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cuattarwrote a review of on April 8, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I bought this helmet in looking for a well-ventilated lift-serviced helmet with the occasional backcountry trip. I did not test it as it did not fit. I have a 57 cm somewhat oval head, and it is too snug fore-to-aft (plenty of room side-to-side). I like the design, though the vents being so large worry me that it might not be the best in the warm snow and possible rain environment that is the PNW. The vents are not adjustable. It is a high quality helmet that I wish fit my head as I'd take a risk with the gaping vents on the nasty days (that's what hoods are for, right?). But the shape is just wrong for me, and I fear that a large will fit, but be overly large. Bummer. Love the orange color though.

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cuattarwrote a review of on April 8, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I bought this helmet from another site along with a handful of others in order to do my own comparison since no ski shops around me carry more than one of the helmets in which I'm interested.
I like the look of this helmet. Unfortunately, despite the size chart, it does not fit me. I have a somewhat oval head, and it is too small fore-to-aft, but plenty wide side-to-side. My current Giro Nine fits fine, by comparison. I bought a M based on the size chart, and my head is 57 cm. I'm a bit disappointed that the size chart pointed me in the wrong direction, and that the shape is just so wrong for my head as I otherwise like the helmet. Quality is 3.5/5 stars - it's not bad, but not top-notch. The adjustability of the vents is laughable (the slider does barely anything), though I did not test, so maybe it vents better than it looks like it well (it doesn't look good). I really wanted to like it since I like the color and the brand a lot. Bummer.

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cuattarwrote a review of on April 8, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I haven't actually used this helmet, so take my review with a grain of salt.
I bought a size medium for my 57 cm head, and it does not fit. Apparently my head is more oval than round, and this is certainly a rounder helmet as it had side-to-side room, but fore-to-aft it squished and gave me a headache in a matter of minutes. It appears well made, though not of the highest quality (outer plastic seems cheaper than the high-end helmets from other mfgs, though I wouldn't call it "cheap" outright. My biggest issue with this helmet is the vents - they are adjustable, but they open up very little, and I am hard-pressed to believe that the added ventilation will be very functional (though I did not test). I am shopping for a well-ventilated helmet, and with the round shape and low-throughput vents, this just isn't right for someone who overheats as much as I do. It otherwise appears nice. I would say it's a middle-of-the-road helmet - average in about every way. I do like the color.

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cuattarwrote a review of on April 8, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I have not actually used this helmet, so read my review with that in mind.
This is to comment on fit (and form).
I have a somewhat oval head, and while the sizing chart says that a medium should fit my 57 cm head quite well, it does not. The range is stated as 55-59 cm, and it squishes my forehead. I can get it on, but it's not comfortable, and eventually causes a headache. It is very well made - better than any other helmet I've seen (though I haven't seen any Sweet Protection or POC helmets in person), but I have 0 doubts about quality, function, form. It's just unfortunate that it doesn't fit my head shape, so it's going back. Might get a large, but I've heard that for people in my boat, the large is just too large. Might look to Giro for something more oval, which is too bad because I like everything else about this helmet.

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cuattarwrote a review of on February 2, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've always struggled to get a liner glove that provides dexterity, fits my hands well, and keeps me warm. Doesn't seem like a long list of demands, but liners just seem to fall apart, and are somehow too short in the fingers but also baggy. Maybe I'm the only person out there with, well, what I would consider to be non-stubby fingers. It's not like my hands resemble those of Mr. Burns, but I digress...
These gloves fit great. They keep my hands warm while running in cold or wet (yes, warm while wet). But they have 2 major added bonuses:
One, they have the touch sensor that allows me to use my phone (which I find myself doing on almost every outdoor pursuit)
Two, the color is fantastic, and visible! I not only am more noticeable while running, but they're easy to find in a dark pack when every other accessory in the outside pocket is black. Really nice to grab what you think are your gloves and actually get gloves, and not your headband, or underwear.
They had 1 pair left at the OR store when I went there to get them, so clearly they're in demand. Get them before they discontinue this, the best liner glove ever.

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cuattarwrote a review of on August 29, 2012

5 5

I recently bought a bunch of gloves to find a new favorite set for more aggressive riding, and these win. I was in between sizes, so I bought the larger (large) and wash and dry them freely, and they shrunk a little, so they fit perfectly now. They fit my fingers well with no restrictions or excess fabric. The pad on the palm is great at preventing bruising (thought I wish it was all across the base of my palm as I currently have a significant bruise where the pad isn't). I have had multiple crashes on these gloves and they are showing no signs of wear or damage. The terry thumb and palm both soak up sweat well. They breathe about as well as can be expected of a full-protection DH glove. The silicon gripper fingers do wear off after a while, but that's really to be expected as I've never seen gloves that retain those little grippers for very long. This is my new DH glove - I just hope Da Kine keeps making them. Oh, and they're not pretentious either, so I don't feel like a bit of a schmuck with exposed carbon fiber knuckles.

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cuattarwrote a review of on August 29, 2012

5 5

I am beyond impressed with this pump. The quality of craftmanship is the best I've ever seen in a pump. It is easy to pump with - the handle does not dig into your hands (though admittedly I haven't pumped without wearing gloves). It is efficient at getting air into my tire, and I think this is mostly due to the larger size and fitting being so secure that you don't need to be gentle with the pump (ABS/Flex Hose = AWESOME and every pump should have it). There is just never any undesirable leakage. It's easy to get a ballpark idea of how much pressure you've put in by watching the integrated gauge, though it doesn't agree with my digital gauge that I actually use for setting air pressures, so I only use it as a guide. It's super-easy to switch between a secure Presta and a secure Schrader connection. With the little foot stand it's also easy to pump hard and fast and not waste energy holding both ends of the pump.
I have no doubt that this pump will last me for years to come as I do not see any desire to switch from this since it's really light, relatively small, maximally efficient, easy to use... really, all the qualities that you would want a pump to have. If it's too big for you, you are probably already using CO2. This is my second Lezyne (I have an HP for my road bike that can get my tires over 100 PSI with ease), and this HV version for my MTB works wonders. Stop "trying out" other pumps. Just stop it.

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cuattarwrote a review of on August 29, 2012

2 5

I bought these as a lightweight MTB glove, and padding/comfort-wise, they're amazing. They breathe well too. But the back of the thumb/hand is not absorbent, so as with all my other gloves, I usually end up doing face wipes with the palm. But with these gloves, the palm is a different kind of leather/synthetic, and it is 100% non-adsorbent. It feels like wiping Saran Wrap over your sweaty face. A bike glove that can't wipe sweat is useless to me, so I was forced to return them after 1 ride. Too bad really, because the strategically located padding on the palm and the impressive breathability were great characteristics (though they're probably not that durable and certainly not protective of the top of the hand in any way).
So I say that they're not for people who sweat, but if you're not sweating while riding, you're not riding hard enough... so it might be safe to say that they're not really fit for any kind of exertional cycling whatsoever.

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cuattarwrote a review of on February 5, 2010

5 5

I have had this jacket for a couple weeks now - it's great! It's my "cold day" jacket for skiing. I am warm in near-0 temperatures with only a couple thin layers on underneath. The insulation helps a ton with warmth, it fits well (finally, no extra fabric in the gut area!), and the construction is great. I do like the softshell material on my Marmot better, but that's not to say that this doesn't work, it's just not as, umm, nice? I can't complain though, the jacket works. The hood sort of fits over my helmet, but not like a helmet-compatible hood.

And oh yeah, to the guy complaining about the red XL: it doesn't even take an education to know how SaC works. I'm not a violent person, but you deserve to be punched in the face for your stupidity. If you want the jacket, go buy it. No, wait, don't. I don't want someone like you with the same jacket as myself.

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