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I am an outdoor and tech enthusiast who enjoys snowboarding, biking, and hiking.
The Hellcats by Five Ten are a Stealth Rubber soled casual looking mountain bike shoe that allow for a versatile ride and non bicyclist look. Whether you are cranking your ride around town or on trail the stiffness of the sole will lend itself into powerful crank rotations; although not as stiff as standard plastic or carbon based soles on other shoes the Stealth Rubber still holds up solidly. If you are looking for a shoe you can easily transfer on and off saddle with look no further then the Five Ten Hellcats
This pump is awesome, the design makes it much easier to work with then other mini pumps I have used, so getting back on the saddle isnt as much of a hassle thanks to the fact that you arent applying so much torque right near the valve stem. Say goodbye to broken valve stems thanks to the floor pump like design which allows more leverage over the pump for an easier stroke. Definitely would recommend to anyone who has had the dreaded experience of bursting a valve stem while pumping using a hand pump
I have been sporting flat pedals up until I invested in some shoes and the Candy 1 pedals recently, and the difference is huge. I started with a set if Diadora Escape 2's, then recently switched to the Five Ten Hellcat and found that the pedal has worked very with both shoe types. The release and float make for a very easy feeling pedal stroke that isnt overly stiff, and the design allows for easy entry, and disengage with just the right amount of force.I feel like the Candy 2's would be easier to learn with since the cleat on the shoe would have more tactile response on your foot on a metal on metal pedal, but the plastic still is easy to work with once you get used to things.
I have been sporting these bars instead of Clif bars for a few weeks and find that they are easier to chew up and swallow with a few swigs of water and digest easier than a Clif bar, more focused on providing energy instantly via honey that is used in the bar itself. Very tasty
I have just recently been using different energy gels for my hiking, biking and fishing excursions and tried out Gu gel over a long weekend of backpacking, and was very happy with the results. After climbing Mt. Hatch I downed one of these because I was starting to feel the burn and could tell that my energy stores were running low, the caffeine and simple sugars provided me with the boost I needed to take the treacherous descent down without crashing. I tried the Mandarin Orange flavor and the taste was okay, but I just sucked it down and chased it with a swig from my Camelbak. One note, Gu like many other energy gels will leak and get your pack messy once the gel heats up after you have eaten most of it, so really squeezing out every last drop is definitely beneficial to you and your gear.