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Tackling Dummy

Tackling Dummy

Tackling Dummy

Tackling Dummywrote a review of on August 30, 2019

5 5

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

These pads are quite good. Lots of protection for lightweight pads. They do have a CE certified protection rating so you know that they can take a punch. At first when I put them on, I was a little worried about the comfort because the pad itself is so stiff and stout but after riding those concerns went away. The pads were not on my mind the entire ride. The pads are quite flexible while pedaling. The rest of the pad is made with a lightweight breathable mesh. They stay put very well and haven't slipped on me. The longer length is very good, so it covers up your ugly thighs. Sizing seems spot on.

My only improvements would be to have a silicone strip on the bottom to help with retention as well. Also, it seems like the pad is super stout but the mesh is on the lighter side. Seems like the material could be more stout to match the pad, but the material may hold up well to long term abuse. We will see.

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Tackling Dummywrote a review of on September 11, 2018

4 5

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

There is some great things I like about these pads. The best is the heat molding pad. The pad seems to soften slightly and get more comfortable as you ride. Also, it is a durable and quite substantial padding. I haven't taken a hit with them but they feel like they can take a punch with most trail riding. They are pretty cool pads because the material is breathable, but at the same time I think it is a little too thin. Some thicker neoprene would be more secure. While I do really like the ability to put on/off the pads with your shoes on, the velcro securing system is a little cumbersome. If they simplified the straps, it would be better. For the most part they are very comfortable, but i have a few hot spots were the seams irritate some. The pads do run a little small, but they may stretch out some. Overall, they are great pads for trail riding.

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Tackling Dummywrote a review of on December 12, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Evoc 6L is just a solid pack. Not a lot of features or tons of different pockets but that is what makes it good. It is really a long ride pack because it fits so much. So spacious in the main compartment. You can easily fit all your tools, bars, pump, tube, jacket and even more (maybe lunch). Looks sharp. Straps are very well designed and secure. Good sized upper pocket with key fob and plenty of room for wallet and large sized phones. The bottom pocket is kinda useless and only fits small things like gels.

Fit is for a taller person as the pack is 18 inches long x 9 inches wide x 5 inches deep. The 6L size is really big. I really don't get the sizing for hydration packs. Every company seems to have their own measurement system. I have a Dakine 8L that is way smaller and fits half the amount this pack does.

Things that would improve it is some sort of tool/stuff organizer in the main compartment so you can organize some of you tools, tube, and bars. Better hydration tube management. The routing and retention is lacking. Also, the bottom pocket should be a bigger sized and it wouldn't add much if any weight to the pack.

It would be cool to see one like this that is just a little smaller for shorter rides.

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Tackling Dummywrote a review of on December 12, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Shimano Unzen 2L is unique. While it has the Shimano quality, the design has me puzzled. Shimano tried to think outside the box which is good but some of the features just make using the pack awkward. I solely bought the pack because of the "X" strap design because it is meant to hold the pack tighter and works but has some quirks. The Shimano Unzen is a more minimal pack just to hold essentials. Size is good but organization is not so good.

First the side access. The side access to main compartment /hydration compartment is difficult to use. It is so hard to put in the bladder especially if you have your stock accessories (tools,tube,pump). So, you have to take them out everytime you want to put the bladder in because you have to reorganize all your stuff every time. They really should have a separate compartment to the bladder or some tool organizer inside to manage the items.

Next is the awkward straps. While I like the "X" strap design because it seems to hold the pack tight on your body and can be adjusted depending on your torso length which is good but the straps are very awkward to adjust. Also, the straps lack any rigidity so they are just floppy and awkward.

Shimano really needs to go back to the drawing board on this one.



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Tackling Dummywrote a review of on July 18, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Asics 33-FA are very well made and comfortable. The construction and design is very good quality. Upper has fused overlays and stretchy but supported upper mesh. The upper breaths well and hugs your foot well. Medium heal to toe drop. They are pretty lightweight for a trainer and can possibly do some speed work in them.

The cushioning is not my favorite but don't let that deter you. Cushioning is very subjective on what fits your running style and physical makeup so you really have to try for yourself if it will work. For me, the cushioning is too soft and I am bottoming out quickly on the strike with these shoes. Made me work harder compared to another pair of shoes I have. I prefer a firmer and more responsive cushioning.

I am 5'7" and weigh 135lbs but have a heavy strike.

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Tackling Dummywrote a review of on June 22, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Evoc 6L pack is a very good pack. Everything you want and nothing you don't. Looks great. Simple but effective design and very well made. The material sems to be a nylon tht looks pretty resistant to dirt. I wouldn't call it a minimal pack because it is quite roomy. Pocket for personal items like wallet, phone, keys (key fob clip). Smaller bottom pocket for gels, bars, or small multi-tool. Very large main compartment that holds bladder and plenty of room for tubes, tools, compact jacket, food, pump, etc. I would consider it an all day pack and it will fit a 3L bladder. Vented shoulder straps are nice. I think it is made for a larger person. I am 5'7 and it is quite long at 18" in length but still fits me fine.

There are a few things I would change. I would like to see a dedicated hydration pocket to separate the bladder from the main compartment or a mesh tool organizer in main compartment. It is quite pricey pack but it is good.

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Tackling Dummywrote a review of on August 7, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Rocket Ron is a fast rolling tire, really light tire that has decent grip but definitely has weaknesses. It has a hard time fitting into a category of riding but much better suited for XC riding. The aggressive looking tread makes you think that it may be a good option for Enduro riding but the durability and grip is an issue when really pushed in rough terrain. The side knobs are too flexible for aggressive riding. The bike wanders and feels unstable in corners at higher speeds because of the flexible side knobs. For XC riding, if you stick with putting it on to a hardtail or low travel full suspension bike then it will perform pretty good.

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