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Hiking & Camping

ShotgunWilly's Bio

I'm a teacher. That means I spend my summers adventuring....and god I love mountain biking.


ShotgunWillywrote a review of on January 28, 2017

Yeti is Great at Marketing
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Let me begin by telling you that I bought this mug at JAX with the lid included for the same price as you see here.

Don't let Yeti convince you to buy a cup THAT DOESNT INCLUDE A LID. The whole point of travel cups is to reduce spills and accommodate portability-so sell the damn lid with the cup. This is your standard vacuum seal, stainless cup. I bought it our of shear curiosity to see how wonderful Yeti truly is. Maybe they do make great coolers, but we're talking about paying $2 an ounce for this cup.

The lid is thick plastic but I'm guessing that lid is where most of the insulation is wasted as heat escapes it.....

I wouldnt pay this price for a cup this small again. Keep using whatever you have in your cup holder now.




ShotgunWillywrote a review of on January 28, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The selling point on this light was Lumens and the ability to use the GoPro mount on my helmet to use this as my primary helmet light in addition to a bar light. The GoPro mount is ineffective at best as the light will swivel in the mount regardless of how much that tiny bolt is tightened.

So, when I'm fat biking trees at night, the slightest contact with a branch means I either have to adjust the light while riding or worse lose the beam entirely until I can stop to readjust it.

Another odd point. Nearly all of the instructions-for-use are pictures sans words. Why L&M shot for a bizarrre hipster interpretation of directions instead of blatant understanding is frustrating.

Lumens and light output are as you would expect from this sort of light but because of the concerns above I'm unsure whether to use L&M again to replace my bar light.

Just my two-cents.





ShotgunWillywrote a review of on May 25, 2016

4 5

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

Now before you go too far in this review...I just received the vest yesterday, I bought it for Moab running and because it comes with its own water bottles....

The vest itself fits well and is very light. I am 6'0 and 200lbs. Filled up the bottles to try bueno. The nipple tastes like heavily chemically treated rubber. So much so that it leaves its own rubbery aftertaste. Bottles leak. Tip it back to try a drink and ended up wearing most of the water as it leaks from where the cap screws onto the bottle body. Lastly, I guess you need to practice drawing water from the nipple design. It's unorthodox to say the least.

Vest seems great but whomever gave those bottles a green-light for production should be canned.

I'll replace the bottles with something functional and edit my review of the vest itself later, as needed.

UPDATE: I contacted UD and they agreed the bottles sounded defective and have offered to replace them free of charge. Now that's customer service--- plus one star





ShotgunWillywrote a review of on March 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I have used one pair of these gloves for nearly six years. Yes, that's right. I bought them in a L in a little shop in Indiana. I've ridden them in Texas summers, Moab winter/spring, and every season in Wyoming. I'm a teacher and I spend most of my summer on my bike riding aggressive All-Mountain trails and granite filled XC so they've taken their due punishment.

My gloves fit pretty snug-but that could be from years of sweat and washing now. The polycarbonate knuckles have never bothered me and cradle my knuckles perfectly enough I don't think I would prefer separate knuckle protection. I ride 820mm bars and the 'knuckle duster' has saved me some skin plenty of times. When the polycarbonate plates does its job, the impact/abrasion is mitigated without any discomfort to the hard (obviously I'm not talking about hard falls directly to the hand & wrist). The leather in the palms is strong and shows little signs of wearing out.

I've had no issues with the stitching on my gloves nor the Velcro. The palms are double stitched and the majority of the rest of the glove is single stitched but I have yet to notice any fraying or blown seams. This makes me wonder if there aren't some cheap counterfeit products floating around...

Let's talk about breathability. They're made of pittards leather and polycarbonate. I don't know of much leather that "breathes well" and these are no different. If this is your only glove (like me) and you're wearing them on an 85+ degree bike ride it's going to be hot--just like the rest of you and your sweaty gear. I've ridden these soaked through with sweat and the only issue that arises is the tacky tips on the index and middle finger no longer stick. When dry, these tips stick like 5.10 rubber on pins.

Sizing: find them in a store and try them on if you're worried about the fit. Or buy them here and return them if you don't like the fit (backcountry has truly amazing customer service) but don't down-rate the glove just because it didn't fit right the first time. They're gloves-expect less sensitivity and a light loss of dexterity--they're called "bomber" for a reason and if you're looking for light, breathable, excessively tactile these aren't going to make you happy. If you need something you can wear and beat to hell-you'll love these.

All of that said, it's time to buy a new pair. Why? Well because these ones smell so damn bad. I wash them and one ride in they smell like an unholy abomination again. So they'll be retired to the emergency bike gear box in the truck. Yup, the smell is that bad. But considering they're still functionally sound and have endured the abuse they have, I will without doubt buy the same pair again.

For the record-I've never been unimpressed with Fox quality.