David Thiel

David Thiel

David Thiel

David Thielwrote a review of on June 23, 2015

4 5

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

This hat is not at all what I expected, and I haven't decided yet that it will be a daily use item, but I think that it is so different from other hats that it's very likely to be very useful in certain situations.

Some key things that set it apart:

-- It is physically very small -- so small you could fit it in the front pocket of your jeans. That seems useful to me for leaving it in a bag for "just in case" or for using it when I'm really traveling light. Really: it's tiny.

-- The brim is quite short. For video/photo work, this is really helpful to me since it allows me to lean into the camera without hitting microphones, flash units etc, that stick off the top of the camera. (Or when I'm using a bigger camera, it prevents me from hitting the camera itself...)

-- The material is ultralight and I suspect very quick to dry. The top of the hat is mesh, so it is cooler than your standard cap. It's also a relatively shallow cap, so again that makes it a little cooler.

I wear a cap to keep rain off my glasses and to shade my face from the sun. The Poco is a solid performer in this regard, while at the same time representing a minimalist option.

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David Thiel

David Thielwrote a review of on February 23, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Elite In-R-Cool has been my goto short/bib for a few years now.

Bottom line is that it's an excellent, durable short, that's comfortable to wear and about middle of the road in cost. I think the fit is particularly good for those of us with larger thighs.

I am not an enormous fan of PI stuff, but honestly it's hard to argue with the fact that they do a great job at both design and construction. If you prefer to drop your cash on Assos, be my guest.

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David Thiel

David Thielwrote a review of on February 23, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

When I watch TV in an active house (two kids), I keep the volume at about 20.

When I watch TV in a quiet house (kids asleep), I keep the volume at about 8.

When I watch TV on this trainer, I keep the volume at about 45. And when I do, my kids and wife remain asleep.

It ain't silent. But it ain't loud either. A massive improvement over my past trainers. Recommended.

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PROS
-- Bike at "normal height" is a massive plus.
-- Stability is great, and it does feel more like "real" riding.

CONS
-- Heavy. Worried that my kids will try to use the bike as a handle for moving the trainer and it will break the bike.
-- No handle for moving the trainer. Kinduvapain.
-- Setup isn't terrible, but you need a chain whip and a cassete wrench.

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David Thielwrote a review of on February 2, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I would love to love this bottle, and there's a lot to love about it:

-- great size ... a generous 32oz
-- fit and finish is excellent
--quite durable
--keeps hot things hot for quite a while

The problem is the cap. If you let hot things go cold in this bottle (say when you're camping in the below freezing) then the vacuum pressure that builds up inside is too much for the cap to handle. When you unscrew it, it begins to feel like you have misthreaded it... until finally you realize you just need to break the seal. A pocketknife or screwdriver will do the job--but when it does, you will invariably spill your liquids (not good in the freezing cold either).

My Klean Kanteen insulated bottles do not have this problem (instead, they overestimate their volumes).

If they fixed the cap, this could be an ideal bottle.

OH.. and for the record I hate loops on caps: I wish this one was removable.

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