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Eric Blue

Eric Bluewrote a review of on April 21, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have tried 7-8 different pair of mountain bike shoes over the past 5 years of various styles(from the more traditional MTB shoe to the 5-10 style). These are by far my favorite. Reason - perfect combination of traction for walking, adjustability and fit. The cinch laces are great and can get the shoe nice and tight, the lace cover is great, and I really like the "cuff" that provides a some protection around the ankle. Cleat adjust-ability is also nice. I have about 1500 miles on my first pair with no issues and I bought a second just in case they go out of stock or get discontinued. Primarily used for what I would call "aggressive" trail riding - all single track with lots of technical features - but not too much "hike a biking".

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Eric Blue

Eric Bluewrote a review of on March 31, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Really like the storage, compartments, and they way the pack sits while riding(lower center of gravity). I LOVE that the waist strap is very wide - makes the pack feel very secure. Also really like the fact that the hose disconnects from the reservoir to help while filling up the pack and the hose lock prevents leaking in the truck if you accidentally set something on the hose. Hose is very easy to disconnect/reconnect. Overall like the pack better than my M.U.L.E NV.

That said, agree with the previous reviewer - the reservoir is a massive pain to get into the pack once filled with water - much more difficult than the N.V. and way more difficult than it should have to be. You almost have to "stuff it" into place. I have 5 rides with the pack so far so I may get the hang of it sooner or later, but never had this issue with other Camelbak packs and I have had several. This prevents a 5 star rating.

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Eric Bluewrote a review of on May 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Yes its expensive, but its worth it and I would buy another in a heartbeat. Huge gauge (good for people in their mid 40's ha ha) - perfect for dialing in the proper pressure. I use it on plus tires and standard MTB tires. Very solid feeling unlike many other pumps, very solid base, etc. Perfect for tubeless if you don't want to use an air compressor to seat the tires. Its a high volume pump. If running presta valves you will most likely need to flip the gasket in the head(easy to do). Best MTB pump on the market.

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Eric Blue

Eric Bluewrote a review of on May 5, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this pack - it is my third. Sits well on my back, large reservoir, separate pocket for my keys, phone, and wallet. It easily holds a mini pump, shock pump, bottle of stans, a multi-tool, and a few other things I probably dont need. Reservoir is easy to fill and NEVER leaks. Can also throw a small jacket in when needed - which isnt often since I live in FLA.

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Eric Blue

Eric Bluewrote a review of on June 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: 12

I am 46 year old aggressive trail rider - ride 5.5-6" trail bikes/All Mountain bikes. Traditionally I have used more cross country oriented shoes and wanted to try something a bit different.

I have about 10 rides on these shoes s in the past 3 weeks and really like them. The lace/strap combination is great, comfortable, stiff enough sole for power transfer, and they look great. They aren't for racing but perfect for anything else. I don't want to use my other shoes anymore.

I like them so much I bought a second pair for myself and a pair for my 17 year old son.

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