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jbstebbens

jbstebbenswrote a review of on June 25, 2018

Highly recommend!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have 8 months and 2400+ miles (level 19) on ZWIFT riding the Elite Drivo. I have had ZERO problems and have ZERO complaints. It is quiet. It has maybe a low hum to it but you really have to listen for it. It seems to make more noise in some of the youtube videos I've watched on it. Maybe the videos are older and the trainer has improved - I don't know. When I ride the Alpe Du Zwift course on ZWIFT, the gradients get so steep and so difficult I'm in a 36x28 standing and I can barely get the cranks to turn over. Of course, I'm only 145lbs, but still. The realism is there. It has an auto on/auto off so I never have to worry about turning it on or off, I just get on, do my ride, jump off the bike when finished and don't worry about it. It syncs up to zwift perfectly every time. When compared with power data from my quarq, it is spot on. I'm not a big hog, so I don't have problems with stability. It stays put, but then again, I use a kreitler fork stand so my front wheel isn't swinging around when I stand up or do a buck-wild sprint. It requires zero maintenance. The most difficult task with it is getting your rear droputs mounted on the thing. It's a snug, firm fit once it's attached and maybe that's just part of the deal. It's a solid feel too. You are really connected. Maybe a complaint would be that if I'm going down a mountain at -20% gradient, I would expect the resistance to drop a bit more than it does. It does drop, but you have to put some power down to roll a fair cadence. Nevertheless, when you do put power down as you go down the mountain, you go faster. It all adds up and you are getting something out of each pedal stroke.

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jbstebbenswrote a review of on January 24, 2015

5 5

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

I am 5'11'' and 145lbs. I have pencil thin legs and wear a size 44 SIDI or size 43 Shimano.

I wanted some watertight/water resistant booties in case I was caught in the rain and these seemed to be a good choice. There were many to choose from, but what I wanted was a nice, tight seal around the lower leg so water wouldn't drip in.

Upon reading the reviews here, I was concerned about the shoe cover being too small or too tight or even the level of water resistance not being that great.

I was hesitant at the least to buy this bootie, but I went for it, knowing that backcountry has a great return policy.

THERE IS A TRICK (if you want to call it that) to putting these things on correctly and I figured this out immediately.

First, you put the shoe cover on over your foot WITHOUT(or before) the shoe. Then you put the shoe on. Then you secure the bootie around the edges of the shoe and finally, secure the neck around your lower leg. It works beautifully.

These shoe covers do not run small, as some would like to think, you just have to put them on correctly. It's really not that hard. I bought the size large and my size 44 SIDI and size 43 SHIMANO work just fine. It's a tight/snug fit but it's supposed to be. You want these things to keep the water out so they should be snug in some places.

How about water resistance? It's only 18 degrees where I am today so I don't have any rain, but I did turn my kitchen faucet on and let the water run over the bootie with my hand inside so I could feel any dampness or any water dripping through. I held under the streaming water for a solid 5 minutes. Guess what? NOT A SINGLE DRIP CAME THROUGH.

The only problem I could see is that on the bottom of these booties there are several openings: for the cleat, heel pad, etc. There is even a Velcro strap to help secure the bootie when you put it on - to keep it fitting right and snug. The problem is that I could see some water/rain coming up through these openings. I cannot imagine a lot of water would come through but it is possible. Even then, the water is hitting only the bottom of the shoe, not the sides or even the toe. If the shoe has vents on the bottom, I could see some water coming up through there, but it would still be difficult

Bottom line: I am 100% satisfied with these booties. They are not arctic winter booties and are not meant to keep your feet warm in below zero weather, only to keep your feet warm and dry if it were to rain on a 50-60 degree day. As long as you remember how to put these things on correctly, I think you will be just as satisfied.

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jbstebbenswrote a review of on May 10, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm 5'11'', 145lbs with 32in waist. The size large in these shorts is slightly too small for me. I'm keeping them and will wear them, but if I had to do it over again I'd go XL. They are not long enough on the thigh and the straps tug pretty tight. The short is similar to what might be called a compression fit. They are very snug and they feel like they are supposed to be. The chamois is what everyone says it is: it's fantastic. It's a tad cushy, like you would want it to be, but not too much so. The shorts are also comfortable on the bike. They are cut/tailored just right. They are also a thinner but tough piece of lycra on the legs. The intent to keep you cool is there. The shorts are priced right. You get what you pay for. If you are considering these shorts, go up one size from what you normally get, and stop procrastinating - this is the right cycling short.

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