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Zach Bwrote a review of on April 4, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'll preface the review with my experience with other Selle SMP saddles, which is to say that I like the concept of their more extreme-looking offerings but they're not really for me. I like to move around on the saddle; forward on the climbs, "steering" the bike just a touch with my legs and butt on descents, and so forth. So while I appreciate the genital and perineal relief of the saddles you're used to seeing, like the Drakon for example, they're not something I want to own.

Now, the F30. Selle SMP says that it will work for pretty much anyone, which is not a claim they make for their other saddles. Common issues I experience on other saddles are numbness on climbs due to being seated forward, and on my rollers where I stay seated in one spot, as well as rubbing on the "wing" area on longer rides. None of these issues exist with the F30. Additionally, since the nose doesn't drop too dramatically, I can shift forward on climbs and feel secure in that position.

The made-in-Italy build quality of the saddle is excellent. One drawback of the saddle is its cost, but having a beautifull-made saddle that fits and to some degree, improves the quality of my life, is worth it. Generally speaking, I hesitate to recommend any saddle because I know everyone is different, but this saddle is different. If you've had issues finding the right saddle, or even if you haven't, I would invite anyone to try this one. And if I'm wrong and it doesn't work, you can return a used item here within 30 days for store credit. If you're the kind of person who would buy this saddle, you can surely use that store credit on something, if not a different saddle.

All in all, I highly recommend this saddle. I never had a saddle that worked all that well for me before, but I would refer to rule 5 and carry on. You don't have to suck it up, and shouldn't. For me the F30 has made this possible.

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Zach Bwrote a review of on March 5, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 205 lbs
Size Purchased: large

Like others have said, these feel great. They do fit a little loose,and if I sized down the waistband would be too small but the mesh part would be spot on. Better to eliminate the muffin top option. If you have a narrow waist and big legs, these would fit perfectly.

I have two pairs of these and on one some of the stitching is starting to come apart after about 10 days and three washes in an actual washing machine (I took these on a backpacking trip, hence that ratio).

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Zach Bwrote a review of on February 14, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 205 lbs
Size Purchased: large

During winter, I wear this jacket more days than not. It gets a fair amount of compliments and I really enjoy the simple, timeless aesthetic and excellent quality. I am sure that this jacket will still look great in five years.

As others have noted, it does run a bit big. I generally wear XL shirts and jackets, but the L here fits me well and has adequate sleeve length for my long arms. This jacket can be paired with a t-shirt down to the high 30's or so; anything below that and I add layers underneath, which the the still-generous fit easily allows. For reference, I am 6'3", 205 lbs with a 45 inch chest and a 36 inch waist.

I have not waxed the jacket at all and I find the water resistance sufficient for mild rain and snow.

All things considered, I'm very happy with this purchase and would buy it again in a heartbeat.

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Zach Bwrote a review of on February 14, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 205 lbs
Size Purchased: large

During winter, I wear this jacket more days than not. It gets a fair amount of compliments and I really enjoy the simple, timeless aesthetic and excellent quality. I am sure that this jacket will still look great in five years.

As others have noted, it does run a bit big. I generally wear XL shirts and jackets, but the L here fits me well and has adequate sleeve length for my long arms. This jacket can be paired with a t-shirt down to the high 30's or so; anything below that and I add layers underneath, which the the still-generous fit easily allows. For reference, I am 6'3", 205 lbs with a 45 inch chest and a 36 inch waist.

I have not waxed the jacket at all and I find the water resistance sufficient for mild rain and snow.

All things considered, I'm very happy with this purchase and would buy it again in a heartbeat.

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Zach Bwrote a review of on January 28, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Intrigued by Peter Sagan's claim to have not cramped since using Osmo, I thought I'd give it a try.

I have also not cramped with Osmo in my system, and I feel a noticable difference in my overall work capacity versus plain water. Nutrition products work really well for some people and others not. With this product, I am one of the lucky people. The blackberry mix tastes good and is not overly sweet, which I enjoy.

I subtracted one star because it doesn't mix incredibly well, leaving me some crunchy little morsels at the bottom of every bottle. I usually fill a bottle half way, add the mix and shake it, then fill the rest of the bottle and this helps some but does not eliminate the problem.

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Zach Bwrote a review of on January 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I once had a bike with a creaky pressfit bottom bracket and vowed to never do that again. This bottom bracket is the antidote. It's easy to install, the threads ensure a precise fit, and I've yet to have any issues. No-brainer choice here.

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Zach Bwrote a review of on January 22, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 205 lbs
Size Purchased: 2XL

I've been wearing this jacket pretty consistently for the past two months this winter and it is one of my favorites for casual wear as well as light activity such as hiking. It's important to point out that this jacket is intended for off-bike use, although I wouldn't hesitate to wear this on a short, casual ride.

I find that the jacket keeps me comfortable in temperatures ranging from the high 30's to the high 50's F wearing a a t-shirt underneath. My favorite feature is this jacket's breathability relative to its warmth, which I find to be better than other puffy jackets I own from more outdoorsy brands.

The fit is consistent with the sizing chart and will best fit someone with a reasonably athletic or typical cyclist build. I'm 6'3" and 205 lbs with a 44.5" chest and 34.5" waist. The 2XL fits me well, providing a flattering taper from the upper body down to the waist. It's a bit snug on my upper back if I fold my arms, etc, but then the size chart does say 43" for the 2XL so that's to be expected.

All things considered, I highly recommend this versatile jacket for anyone looking to bring some cycling flair to their casual wardrobe.

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Zach Bwrote a review of on December 19, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I really wanted these gloves to work for me, but am returning them due to the size. My fingers are relatively long and thin and my palms and wrists are also somewhat thin; think typical tall person hands but nothing too crazy. I purchased an 11 to accommodate for finger length, which was spot on, but the palm portion of the glove is pretty loose and so it the wrist. You need meaty fingers and hands for these gloves to fit properly. Taking a couple stars off for sizing alone feels justified as I've owned a fair number of gloves in my life and have never had to return any due to sizing issues.

All this being said, the quality of the materials is impressive and I'd expect these to last for a really long time. Had these gloves fit my hand a bit better, I would have been happy to keep them.

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Zach Bwrote a review of on November 13, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 205 lbs
Size Purchased: XXL

Like some others have mentioned, I wasn't on board with the concept of this jersey from the outset, but after actually trying it, I can see its merits. If you've ever been out on a cold ride and felt that gross hot steamy feeling while putting out a decent effort, this jersey is the antidote for that.

The materials are top notch and its worth noting that the stretch is not the same as a "normal" jersey, nor was it intended to be. I generally wear an XL in Giordana jerseys (FRC, Silverline) because the upper body in those tends to stretch nicely. Since that's not the case with this jersey, it's too tight on my upper back, chest, and biceps. I'm 6'3", 205 lbs, with a 45" chest and 35" waist. So in short, listen to the size chart as opposed to going with what you usually wear in Giordana or comparably-fitting brands. Under "size purchased" I entered XXL because I imagine a lot of people will see that without the context of this written description and assume I got the right size.

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Zach Bwrote a review of on October 17, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Big fan of this frame.

I've had one of these built up with XO1 Eagle out for demo for about a month now and I've really grown to appreciate the light weight, compliance, and snappy feel of this frame. For context, I've previously owned a few hardtails including an aluminum Scott Scale and steel Salsa El Mariachi. Unsurprisingly, I greatly prefer the way the Niner feels on the climbs - very efficient and tracks accurately through technical climbs - as well as the descents, where I can throw it around more playful than I'd anticipated.

I'm 6'2.5" and have been riding a large. It fits decently but I would prefer it were an XL.

I've been using an 120 mm fork which puts the HT angle at 69 degrees, which to me is an ideal balance between a planted, accurate feel on climbs and stability on higher-speed descents. If you want a super efficient hardtail that is light and reasonably playful for an XC bike, the Air is a great option.

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Zach Bwrote a review of on October 16, 2018

4 5

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

I got a couple rides in on a demo set of these wheels and have initial impressions to share.

This is an aluminum rim with a thin fairing over the structural portion of the rim. You can squeeze the fairing with your hand because of how thin it is. I mention this because some customers have called in, surprised about it.

The wheel itself is stiffer than I'd anticipated, and the aero benefits are noticeable. As is always the case with HED, the quality and construction are solid. Considering the depth and the benefit of aluminum braking, as opposed to a carbon brake track that you'd typically find on a wheel of this depth, the claimed weight of 1,760 grams is reasonable. I would recommend this wheelset to anyone looking for a superbly dependable, aero, stiff wheelset that comes with the safety and dependability of an aluminum braking track.

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Zach Bwrote a review of on October 16, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I couldn't really ask for more from a computer.

Initial set-up, which you do on your smart phone with Wahoo's app, is incredibly easy. Drag and drop to customize what you see on the Bolt, put in some information, and you're ready to ride. I've used the Bolt in conjunction with a Quarq DZero and the pairing was seamless and I had no lapses in communcation between the two devices. Uploading to third-party apps such as Strava is also painless.

I really have nothing bad to say about the Bolt and very highly recommend it. Though I found it to be adequate, some people may prefer a larger screen, in which case I suggest the Elemnt which is item number WHA000E.

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Zach Bwrote a review of on October 15, 2018

4 5

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

I spent a couple nights in this bag and have initial impressions to share.

First off, this bag is incredibly comfortable. I am used to a synthetic bag so the down was a nice change of pace. I get cold somewhat easily while sleeping and in the low 30's I was warm with minimal clothing.

The bag packs down pretty small when packed and expands nicely once it's out. If I were to purchase this bag, I would pair it with a compression sack to get the volume down even further.

At 6'2.5" the bag was long enough for me, which is not always the case with "normal" length sleeping bags.

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Zach Bwrote a review of on September 10, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 202 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I bought this shirt for my most recent backpacking trip during which I wore this shirt six out of seven days. I found the shirt to be comfortable, pretty standard if not a little big in regard to fit, great at wicking moisture, and not smelly. No complaints here.

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Zach Bwrote a review of on September 10, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Like others, I purchased these after the stakes that came with my tent became bent and didn't hold well.

These stakes penetrate the ground well and hold on strong. According to my food scale, the set of 6 weighs, 3.15 ounces or 89 grams. I have slept five nights with the stakes so far and my only complaint is that I managed to to bend one of them slightly, but it is still 100% functional.

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