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Cam Phillips

Cam Phillips

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Cam Phillips

Cam Phillipsposted an image about on February 23, 2015

Disappointed

I'm going to have to update my review. One of my Barflies (on the left) broke at the tabs just removing my Garmin (clockwise as recommended) and then when I went to replace it with my older Barfly from my other bike, that one broke taking it off of the handlebars. I removed the bolt and slid the Barfly down to the narrowest part of the bars and opened it just wide enough to remove it, but it snapped. That Barfly (on the right) was at least a year old, but the one on the left was only a few months old. Overall, I am very disappointed.

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Cam Phillipswrote a review of on January 31, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Not only do these save money, as others have pointed out, and carry five servings, they do it without the what the heck do I do with this sticky mess of an empty gel packet problem. That's where the real money is. Oh, and the Montana Huckleberry is WIN.

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Cam Phillipswrote a review of on January 26, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have two months and 223 miles on this bad boy and I'm lovin' it!

I was considering a Trek Fuel or Remedy when a buddy let me borrow his Tracer for the day. I was hooked.

I was originally thinking I would go with the Expert build, but I really wanted a 1x11 drivetrain, so when my shop's owner told me he had all three builds in stock in my size, I took a hard look the the Pro Build.

With the Enve wheelset, XX1 drivetrain, XTR brakes, and carbon Renthal bars, the Factory Build is definitely a substantial bump up from the Pro Build, but for me, the Pro Build was the sweet spot in the lineup. The Pro Build he had in stock had the Cane Creek Double Barrel Air shock upgrade, and as the one I had demoed had it as well, it was a done deal.

I'm totally stoked on this thing. I've never had this much fun on a bike, ever. The Pike fork (and the Tracer overall) is everything you've heard and read about. It's a hero maker.

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Cam Phillipswrote a review of on January 18, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought one of these on sale on a buddy's recommendation, and I am super stoked with it.

It fits well, breathes great, and offers plenty of coverage without feeling heavy or hot or interfering with my sunglasses. The visor sits up high enough where I don't feel like it impedes my vision, but still offers shade. The helmet doesn't move around whilst bombing through the chunk, and doesn't need to feel tight to do so. I like the adjustment device even more than the dial fit I have had on other lids.

I like the style, too, it has a nice MTB look as opposed to many helmets that look like roadie helmets with a visor pinned on.

Super stoked, especially for what I paid. I just recommended one to a friend.

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Cam Phillipswrote a review of on January 18, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I like these socks, but they are very inconsistent with the sizing and fit. The black/red ones come up almost to my knees, the black/green are mid-calf, and the gray/orange fit like crew socks (and the fabric feels different, coarser). I still wear and enjoy them, but I'm glad I got them on sale.

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Cam Phillipswrote a review of on June 25, 2014

4 5

WAIVER: I don't own this helmet, but I thought my research might help others, as I tried this on several times at various local bike shops. The look, light weight, and ventilation intrigued me and I was ready to shell the big bucks for one. I am a mountain biker who rides some suburban trails from time to time, so I was considering the Octal in one of the hi-vis colors.

First, I tried one on at a local bike shop and it felt light. Comfort was ok. Neither weight nor comfort was a real wow factor, but it was nice. The straps are like ribbons; every detail about this helmet seems very modern and lightweight.

I tried on my Radarlocks with it on, and I had the same problem that I did with my Trabec. The area of the helmet that comes down and protects the temples pushes down on the earpieces, which in turn puts pressure on my nose bridge. No go.

With my Trabec, the straight stem Radarlocks slide in between the helmet and my temples, so I tried it with the Octal. It worked, so that was an option. My Racing Jackets do the same. So the Octal was still on the table as an option.

The following week, I went to my bike shop of choice and tried on a few more lids. In doing so, the Giro Xar immediately felt super comfortable and stood out from all the rest. I tried on the Octal again there, and with the Xar as a point of comparison, noticed that the Octal felt more round than oval, and put pressure on my forehead, even with the correct size and fitting adjustments being made.

I ended up buying the XAR, which they had in the hi-vis yellow I wanted, and since it was my shop and missing its box, I got a deep discount.

My take on the Octal: I love the styling, the purported safety benefits and ventilation, and the very light weight. If it fits you, your shades work, and you have the means (and can justify it), go for it.

I wore the Xar today on a very hot So Cal day in the Santa Ana mountains, doing a 21 mile ride with 3,500' of climbing. I really dig this helmet!

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Cam Phillipswrote a review of on March 9, 2014

5 5

I have two pairs of these and use them primarily for cycling. I have mixed feelings about them. I am a mountain biker, but I road ride on my MTB as well, to build my base and as an option when the trails are muddy in winter.

They look great on and provide great protection from wind and debris, even at higher speeds and on the fast descents. They don't leak light, and are pretty comfortable. The lenses are super easy to swap out, probably more so than any of my other shades.

All glasses, however, get compared to my benchmarks, my Radarlocks. The Racing Jackets feel heavier, tend to move around more, and definitely fog more, especially on long, sustained climbs when the weather is cool and damp (typical for the mornings here in coastal Southern California). I also find the lower portion of the frames to be somewhat distracting in my field of view. Sometimes it bothers me, sometimes it doesn't.

All said, I rotate them in and out of my starting lineup as my mood changes. They are solid shades, but the Radarlocks are still my favorite style.

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