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Ben Cook

Ben Cookwrote a review of on October 30, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am using this primarily as a cadence sensor on my indoor training setup. I have run on ANT+ and BLE and both work perfectly. I have used it with the Wahoo app, Kinetic App, and Zwift and all worked great. It replaced my old speed and cadence sensor that gave me a bit of trouble after 4 years of service. I chose this as I was very pleased with my Wahoo Tickr heart rate monitor. So far so good.

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Ben Cook

Ben Cookwrote a review of on October 30, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love Zwift. I have been at it just over a month and I am loving it. It is a great way to get in the trainer hours and yet pass the time. Give a gift card to someone that you know that is training indoors. If they are already on Zwift they will be very grateful. If they are not then they will enjoy giving it a try.

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Ben Cookwrote a review of on October 30, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I really think these are a great value in gloves. The are comfortable. They do run tight. I like the gloves tighter so I my typical size was perfect. The only thing I miss is the pull tabs that some gloves have for easy removal without turning the gloves inside out. This is why they went to 4 stars from 5. I t isn't that big of a deal to turn then right side out every time I remove them but I would rather not.

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Ben Cookwrote a review of on October 30, 2018

5 5

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

This is such a functional bag. It is perfect for what it is designed for. Its simplicity is its greatest strength. Having a mat to stand on while you put on and take off your waders is really handy. Being able to scoop up all your wet and potentially muddy stuff into the bag and keep it contained is also so handy. I would recommend this to anyone.

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Ben Cookwrote a review of on October 30, 2018

5 5

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

The rod and reel are such a nice combo. It is a good looking setup and it functions really well. I bought this after seeing such high regard for the Vice Rod in fly fishing circles all over the internet. I am very pleased with the purchase and am excited to put it to work very soon.

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Ben Cookwrote a review of on October 30, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Stan's is just amazing. It has been years since I have had a flat. The last time a had a flat I chose a bad line while ripping through a familiar rock garden and popped my tire. Stan's was everywhere but as expected it couldn't stop the 1/2' gash in the tread. Prior to that my last flat was a pinch flat prior to going tubeless. I once was running too low of tire pressure and folded the tire in a corner pulling the bead off the rim. The gap between the bead and the rim filled with dirt. Stan's sealed it up just fine and I was able to finish the ride with a top off via a hand pump. I could not be happier with the product.

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Ben Cook

Ben Cookwrote a review of on October 30, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this for a family backpacking trip. I had been eying one and wondered if I wanted to splurge on the weight and expense of a table. I was so glad I did. It has been out with me on three backpacking trips and a car camping trip. We cook on it play games on it. It is really quite handy. I wouldn't carry it on super long trips for sure. I am very happy with this purchase. It is amazing how convenient a table can be when it is so small and portable.

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Ben Cookwrote a review of on October 30, 2018

5 5

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

I recently tried this for the first time. My go to for Mountain House Dessert was the Raspberry Crumble. I gave this a shot and was glad i did. It was really enjoyable. I will be taking this on future backpacking trips.

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Ben Cookwrote a review of on October 30, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is one of my top three favorite Mountain House Meals. It is really good. The taste is just so good. It is only bested by their Spaghetti, in my opinion. The Lasagna is very cheesy. It takes a bit of work to get it off your spork when you are really to clean up. I think you should try it. Highly recommended.

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Ben Cookwrote a review of on October 30, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is is one of my top three favorite Mountain House Meals. It is really good. The kids love it as well. If you are at high altitude allow it to "cook" a little longer than the instructions say and the quality of the meal will be improved. It really is a good one.

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Ben Cookwrote a review of on October 30, 2018

4 5

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

I enjoy Mountain House. This was good. The peppers and rice were delicious the Chicken didn't reconstitute as much as I would have liked. Perhaps I should have let it cook longer. It was a nice break from my Go To Mountain House meals. This one falls just short of the Go to list hence the 4 stars.

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Ben Cookwrote a review of on October 30, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 250 lbs

This jacket looks good, fits well, and is generally awesome. My wife wore it during a very rainy and cold half marathon and was kept super dry the entire time. She was soaked everywhere else but not under the jacket. Great wind breaker too. She layers with it a lot, with a jacket underneath when needed.

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Ben Cookwrote a review of on October 30, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 250 lbs

My teenage son runs cross country, and this is his third pair of running shoes and his first Altras. He has loved them. He had a heel injury from old shoes and it wasn't healing, we got these Altras and it healed faster. They were comfortable from the first run, and he is a fan of the zero drop. Comfortable and lightweight fabric. Would buy again! We bought the same size as his regular every day shoes. When buying running shoes we heard to size up a half size, but with the wider toe box we didn't do it and he says "they are perfect."

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