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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 April 26, 2016

Unique Design, Seem Durable
4 5

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

Quality seems good, as well as the fit. In my experience the gloves felt ever so slightly larger than others I’ve tried so I went with a size Medium in the Kingdom glove, whereas most others I get a size Large. That being said, after riding in them, I could tell the medium had shorter fingers than I am used to. While still comfortable, I think I would have stuck with my standard size Large if I had to repurchase. Like Peter stated, the palm and top sheet are a bit thicker so they work well in cooler temps or if durability is what you are after. If a minimalist glove is what you are after, the Zion glove from Celtek is the most minimalist I’ve ever seen.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on April 26, 2016

Keeps Bikes and Trucks Happy
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been using the size Small on my older (2003) Toyota Tundra. As with most tailgate covers, on/off is super easy and quick in case you have a cover or only get rides in on the weekend. The inside material facing the truck is super plush to limit scratches on your tailgate. The size small has velcro holds for 5 bikes to keep them from moving around in the back of the truck. Additionally, the flap for the latch has velcro to hold up in case you have a backup camera.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on April 19, 2016

Impressive Ventilation
4 5

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

While I haven't been able to spend much time on the Rex helmet, it was apparent that they took ques from their road helmets to bring good ventilation over to a MTB helmet. As far as comfort, the padding on the Rex is thicker than most making it quite plush and comfortable. I found the Go Pro mount to actually be quite slick with this helmet. It sits low in the helmet making it not stick up as high, and be secure. The downside is that I had to have the bolt tension tight prior to snapping the mount in since I could not adjust it once installed on the helmet. It certainly wasn't a deal breaker though. All in all the Rex seemed like a good helmet providing ample protection in a lightweight, comfortable package.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on April 19, 2016

Solid bang for the Buck
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been really impressed with this helmet in the time I've used it. Upon first looking at the helmet, it's lightweight with a low profile all the way around the lid. I found the retention system to be comfortable and a set and forget. I haven't used the visor mount so I can't comment on how stable it would be. The addition of the multi density foam from Kali makes this one of the best bangs for your buck in a mountain helmet.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on March 14, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I originally bought this light for commuting around town as I wanted a high quality light that would make me easily visible to vehicles. It mounts quickly, offers outstanding side visibility, and great battery life (with battery life signal on the back). I eventually used this light while hiking at night, which was actually worked quite well since the shape of the light with strap is easy to hold in your hand. The beam projection and battery life are what sold me on it though and I use it for hiking all the time now. I wish I could turn off the side markers to extend the battery life further, but they are not bothersome while hiking. Whether I'm riding in the evening hours or chasing daylight down from a long hike in the mountains I always grab this light.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on March 14, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These crank arm protectors are not only great at adding some color to your color matching masterpiece, but also helps protect against all those rock strikes when pedaling through stuff you probably shouldn't. These fit fatter crank arms such as the Next SL. RaceFace also makes a narrow version to fit smaller cranks such as their Affect alloy crankset. Can also be modified with a dremel to fit some other cranks, but might not look as clean.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on March 14, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was a fan of the original waffles with gluten, but after trying the gluten free version I am hooked. Actually everyone I've talked to that has tried them like them more than the originals. It's not that the originals were bad, they were fantastic, these are just a whole new level of amazing. I don't see myself going gluten free in the near future, but if I was I would probably eat a box of these a day.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on March 14, 2016

Small, convenient, but short batterylife
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I don't use my GoPro very often on my adventures, but the Session definitely makes it easier with its small, compact size. I barely notice when it's on and doesn't make you look like as much of a teletubby. The one button operation is stupid simple to operate. Additionally, the ability to connect to your smart phone makes getting the perfect angle or view point a breeze. That being said, the battery life, especially while connected to your phone is quite limited. While other GoPro's offer an interchangeable battery, the Session does not. I find myself carrying a quick charger to plug in just in case I run out of juice prior to calling it a day.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on March 14, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use Green Fizz for general cleaning of my bike and light part cleaning when a degreaser isn't needed. It works great to clean off light dirt when you don't have time or the ability to wash your bike with a hose and bucket of soap. Strong enough to make quick work of heavy mud, gentle enough to clean the mud off my helmet from the same ride.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on March 14, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This multi tool is a bit on the heavier side and IMO works best for packing in a hydration pack, not necessarily on your body while you ride. It includes a small pouch which is a nice touch, especially if you're forced to keep it close to something fragile like your phone. It seems like Syncros could have made this tool a bit slimmer based on the sides of the tool being a bit on the bulky side, but I guess they are better than being flimsy.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on March 14, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I freaking love this multi tool. What makes it badass you ask? It's super small, like really, really small. Has all the bits you could need on a ride aside from changing a chain or bottom bracket. Lastly, it's well made and won't fall apart on you. Like I said these are super small to easily fit in a jersey pocket without ever noticing. I've halfway considered taping one under the saddle of all of my bikes so I always have a tool for nearly all situations on every ride.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on March 14, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These patches take a bit longer than the self-adhesive patches, but seem to create a much better seal. Whereas the self-adhesive patches will get you home, they don't provide much more piece of mind, these patches hold much better and can provide many miles of worry free riding. Just be sure to follow the directions to create the best seal possible.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on March 14, 2016

5 5

This cookie mix is obviously a bit more pricey than what you'd find at the grocery store, but it is way good and I guess I'd like to think a bit healthier since it's Skratch. Probably not really the case though. If you're a Skratch fan you gotta try it. Bonus points if you add in a mix in like nutella with it to make it more 'healthy'.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on March 3, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using Continentals Revo sealant this entire season with good luck. I can't tell much of a difference from Stan's, they seem to seal the same and last just about as long. I would recommend installing sealant using a syringe that fits to a presta valve. You don't know what you're missing if you don't.

Be sure not to mix with Stan's as it will eventually gel and you will have to scrape it out of your tire.

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