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Matt Schroerwrote a review of on September 2, 2020

Material pills way too easy
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Almost perfect describes this jersey. It's a nice jersey, and the one I reach for most often this season because the color way I have looks great, and it's lightweight and breathable and comfortable - perfect for riding in Utah. But, the material pilled way too easily. Pretty much after the first use. Which also has lead to some discoloration. Too bad, as otherwise, it's perfect. Hopefully they fix this issue for next season!

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Matt Schroerwrote a review of on July 28, 2020

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I had problems with these tires from day 1 on a new Evil Following build. Side note: the Backcountry bike shop did a fantastic job of putting my bike together!

The tires took forever to hold a seal. It probably took about 15 rides until they finally plugged up to hold air overnight. At first I thought maybe I needed some more sealant, so I added an ounce or two. Then, I thought maybe the rim tape wasn't done tightly enough, and I was ready to take it apart and redo it myself, but then I noticed sealant randomly bubbling out of the sidewalls. This would happen on just about every ride, until they finally sealed up. So, seems like the sidewalls are not made from the best material.

By the time they finally did seal, they only lasted about another 15 rides before the tread was so trashed that they needed replacement. Usually, with a good pair of Maxxis tires, I get a full season of use, maybe even a season and a half. These made it halfway through one season. I was pretty disappointed in the durability.

I won't blame the puncture I got on the rear tire on the actual tires, themselves, as punctures happen to even the best built rubber, but given the short lifespan and the long time it took for the tires to take on a seal, I can't say that they are very confidence inspiring for a trail/enduro rider. Every time I went out, I felt like I may leak too much air, or puncture the tire due to them not being durable enough. Then the puncture happened, and I bought a DHF/DHR combo the next day.

Just do yourself a favor and get Maxxis tires, or another well-trust brand, especially if you ride decently aggressive on trail and enduro style trails. These ones just won't be able to keep up.

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Matt Schroerwrote a review of on July 1, 2019

Decent protection without all the bulk
4 5

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

I have finally accepted that I cannot bounce back from crashes like I once could in my 20's, yet I still continue to push the limits of my riding. While usually OK, sometimes this is not a fun combination. Figured I had better get some protection, and protection that I would actually use, not just put in my closet. I like the Roost Tee because it is soft foam, and mostly made of a mesh jersey material, which means it breathes very well and isn't hot. While it doesn't provide the same level of protection as hard plastic, it does give me some added protection over my collar bones and sternum/ribs. Makes me feel a little better about all those Bobsled laps I take. I don't advise this, but I have worn it in 90 degree weather, and faired OK - much better than if I was wearing heavy body armor. It's pretty low profile under a jersey - some of my riding buddies don't even notice I have it on at first. Overall, pretty happy that I can wear this for most rides and not notice it. Plus, it's very easy to stuff into my riding pack for climbs and pull out at the top for the downhill.

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