Native Eyewear Hardtop Ultra XP Review

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Native Eyewear has long been a purveyor of quality sunglasses for adventurous outdoor pursuits. As a lifelong outdoor enthusiast as well as a dedicated mountain biker for the last 15 years (who goes through shades like most people go through tires–at least one pair a season), it’s rather surprising I’ve never owned a Native product. Since the …

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On Review: Norco Torrent 7

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Announced late summer 2015, the Torrent 7 is Norco’s “aggressive” all-mountain hardtail and also happens to be the BC-based bike company’s first crack at the increasingly-popular 27.5+ game. Located within earshot of the ever-so-epic, steep-and-deep trails of the North Shore, you can count on Norco designing their rookie mid-fatty with the capability to handle just about anything you can dig up. While the Torrent’s figures seem to equate fervently …

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SQlab 611 Active Saddle Review: Rider Tested, Urologist Approved

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“Performance based ergonomics.” Perhaps just another way of saying, “If the shoe fits, wear it.” And if the bike fits, rip it! Yet there’s something very sexy in the suggestion of “ergonomic.” When we think of the term, we think: form-fitting, comfortable, an extension of our body, something God Himself would have created in The Beginning if …

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Long Term Review: Performance Balance Kid’s Bike

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This was not my first bike, though it should have been. I had tried several pedal bikes with and without training wheels prior to this one, with pretty dismal results. I couldn’t really wrap my brain around moving my feet in circles, and just kept hitting the coaster brake the whole time. The training wheels …

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Aspire Acclaimed Sunglasses Review

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If you’re out on the trail getting rad, it’s in your best interest to also look rad while doing so, because if you’re not stylish while out on the singletrack, what’s the point? Thankfully Aspire Eyewear has stepped up and created a new line of performance eyewear that is not only absurdly lightweight, but also …

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SRAM RAIL 40 Wheelset Review

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SRAM offers three categories of complete wheelsets to cover the spectrum of mountain bikers: Rise, Roam, and Rail. Those monikers probably give you a clue as to each wheel’s intended purpose. Rise wheels are for XC racing, Roam is a general-purpose set, and Rail is for more aggressive riding. Within that last category, SRAM offers the Rail 40 and Rail 50. …

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Mio Fuse Review

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Earlier this year, our own Jim Hodgson tested the Mio Link. That unit was very basic, functioning solely as a heart rate monitor that you wore on your wrist, instead of a chest strap. The Mio Fuse, tested here, adds a display and a ton more features on top of heart rate monitoring, making it …

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