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Blake T.

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Blake T.wrote a review of on October 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you have the A) the terrain and B) the skill to use this bike to it's potential you will be rewarded. If you are on the cusp I would look at the SB5.5 or SB5.

Cornering, pedaling, jumping, my friends on DH bikes are surprised I'm holding their wheels on steep, technical lines and unlike their DH bikes I can take this on a 15+ mile trail ride and feel right at home.

This is however, a lot of bike and If I didn't not live in the mountains, shuttle a lot and ride a decent amount of park I would have probably opted for less bike. That being said, this thing rips and after some time getting used to the geo and suspension it feels like an extension of my body.

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Blake T.wrote a review of on October 8, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great braking, cornering and it feels faster rolling than the DHF.

The downside is that the EXO sidewalls in my opinion are not up to task for Enduro, Bike Park or clydesdale use and this tire is not offered in a Wide Trail Double Down configuration just yet.

Plenty of tread left but the sidewalls give me pause and a .5" tear from a rock garden made me realize the EXO casing is not up to task for really aggressive riding.

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Blake T.wrote a review of on October 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Beautiful build quality, well designed with numbered hash marks for perfect, centered alignment on your stem (every pair of bars should have this!) and a dramatic increase in stiffness/dampening vs the previous aluminum bars I was using. Quicker handling and more comfort at the bike park or on the single track.

Oh and BTW, no need to upgrade to 35mm, 31.8mm is perfect. All of the various changes in MTB standards over the past 5 years the move from 31.8 to 35mm clamp diameter is one which can be labeled as essentially without any merit.

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Blake T.wrote a review of on October 8, 2017

2 5

These may be fine for thin sidewall XC and lightweight enduro tires but they are useless on Maxxis Double Down casing tires. The thin plastic deforms on your wheels and you'll have to use every ounce of strength to get a tire on or off. The pedros are a better choice and if you're going to be working with Double Down or wire bead tires get steel core levers.

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Blake T.wrote a review of on May 12, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: 45.5

A stout beautiful shoe. Fit is true to size and feel is that of a super stable hiker with the rubber and sensitivity needed to climb low grades. 4/5 because it's my first sportiva shoe (Muira, TC Pro, Mythos, Omega GTX) that are made in china and I can't say I'm stoked on that.

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Blake T.wrote a review of on August 14, 2016

1 5

This is a dated and uncomfortable design. Sure you can rap on it with a Binet to loosen a stuck piece but why not spend $5 more on a DMM, wild country or other nut tool that has had some actual care put into the design and manufacture. Cleaning is often awkward and taxing, spend a couple more bucks on something that simply works better.

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Blake T.wrote a review of on July 27, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Comfortable, versatile, high quality (I haven't seen anything low quality come from Petzl) but make sure you like the layout of the gear loops if you're a tradster.

For sport it doesn't much matter but for trad I did not like the layout of the gear loops. You may love it but I would try it on and rack some gear on it to see for yourself.

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Blake T.wrote a review of on April 7, 2015

Too Short -
2 5

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

I BD Acension skins that were part of my Voile Mojo 166 package I bought back in '09. Unfortunately these aren't long enough to use on my Rossi XV 168CM, they just aren't long enough.

I should mention that I have not trimmed the skins previously. It would be helpful if the MFG's provided a length for the tail clips.

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Blake T.wrote a review of on March 13, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Boot sizing is a completely personal endeavor but if these fit I think you'll be hard pressed to find a better, more quality option.

Burly enough for heavy loads, nimble and precise enough in the toe for incredibly confident scrambling over 4th and 5th class terrain. A bit more than you need for a short dayhike but not so much so that you're reminded of it.

The tread pattern and outsole are proven.

Definitely requires a break in period but it is worth it.

Also it is a low volume boot, you may need to size down the thickness of your socks, this can make all the difference in the world.

Taking these puppies out of the box and feeling the quality is a good feeling after sifting through all of the Chinese labor camp crap that is on the market. This is more than just a product, it's something that someone put some pride into, you can feel it.

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Blake T.wrote a review of on March 13, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 220 lbs
Size Purchased: xl

If you're in the market for a light but tough backcountry fit that actually fit's well and moves with you when you skin, then this is your pant.

I tried on top level offerings from about 5 different companies this year and no one comes close to these. T

I'm not an Arc'teryx fanboy but I have to say that they are ahead of the competition in terms of their patterning. Their is plenty of material where you need it and none where you don't. You also don't like a euro randonee freak but have a functional streamlined garment.

If you just ride the resort then choose something different but if you're looking for a backcountry pant then I would give these serious consideration.

I bought the black because i plan on having them for many, many years.

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Blake T.wrote a review of on March 10, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Over 2.5 years, probably close to 100 days touring with it and I love it.

My only reap gripe is the weight, it's a heavy, burly pack. I have the 38L and I wish it was 1lb lighter.

Pro's:
- Feels like its welded to your back , carries awesome and rides awesome. Cinch it down properly and you just don't notice that it's there.
- Climbing icy colouirs with a snowboard on a windy day is akin to having a sail on your back. Cinch your board to this properly and it's a breeze.
- Throwing the skis on in split mode is a breeze, I use the cross pack carry. Splitters take notice and have a couple orange voile ski straps in your pack. Have a 24" so you can easily go through around your binding baseplates to keep them from banging around.
- Design, takes some getting used to but it's so nice to have everything where you need it and not to have to fumble around to find something.
- Snow tool pocket design: awesome! I often ride with a Petzl Quark and a 58CM Grivel Air Tech Racing, with the big snow pocket design I can ride with these inside my pack, I like having the weight closer to my center of gravity and I also like not worrying about losing a tool should I take a 50mph ragdogll. It's nice to just let her rip and not have to worry about any razor sharp steel points on your back. +++ It's easy to just unzip and pull an axe/tool out if you need to, no need to unstrap anything.

Con's:
- Hydration bladder holder + the exit for it could be better, there should be a loop to hold it
- Heavy, I mentioned this.
- It's heavy, for the weight I'd like it to be 42L, it seems as if this could be accomplished by adding just a little extra (light weight) fabric here and there.

Overall I'd buy it again, no regrets on this one.

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