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Jonwrote a review of on July 8, 2020

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I went with Invisiframe for my old Rocky Altitude, but wanted to try something new when I replaced it with a Pivot Switchblade. The downtube and top tube protectors are great along with the two patches for the headtube but the rest of the kit is a waste of money. The chainstay and seatstay protectors don't handle curves all that well.

Get the cheaper version without the chainstay/seatstay protectors or go full custom. I'm replacing this with RideWrap and plan on using the extra pieces on another bike for basic cable rub protection.

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Jonwrote a review of on May 4, 2020

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

32" waist

It took a little tinkering, but once I got the straps tightened correctly it disappeared on my back. I carry a multi-tool, Leatherman Freestyle, 2 CO2 + inflator, tubeless plugs, spare link, couple of zip ties, small Lezyne HV, dog poop bags, and my phone. There's enough room left for a tube or snacks if needed.

One thing I would change is switch the zippered pocket with the loops, and have 1 big loop with 2 small loops. This would let you put a pump in the big loop and have it sit in the widest part of the pack when closed. Having the loops on the bottom means it folds into the narrower part which isn't quite wide enough for my pump, which I have free-floating right now. Not a deal-breaker though.

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Jonwrote a review of on May 4, 2020

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

32" waist.

I have these and the Empire's in a medium. Key differences I noticed vs the Empire:

Shorter inseam: maybe 0.5"
Lighter fabric: It could be because of fewer pockets, no waist adjustment, etc. The fabric also feels slipperier and I occasionally get the sliding on the saddle sensation.
No waist adjustment: They don't fall down, but I would prefer a trimmer waist. I don't want to size down to a small because I like how the thighs fit. I'm in between sizes based on their chart, so not a defect.

I would love to see these with a trimmer waist paired with some elastic on the sides. My favorite MTB shorts right now are the Fox Flexair Vent, but I'm considering a pair of Stio OPR's since they have some elastic on the waist.

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Jonwrote a review of on January 25, 2020

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Mondo: 28.5
I wear a 10.5 snowboard boot, an 11 in most shoes including cycling (Freerider Pro, Giro Cyclone), and 11.5 in running shoes (Saucony Kinvara, Hoka Rincon). I couldn't fit my foot in a 44, a 45 barely fit, and a 46 is decent. I'd completely ignore the Men's chart, and go by the mm measurement. 46 links to a 290-293, which should give me plenty of room.

The overall fit is good, but I potentially could have gone with a 47. I've worn the boots for a couple weeks commuting, and one 2-hour fat bike ride with flat pedals in weather spanning single digits to high thirties. My toes got a little cold in the single digits, but were fine in the teens up to about 40 when they got too hot. The laces are ok, but you have to completely undo them to get your foot in which isn't ideal. I swapped them out for Lace-Locs, but my foot has slid forward squishing my toes a bit with those. The sole is good, but nothing like Freeriders if that's what you're used to. It's one of those cases where you should either spend the money on Wolvhammers or 304's or just use hiking boots. I'll keep using them for the rest of the season, but probably won't keep them past this year.

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Jonwrote a review of on July 21, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

32" waist, medium

I wear a medium in these, and don't need to tighten the adjusters at all. I come from a road background, and prefer a trimmer fit. The pockets are great, the construction is excellent, and the fit is spot-on for me. I pair them with Pearl Izumi Liner Bibs for mountain biking, and basic compression shorts for my 5m commute to work.

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Jonwrote a review of on May 11, 2019

Slick little pack
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Large Rocky Mountain Altitude, DPX2 shock

Fits well, and holds a small Lezyne alloy drive, CO2 + inflator, tubeless tackle kit, Topeak Hexus X multitool, Leatherman Freestyle, tire patches, spare link + valve core, and dog poop bags. I wasn't a huge fan of the straps, so I replaced them with 9" Voile Nano's. One of the interior pockets seems to be upside down so stuff slides out of it. Besides those two gripes, it's been great.

Definitely put some 3M protection under it, otherwise it will rub your frame.

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Jonwrote a review of on January 10, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bike commute year-round and these have been perfect. Like John V. said below, they will fog up a little when you stop, but clear completely once you start moving. The lenses are easy to change, with well thought out color options. I'm using the AC Red right now for winter/fall commuting and the color is perfect. It's just enough to cut the glare in the morning, but lets enough light through that I can still wear them at dusk. The optical clarity is just as good as my Oakley's, for half the price.

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