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Wally Phillips

Wally Phillips

Salt lake City, Utah and ANYWHERE there is snow

Wally Phillips's Passions

Snow Skiing
Road Biking
Mountain Biking
Triathlon

Wally Phillips's Bio

As a Pittsburghian at birth, I began my outdoor foray on skis at age 2 1/2. Since then, the pursuit of the best turns has consumed me. I am willing to go the extra mile to get to places people only shake their head at (Utah provides many). I also bike, run and have as much fun as I can in this short life.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on April 19, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The nice thing about the Clifbar Builders Protein Bar is that it is only heavy in initial feeling but not in overall taste or how much it fills you up. The bar itself is thick in look and when chewing but it doesn't make you feel sluggish after which is nice as you can either use this as a during or post activity treat. The flavors are moderate without overpowering your taste buds and the grainy feeling that comes with protein bars is minimal. It isn't entirely heavy on the protein/fat/calorie content so those looking for a really heavy meal replacement bar will feel a bit empty.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on March 17, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've worked with Suunto wrist computers for the last 8 years now and after upgrading from a T6 to an Ambit 3 Peak I had to get the Smart Belt. The enclosure system is a welcome site as the loop into plastic piece is simple while not messing with the module like the older ANT + belts. I also notice that the comfort is a bit better as well with the material. Some outside devices don't get as good of a read as the wrist computer but that is to be expected. I'll play around with battery life and connectivity a bit more and if all good I'll give an updated with another star.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on February 29, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was stoked to get my Suunto Ambit3 Peak GPS Watch as I've gone with a T6 in the past and have loved the Suunto functionality and durability (have that T6 for 7 yrs now). Overall display is really clear and functionality takes a bit to get used to but considering what functions are use4d (GPS, Barometer, Compass, etc) the learning curve isn't bad. The wireles to iPhone app is a really nice touch and that same old durability is there as I've brush a few rocks and come out okay. Will write a more in depth review later, but solid so far.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on November 17, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Not Google Vision, Goggle Vision. I'm referencing the up and down field of vision that the 100% SpeedCraft Sport Sunglasses has which is its greatest quality. How I can get into a lower position and still see through the very top of my field of vision has minimized my reaction time on descents. The side to side vision is great as well and the lenses remain relatively anit-fog while giving you both a grey and clear that will match most conditions.

There are a few gripes though. I've tried both nosepieces and as a contact lens wearer the wind does come up in certain way to dry them out really quickly (I know I know, I need to get lasik). Also, when it comes to the look, it is fantastic with a helmet on but looks a bit clunky at the apres pub after the helmet is off.

A really great option if you are in for a high performance, ride only sunglass and don't have finicky contact lenses.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on July 24, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I ended up switching up vehicles to a Land Rover about 6 months ago and being the avid skier that I am I learned long ago that stowing skis inside while easy can wreck your interior quickly. I'm a bit partial to Thule so have the Aeroblade Edge a shot as it was one of the only options for said vehicle brand and it does the job pretty well so far.

The noise drowning performance is pretty solid within reason. Most calm days at up to highway speeds almost give no noise at all. Put a bit of wind in there (esp. headwinds) and that changes a bit, but it isn't bad unless the speed is gale force.

Adding extras on there is pretty much a cinch, but the new attachment system with Thule products where it's more of a hinge/jaw design helps to keep the bars in good shape. The old school two plastic pieces cinched together at both ends with allen screws tends to mark them up a bit. Also, installation is usually easy with this sort of thing and it was with the bars, but the fit kit (which I'll go over at item number THU0400) was a bit vague.

Overall a sleek addition to a vehicle if you really don't want the wind screeching at you when you go above 30mph.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on July 16, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's funny what a little piece of plastic will do for you. BB heights nowadays are getting lower and lower to keep a bike nimble so that means that crank arms will be that much closer to the ground. With that much of a higher chance of rock hits on the pedal/crank arm, these boots do wonders for protection when it does happen. A must for carbon crank arms.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on February 18, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So, yeah. I like waffles. Who doesn't? I've been going on the Honey Stinger waffles that most cyclists originally turned me on to, but a few of my homies got me on these interestingly named natural waffles and I have to admit that I'm pretty impressed.

The initial wrapping is a little tough to open in a pinch, but once you get there things get pretty blissful. The waffle itself is pretty stable and doesn't break apart terribly easily. In breaking the waffle in two, there was a bit of a soft center like those crazy good energy waffles from MT but on a smaller scale. The taste is a good balance between cocoa and coffee while not being overly sugary and I did dip it in coffee with pretty good results.

I wish it left me slightly more filling at times and as an energy snack it does well in regular intervals but doesn't quite supply enough kapow taste and weight for those really hard days when you want to find a reason to keep going. The packaging has a nice color design though. I would definitely recommend this waffle to anyone looking for a bit more than the standard offers.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on October 8, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

"26", 27.5", 29", starting to feel a bit crowded in the MTB wheel size format." This was my thought when deciding to upgrade my rig before my disposable income goes kaput. I had a Blur LTc and while I loved the feel of the frame and the suspension was the perfect amount, the smaller wheelsize made things a little squirrely for some reason (I'm all legs - 33.5" inseam at 5'11" - might be part of it). When I saw that SC made the Solo (now the 5010, clever) with a very similar geometry as the Blur with the 27.5" wheelsize, it seemed to make enough sense for me.
(-side note- no 29er for me, for a do it all bike I don't like to get that tactical with my descents)

And I was right. This is a very capable do it all bike, especially in this particular build. The rolling resistance of the wheel size feels easy and it takes much less energy to maintain speed. Climbing comes very easily here with the three ring crankset and the fact that the Solo/5010's best quality is the rolling resistance on the small stuff when climbing. Descending feels almost as much at home as it is a harmonious blend of stability and nimbleness due to the Blur's geometry being instilled.

The build is fantastic as well with Shimano XT drivetrain and brakes, a RockShox Reverb seat dropper, Fox Float front and back and a nice wide Easton bar. Liked the tires (HighRoller 2s) and don't love the wheels for the weight, but gives me something to upgrade and can't afford that ENVE goodness yet.

Enough with the gushing, time for the down-points. Not many here as it feels like nitpicking, but while there is not much that the Solo/5010 doesn't do, I feel that there is no real bright spots either other than that rolling resistance I mentioned earlier. I also don't see the need for the triple crankset as I'm not using the granny or the biggest gears much.

Overall, a great do everything bike for those who loves the new 27.5 wheel size.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on July 15, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bike Computers are something that I have skimped on a bit. Since my rides are getting longer and rigs more sophisticated, I decided to plunge in to the Edge 500 from Garmin and I wasn't disappointed. A plethora of information awaits those who take the time, study the manual and plan out the display system that is right for them. The unit it self is very small and feels sturdy and most of the extra gadgets are pretty easy to install. This unit does come with a Heart Rate strap and while I feel that it could be easier taking on and off, it does the job well.
I want to revisit the earlier statement of "plethora of information awaits those who take the time" etc. etc. If you are the kind of person who doesn't mind digging in to the manual and experimenting with all the settings, then the Edge 500 will reward those people with a streamlined display of all the stats needed. If you are more of a "plug and play" type of person, the Edge 500 will be a little lost as it will be set to the factory pages of stats and that isn't necessarily what people need. Also to mount is good in a pinch, but if you want something that extends the unit further out then I would start checking Bar Flys out as I feel like I have to crane my neck down further than comfortable at times.
Overall, a great training tool for those who are willing to take the time to unleash it.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on July 15, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When i started road riding, I found out real quick that a lighter, more ventilated helmet made for an easier ride temperature wise. So, I started out with the Giro Atmos Helmet and was glad I did. The 26 vents almost keep my head too cool and the roc-loc 5 keeps the Atmos snug on top of my head after a bit of adjusting.
Sizing can get a little tough if you are right at the 55cm (common) head size. I went with a medium and had to play with the adjustments a bit, but was able to get a snug fit.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on June 25, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Coming off of my rare 5-star review of the Louis Garneau Classico Bib Short
(read here: http://beta.competitivecyclist.com/louis-garneau-classico-bib-short?_requestid=2908969)
you're probably looking for me to gush over the matching jersey. While I won't be gushing (ew), I will be placing heavy praise as the Classico Jersey complements the awesome bib shorts perfectly.
The Diamond Fabric definitely works as longer rides in the hot Utah summer aren't really fazing me as much as when I wear other jerseys. The pocket layout of smaller on both sides and bigger in the middle works very well for during-ride organization. The style is also really cool (okay, gushing here a bit).
If I'm going to harp on anything, it may as well be the fit. I went with a large and while I am 5' 11", 180 with a shorter torso and shorter arms, I have a smallish waist and shoulders of a 6' 3" person. The Large fit the waist well, the shoulders are a little tight than I would like and the negative I'm trying to bring across is that it doesn't feel consistent with the bibs as the jersey runs a bit smaller.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on June 25, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The story behind me getting the Louis Garneau Classico Bib Short was partly for looks, which are awesome as it looks like a team issue without a ton of logos spread throughout. After putting it on, I felt the Powerband keep the inseam where it was supposed to be and the Lycra Power, Pro and Power Mesh combination made the positive blood flow evident before the first pedal stroke.
Things got even better after starting to ride as my legs felt more efficient in pushing straightaways and climbs. This material even dries quickly as I once wore the Classico bibs before proper drying after wash and I couldn't tell after the first ten miles. The Airzone Chamois is another large plus as 40 miles garnered no ill feelings from down there.
Going on to the fit, I am 5' 11", 180 lbs with bulky upper legs, a 32.5" inseam and a thinner hip/waist. The medium fit pretty well to a bit tight, but not too constricting. The height of the bib straps were perfect as well.
I know you are looking for the downside to this bib, guess what? There isn't one. It is the best bib short I've ever had the pleasure of using a bike seat with. If I can nitpick, a casual rider that only goes 1 hour per week won't be doing this bib justice as it begs to be ridden on long and difficult courses.

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