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Ryders Eyewear Roam sunglasses with a pink/purple/red Fyre lens.
Golden rule of biking- if you can’t see, you can’t ride. There’s no getting around that, especially in winter when most eyewear tends to fog up almost immediately. The answer to this problem is the Ryders Eyewear Roam, a do-it-all swiss army knife of sunglasses meant for use by cyclists only. And when we say do-it-all, we mean it. Anti-fog, photochromic, lightweight and more- sounds perfect for winter fat biking, right?
Generally, we’re skeptical of any high-price point sunglasses. But with so many problems solved in one package, we decided to give the Roams a try to see if they really can do it all. Now, Ryders Eyewear sent us a pair of Roams for review. And in no way does that change our objectivity of this review. If a product isn’t great, we’ll call it out. If it’s fantastic, we’ll call it out for that as well. So, we’re the Roam’s great or not? Read on below.
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The Adidas Terrex Skyclimb Pants on the Diamondback Oso Dos fat bike. The snug fit avoids loose portions getting caught up in the chainring.
Riding a bike in the winter requires specialty gear if you are to avoid the cold. This means finding apparel that actually works well for fat biking, a task easier said than done. Take the pants, for example. Pants need to first and foremost keep the legs warm and dry. They cannot be loose fitting as to avoid snags on the chainring and other components, but must allow room for base layers. And most important of all, they need to move freely and avoid restricting movement. Ski pants are generally too bulky and cold weather road biking gear isn’t quite up to the task for riding in and on snow.
For these reasons, we were drawn to the Adidas Terrex Skyclimb pants. These soft shell pants made for alpine touring seem to fit the bill with all of the requirements for use as capable fat biking apparel. Adidas thought so too, sending us over a pair for review. After 50 miles of riding snowy single track on our excellent Diamondback Oso Dos fat bike in Park City, Utah, here’s what we thought.
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The Diamondback Oso Dose at the top of Porcuclimb Trail at the Round Valley Recreation Area, Park City, Utah.
Summer was ending. Biking on dry singletrack was quickly coming to end. The Mountain Trails Foundation of Park City, Utah planned on adding more groomed snow trails in the winter. This is how I found myself on the saddle of a 2018 Diamondback Oso Dos fat bike.
After miles of riding snow-covered single track and quickly learning that winter riding is not at all the same as riding on dirt, I gathered my thoughts on Diamondback’s mid-tier fat bike offering. Full disclosure: Diamondback worked with Outdoor Gear Reviews to help source this bike for review purposes. Here are the five major takeaways.
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The Wölvhammer Red Wing Leather Edition in all of it’s glory, fresh out of the box.
Last year we reviewed a pair of Icebug DTS2 BUGrips, an item made exclusively for winter trail running on ice and snow. It was a fantastic product made for a very specific group of athletes. It’s hard to believe then that there is an even more specific niche of athletes with requirements for even more dedicated gear. That niche, you ask? Winter fat bikers and the need for footwear to keep their feet warm.
Yes, hardcore cold weather fat bike specific boots. You might think you would be hard pressed to find such a product, but you would be wrong. Most major bike apparel manufacturers offer winter footwear, but on top of thatyou also have a handful of companies specifically dedicated to the sport of winter fat biking. 45NRTH is one of those companies, specializing in all things winter fat biking. Anything from tires- including gnarly studded tires- apparel, pogies and boots, which brings us to the Wölvhammer. This crazy named item from 45NRTH is designed for cold weather biking between 0°- 25°. And since temperatures in Park City, Utah can get frigid quick this was right up our list to try out.
45NRTH was gracious enough to send us a pair of their special Wölvhammer Red Wing Leather Editions to take out on the local single track. Note that while these were sent to us free of charge, the objectivity of this review remains the same. We call out products that work well. And we do the same for those that don’t. Let’s get into it!
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With the holidays in full swing and a year of gear reviews in the books, it’s time again for another gift guide! Below are five products that have been reviewed by Outdoor Gear Reviews that also make excellent gifts for the outdoor-loving person on your list. Read more ›