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Amanda Batty

Amanda Batty

Salt Lake City, UT

Amanda Batty's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Skiing

Amanda Batty's Bio

Bike racer, writer, adventurer, klutz -- I play hard and hang tough, and the gear I love needs to be able to stand up to abuse.

Amanda Batty

Amanda Battywrote a review of on August 31, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: L & M

If you're looking for some AC in an everyday shirt, the Muscle top might be just the ticket for you: deep arm holes leave so much room for activities and the softness of the shirt makes it a wardrobe staple for hot summer months (as in, I'm-never-taking-this-off kind of staple). I found the size L to run a bit large on me, but loved it in the Medium. It's tagless, a bit longer and more of a fresh cream color than a true white, it looks good with everything from short shorts, yoga pants and even no pants. Muscle tanks FTW!

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Amanda Battywrote a review of on August 31, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I moved to the Orcas from a traditional corded headphone and OH MY GOSH, freedom feels sooooo nice! It's been really awesome to not be tangled in a cord at the gym or have to worry about laying on my phone because I have to keep it close: most workouts, I'll set it next to my towel and water bottle in a certain area and am able to move about without interference, cutting out or issues with sightlines.

Whether you're a soaked-to-the-skin cardio kid or a jungle-dwelling crossfitter, these buds can handle a surprising array of crazy conditions. Rain, humidity, heat and freezing temps, I'm absolutely loving how tough they are; I even tested them in a sauna last week (despite the obvious warranty issue this may cause) and they performed like Motley Crue in 1986: rocking forever without a glitch. The headphones come with three different bud sizes for varying ear depths and size, as well as two sets of bracketed retention skeletons shaped like the shell of an ear to keep the headphones in during heavy activity... And stay in they do. I've lifted in these, sprinted hills, mountain biked with one bud in, jumped rope, played handstand with my nephews and still have yet to get them to come out.

The only problem? A little discomfort from the size of the retention earpieces. I wish they were a little softer, but as that might compromise the pieces staying in the ear, it's a tradeoff I'm mostly okay with. One other note I would make is that the bluetooth HATES dense muscular/skeletal interference; with the phone/music player in my back pocket, I can't lean forward to tie my shoes without a bit of gap in the music. However, it's fairly consistent for most Bluetooth devices and upon straightening up, the music plays fine.

The battery seems to last a lot longer than the estimate, but I am pretty vigilant about wiping them down and plugging them in after a workout. Overall, the Orcas are a very kickass headphone that I don't think I'll go without ever again.

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Amanda Battywrote a review of on August 26, 2015

One Of The Industry's Mainstays...
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If there was ever a wheel that could be named The Most Indispensible Wheel Ever Made, it would be this one. This wheel comes stock on many builds from nearly every company for a few reasons: it's a solid wheelset that can take more hits than reasonable -- I've run a few sets into the ground and they'll still continue to roll, despite abuse that would crush another similarly-priced wheelsets. Secondly, these wheels are fairly stiff, low maintenance and easily managed when parts break or go missing. As one of the most common wheelsets on the market, any shop should have spokes, spoke nipples, etc. The third and most outstanding part? TUBELESS. Need I say more?

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Amanda Battywrote a review of on August 26, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For any Stan's wheel that's running SRAM, you'll need this sweet little ditty installed on the hub for compatibility. The best part? It's machined well enough to withstand a nuclear blast (I think -- haven't had a chance to try that test yet) and runs smoothly and silently, which is the hallmark of the best parts.

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Amanda Battywrote a review of on August 25, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I wish there were better words than 'perfect', 'wonderful', 'glorious', 'fabulous', 'incredible' or 'amazing' that I could use to describe these shorts, because there simply are no words that do them justice.

I've been riding bikes for almost 10 years now and the entire time, I've struggled to find shorts that fit my size six torso while not strangling my size ten/twelve butt and thighs -- a tiny girl I am not. I have been sent shorts from many different companies to test and review and praise, but all of them have fallen short (har har) at one point or another. The ones that I loved the color of turned out to be too tight in the thighs with a gaping waist. The quick-drying ones with perfect venting were short enough that I was shy about riding in them, and the longer shorts that covered my pads were HUGE and heavy... Needless to say, there have been countless shorts that solved few of the bike attire problems that women face.

The TLD Skyline shorts solves them all. Yes, you read that correctly: EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. Great color? Check. Fly functionality? Check. Venting? Check. Pockets? Check, check and triple check. Length? Perfect for pedaling AND riding the lifts with pads on... So. Another check.

The closure at the waist is a double snap and velcro closure (no zippers that break!) with a rear pocket on the waist that's taped and sealed, large enough for a small wallet or phone (the iPhone 5s fits perfectly while the 6 is a tight fit without a case). There's another zip pocket on the left thigh just below the hip that's also taped and sealed, and the third pocket is on the right thigh, just above the knee. OH, POCKETS! How do I love thee?! My biggest beef with women's gear it's that it's usually shockingly high-priced and low-tech, but these shorts? Oh no, my demanding lady friends... THESE are not. These are the answer to my storage questions, my quick-dry demands, my aesthetic needs and, most of all, the fit.

I bought mine quite a bit larger than I probably should have, but I like them a bit baggier; I'm 5'8" and 160 (size six torso and size 10 thighs) and probably should wear a large, but the XL is a bit looser and baggier on me. These fit my thighs well but don't really seem to gape at all; at points during my weekend of pedaling and lift-accessed DH, I forgot I'm supposed to worry about my shorts. ;) So... The perfect shorts.

Get these. I promise you won't regret it!

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Amanda Battywrote a review of on August 21, 2015

4 5

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

These knee pads are some of the best all-mountain knee pads I've worn yet, but... There are a few issues I had.

First, the knee pad top opening is true to size. When testing these, however, the knee sleeve down once the pads heat up at all and can be a bit aggravating. Secondly, the lower opening (around the shin) doesn't seem as though it wS made for muscular calves (or those calves that bike people have) and was pretty constructing and uncomfortable, even when just trying them on.

The protective part itself, however, is amazing. It caves when you press on it, but when hit (or impacted by the ground, I imagine), it stayed solid and unforgiving. They're also really flexible when putting them on and taking them off and bonus! They look great. They're not a weird two-tone like some of the other sleeve-based pads out there and look awesome in photos. All in all, not a bad pad, but definitely not built for someone with overly muscular calves or who runs a little hot.

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Amanda Battywrote a review of on July 28, 2015

Cherry On Top
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When you're going for a primo build, nothing says 'obsessively passionate' quite like custom decals. Whether you're Richie Rude and the Yeti team or just a bike nerd with impeccable taste, changing up the decals can make or break a bike's overall aesthetic.

For me, I chose to go with a subdued, blacked out look on my 36 to let the wheels and frame speak for themselves, and the FOX Racing Shox Heritage Fork and Shock Decal kit was the perfect selection. The decals are super easy to install (I put mine on at a truck stop in Bend, OR) and extremely high, factory quality. The decals have held up to thousands of miles of road travel and different humidity levels, salt, sand, dirt and even frames rubbing during transport... And they still look fresh as all get out.

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Amanda Battywrote a review of on July 28, 2015

Your Brain Will Thank You.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There are a lot of helmets out there, and there are a lot of companies who claim that their helmet is the newest, bestest, baddest brain bucket, but who have a questionable history and can't quite explain why you should buy their helmet.

The D3 isn't one of those. The TLD D3 is trusted by the world's fastest racers for one reason: in that moment when your face is accelerating at an alarming rate towards an inevitable dirt rendezvous, the last thing you want to be questioning is whether or not your helmet is up to the impact. With a history based in the moto industry and quality bred through experience, TLD's D3 padding and construction goes above and beyond most helmets available on the market and has long been the standard to beat for one reason: your brain. While a lot of reviews might focus on the lightness as a benefit of carbon, I'm going to point out the impact absorption part; the most important feature of any helmet is force dispersion, and carbon dampens and absorbs extremely well. So well, in fact, that some studies have shown brain damage to be reduced by nearly half in comparisons to plastic or composite helmets. 50% reduction in force is pretty damn important when you're talking about delicate brain tissue, especially when you take into consideration all of the force an impact can exert on the brain.

I've happily used the D3 for four years and despite some massive hits that should have left me a vegetable, I'm still here, kicking and (semi) sane. Ultimately, that's what a helmet is supposed to do -- mitigate the bad decisions that may cost us the ultimate price. The D3 also has EMS-specific removable pads in the case that everything goes wrong and you need to be cared for by emergency personnel -- the padding is removable by two small tabs which make removing the helmet easy in an emergency without compromising the spinal cord or other injuries. That's how much TLD thought this helmet through. And sure, we could talk about breathability or lightness or cost or any number of other semantic details, but when it comes to your life, does any of that really matter if your brain no longer works?

The D3 isn't just for the world's fastest racers -- it's for those who take risks and want to live to ride another day.

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Amanda Battywrote a review of on July 28, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Ahhhh, the Minion. The tire that changed (and continues to change) the game; one of the most widely-run tires by pros, amateurs and anyone in the know who understands the value of good rubber.

A lot of people question the Minion. At one time, so have I, constantly worrying about grip and cost and wondering if there isn't something better out there... But I'll tell you this: there isn't. I've tried other tires. I spread my wings and tried to fly, but the Minion DHF is simply the only tires that works the way I need it to: tough, fast-rolling, puncture-resistant with excellent cornering in every condition possible. From the kitty litter 'dirt' of Mammoth, CA to the sloppy, rooty mess in Beech Mtn, NC, this tire can handle it all with heroic aplomb. Loose gravel on hard pack? Yep. It does that. Variable sandy conditions with eucalyptus leaves and hidden roots? Yeah, that, too. Part of the power of the Minion DHF are the channeled knobs on the side that hold grip when they probably shouldn't, the forward-ramped center studs that incorporate long-wear with speed and the incredibly durable EXO sidewall that guards against sharp rocks, thorny bushes and even broken glass (yep, really!).

If you're looking for a lighterweight trail tire with the same aggressive handling as the Maxxis DHF wire bead DH tire, look no further than this beautiful, foldable trail tire -- consider it an investment in your collarbones and elbows.

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Amanda Battywrote a review of on July 28, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: 9 & 11

I have these shorts... In six colors (not counting the double quantities I own). It's fairly obvious that I love these shorts, but the reasons for my enduring passion are not. First of all, these shorts are lightweight and PERFECT for summer (or fall, or spring, or vacation, or with tights); the length is flattering, the pockets are intuitively placed and the quality is brilliant -- I've had two pair of the Forchickie short for almost 10 years, and I'm STILL able to wear them to the office. They hold up extremely well to the abuse that comes from someone who will hike/bike/continuously wear a short for consecutive days (hashtag this is why we can't have nice things) and are the only shorts on planet earth that seem to shed dirt and grime with a single wash. They don't fade, stretch out, wear out, snag, or feel awkward. They are, however, an excellent short for both the dressy brunch, a casual BBQ or a five-day hike. Fast drying, comfortable, flattering... I could go on. But I won't. Just buy these -- your butt will thank you.

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Amanda Battywrote a review of on July 28, 2015

Only The Best
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Chris King ISO XD Driveshell is just like everything else that Chris King makes: quality, high-wear and impeccably machined. Even just opening the plastic on this little baby proves to be exciting as the quality and care are evident from the get go. Easy to mount and simple to understand, the XD Driveshell is required to run any SRAM 1x cassette on a Chris King hub, but it's well worth the expense with a 5-year warranty.

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Amanda Battywrote a review of on July 27, 2015

Great Helmet
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The A1 is one of the industry-leading helmets for a reason: maximum venting, comfort, affordability and style, all with a pretty sweet selection of colors and sizing.

I would say that the single drawback to the helmet would be the sweat management -- I've never had a helmet drip sweat down my forehead and directly into my eyes/glasses area like the A1, but it's such a minor flaw that the awesomeness of the helmet is barely diminished. Removeable pads make it easy (really easy!) to keep clean, dial-adjustable sizing makes it a perfect fit for any head shape, and clean, open styling makes you look good, even if you have a weird face (like myself). Some helmets make me look and feel a little like Toadstool from Mario Brothers, but the A1 keeps it low profile. The front brim is a lifesaver on sun-facing rides, and the helmet is so comfortable that I rarely bother taking it off on hike-a-bike sections or between shuttle laps.

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Amanda Battywrote a review of on July 27, 2015

The Best of The Best
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Chris King makes the only headset I'll run on any bike I own. Why? Because they machine, polish and hand assemble everything in their Portland facility for quality, availability and product control. Everything they make, they guarantee and their raw materials are sourced from US mills to guarantee the best processes available.

Not only are they US made, but Chris King's InSet headsets are some of the smoothest, strongest headsets available. You won't hear them clicking, popping, stuttering or pulling after a few months, because Chris King headsets are designed to last for the lifetime of the bike... And longer. The InSet 2 was designed for low-stack quality in bikes with tapered pairings.

Do yourself a favor and make the investment in your bike that a Chris King headset is.

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Amanda Battywrote a review of on July 27, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

... And quality enough to give them away as Christmas gifts. Yes, really. Who doesn't need a new chain? Especially one that keeps a bike moving for so long? Regular maintenance is required, but if you're a clean-bike nut, this chain will last for a very long time.

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Amanda Battywrote a review of on July 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If the best bike parts are the parts you forget you have on the bike, this X1 crankset is one of the best components on the market. Superb pedaling efficiency, maximum quality, zero chain drop (in 6 months), and smoother than your mom's Cadillac. From rock slams to stupidly-planned jungle marches, the forgot-you-own-it phenom has simplified my life. I don't worry about breaking a crank arm, because I don't think about my cranks anymore. Endless worry has ended, and these cranks are the reason why.

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Amanda Battywrote a review of on July 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When you're punching through gears on a technical climb (or a hair-raising descent), the last thing you want is your shifter quitting halfway through, and the X1 Trigger shifter is damn good at the job. Whether you're thumbing through 3 gears or taking it nice and gently through each one, I have yet to jam this baby up or miss shift... And not for lack of trying.

Quality machining has created a shifter body and levers that all but ignore ground smashes, and proper timing has built a house that simply won't be compromised. Simply put? Buy this shifter. You'll be happy.

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Amanda Battywrote a review of on July 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Machined as a single piece and designed to withstand the brutal wear and tear of mountain conditions, this cassette is easily one of the best components on my trail bike. Easy to clean with a cassette brush and some gentle soap, it sheds mud like water on a duck, and has tolerated everything from arid desert dust to gloppy East Coast mud without ever skipping a beat (or a shift).

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Amanda Battywrote a review of on June 16, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Whether you're crushing the climbs, descending steep grades, racing your local crits or pushing your century time limits, the SES 4.5 is truly one of the only do-it-all wheels I've ever ridden.

Everyone knows that ENVE wheels are hand built in the US, but more importantly, they're tested, ridden and built in Utah. Why Utah? Well, in Utah, almost every ride is a test of multiple attributes and the right wheel will pass those road tests with flying colors. If it's rough pavement, howling winds, hair-raising descents or heart-pumping (and leg ruining) climbs, we have it all. Even better? The 4.5 is happily at home in every situation and, should you need it, they come with a 5-year warranty (just in case you push those abilities a little too far).

From the aerodynamics to the weight, stiffness and responsiveness, to the discerning rider (or racer), the ENVE 4.5 is the only all-around choice.

If you'd like to chat about these wheels, the specific terrain or conditions I've ridden in, or how to get free shipping, give me a call at 801-736-6396 ext 4768 or email me at abatty@backcountry.com and we'll get you taken care of!

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