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Ben S.wrote a review of on July 30, 2020

2 5

The tire lever falls off very easily and I could not get it to stay attached to the tool very well. Wouldn't be a big deal as I carry other tire levers, but the chain tool requires the tire iron for use. With switching between packs for different rides the tire iron could easily be lost and render the chain tool useless. Returned.

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Ben S.wrote a review of on June 4, 2020

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wear contacts and if any wind gets behind the glasses they will dry out and I have to constantly blink to keep them moist. I don't have to worry about anything with these. I have used them skiing, road/mtn biking and running. Not only do I not have any unpleasantness/drying out with my contacts but they also never fog. Did a fair amount of backcountry skiing in them and never had them fog on the way up. Only gripe is I wish they came with the standard low light lense that most other Smith sunnies do instead of just clear.

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Ben S.wrote a review of on June 4, 2020

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

I used this a ton backcountry skiing this year and it was great. I pair this with a light baselayer or t-shirt, some crackers, white cheddar and maybe a light IPA. Its a snug fit but very stretchy. Used this as my only layer while spring skiing over a t-shirt. I like the chest pocket - easy access and pack straps don't get in the way. It looks great- I tend to wear this most days around the house... when goin out... sometimes when sleeping...

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Ben S.wrote a review of on June 4, 2020

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

This is a pretty light baselayer. Used it most the winter 2/3 touring, 1/3 resort. Great for touring, on colder days inbounds I chose a heavier baselayer. I like the thumb loops. Definitely fits a little tight, which I prefer. Only complaint is that it will come untucked pretty easily. Not an issue with bibs, but this thing did not stay in my softshells when hiking.

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Ben S.wrote a review of on June 4, 2020

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: 30

I bought a pair of these hoping they would be a little slimmer/less baggy than the product pictures look. As soon as I opened them out of the box I could tell they were a slim cut. These fit much more like Lulu's ABCs. I bought the 30" and they fit great, a little long. Super comfortable. I just ordered the other color.

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Ben S.wrote a review of on June 4, 2020

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

Great feeling jersey, light and breathable. I like the various colors. I have used it about a dozen times and have noticed some snags in the jersey already; could be from washing or from snags on the trail. Either way I am a little concerned about how long it will last.

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Ben S.wrote a review of on June 4, 2020

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 140 lbs
Size Purchased: small

Love these shorts. Slim, stretchy, pockets big enough to hold a phone, although slim cut makes having bulky objects in the pockets a little annoying. I tried on the medium and small, to my surprise the small fit my waist the best. With no adjustment I wanted to make sure it was a tight fit. 30" waist and feels good.

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Ben S.wrote a review of on May 20, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

These shorts are super stretchy and comfortable. I bought specifically for running, going to the gym, hiking etc... The one zipper pocket is nice for either keys or a phone. I like the tie waist, super comfy. Probably wouldnt wear them outside of working out as they do not have a wallet pocket or belt loops. Size seems true to fit, I have a 32" waist and the medium fits well.

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