22.02.2017 updated 2 years review: Bergans Airojohka Mens jacket

I have used this jacket for about 2 years.

This is not a cycling specific jacket, but a sports jacket, but I think it its good for cycling.

The arm zippers:

To close them while riding, you have to do the bicep bodybuilder move, which will hold the jacket in the sleeve in place while you zip it up, do it carefully of course.

Pros:

  • excellent fit, which you can see in the video above.
  • Good coverage. I went with size XL, size L could fit me, for walking, but I went with the XL so I had full coverage, so the when my arms are down my hands are inside the jacket, but when having it on when riding and moving in all directions and stretching my arms and moving my upper body backwards, the jacket covers everything, and I don’t get wet.26429134494_b9afe8dc82_b
  • well placed venting zippers, so when I began to be too hot, I just unzipped them and I stayed the perfect temperature.but when wearing a backpack you can’t fully unzip the zippers, but that is not a big deal.26429093764_582e974c2a_b
  • the hood fit perfectly under the helmet, and it has adjustment i the back head and 2 in the front, but it is not in the way of the helmet adjustment which is great.25540285094_bae8fc92a8_b
  • Excellent fit, perfect for mountain biking.
  • the adjustments are placed in the perfect spots.
  • 2 big front pockets
  • I can wear the POC elbow pads without any fit issues.
  • the front of the hood is stiffer than the rest
  • you can roll it and put it in your backpack, it takes little space. so its perfect for me, as the weather can change from warm summer weather to cold and rain weather the same day.
  • I have ridden in -9 Celsius with only Swix base layer and a jersey under this jacket, I stayed warm, but I also did a ride in -11 Celsius I stayed warm but if I was still too long I felt bit colder, so if I am very active, I won’t get cold in -11 degrees, but, if your activity is not intense, another jersey should do fine.

Cons:

so far none

Durability: Updated 22.02.2017

 

The jacket fabric:

I crashed few times, but the latest crash, loogI jumped a root over a root and landed and my back twisted and I lost control, and my bike went to the left I went on the right and, the jacket’s sleeve landed on the gravel covered asphalt, I got a small hole, on the left sleeve.

The Zippers:

2 of the lower pins in the zipper, bent so I had to bend it back, but it came back to being bent few times, I don’t know why this happened, maybe in one of the few crashes I had.

Conclusion:

This jacket is perfect for any use, in my opinion, no matter if you run, ride, or ski.

 

Flickr album

Product pages: http://catalog.bergans.us/clothing/jackets/shell/Airojohka-Jkt-Green-Tea-Lime-Navy-L-163309-p0001052230

http://nettbutikk.bergans.no/kl%C3%A6r/jakker/Skall1/Airojohka-Jkt-MidnightBlue-Yellowgr-XL-163315-p0001052346

I found this German review: http://ich-liebe-berge.ch/test-bergans-airojohka-jacket/

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Updated Review: 2015 Poc Index DH Vpd 2.0

Post originally posted Dec 16, 2015& Updated 12.01.2017

POC is well known for their protection product.

I have several POC products now and I recommend checking them out.

This glove is my favorite glove so far.

Pros

  • very comfy
  • light weight
  • Velcro strap
  • perfect fit.
  • Excellent padding
  • they cost the same as the giro remedy X  gloves and are way better when it comes to comfort & Poc offers protection padding but Giro does not.

Cons:

  • The adjustment strap is twisting.

because these gloves were actually bit too big(size large) I changed to 2016 Resistance strong gloves(size medium),the palm on some of the gloves worn out, I think this is caused by the material used & the venting holes in them, so far the Index Dh has been holding up OK,but I guess over long period of time they will eventually wear too.

Flickr album:https://www.flickr.com/photos/mtbboy1993/albums/72157661219836311

Conclusion: Recommended, for durability I recommend getting Index DH over the newer 2016 Resistance Strong gloves.

In my opinion, they are currently the best MTB gloves on the market right now.

Product page: http://www.pocsports.com/en/product/1888/index-dh

https://www.sykkelkomponenter.no/search_result?keywords=poc (12.02.2017 er borte/ it’s gone)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/POC-Downhill-Cycling-Gloves-Uranium/dp/B00FWRJDH2/ref=sr_1_17?srs=2179656031&ie=UTF8&qid=1465624641&sr=8-17

https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=8;product=85527;menu=1000,18,56;mid%5B456%5D=1;page=3

Short term review: Jagwire WST028 Pro Wire & Housing Cutter

Pros:

  • The cutting is excellent, as good as its show in their video, no matter if it’s Shimano or Jagwire cable or wire.
  • The spring never falls out unless, you drop the tool.
  • integrated awl

Cons:

  • If you like the cable to be short at the end, you can’t use the wire end cap criper,unless you want to take the wheel off if you do it on the Rear Derailleur.
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To be able to use it,you got to have the cable really long , which is not nice to have

I recommend using Slip-joint pliers ,which i do.

Conclusion:

I absolutely recommend this this tool because it’s 4 tools in one.

Official product video

 

Jagwire Pro Housing Cutter:

 

https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=8;product=54359;menu=1000,185,191

https://www.bike-discount.de/en/buy/jagwire-pro-housing-cutter-457859/wg_id-11

 

Rebranded Jagwire cutter with SRAM branding:00 7915 073 010 Sram  Sram Kabel Kutter Til Wire og strømper

https://www.bike-discount.de/en/buy/sram-cable-housing-cutter-tool-54199/wg_id-11

https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=8;product=29247;menu=1000,185,191;mid=0;pgc=0;page=10

 

Review:Ass Savers Asssaver wide-useless,it will fall off

i rolled the bike down 1 stair step(i rolled it on the rear wheel only), and the mudguard fell off.

the seat-mounted mud guard are not so good for MTB.

this mud guard is usless for mtb.

the salpping test:

Pros: NONE,bcause it fall off so easy,it’s usless

cons:

  • falls off way too easy
  • you can pull it off way too easy

I made 8 holes in it and used zip ties to convert ass guard to a suspension pivot & rear shock guard.

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(updated)One season review:Suomi Tyres Extreme 294 26″

Yes, they cost more than normal tyres, and more than cheap winter tyres but, the extra grip is worth it.using tyres with no spikes in the midsection is pointless.

These tires give excellent grip, but they, of course, don’t stop you from sliding on very slippery ice when you turn too fast or brake too hard.

the strong stink goes away after few weeks of use so the stink will not irritate you when you got the bike indoors.

after about 4 months of use there were some cracks in the tyres, which might have been caused by broken glass,I don’t know,some studs fell out some snapped in half,but studs can be replaced.

Pros:

  • sticky well gripping tyre
  • good pattern, that helps with getting the mud away and gripping the surface.
  • Does not lose studs easily
  • fast rolling
  • they are not as loud as WXC 300

Cons:

  • they got a strong stink to them when they are new, which last few weeks.

about 4 months of use:25333718912_26382f9427_c25156554950_83dc47978e_b24821584544_07abd2f4bf_b

Verdict: Recommended

I recommend these because of the durability.

Check out this look at the Suomi Tyres Gazza Extremes 294:

Suomi Stud tool:

https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=8;product=73184;menu=1000,185,191;mid=0;pgc=0;page=3

https://www.bike-discount.de/en/buy/nokian-tool-for-installing-replacement-spikes-51301/wg_id-11

 

2015 Mavic Crossmax Jersey long & short sleaves

I have not crash tested it yet:-), but I assume its quite durable.

the sizes are about 1 cm difference each way, so I can use International medium and International large.

Pros

  • very comfortable against your skin soft and stretches, much more comfortable than a normal cotton t shirt., quite smooth.
  • stretches so easy to take on & off elbow pads when wearing the jersey
  • will fit every type of body armor, I use POC VPD Air elbow pads
  • excellent fit
  • the collar could be a bit higher in the front.

Cons

  • the size label  in the rear/ neck is not comfortable against your skin
  • size label in the neck is uncomfortable
  • The yellow jersey attract bees

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Because I can use base layer and jersey but still feel cold in this area, use use a buff but I pull the jersey down fro the rear and on the sleeves so I get full coverage in the neck-chest area.

as you can see there is no issue wearing the Poc VPD AIR elbow pads underneath.

 

Conclusion:

good fitting and comfy jersey,so I recommend it

Review: 2015 POC Flow jersey

If  you crash a lot, and need a durable jersey, POC Flow is a good choice.

if you want soft and super comfortable jersey i would go for the Trail jersey instead, biut for me this is OK.

Pros

  • confortable, the jersey is smoother inside than outside, so it will not be as unconfortable as you might think.
  • Very Durable,i crashed 2 tiomnmes ( on concrete stairs and on asphalt) with this jersey on and it still looks like new,but i assume if you crash very bad the POC logo might get some scrapes.
  • no itchy size label

 

cons

  • None yet

i ordered wrong size but i kept it did not have time to deal with it so i just used it, but one size too small  was wearable but not so comfy to put it on, but hopefully i can get some more of these in the right size

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Conclusion, if you want durability, the POC flow jersey is a good choice.

almost 5 years of use Review:2010 Rock Shox Tora SL

 

i have ridden thsi fork in the winter only in 2014 in about 5 to -2 degrees c

but 2015/2016 winter i ridden it alot in – 6 degrees celsius,but the coil became notisable stiffer at -6 degrees celsius

I had this fork on a 2010 trek 6300 disc, and thspring/coil was way too soft after i got over 70kg. so i upgraded to the 100mm coil  11.4015.437.090.

after the shop changed coil, the plastic preload adjustment screw failed,here you can see that the threads are stripped off.that resulted in 20mm loss of travel,and the coil scratching agist the crown.24449226812_fa531377fc_c

here you can see how i bodged it,with a gripend,but of course i no longer have prelaod adjsutment.

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i had lubed the stanchions every week,cleaned the bike when it got some dirt on it.

This fork was not my biggest priority at the time, i got more bikes, so i got thsi fork on my trek 3900 witch is my spare and winter bike.

the 6300 disc got a 2011 Marzocchi Corsa SL RC

now know who import sram/rockshox to nroway so i can buy directly from them, but before I did not know and the bike shops could not get parts for forks.

I have jumped ridden technical downhill without any issues,but of course the preload adjustment broke and I lost travel.

Pros:

  • much better that the Sr suntour forks at similar price.
  • seals last long time after 4 years it got few small cracks(withc isww prettyy good in my opinion, the seals on the 2011 sr suntour xcm fork worn out jsut in few weeks)
  • the pop lock remote works smoothly, and does not take up too much space.
  • can be upgraded to solo air. witch I want to do.
  • acceptable with.
  • don’t notice flex when braking, jumping 1 meter or doing stunts, riding down stairs or shredding the local trails.(when having the wheel between your legs and the fork in your hands you can of course notice flex)
  • travel can be increased up to 120 mm or decreased to 80mm

Cons

  • prelaod adjsutment screw is made out of palstic so it wears out too fast.
  • the Reboudt adjustment umbraco key will fall off when you ride. so you better set it up how you want it and take it off.
  • i got the blue coil installed, and i turned the rebound dampenign to max, but its still too fast.
  • Lack of proper adjustment, the fork has preload and rebound adjsutment,but the rebound adjustment range is too small.
  • the coil spring snapped
Broken Coil psring

Verdict:

decent body but bad internals,with low durability, so i can’t recommend this model.

 

 

Updated Review: 2015 Craft AB/active bike Rain M Pants

Update nr2 21.01.2016
today 18.01.2015 i ntoiced 2 big holes

Pros:

  • If you are thin or bit chubby the pants will fit you well, unless you are very fat of course,the elastic makes this possible, nto too clsoe to the body so i can still wear shorts and have my phone in my poc shorts,and still be able to pull out the phone in and out. and to get it wet, because I don’t liek to have it in my jacket pocket.
  • Comfortable, i don’t notice wearing them when i ride
  • Enough room for for knee pads,shin pads, body armour.
  • Perfect fit,if you got big muscular upper body these will still fit,or if you got a thin not so muscular witch i got:-(
  • The pants do down past the ankles so i can wear them inside my Fiveten impact high shoes.
  • Quick release Velcro  hook and loop straps for the suspenders

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Cons:

  • They will eventually rip, if you get one hole its gonna be bigger and bigger.
  • stores that the tyres trows at you will make hoes in the pant
  • the pants will probably rip apart when you crash.after many riders in the winter and some in the fall rain, and some very bad rain in the fall,but no crashes the pants are holding up OK,but if you crash a lot these pants are not for your.
  • No strap to put the pants over the shoes.
  • there are few small holes in them already after fall/ autumn and  a lot of winter.23586310454_2e69399694_c23586305104_8b9d9b83c1_c
  • Sharp stones/gravel will make holes i the pant,or if you are kneeling you must be careful.24361379762_f34f118d8c_b

 

Verdict:

in my opinion these pants, are not good. the pants are way too weak.

the durability is not there for riders that crash alot, or roads with alot of gravel, like it will be here in the winter in norway, gravel and sand all over,so the pants will get hoels from sharp gravel.

the venting on hte pants is great for onyl light rain btu for stormly flooding screets or woods, then these pants are not for you.

Review:2015 Poc trail Vent shorts

I am happy with the protection products from POC.

I have not had a bad crash in these I can’t say what will happen exactly,but I assume they will do pretty well.

Attack position

Pros:

  • side zip venting, it is perfect for me, I can use the shorts in the spring and autumn and some mild winter days.
  • I use size 32, but I use the waist adjustment, but if would get chubby they would still fit.
  • the adjustment straps are perfect,i do not have the need for a belt,this is perfect for me because I hate to use belts when cycling.
  • the right zip pocket  will fit a smart normal size smart phone, my cat s50 fits perfectly.
  • can use a belt,but i prefer to use the Velcro straps instead.
  • comfortable
  • zippers are smooth
  • good length,I ride the shorts in the fall/autumn,I wear the shin and knee pads, with keeps me warm but not too warm, but of course when its winter I wear my craft rain pants over the poc stuff.26905195400_2eaf2febc5_b
  • strong threads/stitching
  • excellent and smooth zippers,and the button make it simple and easy to takeo n and off.

Cons:

  • The shorts should be longer.

  • the big Poc logo on the side might eventually fall off afther use and wash , as can  be seen here: i use 800rpm/ gentle wash, this is pretty common issue with printed logos, i got 2 pairs 1 in baron blue and oen in black ,this happend on the black shorts,but i have used&washed  the baron blue one more. i do not know why this happend so fast with htese shorts and did not happend on the blue shorts.ihave a adidas jacket, and this happend with it too,but this was with years of use,and now its crackign and falling off,so i was supriced so see it happenign to the poc short so fast.
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  • the fabric under the bottom show signs of wear, but nothing major it’s only on the inside,these 2 were the only signs of wear I have seen on the shorts so far.so fat it only happen on the black short.when you wear it the bottom tilts to the left and is rubbing the fabric,so it wears.
  • get bit hot in above 25 degrees Celsius

Conclusion:

If you can get Poc Resistance strong shorts instead get them.

The short is almost perfect, but need improvment on the button.

http://www.pocsports.com/en/product/1840/trail-vent-shorts

Review: POC Resistance Strong shorts

Review: Mucky Nutz BUTT FENDER mud guard/saddle mud guard-useless

The Mucky Nutz is is more secure, or getting hit than Ass Savers large ,which will easily fall of when hit or or pulled,but the Mucky Nutz will not fall off unless extreme forces are applied.

Pros:

  • Provides pretty good protection a gianst mud from the rear tyre.
  • when hit from above or under side it will stay in place.
  • it will stay in place without any issues when you ride.

cons:

  • does a very bad job at keeping you mud free, unless you only sit on the saddle. just look at this video:
  • its hanging down a bit.
  • when hit hard from the side it can snap out of place and fall off, if you crash or for example when you are getting on the bike by pulling your leg up, so be careful if you do it this way,this is not really a big issue.
  • can be bit tricky to take off,but that depends on the seat post design,i got the 2014 Bontrager seat post on my fuel ex 7.On the 2014
  • will not fit every saddle there is, the 2014 Bontrager Evoke 2  saddle the Fender will not stick up like this but will hand about 5 degrees down.
  • there will still be dirt coming from the rear tyre but if you got a backpack or jacket on it does not matter, i use a Evoc Fr Enduro Team and the bottom part of it get bit dirty, but for me that’s not a issue,the main reason for this fender is to protect your pants or shorts being muddy.

 

Conclusion:

Useless

I can’t recommend any saddle mounted fenders, its best to have a fender mounted on the seat stays, so it protects the pivots, and the dropper seat post.

Review: 2015 BBB-11 LOUD & CLEAR Bell

 

Pros

  • The spring system work very well, and never get stuck
  • the plastic will not bend and touch the metal bell it self so it will always stay loud.

 

Cons:

  • When wet , you can barely hear it.
  • the plastic spacers do not work, so when you have the screw tightened all the way it will slide off the plastic spacers, it did slide of when i was doing some trail riding with my bike,it came off. if you buy this bell you have to mount it in the middle/wide part of the handle bar, witch is very uncomfortable way to use it, or sue some rubber spacers instead, i had some laying around. so i did that and it seems to be secure.
  • cant adjust the angle, but the bells you can do that with are usually very bad
  • when it was -1 Celsius the bell was not loud
  • Bit less loud than the hamburger and Disney bells
  • When wet the bell is not loud.

Conclusion:

Not recommended,I later bought Disney Winnie The Pooh Bicycle Bell,which is as lout,but works in rain.

http://bbbcycling.com/accessories/bells/BBB-11

Long term REVIEW: 2015 Bontrager xr1 team issue 26×2.20

I used these tyres more than 5 months. I have done some mountain-biking with these tyres,but since I now use a full suspension-bike i have not recently done any MTB with this tyres. But I have done a lot of commuting.

Pros:

  • Excellent cornering grip. the side knobs provide good grip when turning,the closer pattern middle knobs gives you the fast rolling.
  • fast rolling well gripping tyre for asphalt and hard-pact trails.
  • very easy to put on off the rim,no tyre lever needed.
  • low weight
  • does pretty well on wet asphalt too,not like the LT 3 that gave no grip on asphalt

Cons:

  • I am between 70 and 80 kg and I need to run minimum 40 psi or I will puncture on riding stairs or  of side walks.
  • punctures easily on glass,this is cause by how thin the tyre is, it’s a about 3 mm I think.
  • bit too loose when putting them on the rim.

 

1 rear tyre got a puncture lost all air,other rear tyre on a other bike exploded in the bike shop, with a loud bang, the hole was pretty big like some one  stabbed the tyre with a knife.and this was with just normal commute riding to stores,but i got them replaced i the store, and  the 6300 bike now got these tyres both on rear and front and they are holding up well as long as i run 40 psi on the rear.2 tyres failed with normal commute use,fut that was probably faulty tyres,

I have used the Bontrager xr1 team issue for a long time, without any issues.

 

Conclusion:

Recommended

Good tyre,not too expensive.

Good lightweight tyre,fast rolling excellent tyre not matter if you use it for commuting or riding on trails

price $69.99

 

 

 

 

 

REVIEW: 2015 ESI Chunky & extra chunky silicone grips

I have ridden with these few months now.

I heard the lizard skins are way too hard,since i already got ESI grips and they are much better than rubber grips,I ordered the extra chunky grips too.the chunky feel much better than any cheap rubber grip or lock on grip I ever had.

i need little bit more shock absorption,I can compress the grip so i can feel the handle bar,i will change them out for Extra Chunky’s hopefully they will be better.

But that said they are a big improvement, my hands hurt less,and its more comfortable to ride.

After almost one season the grips began to wear,and became ruff and started to peal off small flakes.26307676250_68f1a4b4fd_b

Pros:

  • absorbs shock
  • feels great without gloves
  • good grip,even when wet
  • 10 colour choices,i got green fits my fuel-ex perfectly.
  • stays in place, does not slide off.
  • reduces hand numbness – fatigue- arm pump
  • easy to clean
  • they can be used in the winter, I have ridden few days with -10  and more, with the grips, with out any issues.

Cons:

  • if you crash hard into a tree or something or similar, there is a big chance that they rip.
  • wear out faster than rubber grips,but for me its definitely worth getting more Esi grips,at least for mountain biking its a must for me.
  • birds can damage the grips like here,after more than a week there are holes so deep i can see the handle bar.

Putting them on and off:

What you should NOT do:

My method is better than the recommended method by ESI.

DON’T USE A SCREW DRIVER TO PUT THEM ON AND OFF!!! It will damage the grips on thee inside and the grip can rip apart.

Don’t use hair spray, even the bike mechanic tells you to, it will stink, and make the grip slipperier on the inside. no dangerous stuff to breathe that way. and no stinky grips and handlebar.

Don’t use a screwdriver

The best way to put them on or of is to use hot water!!!

I use this method below to fit my silicone grips. Hot tap water method: by doing it the way I do will ensure easy installation of grips. Let turn the use hot side only,to the high pressure,let the sink fill up with hot water keep most of the grip in in the water,to avoid pain don’t dip the while grip with your hands in the water, flip the grip to the other side do the same, the just push it on and and and for final step spin it into place.

 

conclusion:

good grips no matte if its wet or dry you get one of the most conformable grips on the market,and the price is not bad either.

I got Extra Chunky grips on all of my bikes now.

http://www.esigrips.com/Silicone_Grips_Shock_Absorbing.htm

and remeber:Install ESI MTB grips by using Rubbing Alcohol, Compressed Air or Window cleaner ONLY!

Review: 2015 POC Chamois Underwear

Poc Chamois Underwear Tungsten Blue

this is a excellent product form Poc.

i can tell that these are good just by looking at them.

PROS

  • comfortable
  • they come in 2 colors
  • Perfect fit
  • good padding,the thickness and the size of the chamois makes this a perfect chamois for mountain biking.

Cons: none of importance

  • the thigh part of the underwear slides up slightly,but  no a big issue,but they are comfortable.

Product page:http://www.pocsports.com/en/product/2147/chamois-underwear

 

https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=8;product=105822;menu=1000,18,62;mid%5B456%5D=1

http://www.moosejaw.com/moosejaw/shop/product_POC-Sports-Men-s-Chamois-Underwear_10294300_10208_10000001_-1_

http://www.outsidesports.co.nz/inspire-me/highlights/new-in/poc-cycle-shorts-wipc630701#.V33re6L8u00

https://www.bikester.no/471860.html?c=816&cid=22-1220_239105_239135_239306_763158_0_kelkoo.no&utm_term=POC+Chamois+Undert%C3%B8y+Herre+Gr%C3%B8nn+XL+Unde&utm_campaign=kelkooclick&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=kelkoono

 

LONG TERM REVIEW: Catepillar/CAT S50(CAT-CS50-SSET-E01) smart phone- not as good phone you might think it is

If you already got this phone and can’t buy a new one but stil lwant to use the camera on it GET A CAMERA APP FROM THE GOOGLE PLAY
Read more about that on the bottom of the article.
the reasons i got this phone is that i need one fast and it need to be robust because i do mountain biking and it need to waterproof, my Nokia phone had many bugs in OS, so i got the cat s50, but i knew the camera was not so good,so not much research has been done.

 

Pros:

  • better sound quality than a cheap old school phone,
  • wet-finger tracking wet works pretty well

cons:

 

  • gets h quite hot when using sportify for mroe thna 30 minutes, or takign pictures a lot.
  • I have to charge the phone very often, I have to charge it 2 up to 4 times in a day if I take alto of pictures.
  • the monitor/screen does not get bright enough on max brightness, for a sunny day, it’s impossible to see anything unless you cover it with something, so shooting trails in sunny days is tricky, I just have to guess what I am shooting, and shoot many picture.
  • Very flexy design. It looks like its made out of metal but it’s not its plastic.
  • Power on button is constantly getting stuck, the frame is made of flexy plastic.
  • The flimsiest Micro USB port I have ever seen, if you touch your phone or small vibration i n the desk when connected it will disconnect and connect, because of the movement.
  • there is no camera app installed, besides Google camera app which is not good at all, lacks all controls,like manual ISO and flash settings and focus settings,
  • Body/chassis: flex and play in the phone chassis the fake aluminium plastic sides ,and you have to get tiny allen keys to fix the the huge play that will be appear when the screws loosen,, if you are strong enough you could probably bend the phone.
  • there is flex in the chassis, which results in the On/OFF button getting stuck.
  • I have dropped the phone few times,and the left upper side-wall is looser/got play.
  • I dropped my phone accidentally one time and the on/off button got dislocated and did slide to the side, but i managed to push it back in place.
  • sim card and SD card cover can very easily open when the cover kits something and it his right where the fingernail gap is.
  • the phone did not come with pre-installed screen protection sticker, the sticker  on the screen had writing and-and sticker on it so you could not use the screen, so I put the protector sticker that came with it but as you probably already know h they can be a hell to put on
  • front camera/selfie camera is useless
  • the black backplate do not give you extra grip as they say
  • useless for video recording in the woods & pictures
  • unless at night-time very much blur and noise in the dark shots, and sunshine is and for a photo shoot too, it will make light and reflective objects white.

video example 1:


video example 2:

 

 

 

This is how bad the picture can look like if i use blitz,and its dark,and I wear blue shorts,there is no blue spot on this bike frame, and as you can see green becomes lime color. this is one of the reasons you should not use the default Google camera app.

Norwegian winter time evening test:

 

 

 

 

Extreme light test: here is a test i did by taking  some shots at a  Gemini Xera light with max light mode on

To take a decent shot with this phone you need to have a pretty even environment, not like in the woods with dark and very bright sun at the same time, the camera just cant handle it.

camera lens sticks out i should be protected more

Examples of decent shots: as long as you select the best ISO and Exposure settings, you can get ok pictures

 

 

 

 

video example

here is a frame from a video i just cropped it.

The left is original and right is edited in DxO Optics Pro 8 just to show about how it actually looks like in real life that the s50 phone camera struggles with, as you can see the video quality is very bad, and every thing is blurred.editing helps a lot,but cant fix the blurriness of the shots or videos.

 

 

 

 

Filming:

with the app called Open camera with the flash light mode on ,frame by frame while moving the camera/phone: this is a ok frame but 15 frames later you can see that its’s very blurred

 

 

 

 

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its possible to take pictures without noise like this but, you need a camera app with manual ISO.

manual control of all settings will improve the pictures a lot.

ISO Examples of the S50 with Open Camera app:

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iso2786( max iso shown in  open camera on my phone is 1600 )

iso2549

iso875
iso875
iso208
iso208

 

iso103
iso103

 

this phone is more durable than cheap phones and more robust than some older expensive phones, but i am disappointed with the phone,if you have this phone you have to download a camera app, to sue the full capabilities of this camera I recommend Open camera(its open course and of course its free) the open camera app will let you use Burst mode, witch is taking multiple shots after each other.

 

Get Team BBQ Focal (Beta) here or https://f-droid.org/repository/browse/?fdfilter=camera&fdid=fr.xplod.focal

Focal is the fastest app I have tried, the picture is taken instantly.

get the Open camera app here ( if you need geotagging, but don’t need exposure circle)

 

 

or try some other apps, i have not tried all of them.

Free camera apps:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/category/PHOTOGRAPHY/collection/topselling_free

 

 

http://www.catphones.com/phones/s50-smartphone/

 

Verdict:

This phone has too many flaws,so i cant recommend this phone.

 

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long term review: Mavic Stratos gloves

if you are used to Shimano or Giro gloves, get a size smaller,atleast if you are in europe.

i got these in large but they are too big for me,hopefully i get these in medium.

this is a well made glove.

these gloves do not have padding,this might be a negative thing to you, but if you use ESI grips, or another silicone grip, you wont regret having this glove.

i use ESI Chunky green grips with these gloves its a good combo.

but on hard grips like those that came with all my trek bikes, it will be uncomfortable and you will get fatigue

afther a crash the stitching on the left thumb ripped, but nothing that you cant fix with soem sewing.

cons: 

the price,but its was worth it for me i did not wear it out just in few weeks.

rubber on finger tips will eventually wear out,(the the glue will be worn out)

pros:

  • good feel, you feel every thing you touch the glove is not restricting your movement.
  • Breathable perfect for hot weather
  • easy to take & off
  • material used for the palm is strong, my experience wit hthis material is that it last a very long time.
  • come in 2 color choises
  • grips well i have tried them on Easton mtb grip,bontrager grips, and esi grips.
  • rubber on the finger tips for extra grip, they actually work, not like on Shimano gloves that make it slippery.
  • only wear is the rubber grips that are gloves on the finger tips.but just one of those loosened,
  • the materials used are strong,
  • will fit very thick hands

42,00 €*

http://www.mavic.com/accessories-gloves-stratos-glove

bikeradar’s review:

http://www.bikeradar.com/mtb/gear/category/clothing/gloves/product/review-mavic-stratos-gloves-13-47543/

REVIEW: 2015 BLISS ARG Vertical Elbow Pad & BLISS ARG Vertical Extended- NOT! recommend

updated.27.09.2015

i do not recommend these: read why below:i have been riding  wit these on every ride no matter if just to commute or to ride on the trails. now as i have used them a lot i can say that they are not up to my standards.

Design and materials used:

Bliss use the similar mesh design and materials to Raceface,Fox’ Launch Pro,661’s Rage Hard Shell pads,but with just one elastic strap,of course Race Face and 611’s will stay in palce better. If they use the exact same materials they will wear out fast, specially if u grap them by the mesh where the wear elastic materials are and the side pads, which is not what I have done on my bliss ARG’s but they are just too weak they will break and get big holes no matter what you do or not do, so if you crash or take them on and off a lot they will wear off.,this is unacceptable to make such  bad products.

protective gear must be durable and withstand much abuse,and be comfortable, if its not don’t buy it unless its the only thing you can get at the time.

Pros:

  • lightweight
  • Kevlar® at elbow area,which is very durable material.
  • more comfortable than plastic pads not as bulky and weird looking when you have a jersey on top of them.

cons:

  • mine are bit too big,i should have gone with size small.
  • Hook and loop fastener wear out fast more strap loops needed.
  • the elastic rubber mattress alike mesh is not durable. Just after few weeks or riding and the mesh on my left pad ripped.it is made of weak of weak material,the mesh stretched until the point it got big holes in it.the elastic band is rubbing holes

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  • its a bit warm.

 

Price:
79,90 EUR
incl. statutory VAT 19%

Official site: http://www.blisscamp.com/en/bliss-arg-vertical-elbow-pad/a-18799/

 

BLISS ARG Vertical Extended Knee Pad

Pros:

  • lightweight
  • Kevlar® at elbow area
  • Hook and loop fastener on the works well
  • more comfortable than plastic pads not as bulky and weird looking when you have a jersey on top of them.
  • they don’t feel warm all around, like the elbow pads.

Cons:

  • Hook and loop fastener wear out fast
  • more strap loops needed.
  • silly logo on the bottom that wears out and looks ugly
  • they are uncomfortable on the back side of your knees
  • too little side protection, so the handlebar can hit your knee on the side
  • they don’t stay in place,they slide down, look at pic below: this is how they will be afther u have doen soem hard riding. they should be about 2 or 3 cm upward, they wear otu pretty fast,so the elastic on the sides wears out and dries out, it looks to be rubber.
  • IMG_20150928_142604 the result of wearing bliss arg pads,it hurts afther a while.
  • the front of the pad gets very hot in the sun,almost feels like a heating oven
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    they stretched so much that I needed to pull the elastic strap past the hook and loop fastener
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99,90 EUR
incl. statutory VAT 19%

official site: http://www.blisscamp.com/en/bliss-arg-vertical-extended-knee-pad/a-24440/

i now have POC Joint VPD Air Elbow pads and i am satesfied with them so far.

Verdict For both the knee and elbow pads:

overall this product is awful, I advise against buying it, but some materials like the Kevlar  durable.

If you want bliss elbow pads get BLISS ARG Minimalist Elbow Pad instead,or a other brand

1 year REVIEW: 2015 Bontrager Evoke RL MTB saddle

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gallery here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mtbboy1993/albums/72157657780474999

the seat grips well, i use craft path shorts.

i have my spare/winter bike that is bit too small, and i have the saddle maxed out to the back, and the rails have been bendt,i do nto know if its caused by my weight or roadbumps pushing the saddle into my bum.

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keep the saddle as close to centre as possible. me sitting and riding on ruff road will give this result,but this will happen on most saddles,but I put the saddle in the middle position and the saddle rails straightened out almost straight.

After I adjusted the seat angle to slightly backwards, it improved the comfort a lot.

Pros:

  • comfortable,even I like rounder seats better
  • the front is not flexing much,I think this saddle will last a while,and not get worn out of flex on the front until it falls part, like some saddles do,but the common issue most of saddles have is that the flex make the screws holding the front in place pop out,but I prefer the method Fabric use,no screws at all.

cons:

  • clicking sound from the seat flexing.

http://www.bontrager.com/model/11268

Review: Craft Path M Bike Loose Fit Shorts

this review was updated 27.06.2016

pros:

  • Good wenting on inner thighs and crotch area
  • Good venting in the rear
  • bright colors
  • different colors
  • the outer short is comfortable
  • 2 pockets with zippers.
  • zipper vents over the pockets
  • 2 good buttons
  • YKK sippers they work well
  • perfect fitting chamois, not too long not too short.
  • Velcro adjustment staps

Cons:

  • Pockets are in awkward place.
  • the padding/chamois is not damping as Poc’s chamois i presently purchased,it should bit  bit bigger  both i the front and the rear.
  • the shorts are too short to be used in the fall/autumn,winter
  • Hard to open and close side venting zipper.The side venting is in a awkward angle, so the zipper is hard top close and open. The zipper handle is sliding out of my fingers when I try to close  or open the vent.
  • too short venting zipper,should be longer and on the side instead for perfect venting,so you will get bit too hot in the warm summer days. I now use Poc trail vent shorts and they are perfect  when it comes to side venting.
  • chamois short does not fit well ,private parts don’t stay in place, the elastic band should be bit tighter, should not be as big in the rear, the chamois shorts should be cut and stitched differently,when I wear these shorts they are do not fit as i the pictures,I need to have the elastic bad all the way to the waist.
  • Too short  hood and loop straps:but large is is so bit that to make it tight i need to go over the limit on the straps.
  • the  insides of the pockets can get stuck in the zipper if you are not careful.
  • the the zippers can get stuck on  the inside of the pockets if you are not careful.
  • I have 2 pairs of these shorts one in large and one in medium, on both the stitching in the middle in the crotch area ripped.

27.05.2016 I tried on the the medium shorts,I have not sopped crowing 100% yet, so they no longer fit my hips are a lot wider

I am using POC shorts in size 32,the Craft shorts in large fits, but don’t need the adjustment any more,I am now 36inches in the hips.

the size large Craft shorts are 2cm narrower than the Poc trail vent in size 32.

verdict/conclusion:

I can’t recommend these shorts, because the chamois underwear that is included is too small and thin, I prefer Poc’s chamois.

 

you are better of getting more expensive shorts,i recommend Poc trail vent shorts,instead because got 2 pairs and i am satisfied with them.

http://shop.craftsports.us/men/bike/path-shorts-m.html

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