Perry Hall

Perry Hall

The Wasatch

Perry Hall's Passions

Snow Skiing
Road Biking
Mountain Biking

Perry Hall's Bio

I come from a long line of non-cyclists, and found peace in getting out of the house on two wheels as early as I can remember. I didn't begin to really ride mountain bikes until high school and from there, it was a downhill(ha!) spiral. Racing in college for the UVM mountain team, living with all mountain bikers, and riding all around New England got me fully hooked. I moved to Utah in 2009 to work at Alta and ski, then made the permanent move back specifically for the snow. Needless to say, I was beyond overwhelmed by the amount of amazing riding the Wasatch and Utah have, and absolutely love having such stellar trails a short drive away.


My Top 5 trails I have ridden:
1. Whole Enchilada, Moab, UT
2. Horsetheif Bench/Marys, Fruita, CO
3. Perry Hill, Waterbury, VT (RASTA MAN)
4. Mobb Hill/Saxon Hill, Jericho/Essex, VT (Tie)
5. Sugarbush/Highland MT, Warren, VT/Tilton, NH (Tie)

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Perry Hall

Perry Hallwrote a review of on September 10, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I bought this for my father for his bike path riding. He was using a helmet that was over 10 years old, so he needed an upgrade. He's been happy with the weight, ventilation, and style of this inexpensive yet awesome option!

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Perry Hallwrote a review of on August 16, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Pearl Izumi X-Project is a killer shoe for your trail oriented rider. I got these to be predominantly a cross shoe, but have found myself riding them more and more on my mountain bikes. I've done short shuttles and long, 25 mile, 4k climbing rides. These shoes provide great ventilation, an awesome boa closure eliminating all potential hot spots, and a pretty stiff sole. I will be going back to my FiveTen Kestrles for longer mtb rides to alleviate foot numbness due to the stiff sole, but the X-Project will get the nod for Road/Cross/XC Racing.

All in all a terrific shoe that I am happy to wear!

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Perry Hallwrote a review of on July 12, 2016

4 5

I've run the gamut of rack ownership over the last 10 years, I had a Thule T2, then upgraded (in my opinion) to a Yakima HoldUp. I moved the HoldUp over to my girlfriends car and have installed the SplitRail on my Tacoma about a month ago.

Like Sean's reviews below, all around an easy install, with them including all the necessary tools. Bikes are held securely, and you can offset the trays if you have clearance issues with bars/etc. I echo his sentiments on functionality of the rack, but will add my pro's and con's below.

Pro-
Ability to add on one or two additional single trays on the 2in model allows you to customize your hauling as needed.
The biggest pro over the Thule and Yakima I have owned and Kuat's I have used is the lever to lower the rack. Its conveniently placed, and one handed in use. By far the best out there, hands down.

Most stable and solid rack I've owned.

Cons-
One small, nitpicky con is the lack of ratchet on the rear wheel strap, but it's really not necessary, and functions very well without it

Lock system is a bit less streamlined like the thule/yakima post and hole lock setup, but the loop can be adjusted if needed.

I think the biggest downside, which a lot of folks will not need to worry about, is the trailer hitch install/fitment is more complicated. This results in a fantastic hold and is the most stable rack I've used (I'll say it as may times as needed!). However, if you need to move it between two vehicles, you will need to set up the hitch attachment again since some hitches have the pin hole in different locations.

In summary, this rack gets my vote and will stay on my truck, while my girlfriend will use the HoldUp. A great rack, I'm excited to see its long term durability.

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Perry Hallwrote a review of on July 12, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have ridden these on the mountain and road bike, and love them. The full coverage really blocks your eyes from the wind, which is huge for me in cooler weather as my eyes water quite a bit. The only reason for 4 stars is the frames hit my helmet, so I need to be precise in putting them on so the top doesn't hit my eyebrows.

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Perry Hallwrote a review of on June 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have this tire as the rear on both of my bikes. I'm running it on a 26mm internal width rim on my trail bike, and you can see that review under the 27.5 version. On my 29er, I'm running a much narrower rim, and the tire profile is definitely different. Still great, but different. I find the side knobs are a bit more rounded over with the narrower rim, changing the cornering characteristics of this tire slightly. If you want a fast dry conditions tire that can really rail corners, this would be a great option.

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Perry Hallwrote a review of on June 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been a pretty religious wearer of knee pads for a few seasons, and these are my new go-to pads.
I've been wearing G-Form on nearly every trail ride, in every condition for the past 2 seasons. Early this season I was given the opportunity to ride and test the Dakine Slayer pads, and have permanently made the switch. Besides lift serve days for which I have a specific hard shell pad, the Slayer bridges a gap that previously was left to sacrifice. You would either sacrifice pedaling performance and breatheablilty or protection. This pad prevents that decision from having to be made.

Offering much more protection than a G-Form pad, in an only slightly thicker sleeve , the Slayer makes me feel much more comfortable and confident while descending. I was able to test these in temps approaching 80 this weekend, and slid the pads down around my ankles for the long climb, then wore them for the remainder of the rolling ride. They disappeared once in place.

I would suggest this pad for anyone who likes to feel safe while riding, and wants a pad that can pedal and handle 20+ miles in comfort.

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Perry Hallwrote a review of on June 6, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been looking for new shorts after dropping a few pounds, and decided to go with the Skylines. The fit is spot on, I'm about 6', 200lbs, and historically a 36 waist, but went 34 and they are great. only 2 side pockets, but it fits a iPhone 6 comfortably, even on longer (24 mile) rides. Cool (temperature wise) and durable enough to be a lighter lift serve short.

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Perry Hallwrote a review of on June 1, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

RaceFace uses a different spline interface than your standard Shimano or GXP external BB. I believe its to accomodate for the larger spindles the cranks run, but I'm not quite sure. Either way, this tool is needed for install. Has a place to insert a 3/4" torque wrench, and works just fine. Wrap some old bar tape around the handle and you've got a padded grip!

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Perry Hallwrote a review of on May 25, 2016

Fantastic helmet!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There's been an increasing demand for helmets equipped with concussion reduction technology, and there has historically been one option for that technology – MIPS. MIPS seemingly took the bicycle helmet industry by storm a few years back, but we now have a new player producing some amazing helmets. 6D has been manufacturing helmets used in motocross and BMX for a while, and has finally ventured into mountain bike with the ATB-1T. This helmet uses a system they are calling ODS, or Omni-Directional Suspension. It's similar to MIPS, but it's executed a bit differently. The system basically creates a ball-in-socket from the inner and outer shell, with 27 elastic isolation dampers connecting the two EPS Foam layers. The benefit is that it cuts down on rotational forces like MIPS, but unlike MIPS, I've never noticed any noise or rattling from the ATB-1T.

One of the first things you notice about the helmet is the weight. It is heavier than my Bell Super 2 MIPS that I had been riding prior. However, once the helmet is on your head, the weight is less noticeable, mostly due to a fantastic retention system. The buckle is a nice touch as well. It's a magnetic system called Fidlock that automatically locks together, and allows for quick, one-handed connection of the buckle.

I find that a warm day is best when getting a feel for a new helmet, since it allows one to experience the ventilation and wicking performance. Luckily I was able to give the helmet a solid shake down in approximately 75-degree weather on exposed, sunny trails. The padding does a good job of wicking the sweat away from the eyes, and while it has fewer vents than my Bell Super, my head didn't feel any warmer in the ATB-1T. The added weight of the helmet disappeared as I was riding, whether I was climbing or descending.
Comparing this helmet to the Super 2, the difference is definitely noticeable. Weight aside, the 6D is a larger helmet, overall. I currently own a large Super 2, and the 6D is a M/L, which puts me at the top end of the size range. I wouldn't want to size up to the XL/XXL due to the increased size of the shell on the 6D.
Although I appreciate the added protection, one of my biggest complaints about MIPS helmets has been the noise. Noise is not something that one usually thinks about when it comes to a helmet, but after riding a POC Trabec Race MIPS and the Super MIPS, I have found that the plastic MIPS layer can rub against the inside of the helmet, which creates a distracting squeak while riding. The 6D has not developed any noise in the few weeks I have been riding it, and is far more comfortable on my head. After spending the early season in the ATB-1T, my take is that this helmet would be a great option for someone looking for a comfortable, well-ventilated helmet that provides maximum protection when you're on the trail.

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Perry Hallwrote a review of on May 19, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

With such a versatile axle system, ease of adjusting chaining sizes, and the stiffness and light weight of the cranks, its hard to find a better option. I've been running these on two bikes now, and will be hard pressed to ride a different crank in the future.

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Perry Hallwrote a review of on May 19, 2016

BOOOOOOOST
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Not only are the axles boost, but the bike will help you to boost your riding. A huge change over the prior VPP Design, the new one is more active, and has less of a mid-stroke wallow which I found on most gen 1 Santa Cruz VPP bikes. I'm in the process of getting some volume spacers for the Fox Rear shock to try a bit different setup, but this bike has been an amazing addition to my quiver. Light, stiff, and burly, you have a really versatile bike that can handle both Nomad and 5010 terrain.

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Perry Hallwrote a review of on May 4, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I gave these to my girlfriend as she is learning how to ride clipless pedals and needed some knee pads. We went with these since they are a light weight, have no Velcro, and are super comfy to pedal in! they are a soft pad, that really conform to your knee, but its clear that they harden substantially upon impact. We're very happy with these pads!

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Perry Hallwrote a review of on April 25, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this same tire in the 2.3 standard version at the beginning of the season. I'm running a 26mm internal rim Mercury X1 carbon, and felt as though the tire was a bit squirly leaning into looser corners. I bought the WT version for increased volume, and improved tire profile, and have been very impressed. I rode one trail where I distinctly noticed the tire squirm in a corner, and it handled marvelously. After a long weekend riding in southern Utah, I'm hooked on the WT DHR II!

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Perry Hallwrote a review of on April 25, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm personally on my 2nd set of knees, I own a set of these, and juts bought a set for my girlfriend. Light protection for your elbows for under a long sleeve jersey while riding DH, or great for more aggressive trail riding where a little extra protection is wanted. Light weight, can be easily stowed in a pack for the climb up.

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Perry Hallwrote a review of on April 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This tire is what I have been waiting for for a while now. I was running a Ikon last year, and loved the slide that tire provided. This has similar characteristics, but as soon as you lean it into the side knobs, this thing grips! I've had great luck with it so far the past month riding in Utah, the only issue is steep, loose over hard climbs where I tend to lose traction. I am excited to get this thing out on the Park City Trails this summer!

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