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Marcel

Marcel

Marcel

Marcelwrote a review of on September 25, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is probably the best mtb jersey around. The fit is really amazing and the material is meshed, stretchy and very breathable. The 3/4 jersey is definitely cool, and I like it better than the TLD ruckus which is much wider and not slim fit. I prefer the slim fit so you don't have those 3/4 sleeve flapping close to your elbow. I can still use a sleeve pad (tld speed pads) underneath without a problem.

I prefer long or 3/4 sleeve mostly to protect against the sun as well as to offer minimum protection agains rash if you crash and slide down.

Wish bc had the other team replica jerseys!

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Marcelwrote a review of on September 25, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great bike shorts... excellent for racing or day long rides if you don't care about pockets. There is a single pocket in the back at the waist which is great for a couple of sting honey gels or car key.

The fit is really slim almost to the point of being too much, so if you are in between sizes, it's better to size up. I'd say it runs a little small, but not much, even considering it's supposed to be a tight fit.

The fabric is stretchy which helps when pedaling so it's not restrictive in any way. Also seems durable, I don't expect the fabric to rip apart on small crashes or anything like that!

Be aware if you use burly knee pads you might not be able to fit, I have a hard time using my IXS Carve pads, they work but I wish there were a bit more space. I might try the freeland shorts next and keep this for when I don't need my burly pads.

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Marcelwrote a review of on June 22, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Recently went to a wider bars and thought I'd go 35mm, bought the haven bars and stem. I'm a big fan of easton cockpit using stem, handlebars and lock-on grips. and all 3 are superb.

I like the new bolt scheme easton came up with, makes a little easier to install, also like most easton products it's very clean design and won't interfere with your color bits but also won't add any bling, it's more of a stealth kind piece which I like it, like you would expect goes very well with the easton handlebars, very well finished and looks high quality materials.

If you don't need a wider than 750mm bars I'd go easton over race face, if you need 800mm bars the sixc/atlas combo should do it but I see no reason to buy the next sl bars over the easton combo which is great!

I went from a 711mm/50mm to 750mm/40mm combo and the size is great!

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Marcelwrote a review of on June 22, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is an excellent glove for summer riding in temps ~100F. It's on the small size compared to say Fox or TLD, but this latest (last years now) has a little more room than the previous one that I also have, I prefer the previous one since it has bigger vent holes at the top and the fingers are a little bit shorter.

Even though it's very lightweight it's very durable, I've taken my share of nasty spills and yes it shows some signs of wear and tear but no holes and still fully usable after a season, the new one has about 180 miles on it and I have no reason to believe it's not gonna perform as good as the old one I have!

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Marcelwrote a review of on June 22, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is my first EVOC product and so far quality seems superb. Attention to detail, quality materials, very nice finishing on par with my Osprey Raptor Pack.

Biggest pro of this pack for me is that it rides very close to your back it's very slim and doesn't tend to bounce around side to side on your pack, very different fell compared to the Raptor which is narrower and a little deeper which causes it to bounce a little bit when going down fast over kickers, rock gardens and that kinda stuff.

My torso was ~46cm which would put me in the M/L but after trying both FR Lite M/L and FR Lite Team S I went with the small since the M/L was getting into the back of my neck and would definitely cause issues when using a helmet.

Things I like it:

+very secure waist belt, it's great better than even my Mammut ski pack thanks to the wide (guessing 4" or so) velcro belt, it took me a couple of rides to get used to how up the belt is located compared to the Osprey but it's out of the way now.

+shoulder strap and belt pockets, great for on the go gels/bars, one could even carry a minimalist emergency kit in one of the waist belt pockets, they are good size!

+back protector. added security, can be placebo but why not use given the pack fits you.

+excellent helmet carry system both 1/2 lid and full face. It works great with my Forefront and Fox Rampage helmets.

Things that could be better:

-hydration exit port for the hose is made as if the hose would go towards your right shoulder, when the pack is clearly made to have the hose on the left shoulder, that's a clear execution mistake

-not the best for organization. The pack has 4 compartments. The lower one in the front I use for tools (CB multitool, tire lever, tube) + emergency kit. There is a front compartment that I use to carry my elbow sleeves + my medical supplies (diabetes monitor and glucose gels), could fit a very compact jacket, would fit my TLD ruckus jackets. The main compartment is also used for the hydration bladder (there is a sleeve), I also carry my pump and sometimes a shock pump if I'm experimenting stuff, that's where I carry an extra layer. There is also a small wallet, phone, key pocket. Now the issue is not lack of space but the way the pack is designed being very slim it makes organizing stuff difficult, you have to keep things spread across the entire pack, there is no stuff sack kind pocket in the pack. I'm not sure it would be possible to make it better given the design of the pack, it's just something I dislike and trying to get used to.

-hot! The pack will definitely keep your back and waist area hot. I climb with the velcro open and waist belt very loose, and only adjust them for descent, makes climbing much more comfortable. Now this is definitely not a problem for descents, it's actually a big pro since it keeps the pack very secure to your back.

In the end this is a great back for 3 to 4 hours rides, definitely would want something bigger for a full day out.

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Marcelwrote a review of on May 8, 2015

coming apart after a few rides
1 5

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

I was really excited about these mtb shorts until the seams started to come apart after a few rides.

Seems started to split in the crotch area, and right now I have backcountry telling me to contact TLD directly and TLD telling me to contact the dealer!

Fortunately, after talking to BC warranty department they will take care of me! Disappointed with durability of this short, not sure if this was a one off or bigger quality problem! Will try something else next!

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Marcelwrote a review of on September 12, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I upgraded my EA70 XC 685mm handlebar to this after a month or so riding my SB66C! This is the older version 711mm, the new version is 740mm and 750mm for the 35 version.

The carbon bars feels much easier on your hands and I get a much better feel of the trail I'm riding but at the same time it's not hard on your hands and I can ride longer, harder and I won't be as sore as I would on my original alloy version.

I'm short and don't have much reach at 5'5" and regular sized arms for my height, so the 711mm is a good width but definitely not wide enough for a faster/quicker all mountain/enduro type of riding if you are a bigger person!

With all that said, it was a great upgrade and worthy upgrade, like I said much better riding feel compared to alloy! Only 4 stars because I wish it was wider since you can always make it smaller if you need to!

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