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Brock Price

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on April 3, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wear it to work, in the mountains, and around town. It basically never leaves my body during the winter. I love the feel and fit of it and it's definitely quite warm. I personally don't think it breathes *especially* well, but likely a little better than other puffies I've tried. No wear or issues to report at this time. Get yourself one!

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on April 3, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This thing is awesome! Trying to zip together bags of different lengths or different zipper sizes has always been a pain. Not to mention bags with zippers on the same sides.. I dealt with these issues for years, but no more. The Backcountry Bed Duo eliminates all these issues and doesn't compromise on too much else.

This DriDown version packs down well enough that we can take it along on backpacking and climbing trips. Although I was initially worried it would end up too bulky for anything but car camping, it actually stuffs down about the same size as two single bags of a similar temperature range.

The Duo is also warmer than I thought it would be. When temps are below 20F, we reach for warmer individual bags, but I found it to be perfectly warm down past 30F. The integrated comforter indeed adds flexibility to your sleep position and makes it easy to govern your warmth to suit a warm night in the desert or a cool night in the alpine.

The one negative I have to mention is in regard to the foot vents. I thought it was a neat idea at first, but now I'm thinking I'll probably just sew it shut to eliminate any unintended draft. In addition to accidentally tearing one of the buttons off with my foot almost immediately, I also don't find using the vent to be overly effective at cooling me down. This may just be my personal preference though and is certainly not enough of a drawback to warrant removing a star.

Bottom line: My girl and I are both quite happy with it and we highly recommend it.

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on February 22, 2017

Gore-Tex Pro
5 5

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

I picked up this jacket just before winter and have been using it for a variety of MTB trips in inclement weather. I've owned several waterproof cycling jackets and this one is by far the best. Not to mention the jacket looks stunning in person. The solid black color is appreciated and looks very sharp. Seriously, this jacket is slick. The reflective elements work and are strategically placed. I'm 5'11 and currently about 195 lbs. I have a broader than average chest and shoulders and had to go with the XL size to comfortably fit my chest. The jacket fits snugly as it should, if you have broad chest and shoulders consider sizing up.

Some features I liked:

-Adequate length (seems simple but many jackets lack this)
-Best breath-ability I've experienced with a waterproof shell. So far I've used it in everything from 20 degrees F to 55 degrees F in varying degrees of aerobic intensity and even during intense sweating I was pretty comfortable, didn't overheat or get too cold.
-Easily-accessible zippered vents
-The hood is the perfect size, stays in place, and is adjustable. The reflective elements on the brim are cool, brim is stiff like a visor
-Collar is soft and comfortable, non-abrasive to the skin
-Durability seems good, material is tough despite being lightweight
-It kept me dry and warm in an outright downpour in Moab

My one single complaint is that sometimes when I went to unzip the jacket while riding, I would accidentally grab the Napoleon pocket (front pocket) zipper instead of the main zipper. This is because the zippers are in a similar spot. It's trivial, really. Overall I'm extremely impressed by this jacket. As long as the durability of the jacket stands up to the test of time, I think I've found my favorite cycling jacket.

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on February 1, 2017

4 5

My hands tend to run somewhat cold, so I consistently need to compromise some dexterity for insulation when buying gloves. I find the guides are very.. adequately warm, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't expecting a little more warmth from them. I recognize though, that the chill while wearing these gloves often comes early in the day on cold 0F degree days, likely before my body is warmed up and ready to regulate its temperature properly. Certainly, if you're actively exerting energy your hands will be toasty in the Guides.

Warmth aside, the removable liner is super beneficial. I found getting the liner back in place tricky at first, but it very quickly became a non issue. Being able to remove the insulated liner and instead use a lighter weight fleece liner with the outer shell creates more dexterous, less warm alternative when when you need it. With the Guides and any cheap fleece liner, you've given yourself an array of options to adapt to the day's changing needs and weather.

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on February 1, 2017

4 5

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

First days out with the Quarks went great. To no real surprise, I did find myself bashing my knuckles a bit on steeper bulges, but this became less of a problem once I was accounting for it. On slightly less than vertical ice, they were a dream. I'd echo what others have probably mentioned.. If you're looking for a quiver killer, or a tool to take into the alpine, look no further than the Quark. If your primary ice endeavors are consistently taking you to vertical waterfall ice, maybe give the Nomics a look.

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on January 5, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are the standard choice for replacing the pads on your SRAM Guide or XO Trail brakes. Go with organic for quiet brakes and better bite. The organic will wear quicker though. Go with the sintered if you want your pads to last longer, or you are a heavy rider. The sintered might squeal a bit when wet though.

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on January 5, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you want to be able to unclip from your Shimano pedals with ease, the SH56 multi release cleats are the way to go. They are easier to get out of than the SH51 cleats. Consequently, you may have to increase your release tension so you don't have accidental unclips. Oh and these cleats last forever, they are very durable.

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on January 5, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

At first I was a bit unsure of these grips, being an asymmetrical shape and just never having used Ergon grips before. It took some playing around to find the orientation that offered the best comfort for my riding position. There are markings on the grips themselves that show you which direction they need to face, and what adjustment range you have. The teardrop shape really is quite comfortable even on longer rides, and the grips seem to last a long time. I'm impressed, would definitely buy again.

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on January 5, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love Saint and Zee components. They are a gold standard for downhill and freeride mountain biking. This crankset is strong, affordable, and easy to install. It even comes with an 83mm English threaded bottom bracket. Most cranksets these days don't include the bottom bracket. The 36t chainring in the picture is included as well.

*This does include an 83mm English Threaded BB*

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on January 5, 2017

4 5

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

These gloves seem ok for the price. Had them for a few months and they haven't torn yet so that's good. They are pretty simple gloves, reinforced palm but no padding. That's a good thing though, they are just a nice pair of simple, functional gloves.

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on December 30, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These really do give you a boost of energy. Like, they actually work, it's crazy. I especially like the Kiwi-Strawberry because the flavor tastes great and it has a little bit of caffeine for an extra boost. I try to have a couple of these in my pack for longer rides to keep me going, Definitely worth it!

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on December 30, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Buy some of this oil and a pair of seals/dust wipers. Use it to service your suspension fork. You can refer to your fork manufacturer's specifications for which oil weight is recommended. I bought some of this 10wt oil and have been using it in my forks and it works well.

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