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carey

carey

Lafayette, CA

carey's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Paddling
Skiing
Climbing
Surfing

carey's Bio

Long time Outdoor Industry Vet. I grew up spending summers in the white mountains. I spent my formative years whitewater kayaking, backpacking, climbing, skiing, snowboarding and skateboarding. I worked for years paddling and guiding/teaching at NOC and NOLS, then eventually went into retail with Patagonia where I stayed for two years. After the next two years at Lotus Designs I went to Business school, then landed an entry level product management job at New Balance. I spent seven years there, then three at Puma, conceptualizing and building shoes the whole time. I've been Global Footwear Product Director at The North Face for almost three years now, and have found my home!

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careywrote a review of on August 25, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When looking for an all mountain/enduro pad, I wanted something sleek and light that I could pedal in all day while providing enough protection for minor spills. These G-forms totally fit the bill. They stay in place reasonably well, only needing minor adjustments throughout the ride. They're machine washable too, which is a major bonus...! My only complaints are that some of the stitching is coming undone, and that they look a bit "spidey." I'd rather something a bit more stylish than techy. Overall the durability/protection to weight ratio is awesome. I confidently recommend these pads.

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careywrote a review of on August 25, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: 10.5

I waited two months for these bad boys, and couldn't wait to try them out. They didn't disappoint! I ride in the Bay Area and Tahoe, mostly AM/Enduro style trails. They have a stiff pedaling platform, but are still flexible enough to hike a bike. Traction is good, although my crank brothers clears stick out far enough to get dinged up on rocks while hiking. The shoes are a good combination of breathable and protective. They're a little on the heavy side. The closure system is secure and doesn't require on trail adjustment. There is no pain in the top of my foot where the strap cranks across. I did break one of the release levers in a fall, but am able to unclip the shoe with a key. Overall these are solid, cool looking, rugged shoes that hold up to regular All Mountain use. I make technical footwear for a living, and I'm impressed with the design, materials and construction on the Crossmax. I would definitely recommend them.

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careywrote a review of on April 5, 2015

Tough, solid and sleek
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This thing is amazing!
- Easy to set up and use
- Totally solid with no bike movement once secured
- No rub anywhere on the bikes
- Simple secure locking system with the perfect amount of slack
- Folds up sleekly with no bikes on it, and folds down far enough to let an SUV tailgate open and close
- Super sharp looking

I was deciding between the NV2, Yakima's Hold Up and North Shore Racks NS4. I am SO glad I went with the Kuat. I buy and use a lot of outdoor gear, and this is one of the most thoughtfully designed and solidly built products I've come across in a long time. Completely worth the money.

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careywrote a review of on March 17, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I used these once and returned them. The design is beautiful, they are low profile, sleek and well built. My issues were length, width and breathability. Most reviews listed these as running small, so I sized up 1/2 size. They fit true to size, which meant they were too long for me. There is very little width adjustability. The forefoot and midfoot straps lock you down, but they really only secure in a single position. You can crank down the top strap, but it gets uncomfortable when secured tightly enough to really lock you into the shoe. Finally, while the full synthetic upper is very protective, it's also very hot. The micro perf's are not effective at letting it breath.

If you have a relatively wide foot and value protection over breathability, this is a good shoe to consider. If not, I'd steer clear.

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careywrote a review of on March 17, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've got two of these and use them around twice a week. I take them on everything from CA freeways to potholed trail access roads. I feel my bikes sway on uneven terrain, but I'm never concerned that they'll fall off. It takes a little practice to get used to loading and unloading, but it's intuitive and trustworthy once you get used to it.

While there is not a 27.5" wheel setting, I've found no trouble loading this size at the 26" setting. The High Roller 2.5's on my DH Rig fit no problem.

The rear wheel cam straps are short for the modern wide rims found on some AM/Enduro bikes. Easy fix with a longer strap, or just using your own cam strap.

Overall a solid build that has held up for me over time with no need for maintenance.

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careywrote a review of on February 15, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've had ODI Ruffians and Rogues. I found the Ruffian a little skinny and hard, while the Rogues are a little too thick. These Lizard Skins Chargers fall right in between; thin enough to have great feel and control, thick enough for large hand (I'm 6'1", typically a Large glove) and with just enough cushioning to help my hands stay strong over long rides. I bought these for my DH rig, and will now put them on all my bikes. Stoked!

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careywrote a review of on January 12, 2015

3 5

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

I took out my new G3 poles for their first runs a few weeks ago, in bounds at Alpine Meadows. Their weight and durability are great - a nice strength to weight ratio. The extending mechanism worked well, and even under pressure I didn't notice any slip. I am impressed with everything except the straps. The velcro is pretty skimpy, and the straps are kinda narrow. I had to adjust the straps each run to get my hands in and out, vs other pole systems where I can set it and forget it. I'm a standard Large size glove, so folks with smaller hands might not have the same issue. I'll write a longer term review once I've got a full season on them.

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careywrote a review of on January 12, 2015

5 5

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

I took my new Benny's out for their inaugural run at Alpine Meadows in Tahoe on December 20th. I stuck mostly to groomers cuz I was with my kids, but ventured out a bit off summit chair to try them in more varied conditions. I have my guardian 16 mnc's mounted 2cm behind true center, and they feel great. I'm glad I didn't mount them farther forward, because they feel almost perfectly centered where I've got'em.

Pro's:
playful: I felt like I could spin on a dime, but they weren't unstable or whimpy when I set the edge
turning: for a fat ski, the combo of camber and sidecut produces an agile, turny platform.
versatility: the Benny is fun and reliable from groomers to crud and deep snow
aesthetic: not everyone cares about this, but these skis are beautiful to look at.

VERDICT: I'll write a long term review at the end of the season, but if the first two days are any indication Atomic has hit it out of the park with this iteration. It was equally at home on groomers, mixed crud and fresh pow. It's fun, playful and nimble. The new Benny is quickly becoming my go-to, one ski quiver!

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careywrote a review of on December 15, 2014

4 5

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

I bought this for my wife as her first Fitness tracker. She's only used it a couple times so far, but she really likes it. It's a little big on her skinny wrist, but the construction and colors are solid. The user interface is simple and easy to learn, and the functionality so far is smooth and as expected. I'll try to write another review after longer experience, but out of the gate it seems like a great value and a great product.

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careywrote a review of on December 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these water bottles for my eight and five year old daughters to use every day at school and on the weekends. We've only had them for about a week, but so far they're awesome. I find bite-straw bottles to leak sometimes when tipped on their sides. This version closes securely and I never worry they're gonna have soaked backpacks. The colors are rich and the materials are durable. I will definitely buy again!

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