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Kevin Rwrote a review of on June 6, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

One of my favorite socks ever. I originally got into swiftwick socks for biking, but was soon converted and wear them pretty much across the board now. I'm a huge fan of the snug fit, and compared to other cycling/mild compression socks, these seem to have lasted forever. Will buy more when the current batch bites the dust.

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Kevin Rwrote a review of on June 6, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This shoe does it all really well, and is a great option for someone looking for a legitimate shoe to compliment their first clipless mtb setup. Although this shoe rocks for beginners through really aggressive riders, the quality to price scale is really high with the ME4, making it a great option for a serious rider who's not looking to break the bank.

The synthetic upper drys more quickly than natural materials, and the upper boa closure system keeps the shoe light while ensuring a solid fit. I wasn't super keen on the boa closure system initially, but after a handful of wet slushy rides, I can say that minimizing laces and velcro is a major plus. Overall, a solid shoe at a pretty reasonable price.

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Kevin Rwrote a review of on June 6, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This helmet feels great and is one of the best ventilating lids I've ever worn. I've been through a myriad of POC and Smith helmets, and when it comes to all-day comfort, the A1 and A2 are top notch. I think other brands offer trail helmets that feel slightly more robust and "safe", but as a rider that doesn't try to land on my head too often, having a comfortable lid that I can push hard all day in is of paramount importance. With lots of color options to choose from, I think there's an A2 for just about everyone.

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Kevin Rwrote a review of on June 6, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Being able to carry water/snacks/tools on my hips and not on my back has been a huge game changer in my cycling setup. It's changed the way I ride for the better, and I'm not sure if I'd be able to return to a backpack after all the rides with this guy. One downside to the pack is that the one-size-fits-all doesn't actually fit everyone great, and when the hydration sleeve is full, there's not a ton of room for other items in the pack. This is alright by me since my dakine backpack had the exact same issue, but if you are one to carry many items on long rides, it may be worth checking out in person.

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Kevin Rwrote a review of on June 6, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great glove with lots of design options. This is a no-frills addition to your riding kit that will function as well as more expensive gloves on the market. These feel a bit warm to me compared to other similarly padded options from other brands, so if you live somewhere very hot or humid, this may be a bit overkill. With that being said, it makes a great spring/fall glove in the Wasatch Mountains.

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Kevin Rwrote a review of on June 6, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love the design options of this glove line. There are both thinner and thicker glove options on the market, so if you're looking for a do-it-all glove that works pretty well across three seasons, this would be a good option. The fit is dialed (at least for my hands), and the durability is sufficient to make this your sole glove for the season.

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Kevin Rwrote a review of on June 6, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This helmet offers great protection in all the right places while maintaining breathability and style. The back of the helmet drops low enough that I feel comfortable pushing the limits on aggressive trails, and the vent design works well enough to allow for long xc epics on warm summer days. The colors are limited on the spin variety of the tectal, but the spin tech seems legit and is certainly worth a few extra $$ if it means a chance at more protection for your noggin!

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Kevin Rwrote a review of on June 6, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The flexair material is probably my favorite fabric in all of cycling. The stretch and breathability of the jersey is awesome, and is durable enough to keep your skin where it belongs in the advent of a crash. The simple style also allows for a post-ride beer or grocery store run if necessary, all without looking out of place. Solid jersey.

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Kevin Rwrote a review of on June 6, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This short has all the features that one could want when trail/enduro riding without any extra bulk or nonsense. The stretchy fabric is comfortable, breathable and has been durable through an aggressive season of riding. Sizing is on point, and I would highly recommend snagging an pair if you're looking for a killer short that comes with a chamois liner.

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Kevin Rwrote a review of on June 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Pivot Mach 5.5 may be one of (if not THE) most capable trail bike on the market today. The DW link suspension has unparalleled pedaling efficiency given the 140mm of rear travel, and the extra oil volume with the piggyback dpx2 shock makes the bike eat up long rides on aggressive terrain. The super boost spacing is offputting to some, but the frame's stiffness is world-class, meaning that the bike is crisp, efficient and super predictable.

When running this bike with the dpx2, it may be challenging to fit a full size water bottle in the frame in sizes S and M. My large frame fits a bottle no problem, and with the addition of the OneUP EDC tool, I can get away with riding without a pack most days. Whether riding gnarly trails in Moab or long singletrack epics in Park City, the Fox 36 up front will keep things under control while the DW link out back keeps you pedaling comfortably for hours. No bike is perfect, but with some tweaking, I really believe this rig could function effectively all the way from lightweight trail bike to a bike park ripper. If you're interested in this bike I'd suggest demoing a rig to dial in sizing. Once you've tried it out, it may be tough to walk away without one!

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Kevin Rwrote a review of on June 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This helmet checks all the boxes when it comes to keeping your noggin safe and looks great. I transitioned from the trabec race helmet to tectal, and I think the fit is a bit better for my head with the tectal, especially with its lower back piece (which seems to offer some extra protection to the back of the head and upper neck). Solid helmet all around.

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Kevin Rwrote a review of on June 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Amazing little system that allows me to ride without a pack on short and medium rides. Tools seem high quality and have stood up to use and abuse well so far. The only downside to this setup is that many bike shops dont seem to have a ton of 20g CO2 cartridges in stock (compared to 25g), which is the size needed to fit inside the stock EDC housing. Awesome multi tool that gives you some extra piece of mind when riding hard.

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Kevin Rwrote a review of on June 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The large platform is great for aggressive trail and enduro riding. The SPD system is tried and true, and is a no brainer option for someone looking for a light but durable pedal setup! These pedals don't have any pegs despite being a larger platform-style clipless pedal, so if you're looking for decent foot retention while not clipped in, these may not be the best pedal for you.

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