Craig L

Craig L

, Gearhead

Salt Lake City

Craig L's Passions

Biking
Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Climbing
Running

Craig L

Craig Lwrote a review of on October 12, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 210 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I love this layer. It's the best layer. The best. For one, if you're talking about the best layering for winter, you are pretty much exclusively talking about Merino. It feels nice on the skin, resists odors and "the funk" in a way you cannot believe until you try it, and it wicks moisture and regulates temps.

Besides that, this layer is the peeerfect blend of fit and function. I am 6'5 and 210lbs, and went with the XL. The fit is trim, perfect for layering over, but not so tight that I look like a sausage when just wearing this piece around town / office / whatever. The length is slightlyyy long, again, just perfect so that you can tuck it in while layering, but it still looks good for the around town / office wear. The hood is a great touch to the piece as well, if you are looking for one without a hood, you are in luck that exists as well. When I go out and combine a bit of wind with cold air (think skiing, bike commuting in the winter) my ears freeze, and give me a big headache. Not sure if that's just me, but for me it makes a hood or something like it essential

Lastly the material is a nice, relatively thin blend which combined with the 1/4 zip makes it FANtastic for ventilation. I am the kind of guy who has a really hard time being comfortable and not overheating when doing aerobic activities in the cold. This thing base layer keeps my skin covered, but doesn't trap too much heat. Once I feel myself getting too hot, I crank down the zipper and all the heat from my chest / torso zaps right out.

I think this piece is the perfect layer for snowshoeing, winter bike commuting, and any other aerobic activity for those that tend to run warm, and want their base layer to be light and breathable.

100/10 would buy again, and probably will if and when I wear it to pieces.

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Craig Lwrote a review of on October 12, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 210 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I love this layer. It's the best layer. The best. For one, if you're talking about the best layering for winter, you are pretty much exclusively talking about Merino. It feels nice on the skin, resists odors and "the funk" in a way you cannot believe until you try it, and it wicks moisture and regulates temps.

Besides that, this layer is the peeerfect blend of fit and function. I am 6'5 and 210lbs, and went with the XL. The fit is trim, perfect for layering over, but not so tight that I look like a sausage when just wearing this piece around town / office / whatever. The length is slightlyyy long, again, just perfect so that you can tuck it in while layering, but it still looks good for the around town / office wear.

Lastly the material is a nice, relatively thin blend which combined with the 1/4 zip makes it FANtastic for ventilation. I am the kind of guy who has a really hard time being comfortable and not overheating when doing aerobic activities in the cold. This thing base layer keeps my skin covered, but doesn't trap too much heat. Once I feel myself getting too hot, I crank down the zipper and all the heat from my chest / torso zaps right out.

I think this piece (or maybe the other version with the hood) is the perfect layer for snowshoeing, winter bike commuting, and any other aerobic activity for those that tend to run warm, and want their base layer to be light and breathable.

100/10 would buy again, and probably will if and when I wear it to pieces.

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Craig Lwrote a review of on October 11, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I just added a hardtail to my MTB quiver, and I have no intention of riding it any softer than I do my full suspension bikes. When rallying hard through rock gardens, or coming off drops / jumps without good landings, you need a little extra piece of mind that you are not about to blow up your $$$ rear wheel. This liner (while admittedly is a pretty expensive pool noodle looking piece of foam) provides that piece of mind, and offers additional damping on the rear tire that air alone can't provide. Should you flat, you can also ride out on this thing and not have to walk home.

200% worth the extra cost for the item, especially if you are pushing the limits of low PSI on a hardtail. You spent a bunch of money on those wheels, you can probably swing another 100 to make sure you don't wreck them.

As Clayton mentioned, not difficult to install. A bit of a bear to get the tire bead seated fully when working around the liner, but by no means a show stopper. Probably took an extra 5-7 minutes vs set up of a normal tubeless tire.

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Craig Lwrote a review of on October 11, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For what it is, its pretty cool. The design is pretty clever, and attaches securely without any zip ties, straps, etc. The one thing is, because it sits on your seat, if your a long legged human who has a seat that sits 2 feet above their rear tire, these might not be that effective. If you're not a giant then this may work well for you!

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Craig Lwrote a review of on October 11, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

the idea of having a chain ring bolt with an allen head on one side and an insane slot on the other is just dumb. These are kind of bonkers expensive, but they are the only chainring bolts I have seen that are not dumb. Pick up a set and throw your chainring bolt wrench out.

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Craig Lwrote a review of on October 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer


Its no secret at this point that you can't go wrong with a DHR DHF set up. Pretty much the standard against which other tires are measured, these roll reasonably well, and grip like mad. Threw these on a 27+ hardtail and I am a big fan. Also a true 2.8 here, no 2.6 masquerading as a plus tire.

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Craig Lwrote a review of on October 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Its no secret at this point that you can't go wrong with a DHR DHF set up. Pretty much the standard against which other tires are measured, these roll reasonably well, and grip like mad. Threw these on a 27+ hardtail and I am a big fan. Also a true 2.8 here, no 2.6 masquerading as a plus tire.

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Craig Lwrote a review of on October 2, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 215 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Its just hard to justify 200 dollars for a sweatshirt, but if you can get past that, it really is a five star sweatshirt. Merino lining is super soft and keeps the sweatshirt smelling fresh. The heathered fabric looks very nice, and the slight cowl neck adds a little bit of style to what would otherwise just be another sweatshirt. The fit is also spot on 100% perfect. I went with the XL and I am 6'5 210 pounds.

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Craig Lwrote a review of on October 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As others have mentioned, the jersey fabric is a little thicker than normal, but its thicker in a good way. Probably wouldn't be my go to on a 100 degree day, but for most conditions its a very nice weight. Its a soft stretchy fabric, and because its slightly thicker it does feel like you could take a little digger and not shred it.

FIt wise, pretty dialed as well. I went with the Large for a slightly more "sporty" fit. Also for sizing reference I am 6'5 and 210 pounds, There is also extra fabric in the back which helps keep the whole thing in the right place while you are seated on your bike.

Overall would 10/10 recommend.

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Craig Lwrote a review of on October 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Honestly it's a little scary going with one of the cheaper versions of anything. In this case, you could spend literally more than double on a dropper post, or you could settle for a 200 dollar "budget" option. I did that, and so far am really glad I did. Action is smooth and consistent, no play at all and the dropper is obviously of a high quality.

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