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Connor Bruson

Connor Bruson

Connor Bruson

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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Connor Brusonwrote a review of on April 18, 2013

4 5

Had this watch now for around 1.5 years. I mostly just use the altimeter function and haven't really tried to figure out the compass/barometer parts because they're so complicated. I'm sure I could learn the functions but it just seems too difficult, even after watching a few videos.
The altimeter is usually off by 100ft and has to be calibrated at every trailhead (and at every possible elevation marker, if you really want accuracy, which defies the point...). Also, the battery screw on the underside of the face was nearly impossible to take off.
On the plus side, it looks sweet, is very comfortable, and the basic functions are very useful.

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Connor Brusonwrote a review of on April 14, 2013

4 5

Fully vented top side keeps hands very cool.
No velcro strap makes it easy to get on/off and comfortable. Pull tab between middle and ring finger helps get it off, but don't pull it off too hard - pull tab seems to be coming unstitched after a while. Wristband is coming unstitched in 1 place too.
Tried using for mountain biking...no good because of all of the gel pads. Stick to the roads.

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