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Josh McAlister

Josh McAlister

Salt Lake City, UT

Josh McAlister's Passions

Mountain Biking
Road Biking

Josh McAlister's Bio

I discovered life on two wheels during the summer of my sophomore year in college. My brother talked me in to racing triathlons and I did so competitively for two years. After injuring my shoulder, I dropped to solely riding on the pavement and dirt of North Texas and Oklahoma.


Since moving to Utah, I primarily ride (mostly climb) the epic trails of the Wasatch Front. I love a good long sufferfest with the reward of a nice flow-y descent. When I'm not riding, I can be found climbing rocks and honing my snowboarding skills.


Give me a shout regarding any of the aforementioned activities, I'd love to talk to you about them!

Email: jomcalister@backcountry.com
Phone: 801-204-4682 ext. 2412
www.instagram.com/mcalister_josh/

Josh McAlister

Josh McAlisterwrote a review of on May 13, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

When MIPS came onto the scene, many were skeptical of it's claims and the increased price tag. Now, a few years down the road, most protection companies have adopted their technology into their lineup but only POC has improved upon it. SPIN offers a new level of rotational forces mitigation for repeated impacts, lessening the consequences of the big crash you'll hopefully never have.

The Ventral fits incredibly well, offering excellent ventilation and adjustment. The only downside for me and my large head is overall profile - it is not a small helmet. However, the safety benefits far outweigh the issues of vanity. I doubt I'll trust another brand with my brain for a long time.

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Josh McAlisterwrote a review of on May 1, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

For those of us with larger heads, the struggle to keep the overall profile of your head low can be a struggle. The Trace does an excellent job of offering necessary protection while keeping your head from looking like a mushroom.

Fit is spot on for slightly oblong heads, but should fit the majority of folks quite well. Excellent ventilation and killer color options for this season. All in all a great helmet for road cycling, especially if you get some Smith shades to match.

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Josh McAlisterwrote a review of on April 25, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Polar has been playing third fiddle in the fitness watch game for some time now, so I was pleasantly surprised to have the Vantage V outperform many of my expectations for a premium GPS watch.

What sets this watch apart for me is the entire Polar ecosystem. Once you make it past the slightly clunky setup, you'll never want to take the watch off. Multi-sport athletes will be able to capture every performance metric available from one input. With sleep, workout, daily activity and recovery tracking, you'll have a well-rounded view of your overall fitness as an athlete. Battery life is impressive, thus alleviating any need to adjust the GPS refresh rate to maximize run time.

The overall "footprint" of the Vantage on your wrist is small, which is a huge improvement over the small pucks that other watches offer. Bonus points for the retaining notch to hold the excess wrist strap in place.

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Josh McAlisterwrote a review of on April 23, 2019

Quality
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had the Ergo grip gloves for over a year now and have thoroughly enjoyed the quality and performance over the other options available. Most gloves in this category prioritize breathability above all else and it usually results in flimsy product that won't last a season.

The suede palm offers secure grip while the mesh back vents off excess heat - even in the dead of summer.

Pick Hestra if you want a pair of gloves that will last you year after year.

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Josh McAlisterwrote a review of on April 18, 2019

Keep Pedaling
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The MX237 is your do-it-all, hammer down, last for years caliber of off-road shoe. I have thoroughly thrashed my first pair and they keep holding on. They are stiff enough for allroad duty on my gravel bike, but maintain enough flex for the days when I need to walk my mountain bike.

The rubber outsole has the grip to keep traction on rocks and roots - more so than a comparable Sidi, but not quite the same as a true Vibram outsole. Fit is a little large for the size, so prepare to go down a half-size from your normal shoes to achieve a performance fit.

All-in-all the MX237 is a great option for folks hammering out miles on their trail/gravel bikes.

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Josh McAlisterwrote a review of on April 18, 2019

Look Good, Ride Good
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The helmet game is a crowded field, but certain models repeatedly make their way to the top year after year. In addition to having some of the best colorways, the A2 has one of the best fits for any mountain helmet I've tried. I have a larger head that is slightly more oblong than round and I have no issues with pressure points in a size XL/XXL.

With great coverage and excellent ventilation, you'll find yourself charging with confidence and comfort wherever your ride might take you.

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Josh McAlisterwrote a review of on March 27, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Look good, feel good, go fast!

Aside from the NX-G series, it doesn't really get much better than this. Just because you don't race in a skinsuit doesn't mean you won't feel like a pro putting in miles with this jersey.

Fit is trim, but flattering. No excessive fabric around the waist and minimal seams mean you'll barely notice you have something on. All in all a great jersey to keep your closet stocked with.

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Josh McAlisterwrote a review of on March 26, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

It may seem counterintuitive to put on extra layers in an effort to stay cool, but that's exactly what you should be doing with this piece. You'll find the fit to be snug, but not restrictive.

I've been wearing this piece as a shoulder-season layer (40-60 degrees), though I'm sure I can comfortably wear it throughout most of the summer.

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Josh McAlisterwrote a review of on March 20, 2019

Matchy-Matchy
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Not much I can say to improve upon the previous reviews. If you're building a bike from the ground up, save your self some hassle down the road and start with the best.

Anodizing is perfectly done as well - add some flash to your ride and avoid being just another black bike.

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Josh McAlisterwrote a review of on March 20, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The 30mm variant of the Threadfit series may not get as much attention as other King bottom brackets, but for those of us who need it (Cinch) there is no better option. After a few rides to "break in" the bearings, you'll wonder why you ever skimped on such a crucial component.

Make sure your install goes smoothly with the CK bottom bracket tool (Item #CKG0027) and be sure to check the appropriate bottom bracket conversion kit (No. 21, 23 or 24) for your frame and crankset combo.

Don't hesitate to reach out if you have questions!

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Josh McAlisterwrote a review of on March 13, 2019

Classy
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've always loved the look of randonneuring bags, but never felt like committing to the handlebar mount. The Rando bag from Restrap is the best of both worlds. Easy front of bike access to all your gear, but securely mounted to a rack instead of the handlebars. The mag lock system is easy to mount and offers smooth removal of your bag, but is a fairly large eyesore on your rack without the bag. That said, you'll find so many reasons to use it there will be no need to remove the bag.

All in all, the Rando is a solid bag with excellent organization, pack volume and stability.

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Josh McAlisterwrote a review of on February 19, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Assos continues to put out the highest quality kit money can buy and their accessories are no exception. I've used my pair almost daily this winter and cannot see myself selecting a different pair of gloves (unless temps drop below 30).

The fit is spot on. At first the cuff seems too tight, but if you use the reinforced pull tab slipping them on is a cinch. Fit is not roomy, but tight enough to maintain control over your bike when shifting, braking and any other bit of bike handling you might have to do. Padding is minimal but still appreciated.

I would advise a comfort range of 30-50. Anything below 30 would require a liner and you might not be able to fit one. Above 50 and your hands will be too warm and clammy. I wear a size 9 in most numbered gloves and a large was the perfect fit for me.

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Josh McAlisterwrote a review of on February 7, 2019

Improve Your Efficiency
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Absolute Black was my first foray into oval chainrings and I have to say a lot of my initial hesitations were immediately dispelled. The clocking of their rings is perfectly set to where you'll notice minimal change to your pedal stroke. Be sure to check your frame max chainring clearance and whether or not you'll need the boost-specific version of this chainring.

The Cinch direct mount system offers an easy install. Improve the efficiency of your ride with an oval ring - you won't go back.

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