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Mackenzie Martin

Mackenzie Martin

Mackenzie Martin

Mackenzie Martinwrote a review of on November 25, 2016

5 5

I just slapped these brakes on my Cannondale Scalpel Team Edition, and I immediately noticed their benefits (compared to the AVID XX brakes). These brakes are definitely one finger stoppers as opposed to having to pull with two fingers on the AVIDs. Additionally, these brakes are much easier to bleed than the AVIDs and in general require less maintenance. Pair these with some ice tech rotors and you will have super lightweight, incredible braking power.

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Mackenzie Martin

Mackenzie Martinwrote a review of on November 3, 2016

5 5

As my review title might indicate, I literally eat one to two of these every day.

After I get off work, I generally lack motivation to hit the gym, and I'm tired and hungry. To try and cope with these third world issues, I began telling myself that every day after work, I could eat a delicious waffle treat on my way to the gym. (Maybe it's like candy at the doctor's office. I don't know why it works, partially because I'm a child, partially because these are the most delicious things on the planet).

Well, now I don't miss a gym day.

If gym = waffles, count me in. It's just simple math.

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Mackenzie Martinwrote a review of on October 25, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Evoc Blackline is the best, murdered out with a touch of fluoro green. This is the main reason I went for the Blackline over Evoc's other offerings. You won't notice the back protector until you are looking up at the sky from the flat of your back after going OTB, and at that point, you will be really appreciative of it. Storage for days, all you could need for a full day biking and then some. Evoc claims you can carry a full face in the helmet carrier, I doubt it.

THIS PACK DOES NOT COME WITH A RESERVOIR, but it does easily fit a 3L reservoir.

This pack's breathability isn't anything to write home about, but I am much more used to riding sans pack, so maybe I am jaded. All and all, if you are looking for a bike specific pack, this is the one for you.

This pack won't make you a better rider, but it will make you LOOK like one.

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Mackenzie Martinwrote a review of on October 25, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

To be frank, I am hesitant to wear any protection while biking (except for a helmet, duh). However, I picked these up for a trip to Moab because I always seem to leave a lot of skin on the rocks of Porcupine Rim, Amasa Back, and Portal.

As a generally non-pad wearer, I definitely noticed these and did feel a little restricted at first, but compared to most other light-weight pads, these are hands down my favorites.

I eventually settled on pulling the pads down over my calves if I had an extended climb, and pulling them up on the descents. This compromise worked for me. As far as protection, I am happy to report that Moab didn't claim any skin from my knees this time!

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Mackenzie Martinwrote a review of on October 25, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

My boyfriend likes the functionality of a road jersey, namely the rear pockets so he doesn't have to carry a pack. However, he doesn't like the sausage casing look most cyclists have in spandex. The Kitsbow A/M Ventilated Jersey is the perfect solution! It has two great rear pockets (ample room for gels, water bottles, or a light jacket), and is not race tight, so he can wear it while slaying single track and not be overly self-conscious if he grabs some groceries on the way home. Additionally, he claims the jersey breathes well and doesn't retain odor. Odor-less outdoor gear is something everyone can get behind (especially girlfriends).

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Mackenzie Martinwrote a review of on October 25, 2016

1 5

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

Color me skeptical... but why is this bladder half the price of all the others? Well, I will tell you: it is NOT DURABLE!

My first two times using it, I was impressed. It held water as advertised, and I liked the bite mechanism; however, as I was adjusting the hose on my 3rd day using it, the plastic that connects the tube to the bladder snapped (rendering it useless).

At least I got to recycle it....?

If you are not hard on your gear and you are looking for a bladder, consider the Cenote, but if you are like me, and your gear is constantly abused, consider spending a little more money for a little more quality.

Total bummer.

*******************************UPDATE***************************************

I emailed the manufacturer to let them know that my bladder broke, and they responded extremely quickly. Saying that they would cover it under a lifetime guarantee and send me another one, all I needed to provide was my hipping address. WOW.

I'm really hoping my first bag just had a bad defect, and I'm stoked to try another.

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Mackenzie Martinwrote a review of on October 25, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These shorts are great and stylish (if you are like my boyfriend and dig the militant trend in outdoor apparel). These shorts have three solid zipper pockets, with the largest having room for an iPhone 5s, a wallet, and car keys. Additionally, these shorts are light and dry quickly, and after my boyfriend wore them in Fruita and Moab, they didn't stink (score).

My other's quarrel with these shorts is their included chamois, he thinks it's garbage. (But he thinks this about all shorts that have chamois, so this might just be personal opinion.)

Here's his broad perspective on chamois: Do yourself a favor and remove the included under-short and get yourself a quality pair of bibs. May I recommend Assos? Assos bibs+zoic shorts=a happy bottom half.

Happy riding!!

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Mackenzie Martinwrote a review of on January 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I gave this to my older brother who lives in California, and at first I was worried it was a dumb gift for someone that lives in sunny San Diego; however, he loves the gift and tells me it fits great and works perfectly while he's around the house or running to the store in the morning.

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