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Kevin Schaefer

Kevin Schaeferwrote a review of on September 23, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This chainring is great. The oval is a noticeable difference and took me a couple of rides to get used to. But whether you are on flats or clipless it makes for a pedal stroke that feels more consistent and equally powerful all the way around. If you are making some upgrades to your drivetrain you should add this to your list! I'll be sticking with the oval from here out.

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Kevin Schaeferwrote a review of on September 6, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This preshell is great! It is super breathable and UV resistant so it functions well as an active piece on warm sunny days as a sun hoody. If you start to get warm in it it doesn't take much of a breeze to cool you down. It has a light DWR coating so if any precip comes through it beads light rain off surprisingly well. I've had it for summer and fall, its a great everyday piece for hiking, climbing, biking, anything you need some sun/weather protection. Stoked to use it come winter for touring!

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Kevin Schaeferwrote a review of on June 24, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This bike so much fun! I know 29er's are all the rage these days, but don't you remember how nimble and quick 27.5 was on the downhills? How fast you could hit turns? Those jump lines felt so comfortable. Your confidence was at an all-time high with those fun 27.5 wheels. The 5010 is all this and so much more. There is a flip chip that allows you to slack the bike out a bit, this is my preferred set up. The bb gets a little low, pedal strikes are surprisingly easy but the slightly slacked out geo feels so great! Flow trails are a blast, rock gardens become playful. I shoud mention also that this bike climbs pretty great as well! It's not a Santa Cruz Blur or XC race bike on the way up, but with its mid travel and healthy weight, the uphills aren't bad. Plus you can lock the shock out for some extra efficiency.
Bottom line, one of my favorite bikes on the down for mid travel, its super fun and playful, quick and nimble. For the uphills, it's a bike! Going uphill, you're the motor, it'll do as good and go as fast as you can push it! I am 5'10" and ride the medium but could ride a large as well.

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Kevin Schaeferwrote a review of on June 13, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am 5'10 with a 32" inseam and rode this bike in a medium in Utah and Colorado. This is hands down one of my favorite bikes next to the Yeti SB130. I would say choosing between these two bikes is a riding style preference. Yeti for fast and crushing climbs, evil for taking the fun up another notch and having the most fun playful downhills you can! But riding this bike all over the Grand Junction area this bike climbs like a beast, the 29er wheels make the ups so much faster and easier. When the downhill comes around the progressive geometry of the bike inspires confidence to jump blind into rock gardens to go bigger and faster than you have before. With Dave's DELTA rear suspension design, you get a progressive flex, the 140mm travel feels like so much more! I certainly use all of the travel, but don't feel like I need more at all. If you are looking for a bike in evil's line catered towards smoother trails, berms, and jumps, look at the following. But if you want a bike that'll crush everything in the trail and get up for lap after lap, day after day, this is my top choice.

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Kevin Schaeferwrote a review of on June 13, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been able to spend some weekends on this bike in a medium. I am 5'10" with a 32" inseam. The medium fits great, but a large would probably be my go-to for a longer and more stable bike.

The 120mm rear travel is surprisingly capable, depending on your riding style and local trails this could make for an awesome everyday trail crusher. On smooth flow trails with berms, pumps, and jumps this bike is a blast! When things get a little more rocky and techy, this bike still rolls them pretty easily, especially compared to other bikes with similar travel. The offering, with a 140mm rear travel, is certainly better suited for the more rocky an technical trails though.

This bike is my top pick for a shorter travel 29er that has some pretty progressive geometry. Size up for more bike and stability, or stick with true to size for a fun and nimble ride. If you are riding smooth flow trails for days, this bike is amazing. It'll rip jumps and berms no problem. If you want a little more cush to your ride, go with offering to better handle faster steeper descents.

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Kevin Schaeferwrote a review of on June 12, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is my go-to bag for everything. Long weekends allow me to throw all of my bike gear in here easy, toss it in the truck and go! longer vacations this carries all the gear you need, and some internal zippered pockets help keep gear organized. The straps are easy to remove so you can keep them if you like the backpack carry, or remove them if you want to clean up the outside of the bag. It holds all my ski gear in winter, bike gear in summer, it is the perfect go bag for your next adventure!

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Kevin Schaeferwrote a review of on June 12, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have used this pack from some canyoneering and it does great! The fabric is super durable so you don't have to worry rubbing up against canyon walls or wearing a hole in it. The inside of the bag is white, so it makes finding your gear super easy also, it isn't a black hole. Also, with the roll top design and such, the bag is waterproof, so you can toss it and not worry about it sinking!
Would recommend if you are looking for a light, simple, and durable bag for canoyeering, or anything else. Works great carrying a rope over the top for days climbing. Can't go wrong with this pack!

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Kevin Schaeferwrote a review of on May 22, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This toolset is pretty well stocked. For doing bike trips it is super easy to grab this with the rest of the gear. Whatever bike problem you encounter this toolset is pretty ready to tackle. The tools have a nice weight to them so they feel solid to work with. Would fully recommend if you are looking for a good collection of bike tools to cover your daily mechanic needs. Also, the tool case is easily attached to a repair stand so you have everything organized and easy acces!

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Kevin Schaeferwrote a review of on March 5, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this bag for a lot of flying this winter. Took it from SLC to Paris to Chamonix on a handful of flights and layovers. This bag certainly has some scuffs on it but held up great. The curvy zipper is nice because it allows you to access your gear easily when traveling. It also has some straps to carry a Thule boot bag on the ski bag. Well built, well thought out. Built for travel, use and abuse!

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Kevin Schaeferwrote a review of on March 5, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is great for mountaineering. This with a Petzl Rad line makes for smooth controlled rappels. I've used a BD ATC Guide with two carabiners to try to get extra friction with the small line, but rappels are choppy and weird. This keeps your speed in control, is super light, and was made for skinny ropes.

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Kevin Schaeferwrote a review of on March 5, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Ya. These will go through anything. When you are going slow, they are quick and playful. at speeds, they are damp and stable. Not sure how the ski wizards at Blizzard came up with this ski but hats off to them. I don't think there is another ski out there that is as versatile as this. If you want a traditional tail, but like the rockered tip, look at the Nordica Enforcers. If you want a more traditional ski without rockered tip and tail, look at the Bonafides. Metal for the win.

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Kevin Schaeferwrote a review of on March 5, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love this harness. It packs down super small, weighs nothing, and feels pretty good. I like that you can easily put it on without having to take your boots off. The waist and leg loops both come fully undone so you can very easily put it on anywhere. So if you're in the steep chute, and just got to your rappel and need to still put your harness on, you can do that pretty easily and comfortably for that situation. Or start your couloir with your harness on already, cuz duh, and you won't even notice it on!

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Kevin Schaeferwrote a review of on March 5, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I picked this pack up for ski mountaineering. It does a good job of carrying everything I need for the day, but not much more. I purchased the 32L over the 40L for a couple of reasons though- the 40L has a different hip pocket design, the 32L has a "gear loop" which is really nice when you're building an anchor and playing with gear, it makes it really easy to clip gear right there, and not try to find the gear loop on your harness under your jacket and layers. Also, the "suspension" doesn't change on the 40L, if I'm going to be adding more weight to the pack, I would like to see burlier carrying as to carry the load better, but that's my personal preference. For a 40L pack, I would look at Mystery Ranch's Patrol 45L if you're are looking for a larger pack that will carry that weight well. Overall I'm pretty happy with this pack. Avi pocket fits all of my gear with minimal organizer loops in there. The main pocket fits all of my gear- rope, harness, crampons, layers, water, etc... The cinch collar is nice, makes for a large opening accessing your gear, plus it has a side zip to access everything. Carries skis in an A-frame ok-ish could be better, could be way worse! Top pocket on the lid is small but fits the random daily stuff.

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Kevin Schaeferwrote a review of on March 5, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I don't like buying new hats. Once I find something I like I'll wear it until its falling apart. But my old hat served its time and was due for replacement so I picked this hat up. The fit is great, the material is soft and nice. Great for touring in the winter. Will wear it until it worn out!

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Kevin Schaeferwrote a review of on March 5, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Pretty stoked on these. They are thin, small, light and strong. Kind of the wonder combo of characteristics. I picked up a few different lengths for this winter for ski mountaineering building anchors. The price is right so if leave a few behind its easy enough to buy a replacement.

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Kevin Schaeferwrote a review of on March 5, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I picked up a few of these to see how I like them. They have their specific uses for me. Mostly just my personal anchor and atc. But the Black Diamond Mini Pearabiner Screwgate have become my go-to really. I recommend trying them if you are curious, but again I like the Mini Pearabiner more for something more versatile.

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Kevin Schaeferwrote a review of on March 5, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Picked up a couple of these to add to the rack for use in winter for ski mountaineering. Light and tough. Really happy with them. Will certainly keep using them into the summer! I love the hoodwire because it makes it so smooth not having anything to catch and get snagged!

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