John Yonkers III

John Yonkers III

Midwest, Michigan

John Yonkers III's Bio

Hiker, biker, nature liker. Getting the most out of the Mitten State. Great Lakes, trails and vistas.... definitely nothing to see in this state.

John Yonkers III

John Yonkers IIIwrote a review of on April 14, 2013

Remind me of older motocross style glove
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used to ride dirtbikes all of the time and the Sidewinder reminds me of some of the older Fox moto-gloves. Not a lot of padding in the palms but enough to keep you comfortable.

As other review say they do run quite snug (read small) I would order a size up if you are in doubt.

I use them for XC and some enduro-style riding. Kept me cool in the summer and protected from most wind up until mid November. (Michigan weather, including some warm-snow days.)

Pretty durable. I put quite a bit of time on them last year and aside from looking used due to sweat and dirt they are functionally flawless. Should easily get a second season out of them.

Great gloves, great price. Pick some up now.

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John Yonkers IIIwrote a review of on April 11, 2013

4 5

This little bladder pack is perfect size for training rides where you just want to go out, get your heart-rate up and get the job done. Small zipper holds a gel or two, keys and a phone. I like the mesh straps as they help to keep the shoulders from heating up.

I will echo the lack of a chest-strap complaint. I think that regardless of the size of the pack a sternum strap is necessary. It is such a simple addition but it provides the user with increased pack stability.

That being said, if you go to your local craft store you can get buckles, and some webbing and make your own inexpensively and quickly. I think that a few companies may also sell pre-made units.

Also, the bladder is essentially suck inside the pack. There is an intricate folded panel system holding the bladder in, thus making it difficult to remove for drying purposes. The saving grace of that issue is that the widemouth design allows you to towel dry the inside.

Aside from those small little issues, this is a great stripped-down pack.

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John Yonkers IIIwrote a review of on April 9, 2013

5 5

I will admit, I have a bag problem. I can never get enough and can justify each one through some minute difference.

I picked up the Adventura last summer. Initially I used it for longer mountain bike rides. Due to the larger size it was a bit warm for that. However, as a hiking daypack this is a great piece.

The N.V.I.S backpanel is a huge game changer. Even on the muggiest of days it allows a breeze to get to your back. I have hauled camera gear, tripod, extra jackets, hydration bladder, snacks, stove and jetboil and other tools on several hikes through the early Fall and Winter with this pack. It has performed very well in warm and cool temps. During a cold, rainy hike in October my camera equipment was kept dry even in the absence of a raincover.

One of the most comfortable hydration-compatible pack I have used.

I would buy it again and again.

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John Yonkers IIIwrote a review of on April 9, 2013

It holds water.
4 5

This is my kind of bottle: stainless steel, no frills, wide mouth. I hate the chipping paint of other water bottles. I have dropped this out of my bike cage on several occasions. As you can see in the picture a few of those times I ran it over. Even after all of that it still holds water with no leaking or weeping due to its new odd shape.

If I ever lose it I will definitely buy another.

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John Yonkers IIIwrote a review of on April 9, 2013

4 5

may create a tropical rainforest inside.

As a windbreaker and rain jacket this thing does a great job. On my early morning and evening rides I could not be happier. However, if a morning ride runs long or the sun peeks out following a shower the black color of this jacket will quickly have you heating up.

Perhaps if it were a different color that issue would be resolved.

The vents do little to no venting as they are located directly behind your arms when in a riding position. Perhaps a rear-overhang style vent would provide better ventilation.

That being said, I am happy with the purchase: it keeps me dry, protects from wind and looks good off the bike.

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