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Crozier Kimball

Crozier Kimballwrote a review of on September 16, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This helmet is awesome. Period.
However, because it is awesome, it merits a little bit of discussion. At first glance, this helmet appears to be stylish (as road helmets go), yet not too over the top. POC’s helmets have a very distinct shape to them and this one is no exception. The helmet is relatively light as well compared to some helmets at a similar price point.

When first trying this on, it is good to note that POC has come through with several methods of adjustment. The helmet can be adjusted at the chin and with the rear dial as usual. The inner framework of the helmet can also be adjusted using the little holes that run front to back on the rear half of the helmet. I personally did not require a ton of finicking with the fit of the helmet and was pretty much able to just throw it on, adjust the rear dial and roll. On first try on, the helmet is very comfortable and feels like a pillow. I have an oval shaped head and feel like this helmet did very well for me. I usually wear a medium or large and I felt like this helmet fit true to size.

I used the black color of this helmet and coming from another helmet with a koroyd system in it, I was really looking for a helmet that excelled in ventilation. The Ventral Air Spin did not disappoint. I usually go for helmets in a white color to prevent overheating, but this entire summer, I found that even in a black color, I never felt like the heat was overbearing. In fact there were several times where I actually had to reach up and check to make sure the helmet was there because there was so much wind going through it. The padding held up really well during the time that I used it and I never felt like it was too little or too much. The chin strap had a nice cover on it as well that kept it from digging into my throat. The design of the chin strap also kept it at a reasonable position below the chin so that I didn’t have to constantly fiddle with it. That same design also kept it away from my ears comfortably.

Now onto the safety. While this is a road helmet by design (it could be used for XC mountain biking as well), I decided to take it mountain biking with me on a ride. I’m still glad that I did as I happened to have a really nice little digger that day when I wiped out around one of the corners on the track we were riding. I went straight to my shoulder and the whiplash made me hit my head pretty hard. I stood up really dazed from what had happened, thinking I for sure had a concussion. I pulled my helmet off and looked at it and saw that everything on it was completely intact. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that I did not get a concussion that day. Personally, I credit that to the Spin technology in this helmet. If you’re not familiar with Spin or MIPS technology, they are impact dispersion technologies that reduce the chances of getting a concussion from a crash on your helmet. POC created their proprietary Spin technology as answer to MIPS (used by many other companies). And for me, the answer is loud and clear, Spin is every bit as good as MIPS, if not better when it comes to impact dispersion.

If you’re considering buying this helmet, I couldn’t recommend one more strongly than the POC Ventral Air Spin. It’s a fantastic helmet that will do exactly what it’s been made for and maybe even more. This is by far the best helmet I’ve used to date. Hands down.

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Crozier Kimballwrote a review of on August 15, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Before using this computer, I'd never really put Bryton into the ring with the other big names in the computer game. Now that I've used it, I believe that it stands toe to toe with some of the better computers in the industry.
Pros:
Setup: Setup on this computer is relatively simple. All you have to do is download the app and connect it to your phone. It's easy to customize the app to your needs with a handful of screens and data points.
Reliability: I felt like this device was very reliable. Once I figured out how to connect my sensors, I never had any problems with connecting them again. The climbing data I got back from it was almost identical on the same ride that I did twice using this device. I liked the out-front mount and felt like the one that they provide is super sturdy.
Aesthetic: This computer is simple and looks great because of it. It isn't a flashy device by any means, which I personally loved. I only had one time where the data screen got just a little covered by its own shadow when the sun was in just the right place. Other than that, the screen was always easy to see and didn't cause any problems with glare.
Cons:
Button navigation: The only thing that was a little confusing for me at first on this device was the button navigation system. I didn't read the instructions for it though, so I consider that to be a user error.
Upload speed: I did notice that my rides took a little longer to upload than on other platforms I've used. Once it was in the Bryton system though I had no trouble getting it into Strava.
Final thoughts:
When comparing this device to the Wahoo Roam or Edge 530, I would say that it doesn't quite measure up in it's capability to analyze the data. Garmin takes the cake there, followed closely by Wahoo. To me though, the device was more reliable than a Garmin in it's connectivity and battery life, and has the ability to do things like a drink timer, which Wahoo doesn't. However, the price point on this computer is what makes it AMAZING. Without a doubt you are getting your money's worth for this device and you won't be sorry you made this purchase!

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Crozier Kimballwrote a review of on August 15, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Before using this computer, I'd never really put Bryton into the ring with the other big names in the computer game. Now that I've used it, I believe that it stands toe to toe with some of the better computers in the industry.
Pros:
Setup: Setup on this computer is relatively simple. All you have to do is download the app and connect it to your phone. It's easy to customize the app to your needs with a handful of screens and data points.
Reliability: I felt like this device was very reliable. Once I figured out how to connect my sensors, I never had any problems with connecting them again. The climbing data I got back from it was almost identical on the same ride that I did twice using this device. I liked the out-front mount and felt like the one that they provide is super sturdy.
Aesthetic: This computer is simple and looks great because of it. It isn't a flashy device by any means, which I personally loved. I only had one time where the data screen got just a little covered by its own shadow when the sun was in just the right place. Other than that, the screen was always easy to see and didn't cause any problems with glare.
Cons:
Button navigation: The only thing that was a little confusing for me at first on this device was the button navigation system. I didn't read the instructions for it though, so I consider that to be a user error.
Upload speed: I did notice that my rides took a little longer to upload than on other platforms I've used. Once it was in the Bryton system though I had no trouble getting it into Strava.
Final thoughts:
When comparing this device to the Wahoo Roam or Edge 530, I would say that it doesn't quite measure up in it's capability to analyze the data. Garmin takes the cake there, followed closely by Wahoo. To me though, the device was more reliable than a Garmin in it's connectivity and battery life, and has the ability to do things like a drink timer, which Wahoo doesn't. However, the price point on this computer is what makes it AMAZING. Without a doubt you are getting your money's worth for this device and you won't be sorry you made this purchase!

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Crozier Kimballwrote a review of on August 12, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Roam is an awesome computer. I'm one of those customers that has been on the same compuer platform for quite awhile and I was really reluctant to make the switch to Wahoo. I got the chance to use this one and I loved it immediately. Setup is extremely intuitive.
The two things I loved most about this device were the reliability of it and the battery life. I am a long distance rider and I was tired of my computer dying after 10 hours of riding. With the Roam, I found myself worrying for no reason about this I easily did 15 hours on it and only went down by about 50% on the battery. I imagine I could use it much longer before needing to charge.
The second reason I loved it was the reliability. I have had a lot of connection problems on my other devices on a different platform. The Roam never failed me once in it's ability to connect, and stay connected. I felt like it gave a more accurate reading of my total feet climbed, and it delivered on all the data points I was hoping for.

Navigation on this device is probably the one thing that I would say needs a little touching up. While it is very easy to get the device to give you a route from one place to the other, I sometimes found that I wanted to create a specific route with multiple climbs and destinations, and this is where things got more difficult. Perhaps with some more time on it, I might be able to dial that in. I will say though that I liked the interface while using the navigation. The ability for the lights to indicate the need to turn was extremely useful.
I love this device and I'd recommend it to anyone. As a stand alone rating I give it 5 stars comparing it against other platforms and not against its predecessors. The only caveat I'd say on this is that if you're a data driven person, you might be happier with Garmin. However, if you're a person who likes simplicity with a dash of data to top it off, or if you get all your data on strava once your ride uploads, this device should work really well for you.

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Crozier Kimballwrote a review of on June 24, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When I first saw this jacket, I seriously thought it was just another shell for everyday use. It certainly doesn't look like a classic cycling jacket. I'm pleased to say that it absolutely is!
This jacket was instantly my favorite cycling jacket that I'd worn. What I've found with cycling jackets is that they tend to either be too heavy or way too light for the conditions I want to ride in. Because of the lightweight design of this jacket, it feels like a lightweight jacket when you wear it, but I was super grateful that it kept me as warm as some of the heavier cycling jackets I've worn in the past. I am primarily a road cyclist, so having a jacket with a hood was a slight concern for me because of drag, but I ended up tucking the hood into my collar and it was no trouble at all. However, if it had been raining, it would be really handy to have around. Even though this jacket is not designed to be "aero" by any means, I did not feel like it was particularly draggy either. It conveniently packed up into the pocket and was easy to store.

All in all I loved this jacket. It's one that I plan to use again once the seasons turn cold or any time that there's a threat of rain. It was comfortable, warm, light and easy to use. Who could ask for more in a cycling jacket?

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