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Shimano M162 SPD Shoes

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“Nice all mountain spd shoe!”

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The Good: 1. All mountain weight weenie shoe- they feel light! 2. Fit and finish are all Shimano- super nice 3. They are a great value at Vital's retail partners.
4. Sizing is spot on, since they use the Euro chart and it offers fractions of sizes.
5. The ratchet release is the best I've used.
6. Toe box is roomy, but not sloppy.
7. Heel retention is perfect!

The Bad: 1. The accents could have been black - fashion slave
2. White shoes make my feet look big and they aren't - that's what she said

Overall Review: To preface this review I am coming off of the Mavic Alpine XL so #enduro. I went to this shoe since I wanted to lighten up my shoes without going to the ultra light and slippery carbon sole'd full on XC shoes that I've used in the past. I prefer a shoe that once I've unclipped or clipped out I can still hammer on the power and clip back in when I get the chance without feeling like my foot is gonna blow off the pedal as I rack myself on the top tube. These are a GO TO shoe for riders looking for great trail shoes without the 1/2 lbs. weight penalty of the shoes offering big neoprene cuffs, some semi-flexible Read More »

Race Face Charge Leg Guards

“Great XC knee guard for those just in case moments for riders who usually don't have catastrophic starfish moves coming off the bike in the trees at speed.”

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The Good: Fit is right on according to RF sizing. The don't move down the leg while riding. They aren't too hot in the summer. Minimal protection for those not needing or wanting to wear Goalie gear.

The Bad: None yet. They are NOT a DH impact guard!!!

Overall Review: I got these pads earlier this month from my LBS and they have been just what I was hoping for. I consider myself an aggressive XC rider...Not enduro or DH. I usually don't have catastrophic starfish moves coming off the bike in the trees at speed :) That being said I did come off the bike last month and have been nursing some knee issues ever since. These pads have really hit the mark if you are looking for something that you can ride in for a couple hours in 90 degree weather and wear them just in case. These are perfect just in case guards for your knees. They have some minimal knee protection that is Read More »

Five Ten Impact High Flat Pedal Shoe

“Are You kidding?”

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The Good: + + + Rubber + + Tread and shape of the sole + Finger and ankle protection

The Bad: --- Price (I bought just because of the stock minus 30 percent) --- Unsticking!!! (like any other shoes I've had in my life) - Absorb water like a sponge - Dry at least a week after a big rain - Connection between the top and the sole: it couldn't work .. - Appearance (especially those trashy letters on the heel) - The quality of the material (artificial, 'plastic' leather) - The type of fill (sponge-absorb water, too much in tongue) - Weight (while dry- is heavy but acceptable, but wet weights minimum 1 kg per one) - Convenience: when tied on the last holes,is a stab in the tibia by riding / pusching up the bike.

Overall Review: I've absolutely no idea, WHY so many riders are so strong praising this shoes. The ONLY top-rated value thing on them, is a rubber. Sad to say- unfortunately none of the competitors (Teva, Sombrio, what more..?) do not have such a good (sticky, flat, wide, with a perfect grip) equivalent. Some pictures in gallery below explains my opinion. After 3 attempts of gluing soles,3 weeks agoI've turned my knee on the ridge, because the mountain pine caught by hole in the shoe. before complaint attempt:http://1drv.ms/1oUC1M4 and epilogue:http://1drv.ms/Wkv0NQ

Race Face Khyber Knee Guard

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“Tested: Race Face Khyber Women’s Knee Guard”

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by Monica McCosh With the Khyber kneepads, a relative of the already successful Khyber clothing kit, Race Face is the only company we know of to offer pad protection specifically for women. First introduced in 2014, Monica McCosh recently tested the only sample of the 2015 Khyber kneepad prototype. Read on to see how it treated her and vice versa. Khyber Knee Guard Highlights Open-back construction Women's specific fit Perforated Neoprene Terry lined Foam padded side walls Integrated stabilization pad Branded rubber grab tab closures MSRP $69.99 Initial Impressions I felt privileged to receive an exclusive Read More »

Specialized Mountain Bib Liner with SWAT

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“Tested: Specialized Bib Liner with SWAT”

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Review by A.J. Barlas // Photography Jon Anthony One of the best aspects of mountain biking is creativity. It can be found in how a rider will approach a section of trail, how a builder will interpret and utilize the terrain they are crafting in, all the way down to how an individual will dress. Some choose to wear what they feel comfortable in, while others will wear what they think they are supposed to (and then there's the #sh*tmtberswear). When Specialized released their SWAT range of gear there was a definite split in the armchair critics, but a surprisingly large number of riders were Read More »

Spank Spike Race28 Wheelset

“Excellent all-around wheelset”

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The Good: tough and relatively light at a good price

The Bad: hub adapters for 142mm or 157mm axles cost extra

Overall Review: Earlier this spring I decided to pick up a set of these wheels to help drop some weight on my DH bike and to add a little bling to the bike. The somewhat heavy stock wheels were the obvious choice for me to shed some weight and after calculating what the swap would do, I estimated that I would save a pound from going to the Spank Race 28 wheels and another pound by going to slightly lighter tires (Schwalbe Magic Mary super gravity casing) set up tubeless. The change was noticeable right away. After three months of riding them on shuttled trails and bike park tracks, I am glad to have gone this direction and have seen no Read More »

Jett Hornet Jersey

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“Jett Hornet jersey”

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The Good: solid construction

The Bad: thicker fabric can get a bit hot

Overall Review: I've been using Jett's Hornet jersey on and off for the past two years and have found it to be a keeper. Each piece of clothing has it's own characteristics, not that they are good or bad in and of themselves. This jersey is made of a somewhat thicker fabric with perforated mesh holes to aid in breathability. The fabric is stitched well and has survived a couple of my minor tumbles and shown only minor damage. A couple of snags have appeared over the years and this could be due to scraping rocks or even a dreaded velcro scrape. Since it is a little heavier duty than many of the other jerseys I have, I often wear it Read More »

DVO Emerald DH 203mm Inverted Suspension Fork

“Solid, Incredible Fork”

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The Good: This fork has it all! Highly adjustable, inverted design, smooth, air spring fork, 2 year warranty, carbon composite. Beautifully designed fork. Everywhere I go I get compliments on it.

The Bad: Nothing. I'm very pleased with its performance.

Overall Review: The Emerald is simply an amazing fork! Its has it all, does it all, and takes anything you throw at it. I really love how adjustable it is. I ride all different terrains; from drops and jumps, to rock gardens, to smooth and flowy trail. The fork is easy to adjust with just the turn of a knob. I used to run the 2012 WC Boxxer. It was a good fork, but the Emerald surpasses it's performance. It's gives a much smoother ride and the fork simply rides better. The Boxxer was also air sprung, but the adjustability of its high/low speed compression just doesn't compare to the Emerald. The fork doesn't stick like some Read More »

Five Ten Maltese Falcon LT Clipless Shoe

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“Tested: Five Ten Maltese Falcon LT Clipless Shoe”

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Review by Jeff Brines // Photos by Ryan Hoff (action) and Jeff Brines (product) Five Ten has long owned the flat pedal shoe market. The company’s stealth rubber shoes offer platform pedal grip that has proven unrivaled. As a clipless pedal rider, I’ve long wanted a 5-10 stealth rubber shoe that offers SPD compatibility at a reasonable weight and with good sole stiffness. Enter the new Maltese Falcon LT. Five Ten Maltese Falcon LT Highlights Stealth S1 rubber sole Upper shoe material: synthetic textile, water repellent Closure: laces/velcro Weight – 475 grams each (claimed) 498 each (actual) Price: MSRP $140 Read More »

Dainese Rhyolite Body Armor Jacket

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“Tested: Dainese Rhyolite Jacket”

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Review by Justin Schroth // Photos by Justin Schroth, Dave Smutok, and Ryan Thibault Dainese has long been in the body armor game and carries with it a reputation for creating some of the best protective equipment on the market for those who love to point their wheels downhill or twist the throttle to the red line. When I first cut my teeth on downhill in the late 90s, it seemed like the go-to protection for pro racers was the Dainese Gladiator or Shuttle Pro full body suit, but it carried with it a pretty hefty price tag for a weekend warrior like myself. In addition to price, the biggest hurdle to overcome when Read More »