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dom salbatera

dom salbatera

san francisco

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street 'til we die

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dom salbaterawrote a review of on March 21, 2016

4 5

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

As soon as I took the goggles out of the box and softshell case, I laughed. They look so ridiculously good. I opted for the red ionized lens, and it looks like something out of space, it's absolutely massive. You're going to look, and feel, very cool (beside the fact that they block out harmful rays and allow you to see more contrast in snow, I think this is the main reason people shop around for goggles).

These are my first frameless goggles, and my first with interchangeable lenses. The Dragon Swiftlock system is so easy, it's great. You literally just flip a switch on the left and right sides of the goggles, and lift the lens carefully out. I say carefully because though you could do this with your goggles still mounted to your face, do you really want to scratch your lens?

Speaking of, these lenses scratch easily. The interior is coated with anti-fog. Mine came slightly scratched on the inside - this is because when the strap was packed into the case, the sticky backing and plastic adjustable buckle were also inside the goggles themselves. So when I tried to buff out these scratches with a lens wipe, they scratched more. I was kicking myself. Only use the soft case to wipe down these lenses, and dab the inside VERY GENTLY, only if you really must. That goes for all goggles, really.

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dom salbaterawrote a review of on March 21, 2016

4 5

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

Right off the bat, I believe this helmet runs a bit small in comparison to other brands - I went to a local shop to try on a POC helmet before buying, and I was so glad I did. As it turns out, my head is 59cm, meaning I had to order the XL. I have cycling helmets in a sized small/medium from Lazer, and a medium Catlike, so jumping to XL for POC seemed extreme, but apparently they just run small. The POC helmet fits really great on my head, no doubt about it. There's a removable foam pad for blocking out the vent holes to adjust temperature in the helmet. It's a bit primitive, since most helmets (even the POC Fornix) has a plastic lever that allows you to open and close them.

Pros: Comfortable fit. Simple, bold graphics. MIPS for safety. RECCO for backcountry folks. No frills - no headphone jacks, no speakers, no wiring, no adjustable dial like Giro's or other brands, no on-the-fly temperature adjustment like the POC Fornix. This is simply a helmet, which to me, is a pro.

Cons: Goggles clip. I had read this over and over again from previous reviews, but the clip is absolutely useless. It comes unattached in a plastic baggie, you stick it between the styrofoam and the plastic shell on the back - it feels like an afterthought. It feels like it's going to just pop off after a day of riding. It looks horrible. It doesn't really do anything to assist in keeping your goggles in place. Why does it exist, I'm not even sure. Most goggles have sticky patterns on the strap, so I'm guessing this is probably the reason why POC didn't design a helmet clip into the helmet. And honestly, a clip isn't really necessary, since your goggles stay in place pretty well with the sticky pattern

If you're looking for a quality helmet with no frills, no helmet clip, and you know your head size, this helmet would be a great option.

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dom salbaterawrote a review of on August 15, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

This is a very minimal rain/touring shell. The waist has no hem drawcords, and the sleeves don't have any velcro. Instead, you get quality cinch seals, and thumb holes at the ends of the sleeves, which are super nice and comfortable. The two chest zippers double as mini vents, since on the inside of the garment there's just mesh so the air can breeze right through. This shell is definitely meant to be worn with insulation underneath. The Gore-Tex Active material is super thin and breathable.

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dom salbaterawrote a review of on August 15, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

If you're looking for the most minimal, and warmest down vest out there, look no further. This Patagonia Ultralight vest has kept me warm always. The down is so packed into the nylon it's practically like wearing a pillowed sheet for a vest. The nylon is so thin you can actually see the down inside. And it comes with a stash bag you can fold the vest into in the event you want to put it in your bag. It's extremely lightweight and totally worth it's weight in warmth.

Oh, and be warned about the Paintbrush Red - It's definitely super duper orange, and not red at all. Not really an issue for me, but might be for other people looking for something red.

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dom salbaterawrote a review of on August 15, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

I wanted to try out a merino wool insulated vest and was so glad to pick this up on sale here on Backcountry. This vest has been nothing but warm and comfortable every time I've worn it. It's very thin in comparison to my other down vests and hugs close. It's also a bit on the smaller side, which is okay for me since usually things run a bit bigger.

Best thing about this piece is the warmth to bulk ratio. Merino is really great insulation. Super warm!

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dom salbaterawrote a review of on August 15, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

I was looking for a simple 800fill down vest that was just plain black. This was also my first Mountain Hardwear piece and I was pleased to see that this vest was simply just a warm vest with two zippered pockets. It has hem drawcords so you can cinch the bottom if you ever wanted to. Fit runs a bit bigger than my other vests, but would definitely allow you to run a sweater or thicker layer underneath.

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dom salbaterawrote a review of on August 15, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

My first Gore-Tex Pro shell, and definitely one of the best jackets I've ever owned. It has a slightly narrower waist than my other jackets, which is perfect since usually they're always a bit too spacious. All the pockets on the front have zipper garages that are built into the garment, it's a really neat detail. The pit vents are also massive, which is always nice to see.

Can't wait for the weather to turn!

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dom salbaterawrote a review of on August 15, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

Bought this jacket in search of the ultimate Gore-Tex Pro shell and was pleasantly surprised on the attention to detail and quality. Fit runs a tad on the larger side, and definitely can accommodate probably two insulation layers if you ever needed to. I've run it with a long sleeve shirt and down vest and have had a substantial amount of space. Roomy, but not overly huge. I'm 126lbs, 5'8" - I purchased a small.

My absolute favorite part of the jacket is the fact that the pit vents are absolutely MASSIVE. The fact that there's 2 opposite facing zippers means that you can "pinch" the zippers in the middle and get the same amount of air passing through the garment. Many other shells have only 1 zipper that goes 1 way, which means that when/if you zip it all the way down, the garment has a greater chance of snagging on something since the gaping hole it'll leave behind is just huge. With this jacket, you can zip the top one halfway, and butt the other zipper right up against it to get 2 "vents" on the same pit.

Solid quality all around, definitely no corners cut on this shell. If you're looking for the ultimate lightweight Gore-Tex Pro shell, look no further. By far one of my favorite pieces.

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dom salbaterawrote a review of on August 15, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Let me first mention that this was my first softshell vest piece, and I was so extremely pleased with how it fit and how much attention to detail there was. The fit is slim, and definitely meant to be worn right over your shirt. It hugs close and breathes pretty well. The pockets are mesh and zippered with minimal pulls with cool rubber grips at the end. The main zipper is a pretty ergonomic rubber one that's hinged to flip and stay down. Everything is stripped down on this softshell vest, nothing has been overlooked for the sake of simplicity and warmth. It's definitely my go-to when it comes to warmth/weight when I don't want to bring a down insulated vest. Definitely a keeper! My first Adidas piece as well.

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dom salbaterawrote a review of on August 15, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I've owned the same adjustable slide style belt since 2009, and was in desperate need of replacing it. I purchased the Peak Performance belt in hopes that it would fulfill my need for a simple yet sturdy belt. I was extremely pleased to see/feel the quality of this simple belt. The buckle is brushed and thick aluminum, MUCH more solid than other adjustable slide buckles/belts out there. The polyester canvas material that the belt is made out of has their text logo print on it, and it's either thickly printed on, heat glued, or something, it's definitely meant to go the distance. I don't predict it'll be peeling off anytime soon. I'm not usually one to show off my belt, and don't really mind the huge text all over the place, but in the event that it shows for whatever reason, I'll be glad to rep Peak Performance. Really nice quality stuff throughout, I was impressed to see quality from their simple belt as well. Totally satisfied.

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dom salbaterawrote a review of on August 12, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I own last year's version of this shirt, as well as this year's, as seen above (in the bright red). I bought last year's version off department of goods, and the only real difference besides color is the fact that the collar has a button in the back so that the collar stays up, and buttons on the front of the color so that it stays pinned down. Same zipper pocket, and button chest pocket. The side vents pick up passing air and definitely aids in cooling you down in the event that you don't have any layers above it. And though it's by far the more pricey of the shirts I've bought, it's by FAR my favorites shirt. So glad I bought two. Oh wait, I'm about to buy the Deep Blue Sea Check right now!!

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dom salbaterawrote a review of on June 1, 2013

4 5

picked this up on sale recently, and I have to say, this jacket is designed really well. interior material feel reminds me of eVent, but much softer. all the seams are sealed shut. hood is spacious, but only because it can accommodate a helmet. back of the neck area, near the hood, has a nice microfleece piece so your neck doesn't get annoyed with the fabric. 2 outer pockets also have microfleece on the inside portion. inner stash pocket has a hole for headphones. extremely lightweight, packs down pretty well. minimal zipper design is really nice, ykk zippers with a short cord pull. sleeves are about 2 inches longer than my other jackets, but it's fine. sleeve ends are slightly curved, as are the velcro pieces, so that your palms aren't obstructed by the jacket, and the tops of your hands are more protected. fit is slim, could probably have a base, shirt, and lightweight fleece layer if needed.

all in all, a pretty nice piece to have, even for around the city.

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