happening? Who am I? I'm definitely a mountain biker... Unless?



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Aaron Bytendorpwrote a review of on October 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I recently got my first bike with suspension that offers high and low speed compression and rebound adjustments and I was overwhelmed with all the settings and changes I could make.

Enter ShockWiz.

This little thing helped me to make sense of all of those adjustments and get my suspension running great. It allows you to pick the type suspension you want for your riding whether that be Efficient (pedaling), Balanced, Playful or Aggressive. Then it offers tips on how much pressure to run and what to do to dial it in.

In my opinion this was a must have for getting the most out of my Factory 36 with grip 2 early on. I would highly recommend getting one to help you understand your suspension and what changes should be made.

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Aaron Bytendorpwrote a review of on September 26, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6'
Weight: 210 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

These shorts are great for people who don't want to be in a full lycra kit, but also don't want to feel like you're swimming in your shorts. With the tighter fit, and casual pocket styling these are great for grabbing post ride dinner or drinks.

The material is on the lighter side, it's breathable, but feels like would hold up against snags and crashes better than a lycra kit. These have plenty of stretch allowing you freedom to pedal and move around on your bike while moving up or down a trail.

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Aaron Bytendorpwrote a review of on September 26, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6'
Weight: 210 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

The first thing I noticed about these shorts was the light and stretchy material. It is amazingly light and breathable and the 4-way stretch makes them super comfortable. They almost feel like a boardshort with the material and the stretchy fly cover.

The integrated phone pouch keeps your phone in place through out your whole ride.

FYI the size chart was wrong on the latest version. A 34 waist was actually a large not a medium. I normally wear a 34 and the large was perfect. Pair these with your favorite liner and you're in a great place.

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Aaron Bytendorpwrote a review of on September 26, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been running the Bryton Rider 450 for most the summer, and i'm pretty impressed. Before picking this up I always used a Suunto 9 Baro watch to track my rides. I've found the 450's GPS and Altitude to be equally as accurate as the Suunto despite being almost 1/4 the price and lacking barometric data.

It easily links to Strava so I can effortlessly share my rides. It will let you know if you start moving and forget to start your ride, and will even display your texts and call notifications on screen so you can stay connected. The ride display layout could use some work, but at this price I have no complaints.

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