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Ry S.

Ry S.

Ry S.

Ry S.wrote a review of on December 10, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased this light based on my previous experience with an older Light and Motion Urban 800 FC. That light has been across the country 3 times. I use it as a backup light because my main light is a dynamo powered light. Here's the good and the bad with the new light.

Good
-Waterproof. The first thing I did after charging up the light was to fully submerge it in a bowl of water while turned on. I left it in there for 30 minutes. The light was fine.
-Bright, white light. This is noticeably brighter than the outgoing 800 light. It is noticeably whiter light too. Not nearly as yellow looking.
-East to mount. Urban Light and Motion has a winner with their light mounting strap. The rubber is bombproof, easy to use, and adjustable. It's never failed me.
-Fast charge time. You pay extra for the fast charge and it is worth it.
-Great customer service, see below.

The Bad
-Flimsy charge port cover. They changed the charge port cover and mine snapped over the course of 3 charges. After discussing the issue with a customer service representative I was able to have an older cover mailed to me for free. They stated they had to change the charge port cover to work with their new quick release mount system. They didn't do themselves any favors by making the charge port cover flimsy.
-Battery life indicator is iffy when it's cold. It doesn't like the cold weather. Basically any temperature under 32 degrees. They will work, but the battery light indicator will turn red almost immediately. This leaves you wondering how much battery you have left, and will you make it home safely. It will do this even with a fully charged battery. I ride year round and have experienced this several times. I always have a back up light for this reason.
-Cost extra for fast charge option. In my opinion they should make all of their lights a fast charge. Why not make the best product possible?

If they could fix those issues this would be a 5 star product. Their customer service is 5 stars.

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Ry S.

Ry S.wrote a review of on November 9, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great tires for the money. I put these on a Fargo for a 500 mile gravel race in Texas. They were the 45c's. What I liked was that they were fast rolling, shed mud and water quickly, and the larger knobs really did the job of keeping me upright when things got squirrely. I felt like the sidewalls were slightly thin. I had to keep pressure at around 35 psi to stop the sidewalls from folding over. Minor complaint, but I did feel pretty beat up after the 500 miles. The tread held up well, and I sold them to a friend to use. He is still using them in fact.

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Ry S.wrote a review of on November 9, 2018

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

These worked for the first few times I wore them. Then it started taking on water like a sinking ship. It also does not breath at all. This product completely let me down. I contacted Marmot twice and they never replied back to me. Terrible company.

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Ry S.

Ry S.wrote a review of on November 9, 2018

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

The jacket worked for the first few times I wore it. Then it started taking on water like a sinking ship. It also does not breath at all. This product completely let me down. I contacted Marmot twice and they never replied back to me. Terrible company.

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Ry S.

Ry S.wrote a review of on April 26, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 160 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I tried these on side by side with Castelli Sun Sleeves. The Pearl Izumi felt much warmer on my legs. The Pearl Izumi weighed more. The Pearl Izumi has more seams that can cause irritation. The Pearl Izumi's silicone band is not as functional as the Castelli. The Pearl Izumi sizes don't line up with my dimensions. I am 5'10 and weigh 160. My thigh is 20 inches and my calf is 12. I bought a medium and they fit the thigh perfectly but were baggy around the calf.

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Ry S.wrote a review of on April 26, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I tried these on after trying out a pair of Pearl Izumi sun protectors. The Castelli fabric felt softer. The Castelli fabric also felt cool on my skin. The Castelli also has a more functional silicone strip for the thigh area to keep them from slipping. The Castelli is lighter as well. Only gave them 4 stars because I noticed a seam starting to tear right out of the box. I'll fix it before it gets worse. I am 5'10 and weight 160. My thigh is 20 inches and my calf is 12 inches. I originally purchased a medium and they were too tight around the thigh. Put in an order for a Large the same day. Hoping they fit perfect.

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Ry S.wrote a review of on April 4, 2017

1 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I received this pad along with another brand that I was considering. Between the 2 pads it is a unanimous win by the other brand. I'll try to stick to just reviewing the Big Agnes pad though.

Pros:
-It has a high R-value at a low weight
-It comes with a patch kit

Cons:
-Features old school twist lock valve
-Hard to fully inflate
-21 breaths to inflate (You'll be lightheaded)
-Pad is only 18.5 inches wide, not 20 inches wide
-Weighs 490 grams, not 450 grams
-Slippery and crinkly fabric
-Takes 5 minutes to deflate after you roll it up twice to get all of the air out of it.

This will be my last attempt at buying a Big Agnes Product. The most troubling issue is the width. 18.5 inches makes you feel as if you will slide right off of this thing. Your arms dangle over the sides. Almost all of my other sleeping pads are 20 inches wide and you will notice immediately that this one is not. I confirmed this with a tape measure. Also the old twist valves are obsolete. They are much harder to inflate due to less air flow. Once you are close to full volume you have to somehow hold air pressure while you turn the valve and try not to let any air escape. There is no reason for any pad to keep using twist lock valves. The flat valves featured on many other pads are easier to inflate and deflate. I have zero confidence that this pad would give me a good night sleep.

I included a note with my return to Backcountry in hopes that they update the product information so as not to mislead and disappoint more customers. If you're looking for an amazing pad that takes 9 breaths to inflate, 35 seconds to deflate and pack, weighs 15 oz with an R-Value of 3.7, I would suggest the R.E.I. Flash Insulated Mummy Pad.

Don't buy this pad, you'll end up returning it.

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Ry S.wrote a review of on March 31, 2017

1 5

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

It doesn't matter how light this sleeping pad is because you will eventually end up laying on the ground. This lightweight sleeping pad is worthless. Save your money. The valve on the top is not very easy to use. Also to get it fully pumped up you have to use a hand pump included. I tried it 3 times during a rainy night while sleeping in a bivvy sac. Every time I re-inflated the pad it was deflated in about 2 hours. This is my 2nd and last time I'll ever buy a Klymit pad. The other one was a Static V Jr. which also had a leak right out of the box. I have had a terrible experiences with their products.

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Ry S.wrote a review of on December 16, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have this board and a Nitro Team Gullwing. For the price, this board does it all. I bought it a little bigger than my usual board and this thing floats in powder. It has plenty of pop while still being soft and buttery. This board also rips up groomers. My only criticism is that the sidecut is not super aggressive. Making the edge to edge turning not as responsive as some other boards. But after a few days of getting used to it, I would recommend this board to just about anyone.

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Ry S.wrote a review of on October 8, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

After owning product for a couple of months I already have my first tear. The jacket tore on the left sleeve.

As far as the warmth of this jacket it is very warm. Although it is well insulated I feel like the jacket breathes very well. I can usually wear it with no base layer in temperatures between 30-55 F.

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Ry S.wrote a review of on December 18, 2009

3 5

The headphones seem alright. I have a pair of SkullCandy Titans that are at the manufacturer for warranty issues. SkullCandy has great customer service. These arrived in a ziplock bag. There was no carrying case for them. Steap and Cheap has never done me wrong like that. But for thirty bucks, I guess that was a gamble I took. They are 100 times better than stock IPOD headphones. They have a little more bass and a little better sound quality than the Titans.

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