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Aaron Crabb

Aaron Crabb

CO Frontrange, Arkansas, what little there is in Kansas City area

Aaron Crabb's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Running
Climbing

Aaron Crabb

Aaron Crabbwrote a review of on June 21, 2017

4 5

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

I wound up with both the 28mm and the 23mm versions of this (I think the 25 wasn't available when I was ordering).
The 28 setup tubeless on a modern rim very well. The 23 I have a tube in for now, but I had no fitting problems or any such jazz.
These are clearly super nice tires from just a stroll around the block.

But what I wanna talk about is the size of these tyres. These things are rather huge. The 28 barely fits in my frame and measures 31mm on my calipers. Literally, its the same size as some Mavic 30's that I have mounted on slightly narrower rims. How does the 23 look? Well...I kid you not, it measures closer to 25mm. Compared to the old faithful Conti GP4000s 25, the ProOne 23 is slightly less voluminous but still sits just as wide.

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Aaron Crabbwrote a review of on June 17, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got these in 29er primarily for the rear tire of my hooligan hardtail (Niner ROS). I've now added it to my front as well. The setup is easier than straight tubeless just because the inner chamber almost eliminates bead seating issues but is still time consuming and a bit finicky (wide rims are required).
That said, mine's inner chamber seem to leak intermittently (perhaps the fancy two-way valve is to blame?). Also, the valve can get stuck in the 'closed' inner chamber position or clog with sealant. Both can be real problems on the trail.
If the main purpose of these is to protect the rim and allow low tire pressure - total win.

I recommend these for aggressive trail and park riding but not for long excursions where they aren't worth the extra weight and complexity.

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Aaron Crabbwrote a review of on January 25, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

These lenses are marked as "+" which means the lens is thicker and the attachment points are burlier. POC did a revision of most (all?) of their goggles for the 2016/17 year model. 2016/17 goggles are of the + revision and should be marked as such. Older goggles WILL NOT work with these + lenses.

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Aaron Crabbwrote a review of on June 30, 2013

5 5

If you are looking to maximize versatility, then look into these. However, the super-thin lobster cover doesn't do much more than block wind (which it does very well) and doesn't add any insulation.
But having the versatility of being able to get all your finders back when you come around to the warm side of the mountain is great :-)

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Aaron Crabbwrote a review of on June 30, 2013

5 5

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

These are the super-lobster. They are insanely worm for how low-bulk they are.
I picked them up from a store in CA thinking they were fall gloves just because they didn't look that burly. I was mistaken and have since used them in the coldest rider i've ever done (to be fair that was only ~28F with little wind).

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Aaron Crabbwrote a review of on June 30, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My first snow shoes, and I still have them after ... how many years has it been.... four years? Anyway, I haven't had any reason or desire to replace them, so they must be pretty solid. Also these poles are still in circulation and are my go-to pole for most situations. Its a pretty good entry-level deal.

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Aaron Crabbwrote a review of on June 30, 2013

4 5

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

I got a chance to test one outside of a retail setting..... that means I bashed the closed/locked gate on a rock and otherwise jostled it around.
Pretty solid locking mech it seems...and definitely easier and faster than a screwgate.
As far as gimmicks go, this one's alright! :-)

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Aaron Crabbwrote a review of on June 30, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

At first I found these biners a pain to use and awkward. However time I have gotten more used to them.
I still don't really like them, and I only use them in casual, single-pitch climbs where speed and efficiency of unclipping belay biners isn't crucial.
For me, I'd rather have a pear-shaped biner.

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Aaron Crabbwrote a review of on June 30, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Super simple, minimalist design and works great. Its very rigid when getting 'creative' with its use. The latex/rubbery dipped grip is quite comfortable. That's actually really its main selling point - The handle ergonomics and the price.

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Aaron Crabbwrote a review of on June 26, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After a half marathon on pavement, multiple trail runs in everything from wet and muddy to dry as a bone, the verdict is in for us. These shoes are AWESOME! They are great for being around town but are also true to their clam at being fairly waterproof. The previous shoes my girlfriend had used to rub and give her hotspots if we were running in the rain or mud but the Merrell's haven't done that. The lining works great with or without socks and the Vibram sole really does prevent bruising.

The only "improvement" would be a little more durability in the seam between the rubber toe and the actual shoe. It's not bad, but after a few stubbed toes in rocky terrain, we noticed that it's starting to come apart on the right foot.

We've had these shoes about a year and they are fantastic all around.

Despite the lining, they do start to smell pretty terrible after a few good runs but they are easy to wash and dry fast.

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Aaron Crabbposted an image about on June 26, 2013

Merrell Pace Glove Shoes

This is a pic of my girlfriend's running shoes. She has put them through several races and wears them basically anytime she works out. She's a trail runner, Cross-Fit'ter and just did her first half marathon. Overall, the shoes have really held up. You can see in this photo that the tread still looks good after a year of consistent usage.

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Aaron Crabbwrote a review of on June 26, 2013

4 5

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

I just got these installed...they are only the second cross tubulars I've owned.
They seem to corner well and all that.

What I really have to say is that the latex inner tube mentioned in the post...It definitely loses air! Brand new, it leaks as bad as road tubulars that I've put literally a thousand miles on.

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Aaron Crabbwrote a review of on June 26, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

When these are setup so that just the center chevron shaped tread is in contact with the ground this thing rocks pretty hard. I was quite impressed how well it handled. It felt like a slick (smooth and fast) in dirt until I turned or found a patch of grass....then it suddenly bit down like a knobby.
My only complaint is on the pavement it let me down a little.
Haven't put enough miles on them to speak to their durability, but I haven't torn any of the little bits of rubber off yet.

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