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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 31, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These panniers are great for the average commute. My 15in laptop fits in here no problem, along with a change of clothes, shoes, lunch, and whatever else I think I might need for the day. Much easier to ride a bike with all your gear not on your back.

The pockets/organization is really well thought out as is the case with any Timbuk2 product that I have ever owned. Waterproof material and large overlap of the lid ensure that your gear doesn't get wet if you get caught in a storm.

These are my first panniers and they are great. I would however like some that have a little more reliable rack attachment than the velcro that is on here. I had a mishap where the velcro came undone and the pannier flew into my spokes and now has a big hole in the bottom.

Matthew Pizza
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801.736.5363

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These things are genius! I don't know why no one thought of this before. Nite Ize really knocked it out of the park with these. The strength and versatility that the Gear Ties offer is incredible. The longer ones are definitely strong enough to hold a bicycle (I've done it). Smaller ones are great for organizing cords and whatnot. Latching things closed. Holding things together.

The rubber exterior ensures no damage to whatever your twisting as well as providing grip so that the tie doesn't slip off.

Once you twist them up once they will never be straight again so don't expect that. Not a big deal though, you're just going to twist them up again!

Worth every penny.

Matthew Pizza
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mpizza@backcountry.com
801.736.5363

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These things are genius! I don't know why no one thought of this before. Nite Ize really knocked it out of the park with these. The strength and versatility that the Gear Ties offer is incredible. The longer ones are definitely strong enough to hold a bicycle (I've done it). Smaller ones are great for organizing cords and whatnot. Latching things closed. Holding things together.

The rubber exterior ensures no damage to whatever your twisting as well as providing grip so that the tie doesn't slip off.

Once you twist them up once they will never be straight again so don't expect that. Not a big deal though, you're just going to twist them up again!

Worth every penny.

Matthew Pizza
Expert Gearhead
mpizza@backcountry.com
801.736.5363

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Crank Brothers kills it in the bike accessory game, this tool is no different. This is a well thought out tool with pretty much anything you would ever need while out on a ride and a bunch of stuff most people will probably never use.

I have a couple of different Crank Bros tools, I use this one when mtn biking and might be out quite far from the car where my tool box is.

If I was forced to say one negative thing about this tool it would be the case. Great case, tough to open though.

Matthew Pizza
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mpizza@backcountry.com
801.736.5363

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 13, 2016

5 5

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

This is one of those things that you don't know you need until you need it, and you really need this specific one, then you might never use it again. This tool is for ISIS/Octalink Cranks only so make sure that you get the right one. Does a good job of getting the crank off there which is something you don't have to do to often. Nice and small so it won't take up a lot of room in your tool box until one of your buddies needs to borrow it.

Matthew Pizza
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801.736.5363

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 13, 2016

5 5

These are great mtn bike pedals, I picked these up and put them on my first ever mountain bike and I couldn't be any happier. These things are huge. Plenty of landing zone for your foot to come down on. The nice wide pedal base makes for a really stable ride, and if you do get a little squirrely, there is plenty of room to get your foot back on there before you go careening into a grove of trees.

Matthew Pizza
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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This cup is more than a cup really, it's truly amazing. Ice seems to never melt in this thing. You can have 4 or 5 cocktails on the same ice before you have to throw some new cubes in there. That is great news for when you are out adventuring... you don't water down your booze and you make your ice last longer. It's really a win win. You'd be doing yourself a disservice by not picking at least one of these up before heading out into the wilderness.

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801.736.5363

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 5, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

We currently have 7 bikes at my house between my roommate and I, and hey, flats happen. You can never have too many of these little patch kits lying around. They are small, well thought out, easy to use, and best of all reliable. I order a new one every couple of weeks or so just so we don't run out.

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801.736.5363

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on April 4, 2016

Pretty hard to beat
5 5

The versatility on T2 is pretty hard to beat. This accomodates any wheel size from 20in to 29in and a tire up to 5in wide. Integrated locks allow you to keep your bikes safe while you run in to snag some beer for your post ride bbq.

Really simple and easy to use, almost anyone could get the job done. The best feature on this by far is that you can tilt it away from your vehicle so you can open up your hatch, tailgate, or bed topper without having to take the bikes off. Simply pull the pin and move the rack down.

Not using your bikes but don't want to take the rack off? No problem, when not in use just fold it up and lock it in place. Plenty of clearing from the back of the car so no need to worry about dinging up your new whip.

Matthew Pizza
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801.736.5363

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on April 4, 2016

Finicky at first
4 5

I was a little unhappy with this pump when I first pulled it out of the package and put it to use on the bike. Worked great on the fork but when it came time to fill up the rear shock the pump wasn't registering pressure at first. Took about a dozen times of putting it on and off the rear shock until it finally worked. Once we were up and running I was much happier. Smooth action makes for easy pumping and I particularly like the analog dial, too many possibilities of failure with digital gauges. This thing definitely gets the job done on most forks and rear shocks.

Matthew Pizza
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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on April 4, 2016

So far so good
5 5

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

Although I haven't really put this to the test by smashing my dome into a rock (thank goodness), I am really liking this helmet so far. It is nice and lightweight, looks good, and fits good. I wear a 7 3/8 ball camp and I went with the L/XL and it fits really well. I like the adjustability of the straps and the boa has pretty good range as well.

Matthew Pizza
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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on March 24, 2016

5 5

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

Picked this up for my Pivot 429 Trail seeing as the frame on that bike is pretty tight. I don't particularly like to wear a pack when I ride unless it is absolutely necessary. This has allowed me to put a water bottle on my bike, not my body. This along with the seat bag that I have on my bike makes it so I can do short rides with no pack on.

Hit me up if you have any questions.

Matthew Pizza
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801.736.5363
mpizza@backcountry.com

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on March 24, 2016

5 5

If you're like me and don't like to wear a pack unless absolutely necessary when you are on your bike, this is what you want. Plenty of room for my multi tool, CO2 cartridges, extra tube, and tire levers in here. The best part about it is that it doesn't attach to the actual seat post so when you drop down you don't have to worry about smashing the velcro strap. Good amount of adjustability here. Doesn't hit the rear tire of my Pivot 429 when the dropper is all the way down. I have about 1.5 inches of seat tube exposed from the frame before the dropper post comes into play.

If you have any questions, hit me up.

Matthew Pizza
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801.736.5363
mpizza@backcountry.com

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on October 26, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This bag is just big enough, but not too big, to hold your tools while you're out and about. I have; a spare tube, 3 tire levers, and my multi-tool in there at all times...JIC, and they all fit in there no problem. The bag is low profile and has three attachment points to make sure that it is really secure on your seat post.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on October 18, 2015

4 5

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

This little frame bag is pretty cool. Holds my iPhone 5s int the touch window no problem. I also put my wallet, keys, chapstick and anything else I might have in my pockets in here before I hope on the steed to take her out usually with some room to spare.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on September 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This light is a super simple design, I have both the front and rear and I couldn't be happier. At a price that doesn't break the bank you get a light that has 5 settings. At only 7 lumens it doesn't put out a ton of light but it does allow you to be seen. A great economical choice for lighting up your bar bike.

Matthew Pizza
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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on September 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This light is a super simple design, I have both the front and rear and I couldn't be happier. At a price that doesn't break the bank you get a light that has 5 settings. At only 7 lumens it doesn't put out a ton of light but it does allow you to be seen. A great economical choice for lighting up your bar bike.

Matthew Pizza
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mpizza@backcountry.com
801.736.5363

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on September 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My roommate and I decided we needed a new floor pump for the house. Apparently we both thought this one looked good because we each came home with one. I returned mine but the one we kept works great! Does everything a good floor pump should. Accepts Presta or Shrader valves. Even has a nice psi gauge to let you know where you're at and all at a killer price point. Can't really go wrong here.

Matthew Pizza
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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on September 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is literally the best coozie ever! I literally left an open beer in this thing on a picnic table in the shade of a pine tree while camping for a good 3 hours, when I got back to it the beer was still cold, truly amazing. Works with 12oz cans. Absolutely no moisture gets through this thing. Keeps beer cold for hours.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on August 20, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I originally picked one of these up for my mom for mother's day... she loved it. She uses it all the time in her yard while she is tending the garden. Went ahead and picked a bunch up throughout time to give as gifts to those women in my life that are outdoorsy but appreciate the finer things in life, even ended up picking up one for myself for romantic picnics and walks on the beach and whatnot.

Easily holds a standard 750ml bottle of wine (or whatever) and the two plastic wine glasses are pretty clutch; hold plenty of wine and are very stable. The neoprene carry case makes carting this thing around very convenient. I highly recommend for all the wino's in your life.

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