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Cam Phillips

Cam Phillips

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Cam Phillips

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 1x10 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

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am a self-admitted addict when it comes to cycling glasses. Radarlocks have been my favorite style, for several reasons. The fit is perfect, they are the lightest weight (and most well-balanced), the frameless (mostly) and single-lens design provides the best field of view, and they fog less than other glasses I own.

I do a lot of early morning rides, and coastal So Cal is typically either foggy, overcast, or you have a bright morning sunrise in your eyes. Or a combination of all of those as the ride progresses. Most of my favorite trails are a combination of shade, canopy, and exposed sunny areas. The soil is light in color and ruts and other hazards can be difficult to identify.

So I went for a pair these, mostly for the Clear Black Iridium Photochromic lens, and also to try the XL style (not these, I realize), which provided an unmatched field of view when I tried them on.

I tend to prefer lenses in the 15-18% range, and these are a 10%-66% lens. They never get too dark for me, but always provide enough coverage. The tint itself is pleasing and comfortable. It also really helps with identifying terrain (I am a mountain biker, but I road ride on my MTB to build my base and to avoid muddy trails in winter).

The bad: I felt like a total spaceman wearing the XLs. Yes, that is a fairly pathetic (and vain) complaint. So I bought these in the standard Radarlock models, and tend to wear them more frequently (again, strictly a vanity issue). The XLs are better glasses, though, just by virtue of the field of view.

All said, if I could only own one pair of cycling glasses, these or the XLs would be the pair. They do it all, and do it well. I am very happy with these, and recommend them highly.

These are the stars in my starting rotation, which right now consists of my TdF Radarlocks with the +Red Iridium lenses, my aforementioned Clear Black Iridium Photochromic XL Straight Stem Radarlocks, and these.

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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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Cam Phillipswrote a review of on March 2, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am a self-admitted addict when it comes to cycling glasses. Radarlocks have been my favorite style, for several reasons. The fit is perfect, they are the lightest weight (and most well-balanced), the frameless (mostly) and single-lens design provides the best field of view, and they fog less than other glasses I own. These being XL models provide an even greater field of view, protection from wind and debris, and never "leak" light. The tradeoff is that I feel like a total spaceman wearing them, even more so than the standard Radarlocks.

The straight stem is billed as being more "helmet friendly" than the standard stems, but I have never had a problem with any of my Oakleys fitting with my helmets, and honestly do not notice much of a difference.

I had previous XL Straight Stem experience with my Photochromic models, and love those, so I went for these, mostly for the VR28 lens, which is a great trail lens, second only to the VR28 Black Iridium lens in my opinion. I suspected that the Black Iridium lens would be too dark for my taste; I tend to prefer lenses in the 15-18% range, and they are a 10% lens.

The good: Everything above. The VR28 is a great lens tint and really helps with identifying terrain (I am a mountain biker).

The bad: The Black Iridiums are pretty dark, although I have used them on sunny days and on rides where I knew there would be a considerable stretch on the road.

These did not make my starting rotation, which right now is my Troy Lee Racing Jackets with the VR28 Black Iridium lenses in, my Custom Racing Jackets with my Jade Iridium lenses, and rounding out the starting rotation are my aforementioned photochromic Radarlocks in XL straight stem.

I am still very happy with these, and recommend them highly. I bought in winter; I may be more impressed with the Black Iridiums next summer.

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Cam Phillipswrote a review of on March 2, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I recently made the decision to go without a hydration pack on my MTB rides. I carry a tube, levers, a multi-tool, and my keys in my under-seat bag, and rely on a frame-mounted water bottle for my juice. The Podium Chill is a huge improvement over the standard model; I have all but abandoned those. Colder liquid, a slightly bigger bottle that fits my hand better, and a little more pliable feel that makes it more comfy in the hand and easier to manipulate and use.

I have been quite happy with the setup, but finding a good water bottle is tougher than it seems. Many of them don't stay open, and others leak. The Podium is always open (in open mode), and hasn't leaked on me yet. The bite valve is easy to use, and it seems (for the most part, anyways) to keep trail dust out of the bottle.

I went with the 21-ounce bottle over the 24 because the shorter bottles are easier for me to get in and out, and don't interfere with the CTD switch on my rear shock.

I am very happy with this bottle; zero complaints after a number of rides. I will pick up a couple more, because there are new colors coming out, and we all know that these things have a way of dying premature deaths...

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