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Rafael Guevara

Rafael Guevara

Boulder, Colorado

Rafael Guevara's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking

Rafael Guevara

Rafael Guevarawrote a review of on January 24, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been on Shimano MTN XT and XTR SPDs for 8 years. In the last few years I seem to blow out of my SPDs more and more, no matter what the cleat tension is and what types fo cleats I use. I got on the HT program and it is a whole new ballgame.
I am not even to halfway tension and I fell very secure and locked in. I have even move my feet around a bit and i still stay in with the X1 cleats. The X1F cleats have even more float if you want something similar to CrankBros pedals.
I would not recommend for the beginner rider because they take some getting used to, but if you have been blowing out of your SPDs or are sick of your Crank Bros. pedals separating from the pedal axle at the top of a ride, get these.
I did have a issue here I slammed a pedal into a rock and broke the clip but HT got me replacement parts fast.

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Rafael Guevarawrote a review of on January 24, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Super stiff shoe. New BOA configuration is an upgrade from the X Project 1's. If your rides have hike-a-bike sections I would not recommend these. The rubber lugs do not wear well, but no worse than the Project 1s. 2 weeks in and I have already have significant wear on the rubber. They also feel heavier than all my previous shoes.
These run a 1/2 size bigger (I fit a 45.5 in the Project 1s and I would get a 45 for the Project Pros).

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Rafael Guevarawrote a review of on February 24, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Super fast transitions, that's what these guys give you.

I ride with ski tourers who are way faster than me going up and they used to be way faster than me in transitions. Not anymore!

Last years interface was great and I am sure some people could work them so you could switch them to downhill mode without taking your gloves off or bashing them with a small hammer, but not me. These guys, totally different story.

Binding plates are machined instead of cast from last year. What does this mean? No more bending plates at inopportune times.

And those climbing wires from last year, ugh. The risers that come on the Prime are a world easier to maneuver (although i have had issues with one side high riser not staying up).
I can't compare to other interfaces but compared to last year's Splits, the Primes blow them out of the water.
Also they are a good binding too.

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Rafael Guevarawrote a review of on December 4, 2014

Won't last
3 5

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

I give these guys one season and maybe a half. I did a fair amount of riding on them for races and alot of hike a biking. After one season these things are in worse shape than my Sidis that I had for 7 years. If you get new shoes every season, these are your shoes cause the performance is unmatched and if you have knee issues cause by shoe fit, these guys will help out a bunch since it comes with all these crazy orthotics.
If you are a go-er that likes to unclip to make a fast drifty turn and/or likes to hike-a-bike on the unfun stuff look elsewhere. These guys wont last under that load.
Also clear coat armor your cranks cause these guys will rub the #$%@ out of them

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Rafael Guevara

Rafael Guevarawrote a review of on December 4, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have a big ass head. The L/XL fit me good. I fell real hard on my head in a rock garden in Trestle Bike Park during a race. A few scratches and no concussion when I probably should have gotten one. Too bad I broke my arm cause if not I would have probably finished. I will give it a 5 cause I still remember how to do math.
Breathes really well in the heat. Awesome with POC goggles.

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