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Bryce Sackswrote a review of on January 20, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I haven't been denied this as a carry-on with any airline in the US. I would say this is about as big as you could go when it is fully packed including a laptop. Unfortunately you'll have to strategically pack the outer compartment in a way where nothing sits on top of the lap top. You'll find that the outer compartment has a lot of extra space but does not have organizing pockets for the small stuff. Overall, it's a great pack with a few nuances that are remedied by thoughtfully packing your stuff.

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Bryce Sackswrote a review of on January 20, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First off, I rode the same Never Summer SL-R for the past 4 seasons and will keep it for another 3 at least. The quality I have witnessed with Never Summer is unparalleled to any board I've ridden.

I bought this board in the exact same size as my SL-R, 153. I wanted something that could charge a bit harder than my park oriented twin, but still wanted to rip around the whole mountain as if it were the park and the Ripsaw nailed it!

A note about rocker camber and vice versa. They used the same concept of rocker between the feet and camber into the tip and tail as most the boards in their line up, but the difference with the Ripsaw is the more aggressive camber area of the board; the rocker seems to be about the same as my SL-R.

After riding a YES. Greats 154 which has the exact opposite camber rocker profile, camber between the feet, rocker out to the tip and tail, I can tell you there's is a pretty significant difference in board feel and pop. There's no denying that camber is necessary in order to hold an edge better. I noticed on the YES. that I could drive a turn more confidently while charging groomers and initiate a more powerful pop. Both board profiles excel in powder and hard pack, but the Never Summer can be a little more front foot oriented all around which I like a lot. Overall, I feel like the Never Summer rocker camber is just more playful and can really be taken anywhere on the mountain, even in a shorter size. The YES. rocker camber profile is more aggressive in my opinion, but also real surfy when you want it to be. Both are great shapes, it just depends on how you like to ride. Have fun!

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Bryce Sackswrote a review of on January 20, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The absolute best feature this light has are its moveable legs. Each leg has just enough resistance to set it in place and it will stay put. This allows it to stand upright on nearly any uneven ground, rock, tree, or just about any place gravity will allow it stay put. I use this light and a headlamp when car camping for plenty of nighttime light.

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Bryce Sackswrote a review of on January 19, 2017

5 5

This light packs a lot into a pretty small package. The versatility of being a headlamp, bike light, handheld, or standing light set this light apart from many others. It's a perfect adventure light, or keep one in your car for use anytime. The beam is more of a spot light than a dispersed beam. Very defined edges of light, but casts pretty wide, plenty for the trail or sidewalk.

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Bryce Sackswrote a review of on January 19, 2017

4 5

This is a solid build for a bike at this price. I bought this for my dad who wanted a bike to cruise around the neighborhood. The hydraulic disk brakes inspire confidence when stopping, and the fenders are a nice addition during wet conditions. The blue color is very close to how it looks in the photo. Overall this bike seems to have very quality construction and parts that will hold up well over time. A great commuter/townie!

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Bryce Sackswrote a review of on January 19, 2017

4 5

The greatest feature these poles have is being compact, obviously, and also lightweight. Perfect for stuffing into the main compartment of my pack instead of having a couple death spikes sticking out the top on my run down. The only design issue I came across was the release button that releases the tension on the pole to break it apart. It's quite small and pretty difficult to press and not possible with thicker gloves. If you have cold hands and want a pole that is easier to break down the non carbon compactor might be more desirable as it uses a lever instead of a button.

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Bryce Sackswrote a review of on January 19, 2017

5 5

Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 130 lbs

This fisherman style cap is the real deal. It has a rigid band and a nice velvet liner on the inside. As other reviewers have stated this hat does run a bit large. Also the bill is slightly shorter than a traditional fisherman cap, but it's still a great looking cap.

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Bryce Sackswrote a review of on December 21, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 130 lbs

I used to think that Airblaster was all style and no tech, which is not the case with these. I purchased these bibs particularly for the full front zip which is a unique function for a bib pant. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality and construction of them. The material is very nice and even has a slight stretch. All of the zippers have a nice leather tassel that adds extra styling and easy zip pulls. I can't speak to how these will last over time, but from first impression these have exceeded my expectation for fit, quality, and design.

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Bryce Sackswrote a review of on November 15, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

A spectacular vest that was a real let down on fit. All of the materials including the wool really set this apart from many other vests. It's slightly insulated with wool on the outside, and smooth cotton poly blend on the inside. There's even a small headphone hole on the inside of the pocket if you want to rock some tunes. It's definitely a piece that would be standalone replacement to a jacket as it's too bulky to layer underneath. I would order a size down for a more tailored fit, otherwise it's a beautiful vest.

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Bryce Sackswrote a review of on November 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There are really only 2 products that I have used with success in tubeless setups. Stans and Orange Seal. I personally think they both are 5 stars as they both execute a good seal with tubeless setups. In my experience Stans seals up nicely and is reliable, however, needs to be replaced more frequently than Orange Seal. Orange Seal is more expensive but lasts longer in the tire. If you get a flat and the stuff gets anywhere on your frame it's super tough to clean off, which is a good testament to how this stuff seals up in a tire. One other difference between Stans and Orange Seal is Stans will produce sealant goblins and tires are a pain to clean out, Orange seal settles over time and will peel out with much less effort. Good things on both products but make sure you choose one or the other as you don't want to blend them.

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Bryce Sackswrote a review of on November 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There are really only 2 products that I have used with success in tubeless setups. Stans and Orange Seal. I personally think they both are 5 stars as they both execute a good seal with tubeless setups. In my experience Stans seals up nicely and is reliable, however, needs to be replaced more frequently than Orange Seal. Orange Seal is more expensive but lasts longer in the tire. If you get a flat and the stuff gets anywhere on your frame it's super tough to clean off, which is a good testament to how this stuff seals up in a tire. One other difference between Stans and Orange Seal is Stans will produce sealant goblins and tires are a pain to clean out, Orange seal settles over time and will peel out with much less effort. Good things on both products but make sure you choose one or the other as you don't want to blend them.

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Bryce Sackswrote a review of on November 7, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

This is the shirt you dont think about. It goes with everything, can be dressed up or down, underneath a sweater or over a shirt. The cut is just right for a modern look thats not too long when untucked. The fabric is a bit thin but that's what makes it a versatile shirt.

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Bryce Sackswrote a review of on November 7, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 130 lbs

I don't like a lot of excess belt material, and this one is anything but minimalist. A cool idea and pretty simple concept to keep the belt secure, but the buckle is quite thick and even if you are on the biggest setting you'll be well into you pant loops to secure the tail. No way to adjust the belt size to fine tune it.

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Bryce Sackswrote a review of on November 7, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: 30x30

I'm a Levi's 511 30x30. I love the 511 cut in Levi's and wanted to try out some Prana pants that might be similar but with Prana's attention to detail. These pants have the Prana characteristics of robust seams and quality fabric, but the cut is off for my taste. Compared to my sizing in Levi's these run more like a 31x32. They have ample room in the thighs and taper slightly to the ankle. From the knee down they were great, but the thigh and waist areas were too roomy for the tapered cut.

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Bryce Sackswrote a review of on November 7, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large

I had to return this beautiful shirt as the fit was not what I was looking for. I would say the small runs the size of a true Medium and a modern fit large. It is a very long cut which might be for those who tuck their shirts in but I don't think this shirt would be ideal tucked in as it is quite thick. The material is very nice 100% wool and has an incredible denim sheen and wooden buttons. I wanted this shirt to fit so much, but I was swimming in it.

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Bryce Sackswrote a review of on November 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This a robust multi tool. It doesn't flex when you have to use the 8mm to wrench off pedals, and seats in the screw heads with precision. This is a high quality multi tool and one i'm not scared to use as a primary in the shop if need be. A little heavy, but i'll take the weight for a high quality multi.

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Bryce Sackswrote a review of on November 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've owned many racks including the Thule t2, Kuat Sherpa, and Saris Freedom 2, and have come to like the Yakima hold up as my go to for my Mini Paceman. Each rack has its own peculiarities and I have learned over time what I look for in a rack. First off, how the rack is put together and the finish of the materials are super important. Being extended beyond the rear axel, bike racks take a lot of abuse from both movements and vibrations of the vehicle, and the elements of the road. Yakima paid attention to this with oversized stainless bolts all with locking washers, high quality finish- no chipping of paint occurred when assembling the rack and is still holding up- and a simple design. It is very robust, which has been tested thanks to a few pot holes and water bars that Mini's don't handle very well, but the Yakima held up just fine.

All of the tray style racks I have used have performed great for their intended use, but didn't meet my expectations for longevity. So far the Yakima has proved to be much more resilient in the endurance department. Some areas that I could see improvements would be with the integrated locks, which could be a bit longer and have a more thoughtful way to be secured when not in use. Also, the pin to fold the rack up and down is the one nuance that you will get used to but is still awkward every time you have to get the rack in the up position. There's a pinch point that will grab some skin and the pin is a bit of a grunt to pull out. I like this for added strength, but a larger pull knob would really help to grip it with less effort.

This is a great rack, and looks real stealthy behind my Paceman. I like how low profile it sits when its all folded up. I tucks up between the tailights and sits just below my rear view window so I have full visibility. The gloss black color is a clean finish that won't detract from a luxury car. I think the matte silver option is a more rugged look imo. A great rack that is definitely worth the investment.

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