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Martina Platte

Martina Platte

Utah

Martina Platte's Passions

Mountain Biking
Snow Skiing

Martina Platte's Bio

Copywriter at CompetitiveCyclist and Backcountry.com, mountain biker, dog lover, craft beer enthusiast.

Martina Platte

Martina Plattewrote a review of on October 8, 2019

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I was so excited to give these 7mesh shorts a try since I've heard amazing things about their gear for quite some time, but the fit was just so strange on these that they were a mega no-go. I've got a good sized butt and thighs, as do most women I know who mountain bike, but there was absolutely no room for either, and I couldn't even get them fully zipped up. The bottom flared out like bell bottoms, it was just strange all together. I had really high hopes for them, but they just dont work for me. The fabric was really nice, so if they happen to fit you well you'll be in luck.
I wish I had nicer things to say.

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Martina Plattewrote a review of on August 22, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've always been all-about Skratch when it comes to hydrating on a ride, or nursing a hangover, and I'm happy to see the new Strawberry flavor mixing things up a bit in my cupboard. The freeze-dried berries in it taste super refreshing and delicious, and it always has a knack for fixing my dehydration issues faster than any other mix I've dabbled with.

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Martina Plattewrote a review of on August 15, 2019

2 5

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

Let me start by saying that I've got a very average torso length. It's not super long or lanky. On the opposite end, I have really long femurs for someone who is only 5'6", and they measure the same length as my partner who measures a solid 7 inches taller than me.
These fit so strangely I'm just bummed. On top the bib straps instantly cut into my shoulders, and within a couple of miles were really painful, while on bottom the raw edge hem fell all the way in the back of my knee, and began to scratch and cut into the skin after only 15 miles or so from pedaling. I'm super bummed, because the compressive fit felt great, and the chamois was comfortable and supportive.

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Martina Plattewrote a review of on May 21, 2019

Timeless comfort
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had my Brooks B17 Standard Imperial saddle for just over a year now, and it's the most comfortable saddle I've ever used. I have notoriously picky sit bones, and have had trouble finding comfort in saddles for years, but this saddle stands out as different. It was comfortable for me right out of the box, but after a year of riding its even better, and can be ridden without a chamois at all, without risk of achey sit bones, numbness, or saddle sores. I used it on my tour across the Netherlands this March and it even held up to moisture (though I do treat it with Brooks Proofide)

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Martina Plattewrote a review of on May 10, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I snagged the Garmin VivoSport for running, and have been super stoked on it. It's nice to have GPS on hand in such a small watch, as most women's work out gear has terrible storage in the pocket department, which makes bringing along a phone a huge pain. The data seems accurate, when compared with my strava data, and its cool being able to get more info on my heart rate, as well as sleep. When paired up with the garmin connect app on my phone it provides crazy levels of data, and even gives my wrist a little buzz to let me know if i'm getting a call or text, which is great for someone who perpetually leaves their phone on silent.

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Martina Plattewrote a review of on April 23, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just recently switched up from a Mach 4 to a Trail 429, and so far I'm digging it. Naturally, it's quicker-rolling than my Mach 4 was, as it rocks a 29in wheel as opposed to the 27.5, and the steep seat tube has me feeling perched pretty high (I ride a small and am 5'6), but unlike 29ers I've ridden in the past (including the old 429 trail), I feel a lot more centered and stable on the Trail. It doesn't have the same sky-scraper tipping over feel that I got in the past working up steep switchbacks, but feels a lot more ready to roll over rocks and root lattices while climbing, which is awesome.

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Martina Plattewrote a review of on April 23, 2019

5 5

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

I snagged a pair of the DeFeet Ridgeline socks for my husband, and he's been a huge fan. The colors are bold, but not so flashy that you spot him miles away, and the pattern is pretty cool. Over all they are breathable and light enough to avoid hot-foot on the trail, too. They run true to size, and the cuff comes up to typical crew-length height.

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Martina Plattewrote a review of on April 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've had trouble finding just the right long sleeve jersey. They're typically either super baggy, or super snug, but the Troy Lee Skyline Jersey hits the nail on the head for fit. It's slightly fitted, but still has plenty of room to move, and it's really comfortable and flattering.
I'm really into how breathable the fabrics are, without being see-through. I got the black/camo version, and even though its dark, it lets so much air in that it keeps you cool, making it ideal for summer DH laps when you want coverage, but not to overheat.

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Martina Plattewrote a review of on May 16, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Sockguy Glazed Socks are my new go-to for rides, combining that critical crew length with colorful rings of goodness for a sense of fun in my getup. I've only used them on spring rides so far, but they seem to be breathable and light enough for summer use.

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