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Derrick Smithwrote a review of on November 6, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Who doesn’t like a PB&J mid-ride? Plenty of calories packed in these snacks. I eat one for rides that last over 2 hours and supplement my calorie intake with scratch or cliff gummies every hour. They taste great and have a good shelf life for all natural to-go food.

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Derrick Smithwrote a review of on May 21, 2019

1 5

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

I bought this to pick up fresh brew from the brewery during the week to enjoy over the weekend. When I received it, the ceramic coating on the inside had a blemish or chip missing from the bottom. I purchased this as a non-metal alternative to keep my brew tasting as it should so naturally was disappointed but I can live with it. 2 days later I had it filled, placed it in my passenger seat and in the 20 minute drive home, a small puddle of my delicious brew had developed in my seat. If it leaks liquid, how is it air tight? If it isn't air tight, how does it keep my beer fresh? I've emailed Stanley with my distaste with no response. I should have went with Hydro Flask but the ceramic coating persuaded me to stray from what I know. On the plus side, Backcountry took good care of me like they always do.

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Derrick Smithwrote a review of on May 4, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have both. The guide pin works great for QR wheels but that is quickly becoming dated so I picked up the non-pin version for the extra versatility. A little extra care is needed to make sure it is perfectly flush without a guide but works like a champ. The 12mm pin version is also on my wishlist as soon as they come back in stock as XD cassettes can sometimes be a bear. Another great tool from Park, will last a lifetime plus some and absolutely required for any home mechanic's box.

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Derrick Smithwrote a review of on April 30, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So the downtube water bottle cage you had high hopes for on your mountain bike......turns out your front tire kicks dirt on your bottle so your teeth get a big sand blasting when you take a swig. Put that cage to use with this little tool keg perfect for most of your trailside needs.

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Derrick Smithwrote a review of on April 17, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've ridden 5.10 Freeriders for years but on long descents, I start feeling my pedal pins a bit to much for comfort. In the search for a thicker sole, I picked up the GR7 from Shimano. This is a stiff sole indeed, so much so I cannot feel the pedal underfoot. I've replaced my pedal pins with longer versions and we are getting along at the moment but the search for the perfect flat pedal shoe continues. I love the hard toe cap which is a no brainer but the neoprene debris sleeve surprised me. Out of the box I wasn't stoked on it but they work great and you don't notice them. Pebbles in your shoe are a thing of the past! They are way more durable than the 5.10 sole, I usually tear through the rubber on 5.10 in a season but I'm going on season 2 with these and no signs of wear on the bottom. For sizing, I wear an 8.5US and went with the 42 which fit great. If you want to talk about my flat pedal journey, where I'm going next, and how you can skip the trial and error process of finding a great flat shoe, give me a call at extension 2348.

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Derrick Smithwrote a review of on April 17, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this shirt so much I ordered just about every color they offer. It's my new favorite shoulder season riding shirt and snazzy enough to wear off the bike and out on the town. The fit is spot on, I have a 40" chest and went with a medium and it's perfect.

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Derrick Smithwrote a review of on April 17, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used other brands, but nothing stays in place yet is easily removable for accessing internal nipples with no mess. Get your tubeless setup done right with the proper tool for the job.

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Derrick Smithwrote a review of on March 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you do any home wrenching, these are a must have. Any old school cup and cone hubs, your little ones 12", even new wheels like e13 require them for basic maintenance. Get the right tool for the job and it's a breeze. Not only at home, I've used this set professionally for years and they hold up to anything you can throw at them.

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Derrick Smithwrote a review of on March 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Typically my mountain bike kit consists of a "road chamois" tucked under my baggies and I don't stray from the usual big players who know how to make a great fitting, highly absorbent chamois. I just haven't had much luck with the popular MTB companies trying to put out liner shorts but I'm not one to throw in the towel and give up. Owning a few other 7Mesh pieces and realizing the thoughtful design and premium materials, I thought I would try their liner short. I am 6', 170lbs, true 31" waist and I don't wear a "small" anything so was super nervous ordering the small as per the size chart. The fit is snug, as I would expect, to the point of compressive. They are comfortable, everything stays where it should on the body, and I was able to put in a 4 hour ride comfortably. This is the first "liner short" to ever make my regular chamois rotation and one I would buy again.

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Derrick Smithwrote a review of on March 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Man I love these shorts! 4 pockets, 2 traditional and 2 zippered having your items comfortable and secure while pedaling. They also double as ventilation when empty and open. The adjustable waist makes for a perfect fit. I am 6', 34" inseam, 170lbs, true size 31 waist and the small fits perfect. I usually wear medium shorts so check the size chart! The length is perfect for me but some may find them to be a tad long. They sit right at the bottom of my knee cap but don't get caught up on knee pads. Crotch is the right cut, not getting hung up on the saddle when hanging off the back. I can't imagine a better designed MTB short.

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Derrick Smithwrote a review of on March 15, 2019

3 5

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

I picked up one of these chairs for the small footprint. I was squeezing 2 weeks worth of mountain biking, camping, and snowboarding into my Ford Focus and needed something to take up very little space. This chair does just that, being a foot long folded up and in the bag so fit my needs. As a chair however, it's not something you'll want to sit in for hours. It's just there to take a load off momentarily and does a great job for short campfire conversation before hitting the sleep pad but keep the evening beers to a minimum if this is your only perch.

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Derrick Smithwrote a review of on February 21, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I've worn these about 10 times for lift served snowboarding. I do these under my shell ski pants and that's all I need for single digit riding. They breathe well yet provide enough warmth for anything. Hate how expensive they are because I need about 3 more pair to reduce laundry days but worth every penny.

I am 6', 170lbs, 34" inseam, 31" waist and went with the medium.

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Derrick Smithwrote a review of on February 20, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Happy Customer

I purchased this coat early season and now have about 20 days of lift served snowboarding with it. All-in-all, pretty stoked on the function, fit, and quality.

Bad: Let's get this out of the way first. Very minor complaint but with the waist cinched tight using the draw cord, the bottom few inches of the coat (from the end to the powder skirt) will flip up on the chairlift and you'll need to push it back down before every run. Performance wise not a problem, but aesthetically, gotta look good to feel good. The real complaint I have for the bad is the hood. You have to zip up the main zipper all the way to get it over your helmet and the fit with my Smith Variance is so tight, you can't turn your head with the hood on rendering it pretty useless. I have a SHRED helmet that allows a little more mobility but not enough. The hood has a draw string on the closure so I would imagine you can get it fitted without a helmet but I never ride without one so not sure about that. I've removed the hood from my coat but I would love to have one. Lastly, the cuffs on the sleeves have a zippered closure/adjustment and the system to keep snow out relies heavily on the use of the thumb loops. Maybe my gloves are to short or to long (DAKINE Leather Titan Gore-Tex) but I find they work their way out of the coat if tucked in or bunch up around the wrist with the coat tucked in the glove. Either way, it's more of a nuisance since as long as you use the thumb holes, nothing gets in.

Good: From top to bottom, this is a nicely designed piece once you ditch the removable hood. The mouth and neck area is fleece lined to so it's soft on the skin. The armpit vents run just above the elbow all the way to kidneys really allowing you to fine tune the amount of ventilation. I'm cold natured so always bundled up and I wear this coat with a thermal baselayer and mid-layer and ususally run the vents half open and sweating. I'm sure with the insulation of this jacket I can forgo one of those layers but I never want to risk it. The powder skirt fits great and does a great job of keeping out the powder, more on that later. ALL THE POCKETS! 2 waterproof zippered chest, 2 waterproof zippered waist (fleece lined), one zippered inside with media hole, 2 large netted pockets inside for storing gloves or goggles, and one waterproof zippered on the sleeve with goggle wipe. I find this a great spot for a lift ticket to avoid the humping of the gate. :)

Fit: I'm 6'0, 170lbs, 34" inseam (long arms), 31" waist and originally went with the large as usually sleeves are to short for me and I was worried about not being able to use the thumbholes. I ended up swapping it out for a Medium which turns out to be like a tailored fit. The sleeves (thumbholes) are perfect, the length is good, and it fits great in the chest with or without a mid-layer. The powder skirt has 2 adjustments which appear to be for 30" waist or 32". I'm on the larger of the two settings and could do the smaller, but it doesn't need to be that snug.

Overall, I'm happy with my purchase and would likely buy this coat again. The fit, warmth, and features win over the shortcomings of the hood.

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