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Added a comment about video Cam McCaul vs Tyler McCaul - Vital MTB's Wheel of Fortune 3/28/2014 10:30 AM
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Added a blog post GoPole VentureCase // First Impressions 3/12/2014 5:58 AM

*NO BS Disclaimer: GoPole is a sponsor of Lucent for 2014 and provides us with product and...

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Added a product review for Hincapie Tour LTX Pants 2/21/2014 6:36 AM
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Hincapie Tour LTX pants

Rating:

The Good: Stretch fabric keeps you feeling unrestricted. Wind proof material

The Bad: Could use a few small zipper pockets // No chamois provided

Overall:

Tour LTX Pant Features

  • 4-way stretch Adavanced LTX Wind Repel™ fabric moves with the body while providing unparalleled wind protection
  • RegulatorTek™ with Thermocool™ optimizes body temperature regardless of activity level
  • Ergonomic articulated knees for a tailored fit and freedom of movement
  • Auto-locking, zippered leg openings facilitate easy layering over shoes
  • Seamless gusset eliminates short seam overlap
  • Elastic draw cord adjustable waist
  • Reflective treatments for high visibility
  • MSRP $110

As you can see from my epic Van Halen inspired split kick, the pants were anything but restricting. As far as warmth goes, the wind proof material helped keep my chicken legs toasty warm from start to finish.

I'm undecided if this is a bad thing, but the pants are unpadded so you'll have to wear your favorite chamois of choice to keep your bits protected. I'd also like to see maybe one or two small zipper pockets for chapstick or a phone for those that can't help but Instagram their ride of the day.

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Added a product review for Hincapie Black Ice Gloves 2/21/2014 6:34 AM
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Hincapie Black Ice Gloves

Rating:

The Good: Warmth of a winter glove without the bulk

The Bad: Runs slightly big // Overkill for fall riding, best used for winter/cold rides

Overall:

Black Ice Glove Features

  • Insulated, windproof/water-resistant laminate blocks out the elements
  • Special Dry Hand lining helps move internal moisture away from skin
  • Chamude palm with silicone logo gripper provide excellent feel and a more secure grip on the bars
  • Silicone gripper wraps around side panel for no slip shifting and braking
  • Reflective piping across glove top for improved low light visibility
  • Anti-pill fleece nose wipe area on thumb
  • Glove clip helps keep gloves together for easy storage
  • MSRP $70

The Black Ice gloves gave the warmth of a winter glove without feeling like I was wearing hockey gloves. The perfect amount of insulation kept my hands SUPER warm throughout the ride and I never had any issues shifting or braking. The silicone on the palms and fingers kept me connected and always in control. The fleece thumb nose wipe is a nice touch, and I def put it to use on our chilly ride.

The Medium gloves were a tad bit roomy for me so it might be helpful to try them on before purchasing. For fall riding you could probably go with the Power Winter glove model from Hincapie as I think these would be TOO warm for fall riding.

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Added a product review for Hincapie Arenberg Zero Jacket 2/21/2014 6:19 AM
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Hincapie Arenberg Zero Jacket

Rating:

The Good: Cut perfectly for riding position // Very warm

The Bad: Would benefit from two zippered pockets // No use for rear pockets if riding with a pack

Overall:

As I packed up the car and filled my Camelback, my wife looks at me and says "You're wearing just THAT to go riding?!". The mercury read 37F as I loaded up, so I figured if this Hincapie gear could keep me somewhat warm on a cold day like this, it would perform amazing on a crisp fall day!

Hincapie has a strong reputation in the road cycling & triathlon industry for manufacturing high end bibs, tights, jerseys, etc. and their XC gear isn't any different. At first glance all the gear looked solid and well made, but we all know the real test happens on the trails. For me, the true sign of great cold weather gear is that you stay warm without effecting performance and mobility.

Arenberg Zero Jacket Features

  • Textured, 4-way stretch MTX Wind Repel™ fabric provides a conforming fit and insulation from cold temperatures
  • HyperOptic Roubaix™ reflective treatment for superior visibility
  • Super Roubaix™ back panel for added warmth and breathability
  • Weather protective center front 2-way zipper with internal storm placket
  • Enhanced ergonomic design improves riding comfort and element protection
  • Three generous back pockets
  • Weather protective hem, cuffs & collar seal out the elements
  • MRSP $200

Just like the baselayer, having gear with the body's riding position in mind helps with fit and comfort. I never felt like I was stretching out the arms to reach the bars and the material had some stretch to it...which helps when you're a husky Medium like me!! As far as warmth, with the combined baselayer I was surprisingly VERY toasty on our snow ride, even during short stops to take pictures. The zippered cuffs were also key for tucking the gloves into the sleeves for a nice tight seal on warmth.

For someone that always rides with a hydration pack, I typically have no use for rear pockets unless I wore it out on a road ride. I'm all about hitting up the pub after a ride, so I would have also liked to see small zipper pockets on the front to stash keys and a phone.

I was honestly VERY surprised how warm and comfortable I stayed throughout the ride. I would go as far as saying that on a reg fall day, if you layered the Merino baselayer with the Arenberg Jacket you'd probably be TOO warm. But with some proper gear like the Hincapie lineup, many of us in the Northeast could extend our riding season at least another month!

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Added a product review for Hincapie PowerCore Merino LS Baselayer 2/21/2014 6:17 AM
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Hincapie PowerCore Merino LS Baselayer

Rating:

The Good: Cut perfectly for the riding position // Very warm

The Bad: Merino Wool is pricey

Overall:

As I packed up the car and filled my Camelback, my wife looks at me and says "You're wearing just THAT to go riding?!". The mercury read 37F as I loaded up, so I figured if this Hincapie gear could keep me somewhat warm on a cold day like this, it would perform amazing on a crisp fall day!

Hincapie has a strong reputation in the road cycling & triathlon industry for manufacturing high end bibs, tights, jerseys, etc. and their XC gear isn't any different. At first glance all the gear looked solid and well made, but we all know the real test happens on the trails. For me, the true sign of great cold weather gear is that you stay warm without effecting performance and mobility.

Powercore Merino LS Baselayer Features:


  • Super-fine ADV™ Merino Wool is itch free and naturally antimicrobial.
  • Every fiber contains thousands of tiny little pockets that trap air to insulate against the elements.
  • Naturally porous Merino wool fibers give off a small amount of heat as they absorb and transport moisture away from the skin, preventing chill.

  • Wool and polypropylene fiber blend increases dry time to improve comfort, recovery, strength, and durability.

  • Fiber’s unique chemistry and bacteria resistance naturally suppresses odors caused by human sweat.

  • Ergonomically fitted body and gusseted side panels provide a contoured, conforming fit.

  • Elongated body, comfort fit cuffs and smooth flat-lock seaming ideal for layering.
  • MSRP $80

It's obvious that the Powercore Baselayer is made for cycling, cut to fit perfectly and never felt like I was stretching it out when reaching for the bars. With the extended back seam, I could keep it tucked in without it riding up on me keeping out those pesky unwanted drafts. And as with most Merino baselayers, it's super soft, wicks away moisture and isn't one bit bulky.

As will all high end Merino wool products, you'll pay top dollar. But in my opinion, they are worth their weight in gold!

I was honestly VERY surprised how warm and comfortable I stayed throughout the ride. I would go as far as saying that on a reg fall day, if you layered the Merino baselayer with the Arenberg Jacket you'd probably be TOO warm. But with some proper gear like the Hincapie lineup, many of us in the Northeast could extend our riding season at least another month!

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Liked a comment on the item Forget the Pack - The Story Behind Specialized SWAT Apparel 2/19/2014 4:00 PM

Ugh. This looks terrible. If you wanna carry a bottle why not get get a bottle cage. Or I dunno...

Added a new video 2014 Lucent Team Rider! 2/17/2014 7:52 AM
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Building the bike up for Lucent's first sponsored rider! Special thanks to Todd and John at GT!

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Added a comment about slideshow South American Splendor - Andes Pacifico Enduro Recon Day 2/12/2014 5:00 AM
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Man I don't envy those riders riding on that first stage!! When we rode there years back it was loose, dusty, and extremely tough to find the right balance of air pressure to give you enough traction without flatting. And they weren't kidding...you cut a corner off-trail and you're heading for pointy sharp rocks hiding under a few inches of moon dust! Can't wait to see the rest of the coverage!

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Added a comment about feature Best of Vital 2013 - 5 Videos That Kept It Real 1/6/2014 7:56 AM
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I THOUGHT THE WHOLE FOREST WAS ON FIRE!!

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Added a blog post Hincapie Fall Riding gear review 1/1/2014 3:17 PM


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Added a new photo album Hincapie Gear Review 1/1/2014 4:09 PM
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Liked a comment on the item Sven Martin Shoots Crankworx 11/7/2013 7:50 AM

silverback for president!

Added a comment about slideshow First Look: Five Ten Impact VXi and Freerider Kids Shoes 8/20/2013 10:59 AM
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Added a comment about video Valparaiso Cerro Abajo - The World's Craziest Race 7/18/2013 9:02 AM
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Correct! ^ at least they showed Marcelo

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Added a new video Highland Mountain Bike Park - 2013 Freeride Mountain Bike Spring Training 6/21/2013 6:26 AM
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Highland Mountain Bike Park once again hosted Spring Training for the Freeride Mountain Bike World Tour slopestyle season. Athletes from across the nation were invited for a week of training at Highland, as riders took advantage of the HTC and Ayr Bag to dial in new tricks and prepare for the upcoming FMB Season. The week's event was capped off with a Best Trick contest on Saturday, as riders opened their bag of tricks for spectators and threw down on Highland's signature slopestyle feature Freebird. Nicholi Rogatkin almost stole the win with a VERY close Cash Roll, but Mike Kent took home the top honors and the purse with a stomped 360 Backflip.

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Added a comment about video Vital Tech Challenge - Easton Bearing Upgrade 6/18/2013 5:37 AM
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You'll have to ask Easton about that one, I'm just a lonely ol' video-ography-er d00d guy.

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Added a new video Vital Tech Challenge - Easton Bearing Upgrade 6/13/2013 6:29 AM
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Easton had recently announced a free program for a bearing spacer upgrade on certain hubs in their line to help prolong the life of the bearings. Their tech videos made it look way too easy, so Vital wanted to see how true this really was. In search for the least capable person to test this out, they found me! If I can do this pretty easily, so can you. If you're in need of the upgrade kit for your Easton wheels, contact Easton or head to your local Easton dealer.

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Added a comment about feature Tested: Tiffen Steadicam Smoothee for GoPro Hero 5/12/2013 4:22 PM
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First impression of just seeing the new Curve is it basically fixes my main issue I have with the smoothee = the size. The curve is much smaller and helps to make it easier for tossing in a pack.

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