Xero Terraflex Review: Minimalist Trail Running Meets The Limits Of Your Agility

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Maybe not the most beautiful photo in the world, but a great action shot that shows just how the Terraflex maintains the flexibility we loved in the Prio. This is a critical piece of the shoe’s insane grip. Notable is the shoe’s ability to accommodate convex flexibility in situations similar to that in the photo.

The Xero Prio was one of our favorite products from 2017 with one major downside- it was no good for running on singletrack. We weren’t the only ones who thought that either. Following the many reviews that drew similar conclusions, Xero got busy working on a trail running version of the Prio. The result is the Terraflex, a shoe promising to bring what we loved about the Prio in a more trail capable package.

Xero wanted our opinion on the Terraflex and sent us a pair for review. After about 40 miles of trail testing in Park City, Utah, our thoughts are below. Please note that this review was not a paid-for review.

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Adidas Terrex Agravic Climaheat Jacket Review: Heat At Any Cost

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The wind resistance and extreme warmth make the Agravic Climaheat idea for fat biking in very cold temperatures.

Our final piece of reviewed fat biking gear begins with a caveat: the winter of 2017/2018 in Park City, Utah has been a mild one at best. Very little snow and unseasonably warm weather are par for the course. This in turn makes the rare truly cold days feel even more bitter, and the type of days that the Adidas Terrex Agravic Climaheat jacket was made for.

In Adidas’ own words, they call the Agravic Climaheat a down jacket for harsh, cold conditions. But what is a claim like that without a little third party validation? Is it really the best jacket for those extra cold days? How about a good jacket for fat biking in the winter? And is it truly worth a $350 price tag vs cheaper competitors? That’s where Outdoor Gear Reviews come in. But before our thoughts below, please note that Adidas did sent a sample for us to test but this review was not paid for.

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Ryders Eyewear Roam Review: The Best Sunglasses For Fat Biking?

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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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Adidas Terrex Skyclimb Pants Review: Do Alpine Touring Pants Work For Fat Biking?

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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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Diamondback Oso Dos Review: Fat Biking On An Aluminum Bear

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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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