Noah Singerwrote a question about Giro New Road Merino Seasonal Wool Socks on March 30, 2016
Why is the charcoal/white dots so tall compared to the others?
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Why is the charcoal/white dots so tall compared to the others?
Initial reaction: Reminds of my beloved Arcteryx A2B, which I LOVE.
This soft-shell is great. While it doesn’t feel like a dedicated cycling jacket, that’s what I like about it. I’ve worn it on the bike when it was extra chilly or I wanted to try a more casual look to finish at the pub. With a layer or two it was warm enough in the low 30’s without a doubt. On a high-country ride in northern Idaho I was out for 3+ hours so I had a pack. This was the perfect jacket to start the day in, then put back on for the downhill. I liked that there is no hood, which was my deduction of a star on the Houdini while on the bike.That said they are totally different intents and each jacket shines in it’s preferred conditions.
Overall the fit was a little too relaxed for dedicated riding, but again that’s what made it versatile off the bike. I used the drawcord on the waist while on the bike. It actually packs reasonably well. Not so much as I could stuff it in a jersey pocket with ease, but it goes really well in my hydration pack, and also once when I rode it with a fanny pack.
Shell- The shorts continue to look tip top after about 320 miles and many wash cycles, including creek washes. They have stretched the slightest bit, but I wouldnât recommend âbuying small'. The fit is really great, huge props for Patagoniaâs first dive into a MTB short. Without being too baggy they have plenty of room for movement in the legs and can go with our without kneepads, I always go without. On a few occasions there was a snag on the tip of the saddle, but that was just one or two times. I really like the fact that they have classic front pockets, allowing me to easily transition from high-country ride to tailgate beers. The zippered pocket is well positioned on the left so whatever is in there wonât ride on your thigh. The belt loops are something Iâve never thought of on a cycling short but were nice and I found myself stashing my gloves in those pockets for the last 30 minutes or so of the ride. I have the size 32 and might be better suited in a 30 but these will continue to get the job done. The zipper fly is a quality touch over hook & loop closure which tends to wear out over time.
The liner- Wow. I must say Patagonia nailed it on the first try. It's very light and breathable, more-so than any other Iâve ridden in. The chamois is really high quality, itâs far from a âitâll dueâ. In fact, I want to buy a few extraâs, chamois only for multi-day trips. There was no chafing and not too long, wide or droopy. As with most shorts I didnât loop the liner into the shell because Iâve never found a benefit on the bike and it just takes longer to strip down after the ride. With that, I liked that the loops on the shell were so minimal and I did use them to hang-dry on a long weekend in Stanley, Idaho.
CON- As previously mentioned, they stretched a bit perhaps but not much. I like the color, but it also shows dirt quicker than a dark short. With a baggy I like to wear them 2-3 rides before washing, while I swap the liner after each ride. With these Iâm hesitant to wear them more than once, even on a mellow ride.
Overall: Very good short and proper entry into the MTB world
I've been a longtime Arundel fan, noteably their fantastic carbon bottle cages. When it comes to this tape however, I won't be a repeat buyer. 1) as mentioned by others, the length is shorter than other tape so you have to stretch it extra far, and hope you make it to the top of the bars. 2) when removing the tape to put on a fresh roll, the adhesive was a major pain in the ass. As you can see in the photo it's stuck all the way around until wife and the tape so I had to go back with a razor blade. It definitely wasn't corroded or old, it's been on about eight months, but only written about 10 times since this is my secondary bike.
What makes a good bootie:
- Durable. They are front and center in the elements, they must be tough. Also, they are moving more than anything else on your body, they get put through the paces.
- Blocking. They must block wind, sand and water.
- Closure. Whatever the closure type is it must be good. A zipper on the back is the most common method, so if you go this route be sure it's heavy duty and can resist the road grime, salt and whatever else will spin up the back. The bigger the zipper the better, and the more the pull says "YKK" the better.
- Style. Not that important if your feet are cold and you're getting dropped.
- Sole. Not soul, but everything in life needs soul too. I mean you should be able to walk in an get your mid-ride Americano without busting your tail feather.
I have only initial impressions on these, but so far they tick off all marks. I really like that the bottom is open and also reinforced well. In the past I've seen way to many booties blow out the toe or edges, I don't think that will be the case here.
Pair this up with the ANT+ Dongle and you'll be riding Zwift in notime. By having this device and a normal (non-power) trainer you can ride Zwift and it will calculate your Z-Power. Riding indoors sucks horribly, but Zwift turns that around 180 degrees. In some cases you may need the USB Extension cable if your laptop is more than a foot or so from your handlebar.
How to install your new Spurcycle Bell
The first quality light I ever owned was a Light and Motion ARC Li-Ion. It was one of the first nice light I owned and at 16 years old it was one of the most expensive things I owned. It changed my perspective on riding, doubling the time I could get out after school and the rest was history.
Fast forward more than a decade and Light and Motion and still the leader of the pack in this department. The Seca 2000 has a very light head-unit which doesn’t get enough praise. Running it on your helmet is ideal because of the simple tool-free mount, the low weight and of course the light output. After one simple test ride I put it to the text at an after-hours XC race in Utah. The course was two laps, descending the infamous Rush Trail each time. Jumps, berms and hundred foot drop-offs are all part of it.
I rode to victory with the Seca 2000 on my head and L&M Urban 850 on the handlebar. The cord is plenty long to reach the jersey pocket (or in my case hip-pack). The simple yet secure rubber mount is replaceable if needed and never moved around on my head. I do need to be critical of the power button on the light as far as touch goes. It’s both the same material and depth as the rest of the casing so when you’re wearing full-finger gloves it’s tricky to locate to toggle between settings. A raised rubber button would be much easier to locate and tap.
For the 90 minute race I ran it on high with no concern of running the battery out. On longer rides I run it at medium with still plenty of light and more confidence in that 5 hours of battery.
Overall — great option and definitely go with the Enduro over the Race for the extended battery life. Add 150 grams and you’ll ride all the same, but run out of battery life on the trail and you’re in a bad spot.
Here it is in action in the laptop.
I was reluctant to buy Lezyne because of past experience and seeing others. I love the metal construction which they have set the bar on. My problem with their pumps is the thread-on head. Without fail, about 40% of the time when removing the pump it unthreads the valve stem you just worked so hard to inflate. You're chances are higher of loosing all the air from your repaired tire than they were of flatting in the first place. Aside from that, this would work well in a pack for MTBing but even though it comes with a bottle cage mount it's way too big to be hanging out down there. With a t-handle, a hose and a (fold-away) foot there was just too much potential of it coming loose on a ride and interrupting a killer descent. I didn't want to risk it.