Author: Jesse

MindShift Gear BackLight 18L Camera Backpack Review

Good camera backpacks can be hard to come by because they all make various trade-offs while accomplishing the task of transporting your gear.  Some sacrifice accessibility for capacity while others have poor load carrying...

Urban Armor Gear Plyo Series Phone Case

Note: I tested the Galaxy Note 8 version of this case but it is also available for the iPhone 6/7/8 and some other phones. My needs for a smartphone case are fairly simple; drop...

JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker Review

The JBL Flip 4 is really an amazing little bit of technology, combining great sound, impressive volume, versatility in the form of IPX7 waterproofing, and useful features like voice assistant integration, a speakerphone, and the ability to link multiple speakers together.  All this adds up to an exceptional option that makes it one of the best portable bluetooth speakers available today.  At between $90 and $100 depending on where you pick it up, the Flip 4 is more expensive then a lot of the Chinese brands you’ll find on Amazon but the payback is a full featured product backed by a company with a lot of experience in the audio industry and I believe it’s worth the money.  Find out more at JBL.com.

Kuat NV 2.0 Hitch Mount Bike Rack Review

Kuat changed the game in the hitch-mounted bike rack segment with its original NV rack and quickly became the gold standard in this market.  Platform style racks have existed for a while but they’ve...

Smith Rover Mountain Bike Helmet Review

Smith has always made some of the best ski and snowboard helmets on the market and a few years ago they entered the discussion for best mountain bike helmet with the Forefront.  The Forefront...

SILCA T-Ratchet and Ti-Torque Kit Cycling Multi-Tool Review

The SILCA T-Ratchet and Ti-Torque Kit is an elegant and effective solution to most of your on the road/trail adjustment needs. It is an incredibly well-made, versatile tool that can be used in a variety of ways to fit your situation. The Ti-Torque allows precise measurement of tightening force so that you don’t damage any of your expensive carbon components and it covers the Nm range of 99% of bike adjustments you’d make on a ride. SILCA built this thing to last and the included case gives you a great indication of its premium quality. At $98, the T-Ratchet and Ti-Torque Kit is a serious investment for a tool, but considering the thousands it can save you on a cracked bike frame, it’s well worth the price. Find out more at silca.cc.

Assos H.Rally Cargo Shorts S7 and H.Rally Boxer Mountain Bike Shorts S7

The H.rallycargoShorts and H.rallyBoxer are extremely well-made, comfortable, high performing mountain bike shorts for all types of riders. A range of premium materials are used to allow the shorts to stretch and move with you, while being durable and breathable. The sign of a great mountain bike short is not noticing them and that is exactly how I felt through my H.rallycargoShorts and H.rallyBoxer review. The zippers at the waist and legs are a standout feature for adjusting fit and the removable impactPads give a nice bit of added protection without any real sacrifice. At $119 for the H.rallyBoxer and $199 for the H.rallycargoShorts, you definitely pay a premium for Assos’s superior products. That said, if you spend a lot of time riding, the added comfort can really be worth it on a long ride and I definitely suggest adding them to your arsenal. See assos.com for more information.

Adidas Progressor C Goggles Review

The Adidas Progressor C goggles offer great vision and an excellent lens changing system but struggle in some basic areas. Fit is key with any goggle you wear all day and the Progressor C will only fit the widest of faces well. A too-rigid frame and non-conforming face foam lead to a less comfortable feel than some competitors. On a good note, the Quick-Shift Lenspod System is a great way to quickly change out lenses without fiddling around. If you have a very wide face and are looking to save a little over the top of the line options from the likes of Smith and Oakley, give the Progressor C a try. Otherwise, I’d keep looking.

VivoBarefoot Scott Boot Review

VivoBarefoot has been making wonderful options for those, like me, who prefer to wear minimally built shoes that give your feet lots of room to move and feel the ground in a natural way. ...

Fischer Transalp TS Pro Alpine Touring Boots Review

  Like most companies, the masters of performance and racing in alpine skiing at Fischer Sports have taken note of the increased popularity of back- and “side”-country pursuits and consequently have put significant effort...