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Charlie Gage

Charlie Gage

Colorado

Charlie Gage's Passions

Biking
Snowboarding
Hiking & Camping
Snowshoeing
Climbing
Paddling
Running
Fly Fishing
Yoga

Charlie Gage's Bio

Bikes. Boards. Bourbon (sometimes).

Charlie Gage

Charlie Gagewrote a review of on July 3, 2019

Handy But Not THAT Handy
3 5

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

We got our mini quick pack from Backcountry but this review will be our honest opinion of the pack.
I was sent the blue and yellow mini quick pack and immediately struggled with what the pack would best be used for. I see this item is categorized as womens but it can be used by anyone.

Upon arrival, the mini quick pack sat around. I couldn't find a legitimate use for it. If I'm sent something to review, I try to find real world applications for the item instead of forcing a scenario I where I would never actually use the product. If we're hiking, we have a trail running vest on or a day pack so that eliminates the need for the fanny pack there. As avid mountain bikers, we're no strangers to fanny packs since we both primarily use one to carry our extra gear like gels, hydration, keys and phones.

The only real application we found for this pack is in an urban setting. If you're strolling around a city and want somewhere to store your keys, wallet, phone, etc. this pack is perfect. That being said, the pack is made really well and it's quite rugged. The ruggedness adds to the overall weight of the pack though and it just doesn't feel at home carrying a couple of small things. The larger version of this pack seems like a better choice to me as the mini just doesn't really know what it wants to be used for.

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Charlie Gagewrote a review of on July 3, 2019

I Don't Usually Wear Cargo Shorts But...
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: L

Just to be clear, Backcountry sent me these shorts but the review will be my honest opinion regarding them.
The shorts are nice. Right up front I'll let you know that they run a little short. I'm 6' with a 32" inseam and they sit a couple of inches above my knee (which I'm okay with). They fit true to size as well. The material feels kind of funky at first. If I wear shorts, they're typically a little stretchier but the ripstop nylon these have incorporated makes them feel kind of stiff. That being said, I've grown accustomed to the feeling and they're actually pretty comfortable. I don't know if they're $90 comfortable, but I like to wear them and I wear them frequently in the Colorado heat. The waist has adjustable tabs and the fly is made up of buttons, not zippers. The shorts feel well ventilated and I don't find myself overheating or getting bad swamp-ass in them, so there's that. I can't speak to the durability of the shorts but I'd imagine the ripstop nylon would be pretty durable. I know I haven't torn them yet and I'm pretty hard on clothes.

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Charlie Gagewrote a review of on July 3, 2019

COMFY. ASS. SHIRT
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: L

I was given this shirt by Backcountry but the review will be my own, honest opinion.
This is my second Topo Designs button up and I can't deny the fact that I'm a BIG FAN of these shirts. The first one I ever bought I wore every chance I got and I still do. I was in San Antonio one weekend for work and had a scooter mishap in the rain and slightly tore the sleeve of my first button up. I took it home, sewed it up, and I still wear it. These things are super comfortable.

This field twill shirt is now my go to button up. It fits true to size and as a 6' 200lb man, my large fits perfectly. Nothing fancy or flashy here, the field twill is exactly what you see online. Plain Jane and comfy as hell. I wear it in the evenings here in Colorado and my large, sweaty frame doesn't overheat in it. The field twill is great for working on things like bikes or around the house or just walking around town. I'm a big fan of it. I've snagged the shirt on nails and random things in and around the house and I have no holes in it. The durability is great considering it's cotton. I'll definitely be buying more of these Topo Designs shirts.

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Charlie Gagewrote a review of on June 21, 2019

Comfy All-Around Tee
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: L

Just to be clear, Backcountry sent me this t-shirt but the review will be my honest, personal opinion of the product.

The t-shirt fits great. I wear a large and this fit true to size. I like my shirts a little loose and that's how this fits so if you prefer a little tighter fit, maybe size down one. It's hard to review a shirt but I'll do it in the best way I can. If you're anything like me, you have a closet or dresser full of random old t-shirts. Some of those shirts you've had forever. Some of them you bought because you thought you'd look like the model in the pictures and, low and behold, you didn't. I'm assuming you've got your go-to t-shirts. The ones from old runs or races or concerts you've attended. The ones that fit like a glove and you wouldn't trade for anything. The TOPO Designs Point tee is now one of those shirts for me. It's super comfortable and I'm stoked to rock a Colorado based company.

I've used the shirt on hikes, runs, mountain bike rides and everyday strolls through hardware stores and bike shops. The shirt isn't the greatest if you're a heavy sweater like myself since it's made of 100% cotton.

I can't really speak to the durability of the shirt since I haven't crashed my bike in it or fallen down the side of a mountain but I do know that it hasn't ripped yet during normal use and the graphics on the front and back aren't chipping or fading away like many shirts begin to do.

The colors and design of the shirt are exactly what you see on the website so you won't get any weird surprises here.

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Charlie Gagewrote a review of on May 3, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have a buddy that recommended twin six gear to me when I got my road bike. Their gear is definitely some of the best looking cycling gear I've seen. As usual I decided to hop on Backcountry and give it a look and I found this awesome jersey (and it was on sale!)

I'm 6'0 and 205 and the XL fits me well. I don't have a huge knowledge of cycling gear so this is just my personal opinion, not a comparison. The Large would've fit a little more snug if you're into that skin tight thing, I'm not.

The material feels nice and really wicks the sweat off of me.

The jersey has 3 large pockets for water bottles or whatever you want and looks really good with the matching bib (not included).

If you're tired of typical cycling patterns and designs, give twin six a gander.

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Charlie Gagewrote a review of on May 3, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

What might those rules be you ask? The first is to always look good and the second is safety. I'm kidding, but this helmet is, in my honest opinion, one of the better looking cycling helmets.

The Smith Overtake arrived at my house within a couple of days after ordering and was followed up by a phone call from my own Gearhead, Mikell asking how I liked the helmet. Quick disclaimer, I don't have a wealth of knowledge in regards to cycling helmets, so this isn't a comparison to anything, just my honest opinion on what I've experienced.

The first time I put this helmet on and rode my bike, I actually forgot it was on my head. As I left the parking lot, I felt the top of my head because I thought I'd left my helmet at my truck. 250 grams felt like nothing on my head.

The helmet fit true to size and has a good amount of adjustability to fit almost any head. I (luckily) haven't had to test out the helmet's Koroyd core or the MIPS function yet but I'm sure other reviews mention how this helmet holds up in a crash. I had a MIPS equipped helmet on my mountain bike last year when I took a good spill at a race (concussion, 3 broken ribs, punctured lung, blood clot and stitches) and I'm willing to say it saved my life and prevented any long term effects related with a TBI.

So far I love the helmet. It comes with a drawstring bag that I keep it in as well as my gloves and heart rate monitor so It's all together. I would definitely suggest this to another ride.

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