Steezin’ in the Dakine Oakridge Flannel Shirt: A Review

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Popularized by lumberjacks, farmers, woodsmen, and Pearl Jam, flannel–a lightweight, warm, soft fabric–is also a great option for mountain biking during those nasty, unpredictable transition months during spring and fall. This year, as snow levels recede, so will the layers of your clothing but, depending where you are on the map, spring time is not quite T-shirt time!! The …

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Nalini Miles MTB Shorts Review

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Nalini calls the Miles their “baggy” mountain bike shorts, and I’m always excited to get more pairs of shorts like these. I use my bicycle every day to pick up my 5-year-old from kindergarten, and I already get funny looks from the parents and the staff. Somehow, I think they’d be even less accommodating if I …

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Polar M400 Lifestyle Watch Review

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I have owned a couple of Polar products and been pleased with them. The company appears to have a healthy relationship between industrial design and functionality that is rare. Consider the M400 here, alongside a wrist-mounted spaceship from a fruit-based gadget company. You’ll notice that the Polar has some of the same swoopyness without looking, …

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Lifebeam Genesis Smart Helmet Review

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Lifebeam’s tagline, “We make the world’s most advanced wearable instruments for measuring human performance,” is a bold one, to be certain. Over the past several months, I’ve used my own cranium as a testbed to verify the efficacy of Lifebeam’s Genesis helmet and determine, once and for all, whether or not I’m as heartless as …

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Seeing Double on Norco’s New Optic Trail Bikes – Test Ride Review

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There’s no doubt that today’s 150-160mm-travel bikes are extremely capable. Most of the current crop of long-legged trail bikes could blow older downhill bikes out of the water. That said, there aren’t many of us that actually need a bike that’s capable of winning an Enduro World Series race. I count myself among that camp, …

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Santa Cruz Hightower Test Ride Review

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Santa Cruz invited a bunch of folks out to their HQ in advance of Sea Otter to talk about what they’ve been up to and to get a quick ride in afterwards. A lot was covered–some of which we can’t share just yet–but a large chunk of the presentation focused on their trail building efforts in …

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5 MIPS Helmets, Tested – Which is the best?

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The modern bicycle helmet is a marvel of engineering and compared to those offered just a few years ago, are exceptionally light, well-ventilated, and many have protective features none of us would have ever dreamed of. The most recent development comes in the form of a proprietary technology called MIPS, or Multi-directional Impact Protection System. …

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