Ryan Conklinwrote a question about Salomon Trail Runner Short - Men's on May 22, 2018
What's the actual inseam length on these? Also, do they have a liner? Thanks!
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What's the actual inseam length on these? Also, do they have a liner? Thanks!
I went with this model because I've heard great things about Tacx products. However, I ended up returning this after 3 sessions for a few reasons, which I'll detail below.
One major piece of feedback for Tacx: Improve your instruction manual! I realize there aren't that many pieces/moving parts to assemble this, but I found the instructions to be unhelpful and ended up YouTubing how to assemble it, and I saw where numerous people complained in the video comments about Tacx's poor instructions.
The method for adjusting the length of the rollers so that I could ride on them using both my road bike and my MTB was difficult enough that I knew almost immediately that it would strongly deter me from using multiple bikes. Let's just say that to adjust the length, you're going to need to sit down with it and spend a good 5-10min to get it right (or maybe I'm just super slow).
As far as the locking mechanism, once you set the size there are pin locks that pop into their circular pockets to keep the desired length. The issue I had was that the pins barely made their way into the pockets so that if you manipulated the rollers with any force, the setting would pop open and the rollers would need to be re-adjusted and locked again. This wasn't reassuring given that I was riding my bicycle on them with potential for a fall.
The rollers themselves are tapered, which is helpful for keeping you from riding off of them, although that's still entirely possible. One thing that I didn't expect was how quickly the blue rollers were marked up by my tires (and they wouldn't clean off easily)--granted this isn't a big deal, but still, worth noting. Also, I found these rollers maybe a bit too easy, it took me 5-6 tries to get the hang of riding on them (10min or so). I've heard that the smaller diameter rollers are much more challenging, and if I were to get rollers again I think I'd spring for something with narrower rollers.
Overall, and for this price point, I was disappointed with the plastic molded pieces, poor locking ability, difficult adjustment requirements, and incomplete instructions. I did like the tapered roller shape, the lightweight construction, and the small footprint for storage purposes.
Do you guys need someone to test this product and post a thoughtful review w/ pictures? If so, I'm your guy!
These are adequate for the job, but I had to write in and say that I personally wouldn't purchase these again. I've owned jeans from Marmot, Levis, Patagonia, and even (back in the day) American Eagle, but these are the only ones that have lost their color in such a concentrated place on the front pockets -- they look like they have light-colored patches. I keep the standard in my pockets: car key, smartphone, and chapstick. Besides the discoloration, these are nice jeans. Bummer.
I loved how these shorts fit, and the amount of stretch was both comfortable and versatile. The pine color was rad, too, and my wife loved it. True to size fit, I always wear a 32" waist.
The problem I experienced was that I sat down and noticed my zipper was open, so I went to close it up, but saw that it was already up, the zipper had splayed open. After trying to correct it, the zipper no longer closed up. I returned them 1-2-3, thanks to Backcountry's easy-peasy return policy.
Also, I'd point out that for $50 I'd expect double-stitched seams... The single stitching on these is not reassuring for shorts advertised as having flexible material, I could see these tearing in the seat after an impromptu bouldering move in a city park on a Friday night. Bummer.
I ordered these in Guapo Red, and after only a few wears, I can endorse them fully with five stars! They fit really well, a little above the knee for me, which was the goal. The waist is true to size as I always wear a 32" waist and these fit just as I had hoped. Also the 2% spandex on the reds gives me freedom to goof off without worrying about tearing the stitching.
My favorite part about these shorts is that they paid attention to the details:
The shorts liner is thick and gives the shorts a reassuring feel of durability. The liner has a graphic design on it too with a tribal triangular pattern that looks rad--nice touch!
The pockets are the right depth for someone with big hands, and the right front pocket has an inner change divider pocket. Back-right pocket has a flap and button closure for keeping your wallet from falling out, and back-left does not have a flap for easy access to a bandana or cell phone.
The zipper is well built and not cheap like other shorts at this price point (not naming any names here, but I'm looking at your RCVA...). There are small stitching highlights with bright green stitching, such as to secure the button closure and also on inside leg, and the same green is used to highlight the lower half of a belt loop, i.e. thoughtfully designed!
Buy these shorts.
YO! What's the inseam on size Medium?
I bought these in XL and I also bought the Black Diamond Guide gloves in XL. These Legends fit perfectly, but the Guide gloves were a bit too small, maybe there's more of a break-in period with the Guides, but I'm looking forward to getting these Legends broken in and even more comfortable than they already are.
They also aren't quite as beefy, or maybe robust is a better word, as the Guide gloves, but I like that. The Guide gloves felt more like I had those Incredible Hulk boxing gloves on that have sound FX when you punch things. These seems much more realistic for my purposes, which include skiing, winter hiking, and maybe some occasional rope and ice axe work.
Really like the cuff on these, too, seem like they're do a good job keep ice and water out. So far so good!
The shirt looks baller. But to call a spade a spade, this shirt isn't classic RED. It's a lighter/cooler red that looks a lot like a coral-colored Patagonia t-shirt I own. Even still, the bear is badass, so I don't mind the color difference.
The t-shirt is thin, like paper thin, so I don't expect it to hold up very well as far as durability, but whatever, it's a t-shirt, and a rad one at that, so I'll probably still wear it even if it gets a few holes in it from wear.
I like OR products, and maybe this was just a fluke, but the stitching on the wrist of one glove busted, creating a 1" hole in the glove. I've only used them half a dozen times, too, so I feel like this was fairly extreme...
I wanted a minimalist skull cap for wearing on cold bike rides. This fits nicely under my bike helmet without requiring any adjustments to the helmet's fit. It works well for giving you that small amount of added warmth when you're active outdoors and the temps are low (below 55). I docked a star because it isn't as form-fitting as I had hoped. I'm not sure on the materials used in addition to merino, but a bit more elastic would've helped maintain the shape better. Still, a very good hat for cold weather running or cycling, etc., particularly at this price point.
It's so easy to use this rack! Kuat's 2.0 improves upon all the areas of weakness of the very popular and successful 1.0, which wakes the 2.0 a friggin dream! From the front-accessible cable locking point, to the easy-to-access lever for folding up or tilting back, and collapsible wheel cages, the Sherpa 2.0 will make you very happy. Pictured here on my '09 Honda CRV.
I bought these for cold-weather rides (below 55F) because they are really warm, while staying pretty slim on your foot (read: not beefy). The problem with wearing most merino wool socks in cycling shoes is that they're usually far to thick on your foot, which compromises the shoe's fit and that makes your feet both uncomfortable and cold. Ouch!
I like that these are fairly plain socks, and since my kit is red, I ordered the black ones with the red tab on the back for a touch of fantz.
The construction seems really solid on mine so far. I own Darn Tough, Smart Wool, Swiftwick, and these seem just as solid as those.
I wear a size 13 shoe (47 cycling) and the XL is perfect.
Picked this up last week and have used it for a road ride and a MTB ride. The installation to handlebars is easy: the strap feeds through this light's mount is more secure since it wraps around and feeds up and through the mounting bracket. This may require an extra 10 seconds of fiddling to get it strapped to your bars, but you'll be glad you did when your light stays fixed in place as you barrel around a dark turn on the neighborhood trails.
I haven't tried the helmet mount since it doesn't come with it, but my current setup with a 250 lumen helmet-mounted light and this guy on my handlebars makes nighttime riding much safer, particularly on single track. If this were my only light, I would definitely prefer mounting it to my helmet, instead of on my handlebars, that way I see where I look, rather than only seeing where my handlebars are facing.
The weight is about 50 grams heavier than comparable Light and Motion models, but again, I think the protective casing on this light is more robust and having a burlier case when mountain biking will protect the light more effectively if you do happen to take a tumble.
The boost effect on this is also really handy because no matter where I am on the lighting cycle, I can hit the button twice and crank out 950 lumens in an instant.
Hello, I just inquired on Powertap's website, and they said that this hub (GS) is now compatible with Ant+ and Bluetooth out of the box. The description here however says Ant+ only. Is this GS hub on Backcountry the current model sold by Powertap that is comptaible with Ant+ or Bluetooth out of the box, or is your description accurate and this GS is a previous model that is only compatible with Ant+ out of the box? THANKS!
Boulder Dash 30k in Chiricahua National Monument, Arizona.
When you draw bib #13, you have to turn it upside down to ward off any evil on race day! (The night before I busted my toe on a rock, so I knew I couldn't take any more chances.)
Any plans to get other sizes in stock? Looking to get a Small.