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Rob M.

Rob M.wrote a review of on October 6, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: 34x32

I love clothes that are versatile and these pant are a perfect example. They have lots of function and are stylish enough that I can wear them professionally. They have become my essential travel pants as they are light and cope well with folding and jamming into luggage. I keep a pair in my office to change into when I bike commute in cooler temperatures. I keep a couple more pairs at home for general winter wear (in Utah, we don't need long pants for more than a few months each year (-: ). Especially fabulous is the configuration of pockets with a secure, zippered pocket for wallets and a perfectly shaped side opening for a smart phone. Both are useful in regular use but essential when traveling in cities where pickpockets are at work.

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Rob M.wrote a review of on October 6, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My feet are a little wide and I have always struggled to find shoes that were wide enough without being much longer than I need. Lake is one of a very few brands that delivers on the promise. I have ridden the shoes almost every day over the past 3 months for commutes and exercise rides in a good range of temperatures (Utah summer to Dutch fall) and have been very happy with one small caveat; the shoe is wide but the two box is not particularly large so my toenail can rub on the roof of the shoe. Fortunately, the shoe is leather in this area so it has broken in with time and I am finding a comfortable fit. I assume I can get the shoe stretched if the problem persists.
Other notable features include a nice, stiff sole but soft and rounded tread so that walking is acceptable while cycling efficiency is excellent. This is probably the 4th shoe like this I have had, all SPD with the idea of a commuting shoe that also worked on longer rides. The Lake is the best compromise I have found so far.
Size is something that I had to experiment with by purchasing three different sizes and keeping the best. Backcountry makes this option easy.

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Rob M.wrote a review of on September 9, 2017

5 5

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

I am going to buck the trend of unlimited praise for the Synthe and vote for the Aeon. I mean, of course the Synthe is a nice helmet and it has MIPS. But I got both it and the Aeon and ended up preferring and Aeon for a couple reasons. First, the fit of the Synthe is not as good for me--and fit in a helmet of this quality is enormously important. I did not find the adjustments worked for my head, which is large and not as round as the Synthe shape. The only way I could get a good fit was to tighten the Synthe to the point of unpleasant pressure. The Aeon, by contrast, is more the traditional Giro shape, a little longer fore-to-aft and narrower side-to-side. The second aspect is what my wife spotted as soon as she saw me with the helmets on-the Aeon looks better. The Synthe is round, sits very high, and is more like wearing a mushroom. The Aeon, again in the traditional style of Giro, is less round, sits closer to the head, and looks, well....faster! As for MIPS, to my mind, the jury is still out on its actual value and how to best implement the concept. In the meantime, my new Aeon is comfy, insanely light, and beautiful.

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Rob M.

Rob M.wrote a review of on September 9, 2017

4 5

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

I am going to buck the trend of unlimited praise for the Synthe. I mean, of course it is a nice helmet. But I got both it and the Aeon and ended up preferring and Aeon for a couple reasons. First, the fit of the Synthe is not as good for me--and fit in a helmet of this quality is enormously important. I did not find the adjustments worked for my head, which is large and not as round as the Synthe shape. The only way I could get a good fit was to tighten the Synthe to the point of unpleasant pressure. The Aeon, by contrast, is more the traditional Giro shape, a little more long fore-to-aft and narrower side-to-side. The second aspect is what my wife spotted as soon as she saw me with the helmets on-the Aeon looks better. The Synthe is round, sits very high, and is more like wearing a mushroom. The Aeon, again in the traditional style of Giro, is less round, sits closer to the head, and looks, well....faster! As for MIPS, to my mind, the jury is still out on its actual value and how to best implement the concept. In the meantime, my new Aeon is comfy and beautiful.

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Rob M.wrote a question about on February 15, 2010

HI,

Anyone out there tried this, especially someone how could compare it to the Montbell Stretch Hugger #2? I wonder about temperature rating and about stretch and roominess.

I am looking for two wide, light bags that could zip together. I don't want Big Agnes because am not interested in the integrated mat sleeve.

Thanks,
Rob

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