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Mike Haines

Mike Haineswrote a review of on June 4, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are delicious. But keep in mind that as the title says, they really are meal sized -- not quite right for workout food, unless you are ok with eating half and saving the rest for later. I guess as far as foods go, being so delicious that it's hard to stop eating them isn't really a big problem, but in my mind is the only factor keeping these from these being the perfect trail food.

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Mike Haines

Mike Haineswrote a review of on June 4, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've tried different types of mixes, and what I've found is that regardless of flavor or brand, drinking more water makes me feel better on a long ride or hike. Nuun helps me do that in because

It doesn't:
--Taste too sweet when you're trying to drink a bottle an hour
--Make your bottles dirty
--Settle down so the top of your bottle is just water while the bottom is syrup

However, It Does:
--Taste really refreshing
--Require almost zero effort to mix
--Have fizz
--Let you eat calories and drink hydration on different schedules without one affecting the other

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Mike Haineswrote a review of on June 4, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The side loader makes it way easy to get bottles into and out of its cage even when totally gassed from hard efforts on the road bike, or when you need to hurry up and get a drink before the next rock garden on the mountain bike. Without the requirement to "thread the needle" with your water bottle, you can just grab it and pull in a natural motion to get your drink.

This cage is for your downtube if you pull the bottle right-handed. If you grab the bottle lefty, or want to pull rightward and need a cage to go vertically on your seat tube, you'll want the OtherSideloader.

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Mike Haineswrote a review of on July 18, 2012

5 5

Simply put, the Edge 500 rocks. You can move it from bike to bike, or even throw it in your pocket for a run or hike, without any fuss over speed sensors or wiring. It's excellent motivation to push it on a ride to reach your goals for speed, distance, or elevation gain (yep, it tracks total elevation gain).

I upload my data to the free Garmin Connect service (see http://connect.garmin.com/features) about once a week. From there you can map your ride, analyze performance mile by mile, and even post it to Facebook so your riding buddies can view it.

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Mike Haineswrote a review of on July 18, 2012

5 5

I bought a pair during Spring 2011 and they quickly became my go-to short for hard rides in Arkansas's summertime heat. The compression keeps you feeling fresh, the fabric breathes well, and the contoured chamois pays off when rides stretch into the 2-3 hour range.

They're definitely cut for a performance (European style) fit, and the medium gave me just the right amount of compression at the legs without being overtight at the waste (I'm 5'10", 31" waste, 150 lbs). If you're used to wearing an American brand like Pearl Izumi, expect these to be quite a bit more snug and consider sizing up.

My only complaint (and this is entirely my fault) is that I bought the white-paneled ones and they were a bear to keep clean. They do make you feel fast, but be super careful changing a flat because any contact with chain lube or brake grime and they'll never be the same.

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Mike Haineswrote a review of on January 10, 2012

4 5

I have worn these with both mountain and road bike setups with good results. The Nordic AV is breathable and wind stopping, but not heavily insulated. I've still experienced chilly toes during rides around freezing (that said, my toes are always the first part of my body to get cold, regardless of footwear.) The cleat cutout is a generous size, and I was surprised how well it fit over my cleated mountain bike shoes, and even stood up well to hiking through some of the steep stuff.

I consider this shoe cover ideal for temps in the 35-50 degree range. At colder temps it might stave off frostbite, but there are warmer booties out there. But for a shoe cover you won't find yourself tearing off as soon as the sun crests the ridgeline, this would be a great choice.

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Mike Haineswrote a review of on January 10, 2012

5 5

I can't believe how well these tights cut through a headwind or frigid downhill. The windblocking/insulating ThermaShield extends up the front of the legs, across the crotch, and up the front of the bibs to provide more protection than most competitors. In fact, the bib front (which extends up to my solar plexus) includes a zipper for easier entry/exit, and I've found myself zipping it down during hard rides near freezing to keep from overheating my core. The legs breathe well, but I wouldn't wear these if I expected the temperature to rise above 45 degrees.

The fit is pretty tight. I'm 5'9", 150 lbs, 31" waist and the medium is a tight fit. I like them snug, but they require a some tugging to get on and I wouldn't want them any millimeter tighter.

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