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Brock Pricewrote a review of on June 23, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For someone like myself who is borderline neurotic about their bike setup this is a helpful tool. It works well and seems to provide accurate, consistent readings. My only complaint is that the construction is a bit flimsy. Other than that I use it almost daily and have been happy with the purchase.

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on June 7, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'd recommend carrying these with you on trail. It's so small it fits easily into literally any pack, frame bag, or pocket. If you're out in the backcountry and your chain breaks it's gonna be a bad time. One of these could save you a lot of unnecessary hiking some day and installation is quick and easy.

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on June 7, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I really like this jersey. The price is right. I was pleasantly surprised by the overall quality. The stitching seems to be pretty good and is holding up so far, a problem I often have with "cheaper" jerseys. They style is simple with just a small Fox head logo on the chest. Fits true to size. Ventilates well. Great summer jersey. I bought 2.

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on June 7, 2017

4 5

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

This helmet has been good for me so far. It fits well, is comfortable, reasonable weight and good ventilation. I really like the blue/lime color that I bought as well. It works well with my sunglasses and sweat bands. In the past I have been either a medium or a large in helmets. In this case I had to size up to the Large. The MIPS shell does take up a few millimeters of room inside the helmet.

My one complaint is that the pads wore out quickly. The liner peeled away from the pads revealing the foam underneath. Minor issue and replacement pads are cheap but it happened after about 2 months of riding. I do sweat a lot, but it still seemed like premature wear.

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on June 7, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So far I really like these shoes. I've been looking for an all mountain shoe that has good tread for hike-a-bike stuff but also has a stiff sole for good power transfer to the pedals. On top of this I wanted the shoe to be reasonably lightweight and ventilated, and a lower profile that is not bulky.

The Terraduro tics all those boxes for sure. I typically wear a 10.5 in street shoes and the 45 fit me best. So far no major complaints, the tread in the toe area is starting to wear a bit but that's after a good amount of hiking thrown into the mix.

I highly recommend these shoes if you get the size right!

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on June 7, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Being a 35mm oversize handlebar I was expecting this handlebar to feel harsh. It doesn't. In fact it feels amazing. You get the added stiffness and steering precision of the larger 35mm clamp diameter, but it doesn't feel harsh on trail. The sweep and rise feel nice too. I'm kind of picky when it comes to handlebars. So far I've had the best luck with ENVE and Santa Cruz carbon handlebars. Come to find out, they are both made in the same factory. So far so good.

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on May 20, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The more you use it, the more you'll love it. I'd say it has a learning curve of sorts, but once you spend a couple days with it, things will work nice and smooth for you.

I use a Mammut HMS with it but I do find the rope being used also effects just how well the device functions. Maybe I'm crazy, but I find the particular 9.1 and 9.5mm ropes I have feed through and lock up much better than one of my 10mm ropes. Probably not a huge deal, but figured I'd mention it.

Rappelling smoothly is likely one of trickier aspects of learning to use the Smart, but it is great that it provides a quick and easy block to serve as a added measure of safety with no added effort.

Pick one up, if you're not overly thrilled with it at first, keep using it, and maybe try it with different biners and ropes. I bet it'll grow on you.

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Brock Pricewrote a review of on May 20, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this rope to serve as my new all-arounder. So far it's seen sport cragging and multipitch trad use, but with the dry treatment, l expect to be using it on ice next season. Haven't had it long enough to speak to it's durability, but in every other aspect I'm very pleased. I have the 70m and it's quite light considering. It also handles really nicely. Time will tell how it holds up, but it looks like this will be just the rope I was looking for.

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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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