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Gregory T.

Gregory T.

Gregory T.

Gregory T.wrote a review of on November 26, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Fits both a 2013 Prius and 2005 Subaru Outback fairly well - the lower straps don't really seem to accomplish anything, but I haven't had any issues with the rack seeming loose.
I can only fit 2 bikes on the rack without removing front tires, but I'm convinced that all racks are that way and generally buy a rack that "fits" one more bike than I actually want to transport.
Bikes with a vertical rear shock fit well on the rack, but anything else is a little tricky. Specialized bikes are just a goddamn nightmare, but in my experience that's not the rack's fault.
Bikes tires tend to stick out from the profile of the car, not enough to worry about taking up two lanes, but it does kill gas mileage. I think the hit is less than a top rack would be, but it's about a 25 - 30% loss on the prius.

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Gregory T.

Gregory T.wrote a review of on November 26, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I feel pretty bulletproof with these on. I've tested them on several crashes, and have walked away from a couple big ones with scratches or less by simply taking the impact with my elbows. Much more comfortable than using hands or shoulders.

The mediums fit me very well (bicep 13", forearm 11") with little tendency to slip during riding. I've worn them on trails with up to 2500' continuous downhill (Dr.'s Park in Crested Butte, Porcupine Rim) and never had to stop to adjust them - granted, I did adjust them when stopped for other reasons.

I don't like to wear them on long uphills because collecting sweat is inevitable. Not de-rating because they vent better than I expected.

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