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Okay, I bought this jersey because of the color. It's a nice turquoise blue, matches the trim on my Yeti.
I've somewhat moved away from baggy jerseys, I'm finding that tighter jerseys just wick sweat better. I wouldn't say that this is a super tight jersey, but it's not baggy/flappy. If you've got a potbelly, it'll show.
Like the full zip. Like the venting. Like the reflective bits.
Not super excited with all the pockets. I ride with a hydration pack, so I tend not to use pockets, and they just add more material between your back and the pack. If I rode without a pack, I think the pocket set up would be ideal.
Good quality material and finish work.
Any ETA on when the mediums are going to come in?
I like this helmet better than the Fox striker. Seems to fit me a bit better. Visor is a tad bit cheap (fell off on my first one), but overall, I like this helmet. The plastic piece on the back makes me go fast and make varrroom noises.
Wore it the other day and couldn't get it comfortable. Maybe it's just the horns poking through on my head. Dunno. Had to stop and adjust several times. It's Fox, so it looks good.
Had to get an XL size when I normally wear L. Figured it would be a slimmer Euro cut so the Xl wouldn't be huge. And it's not. Jersery is really comfortable. Nice and airy. More of a hot weather, keep the sun off of you versus a keep warm thing. Like the zipper and the mesh inserts.
Bought white. Which has to be the dumbest color for MTB clothes ever. At least you can wear black when its cold out.
There's a little bit of material where the rubber on the palm is stitched into the suede that just rubs the bejesus out of the back of my hand. Fit is snug too. Almost need a size in-between L and XL. Can't attest to the impact protection and that little bit that hardens under impact, but it's a cool idea.
Bought it to replace my well loved and used 2006 Yeti 575. Very different bikes. Very different feel. Have one trail ride on it and half a dozen DH runs that involve a 35 minute road climb, so I really need to take it out on the trail more. I don't love this bike, and usually I do.
Sometimes on the road climb up I can feel the suspension doing something that makes me think the grips are loose, first ride I stopped and checked the grips several times, but it was just how the frame moved. Coming down the dh isn't bad, stiffer than my 575 (but really, what isn't??).
Think the wide handlebars are bugging me, steering seems twitchy, probably will try to move controls and grips in a bit to see if that's part of my issue.
Had issues with the XTR discs, had to have a caliper warrantied. Rest of the components are working well. 2X10 is interesting, but works. Haven't had an issue running out of gears when climbing for the dh. If I was going to build this bike from scratch, it would look pretty close to this. I like the 2012 spec better than the 2013 spec. Not really excited with the Fox CTD system, wanted the CK headset, the 240 hubs are a nice treat as well.
Let me get more miles and I'll come back and update this.
After a painful warranty period, I now like these brakes. :-) While they were not working and I was trying to get them warrantied, I really didn't like them.
The brakes came preinstalled, but since you have to disconnect the lever to install, I suspect that some air was introduced. So I had to bleed them early in the process. managed to drop ( and lose) the bleed screw, and that was a proprietary screw that I had to source from a bike store in Korea as it's not available from US distributors at all. Then contaminated the pads, but managed to get them working again and then the rear piston was leaking fluid, so can imagine all sorts of fun that caused.The replacement came with a hose that was about nine feet too long, so had to cut and install the barbed fitting and new compression olive. That barbed fitting doesn't like to go in the hose.
Had to purchase a bleed kit, because you can't do much with a special bleed kit.
Here's what I like.
Shimano has the best lever feel. Truly one finger braking, even in crazy downhill sections.
Good stopping power.
Goofy finned pads seem to work.
What I don't like;
Shimano mineral oil (really? it's how expensive?)
Barb and compression fitting set up.
The fact that the first pair leaked oil.
I wouldn't have bought these if they didn't come on the bike. Not convinced that I'd buy them again. I've had a better bleeding/maintenance with other brands (Magura and Hope). But now that I've got them working, I'll keep them for a while.
Alright. I like these shorts. Got them in the mail yesterday, wore them on a four hour hike that had 8 stream crossings and some serious water fall scrambling. Extremely comfortable. And they dried really quick after the stream crossings and after bush whacking through the wet ferns.
They do have some flaws, namely two tiny pockets. If you are doing anything with any gear, you'd need a pack to carry stuff. For the post hike maw-fest, I was carrying a cell phone, keys and wallet and the pockets were pretty maxed out.
The sizing is odd. I'm a 32/33" and the medium is snug. Snug like 'not using the waist belt feature at all snug', snug like 'hey, is that VBL I see? snug', snug like 'I'm not eating ice cream snug.'
These are probably the lightest pair of shorts I've ever owned. Nice and stretchy. The material is very soft, almost makes me want to go commando in them. I like the welded seams. More akin to a pair of nice board shorts. I'm going to try running in them this week and see how they feel. They'll be great for bashing the crap out of.
Slightly disappointed that most of the Stoic stuff I've bought recently is made over seas.
So after wearing and washing for two months, they fit better. The material seems to have stretched a little bit.
The one pair of shorts is now three. I've hiked/camped/slept/fornicated and moved in these shorts. I really like them but here's what I've noticed over time. The material stretches. Quite a bit. From not having to use the wasit belt intially to have to use it now. My butt floats in these bad boys now, hard to look sexy for the ladies while wearing them. I found that putting stuff into the pockets would stretch them out in weird shapes. Still think a single thigh pocket would be better.