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Sterling Watson

Sterling Watson

Colorado Springs, CO

Sterling Watson's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Running
Biking
Climbing

Sterling Watson

Sterling Watsonwrote a review of on December 18, 2018

Running, hiking...or everyday work shoes
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: 11

This is the 3rd pair of Bushido shoes I’ve owned. First pair I used exclusively for trail running and hiking. They were great for that as far as light weightness and durability are concerned, and they were so comfortable I started wearing them as my everyday shoes for work. I’ve always liked something slightly beefier than your average tennis shoe as my everyday shoe(I generally walk about 3-4 miles a day) and these have been great. Size wise I found them to be slightly small(as I’ve found all La Sportiva brand shoes). I usually wear a 10.5 and need an 11 us men’s in these. Picture is after 11 months as work/everyday use shoes.

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Sterling Watson

Sterling Watsonwrote a review of on December 18, 2018

Favorite helmet
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My team used these helmets for the last couple years so I’ve had a solid two years of training and racing(12+ hours a week) using it. I live in Colorado but race in places like Arizona and Texas were its gets well above 90-95 degrees. I’ve used many other brands of helmet like Giro and Smith and this is the coolest and most comfortable by far. The tightening system is unique compared to other brands as well but I’ve actual preferred it because you can adjust it even with your glasses on the back of your head. I can’t recommend this helmet enough, especially through backcountry where you’ve got nothing to lose with their return policy.

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Sterling Watsonwrote a review of on December 18, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Thought I’d leave another review of these since I’ve used them 2+ years now and reordered some. Still giving them 5 stars even though they now have holes in them just above my big toe. I use them a TON though and after two winters of being used 3-4 times a week in Colorado I expect them to wear. I really like how thin they are with relation to warmth. Cycling shoes fit snug and since summer socks are super thin it’s nice not to lose all blood flow in your feet because your socks are too thick during the winter. Just ordered a couple more pairs and I’m sure they’ll last me another couple winters.

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Sterling Watsonwrote a review of on September 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I ride my bikes a lot, like everyday for hours...and hours. So I need my gear to last me as long as possible. This lube does the trick! I wash each of my bikes every couple weeks and then reapply lube and wipe the chain with a dry rag after every ride. Keeps my chain clean, dry, and functioning perfectly. No issues whatsoever.

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Sterling Watsonwrote a review of on September 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I started using this after my rides over 1.5-2 hours and I love it. Being able to get the individual packets for travel and bulk bag for home are very convenient. Take it right away and it'll keep you from hitting that post workout wall that leaves you paralyzed and useless on the couch. Plus, your rebuilding all those muscles you just destroyed during your superhero workout. Oh and it taste fantastic...so, win, win win!

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Sterling Watsonwrote a review of on September 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Can't go wrong with honey stinger, and these waffles are no exception! Be it a long day in the saddle, hiking the backcountry, or shredding the slopes I always make sure I've got one(or several) of these with me. Plus, backcountry always has great deals and customer service so I always have them shipped straight to my front door in bulk ��

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Sterling Watsonwrote a review of on September 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use these jels for my road bike racing/training. Ive tried several brands of jel and the taste/texture is perfect in these! The natural ingredients are easy on my stomach and keep me from getting that nasty race gut feeling when you're 3+ hours and 6+ jels into that training ride from hell or leg destroying race. Basically, if you do any sort of gut wrenching endurance activity but don't want your gut to wrench because of your fuel, then choose honey stinger from backcountry and order in bulk.

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Sterling Watsonwrote a review of on September 26, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I pretty much use only honey stinger products when training and racing on my road bike. I like these chews because it's a change up from jels. The best part about these are that they don't give you that nasty "gut" feeling I've gotten when eating multiple chews during a long hard ride. I gave them four stars only because they can be difficult to eat while on the bike...but I usually open the package in my jersey pocket before starting my ride and this works fairly well. Overall, fantastic tasty product for any endurance sport!

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Sterling Watsonwrote a review of on September 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Skratch has become my go to for drink mix. When it comes to days in the saddle, training or racing, this stuff is perfect! It's easy on your stomach and doesn't have an overly sweet taste, but still gives the nutrients needed when pushing your body to the limits. My favorites are the lemon and matcha tea(w/caffeine). I race cat1 road and have been ordering this from backcountry for almost two years now and couldn't be happier, great prices and customer service!

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Sterling Watson

Sterling Watsonwrote a review of on April 17, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I use these socks in 45 and under degree weather. They fit true to size(I'm a 10.5 and got the large) and seem quite durable. During the winter months in Colorado I use them 2-3 times a week. No major wear so far and I like that they aren't so thick blood flow is cut off to my feet.

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Sterling Watson

Sterling Watsonwrote a review of on April 17, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Large/XLarge

Cool, light weight, and durable. I've really enjoyed these socks. I've used them for about 2500 miles of use now and have had no issues. They wash well, no holes, and keep your feet cool even in 90+ degree heat. No complaints. I'm a men's 10.5 and got the L/XL

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Sterling Watson

Sterling Watsonwrote a review of on April 17, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 165 lbs

I hate having cold feet when riding...and thicker socks generally just restrict blood flow. I wear these from 30-50 degrees and my toes/feet stay perfectly warm even though I tend to be colder than most when riding. They are very durable and wash well. I'd recommend a pair to every cyclist in any cool to cold weather climates.

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Sterling Watsonwrote a review of on April 17, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 165 lbs

I purchased these about a month ago and ended up returning them. The fit was a bit larger than expected and they felt more like a light boot than trail runner. I've worn several pairs of la sportiva and am usually a 44 but these felt much larger. Construction seemed durable but as I said a bit heavy. I usually prefer a light weight more minimalist style of shoe. I'd recommend these as a light to mid day hiker shoe but not to runners.

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Sterling Watson

Sterling Watsonwrote a review of on April 17, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Being a triathlete I get used to running without socks. So when I do wear socks I prefer something that is out of the way and almost unnoticeable but will still keep my feet dry and cool. These get the job done. From a 5k up to 15-20 mile training runs I've used these in all conditions and have never gotten muggy feet or a blister. Backcountry always has great sales on them too so I've ordered several pairs. True to the sizing guide and are surprisingly durable for how thin they are. I'm a 10.5 men's and the large fits perfectly.

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Sterling Watsonwrote a review of on April 16, 2016

Great lid.
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Our team decided to use these and so far they work very well. I was concerned about cooling but riding in temps up to 90-95 has been no problem. My only complaint is that unless you have smith glasses you can't put them in your helmet...I generally like to do this on climbs but it's a small thing.

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Sterling Watsonwrote a review of on April 16, 2016

Amazingly sticky
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Previous to using this tire(had the conti ultras) I was very nervous around any kind of corner. Now...I'm party sure I could go straight horizontal with these round bits of amazingness. I ride these all through the race season, 23's on my TT and 25's for the road bike. I'm constant,y impressed by there grip in tight/fast corners as well as the durability. I generally get 2500-3000 miles out of a pair and I could probably stretch that even further. Are they pricy?...yes, but backcountry has had some great deals on these. When they go on sale buy them up!

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Sterling Watsonwrote a review of on April 16, 2016

Great padding...odd fit
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: XXL

I generally wear a size medium in gloves, maybe large. So I ordered a pair of larges since Castelli occasionally runs small. Way to small so tired the xl...again to small. The xxl size fit and I really like them. The only down side is that there is no velcrow opening so even getting the xxl pair on can be difficult. Again, great padding, cool, protects my hand but sizing is just odd.

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