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Drew R

Drew Rwrote a review of on July 31, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I dont mess with water bottles less than 32 ounces so I'm used to larger bottles, and was super stoked when I found this one in a 36. I was not prepared for the size, and was initially slightly put off by it. That disappeared the first time I put ice in it and still had that ice 24 hours later. This is now my go to bottle.

I love that I can leave it in the car during a day of hiking, skiing, river floating, etc. and no matter how hot it gets I have ice water when I get back to the car.

2 stage lid is great for filling and putting ice in the larger section, with easy drinking out of the small spout. Super durable construction, I've dropped it out of a truck directly on the lid and only had a small scratch.

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Drew Rwrote a review of on July 31, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was so skeptical when I bought this, but I needed something to carry water and nutrition on my longer runs. After my first time using it I knew I had made the right choice and absolutely LOVE this thing.

I shouldn't even call it a fanny pack, but that's the first thing that comes to mind when you see it, but it really is a running belt. It fits so nicely, with great adjustability, is really comfortable and does not bounce around AT ALL. I was shocked about the lack of bounce even when fully loaded with water, phone, gels/chews, etc.

In the front you have 3 pockets. The zippered pocket runs the length of the front pocket section, this is where I usually put my phone (galaxy s7) and my keys since it has a hook to keep them in there. In front of that zippered pocket there are the 2 stretch pockets (one larger and one smaller) that I put chews/gels in and are handy for trash once you have consumed those as well.

In the back you have 2 water bottle holders, one on each side, and then a zippered pocket with a bungee cord in the center. I use the Ultimate Direction body bottle plus bottles (item # ULD000V) in the holders, the soft bottle conforms to your body and collapses as you drink to help eliminate bounce. With both bottles full that gives you just over a liter of water.

Really can't say enough good things about this item. If you are looking for something for longer runs but dont want to go the vest route this is a great alternative and it will be with me on all my long runs from now on.

Some size info:
Size (XS/S): 22-33 in. / 56-84 cm
Size (M/L): 31-40 in. / 80-104 cm

Im a 32/33 waist and the M/L fits perfectly. Keep in mind that it will fit a bit smaller when its fully loaded.

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Drew Rwrote a review of on July 2, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

after running out of my initial box of the limeaid flavor that i loved, i decided to try a new flavor and went with the cherry cola this time. Same great energy (both have caffeine) and an awesome taste. Great as a mid day pick me up or some easy to eat quick energy during a long run, ski day, bike ride, etc.

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Drew Rwrote a review of on July 2, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bottom line, this thing ROCKS. I can't believe I went so long without one. I mainly use it on my calves and it makes such a huge difference. It's pretty firm and the texture can be a little uncomfortable but the reduction in soreness and improved recovery time are more than worth it.

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Drew R

Drew Rwrote a review of on July 2, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm generally not a big fan of gels, I usually prefer chews. I picked up the salted carmel flavor after seeing all the good reviews and they are actually pretty good, much better than gels i remember from past experiences and good enough to continue using. I like the smaller size on these, it's easier to carry more of them on longer runs. I typically have one every 45 minutes on long runs and it helps keep me going without giving me any stomach issues.

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Drew Rwrote a review of on April 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These things are awesome! I got the limeade flavor and they are seriously like candy. I used them to fuel during a half marathon and they were great. Will definitely use for my next one. Easy to open and eat on the run. No stomach issues, great source of quick energy and the little caffeine hit helps give that extra boost. Can't wait to try the rest of the flavors.

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Drew Rwrote a review of on April 4, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I liked my pair so much I bought a pair for my running buddy as a gift since he was in need of new shoes. He likes his as much as I like mine.

He had the same experience I did in that they fit great right out of the box, did not require any break in and have not given him any blisters or hot spots. In his previous shoes he was getting a blister between his pinky and next toe, no issues with that in these.

He also found them to run about a half size small, his Nike's were a 10 and he went up to a 10.5 in these and they fit great and make for happy feet and running.

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Drew Rwrote a review of on October 12, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Needed a new pair of running shoes and picked these up after seeing them in person and boy am I glad I did! Very comfortable out of the box, I have not gotten any hot spots or blisters which I didn't think was possible especially in new shoes.

Mesh construction is very breathable and I can definitely tell a difference from my previous shoes. They do run small though, I went up a half size from my normal size and probably could have gone up a whole size, also seem to be slightly narrow which isnt a problem for me but if you have wider feet I would probably go up a whole size.

Boost midsole definitely works as advertised, good cushion with being too soft and energetic response combined with how light these are I feel like I can run longer without getting as tired. Grab a pair and get running!

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Drew Rwrote a review of on August 3, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have never worn a bike helmet, which makes me a dumb dumb. I'm much less dumb and way more inclined to wear my helmet after picking up this beauty!

Super lightweight for starters, after a few minutes of riding I forget I have it on. The best helmet is the one you forget you are wearing. The biggest selling point was all the giant vents, and boy oh boy do they work! I run very warm and am what you may call 'a sweaty guy' this thing really lets the airflow through to help combat that.

As the other review notes it does run small so if you are on the edge of sizes definitely go up. Super nice boa adjustment to help dial in your perfect fit. Sits down nicely on your head so you dont look like a mushroom as well. flip visor in the up position for extra hip style points, or down for functional sun blocking. Fits well with sunglasses, no pressure points.

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Drew Rwrote a review of on July 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Not a whole lot to say about these, they seem to be durable and hold air well. No flats yet about a month in riding some fairly rough roads. 60mm valve stem clears my super hip 42mm rims well allowing easy inflation without being overly long.

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Drew Rwrote a review of on August 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

these bottles have been around forever for good reason, they are bombproof. Seriously impossible to break despite my unintentional best efforts, takes a beating and doesn't even show it most of the time. Measurements on the side are an added bonus. Grab a couple today and never buy another water bottle! I have a bad habit of misplacing them and always replace with another nalgene.

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Drew Rwrote a review of on March 18, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great running/workout shirt. Its super lightweight and well ventilated for high output activities. I have been using it for running and its very comfortable, breathes well, wicks sweat and dries quickly. I got the red color and it doesnt show sweat anywhere near as bad as a regular cotton/blend shirt. Fits true to size.

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Drew Rwrote a review of on September 5, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Really easy to carry with the strap and doesnt require much grip. It fits my Galaxy s3 phone, but just barely, with headphones plugged in you have to put it down into the pocket and stretch it a bit but it fits and zips closed and doesn't come open. Can fit my keys in there was well with the phone.

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Drew Rwrote a review of on March 2, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are great bladders and have always worked well for me, the quick connect is a great addition in the last couple years of this. Make sure you grab the cleaning kit to go with it, its item # CAM0420, the crucial part is the skinny cleaner to run through the tube and its nice to be able to hang it from the quick link for easy drying.

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Drew Rwrote a review of on March 1, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have tried a bunch and my favorites are blueberry crisp and black cherry almond so far. Toss a few in the pack, jacket pockets, and the glove box and im set for a few months of easy snacking and a nice surprise when i find one I forgot about.

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Drew Rwrote a review of on June 16, 2013

5 5

Great bike cleaner thats a no brainer to use since its safe for pretty much everything. Follow the instructions in the description for a crazy clean bike. I couldn't believe how good it looked after I was done with this cleaner, and it took all of about 15 minutes which is great!

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