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Mark Travers

Mark Travers

Park City, New England, Virginia/ Southeast

Mark Travers's Bio

Grew up outside of Boston, hiking and skiing in the White Mtns and sailing and kayaking on the Cape and the coast of Maine. Did a stint in central Virginia (where I picked up whitewater paddling) before moving to Utah in the spring of 2012. Moved for the skiing, but love getting out on my bike or backpacking in the mountains when it isn't so white and fluffy

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on March 6, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Just got a Hero4 Silver edition and this set of lens covers works with that camera as well as the Hero3 versions. I haven't used the replacement side/battery doors yet, but all of the lens covers fit just fine. This set includes: lens cover for standard housing, lens cover for the camera w/o a housing, glass lens protector for the camera w/o a housing, replacement battery door, and replacement side door.

I agree with Ryan that it would be nice to see all of these items included with the camera bundle, but at least you get all of your bases covered for not too much $$ with this.

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on March 4, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a pretty nice daily tracking/fitness watch. The screen stays off until you tap on it, so it's pretty subtle and keeps the battery life going for days. The bluetooth pairs and syncs well with my iPhone and Garmin's app. The app is really straightforward to use and has relatively decent features. You'll get more specific features out of other more sport-specific apps, but the Garmin app does a good job of covering the basics. Setting up alerts from your smartphone is easy and works well, but I quickly discovered that there is such a thing as being "too connected" - after my wrist buzzed with the 30th email of the day I was ready to fling the watch across the office... or just turn the vibrating alerts off... The nice bit is that you can set up the watch to not buzz you every time an alert comes in without turning off alerts altogether - you can still scroll through your alert center on your watch without getting a vibrate alert each time something new comes in.

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on July 29, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had to pick one of these up to work with my Yakima Forklift rack. It does the job and holds a 15mm fork very securely. It's very easy to set up and use, but would be nice to see a cheaper option or one that allows you to lock your bike down. Paired with the Yakima rack, I can lock this adapter to the rack but can't lock the fork to the adapter without throwing a cable lock around the whole mess.

Bottom line - this works great and is completely necessary, but is possibly the least sexy piece of gear I've spent $$ on in my life.

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on July 29, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I picked these grips up because I wanted something a little softer than the stocked grips on my Bronson. These are great for longer rides and really help keep my hands from going numb or just hurting like hell. They work great for larger hands but might feel a little chunky if you've got really small hands. I would say that gloves are a must - the ridged pattern can be a little rough on bare skin but provides a great grip with gloves on.

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on July 29, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

It took me a minute to get this set up right the first time I used it, but once I got it on my chain it was really easy to use. The video posted below is really helpful for first timers. I've been impressed with how quickly and thoroughly this cleans my chain. Way more effective than a wad of paper towels and some cleaner... It's really quick to take off and clean up as well.

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on July 29, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are great tires for all mountain riding. The side knobs are pretty chunky and help keep you on your line through tight corners and loose/ sandy sections of trail. I've only had a few brief encounters with mud but never had a problem with the tread getting gunked up. I have to second Natalie's comment that the beat is really tight and hard to get mounted on your rim, but it's not an issue once you get them mounted. I've had about a season and a half on mine and they've been holding up really well. I wouldn't hesitate to buy these again

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on January 29, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These things are really tasty, but I think the texture/ weight is the best part. A lot of other 'meal bars' are way too heavy and dense for me to actually enjoy. That and I'm afraid they'll break all of my teeth if they're frozen in my pack. These tram bars are pretty light for being a high cal bar and don't turn into bricks when they're cold. Think Quaker granola bar instead of softened hockey puck. Best combo of tasty and a texture I can actually enjoy that I've found!

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on July 31, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These have recently beat out Honey Stingers as my favorite chew thingies. Great flavors, good texture, not too heavy in your stomach. These are heavier/ denser than Honey Stingers, but they don't feel heavy in your stomach (although I have a pretty tame stomach). Raspberry and Berry Blast (blueberry?) have caffeine in them (Strawberry and Orange do not), but I haven't found the caffeine content to be over the top. I'm really sensitive to caffeine and rarely have it (turns me into a hummingbird...), but I don't really notice it when I have the caffeinated flavors. Certainly not caffeinated like a cup of coffee. All in all a great set of chews. Hardest part is not eating them all at the office...

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on July 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My wife and I each have one of these and have been using them heavily for over a year. We haven't had any issues with either reservoir - no leaks, no trouble with the cap, etc. The quick link is a nice feature, and I haven't had any issues with it jamming or leaking. The hose size fits perfectly with the outlet on our water filter (MSR) so you can refill the reservoir without having to pull it out of your pack. No issues with plastic taste or residual taste (although we usually only put water in them). The large cap makes cleaning and drying a snap

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on June 5, 2013

4 5

Nice glove for summer riding - mesh back keeps things cool and the palms aren't too heavy and have good grip/ feel. The finger tips are thin enough that I can use my iPhone without taking them off. These aren't really padded at all, which I prefer for XC riding. So far they've been pretty durable. The velcro closure is a little wider and beefier than older Fox gloves that I've had - in the past I've had trouble with thinner velcro closures blowing out by the end of the season, but it seems like these gloves will hold up better on that front

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on October 24, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My wife and I LOVE these little guys. Sweet, but not overpowering flavor, and surprisingly filling as a between-meal snack. I've tried gummies/ gels/ fruit ropes from a bunch of other manufacturers, and these gummies win hands-down. It's hard to not scarf them down at work or around the house.

And if you need any more reason to go for these, they're made from organic and non-GMO ingredients, which is HUGE for a processed trail snack

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on September 28, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My wife and I picked up a pair of these at the start of the summer, and I've put close to 200 miles on mine. Living in Park City, my riding is about 70/30 cross country/ moderate downhill. This bike has handled absolutely everything that I've thrown at it (or thrown it at...). It climbs like a champ, and the lock outs on the shock and front fork keep the frame very solid for the way up. The shock and fork are easy to adjust (make sure you have a shock pump to adjust the air pressure), and have good travel and rebound for moderate downhill. I've found the frame to be pretty stiff - being a single pivot rear suspension, it will never be as stiff as a VPP, but I haven't had any issues with ghost shifting or wobbly frame at speed. The only time I really notice flex in the rear is in tight cornering at speed (mostly switchbacks). Even then, the flex is very predictable once you've been through a few turns - it feels more like the rear wheel has a little float through the turn rather than being super loose and noodley.

While you could certainly upgrade the components, I've been happy with the stock components on the DXC kit. The shifters are quick and snappy, and have only needed one quick adjustment for cable stretch after the first hundred miles.

Gripes: The one upgrade I'm seriously considering is the brake set. The stock (Avid Elixir 1) brake set gets the job done, but isn't the greatest for longer downhill rides. I've never had an issue stopping, but I've definitely gotten the pads and rotors pretty toasty on longer descents. Also, the stock tires are decent for dry hard tread, but they gum up pretty quickly in mud. I would invest in something nobbier if you're riding wetter trails

Bottom line: This is an awesome bike if you're looking for an intermediate FS XC bike, and a great bang for your buck in the posh world of FS 29rs.

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on August 9, 2012

4 5

I tried to love these, but ended up returning them because I found myself in the purgatory of in-between-sizes-land. The liner is great - great padding, stretchy, lightweight enough to keep you from roasting. The outer shorts were the trouble for me. I usually wear a 34 or 35 waist, which is right on the border between M and L. The medium was too tight, especially at the bottom of the legs. The bottom of the shorts was riding up and pinching while I was pedaling. The large was too loose in the waist for riding - they would be ok for walking around town, but I would have to wear a belt to keep them up, and I don't want to have to do that on the bike. If you aren't right on the cusp of sizes, or don't mind a looser waist, then these are great shorts. Nice features and construction, but not my fit

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on August 9, 2012

5 5

I love these. The padding is right where you would expect it to be, and provides a great amount of cushion without being too bulky. The fabric is thick enough to be super durable (even survived a crash and tumble in the woods...), but is still breathable and cool. The fit is spot-on - shaped well for being on the saddle and doesn't slide around once you get moving. I've used these for both road biking and single track XC rides and couldn't be happier with them. If you're looking for compression bike shorts, these ones won't steer you wrong

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on August 9, 2012

4 5

Great glove for summer riding if you prefer a flat glove over a gel-pad palm. Very lightweight with the mesh on the back of the hand - keeps your hands from roasting when the temps top out and you don't motivate to get out the door til the heat of the day. The palms stay put and don't slide around or bunch up - great grip and no blisters or hot spots from seams. My only gripe with these is that the rubber on the back of the velcro tab is starting to crack on my right glove. The sticky velcro underneath is still holding up, but looking like it might not have a ton of life left. I've used them several times a week for 3+ months, so I'm not totally shocked, but would be nice if the velcro tab held up a bit better

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Mark Traverswrote a review of on July 9, 2012

2 5

These are a nice pair of shorts, with great features, but are built for someone with pretty skinny legs. The waist fits true to size - I'm 6'1", 210lb and a 34 waist and usually wear either a M or L in shorts. The large was a perfect fit in the waist. However, the legs of the outer shorts were really tight, and not very stretchy. The liner shorts are a nice fit, but the tight legs didn't cut it for something where your legs are moving around a lot.

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