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Larrywrote a review of on January 30, 2020

3 5

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

These were the most inexpensive socks on CC, so I bought a pair. They are thin and lightweight, which I liked, but not very hardy. The second time I used them, I put my middle finger right through the material as I was pulling one of them on, and I swear I don't have very pointy fingers. So now I have a sock with a hole in it.

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Larrywrote a review of on January 18, 2020

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

I got these to replace some old Pearl Izumi MTB Race shoes. These things are less burly than what I was used to, and felt more like a cross between a road shoe and a mtb shoe. I use it for gravel racing and mtb riding. Power transfer is great with the stiff carbon sole. At the start of every ride, I notice the top of the cuff where the tongue normally is touching my ankle, but after five minutes I don't feet it. The shoes are generally comfy enough that I don't notice my feet during long days on New England dirt roads and up hills. The cat tongue material at the heel prevents heel slip just like it does in Shimano's road shoes, and the one boa has a fine adjustment mechanism that makes fit pretty precise. I have no trouble loosening the boa to take off the shoes--takes 2 seconds. Just pull the trigger up with one hand and pull up the tongue with your other and the whole thing is loose and coming off the foot.

This thing does run small. I have a size 12 shoe generally. I wear 45 in Shimano shoes, but a 46 in Northwaves.

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Larrywrote a review of on November 6, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: large

I've taken this skiing in Colorado and Vermont, up and down Tuckerman's Ravine, hiking in the Alps and the Whites, and watching my kid's soccer game in the rain. In all cases, this thing was money. It's comfortable, weatherproof, breathes well, also light, durable, weatherproof (did I say that already?), and very well designed. I had two Patagonia Super Pluma/Pluma jackets before this (and they were both great before I wore them out, except for maybe the zippers); this feels better, less stiff, lighter, and more thoughtfully sized and designed. For the price, there is no better hard shell in my opinion.

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Larrywrote a review of on October 29, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Got this to replace my stock bars on a CAAD12 and they made a huge difference. The carbon dampens the road vibration more than the old bars, but still communicates road feel really well. Bar diameter, shape, weight...they got all those details right. It fits my hands and posture just right. Love it.

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Larrywrote a review of on September 7, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The good: for the price, this is great bar tape. Cork tape is simply a superior material, in my opinion. Just the right amount of squish and vibration damping, and good color selection. The bad: the bar plugs don't stay in very well compared to other brands, and they lack reflective bits. You get what you pay for, I guess. I've been reusing some old SRAM bar plugs, which are way better.

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Larrywrote a review of on February 17, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was an Oakley guy forever, and my old goggles were getting worn out and scratched. Time for new ones. I like clarity, I like the idea of two lenses, and Smith's Chromapop lenses had a lot of hype, so I took the leap. I find these goggles don't cover as much of my face as I would like. On cold days, I really feel it more than I did with my old A Frames. Also, my googles took a while form to my face, leaving a gap between my nose and the nose piece--that's the hazard of buying things on the internet. On the other hand, I like the storm lens and the darker sun lens, and I would have to buy two sets of goggles from Oakley. I like, but if I had to do it over again I'd probably go back to Oakleys.

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Larrywrote a review of on December 9, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I likey. Usable from 55F all the way to sub-freezing when paired with a base layer underneath and a windproof item on top (I go with the Castelli Perfetto), this thing is versatile. This and the Perfetto have made riding in the fall, winter, and (probably) spring in New England a lot more comfy.

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Larrywrote a review of on December 9, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

I got this for road rides into late fall and winter in the Berkshires and western New England. It is windproof and somehow breathes well, but it's not warm. On my ride today (it was 29degF), I wore a base layer and the Castelli Puro 2 under the Perfetto and my temp was perfect. After going 31 miles, only my toes were cold. I'm 6' and 185 lbs with skinny legs, and I got the XL--it was big enough to fit 2 layers underneath, albeit snuggly. Pockets are deep and stretchy, and there are reflective bits to make you stand out. I got the Sky Blue version. Nice color.

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Larrywrote a review of on November 1, 2017

2 5

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

These are weird. The material around the legs is not the typical lycra; it almost feels like thin rubber. The pad is extra thick and large--it extends up the front and down the legs more than any other bibs I've used. But the worst part is the straps. The material is uncomfortable, unforgiving, and irritating. They dig into your shoulders, and over a long ride the straps don't really disappear like they do on bibs that fit well. Add to all of this that the bibs run at least one size small...I'm a large usually and the XLs seemed small for the first month until I either lost weight or the bibs stretched. I wouldn't buy these again.

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Larrywrote a review of on July 9, 2017

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 185 lbs

I love hiking and have hiked in the Whites, the Rockies, the Tetons, the French and Italian Alps, and have discovered that approach shoes are what suit me best on those hikes. I got these after my wife bought and loved the previous gen GTX mountain trainers. Everyone's feet are different, obviously, but these did not fit me well at all. The lacing came up 2 inches short of the top of my ankle, which made me feel like I was stepping out of the shoes every time I took a step. The 3F system didn't seem to exist at all and my heel kept popping out. I have low volume, low arch feet, and I have found Scarpas to be too wide and voluminous, so I thought these would be up my alley. Wrong! I put some nice footbeds in them and they fit worse. I sent them back. My Scarpa Crux are 10x better fitting. I found some success with Garmont Dragontails with a good footbed in them. I wanted to like these, but they were the worst fitting approach shoes I've ever bought, and I think I've bought ten different pairs over the years.

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Larrywrote a review of on July 7, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: large

Awesome. I hiked in the Alps, the Whites, the Berkshires, and the Rockies with these. Light, quick drying, perfect. Pockets have mesh liners, the waist disappears under a pack belt, and if you get them in black they always look new. The only outdoor shorts you need!

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Larrywrote a review of on July 3, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

A perfect pad, unnoticeable straps, and perfect fit have made these my go-to shorts. In the summer heat, I like the grey color--it keeps cooler than black, and the color stripes on the legs help keep me more visible to motorists. My riding buddies initially razzed me about my wife "bleaching" the shorts, but they since have come around. I like everything about these, and I have bibs by Pearl, Sportful, and Castelli.

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Larrywrote a review of on December 22, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: 46

Got these a year ago to replace some older, heavier boots and to do some hiking in the White Mtns. I was looking for a lightweight, stable platform with gore tex and sticky rubber, and these do a good job of filling those requirements. I have medium width feet with almost no arch to speak of and these boots are a little on the wide side and probably need some good inserts for arch support, like all boots.

The Vibram soles stick well on the granite of the Whites, and the shallow lugs don't get filled with mud too easily. On a warm day and in a steep hike, these can get a little hot. They also take some time to break in; I got a heel blister about 1 mile into my first day with them. I recommend wearing them around town for a week before heading out. The heel cup is a little finicky at first, but I found that the boot will mold to your foot.

I also got rid of the laces and got thicker boot laces--the laces these boots come with are too long, don't stay tied, and are thin enough that I worried about them breaking or cutting through the unreinforced eyelets.

I was thinking about the Salewa Alp Trainer mid GTX, but bought these when they came on sale. I've got about 250 miles on them; so far so good.

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Larrywrote a review of on December 22, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: 12

I got these for days when business casual was called for at the office, and they turned out to be useful for a host of other occasions. Dinner out with the wife, summer cocktail party, walking around town. These look better than docksiders and are more comfortable, too, although if you need a lot of arch support these might not be for you. I had no issue with break-in; they were comfy from the gecko, as my son says. I've had good experiences with Born shoes in the past in terms of comfort and durability.

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Larrywrote a review of on January 31, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I took this on a few weekend hikes in the Whites, as well as a few other over nighters during the summer of 2015. After using an older pack for many years, I was blown away by the light weight and air frame of this pack. The airframe doesn't really stop you from getting all sweaty, but it is very comfortable and helps cool you down to a degree. The hip belt and other adjustable pieces make for a comfortable, sweet fit. I bought an Osprey bladder (3 liter I think?) and it fits and works great with the pack. My one quibble is the sizing of this thing. I got the large after measuring my torso as instructed by the sizing chart on the Osprey website. The large is just a tad too big, which can lead to very annoying chafing spots over the course of a four day march. I should have gone to an EMS or REI to try one on before purchasing.

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Larrywrote a review of on January 24, 2016

Pretty good gloves
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a warm glove if it doesn't get wet. The initial fit is a bit small, but it stretches nicely after a few wearings.
The neoprene cuffs are great and fit nicely under jacket cuffs. The leather is supple and feels thin, but not in a bad way. The gloves are warm for me to 0 degrees, but I've been lucky to have hands that don't really get cold easily.
It's a great looking glove, but if you're going to use it in the snow a lot you need to find a good sealant or waterproofing wax. The waterproofing goop that comes with the gloves is essentially worthless. Snow melts and soaks into the gloves pretty easily, and even though the gloves are warm, the water eventually gets to your fingers and things go south from there. When it's really cold, the snow melt isn't as big a problem and the gloves stay mostly dry and warm; but when temps are around or just below freezing, these gloves don't perform well. I've had success with Sno-Seal as a way to keep these gloves water resistant and dry; apply early and often to warmed gloves.
If you really want bomber gloves that keep your hands warm and dry in cold and snowy conditions, these are fine if you pay attention to waterproofing; otherwise, find some with Gore-Tex.

UPDATE: So, after two seasons with these gloves, the stitching has come out of one fingers, making a nickel sized hole where the seam between the leather pieces has come apart. Not sure what their warranty policy is, or if my experience is typical, but if you are looking at these just know that they may begin to fall apart in the latter part of the second season. Also, per Karim's comment below: of course all leather gloves soak up water. My comment is about the waterproof wax that comes with the gloves--it is worthless. Find some Sno-seal to use instead.

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Larrywrote a review of on December 19, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: 46

I was looking for an approach shoe that could take me up the granite peaks in NH. As far as fit goes, feet come in all shapes and volumes, and some shoes fit some folks well and others fit others well. I had a pair of Scarpa Zens that I wanted to love, but they were too wide and high volume for my medium width, low volume foot. I tried some Salewa Mountain Trainers, and while the width was perfect, sizes ran long and the lacing didn't come far enough up my ankle. My heel came up on ascents, and I had to really crank the laces, making things too tight and uncomfortable; I had no confidence in them. The crux is perfect for my foot. I wear a size 12 in all other shoes, and the Crux size 46 was the right size for me. My foot doesn't slide, there are no hotspots or blisters. It's light but stable. The canvas upper is simple and so far durable. The Vibram sole is super sticky on granite. For me, this is a perfect approach shoe. Great for day trips in the Whites, rock-hopping and making your way through scree fields.

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Larrywrote a review of on November 1, 2014

2 5

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

I got these for winter trail running and summer day hiking, climbing Mt. Monadnock and a few of the easier Whites. The Gore-Tex is great--my feet are always dry. As for size, these shoes were narrow for me, and I have average width feet. Sizing is weird..the shoe is longer than it should be; they took a while to break in. I also used blue superfeet in place of the thin and unsupportive Salomon insole. On a dirt and root trail, these do very well. You can get away with hiking in them (it's not their stated purpose)--but they don't grip well on granite, wet or dry (I have bruises to prove it), and the small tread lugs wear away pretty fast if used on harder surfaces like pavement or rock. After a year of use, my Salomons have little tread left and are good mostly for mowing the lawn in. Because of fit, high price, and tread issues, I would not buy them again.

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