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Cyclingmastersellerwrote a review of on February 10, 2018

SAVING ENERGY WITH THE MERRELL MOAB FST
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: 9.5 M

Coming in at a mere 1.06 pounds per boot, these boots provide an energy-saving lightweight hike to anywhere. These are mid-height hikers that, once on your feet, soon become a lightweight barrier to all the twigs, stones, gravel, mud and water we all encounter on our sojourns through mother nature's trails of adventure. The Vibram soles are grippy and diverse enough to maintain a hiker's stability no matter the terrain. Merrell came up with new top lace hooks which seem to more securely hold your laces taught, once tied. No issues with water penetrating into the footbed while walking over shallow streams or when walking in the rain. Yeah, Merrell Moab FST is a lightweight mid-hiker that does the trick for short to medium-long hikes, however, if you're planning to carry a heavy pack over many miles I would suggest a more heavy, sturdy boot for that purpose.

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Cyclingmastersellerwrote a review of on February 7, 2018

BEST HIKER EVER, HANDS DOWN - VASQUE GTX
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: 9.5

Here is the straight talk on the best hiking shoe made today -- the Vasque Mantra 2.0 GTX. The picture doesn't even come close to showing you the real beauty of this shoe. When your foot slides into the shoe for the first time you know it's something special -- from its' oilly leather to it's Gortex-lined mesh and lining throughout, you can feel the quality as soon as you begin to tighten the laces from toe to top, wow, it's like sitting in a Porsche ready to hit the road flying (well almost that feeling). And did I mention the tread -- are you kidding me, Vibram improved the rubber compound and even put some color pigment into the rubber to match up with the shoe (instead of that ugly black all the time).
What can I say, if you are wondering whether or not to go VASQUE, because your just not sure of the quality, or mayby that your a Merrill guy/gal, and your hell bent on not changing over to another brand -- DO IT I SAY, DO IT ANYWAY. DO IT FOR YOUR MOTHER, YOUR SISTER, YOUR BROTHER, I DON'T CARE WHO YOU DO IT FOR, BUT JUST TRY THESE VASQUE MANTRA 2.0 GTX hikers and you won't look back!

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Cyclingmastersellerwrote a review of on December 7, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I RUN YELLOW KING, IN BLACK, FROM LIGHTWEIGHT FOR MY LIGHTWEIGHT STANDARD RIMS by Carbon Sport. Whether yellow or black, these pads are, by far, the best pads available for Carbon rims. Spend a little more and get a lot more with Yellow Kings -- the other brands are, well, not nearly as good, to put it mildly. Stick with Swiss Stop when you NEED TO STOP!

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Cyclingmastersellerwrote a review of on November 18, 2017

Best Fizik saddle ever....
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

From its' sleek F-16 fighter jet looks, carbon underside, carbon rails and its' microtex skin, the Fizik Antares 00 is a beautiful lightweight saddle of the highest proportion. There is no other if you're wanting the Best of the Best, period! I used to ride the Alianti and feared the Antares would ride much harder, boy was I wrong, this saddle conforms to your bum quite well and soon you feel like your floating on air and one with your machine.
Lastly, the looks of this saddle have "speed" and "aerodynamics" written all over it. Hey, you've worked too hard getting your machine built up to perfection, now top it off with this beauty, you won't be sorry, I guarantee it!

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Cyclingmastersellerwrote a review of on April 4, 2017

5 5

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

I own the older version of this same shoe -- the one with the buckle top closure -- and I love the shoe. Strings are nice for perfect adjustability, but I am a slight bit nervous when it comes to touring with them over 1,000 or 2,000 miles, will the top string break, I ask? But as far as group rides, racing, and afternoon solitary rides I'm am all in for this shoe. It is stiff, but that's what you want and expect from a high-end shoe from Sidi. If I were to suggest any improvement Sidi could replace the shoe pad with a more comfortable, breathable cushion pad -- the blue is fine, but could be more comfortable. Please don't misunderstand, I love this shoe and do highly recommend it -- the quality craftsmanship of this shoe will blow you away, and the looks and glove-like fit are fabulous!

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Cyclingmastersellerwrote a review of on March 5, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

LISTEN UP, I'VE OWNED THIS HAT FOR 8 -YEARS NOW AND IT'S NEVER FAILED ME IN THE HEAVIEST OF DOWNPOURS. THIS IS A "RAIN" HAT, NOT A FICTITIOUS, FAKE, WATER-LEAKING PIECE OF JUNK. MY SOMBRERO RAIN HAT IS STILL IN "NEW-LIKE" CONDITION, THAT'S WHY I AM GOING TO ORDER ANOTHER ONE, JUST TO HAVE IT ON HAND! NOTE: NO MATTER WHAT SIZE YOU ORDER, THESE HATS HAVE AN ADJUSTABLE VELCRO HEAD-BAND FOR TWEAKING YOUR FIT. I WEAR A 7 1/4, I ORDER THE LARGE AND JUST TWEAK IT A TAD AND IT'S PERFECT, AND I MEAN PERFECT. IN SUM, DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME ON ANY OTHER BRAND IF YOU'RE SEEKING THE BEST RAIN HAT -- YOU JUST FOUND IT, YOU'LL LOVE IT, NOW ORDER ONE. YOU'RE WELCOME!

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Cyclingmastersellerwrote a review of on May 25, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The same great tire as its' 225 gram brother! Same vectran seal! The difference is in the air pressure you can apply -- I run 180psi, but it can roll at 220psi if needed -- not needed. Fast tire, less weight, and very very gripy. Compared to TUFO 33s, they're not as fast (fractional), but are far superior in design and grip. Much much more safe guarded against punctures than TUFO.

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Cyclingmastersellerwrote a review of on January 23, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

1000% waterproof, how's that for a review!
Lightweight, long extension for neck coverage. Front bill also protects against rain for those of us who wear glasses. Top part of the hat is goretex-lined for wind proof, as well as rain-proof protection! I wear mine in the winter as well -- top gortex section keeps the wind out.

There you have it, now get off the couch and get one of these great hats!!! Well worth the price. When, if, mine wears out I'll get another!!! You'll thank me later for this recommendation. I wear a 7 1/4, and I got the Large. What's nice is the internal velcroe adjuster, so you can both tighten or loosen the hat as necessary. Perfect fit no matter what. And the inside top is soooo soft as well.

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Cyclingmastersellerwrote a review of on October 26, 2010

Leaky Tent?  Don't worry, be happy
5 5

Listen up, ok you're having issues with your fly leaking, so here is what you do: Buy a tube of "SEAM GRIP". This is the name of the best sealent on earth for your tent/fly, whatever. I have attached a pic so you can see what the tube looks like. Forget all the other seam sealers out there -- they're junk!
Application: Like all good things, this will take a little time, so prepare to make this a small project. Step 1. Put up your tent, and/or your Fly on your tent (which ever, or both). The idea is to completely stretch out your tent/fly seams at their max. Step 2. Use masking-tape (nothing else will do) and align it on both sides of your seams, i.e., one strip of tape on one side, then another on the other side. Step 3. Once you have done this all you will have exposed now is the seam itself, so go ahead and apply the seam grip to the seam and let dry. Step 4. As the seam grip is mostly dry apply some baby powder on top of the seam grip -- this will prevent it from sticking to the rest of your fly and tent when you go to roll it up. Step 5. Finally, peel back the masking tape and you will have a perfectly sealed seams. Step 6. Lastly, after pealing off the masking tape you will want to leave it sit open and continue it's drying process.

That's it. Just use common sense and all will work out well for you.

I sincerely hope this helps in your quest to seal you leaks.

Don't worry -- be happy!

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Cyclingmastersellerwrote a review of on October 26, 2010

5 5

I have a 20-year old NF Bull Frog, aka heavier Tad Pole, and I love it. Here is the scoop, this tent's rain fly, when properly taken care of, will keep all water out, and the floor, used with a footprint, will stay like new, and keep you dry, even in a stream of water! Sure, you can buy other brands, but when you want "sturdy", then by all means, get yourself a North Face!

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Cyclingmastersellerwrote a review of on February 21, 2010

Top Speed that flats fast as well
3 5

Let's be honest, if you want the best tubular tire for speed, for one race, then this is your tire. If, on the other hand, you're looking for durability and long wear then you're looking at the wrong tire.

This tire is a low milage, expensive tire -- not recommended for your group ride!

This is perhaps the "only" tire type you will find (in a high-end tubular) which truly pumps up to an extremely high pressure (up to 220psi, I run at around 185 psi), and rolls on the very tip of the tire(for the ultimate reduction in rolling resistance).

Conversely, If you want decent speed without any worries regarding flats then I highly recommend the Continental Comp 19 at around 230 grams for the 28/19 tubular (170 psi easy). Now this is a great tire for the money.I hope this helps!Cheers!!!

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