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Rob de Luca

Rob de Luca

Park City, Utah

Rob de Luca

Rob de Lucawrote a review of on July 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is not a Dakine pack like the description says. Here's a real description: If you don't already know, Gregory makes great packs and they're based in SLC, which means they're close to some of the best trails in the US. With the Drift they really seem to have put serious thought into an MTB pack that fits well, breathes well, and gives you tons of bike-specific features I've never seen together in one pack. On top of the vented back panel that feels like it has air conditioning compared to any other MTB bag I've owned in the past decade, you get slick upgrades like:
- a removable tool bag
- a crash padded phone/sunglasses pocket
- a hydration bladder that stands up to dry itself out (magic!?!?)
- a hip belt that can adjust vertically in the back panel for ideal fit
- a magnetic hose clip (awesome)
- a glasses loop on the shoulder strap (this might be my favorite feature)
- probably some stuff I haven't figured out yet
In my opinion, Gregory has solved the issue of having to choose between a "cool" pack that has 10-year-old technology or a "bike" bag that's just a cross-branded trail running or hiking backpack. It's almost as though a real pack company actually sat down and asked how they could make the best mountain bike backpack possible, and then did it. Amazing! What an incredible time to be alive.

P.S. CC writers, I assume you get paid for your work, so stop recycling old descriptions. Or at least get the name right when you do.

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Rob de Lucawrote a review of on August 1, 2016

Like rapper demos.
2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These tires offer great traction and a sweet profile, with a supple ride. I switched from the Saguaro to the Barzo to eliminate the center rib and get a little more tooth, and it was the perfect solution.

HOWEVER.

After one season, they've started doing something I have never seen any tire do (at least never to the same extent): weeping massive amounts of sealant out the sidewalls, front and rear. Never had this issue through 3 or 4 sets of Saguaros. I'm giving a second star because they're sweet while they last and because technically I'm running the non-TNT casing tubeless, but like I said, I have had 5 or so sets of non-TNT Geax/Vittoria tires and never had this issue crop up.

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Rob de Lucawrote a review of on May 28, 2014

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

See my old review below. I'm taking my review back because it did not reflect an experience with this model, which apparently has build-quality issues.

Pedals are one of those things that nobody wants to spend money on, so they go with what they know or what their friends recommend. Well, I have been running a single pair of the ATAC XS pedals for almost a decade, now on a third bike, and they have thousands of miles on them with absolutely zero issues, ever. In fact, this isn't really a review of the ATAC 6 pedals, it's a review of the ATAC XS, which is the predecessor to this model and shares all the same construction and technology. I've had zero, zip, none, nada, absolutely no problems. No replacing parts, no adjusting, nothing except buying new cleats every few seasons. I'm one of very few people I know who own ATACs, but everyone I've met who owns them feels the same way. They engage every time, they never clog, the float is great, and the pedaling platform feels sturdy. So there you go: your friend just recommended Time ATAC, and you should trust him because he rides a ton and knows about stuff.

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Rob de Lucawrote a review of on April 23, 2014

A bit big for MTB, but a great moto pack
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this pack last summer for dirt biking after finding the Nomad too small (see my review) and so far it has lived up to the task. It's well-built, which makes it a tad on the hefty side, but the weight is worth the ability to survive multiple crashes without failure. At 26 liters, it's bigger than any mountain biking pack I have owned or used, but it might be perfect if you needed, say, a burly pack for MTB touring or all-day winter rides with tons of gear. In the Apex, I can fit a spare dirt bike tube (way bigger than a MTB tube), a tool kit, a bolt kit, an emergency blanket, ski straps, food, sunglasses, a hat, a small first aid kit, 40 feet of 1000lb test static line, carabiners, a rain jacket, and a bunch of other small items. That's all in addition to the full 100oz water reservoir, so when I say it is a big bike pack, I mean it. The reservoir is a Hydrapak Shape-Shift bladder with the quick disconnect hose, and truly a great piece of tech. The center baffle keeps the bladder from barreling, so it stays flatter in the pack, and the top slide-lock closure makes filling and cleaning super simple. The back panel features two firm ridges of vented foam that keep the pack away from your skin so air can circulate; some say it is irritating but I've worn it for 6 hours at a time with 20lbs of gear and never felt uncomfortable. So far, I have absolutely no complaints about this pack. If you're looking for a mountain bike pack, I would honestly recommend a smaller one first (like the Nomad or smaller), unless you know for sure you will be carrying a ton of stuff. But if you do need a big pack, the Apex is a well-made bike pack with tons of space and great features, and it looks like it will last a long time.

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Rob de Lucawrote a review of on September 17, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Radarlock XL's fit much better than the old Radar XL's (I own both) and the lens swapping feature is excellent. I can remove and replace the lens almost without touching the surface and putting fingerprints all over it, and it doesn't give me a nervous breakdown thinking I'll break the frame like the old design did (for the record, the frame has yet to break on my old Radar XL's and I have swapped lenses plenty of times). As for the photochromic lens, I'm satisfied but not over the moon about it. I mostly wear these mountain biking, and it seems like the brim of my helmet keeps the lens from fully converting to its darkest tint, even in bright Moab sunlight. If Oakley had included a dark tint spare lens, like Black or Red Iridium, these sunglasses would be perfect. My only other complaint is that while the smaller, more rounded lens performs slightly better and looks sportier, it loses a bit of the square Terminator style I love about the Radar XL. Bottom line, I'm still giving these five stars for function and fit.

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