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Calef L.

Calef L.

Calef L.

Calef L.wrote a review of on December 6, 2016

5 5

Ouch! Painfully small compared to the other Smith M helmets.

I have owned 3 Medium Smith Helmets in the past decade or so... Including the non-MIPS version of this helmet, which has been converted to my paragliding helmet with gear mounted all over it. Great helmets! I have always been comfortably in the middle of the Medium size. Not so with the MIPS! I figured since my head measures 56cm (M says 55-59cm), I would be fine. It was WAY too tight. I got a headache in 15 minutes. I am in the process of exchanging it for a L... although I am not sure I want a L. Is it going to feel like a huge shell bowling ball on my head?! Maybe I will just get another normal Vantage. Sigh...

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Calef L.

Calef L.wrote a review of on July 20, 2016

Caution- FRAGIL, but amazing performance
2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Now that I have it installed, I love this dropper. So why the 2 star review, not 5? I literally broke 2 posts before I got a 3rd working. The issue is with the metal casting (magnesium?) on the bottom of the post that holds the cable is the thickness of a nice business card and extremely fragile. Seriously, if you drop this post, twist the post in your frame, or just look at it wrong you will break off that casting and your dropper becomes an expensive paperweight. The first post came slightly bent (damage from shipping), it broke when I tried to bend it back to straight. It was amazing how little force it took to break it. The second one, I had in the bike and it was SOOOO close to being low enough... but it was just a few mm too high. I gave it a little twist and push to get it lower, not putting much force on it at all... TWANG! It broke the casting off the bottom AGAIN. WTF!?! It broke because the cable housing was binding against the internal hose routing tube in my bike... it broke with just the twisting force of one hand on the saddle with a bit of down pressure. So fragile. When I took the post out, one side of the broken casting was still pretty tall. Just to see how strong it was, I bent it over and I was able to break it off with my thumb! Fox needs to make that thing way stronger. I get that it is hidden inside the seat tube and only needs to be strong in one direction (cable pull)... but it is just way too fragile. Mountain bike parts should be reasonably durable in all aspects.

3rd time was a charm. I got the 100 mm version so it could go low enough for me and I was VERY careful installing it. The install is actually super simple (if you don't break it!). It is now working flawlessly. I am very happy with the performance. I have only a few rides on it, but it is safe to say that I love this dropper. I am using it with the left thumb, that is in the place of the left shifter on a 1x setup. The location is so natural, it really is convenient to use. The lever action feels great, the dropper action feels great.

I like it more than the Rockshox Reverb Stealth that it replaced. The feel of the lever is better, the action of the dropper is comparable, the location of the lever is WAY better (thumb falls right on it like your old front shifter, where the Reverb you need to reach up a bit), and NO BLEEDING. The quick disconnect is nice too.

Bottom line, get the post, but be extremely careful with the bottom bits. Seriously, if you drop this post on it's end it WILL break. How many mountain bike parts are that fragile?

Big thanks to Competitive Cyclist for no questions asked replacing the broken ones. They made the process super easy and even shipped me new replacement posts while I was waiting to send the old one back. That service made me a loyal customer!

Attached photo is of the broken casting at the bottom.

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Calef L.

Calef L.wrote a review of on December 27, 2015

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So I stored the skins in a cool dry place for the summer with a skin saver between them, the same way i have treated my Black Diamond skins for a decade... then I went to use these skins for the first time and the glue was a NASTY mess. Super sticky to the touch. Nasty sticky glue came off on EVERYTHING it touched, hands, pants, jacket, gloves, AND all over my board (which made it so it did not slide! I had to use wax remover and rewax the board!). This exact same thing happened to my girlfriend and my best friend. They both bought their skins new from Backcountry, so they got a warranty (still a pain in the butt), but since I bought mine from eBay (like new!) I attempted to "renew" them with an iron and paper bag. This did nothing, so I spent 4 hours with an iron and brown paper bags removing the G3 glue then applying Black Diamond Gold Label glue ($50). MAJOR pain in the butt, but at least I now have awesome BD glue on my skins.

What made me finally write a bad review is I just went to use the skin saver/ cheat sheet that came with the skins and they were covered in nasty sticky glue that got all over me. I just spent 30 minutes with an iron and newspaper removing the excess glue from the darned skins savers!

Worst Skin glue EVER. Whatever you do, don't buy G3 skins! Get the Voile!!!

Having said all that, the G3 skin trimming tool is pure genius. Props there.

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Calef L.

Calef L.wrote a review of on December 27, 2015

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So I stored the skins in a cool dry place for the summer with a skin saver between them, the same way i have treated my Black Diamond skins for a decade... then I went to use these skins for the first time and the glue was a NASTY mess. Super sticky to the touch. Nasty sticky glue came off on EVERYTHING it touched, hands, pants, jacket, gloves, AND all over my board (which made it so it did not slide! I had to use wax remover and rewax the board!). This exact same thing happened to my girlfriend and my best friend. They both bought their skins new from Backcountry, so they got a warranty (still a pain in the butt), but since I bought mine from eBay (like new!) I attempted to "renew" them with an iron and paper bag. This did nothing, so I spent 4 hours with an iron and brown paper bags removing the G3 glue then applying Black Diamond Gold Label glue ($50). MAJOR pain in the butt, but at least I now have awesome BD glue on my skins.

What made me finally write a bad review is I just went to use the skin saver/ cheat sheet that came with the skins and they were covered in nasty sticky glue that got all over me. I just spent 30 minutes with an iron and newspaper removing the excess glue from the darned skins savers!

Worst Skin glue EVER. Whatever you do, don't buy G3 skins! Get the Voile!!!

Having said all that, the G3 skin trimming tool is pure genius. Props there.

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Calef L.

Calef L.wrote a review of on December 27, 2015

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So I stored the skins in a cool dry place for the summer with a skin saver between them, the same way i have treated my Black Diamond skins for a decade... then I went to use these skins for the first time and the glue was a NASTY mess. Super sticky to the touch. Nasty sticky glue came off on EVERYTHING it touched, hands, pants, jacket, gloves, AND all over my board (which made it so it did not slide! I had to use wax remover and rewax the board!). This exact same thing happened to my girlfriend and my best friend. They both bought their skins new from Backcountry, so they got a warranty (still a pain in the butt), but since I bought mine from eBay (like new!) I attempted to "renew" them with an iron and paper bag. This did nothing, so I spent 4 hours with an iron and brown paper bags removing the G3 glue then applying Black Diamond Gold Label glue ($50). MAJOR pain in the butt, but at least I now have awesome BD glue on my skins.

What made me finally write a bad review is I just went to use the skin saver/ cheat sheet that came with the skins and they were covered in nasty sticky glue that got all over me. I just spent 30 minutes with an iron and newspaper removing the excess glue from the darned skins savers!

Worst Skin glue EVER. Whatever you do, don't buy G3 skins! Get the Voile!!!

Having said all that, the G3 skin trimming tool is pure genius. Props there.

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Calef L.

Calef L.wrote a review of on February 26, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Giro Seam helmet is well made, the adjustment works GREAT, and the vents worked OK... slide action on lever was not very smooth, they froze open or closed few times, and for some reason one if the vents never closed 100%, but I never noticed the tiny opening on one vent... I give the vents a B+.

No major complaints with the function and durability of the helmet.

It is the fit I have issue with- The darned thing pinched in on the top of my ears! I was right in the middle of the M and did not have it adjusted all the way open. So the helmet was not too small for me, but the ear flaps hurt. They are plastic reinforced and they aggressively angle in- I suppose to hug your ears tight and keep you warm. They were not noticeably uncomfortable when I first put the helmet on, just snug, but everyday after a few hours my ears started hurting. I did some mods (removing foam and a bit of plastic ) which helped but didn't fix the issue .

After a season of trying to make it work, I got rid of the helmet.

Conclusion- Good helmet if it fits you. Probably deserves 4 stars, but I'm giving it 3 so people can see a less then stellar review.

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