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Eric Dwrote a review of on July 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If no one in your circle of riding buddies has one, make sure you do. Wire cutters work but make messy cuts. These cut cleanly, have a crimper on the inside, and just look better in your tool box or on the work bench. Can't mistake those blue tools for anything else.

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Eric Dwrote a review of on July 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I decided to try this out and see if it would work with 2x setup; the short answer is no. The short cage doesn't have enough chain uptake to be able to use the smaller cogs on the rear cassette. Stick with at least a medium cage XT if you're wanting 2x. Oh well, it finally pushed me into a 1x setup.

The 10-36 (FR) works perfectly with that range. It appears to have the range to push it up to a 40T cog on the rear if you go with a large cog conversion. I haven't tried that yet. The clutch is easy to adjust. Solid chain tension and crisp, quick shifts everytime!

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Eric Dwrote a review of on February 8, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

There's nothing spectacular about this hoodie compared to any others from Under Armour. I'm not sure what kind of 'bad weather' it can stand or what 'storm tech' is in this but it doesn't seem like it would hold up to much more than a heavy drizzle for any decent amount of time. The print itself is clear, sharp, and doesn't show any signs of fading or wearing out.

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Eric Dwrote a review of on February 8, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This never leaves one of our vehicles because of how handy it is. I've had no problems with durability, the only gripe I have is that the part that sits over the side of the seat isn't very heavy and doesn't have any way to secure it around the side of the seats. This can result it in shifting to the left or right, depending on how active your dog is going from window to window (especially if you have slippery leather seats).

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Eric Dwrote a review of on December 11, 2016

Great supplement to Ruffwear boots
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these since it seemed like a pretty simple idea, I wouldn't go hiking without socks in my own boots. They are easier to put on a bare paw than the boots by themselves and really aid in putting the boots on. Cinder didn't seem to mind even when the rear ones slid down and bunched up. I'll be buying another set for her rear paws since they are smaller.

We spent a day out in the mud at the SSCXWC PDX race and she ran through the sticky mud, puddles, and had a good time. Once I pulled these off back at the truck her paws were clean and fairly dry! I was very impressed with the pair of boots and liners.

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Eric Dwrote a review of on December 11, 2016

Solid tent, plenty of room
5 5

First off, I would recommend going over any of the seams with a zipper right when you receive the tent. One of the side vent panels in mine had a seam that had been folded over and the stitching was only holding the mesh vent panel to the tent body. I didn't see this within Backcountry's return period so I had to go through Marmot's warranty program. Good news is that it was easy to set up, they paid shipping both ways, and their warranty site shows you the work they are doing. I had it back in my hands less than three weeks after I dropped it off at FedEx. The initial setup was slow via email (a few days in between) but I chose that method so I could include pictures from the get go.

As for the tent, I've had no problems at all. This is being used as a comfy tent and won't see much abuse. Plenty of room for a queen size air mattress (which fits through the door inflated), moto gear bags, and everything the dog wants to bring along. The tent poles don't seem flimsy at all but I can see them bending if they are handled from the very end (think what happens when you extend a tape measure too far). This thing is almost 7ft tall in the center and has a 10x10ft footprint, the poles are extremely long. I use the 'halo' pole to tie off a clothesline to and there was no concern for stability.

Picture below is the Halo 6 (no rain fly) next to my old Marmot Titan 3P (with rain fly). This thing is massive!

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Eric Dwrote a review of on October 17, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

There's not much more to say about any pair of Five Ten shoes than anyone else has covered. They're fantastic, they're durable, and the Stealth rubber is some maniacal cross between super glue and flubber. The 'pattern' on the bottom of the shoe seems to allow you to adjust your foot with a minor twist compared to Five Tens that just have a solid flat bottom. This is a welcome thing, however, since removing your foot completely to re-situate isn't always an option.

They seem to run true-to-size if you base it off of your Euro size, but plan to drop a half size if you're going to base it solely off of your US size.

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Eric Dwrote a review of on October 17, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So far, so good. The graphic seems durable and the fit is spot on (way better than companies that combine S/M and L/XL). I haven't experienced it being any warmer than any other helmet I've had, ventilation seemed adequate for a 3/4 shell.

I'm not fully convinced that the MIPS liner in this helmet will do much in the event of a crash. Compared to a lot of other designs in my moto helmets it seems like this is just a cheap way to sell something as having a MIPS liner. However, the price difference over the non-MIPS version is minimal, so why not have the added protection in the event that you need to use it?

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Eric Dwrote a review of on October 17, 2016

Small size, serious light
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This thing is tiny, we're talking the size of the light itself is only the size of a dime. This tends to be a problem for people like me who can lose their wallet on a daily basis.

On the plus size, it puts out a really bright 'beacon' type of light. Very noticeable and easy to spot but not a lot of illumination. It's good enough that if I did lose it, I wouldn't hesitate to order another one.

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