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Josh R

Josh Rwrote a review of on April 5, 2020

5 5

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

had a recent trip with 15 of us tearing around an AZ trails with several tears and pinch flats--we pressed tubeless tire plugs into service and need to replenish the stash. Ryder does it a little different--their tool is separate from their 'bacon'. Not better or worse--just different.

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Josh R

Josh Rwrote a review of on April 5, 2020

5 5

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

my last bikepack trip trashed another pair of Shimano shoes (tore the michelin sole free from the rigid 'last' if that's what its called). I've generally been stuck on Shimano and FiveTen shoes for riding. Decided to try something different and these Pearls made the cut. Time will tell if my riding style and the care (utter lack) I give them will result in long-term durability. But--here's why I chose these. Rigid and heavily lugged sole--should work on and off bike and if/when walking briefly on pavement (no clinking cleat). Fit was great and adjustable with a sleeved insole and a couple sizes of arch and tarsal pads that gave me a semi-custom fit at setup. Lets be clear here--for me, I could get a comfortable shoe just with the insole and cranking the boa's appropriately. But messing with the sole inserts seemed to get me something ever so slightly more comfortable (?). One of the biggest reasons for choosing this shoe over others is the dual boa's mounted on the top of the shoe. I've tired of laces, speed laces (salomon style used on some shimano etc), and velcro on my bike shoes. Ratcheting buckles are AOK but I've ripped the side mount buckles off a couple shoes in my mtb riding lifetime so far (ripping a narrow line with boulders at pedal height) that BOAs on the top seem to make a lot of sense.

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Josh R

Josh Rwrote a review of on April 5, 2020

5 5

Blackburn isn't often first to market with kit, but what they do come out with tends to work well and at a consumer favorable price. This is no different. Its got all you need for those tire tears and pinch flat repairs needing 'bacon'. It's mostly plastic construction which no doubt helps with the price point. That said, its a little larger than my dynaplug kit with its CNC machined case/tool--but that comes at 3 times the price.

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Josh R

Josh Rwrote a review of on April 5, 2020

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Lezyne branded bacon--other than color, doesn't seem appreciably different than other makers bacon so I expect it to work just fine. On a recent three day bikepack trip in desert country, we had abundant flats from tears and numerous pinch flats. We got them all to seal up with the numerous brands of bacon spread amongst the 15 of us...including some of lezyne's.

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Josh R

Josh Rwrote a review of on July 17, 2019

5 5

Got this helmet for my daughters 2nd birthday and she loves it. More piece of mind as a parent knowing your child's cranium is protected. Ventilation is spot on and the padding inside is nice and cushy.

Remember parents- practice what you preach. If you make them wear a helmet you wear one as well and everyone will be protected.

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