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Lawrence S.

Lawrence S.

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Lawrence S.

Lawrence S.wrote a review of on April 25, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have the Alium on the utility bike for around-town and higher-end ATACs on the mountain and cross bikes. If you ride SPD, you really need to try ATAC. The entry and exit are similar, but the float is really nice. I've got some cheap Shimano shoes that I can ride my son to the zoo in, walk around all day in, then hop back on the bike. 4 stars for the Alium, 5 for ATAC in general.

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Lawrence S.wrote a review of on April 24, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I just got these setup with Time ATAC cleats and tested - I'll come back and provide additional thoughts after I have some miles in them. First ,size, a touch bigger than pearl izumi, which I thought ran small. A 43 is a true 9.5 u.s. similar to Shimano in size. Build looks good for the price. The full shoe is an artificial leather-like product with vent holes. My son asked if I got new soccer boots. The mounting plate threw me for a second - there is a little mounting-hole cover that I figured out you do leave in place. Mounting holes are a touch further forward than some shoes - I ended up with the plate pushed all the way back, but using the front holes.

So far, I would say very good value at discount, not worth full price compared to other brands.

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Lawrence S.

Lawrence S.wrote a review of on January 10, 2014

3 5

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

This pack is quite decent. I am towards the smaller-end of the size large and it carries comfortably. It doesn't have great features for organizing and sorting, but costs only a fraction of the top-end stuff. Quality is fine and I'm very happy with the green colour - I'm not a fan of the current trend of neon outdoor gear. I replaced a 10+ YO REI pack that was worn out, but I am not backpacking as much as I used to. This is fine for the 3-4 day trail hike. If I were again doing multi-week or highly-technical snow camping, I would be looking for something different.

BTW, I deal with rain by carrying a poncho that covers me and the pack, as I have found that more comfortable than a raincoat when backpacking.

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Lawrence S.

Lawrence S.wrote a review of on January 10, 2014

Decent shell
3 5

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

This really is a rain shell with mesh lining, it is lighter-weight than the photos make it look. That said, it is doing its rain and wind-stop job well. At full price, I think there are better options. As the snow melts, this with a fleece is a good alternative to getting the down coat wet.

Size is reasonable - order up if you want to layer. My 7 YO is wearing a 10-12 over fleece at the moment, a bit big (hope to get 2-3 years of use) but not way big.

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Lawrence S.wrote a review of on October 14, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Very stable. Condo living has very limited storage, so this is in my living room next to the patio door. Just my opinion, but a Merckx road bike looks nicer than the art on the wall. I actually have 3 bikes on this - 2 road bikes and my son's 20" wheel Hot Rock also hanging on the bottom bars.

I had to add a couple of fender washers between the bolts to get this 100% level and vertical - but that was very minor.

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