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Reid Pitman

Reid Pitman

Reid Pitman

Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on November 10, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I don't know what can be said about this that hasn't already.
I mostly use it for backcountry cause its light and doesn't have a bunch of stuff on it that can be broken by banging around on my pack.
My only gripe and its not that bad.. the ear pads even with removing the small piece of foam cover my ears so much I can hardly hear.

Other than that I love it!

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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on August 15, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'd been searching for the right "big day" running vest for a while and am so happy the search is over!
The fit alone sets the Salomon apart from Camp, U.D. and Osprey. The all round stretchy fabric moves with you and not against.
Easy access to most of the pockets without removing the vest is awesome. The soft bottles included are some of the nicer I've used yet as well.
Pros: Fit is amazingly comfortable. Easy to adjust as well to suit your run better, I was easily able to carry poles and my DSLR in the vest and it didn't feel weird or bounce.
Quick access to all your goodies, aside from the kangaroo pocket on the back I could reach everything easily. the zippered side pockets will fit a large cellphone with some work..
Cons: It needs to be washed every other run... well maybe thats just me.
The soft bottles are hard to put back in with the new front slash pockets, it now takes 2 hands vs the older version.
I would like it if Salomon would offer it without the blanket, bottles etc. After years of gear use I end up with tons of spare bottles and don't really need any more.

All in all this vest is amazing! From light training runs to 20+ miles of gear intensive adventure this vest will do just about all of it.

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Reid Pitman

Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on August 15, 2017

4 5

I'd recently retired an old Giro Feature after too many bumps and drops.
The fit of the Flux is perfect with their size chart although a smaller fit than Giro. Setting up the fit was quick and easy.
Stand out feature for me is that the vents work great when facing down. Some helmets are meant to only channel air when facing forward. This makes those miserable stand up peddling sections a breeze.
I don't know if the rear spoiler does anything and it partially pops out so I might end up ripping it off.

All in all this is a great affordable helmet.

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Reid Pitmanwrote a review of on August 5, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My bike pack need upgrading and after seeing some of the features of the new Drafter series I gave this one a try, so glad I did!!! This one is amazing! I've had older versions of the Drafter, Nomad and Apex.
The meshy back panel lets life saving air cross over your back and yet keeps the pack stable. Overall the shoulder straps are a huge impovement also in fit. They have some stretch giving some more comfort.
The pack at 1st felt small due to the design but after a little getting used to its amazing how much gear can fit inside and is easy to gain access to. The side pocket can be reached without removing the pack just double check the zipper is pulled tight.
Ample storage for all the usual tools and accessories. I was able to fit my DSLR, change of gloves, jersey and 2L of water with room to spare.

Pros. Fit! its so comfortable and breathable.
Side pockets are nice to access while wearing the pack.

Cons. My large shock pump is hard to fit in the lower tool pocket. My XC helmet likes to jump out of the helmet carry so I have to run the straps through it.

All in all I love the pack and it beats out the other packs I was looking at.
Anyone looking for a big day bike pack or gear intensive rides, This one!
I'm tempted to get the smallest size for quick rides.

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