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Connor Bruson

Connor Bruson

Connor Bruson's Passions

Mountain Biking
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Connor Bruson's Bio

Borealis Fat Bikes production/shipping guy who loves riding mountain bikes most of all, especially with my lovely wife, in our beautiful backyard of Colorado Springs

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Connor Brusonwrote a review of on June 16, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I bought these for my wife, so this is my review compiling her thoughts about the shoes. The bottom line is, she loves them, and she is running further and more comfortably than ever!
She needed a dedicated neutral trail running shoe with good ankle support and not too low of a drop (to prevent achilles pain). These fit the description exactly. She has narrow feet and they fit her well and snugly - not sure if they would be good for wider feet. She tried on these and the climashield versions and found they fit differently, so be sure to try on the same shoe type you want to buy. With a tread as aggressive as these, just keep them on the trails where they are happiest and they will thank you for it with a long and grippy life!

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Connor Brusonwrote a review of on June 16, 2016

Great updates, but I'm not in love
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've worn through the XT Wings 1 and 2 and now own a pair of these. There are definitely some great updates since the XT2, but the XT2's seem to fit my feet a little better than this new model.

The great updates are:
- lightweight, low profile tongue with lace garage. The old tongue was pretty bulky and padded, but this one is hardly there mesh. Contours the instep better.
- better traction with an updated design and larger lugs
- same great toe protection and water resistant halfway up the shoe.
- same great stability and a slightly lower 10mm drop. I think the XT2 is 12mm.

What I don't like as much:
- the fit seems more narrow in the forefoot and even a smidge shorter length (by like .5mm)
- the outsole does not flare out under the forefoot and heel as much as it used to, creating a sleeker profile but less contact area
- rocks still get stuck in the tread under the midfoot/heel haha

Overall, I can't wear any other Salomons because I need the stability of the Wings series, and this one is a pretty darn good replacement. I hope to get many more miles out of them!

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Connor Brusonwrote a review of on April 2, 2015

FiveTen family photo
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My wife and I love our FiveTen's! I had a pair of Teva Links for many years before getting my wife a pair of original Freeriders. Ever since then, I wanted my own. I went with the Freerider VXi because I wanted to step up my shoe game to feel more confident on aggressive and technical trails. They don't disappoint!

Comfortable right out of the box, and of course stick to the pedals like glue. I like the flat tread pattern because, as intended, your feet can move laterally if you don't get your footing correct the first time. I have not had a problem hiking up trails in these either, despite the lack of tread. Not very water tight like the all-leather Tevas, so not as great a rainy/winter shoe. I wear a 10-10.5 in street shoes and the size 10 worked best for me. Grab these at a discount since the new model just landed!

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Connor Brusonwrote a review of on January 2, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

My last pair of Salomons were the XT Wings 2. Since then, I have tried transitioning into very minimal Inov-8 shoes as well as Brooks PureFlow for road, but they never felt right, and I couldn't run more than a few miles in them. The Salomon Fellraiser strikes the perfect balance of offset that I was looking for (6mm), and has such great traction it is perfect all year round!
I just took these out for a short run in a few inches of fresh snow. My feet never got wet thanks to the mud guard halfway up the shoe. Whenever I got snow on the toe area, it never went past the rubber toe guard. The traction was great, even up and down steep climbs in the snow, and the drop seems to be great for my running style so far. The shoes are noticeably lighter and quicker-feeling than the 12mm drop XT Wings.

This shoe seems to be the best balance of price, weight, drop, and traction from Salomon. I was considering the Sense or the Sense Ultra, but the Fellraiser seemed better in every way for my purposes.
I'm looking forward to taking these on longer and more technical runs... I think they will do great!

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Connor Brusonwrote a review of on November 15, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

A while ago, I bought a pair of Teva Links for myself and have since been oogling over these FiveTen Freeriders. Well I just bought a pair for my wife as her first MTB shoes, and they are just as awesome as I expected. She reports that they are stiff, sticky, and responsive on downhills -- duh. We ride more XC/AM than DH, so climbing in them sometimes proves clunky and her feet get a bit tingly because of how stiff they are. However the performance after the climbing is well worth it.
Plus, they look sweet on or off the bike!
Based on her experience and other friends' reviews, I would gladly ride these instead of my Tevas. However, I'm sad they changed the Freerider model to the VXi... loved the more casual look of these. Oh well.

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Connor Brusonwrote a review of on September 7, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These things are a huge motivation to even go on a run or ride just to 'earn' them! Perfect tasty sweet snack, lots of energy, and a good amount of chews in each bag. More than shot bloks or chomps. The fruit smoothie flavor is my favorite. Love all of honey stinger's products.

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Connor Brusonwrote a review of on August 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've thrown this saddle on my XC, AM, and SS commuter bikes and it is my favorite hands down. It has never put my legs or butt to sleep, it's comfortable on long rides, and it looks good. I am 150lbs, 32in waist, 6' tall for reference - although saddles are mostly personal preference. Very satisfied with this saddle.

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Connor Brusonwrote a review of on August 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Ive used these in various widths on various bikes throughout the years. They are always my go-to tire here in Colorado. Great tread for loose granite and rocky conditions, but still keeps rolling resistance down. These never feel sketchy in the corners and offer great traction on climbs as well. I definitely recommend the 2.35 version unless you're doing strictly XC. Also, no problems at all with the tubeless system on Stans rims and Mavic XM819 rims.

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Connor Brusonwrote a review of on August 18, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I use the 2.2 on the rear. Always good traction on climbs, and the tire works very well for me tubeless on Mavic XM-819 rims.
The reinforced sidewall on these is a winner. After a hard hit, I got a bubble in the sidewall and thought the tires were done. About a week later, the bubble completely went away, and I've been on a dozen rides on it since then!
Overall, not my favorite tire, but no complaints really.

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Connor Brusonwrote a review of on April 18, 2013

5 5

Love these for chilly aerobic workouts when I don't want to layer up too much. I use them for running and cycling - they work great in both instances.
They keep my arms really warm without adding bulk to my torso. If I get hot, Ijust take 'em off, roll them up like a pair of long socks, and put them in my jersey pocket or shorts pocket.
Buy a pair of these instead of longsleeve jerseys and shirts!

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