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Cam Phillipswrote a review of on October 25, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought a pair of these after really digging the Atom short sleeve jersey. I would class these as XC shorts, mostly because they are very lightweight. Not necessarily fragile, but they are thinner than my Fox Sergeant shorts, which have been my current favorites. I am mostly an AM rider, but I do roll XC and commute by bike about 35 miles a day on workdays.

These are lighter and cooler than the Sergeants, although the Sergeants are light and cool enough for me and they are more brush-resistant and sturdy. When I drop my phone in the thigh pocket on these, it moves around a bit and I can feel it through the fabric, whereas the Sergeants hold my phone more firmly and I can't feel it the same way. These have a zipper on the thigh pocket, though, which is more secure than the velcro on the Fox shorts.

These are also longer than any of my other shorts, so be prepared for that look. They fit true to size, I wear a 34 in these and my other shorts. These are loose enough for comfort and movement, but they don't get caught on the seat or anything.

All said, I like these shorts and they see as much action as the Sergeants. When I went to order another pair of shorts last week, I went with another pair of these.

Fall is here and although I'm not as concerned about heat, I just like these better right now, paired with an Atom jersey. But that could change tomorrow...

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Cam Phillipswrote a review of on September 11, 2015

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've had at least four pairs of the One Industries Vapor gloves in the past in other colors (including the blue Backcountry models) and loved them. Thin enough for outstanding feel and control, and cool enough for So Cal. But these Competitive Cyclist models have split at the seams in two different places on each glove after only about three rides. No crashes, no abuse, and they are the same size as all my others.

Good thing they were half off, cuz they're total junk.

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Cam Phillipswrote a review of on March 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just ordered a pair, sight unseen, and am super stoked to be getting them!

Where I'm coming from: My only real complaint about my Flak Jackets, even in the XLJ, is that they leak light while MTBing and I find that distracting. Here in So Cal, it's bright on most rides, and leaking light is a reality. Additionally, the terrain tends to be dry and loose, with hella debris coming up from your tires. I've had stuff make it past the Flaks to my eyes. My Racing Jackets solve both those issues, and I have grown to love those, but sometimes I find the lower frame to be distracting, and they do fog up more easily than the Flaks or Radars, especially on cooler morning rides and on longer, sustained climbs.

So I am hoping that the Fast Jackets will strike a good middle ground: more light and debris coverage than the Flaks, and better venting and peripheral view than the Racing Jackets. I should be able to get a ride in with them when they arrive this week, and I will update my review in a few weeks when I have some trail time with them under my belt.

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Cam Phillipswrote a review of on March 9, 2015

Fragile
2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I thought I had written a review on this, but I guess I hadn't...

I had been using one of these with a Garmin 500 for about a year on my MTB with no real complaints, and then I upgraded to a Garmin 510. As soon as I put the 510 in, I noticed that it didn't fit as snugly, but I thought maybe the Bar Fly was just a little worn. I bought a second MTB, and another Bar Fly for that bike, but the 510 still didn't fit as snugly as the 500 did. Not a dealbreaker, but puzzling.

Fast forward a bit.. One of my Bar Flies broke at the tabs just removing my Garmin 510 (clockwise as recommended) and then when I went to replace it with my older Bar Fly from my other bike, that one broke taking it off of the handlebars. I removed the bolt and slid the Bar Fly down to the narrowest part of the bars and opened it just wide enough to remove it, but it snapped. That Bar Fly was at least a year old, but the one that broke at the tabs was only a few months old. Overall, I am very disappointed.

I was at my LBS last week and they are now stocking the SRAM Garmin mount with positive feedback from users. Priced $5 less than the Bar Fly, and looking to be just a bit nicer in terms of design and construction, I went for one. The Garmin 510 fits snugly, although time will be the test. I attached a photo of the SRAM mount. I posted a photo of the failed Bar Flies separately on this item page.

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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 put it through the wringer

UPDATE: I have 13 months and 1200 miles on this bad boy and I'm still lovin' it!

I was considering a Trek Fuel or Remedy when a buddy let me borrow his T275 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 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.

The only changes I've made to the bike are that I ran a Bontrager XR3 in 2.2 on the rear after I wore out the stock HRII, and I put the bike in the 145mm rear travel adjustment to stay. I recommend both of those tweaks and they are fairly cost-neutral (you're gonna have to replace tires, right?). For the summer, I am now running a Minion DHF 2.3 up front and a Bontrager XR4 in 2.2 out back. It is ridiculously dry and loose here in So Cal and that tire combo has been excellent. I will likely keep a Minion up front and go back to an XR3 for the Fall/Winter season.

I'm totally stoked on this thing. I've never had this much fun on a bike, ever. I do my riding in So Cal, mostly Laguna and the Santa Ana mountains. This bike excels in those environs. The Pike fork (and the T275 overall) is everything you've heard and read about. It's a hero maker.

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