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Luke Dordai

Luke Dordai

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Luke Dordai's Passions

Biking
Climbing
Hiking & Camping
Skiing

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on January 9, 2019

4 5

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

I wanted a pedalable pad for a 2 week trip up to Whistler/Squamish that could also handle some bike park abuse. I checked these out and wore them for a day before the trip and was instantly sold. The pad is super comfortable, and having the extra side padding is really useful if you lowside your bike or if you bang your knees into the top tube. The only reason these didn't get 5 stars is if you start your ride in colder weather (below 50 degrees) the pad gets really hard and is uncomfortable until your body heat warms it back up.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on January 8, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm a bit confused as to what these are for. I've worn them in cooler weather when my standard full finger gloves are not enough to keep my hands warm, and these don't do a much better job. They are good at keeping the wind off your hands, but if the ambient temperature is below about 45 then my hands would still be cold.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on January 8, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 165 lbs

This jacket is aptly named. The tiny size that it stuffs down into is really miraculous, and on more than one occasion pulling it out my biking buddies are shocked a fully functional windbreaker/rain barrier came out of a pack that small. It is not fully waterproof, but its an awesome emergency jacket to store in your hip pack or backpack if you get caught out in a storm. It is a slim cut, so I wouldn't recommend it as an outer shell if you have a lot of other layers on.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on January 8, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Great undewear, super light weight and comfy, and they wick away sweat really well. Awesome for multiple day camping excursions and similar activities. They do run a bit big, so if you like a snugger boxer brief fit, go down a size from what you would normally wear. I am a 31-32 waist and went with a small and they fit great.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on January 3, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Just wow. I have been a Guide RSC lover for the last 3-4 years, and I noticed that as my riding progressed and I was riding steeper terrain my hands were starting to cramp up a bit on longer descents. I decided I needed a brake with more power, so picked up a set of the Codes. I set them up, gave them a quick bleed (which is insanely easy) and took them out for the inaugural ride. I rode a trail I've ridden dozens of times before, and on the first descent, I hit the brakes where I normally did with my guides, and came to a dead stop before the corner. The power of these brakes is immense, but they dont have the same on/off feel that has plagued shimanos for years. Yes, they are bit heavy, but I am of the firm belief that brakes are not a place you should be looking to shave weight.

Long story short, if you like riding bikes downhill at any speed other than slow, you should get these brakes.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on November 1, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

About 15 years ago when I first started riding mountain bikes, a set of Time ATAC pedals were my first foray into the clipless pedal realm. I loved their positive entry and exit feel, while still maintaining a decent amount of float while clipped in. While my 15 year old youthful knees didn't really need the float at the time, it is something I require more and more as time goes on. I stayed with Time pedals for a while, but after a while, the allure of cheap and durable that Shimano was offering was too much to overlook.
When the Speciale 12 was released, nostalgia dictated I had to get a pair. The quality of these pedals is second to none, with beautiful machining of the pedal body and a clear attention to detail. The clip in motion is just as positive and precise as I remember, and clip out is further but not too far compared to Shimano offerings. I really love these pedals and plan on moving them from bike to bike as I upgrade. The only reason I didn't give them 5 stars is because of price. Time, make a cheaper one and I can almost guarantee you will see a lot of Shimano riders coming back to your pedals!

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on October 17, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I picked this up on a whim thinking I wanted a pump to throw in the back of my car to top off tires at the trailhead. Construction is superb, I can tell it will last me a good long time, probably longer than my trusty Specialized Airtool. Wood handle is a nice touch, and the chuck is the best in the industry. I would love if they made this pump in a "low pressure" version, or sold an aftermarket gauge for it that displayed lower pressures for inflating MTB tires.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on October 17, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Carbon wheels used to be expensive. You could get them cheap, but had to build them up yourself with direct from china rims that often were sub par build quality and once they cracked, you were SOL unless you bought a new rim. Not anymore. Santa Cruz has reduced the price of reputable name brand carbon wheels by an astonishing amount, while not letting quality suffer.

Lets not split hairs here, these rims are still made in Asia, but they are made in a facility where quality is highly monitored and controlled. The rim is a ground up design by carbon engineers at Santa Cruz, and they found a facility overseas where the manufacturing is up to SC's quite rigorous standards. The result of this is a wheelset that can perform at the same level as wheelsets that cost twice as much, while retaining a lifetime warranty policy, even if they break while riding.

They ride extremely well, as you would expect. You definitely get a bit more trail feedback than from a comparable alloy wheelset, but the tracking and steering precision are noticeable. Lateral rigidity is great, I never noticed them moving around on me when changing lines mid corner. DT 350 hubs are the bomber option, and SC includes the 36 tooth ratchet with these, so while engagement isn't stellar, it is a drive system that very rarely, if ever, breaks.

In short, you should buy these wheels. Your bike will be better, you will be faster, and you'll have the confidence of the lifetime warranty to back up blind hucks into rock gardens.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on October 11, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 145 lbs

I bought these as a gift, here's what he had to say- "I like these, but only because the drawstring holds them up and I don't care that the waistband isn't totally tight; despite it looking a little ridiculous it doesn't really matter and is pretty unobvious unless I'm not wearing a shirt. They're a bit long but the material is really nice. The pockets are at the side of the short which kind of keeps things out of the way but also just ends up funneling them to a more specific part of your leg. They're not perfect for me, but I do think I'll wear them for awhile."

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on October 11, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Plastic brushes leave a residue on climbing holds that feels like snot and looks like cement. Please just use these brushes, they're right around the same price and get the hold feeling way nicer anyway. Take it easy with pressure on softer rock especially and just use more brush strokes if needed. And thanks for saving the rocks!!

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on October 11, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Shoes this soft require a different kind of strength that only comes from lots of steep climbing, climbing barefoot (please not in the gym, and brush when you're done), or climbing in soft shoes all the time. They also perform very poorly on small, sharp edges. But stepping with conviction on a dime smear will feel quite a bit more stable and comfortable. Great shoes, just don't buy them as your only set.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on October 11, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this as a gift for a friend, here's what he had to say: "I like it, it holds quite a bit of stuff; 80m rope, quickdraws, some water, food, a couple layers, and some other space for little things. I don't like how the bottom collapses on you as you close it up; seems like it would be pretty easy for them to at least make it a bit stiffer to stand up better on its own and also withstand the abuse of being set down over and over. It is also insanely red, and will never fade due to the material being some kind of plastic. A good pack, but there are better ones in this market space for a similar price."

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on September 11, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought this for a friend, who says: "The hinges aren't very solid and the frames seem to bend a bit so these glasses aren't the best choice for small faces. Nice lens quality, though. They'll be nice 'til they get all scratched up from falling off. Not necessarily a flaw, but didn't work for me."

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on September 11, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Like the seatbelt in your car, this thing just works and makes belaying safer. Don't bother with imitation designs, just buy this one so there are no surprises if you forget your device and have to use your buddies.

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Luke Dordaiwrote a review of on June 30, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Love these. I picked them up since I ride lifts every so often, and wanted a pair of good quality goggles that wouldn't break the bank. These have been great, the chromapop pulls out varying light conditions to make trail obstacles easier to spot, and ive had them covered in mud and the lenses are still scratch free.

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