Jason Wiggins

Jason Wiggins

Jason Wiggins

Jason Wigginswrote a review of on August 30, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Quality, technology and styling on this helmet are all top notch. I will write more after I get more than one day of riding on the helmet.
Fit was a little off for me. I measure towards the top end for a large helmet on Fox’s size guide. I bought the large and is was miserably tight on crown and cheeks. I bought the XL and it was snug but comfortable. The XL passed Fox’s fit guide. The return of the L helmet was pretty easy with Backcountry. Printed a shipping label, dropped at the UPS store a few miles from my house. I think I get billed the return shipping but no big deal.

This is my second MIPS helmet (POC was first). I will not buy a new helmet without MIPS. The previous reviewer probably has not spent much time reading about the MIPS system. The research and testing on are quite compelling. Don’t trust me or the other reviewer. Read for yourself www.mipshelmet.com . I personally would rather pay a little more and reduce my risk of brain injury from a crash.

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Jason Wiggins

Jason Wigginswrote a review of on August 30, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Quality, technology and styling are amazing on this helmet. Worth the money so far. I will post again after I get more than one day riding on the helmet.

On sizing - I measured on the top end for the Large helmet. I bought the large and it was miserably tight on crown and cheaks! Ordered the XL and it is snug but not uncomfortable and passed Fox's sizing test. The exchange with Backcountry was pretty painless. Cost me $6.99 for the return shipping and all i had to do was print a label, box it and drop at a UPS store.

This is the second MIPS helmet I have owned. The previous reviewer only gets it part right. Not only does a MIPS helmet rotate on impact it only does so after a pin or series of pins shear. This dissipates energy from impact after which the shell rotates. The research on this is very compelling. I can say personally that I get more glancing blows in a crash than I get straight on lawn dart type impacts. This type of impact can most certainly lead to brain injury. I have broken the shear pin on my POC helmet in a nasty crash a while back. No injury no issues. There is a lot published info on the web for folks who want to look further. Personally I will not buy another helmet without MIPS.

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Jason Wigginswrote a review of on May 31, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used and have been displeased by so may pads out there. Part of my difficulty could be body type related. I have bigger than average biceps and quads. My limbs look somewhat like the outside of a funnel. Both elbow and knees have great below the joint straps. I think this why they work for me. The elbows were not uncomfortable but the band around bicep is a little snug. Shape of pads seem to match my attack position and out of saddle pedaling position well. Once moving I do not notice them. Also not too warm.

Update - 14 stitches in forearm from an OTB crash wearing these pads. I believe my arm split because pads slid up toward elbow. This was a violent crash into rocks so take my comment with a grain of salt. I do think that I would not have landed in hospital if the pads staid put. I have body armor that has a strap just above wrist. I have been OTB 2x and have not had any sliding issues. I may still use these pads but put some tape or something near wrist to stop sliding. I wish there was an elbow pad out there that is just perfect. Alpine stars knees are! Maybe not so much for elbows.

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Jason Wigginswrote a review of on March 15, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I cannot break this chain! I bought my first X9SL after destroying 2 shimano chains in the same month. This chain lasted 4 years through very aggressive trail riding. The reason I retired it is that the nitride coating was wearing off. No stretch!

I love the gold coating as well. This is one of those cases were bling and performance are wrapped up in one package.

Assembling bike after winter tear down and tune with a shiny new X9SL

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Jason Wigginswrote a review of on June 7, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have bashed my knuckles a couple of times wearing the Remedy. No bruises or abrasions. The are pretty comfortable too. I was surprised since stitched palms have never been as comfortable as the alternative. I have several months on them with no issues with wear or stitching.

Update -

I tore the palm on a pair and my second pair is almost worn out. After more riding with the Remedy X I can say that they are not my most favorite glove. I like the fox uni bomber much better as it has more features and is way more comfortable. Brand new I liked the Remedy. However after trying the fox glove I realized that my expectations were a bit low. The uni bomber scores way higher!

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Jason Wigginswrote a review of on December 5, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Sticky rubber clings to flats especially when cleaned after each ride. Stiff soles protect feat against pedal strikes and big hits. Extra padding is also nice. Buy them! I have gone through 2 pr sam hills, 2 pr free riders and 1 pr impact low. Impacts are my fave for DH for sure. If you want a more supple shoe for DJ or AM go with free rider. BTW- I have had no quality issues with any of my 510s. If i did i know they stand behind their product. Too bad other reviewer did not return delamed shoe. Keep in mind that these are made with climbing shoe rubber. Never store in hot car. They will delaminate for sure!

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Jason Wigginswrote a review of on September 14, 2013

5 5

bought this after ruining 2 helmets in a 2 year span. figured if this one will survive some small hits its worth the money. I also like the concision reducing design concepts like mips and floating outer shell. will update after I have had it for a year and put it through the ringer.

Update - I had a pretty serious crash at the end of the season. I bent the MIPS pin. No concussion and no other damage to the helmet. Replaced the pin easily and am comfortable with keeping the helmet in service.

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Jason Wigginswrote a review of on September 11, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased this tire after disintegrating 3 minions on rear tire over the summer race series. Minions perform great but are putting a hurt on my wallet. I was hoping for a tire that has the performance of a minion with longer life. I rode the tire on a very rocky course -same that ripped knobs off the minions. The tire survived quite nice. The performance was better than expected. I am still seeing a bit of pealing on the backs of the center knobs but they are holding tight. I also put in some very aggressive days on hard pack flow trails of The Canyons in Utah and am pleased on this terrain as well. I may have found a new tire! Note - before writing off minions, I am hell on equipment. I am a bigger guy and have a very aggressive riding style. My son who is lighter and a bit more gentile has minions that have lasted an entire season.

End of season the trailing edge of the center knobs are delaminating. Still some life left. Still better life than my minions. Performance has been great. Front tire is unscathed.

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Jason Wigginswrote a review of on January 11, 2011

4 5

I am not sure what the other reviewers mean by stiff soles. 5.10 shoes tend to be a little soft in general. I own mountain approach shoes and have tried on the heavier downhill shoes. When compared to other manufacturers they are a tad soft in my opion. The BA5IC shoe is quite a bit lighter than the freeride/downhill models. Maybe this is what the other reviewers meant. I could see how the extra cushion of a heavier sole would be an advantage on big stunts.

The sole on the BA5IC is definitely stiffer than the vans bmx shoes I was wearing. I am giving these 4 starts for a bmx or lightweight downhill shoe. I do not take 20 foot drops nor do I do big free ride stunts. I do take smaller drops, like kickers, love to suck up bumps and rail the turns. The shoe works well for me and is a step up from my old vans. I cannot comment on their efficacy on big air big stunt biking.

Hope this helps other buyers. I think they are a great value.

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Jason Wigginswrote a review of on December 16, 2010

4 5

I bought the flux after a tree jumped up and without warning hit me in the side of the head -bastard! I realized when the stars retreated back to heavens that my $80 lightweight so called MTB helmet offered little protection against this type of tree aggression.

Though a little heavy, the flux gives me the protection of a winged panty liner. Next time I will make the trees hurt a little more than me.

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