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MWSwrote a review of on February 19, 2018

Rod tube sizing note
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There’s not much that can be said about these that hasn’t already been covered. I’™ve dragged these around the world on planes, trains, trucks, cars, boats and various animals and they€'ve never let me down. Just one quick note about sizing. The 90L duffel fits a fly rod tube in it flat on the bottom but just barely. In fact I might not recommend it. I was noticing some abrasion on mine, but nothing a bit of patching couldn’t fix. But if you’re going to use this for fly fishing, I would consider sizing up just to get a bit of extra length to accommodate rod tubes.

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MWSwrote a review of on September 25, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you've used any of the Ultimate Direction hydration packs you know to go into this product viewing it more as a vest than a backpack. If you go in with that mindset, then for the right load and the right activity this pack is great. A master of managing a massive pile of gear this is not. This pack excels at fast endeavors and light to medium loads. Unlike a large backpack you don't bear the load on your hips with the Fastpack 35L, it's more like you're wearing it on your torso.

It's also important to know that this pack is light, with all the pluses and minus that entails. For example, it's eschews extra zippers on the main body, so accessing the contents of the pack is only through the top. Keep that in mind when burying something at the bottom.

This pack is a great compliment to a more traditional style backpack. Some of the unexpected places that I've come to appreciate it is bike commuting (I'm usually only carrying a light change of clothes and maybe a laptop), fly fishing (I can carry plenty of water and gear, and the chest pockets are great), and travel adventures (it's light enough to stash at the bottom of a big duffle to use for day trips).

As for a sizing datapoint, I'm 6'1", 160 lbs, and I'm happy with the medium/large.

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MWSwrote a review of on November 11, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This review is as much a review for the pack as it is the new soft body-bottles. Together they form a great combo. Previously I couldn't get comfortable with the hard-bottle on the front arrangement, the sloshing and bouncing just grated on me too much. For long activities I tend to use a hydration bladder in the back with plain water, and a soft-bottle or two up front with an electrolyte mix (usually Skratch) mixed extra strong up front.

Sizing wise I'm right between the small and medium (6'1", 160lbs) size. I opted to size up and don't regret going with the medium. It still chinches down nicely when it's lightly loaded, but if I'm wearing a few layers, and I've stuffed the pack to capacity it's still comfortable.

To make this product a five-star in my book, I'd like to see a looser pocket up front to stash garbage. That's just a personal preference, but I've always found it easier to eat while moving if I can stash all my spent wrappers in one easy to access pocket.

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MWSwrote a review of on October 12, 2016

Highly versatile piece
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I originally bought this to replace an old, trusted Patagonia R-Series piece that recently retired (i.e. I forgot it in a hotel room in Ulaanbaator). I was initially worried that it wouldn't be as warm as my old R-Series because it's so much lighter, but technology marches on and it remains largely as warm but at a fraction of the weight and pack size of the old one.

The hood is amazingly versatile. Zipped all the way up you're in full on ninja-mode with only your eyes peeking out, zipped down a bit more and it's like a jacket with an integrated fleece buff.

For fall fly-fishing this jacket was perfect. The chest pockets are well-placed to allow access while in waders, and it dried quickly when you're lucky enough to get a little wet releasing a feisty catch.

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MWSwrote a review of on September 12, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This jacket is a little polarizing. As some reviews have commented the sizing on this piece is a bit odd, but your usage and body-type will largely determine whether this is a good or bad type of odd. If you have a long torso and struggle to find slim fit outdoor clothing buy this before they're gone. If you're a strapping robustly built person, you might want to look elsewhere. I'm 6'1" and 160lbs, and really appreciate the extra length and slim fit of the medium. It fits very much like a long sweater. I can see it working especially well as a layering piece inside of waders or bib-style snow clothing.

Last thing I'll add is that I *think* the R2 jacket has changed over the years. I bought this one to replace what I seem to remember was an R2 that I bought about a decade ago. After a long, productive life it decided to retire on a recent trip to Mongolia. That R2 was more of a medium to heavy weight fleece jacket. This R2 is more of a light-weight active piece. So if you're like me and have a little more sparkle in your hair since you bought your last R2, know what you're getting into.

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MWSwrote a review of on December 21, 2015

4 5

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

The Assos Tk.tiburu S7 knickers share the same chamois as the T.equipe shorts, but these are far more than a set of bib shorts with a few extra inches. The fabric is heavier than on those exemplary bibs, and has a slight waffle-like texture with a subtle nap to it. While not waterproof, light rain rolls of them. Like a lot of Assos products, when standing upright admiring yourself in the mirror the fit can be a little odd. In the case of these knickers, the BlasenSchutz front panel feels unnervingly like an undergarment, but is quickly forgotten about once you start riding.

At 6'1" and 160lbs, Assos' medium consistently fits me like a glove. However, compared to the T.equipe shorts in medium, the Tk.tiburu has a slightly more compressive fit. If you fall into the quad-zilla category and find yourself bumping up against the limits of a medium T.equipe, you might consider moving up to a large Tk.tiburu. Unfortunately, the trickiest issue with knickers and bibs comes down to fit; on top of all the usual dimensions that bibs are saddled with, any cycling clothing that falls below the knees also has a length consideration to balance. These knickers only fall about an inch below the knee-cap with my 34" inseam, which is about an inch or two less than I how I like to wear knee-warmers.

The Tk.tiburu is a great product, but as Assos charges a premium for their products, I feel it's only fair to review them with a critical eye. If these were just a tad longer I would happily give them an additional star.

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MWSwrote a review of on January 21, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I find the best way to think about this jacket is as heavy long-sleeve jersey. As other users have pointed out, it fits like a jersey and doesn't leave a lot of room for excess layering. For San Francisco bay area "winters", I find that this is all the jacket I need. With this jacket and a good base layer, you're good to the low 40s. To that end, I'd say that Assos is fairly spot on with their climate range of Early Winter 5 on this piece (http://www.assos.com/en/44/als.aspx).

Fit wise, I'm 6'1", 160lbs and fit of the medium is spot on. I wouldn't want it to be any larger, and in typical Assos fashion, it feels little odd until you're actually riding your bike; when you're hanging around the coffee shop it's going to pull a bit across your chest.

The only strike against it (and it's a stretch) is that zipping this jacket up tends to be a two-handed operation. The flap behind the zipper that prevents drafts has a tendency to get caught when attempting a one-handed zip up. This makes the jacket a 4-assos stars garment, which would be 5 stars for any other brand.

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MWSwrote a review of on January 2, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

No need to gush about these bibs, all that's been well covered by the other reviews. I will, however, provide some sizing info to hopefully guide you to the right size.

I'm 6'1", 160lbs with a 31" waist. For me, Assos medium is a great fit, although I wouldn't want to go any smaller. As with all Assos garments, expect them to feel a little odd if you're just standing around in it, but assume your riding position on the bike and you'll find that they magically fit like a glove.

One final note, you'll find that the edge of the cuff on the S7 is color coded based on the model. The T.equipe features a lavender accent (same color as the chamois) on the bottom of the cuff which is barely visible in the product pictures. If this is a show stopper for you, the other models each feature a different color.

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MWSwrote a review of on January 2, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I found that I didn't start to really warm up to this shoe (pun intended) until I went through a few cycles of riding it, and adjusting it. Others might have been lucky enough to find nirvana with one molding session, but it took me a few tries to get everything adjusted.

Fit wise, I wear a 45, which is the same size I've worn in Sidi, Shimano and DMT shoes. I have a fairly narrow foot with a reasonably high arch, and I find the volume is comparable to those shoes as well, versus a high volume shoe like the old Carnac models (which fit me like a bathroom slipper).

While not cheap, these shoes strikes a great balance of adjustability, old school materials and new school looks. Just give them the benefit of the doubt and don't judge them too harshly after only one session in the oven.

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MWSwrote a review of on January 2, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For the money, it's hard to beat the DeFeet Wooleator. One of the rare cycling pieces that hits that happy-wallet combination of durable enough to last, while being inexpensive enough to replace (if the event arises). They're thin enough to ride in warm weather, but heavy enough to act as part of a layered setup with booties for winter riding. They even have a new-school approved cuff height.

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MWSwrote a review of on January 2, 2015

4 5

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

This jacket is a great match for the lyngen dryflex bib-pants. I mention this because what I felt I would miss in the jacket turned out to be moot when paired with the bib. For example, I don't miss interior pockets in the jacket because of the chest pockets in the bib. To that end, the jacket is going to fall on the minimalist end of the scale when it comes to features. What features there are, however, are well executed. In particular, the hand gaiters are great, and keep the cold out without feeling constrictive.

Fit wise, I'm 6'1" , 160lbs with a 31" waist and I ordered the medium. I wouldn't want to go any slimmer, but that size still leaves room for a insulating layer.

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MWSwrote a review of on January 2, 2015

4 5

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

These are great slim fit snow pants that are a good fit for aerobic winter activities. They're durable while being reasonably light weight and feature huge vents for dumping heat. If you're looking for burley expedition wear however, you might be disappointed as you're not going to find much in the way of reinforcing panels.

Fit wise these are slim. As a data point, I'm 6'1, 160lbs, and have a 31" waist. I ordered the medium, and while I think the fit for length, waist and chest is great, I wouldn't want to go any smaller. However, for all you fellow runners and cyclists out there that have had trouble finding winter clothing that actually fits, you'll find these refreshingly trim. For slimmer builds I think it cuts a great balance between being trim, while still easily accommodating ski boots.

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