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Kirk W

Kirk W

Kirk W

Kirk Wwrote a review of on November 29, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I use this rack to store two mountain bikes in my garage. It does the job - seems to be sturdy and stable, the cradles are coated so as to not scratch the bikes, it doesn't take up additional floor space other than the footprint of the bikes, and assembly was relatively easy.

So what's not great? (1) The hardware which mounts the arms could be better quality. While I've had not problems, I suspect durability issues may arise if the arms are repositioned more than a few times. (2) While not difficult to assemble, the assembly instructions are downright miserable.

All in all, a good unit at this price point.

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Kirk W

Kirk Wwrote a review of on November 25, 2018

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you’re going to leave the Yakima RidgeBack 2 on your vehicle season-long and carry only one bike you’ll likely be satisfied with this rack. For the rest of us, I’d suggest you look elsewhere. Why? Let me count the ways: (1) it is heavy and a bit unwieldy when mounting and unmounting, (2) the tongue doesn’t simply slide into the receiver but requires some wrestling given you need to align a moving part in the hitch adapter required for a 2” receiver (come on Yakima, why not just build the tongue from 2” stock?), (3) I don’t care for the method by which the tongue is secured to the receiver (again Yakima, why isn’t a solid pin anchored completely through the receiver used rather than the small-diameter pin which penetrates only a fraction of an inch through one side?), (4) the old rubber stretch-style anchors for attaching the bike are easier to use and much less likely to be lost than the “ZipStrip” anchors included with the RidgeBack series, but most importantly (5) there is insufficient room on this rack for 2 bikes without either scratching them or padding the bike frames (yup, I scratched two brand new mountain bikes on this thing while transporting them home from the shop).

Bottom line: I typically begin a review with what works before offering suggested improvements. The poor design of the RidgeBack 2 doesn’t leave much to praise.

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Kirk Wwrote a review of on May 30, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Ultra Raptor has been my shoe of choice over the years for hiking, trail running, backpacking, canyoneering, and scrambling. It provides great traction and support; however, the toe box area is low volume vertically (thickness, not width or length) resulting in a few toe problems on more than one occassion.

Enter the Wildcat. With a more spacious toe area and great cushioning it is all around a more comfortable shoe offering similar traction . Am I abandoning my Ultra Raptors? Not really, as the Wildcat does not offer as much support. I use the Wildcats for light activities, while the Ultra Raptors are still my mainstay when I need a more supportive midsole.

Sizing: I wear a size US12 in Brooks running shoes and most Merrell shoes (I don't recommend Merrell, but that's another story). After trying a wide variety of sizes over the years, EU46.5 in both the Wildcat and Ultra Raptor work best for me.

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