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Connerwrote a review of on September 5, 2012

3 5

I'm used to the Castelli fit, and I know that I typically have to order their jerseys a size up. This one runs way too small though.

I'm 5'11" 180 lbs with a 32" waist & 44" chest. I am a L or XL in t-shirts depending on fit, and a XXL in other Castelli jerseys. This one felt like I was going to rip the arm pits if I lifted my arm.

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Connerwrote a review of on September 5, 2012

5 5

Sunglasses will fit everyone different, but the Precept was the exact fit I was looking for. I have a bit of a narrower face with deep set eyes, and they fit perfectly.

The Polarchromic lenses seem to have improved compared to my older Smith Escapade Polarchromic lenses. They are much clearer in low light; really giving definition/contrast in shaded areas. Perfect for mountain biking and not having to take them off when you get into shaded parts of the trail.

I haven't had to use it on these yet, but I continue to support Smith because of the awesome customer service. They truly stand behind every product they make, and they do everything they can to make sure you are satisfied.

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Connerwrote a review of on July 6, 2012

5 5

These are pretty much required tool box items if you run Crank Brothers pedals. True to Crank Brothers form, they put aesthetics over function and don't put pedal wrench flats on the axles of their pedals.

When a pedal seizes, it is a mother to get off with other hex wrenches. Short ones rip a hole through the palm of your hand and long ones just flex. Not these bad boys. They are super stiff; zero flex. And the hand grip is perfect for your palm.

I recently had a pedal seize that I could not get off for the life of me. I had ripped my hands to shreds. I had heated the crank arms with a soldering iron. I had studied white papers on the laws of mechanical leverage. It was not budging...until I picked up one of these. It literally popped off in seconds after weeks of trying.

It is all about the right tool for the job. Get the 6mm for Mallets and the 8mm for Eggbeaters.

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Connerwrote a review of on July 6, 2012

4 5

This chain is pretty much a no-brainer for the price. It's not XTR hollow pin light, but it is comparable to mid-level chains. It's lighter than a SRAM-991 (292g) and just slightly heavier than a Shimano XT (283g). The only real weight gain is going to be in your wallet from saving some bills.

If you're riding frequently, you'll probably be changing your chain once or twice a year. Why not get one that gets the same job done for half the cost.

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Connerwrote a review of on July 6, 2012

5 5

Great little kit that gives you everything you need with space & weight savings (awesome idea to use the tire levers as the case caps), plus it takes a beating. I used to carry the Park Tool Tire & Tube Repair Kit in a Ziploc snack bag, but the tire levers would always end up ripping a hole in the bag over time. This case keeps everything together so it doesn't end up scattered all over inside your pack. It even has room for me to throw a SRAM power link inside too.

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Connerwrote a review of on July 6, 2012

4 5

Great little kit with everything you need to get yourself out of a flat (other than a pump). The Park Tool levers are super strong, but the plastic won't damage your rim. 3 is over kill though, so I leave one in the tool box and only carry 2 with me.

Wish it all came in a case or a pouch like the Lezyne Lever kit, but this is my back up/around town kit that I keep in my Lezyne Caddy which has organizational pockets for everything.

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Connerwrote a review of on July 6, 2012

5 5

I looked at several seat bags before settling on the Lezyne Caddy. Then I went back and forth on the large vs medium. The medium would probably hold everything needed inside, but it only has a Velcro pouch on the bottom. The large has the zippered pouch on the bottom like the pictures on Huck-n-Roll. It is technically there to hold your multi-tool, but like the H-n-R description says, it holds your cell phone perfectly. I can turn on Sports Tracks or My Tracks, and it picks up the GPS just fine from inside the Caddy.

The little organizational pockets on the inside are handy, but a bit tight. Takes some finesse to get the tire levers in. I use the money pocket to store my patch kit, a power link, and my air chuck. A tube and my multi-tool sit fine in the main compartment with room to add a bar or Gu if I want to cram it in.

I definitely prefer the Velcro straps over other seat bags with the plastic clip on attachment. The straps could be a little shorter though (although I guess that is better than having them too short). The zippers are water tight, and that little gray strip on the back is reflective. Lots of nice little touches on this make it stand out from your standard black just one main compartment seat bag.

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Connerwrote a review of on July 6, 2012

1 5

I try really, really hard to love Stoic, but just about everything comes out like mochlate; just not quite right. The Thrive shorts are no exception.

These are billed as bomber, do everything board shorts, but I would rather just have board shorts. What's up with all the zippers, snaps, and buckles that can break? Why not just use the tried and true Velcro and tie strap? The concept behind the side buckles is great for tightening them up as the day goes on, but poorly executed. Those things dig right to the hip bone. With a harness or pack waist-belt it would be misery. Why not use a Velcro tab like ski pants?

The material is also very thin and just a bit shiny. Wouldn't be bad for trail running or mountain biking, but certainly not flattering enough to be a short that I would wear out beyond the trail. Lastly, these have welded seams. If my experience with the Welder jacket has taught me anything, these Stoic welded seams will fail quickly.

Sorry, the Thrive shorts got sent back just like almost every other Stoic purchase.

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