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Bill Porreca

Bill Porreca

Bill Porreca

Bill Porrecawrote a review of on July 21, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Cool little device for anyone to have stashed in their bag or car. The trigger lock is perfect, I think the coolest part of the entire sprayer. Can be used right or left handed.

I bought the red color to try and make it not look like a real gun. It obviously still looks like a gun.

2 shots then you have to buy another one. Really though, if you have to Pepper Spray people that much in your life, whats going on?

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Bill Porreca

Bill Porrecawrote a review of on July 16, 2015

Favorite MTB Helmet!
5 5

POC was originally a little known company out of Sweden that set out to do one thing, make the best helmet protection for athletes by questioning the status quo in regards to what is considered a safe helmet. The problem with most modern day helmets is they are good at direct impact injuries. Imagine head butting a tree, that’s a direct impact injury. However, most injuries (especially in the outdoor world) are rotational and not direct. Imagine riding your bike and suddenly your front wheel dives into a massive hole. Your mass in most situations doesn’t hit a wall and stop suddenly, your head may hit but your body in a violent display of physics keeps moving. This is where MIPS comes in.

The Trabec Race MIPS solves the rotational problem by distributing you impact in a rotational injury. How is this accomplished? Surprisingly by a simple plastic lightweight cage that’s intended to imitate your brains way of protecting itself in a rotational injury. Studies show it works and hey, that’s pretty cool in my book to give my most valued asset a fighting chance against my activities.

The helmet itself does not claim to be the most breathable, it does not claim to be the lightest, and it certainly doesn’t claim to be bro’er then thou (I’m looking at you Giro & Smith) but what it does claim to be is the best open face helmet protection money can buy for your bike. POC will stand by this and I will as well with two wrecks. The helmet did as it was suppose to, I only walked away with cracked helmets and no concussions.

Sizing - As far as sizing the M/L will work with most normal sized adult male heads. If you think you have a super small head (note the small looks tiny) or a massive noggin size up or down but for the most part the sizing has a massive range and will accommodate most.

Color - An age old question we get is will the white produce less heat then the black color? Science proves that due to the thickness of protection on most helmets there is no discernible temperature change with a white vs black helmet. Unlike a simple black shirt, a helmet is very thick and will not translate heat directly to your head.

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Bill Porreca

Bill Porrecawrote a review of on July 1, 2015

Awesome but, you pay for it.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When I got my commuter, the first thing I said is I am going to spend some $$ on lights. I ride at night, and I dont want to be hit by a car. Not always in your control but, because of these lights, I am putting the odds in my favor.

They are really bright. The rear one pulses and thats perfect. I think its less distracting than blinking but, more noticeable than a straight red light. Battery time far exceeds the front light, which is expected.

The front light's battery dies a lot quicker. I had to start using a lower setting but, to be honest you dont need the highest setting. I use the low setting when I am cruising around, bump up to the high setting if I am moving fast and need to see far ahead of me to stay safe.

My front light died within 15 days of use. Light & Motion had a brand new one on my door within 2 days. Things break, thats just a fact. Light & Motion helping me out without questions speaks a lot to their company, super happy with them.

The side lights are awesome, definitely make you more visible side to side.

Water proof as far as I can tell. It was raining pretty hard the night of this picture.

Feel free to hit me up at bporreca@backcountry.com or 801-736-6398.

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Bill Porrecawrote a review of on July 1, 2015

Can Wear Almost Anywhere
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Started to commute to work a few months back, looking for an SPD shoe that I can wear in the office, around town and out to dinner, found them!

As far as fit, I am anywhere from a 9-10, these definitely run a bit large so I went with a 9, still roomy and some room in my toe but, the 8.5 was too small. I lock the laces down and my heel doesnt lift out of them.

They are STIFF! 200 mi on them and I still havent really broken them in. Getting better but, be prepared for some pins and needles in the feet during the break in period.

They are heavy but, can take a beating. Because I am not the best cyclist, sometimes I definitely skid them out. Most other shoes would break down and I expect that these will not due to the details and time put into the construction.

Super happy with them! Pair them with some of the new http://www.backcountry.com/parker-dusseau collection and its pretty much business casual.

Feel free to hit me up at bporreca@backcountry.com or 801-736-6398.

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