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Kevin K

Kevin K

Salt Lake City, Utah

Kevin K's Passions

Road Biking
Mountain Biking

Kevin K's Bio

Growing up in Wisconsin, being outdoors was commonplace. I started mountain biking at Kettle Moraine at an early age, had a hiatus for a bit, then hit it hard and haven’t stopped since. While XC is my background, all mountain riding is what I strive for. My typical rides are long climbs being rewarded by long, technical descents. I enjoy road riding as well, but use it more as a training method to go faster on the trails. When the snow’s falling, you can find me snowboarding or hiking.

Kevin K

Kevin Kwrote a review of on November 9, 2016

5 5

I typically only use either Arundel or Blackburn Canber cages. The Arundels are a bit more expensive and seem to hold bottles a bit more secure, useful when mounting below the downtube on a MTB. The Blackburn has a bit better styling to them and offered in a number of colors making it easy to match any bike.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on November 9, 2016

4 5

I always keep a tube on my bike in case of a flat. These tubes are a bit thicker/heavier than the tubes that came with the bike, so it doesn't pack down as small. That being said I think the heavier tubes do a better job of resisting punctures so it's not necessarily bad. If you are looking for the lightest option or something that packs up very small you may want to check out one of the lightweight options such as item VIT002L.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on November 9, 2016

4 5

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

I bought this for packing extra water when camping. I got the 3 liter, which is quite small when collapsed, and pretty compact as well once full. Seems durable enough for throwing in the back of a truck for a weekend adventure. I do wish the cap had a leash with it though as it seems like it might be easy to lose.

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Kevin K

Kevin Kwrote a review of on October 3, 2016

5 5

Simple yet effective. Lets everyone know you are coming, while not getting in the way on the handlebars with its compact design. Must have to keep those guys that insist every trail must be open to uphill traffic at bay.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on October 3, 2016

5 5

New design is a big upgrade in fit and ventilation over the previous brim versions I have owned. Lots of vents for excellent airflow and lightweight. Not as durable as their 'older' style helmets, but worth it for comfort while riding.

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Kevin K

Kevin Kwrote a review of on September 12, 2016

ALPINESTARS PATHFINDER SHORTS
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I really like the fit and material feel to these shorts. They have just the right amount of stretch to them, are lightweight, and the waist cinches work well. All 3 pockets are quite deep and large. You can fit quite a bit of gear inside each. I was kind of hoping for a smaller stash pocket for a car key, but that is just being picky. The shorts sit right at your knee, and a bit more baggy than tight, which I would say would pay well between either an all mountain or XC type short. The size seemed true, which I sized up a bit on and utilized the waist cinches.

The material is lightweight and breathable, but the downside of that is the material can show what you have going on underneath. In my case, a pair of Fox Evolution Pro Bib Liners. In my personal experience, I would recommend these shorts without the liner, as I found it to not be very comfortable. Recommend pairing with another liner or bib liner.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on September 12, 2016

Ride Longer With Ride-Tuned Carbon
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

In my opinion, what makes Enve carbon bars stand out from the rest is their ride tuned construction. These bars offer a bit more compliance and shock absorption than other bars I've tried, meaning I can go out on longer rides, or keep taking laps at the bike park. These bars are 760mm wide, which I left uncut.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on September 12, 2016

Clear Vision at a Great Price
5 5

This goggles offer a ton of bang for the buck with a multi-layer face foam, silicone coated strap, tear-off compatibility, and clear lens included with the mirror option.

I've only been using the mirrored lens so far in Utah since it's usually sunny and bright. The addition of a clear lens is great just in case conditions change. That being said, the mirrored lens offers enough light transmission that I wouldn't have any problems running it later in the evening or if it's cloudy. I haven't used tear-offs yet with the goggles, but nice to have the option available in case it gets muddy.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on September 12, 2016

Safe Just Got Safer
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The D3's proven track record just got even safer with the addition of the Multi-directional Impact Protection System or MIPS for short. While I haven't put the system to the test, it's said to reduce the chances of concussions under rotational impacts. It's good piece of mind to know that the D3 now includes this technology. Having met Troy Lee and his strive for creating the safest helmets for not only his employees, racers, but even his family, I feel at ease that wearing this lid will provide some of the best protection I can buy when the going gets rough.

Aside from the safety aspect of the helmet, the D3 has distinctly unique styling and a smaller volume than other full face helmets. Additionally, the inside shape of the brow on the D3 has been reconfigured a bit to fit better. With this new shape, I was able to drop from a size XL D3 to a Large.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on August 26, 2016

So Good, Seriously
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I freaking love these shoes. Everything I didn't adore from the Kestrel Boa Five Ten came back with the Kestrel Lace and blew it out of the water. First and foremost, the Kestrel Boa is a stiff shoe, not only in the shank, but also in the upper materials. The Lace version offers a bit more flexibility in the shank making it more comfortable to walk in or long days in the saddle where some give is appreciated. In addition to the more flexible shank, the upper is more forgiving providing better next to foot comfort. I also credit the laces to providing a bit more comfort across the tongue, as opposed to the Boa steel wire. Weight is not super light, but manageable. Stealth sole provides outstanding grip when finding your pedals, or while mid hike-a-bike.

The only issue I've had with the Kestrel Lace's was that I had an issue with the cleat plate threads cracking. Admittedly, I did not use grease on the threads. Luckily there is a slit in the shoe under the insole to easily replace the cleat plate. While I had other shoes to ride while I was waiting on new cleat plates, I was really wishing I could lace up the Kestrels. Word to the wise, use grease when installing your cleats and don't hamfist them.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on August 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These have been my go-to knee pads for lift assisted riding this season. The reason I grab these among the handful of other pads I have is primarily due to the comfort they provide in a pad I have confidence in the protection they provide. TLD really nailed the fit of these pads to make them non-restrictive and seemingly disappear on your legs. Adding to the comfort, the D3O internals offer a ton of security in a lightweight package that is flexible. Coming from the T-Bone pads, these offer just a bit more shin protection as well. You won't regret getting these!

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