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Lafayette, CA

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careywrote a review of on August 25, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When looking for an all mountain/enduro pad, I wanted something sleek and light that I could pedal in all day while providing enough protection for minor spills. These G-forms totally fit the bill. They stay in place reasonably well, only needing minor adjustments throughout the ride. They're machine washable too, which is a major bonus...! My only complaints are that some of the stitching is coming undone, and that they look a bit "spidey." I'd rather something a bit more stylish than techy. Overall the durability/protection to weight ratio is awesome. I confidently recommend these pads.

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careywrote a review of on August 25, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I waited two months for these bad boys, and couldn't wait to try them out. They didn't disappoint! I ride in the Bay Area and Tahoe, mostly AM/Enduro style trails. They have a stiff pedaling platform, but are still flexible enough to hike a bike. Traction is good, although my crank brothers clears stick out far enough to get dinged up on rocks while hiking. The shoes are a good combination of breathable and protective. They're a little on the heavy side. The closure system is secure and doesn't require on trail adjustment. There is no pain in the top of my foot where the strap cranks across. I did break one of the release levers in a fall, but am able to unclip the shoe with a key. Overall these are solid, cool looking, rugged shoes that hold up to regular All Mountain use. I make technical footwear for a living, and I'm impressed with the design, materials and construction on the Crossmax. I would definitely recommend them.

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careywrote a review of on April 5, 2015

Tough, solid and sleek
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This thing is amazing!
- Easy to set up and use
- Totally solid with no bike movement once secured
- No rub anywhere on the bikes
- Simple secure locking system with the perfect amount of slack
- Folds up sleekly with no bikes on it, and folds down far enough to let an SUV tailgate open and close
- Super sharp looking

I was deciding between the NV2, Yakima's Hold Up and North Shore Racks NS4. I am SO glad I went with the Kuat. I buy and use a lot of outdoor gear, and this is one of the most thoughtfully designed and solidly built products I've come across in a long time. Completely worth the money.

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careywrote a review of on March 17, 2015

3 5

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

I used these once and returned them. The design is beautiful, they are low profile, sleek and well built. My issues were length, width and breathability. Most reviews listed these as running small, so I sized up 1/2 size. They fit true to size, which meant they were too long for me. There is very little width adjustability. The forefoot and midfoot straps lock you down, but they really only secure in a single position. You can crank down the top strap, but it gets uncomfortable when secured tightly enough to really lock you into the shoe. Finally, while the full synthetic upper is very protective, it's also very hot. The micro perf's are not effective at letting it breath.

If you have a relatively wide foot and value protection over breathability, this is a good shoe to consider. If not, I'd steer clear.

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careywrote a review of on March 17, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've got two of these and use them around twice a week. I take them on everything from CA freeways to potholed trail access roads. I feel my bikes sway on uneven terrain, but I'm never concerned that they'll fall off. It takes a little practice to get used to loading and unloading, but it's intuitive and trustworthy once you get used to it.

While there is not a 27.5" wheel setting, I've found no trouble loading this size at the 26" setting. The High Roller 2.5's on my DH Rig fit no problem.

The rear wheel cam straps are short for the modern wide rims found on some AM/Enduro bikes. Easy fix with a longer strap, or just using your own cam strap.

Overall a solid build that has held up for me over time with no need for maintenance.

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careywrote a review of on February 15, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've had ODI Ruffians and Rogues. I found the Ruffian a little skinny and hard, while the Rogues are a little too thick. These Lizard Skins Chargers fall right in between; thin enough to have great feel and control, thick enough for large hand (I'm 6'1", typically a Large glove) and with just enough cushioning to help my hands stay strong over long rides. I bought these for my DH rig, and will now put them on all my bikes. Stoked!

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careywrote a review of on December 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these water bottles for my eight and five year old daughters to use every day at school and on the weekends. We've only had them for about a week, but so far they're awesome. I find bite-straw bottles to leak sometimes when tipped on their sides. This version closes securely and I never worry they're gonna have soaked backpacks. The colors are rich and the materials are durable. I will definitely buy again!

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