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Re Wikstrom

Re Wikstrom

Utah's Wasatch Mountains, Southern Utah desert, Idaho, Wyoming, British Columbia,

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Outdoor sports photographer- mostly skiing, biking, and camping with some misc. rafting, hiking, and trail running thrown in. Smile!

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 8, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pros:
1. great female specific fit
2. magnetic attachment for the hydration hose to attach to the chest strap - LOVE this
3. stretch mesh on the sides for shoving a jacket or layer into the outer flap/pocket area
4. side stretch mesh pocket - perfect size for my phone, and so far keeps it secure but is easier access if I want to pull it and take a picture, or check the stats on my gps tracking app.
5. separate main compartment vs tool pocket vs sunglass pocket
6. mesh back panel
7. It's nice to be able to carry 3 liters of water, and I will sometimes add another .75 liter platy bottle for 20+ mile rides in the summer

Cons:
1. I put holes in the bite valve pretty early in it's life, and while it has a locking feature, it doesn't always work, and still slowly leaks. I have taken to blowing the water back down the tube so it's less likely to leak, but this is harder to do when the bladder is full.
2. in it's 2nd summer of use, I have had issues with the hydration bladder leaking, I now have to make sure the lid is screwed on as tight as possible and always double check that it's not leaking.
3. I find the pack to be most comfortable with only 1.5 liters of water. When it's maxed out at 3 liters the pack is bursting at its seams and becomes less comfortable on my back. Great for after work rides, a little bit of a bummer on the 20 mile weekend rides. Nice to have the capacity, but it could be more comfortable.
4. I think they could have done a better job with the tool organization.... I keep my pump and extra tube in the main compartment, along with a layer if I have it, or sometimes a point and shoot camera. Then I keep my multi-tool, tire levels, patch kit, etc in the smaller organizer pocket. I wish there was a separate pocket somewhere for food/snacks/bars etc.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 8, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I think this light is great to use around town, helps other ppl/cars/cyclists see you. But is not a cheap replacement for a more powerful riding light.

I was also hoping to use it as a back-up light for mountain biking night rides.... I did not expect it to be bright enough for full speed, or even half speed, but it's only good for about a walking pace. It will get you out of dark trail eventually, but you'll probably be walking.

Otherwise, this light is great for it's real intended purpose. Also very small, light, easy to stash in a pack, and very easy to attach and remove for your bars. And great price!!!

I also used this around camp when I couldn't find my camping headlamp.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I would call this more of a luxury item, as any plastic bowl will do, but it sure is nice to have the magnetic tray to keep those small bits and pieces in check.

Loving it!

It's the little things in life... you know?

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I decided to upgrade to wider bars on my Juliana Roubion... and then the dilemma... is the new 35mm worth it? Well... I still don't know for sure, but I'm plenty happy with the purchase. Running solid for 3 months at this point, with multiple rides per week. This particular stem seemed like a great strength to weight ratio and I like the looks of the more simple design.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Use them mostly for mountain biking.

I swap the lenses all the time for bright days (amber), overcast (rose), or night rides (clear).

The lenses are SO easy to change. I rarely changed the lenses in previous interchangeable lens systems because it was just easier to have multiple sunglasses with different lenses. These honestly make the change so easy and convenient.

I also thought the large bulky case was overkill at first, but have grown to love it. I actually use it (unlike other cases) to keep the lenses sorted and scratch free, and just keep the whole kit in my riding bag or the back of my car, so they are always on hand for a ride, and harder to lose.

I have a medium sized head, these fit great.

And I didn't think i was cool enough to wear this style, but at least with a helmet on, I can pretend I look like the cool kids. ;-)

My only small complaint is that my hair gets stuck in the rubber on the ends of the glasses, where the rubber meets the plastic. But I also appreciate the rubber for keeping these securely on my face while riding. So kind of a draw there.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have two older Lezyne pumps (floor and mini-floor for riding with). They did not come with the speed chuck and I subsequently ended up with some VERY frustrating moments when my valve stem cores came unscrewed inside the pump's chuck. So thank goodness they made the speed chuck adapter, I love it. I loved everything else about my Lezyne pumps and I didn't want to replace them. This is a great solution. You may need to hold it in place for the first few pumps, but it's a minor inconvenience compared to pulling out the core and losing ALL the air you just pumped in, AND needing to replace that core...

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 8, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

OKAY.... Okay.... okay.... I admit it. I like to accessorize the grip color on my bike.

There, I said it.

Publicly.

It's true.

That being said.... I love the color options, but I am not totally in love with these grips.

Sad face.

It's personal preference.

It's not you. It's me.

I like to use every mm of my handlebars, so I do not like the extra flange on the ends of these grips. I might as well have kept my previous bars and grips at this point. For now I just rotated them so that the smoothest end is aligned where my palm hits the edge. If it weren't for the lock-on AND the grip flare taking up space it might not be so bad, but it just doesn't seem like a logical use of space.

For most rides I find them comfortable and grippy, and I do wear gloves. Generally a size medium -on the larger side for a female hand, but small compared to most dudes- as far as hand/grip diameter goes.

I will still use these until they wear out, but may go back to the ODI Ruffians, Lizard Skins Chargers, or investigate other options for my personal preference like the new SC Palmdale.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 8, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I use this as a bar mount in conjunction with my helmet mount for MTB night rides, OR as a back up light if I am riding at dusk and might need a little extra light towards the end of my ride to get back to my car.

I love the all-in-one battery and light integration. No more wires running down the frame, or awkward battery mounts.

On my mtb bars I do not have any trouble attaching this light or keeping it in position. I am guessing the issues other ppl have come when using a smaller diameter bar. Mine are 35mm diameter.

I have yet to test the exact run time, but it does seem like it hits the low battery indicator in it's brightest light setting faster than expected. It hasn't been a huge issue for me though, since I am usually using it with another light.

It's nice to have the dimmer settings as an option, I use these for climbing, and turn it to full power for the descent or faster sections of trail.

The battery/overall unit gets hot to the touch, but hasn't been a problem for me at this point. I will usually turn it off and let it cool down before removing from my bike. I have even left it attached while driving home with the bike mounted to my roof. So the mount is definitely solid!

I also have the Urban 800. For comparison... the Urban is more compact, but the 1500 is definitely a bit brighter. Otherwise very similar. The 1500 has an actual flash mode, and the 800 has more of a slow pulse mode. The 1500 has a slightly whiter light, and the 800 is a slightly warmer light.

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been using this as a bar mount on my mountain bike, either in conjunction with my helmet mount light, or as a back up when I'm riding at dusk, and just need a little extra light to get back to my car. I would not use it as my only light for MTB, but great as a secondary, emergency, or back-up.

I LOVE that the battery is integrated, so there are no wires running down the frame, or an extra heavy battery you have to creatively attach to your bike.

It also gives you a warning light indicator when the battery is getting low. Very nice feature. Buttons are easy to use. and the USB re-charge is great because you no longer need a dedicated charging cable for just this light. I can plug this into the same charger that my Droid cell phone uses (micro USB).

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Let me count the ways...

1. Carbon frame = The speed of "light!" You can focus on your bike handling, really moving the bike around beneath you, and it makes for a nicer uphill pedal, rather than getting tired of heaving around a heavier bike. And I didn't realize how nice the stiffness of the frame was until I hopped on an older bike and thought my wheels were going to fall off in every corner. After a thorough check, it turns out that old frame was just extremely flexible, and after getting used to the carbon frame it was hard to go back.

Great All-Around Geometry = Perfect for the rider that loves the downhill AND appreciates the uphill for the fitness (but really LOVES the descent). I have no qualms with climbing on this bike, it has been great. There might be a "slight" compromise in climbing efficiency over downhill efficiency, but I would much rather have the extra confidence for the downhill and sacrifice (seriously, minimal sacrifice mind you, I probably shouldn't have even mentioned it) a little bit in the climb. I would also argue, that for any woman who feels a bit more intimidated by the descent vs the climb, you should look to this bike. Why not take advantage of a geometry that will help your confidence when you point it back down the mountain? This will infinitely increase the "fun" level of your riding!

Great Components = I have been riding this bike since mid-July, multiple rides per week, and have not experienced any issues. Loving the 1x11 set up, and still riding up the same steep hills I rode on both 3x9 and 2x10 setups.

Tubeless Tires = I am SO happy to be back on a tubeless set up. I have loaned out my mini-pump to many a friend on rides, and have yet to need it myself (knock on wood!)

Fork = I admit, I am not a master suspension guru. I love that they have recommended air pressure printed directly on the fork. I start there and might tweak as needed, it's been working superbly.

This bike would be perfect for most riders! SO FUN!

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Re Wikstromwrote a review of on November 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I originally bought these for the night laps at last year's 25 hours of Frog Hollow race. They were perfect for that, and I am loving them this year for colder fall days, and cold fall night rights. I haven't tracked exact temperatures, but I would estimate mid thirties to upper 40s.

On a few of my latest colder rides, I found that my hands stayed a perfect temperature while my toes were turning white (for the record I do have beat up "skier toes"). Bad news, I know. I need to find the equivalent foot protection to these glvoes!

They are soft on the inside, and still very dexterous. If I wear them out, I would definitely buy another pair. And as a bonus, I think they can also be quite useful for winter driving, or other high aerobic winter activities when it's sunny (i.e. as a liner gloves for ski touring, used on their own for the hike up).

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