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Kevin K

Kevin K

Salt Lake City, Utah

Kevin K's Passions

Road Biking
Mountain Biking

Kevin K's Bio

Growing up in Wisconsin, being outdoors was commonplace. I started mountain biking at Kettle Moraine at an early age, had a hiatus for a bit, then hit it hard and haven’t stopped since. While XC is my background, all mountain riding is what I strive for. My typical rides are long climbs being rewarded by long, technical descents. I enjoy road riding as well, but use it more as a training method to go faster on the trails. When the snow’s falling, you can find me snowboarding or hiking.

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Kevin K

Kevin Kwrote a review of on June 20, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Traditionally I've been very picky on my gloves and always searching for the lightest and thinnest gloves available. I've been putting the Ascent gloves through the ringer for a few months now and they are definitely my go-to glove to wear day in and day out. The leather palm has been very durable, more so than I expected, and feels like velcro on my grips. Ventilation seems adequate for the job and never feel the need to take them off due to hot hands. I haven't had a ton of experience with them in wet conditions to comment on how well they perform there. A bit expensive, but unmatched comfort and performance in my opinion.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on June 20, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

In the past I was a bit hesitant to try our Reynolds wheels mainly since they didn't have much of a following in MTB. I've been running the Enduro's on my Santa Cruz Hightower this season and have been really impressed with them. I've had Enve's with DT240's and I9 Trails in the past. The Enve's were great, and I could color match the decals to my bike, but I questioned their durability after some issues with the rim. The engagement on the I9's is outstanding, and really did not have anything close to negative feedback on those wheels. The Reynolds are a great option to combine the solid hub/engagement from I9 and the stiffness/weight of a carbon rim. Dimension are good on the rims in my opinion and have worked really well with the 2.35 tires on my Hightower. My only complaint on these wheels is that the tubeless rim strip seemed to unadhere from itself and the rim rather quickly, while it hasn't leaked yet I know it needs to be replaced so it doesn't leak at some point on the trail.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on June 20, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This Derailleur, paired with the rest of the appropriate bits, offers smooth shifting over a HUGE spread of gears. The system has been really good so far, just might take a bit longer to get the rear derailleur tuned in compared to other systems. I've found it's picky on the chain length. Once dialed in though shifting has been nice and crisp.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on June 20, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This cassette offers smooth shifting over a HUGE spread of gears. It's got a bit more weight to it than the 11spd XX1 cassette I used to run, but the additional range is more than welcomed for a bit more weight. The Black coating seems plenty durable, even when I hardly ever lube the chain.

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Kevin Kposted an image about on June 20, 2017

Proframe

As an update to my previous review, the ventilation on this helmet is awesome. I kept finding myself trying to put my water bottle up to my mouth since it was so comfortable I thought I was wearing an open helmet while riding lifts at Deer Valley over the weekend.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on May 11, 2017

Attack Pro Jersey
4 5

I've been wearing this jersey more than I had anticipated. The reason for that is that it is the most lightweight and breathable long sleeve jersey I've had. It's a great option when looking for a bit more protection, whether that means abrasion or UV. While it's only the spring still in Utah, I've worn this jersey a couple times when the temps are around 80 degrees and been perfectly comfortable.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on May 11, 2017

Nice for chilly days
4 5

I've been digging these shoes for wearing around in Fall and Winter. The Primaloft insulation adds some warmth to the shoes for cold days, but isn't overkill that you will be sweating wearing them indoors. I've been satisfied with how well they've held up to walking through salt and sludge all winter long, as well as the sole durability. While I haven't ridden them on the bike yet, I can assume they would be the best option for a grippy flat shoe for cold weather riding.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on May 11, 2017

Game Changer
5 5

Fox really stepped it up with the introduction of the Proframe helmet. Super lighweight without any reduction in protection, and looks like a normal helmet compared to some other options out there. As far as protection, it checks all the boxes in terms of Mips and DH certified chinbar. As far as ventilation, the Proframe sets a new standard for pedaling in a full face helmet. I was really impressed with the minimal air flow restriction while wearing this helmet while climbing, and didn't feel the need to unlatch the helmet due to excess heat. The helmet also includes additional pads to help dial in the perfect fit, which was a welcome addition. I ended up utilizing the thinner cheek pads to provide a bit looser fit for my preference.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on May 11, 2017

Svelt
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Coming from a pair of Prolight SLX shoes, I am loving the adjust-ability of the Factor Tech Laces without the loss in performance. The Prolights are super light, but made it tough to fine tune the fit during my ride. The Boa makes quick, mid-ride adjustments really easy. While the lower tech lace straps are tough to adjust mid-ride, they don't hold any preset setting like traditional velcro straps can do. As far as volume, I find these to fit the exact same as other Giro shoes I've had. If you're looking for a comfortable, highly adjustable shoe with an efficient sole, these are the shoes for you.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on May 11, 2017

Burly and meant to take a beating
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The new Hellcat Pro's are super comfy right out of the box. Whatever material Five Ten used for the heel cup feels like a pillow, and the tongue has just the right padding to make for a superb fit. As far as the upper, it's not as breathable as their other options, but is really durable, and does a good job at keeping water from getting inside the shoes. The reinforced toebox keeps rock strikes at bay, while the stealth rubber sole provides tons of grip whether you’re on the pedals or hiking up a rock face. The only downside I had to these shoes is that the shank is stiffer than I typically prefer for longer rides. They worked just fine for shorter rides or when riding aggressive, but not necessarily the shoe I would grab for my rides where comfort is key over pedaling efficiency.

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