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Having a difficult time obtaining a replacement heel and toe piece and I'm getting no help from BackCountry. I've called and emailed them, but they have not responded. It's a shame because this is a really nice shoe, but if you can't get small replacement wear items, you'll end up spending tons on shoes. Something to think about before purchasing the shoe.
Note: System would not let me update my original review. Also, the 3 star rating is not a reflection of the fitment and wear of the shoe, but I had to choose a rating in order to post this review.
I needed (wanted) another gear for hill climbs in my area, so I exchanged my 11-28 (1050) for the 11-32 (1070). I have a compact crank 50/34. I don't miss the #14 either. I also upgraded to the SRAM 1071 chain. I did not have to change the rear Derailleur; the SRAM rival mid cage works. The 1070 cassette, along with SRAM 1071 chain is as smooth as Billy D Williams and as quiet as a church mouse. As I road past walls and through a tunnel, I noticed the drive train was really quiet. They shift smoothly, too. I am a happy camper.
I purchased this for use with the Garmin 800 to get it out in front, so that I can more easily view it. It's a bit scary trying to look down at the stem while in a paceline. This solve the problem. I use this unit with the Zipp Contour SL Carbon fiber handle bars with no problems.
I got this for my birthday and I've used it down to 30* and was quite warm/comfortable. I'm pretty sure I can ride in the 20's with this, but the weather has not gotten that low yet. I want to be able to test my limits in winter riding, but the temps have not cooperated. I like the angled pockets - easier access. Also, the pockets are deep, too. I carried many items with these pockets, including a winter vest. I have larger arms and chest than your typical cyclist because I lift weights and the jacket is pretty flexible and not restrictive, especially around the arm pits (my fear with all the bike clothing). This is a 2 in one jacket - sleeves can be removed - and therefore I can wear in the spring time. I'd recommend it to others.
Energy when needed. I use this along with GU's Ultra Endurance powdered drink for long rides. I like the Expresso flavor, but have not tried the other flavors. I'm going to try their assorted pack, so that I can try all the flavors to see which I prefer. I prefer gels as I don't want to be chewing on anything for energy - just want to gulp it down and be done with it. Additionally, I have no issues with eating these.
I stumbled across this product at my local bike shop prior to doing a 40 mile ride (my 1st 40 miler). I am diabetic and always concerned that I'd be on a long ride and my glucose levels would tank leaving me in a very bad situation - if you are diabetic then you know what I mean (similar to bonking as the term is used in cycling) but probably a bit more serious. Because of the diabetes, I would not take my medicine before my rides (I typically ride very early mornings) because of my concern of low levels, but with this product, I no longer have those concerns. I wanted something light (don't like heavy meals when riding, don't like milky type drinks or overly sweet tasting drinks when riding either) that would keep me going once I got out on the road and this was just the ticket. I use it as a supplement to my one pack of oatmeal meal before a ride along with a honey stinger organic waffle and banana; it keeps the energy levels up and includes ingredients to keep your electrolytes in order, too - not too bad, huh. During those long rides is a time when I as a diabetic welcome loads of carbs and bit of caffeine don't hurt either. It mixes well and the taste is very very light, too; I like the tropical fruit flavor. At first I thought it was something wrong because the taste was so light, but later read that that's how it is. I carry 2 water bottles on all my rides and this energy drink will definitely be one of the two drinks that go with me on my rides. Before buying a jug, you can try one of the single packs to see if you like it and which flavor you like best; they actually taste pretty good. I would not recommend this to those that are couch potatoes though, especially diabetic couch potatoes.
I needed a long sleeve winter jersey and this one has not disappointed me. I use it as a mid layer jersey on the cold days and a as top layer jersey for the not so cold days. In either form this jersey keeps me warm and breaths out the back. It's the only long sleeve winter jersey I own and therefore the only one I use. So far I've ridden in 31* temps and it's handled that pretty well. The 3 rear pockets are deep enough to hold many items. I've recommended this jersey to other riders.
I needed a long sleeve winter jersey and this one has not disappointed me. I use it as a mid layer jersey on the cold days and a as top layer jersey for the not so cold days. In either form this jersey keeps me warm and breaths out the back. It's the only long sleeve winter jersey I own and therefore the only one I use. So far I've ridden in 31* temps and it's handled that pretty well. The 3 rear pockets are deep enough to hold many items. I've recommended this jersey to other riders. My chest is 42" and the large fits nicely.
I'd been looking for such a tool, so that I'd not damage any of the fancy bike components (new to carbon bikes) and this tool fits the bill. It does exactly what it's supposed to do; tighten bolts at the recommended torque rating. My LBS uses the Bontrager and I thought of getting that unit, but it only had the one hex head, where this one has 3, but I could find hex heads for cheap though. I probably would've purchased the BR unit if I had not found this one at such a steal of a price; 60 or 70% off, which was dirt cheap and less than the BR.
The first use was to properly torque my seat (carbon seat post to carbon frame) and when it reached 5nm there was a very distinctive click and it did not allow me tighten any further, which is one of the best features of the tool - fool proof. I only wished it had a place to store the other 2 hex heads.
What I like:
1. small enough to store in jersey pockets or seat bag
2. came with 3 hex heads
3. easy to use
4. does what it's suppose to do
5. cost...got a steal
What I don't like: No place to store the other 2 hex heads
I'm a fan of Gore products and this glove has not let me down. I wanted a glove that was not to big and bulky, yet keeps my hands warm and still allow fluid finger movement - this glove has been that and more. I've used the glove down to 32* with winds from 10-20 mph and riding near the river and they've kept my hands warm and dry. I have not experience any numbness either. Happy customer. I would recommend these gloves.
What I like:
1. not big and bulky
2. allows fluid finger movement
3. extended material that allows the glove to fit under a long sleeve jersey or jacket to keep air out
4. plays nicely with the gel tape on my handle bar
5. positive grip
What I don't like: No dislikes
These road shoes fit better than my other road shoe (Bontrager DLX). I did not want to spend $300-$400 on a pair of road shoes, so fortunately these were 1/2 off and cost the same as my other road shoe at regular price, but better quality and fit.
The toe box on these shoes are wider than the Bontrager shoe and just wider and more comfortable on my feet; this allows me to wear larger wool socks, too. The Bontrager narrow toe box really became evident when riding in cold weather; it just seemed like my feet, especially my toes were bunched up, and it felt like they were falling asleep. If you have really narrow feet, the Bontrager would probably be ok; however, you may want to consider going one size up though.
The NW's SBS ratcheting system is nice, it allows you to make those fine adjustments to the top strap's tension on the fly (i.e. both loosen and tighten) for that more comfortable fit. Example: At the beginning of a ride (say in the morning) when you feet are bit swollen and you adjust the fit based on those swollen feet, but as you ride your feet normalize, with the SBS you can adjust (i.e. tighten) the tension on the top strap on the fly (i.e. while riding). Or you over tighten the strap at the beginning of the ride, but as you ride your feet feel like they are getting numb, the SBS allows you to adjust (i.e. loosen) the strap on the fly. In contrast, I would have to stop to make those fine adjustments with the Bontrager's ratcheting system - allows tightening only on the fly.
What I like:
1. the comfort of a wider toe box and shoe overall
2. the fact that the shoe are almost flat like a normal shoe even with the cleat on it, so walking in the shoes are almost like normal (i.e. don't feel/look like a plane taking off)
3. the cost (only because of the 1/2 off sale)
4. the look and feel
5. on the fly fine fit adjustment both ways (i.e. tightening and loosening)
What I don't like: Only a 1 year warranty.
One chilly morning (35*) I went for a ride and after about 10 miles or so my toes felt like a block of ice; I could barely move my toes and could only muster 15 miles that day because the dogs were killing me. I even had a hard time shifting gears in my vehicle after the ride until my toes thawed.
So I was on a mission to eliminate the frozen toes. Since I am a fan of Gore products that's where I started the journey. I went to the local bike shop (LBS) and tried on several booties (Gore, Pearl Izumi, Louis Garneau and Bontrager) and I settled on the Gore; unfortunately the LBS did not have my size in stock. Although more expensive than others, unless you catch a deal on them, they definitely get the job done. I can't compare them to other booties since I have only used these and only plan to use these for years to come.
I went out on another ride in 34* weather and a bit windy, but this time with the Gore booties and my toes never came near being frozen; a night and day difference when compared to the ride without the booties. I was able to do 25 miles and never even thought about the feet or toes. A happy customer.
What I like about the Gore booties:
1. keep the toes and feet toasty
2. Look good doing the job
3. easy on, easy off
4. Very little branding on the booties (hate all that branding stuff)
5. Velcro full length of the booties (allows customization of fit for any size leg - tight, loose etc.)
6. lifetime guarantee
What I don't like: The cost of course
Note: the description talks about zippers. There are no zippers on these booties; the booties fasten with velcro at the back (see attached image).
I've yet to test on the road, but be warn that the sizing runs on the small side. I have a 42" chest and I got the XXL, but it's seems more like a XL; it fits, but a bit more snug fit than other garments. I plan to return and get the 3XL. It's thin, light weight and small enough for back pocket storage. I can't believe it originally sold for over $200 though. The pricing now seems to be about the right cost for this piece of gear. I did not want to provide a star rating for the garment since I have not used it on the road, but I had to choose a rating to post my comments, so I just gave an average rating, but keep in mind I did not test the garment, only commenting on sizing.