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chetnlisawrote a review of on September 4, 2016

2 5

Forgive me for offering negative criticism at the expense of hurting a brand. However, this is aimed at revealing a serious flaw with these lenses. I purchased both the "Stunt" and the Wave with Zebra lenses. I found that they impossible to clean the interior surface of the lenses. What remains after several attempts to dry the inside lenses is a blurry surface marred by the tiny fibers of whatever was used to dry them. I will gladly remove or correct this commentary if I failed to perform some unique method to clean these specific lenses. However, I'm truly baffled at this point. I actually read the directions on cleaning/maintenance from Julbo in case I was missing something. What I am ending up with is a lens surface that appear as if it has been wiped/scoured with very fine steel wool. When I run my finger over the surface of the outer lens, it glides smoothly while there is significant friction on surface of the inner lens. It actually feels "tacky" which causes any minute fibers (irrespective of several types of lint-free lens towels I used) to adhere to the surface. I'm perplexed by this. The bottom line is that these lenses are treated with something that leaves a residual sticky film or else I got two defective pairs in a row. I addressed this with Julbo directly, no fault of Back Country, to determine what may be the cause. For the record, I started with the tradition fog by breath, then used only water and without success finally tried a lens-specific cleaning solution. Regardless of the "wetting agent", the drying was impossible-using several lens wipes-specifically the one provided by Julbo which is actually the bag the lenses are packed in. Everything else (i.e. micro fiber, non-scratch lens wipes, Serengeti's lens cloth is my go to which works on all my lenses, etc.) I tried wasn't effective. The common denominator is simple, the lenses contain an adhesive coating of some type. I was tempted to use a more aggressive cleaner like Windex or ammonia but I figured I'd void the warranty. If anyone has a solution, please advise.

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chetnlisawrote a review of on August 18, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: 43

I'm not one to criticize publicly. OK, maybe I am when I feel there's a benefit to express alternate viewpoints. Therefore, if you want a hearts and flowers review, I'll do my best to keep to the facts after admitting Sidi shoes are beautiful, made in Italy, and no doubt durable. My problem with them is their "patented" closure system. It's one more step than necessary. Instead of improving upon the BOA closure, they complicated it by adding the additional step requiring you to unlock the handle before you can turn it. If you frequently adjust the tension, you'll appreciate the simplicity of the BOA closure. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. My other gripe is the comfort of the footbed of these Sidi's. Why not pay BOA their due share (considering the shoes retail for $400+) and instead take a page out of Lake's design book and improve the versatility of their soles to accommodate more shapes of feet. Who wouldn't pay a premium for glass slippers in cycling shoes? I put some time and money into trying all the very high end kicks available and none is close to the Lake CX 402's with their moldable carbon sole. I'm not in anyone's pocket just offering this up to people with high arches (and too often numb feet as a result of improperly supportive heals). For the record, I bought these Sidi's in neon green and loved the way they look but just never was comfortable over long rides. Most importantly, disregard everything I'm saying if you have low arches and think Sidi is the cat's meow. No doubt you'll get the nod from the weekend warriors sporting their Sidi's. However, if you want to distinguish yourself from the mob, look into a pair of custom kangaroos. Just my two cents.

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chetnlisawrote a review of on March 9, 2016

3 5

This is a very compact and "good looking" well made computer. It's rare that I'd be critical of a product (and perhaps someone who knows better than I can correct me) but I want to point out a few shortcomings of this item. First, it has no "light" to illuminate the display screen. Second, the GPS and altitude sensors are way off on mine. I set the elevation at zero (when I'm at the beach) and I'm getting readings anywhere b/t -273' to 112'. Irrelevant as it may be in terms of oxygen saturation at this altitude, it begs the question about accuracy in the mountains. Also, the GPS provide only lat/long coordinates. If I had a map, I'd be able to pinpoint where I am (should I be lost at sea and need to inform the Coast Guard) but there is no ground reference. I'm not sure if there's a map I need to download but there is no mention of it in the manual nor is it part of the user settings/set up menu. Other than that, it is a great all around computer to indicate speed, HR and cadence. I did not purchase the power meter (not sure if it's available actually). One last whiny comment concerns the low battery indicator. While the battery life is decent/good, includes a very convenient (wall adapter included) USB charging cable and easy access charging port AND the charge rate is indicated on the computer display, the issue is when the battery runs low. On every ride that I find myself at the end of a charge, the low battery warning pops up-indicating 10-20% remaining life-and within the course of 5-10 minutes, the entire unit shuts off. There's a series of warnings up until that point repeating the warning which you have to dismiss in order to continue viewing the display. It's annoying but mostly just a disappointment because "20%" translates to about 1/5 of your ride time which means all the data of that training session is just a memory.

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chetnlisawrote a review of on March 3, 2016

4 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

If you cycle in foul weather, think Portland Oregon, you know how critical it is to stay dry. I spent three days tooling around, climbing in considerable steady precipitation, and (I still am) was expecting to be colder and wetter than this very light but well made shell prevented. It has a comfy inner mesh liner than makes it easy on and off over a base layer or jacket and its water repellancy is superb. I was in mid forties in Ashland recently in steady climb followed by 40+mph decents before I experienced any chill through the neck. One point of discontent is the rear pocket. It is not a "on the go" accessible location to keep any gear. The zipper snags a bit and this jacket could benefit from either an inner pocket or a hip pocket. However, I'll choose excellent rain repellancy over pocket placement any day in the rain. Also, I'm 6'1" size 42R and wear this in L which fits great with a base layer, no problem.

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chetnlisawrote a review of on January 18, 2016

5 5

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

I too experience the sole digging into the inside of my foot when I first tried them on. I wasn't concerned as the soles are intended to be form fitting. I followed the heating instructions but didn't get it right the first time. At 200 degrees for 5 minutes I just didn't get them malleable enough until the 3rd heating whereby I went a little hotter by 5 degrees and another minute. They definitely smelled like they were well done but the payoff was that I was finally able to move the inside of the sole wide enough to fit my very high arched feet. Believe me that I was at the point of return before I went all the way up in temp. After that the key is to use (assuming you are looking for additional arch support) something cylindrical and solid-I used a wooden baker's rolling pin-to stand and firmly roll your the shoe over repeatedly right under the arch of your foot. Then promptly sit and squeeze the sides working from the heal forward. The trick for me to get the inside wide enough to feel snug was to put all my weight to lean into the shoe so that the inside of your foot is pushing the sole outward. I got them to where they, as Lake describes, feel like slippers. For the record, I also purchase the Diadora Vortex Pros that CC had a smoking deal on recently. Side by side, the Lake's kicked arse by far. There is a striking difference in quality. In my opinion (duh, I'm writing this), the Diadora's felt/looked cheap by comparison. I dedicated a disproportionately excessive period of time to evaluate the two shoes side by side in terms of materials, build quality and overall value for the price. Two primary reasons the Lakes are worth the extra buck is that the CF sole is hefty and well laid out with cleat alignment guides and heavy duty stainless threaded inserts. The leather is extremely supple and claimed by Lake to be more durable than cow hide. CC's policy is rock solid on returns so indulge yourself by trying on a pair. Just get your oven finely tuned until those soles are singing your song...

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chetnlisawrote a question about on December 14, 2015

I have a 1999 Trek 5000 carbon frame and would like to order this BB9000 to match up with my DA 7900 crank set (to replace the DA 7700 Octilink that was originally installed on the bike). I saw a previous answer that this 9000 BB is compatible with a DA 7900 crank set but need you to clarify if there is any compatibility issues with my bike regarding the "reversed" threading-the drive side turns clock-wise to loosen and counter-clockwise to loosen the non-drive side. Thank you.

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chetnlisawrote a review of on December 2, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this in March of this year after doing exactly what you are, reading reviews from guys like me as well as professional bike gear critics. I read that it's "not as easy to mount your bike" as others on the market. I disagree. However, if you find it challenging to change out a roll of TP, you may object. To plagiarize what Ron Popeil says, you just set it and forget it (sorry Ron). Once the left side is set, you only need to unscrew the right side a few turns until you can disengage the threads with a nifty swing bracket and retract the slide lock. There's no learning curve here. Unless of course you're still working out the kinks on getting that umbrella closed. Aside from the ease of mounting and dismounting, it's well built, solid and stable. The resistance is perfect for me and it's a snap to adjust the tension against your tire. The unit produces zero noise and doesn't heat up after a solid hour as I go. What I can tell you lastly is that I honestly expected less for the price (of course CC offered it at the lowest price) so my expectations were far exceeded when it arrived.

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