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Love these. It is hard to assess my "familiarity" with them, in that I don't know if I've put them through the ringer but I have DEFINITELY put them through my digestive tract.
Addicted to them and, so far, I've not found a flavor I don't love. I have only 2 issues with them:
1) my 5 year old is also addicted to them, which means less for me
2) I like the clifblok packaging better for eating when biking.
Of all cycling/skiing snacks, these (and clifbloks) are my favorites....
yes, they do look that lame in person. But they pretty much rule anyway....
I realize this is the XT 6 section but figured I could but in my 2 cents for the previous version of this.
I am no racer, so perhaps some of the s-lab tech is lost on me. I got these for grip in wet conditions. Overall, I actually prefer the tread of the speed cross for muddy and soft conditions. The XT 5 seem to fit a little better (more forefoot size), and the fit is really tremendous. I have even taken to using these as my "about town" shoes despite their rather intense redness (for which I have been made fun of many times, usually something having to do with clown shoes).
The stack height is a bit higher than some of the other modern shoes (even though not as high as the XT 6) and I'm not a heel striker so that feels a little odd but only if I have to do any pavement. They are definitely not squishy so pavement is not awesome.
The tongue garage is great, and the quick laces seem to work much better than others I've had (e.g. Hoka) and never come loose. Paired with a gaiter, I never get any crapola in my shoes.
Overall, Hokas are still my fav for any kind of distance or pavement, but I go for the Salomons with any soft terrain, need for a gaiter, or scrambling. Plus they look much cooler than the Hoka clown shoes...
Although craft makes my absolute favorite base layers, I do really like the demarchis. They are slightly too thin for my personal taste for downhill pursuits but for running/biking they are pretty darn awesome.
I wear M, they are pretty darn snug but that works for me for these purposes. My wife says I look very Euro in them. That is not meant as a compliment.
I like compression shorts, but have had trouble with others where I couldn't get them over my thighs (I'm muscular, but far from a gym rat). These shorts are easy to put on, support very well, and make me feel like they're springing me into every step. And I need all the help I can get.
The pocket is worthless, as these small pockets often are, but I always wear an overshort so I don't care.
I'm 5'7" 145 lbs and the M fit me very well. They are a little long for me but I think that actually gets me a smidge more support.
I am the same size as you, just a couple lbs less and the M are great.