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Forrestwrote a review of on June 25, 2020

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

Let's be straight, $175 is an eye-watering price tag for baggy shorts.
and the liner that comes with 99.9% of baggy shorts is pretty much guaranteed to be terrible.
That's just how it is.
I buy some shorts, toss the liner and wear road bib shorts instead because apparently the MTB shorts designers don't communicate with the Road shorts designers.
So typically I am wearing a set of $200+ bibs under a set of $70-$100 baggies.
I suspect most Mountain bikers that have been into road cycling are on the same program too. Road cyclists get the best chamois.
So simple math here. $200 road bib + $70 Baggies is $270 (I can math)
The reason I bring this up is because these Pearl Izumi Elevate shorts come with a liner. Not only do they come with a liner, but it is easily the best "included" liner I have ever used, and while it isn't a bib liner (which I prefer) it is every bit as good as the chamois in my $200 road bibs. So now $175 really doesn't seem so bad does it.

Moving on from price, I typically wear a size 34 waist in most denim. In some Fox shorts I have to size up to a 36, but in these, I have a size 34 and would say they run a little larger in the waist than I was expecting. Not too big, but a little larger.
The BOA dial for cinching the shorts nice and snug works quite well and offers a good range of adjustment. I thought I would notice it digging into my back with a hip pack on, but I don't, which surprised me because I was expecting it to.

The reverse pockets are weird at first, but then you ride with your phone, wallet, or keys in them and it all makes sense when you are pedaling up. They keep everything situated nicely and I have grown to really like the design.


The materials are light and stretchy but still feels tough. Tougher than some other shorts I have owned, I have crashed in them once (mid-speed on a relatively smooth packed dirt trail) and no damage occurred.
The length is nice, doesn't feel too long and covers my pads nicely.

I never really think of Pearl as a MTB brand but these shorts are a killer offering and are my favorite right now.
When I am going for a longer ride during these warmer months, these are my go-to shorts.

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Forrestwrote a review of on June 23, 2020

Clearly these are amazing
5 5

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

Admittedly I am an Oakley fanboy.
Just wanted to start with that.
I know it might seem silly but I feel like I notice the clarity difference between Oakley and other brands. With that said, these are super clear and I love them. Also, compared to the Oakley Sutro, which I think these are close to, these stay on my nose better with a lighter overall weight and a better grip when my face is sweaty. Plus you can adjust the temples. My face seems pretty average as far as width, I thought these would fall off cause they didn't squeeze very snug, but the nose material really holds on. Then I discovered you can change the tension by bending the temple pieces in the rubbery area, now they fit snug, giving me a little more peace of mind, even though they never moved on me before.
I love these! They are super comfy, stay in place, offer amazing clarity, and block the wind wonderfully.

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Forrestwrote a review of on June 16, 2020

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

I always wear a Medium helmet, except in Fox. For some odd reason almost all of the Fox helmets tend to run small. At least they were consistent, until the new Speedframe helmet, that one runs pretty true to size.

In Giro, Bell, Lazer, Troy Lee, and Specialized, I am a medium, in POC I wear a M/L, In the Fox Speedframe I am a Medium but in the Dropframe and Airframe I am a Large.
I find Giro, Specialized, and Fox helmets fit my head shape the best, pretty sure my head is more oval. Bell and Troy Lee are less comfy to me, pretty sure they fit a little more round.

With the Rampage Pro Carbon (RPC) I am a Large for sure. This is one of the best fitting helmets I have had, and what I mean by best fitting, is that it isn't loose, it fits my head very snug but does not create any painful pressure points. I love all of the focus on safety with this helmet, and it is plenty breathable for a full face DH helmet.

I would maybe dock this helmet 1/2 a star for being heavier than some of the competition, but with that said, I only wear it for Shuttle and Lift runs so the weight has never really bothered me, but on paper it bothers me to the tune of 1/2 a star.
BUT
I also feel like the technology Fox packed into this helmet is top-notch. You know it has to be good when a safety powerhouse like MIPS (check the Virginia Tech Helmet safety tests if you still doubt MIPS effectiveness) purchases the "Fluid Inside" technology used in this helmet.
I think Fox took years of Moto experience and designed an incredibly safe helmet here. Overkill for MTB? Is there such a thing? I mean, it is your head after all.

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Forrestwrote a review of on May 28, 2020

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wrote my first review, absolutely stoked on this tool, and I stand by it.
Easily my favorite multi-tool ever.
BUT with one thing to consider that might be a big deal for some and it needs to be known.
The bits, they are a proprietary bit, smaller than what you can buy ina hardware store.
This doesn't sound like an issue, but if you lose one...
you have to buy a new bit set, which isn't cheap.
Maybe WT will sell you an individual bit, but think about this, if you lose a bit on the trail, it was a bit you needed, and it's gone.
I just bring this up because I have used this tool a dozen times for trailside adjustments and I love it, but a couple of times I have the bit get slightly wedged in the allen bolt, and when I pull the tool away it stays in just long enough to pull out of the handle and then fall to the ground. I had this happen in the grass and it was pretty hard to find. Luckily the back side of this tool is a magnet and I could sweep the area with it and it picked up the missing bit, but that could have been bad.

Again, I LOVE THIS TOOL.
but this is something I noticed and is worth noting.

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Forrestwrote a review of on May 8, 2020

5 5

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

This Jersey is nutty light, breathes insanely well and seems like it has dried in the time it takes me to hang it up after the wash. The pockets are amazingly well supported and don't sag like inferior jerseys, the sleeves are a really nice and modern length.

Pairs beautifully with the PRO Air bib shorts, this jersey is a bit more compressive/aggressively fit than most other Pearl Izumi jerseys. I would say it fits very similarly to my Assos Equipe RS jersey, maybe just slightly less compressive than the Assos Jersey.

This is a premium Jersey, and I love it. The materials, the quality of contstruction, the fit, breathability and ability to wick away sweat.
It feels fast, no joke, it actually feels faster.

Pick up this jersey and enjoy the feeling of speed!

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Forrestwrote a review of on March 31, 2020

5 5

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

I have particular tastes in gloves. No Velcro, No padding and Breathable for Utah Summer riding.
My favorite gloves in the past have been the Giro DND gloves and the Fox Ascent glove.
The DND glove is great if you feel like $45 is too much for gloves. The Fox Ascent was amazing, you might even say the palm was too grippy, but I love them. They have been discontinued so there's that.
These Outsiders are my current favorite glove. They are well ventilated, have been durable, fit true to size (I am a Medium in Giro and most other companies, Large in Fox) and provide excellent grip. If you like riding in gloves that don't have padding and do not have a Velcro closure, these should be at the top of your list.

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Forrestwrote a review of on December 26, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have always been a park rat, I am not good at it, but riding park was my only motivation to buy a pass. I typically preferred softer, more playful, twin style boards.
The Never Summer Swift changed that for me. It was the first time I had ridden a board and had no desire to do park laps, carving was unlike any board I had ridden before. The Swift literally changed my perspective on riding, which is a big deal because I have been snowboarding since 1996.

Now why am I talking about the Swift in a review about the new West Bound? Because the West evolved this year, into a totally new board with the West Bound. It shares a similar Fusion Rocker Camber profile to the Swift, and has a tapered profile, with a slightly wider nose that will make it better on powder days. Basically the West became somewhat of a Shaper Series board and it is better for it. The board is nicely dampened, it doesn't feel numb but does a fantastic job silencing ice chatter. This thing digs tranches, it has a fantastically fun carving profile. The last thing I will mention is that this board feels more agile than the Swift, heel to toe carves take a little less effort and happen faster. The Westbound is simply a fantastic All Mountain snowboard. It is stable, relatively stiff (I would give it a 7/10) and it loads up nicely in turns.
The original west was good, but nothing to write home about. This new West Bound brings a unique ride that sets it apart from the rest and I highly recommend it.

Boards I have ridden in the last year just so you know where I am coming from: NeverSummer Shaper Twin, Funslinger, Swift, Burton Custom, Kilroy 3D, Battaleon Evil Twin, Rome Ravine, Endeavor B.O.D., Salomon Assassin Pro, and a lot more boards than that if we go back more than the last year. (I love Demo's)

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Forrestwrote a review of on December 23, 2019

5 5

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

I just got this, and I am blown away. It is crazy light, ergonomic, and smart. I have been carrying a crank brothers m17 multi tool for the last 15 years on my mountain bike and the (and the Park IB-2 on my gravel bike). The M17 is a great tool, has everything I have ever needed on the trail and is probably your best option if you are looking for a great tool on a budget, but my issues with it are that it is pretty heavy and bulky, the size of the M17 has caused some issues in hard to reach areas and I have scratched the finish on a couple of parts as a result of being tired and in a hurry.

On to the Wolf Tooth EnCase tool. I was intrigued by the design and I have had a number of Wolf Tooth items in the past including their fantastic ReMote dropper lever. I thought the idea was solid and wanted to try a new tool. The finish quality is top notch, I tried out a number of the tools and the ability to turn this from a straight driver style of tool to an L bend tool is genius. The package is smaller than you think it is going to be and it is significantly lighter than my Crank Brothers tool. The magnets offer excellent bit retention, so much that I feel the o-rings are not quite necessary but maybe if the tool is getting jostled about in your pack they might be needed.
The handle allows you to apply the right amount of torque for pretty much any bike parts without discomfort and the profile allows you to get into hard to reach places.
According to the Wolf Tooth site, this weighs in at 50 grams which is nuts. My M17 tool weighs in at 168g and even my super small Park too weighs in at 110g.
I am aware that the one major tool I would be giving up with this compared to the M17 is the chain tool. I am so very impressed with everything about this tool that I will be purchasing the chain tool next.

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Forrestwrote a review of on November 20, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have noticed a recurring theme with Peak Designs gear.
Quality, and Thoughtfulness
I am impressed with this bag, you can wear it on your back to keep your hands free, it has a slot for your carryon handle to go through, the quality of materials and craftsmanship of the bag are top notch, and the magnetic closure is very cool. I am a fan of this as a travel bag, as an airplane "personal item" and for general use. As a dedicated camera bag it is pretty cool but if your kit includes more than a mirrorless camera and an extra lens then maybe you would be better off with a backpack to carry the extra weight.
All in all I am a big fan.

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Forrestwrote a review of on October 18, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

Big fan of this jersey, super breathable and lightweight. Great for those hotter days. The little pocket built-in is great for something like a Gu Packet or some other small trailside goods.
The little logo on the back is super reflective, which is a nice touch.
I am a big fan of the neckline, and the overall fit is very T-Shirt like.
The fit almost threw me off, it seems like lots of brands are edging toward more aggressive, slimmer fit, and this is very much an American T-Shirt fit, which honestly I prefer.
For T's I usually wear a Large or XL depending on the brand, I ordered this in an XL and ended up sizing down to a Large.

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Forrestwrote a review of on October 15, 2019

5 5

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

OK, so what we have here is pretty much the best thing to happen to helmets since pretty much forever.

Let me explain

The sweat channel system that Bell has incorporated is genius. It works and works well. The only time it doesn't perform exceptionally is when I haven't washed the liner in a while and the nasty build up in the pads prevents the sweat from flowing down the sweat channel.
I have more of a Giro Shaped head. For mountain helmets, I have owned the Specialized Ambush, Giro Xen, POC Tectal, and Smith Forefront. The sixer is easily the least ideal for my head shape. Not uncomfortable, just not as perfect as the POC, Giro, Smith and Specialized helmets. BUT, the retention system is really good at making up for the rounder shape and I reach for my Bell Sixer over my Tectal, Ambush, and Forefront. The sweat channel is fantastic at keeping sweat out of my eyes and off of my glasses and I love the MIPS technology and progressive layering foam that gives me peace of mind in case of a crash.
One thing I love that I didn't realize I would, is the breakaway GoPro mount. It is a super easy quick-release mount. I have never used it for a GoPro, but I use it during fall night rides for my Light & Motion Urban light that mounts to a GoPro mount. Super easy to take the light on and off and I love it.

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Forrestwrote a review of on October 15, 2019

5 5

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

I am super glad that mountain shorts do not include liners anymore. They were terrible, just the worst. They were always shorts, and bibs are far more comfortable, and the chamois that is used in the standard mountain liner is pretty much a slab of foam sewn into a mesh brief. Maybe I wouldn't have that opinion if I wasn't riding road bibs. Road bibs were my jam, far better in pretty much every way, but this new generation of MTB specific bib liners are vastly improved and, especially when doing rides 3 hours or less, are better than many road bibs.

Things I love.
There is a flap to pee out of. I didn't think much of it until I had to use it. It is simply more convenient, especially if you wear a hip pack, with these shorts I don't have to take off my hip pack to pee. With other Bib shorts they rise above the hip pack belt so you have to remove the hip pack to pull down the shorts. Not so with the Endura Bibs.
The Chamois is actually situated slightly rearward. Not a lot, seems like just a few millimeters, but just enough to make up for the fact that on a mountain bike you are typically more upright than a road bike and the chamois is situated to support better.
Not as compressive on my junk. Almost the same feeling as the Assos Crater Cooler, but not quite, these shorts do not compress your bits and are more comfortable because of it.
These are a dedicated liner, they are noticeably thinner and more breathable than even the best road bibs and that is a major plus as things get warmer on midsummer rides.
Pockets, lots of pockets. These are great for that 1-hour ride after work when you don't even want to grab the hip pack, you just want to get out for a quick spin before it gets dark. I never used the Hydration bladder compatible pocket, but I used all of the others and was happy with my experience.

If I were to complain about something, it would be the Chamois, it was great for any sub-3-hour ride, or when paired with a comfortable saddle, but for longer rides or rides on a demo bike with a crappy saddle, I was wishing for a better chamois.
I was going to dock this thing a star for that, but then reminded myself that the chamois I was comparing this to were in shorts that were 2x and 3x this price and are an unfair comparison.
I thought I was going to badmouth the little button snaps on the back that are designed to work with the Endura shorts, but I never noticed them.

All in all these shorts are great. I would happily pay an additional $30 to get this exact same short with an even better chamois.
I know you can make that happen Endura, I know you can.

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Forrestwrote a review of on October 14, 2019

5 5

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

I was once an unbeliever when it came to Knickers.
I thought they were a dumb idea.
I thought, why would I buy Knickers or 3/4 tights when I could just run knee warmers with shorts, or full-length tights.
Now my eyes are open and these Pearl 3/4 tights are simply fantastic. I have worn these a few times, most recently on a night MTB ride that started around 34 degrees and ended around 28 degrees. Now while this is a lower temperature range than I would typically recommend for 3/4 tights, they performed exceptionally well, keeping me from thinking about the cold temps. Ideally, you would wear these more in the low 40's to high 50's. I would say they are better in colder temps than any of the other 3/4 tights that I own. Knickers are just so much more comfortable and convenient than wearing shorts and knee warmers, they are for sure warmer where it counts, but they don't trap all of the heat that full tights do, and this keeps you from overheating as easily at warmer temps. I highly recommend these.
I wear an XL in Castelli and a Large in Assos
These 3/4 tights from Pearl fit wonderfully in a Large

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Forrestwrote a review of on September 19, 2019

Pot of Gold
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I cannot believe I have taken so long to review these pedals.
They are fantastic!
Brief history, I started riding clipless on some old Ritchey pedals back in 2001 or so, and they were not great. After a couple of years I bought some Cranbrothers Candy pedals, I was riding the same shoes for road and mountain and had a set of Candy pedals on each bike. They were alright, and a significant step up from the old Ritchey's. I had some accidental releases, where I would pedal into a rock and hitting the rock would release my foot. It didn't happen all the time but I had one ride where it happened three times and I was over it. I switched to the TIME ATAC carbon pedals. They were amazing, I felt more attached to my bike, they cleared mud and debris really well and they just worked. Curiosity got the better of me and I switched to Shimano and rode the XT and XTR trail and XC pedals for a number of years, up until about a year ago when the Time Speciale 12 pedals came out. I snagged a pair and was reminded about what makes Time so great. Excellent mud clearance, a very positive feel and sound when entering the pedal and quality craftsmanship. I am lucky enough to have two mountain bikes and when the Speciale 8's came out, I grabbed a pair of them as well. The 12 has a larger platform, comparable with the Shimano Saint pedal, but significantly lighter. The 8 is more inline with an XT/XTR pedal when it comes to platform size, and comes in at about the same weight as XTR.
For Pedal setup, you can run the front pins, I don't, but they would keep your shoe even more planted on the pedal if you do. The Speciale 12 utilized 4 pins for maximum traction and minimal movement. If you run the pins too high you run the risk of a more difficult entry and exit.
I have ridden these pedals in the FiveTen Hellcat Pro, FiveTen Kestrel, Giro Terraduro, and Shimano S-Phyre shoes and they work wonderfully.

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Forrestwrote a review of on September 16, 2019

Definitely one of the top 35 bars
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been riding the Skywire bar since sometime back in April. It is a great bar, stiff and responsive, lightweight, and the matte finish and graphics look fantastic too. I have ridden 35 diameter bars from Yeti, Santa Cruz, Race Face, Chromag, and Renthal and I feel like these are some of the best riding 35 diameter bars out there.

With that said, I do prefer the less stiff 31.8 diameter handlebars like the Deity Mohawk bar when it comes to soaking up trail chatter, but these Skywire bars are the closest in ride feel that I have ridden and they look amazing. I bought the Matte Chrome bar and it looks great in person. Super clean graphics.



For installation, I did use some carbon prep under my brake lever clamps, they kept moving on me at the recommended torque spec but a little carbon prep solved that.

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Forrestwrote a review of on September 16, 2019

Definitely one of the top 35 bars
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been riding the Skywire bar since sometime back in April. It is a great bar, stiff and responsive, lightweight, and the matte finish and graphics look fantastic too. I have ridden 35 diameter bars from Yeti, Santa Cruz, Race Face, Chromag, and Renthal and I feel like these are some of the best riding 35 diameter bars out there.
With that said, I do prefer the less stiff 31.8 diameter handlebars like the Deity Mohawk bar when it comes to soaking up trail chatter, but these Skywire bars are the closest in ride feel that I have ridden and they look amazing. I bought the Matte Chrome bar and it looks great in person. Super clean graphics.

For installation, I did use some carbon prep under my brake lever clamps, they kept moving on me at the recommended torque spec but a little carbon prep solved that.

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Forrestwrote a review of on September 16, 2019

Thing of Beauty
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Deity Copperhead stems are fantastic, the anodization and the milling are top-notch, they are available in the most common sizes and they add a bit of flair to any bike they are installed on. The super-short stack height keeps everything nice and low, but also offers a rider the opportunity to run this stem a little higher on the steerer tube than other stems.
I run a K-Edge Garmin mount on top of my Copperhead stem, and in order for the mount to clear the stem, you need about 15mm of spacers. Not a big deal, just something to note since the bar clamp area is a little taller than the steerer clamping area.
These stems are plenty stiff too, especially in the 35mm clamp.
I love Deity components, I love the story behind the company and the overall philosophy, so yeah, I am a bit of a fanboy, but they do it well and they do it right. You cannot go wrong and would never be let down by the Copperhead stem.

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Forrestwrote a review of on September 12, 2019

A Riot
5 5

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

Ok, Ok, I may not be known around the office for my love of e-bikes but this thing is pretty fun. It is easy to use, charge, and switch between power settings.
I was able to get out on a 35 mile, 2000' of climbing group ride with some fast riders ( disclaimer: I am not fast). I stayed in the medium setting for most of the ride and used about 90% of the battery ( disclaimer: I am not light @~190) This was fun to ride, genuinely fun, and I was grateful for the assistance because the group I was riding with was pretty quick and I would have been dropped in the first few miles. With this, I was able to keep up with the group for the entire ride, other than one section where it was a slight downhill and they were able to maintain a pace of 27 mph or so and I was unable to keep up since the motor stops assisting around 20 mph. No worries though I caught back up as soon as the hills started again.
Bottom line, this is a fun way to keep up with speedier riders, particularly on the climbs.

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