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Jon J

Jon Jwrote a review of on June 23, 2017

Best of the best
5 5

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

I've had a number of helmets in my time with Competitive from Bell, Giro, Fox, and Kali, all have kept my senses intact. The Tectal is the one that fit best, topped in style points, and breathed the most. I've got a slightly oblong shaped head, and the Tectal fits it perfectly. The large venting keeps things cool, and I haven't had any issues with the easy adjustable retention dial. My one small gripe is the visor adjustment screw. At fist it would come loose and even fell out once, thankfully in my gear bag. I took some need nose pliers, and cranked it down tight, and haven't had an issue since.

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Jon J

Jon Jwrote a review of on June 23, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I’ve been at Competitive for 5 years, and in that time, I’ve changed bikes after each year. The SB45 is the bike hat has bucked that trend. From XC/Endurance racing, to trips to Moab, this bike’s versatility is boundless. Anchored by Yeti’s Switch Infinity suspension platform, which provides excellent small bump compliance and a progressive mid stroke, I have yet to feel a harsh bottom out on this bike. Add to that the unparalleled pedaling performance, and you have in my opinion the best suspension platform in the industry. Personally, I’m the one holding this bike back when things get really rowdy. Are there other bike that have more of a “hold on and stay off the brakes” mentality, sure, it’s the 4.5’s big brother the 5.5, but I’ve ridden that also, and felt that it was overkill for the majority of trails I ride day in day out. Yeti wraps all that into a frame with progressive geometry, clean internal routing, and great visual lines.
My bike with carbon wheels, X01 drivetrain, and a Fox dropper tips the scales at 26.5 pounds with pedals. If you’re looking for a bike that can rip the local descent, and hold its own at the town XC race, the SB45 fits the bill.

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Jon J

Jon Jwrote a review of on June 22, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was surprised to find how comfortable the Stratos was for me. My go to saddle is a Selle Italia SLR, and have always been comfortable on similar, flatter profile saddles, like the WYB Volt on an MTB. When I mounted the Stratos on my bike, even without fin tuning for and aft positioning, and eyeballing the level, it was just comfortable. The Stratos is the "medium" padded saddle in the "narrower" line of SMPs saddles incuding the Composit, Evolution, Blaster, and Glider. This is the family SMP recommends for riders whose body frame generally matches the small/medium size in bibs,

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Jon J

Jon Jwrote a review of on June 22, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Swamp ass is a thing of the past with the Give-N-Go Sport Mesh 6in Boxer Brief. The lightweight, super breathable material is soft next to skin. I'm 5'8", with a 30 in waist and a 30 in inseam, and the smalls are awesome. If you're afraid of them running up your leg, ExOfficio offers a 9 in boxer, but the 6" have been great for me.

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Jon J

Jon Jwrote a review of on June 22, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

Great shorts for anything you're doing. Workouts, hikes, casual attire, they fit the bill for all. Velcro rear pocket, and deep front hand pockets carry your essentials. Lightweight, slightly stretch fabric is durable and breathable.

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Jon J

Jon Jwrote a review of on June 5, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: small

Got these for daily use. Wouldn't be my first pick as a swimming/board short. They come with a draw string, but I pulled it out use a belt. Not bad for $20 shorts, poly blend material has a little stretch. I ordered the sz small which equate to a 30" waist, and they fit well

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Jon J

Jon Jwrote a review of on June 5, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 145 lbs

My dad uses these as an everyday, do-it-all, shoe. They've held up to daily work abuse, weekend hikes, and everything in between. Finally after two years he asked for some new ones as the sole has started to slightly separate. He raves about the comfort, which is high praise, as he'd had surgery in the past that makes his foot more prone to numbness.

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Jon J

Jon Jwrote a review of on April 10, 2017

5 5

Coming from Guide RSCs, I knew the 2 piston feel of the Levels would be different, but I'm really enjoying that difference. At 145lbs, I don't need tons of braking power. I didn't feel like the Guides were grabby, but the Levels feel much smoother in their modulation.

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Jon Jwrote a review of on December 27, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

After trying the non insulated rain boots, my wife tried these. They're great, but we got these in the same size, and the insulated boots fit smaller. Otherwise they're great boots, my daughter has a pair that are her snow boots, and I have yet to hear anything about cold feet.

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Jon J

Jon Jwrote a review of on December 27, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

Got these as a gift for the misses, and she's been happy with them. The fabric has some stretch, and they fit her true to size. She's 5'4", 120 lbs, and the smalls fit well. They're not "second skin" tight, but there isn't any wrinkled, excess fabric.

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Jon J

Jon Jwrote a review of on December 27, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

Really wanted these glasses to work out, but the bridge of my nose just didn't agree with the adjustable nose pads. I'd say I have a medium to small sized face, and coverage of the lens was good, didn't look too big on my face, and didn't have a large gap between my temple and the frame.

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Jon J

Jon Jwrote a review of on December 9, 2016

Fun +
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was able to put the SB5+ through the paces for 3 days during a trip to Summit County, CO this fall. I've had the SB5 in the past, and presently have SB4.5 in the garage, so it's safe to say I'm a disciple of the Switch Infinity linkage suspension. The SB5+ follows in the same vein as the other bike of the SB lineup with incredible pedaling efficiency and power transfer paired with a supple, bottomless, feel once things get pointed downhill.
I didn't have a scale with me, I'd put the Yeti'™s claimed weight of 28lbs without pedals as being pretty accurate. My SB45 weights 26.5 with Enve wheels/pedals, and the SB5+ didn't feel much heavier in hand, or riding on the trail. The benefits of plus tires proved true, with confidence inspiring grip in loose conditions, and forgiving float over chunk rock gardens. I was tentative about flatting, so I ran what I felt was a higher than normal pressure of 15/16 PSI F/R for my 140lb frame, and had no punctures to speak of, so credit to the Maxxis Rekons there. My biggest day was a ride over the Ten Mile Range from Copper Mtn ski area into the town of Frisco. Going up, the plus tires had grip for days, and if I had the capacity to turn the pedals, the bike would have kept going, but damn did it get steep! Once on top, and coming down through the scree and roots and rocks, the SB5+ only inspired more and more confidence.
The last day I decided to experiment, and moved my 29" Enve M60 boost wheels onto the SB5+, clearance was a non-issue on both the rear triangle, and the 27.5+ Boost Fox fork (photo'™d below). Ride wise the bikes geo wasn't adversely affected, and I didn'™t notice and difference in steering or feel. The most noticeable thing was the reduced wheel weight going from an alloy 27.5+ setup to a carbon 29" setup with 2.35 tires. I charged down the last part of the descent I had ridden the previous day on the 27.5+ wheels with the same confidence and speed. BB height on the stock SB5+ is on the lower end at 13", and I did notice more rock strikes initially, but never felt it was a constant problem. Overall I came away very impressed with the SB5+, I don't race regularly any longer, but still like a fast, capable bike. Should the occasional race pop up, I'd have no problem calling the 29" wheels into duty.

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