Had my first sub twenties commute of the year. I felt much warmer than last year. “Ninjaclava”:http://www.outdoorresearch.com/home/style/home/headware/cold_hats/balaclavas/87060 from Outdoor Research was a plus, as were the “Cyclone Booties”:http://www.pearlizumi.com/product.php?mode=view&pc_id=50&product_id=527547 from Pearl Izumi.
However as I had some new gear on that seems to be working out, I thought I would point out a few losers from last year that I thought would work out well but ended up failing miserably.
h3. The Bad and the Ugly
# The “EKG Base layer from Pearl Izumi”:http://www.pearlizumi.com/product.php?mode=view&pc_id=30&product_id=396469
I bought two of these as base layers. They were comfy and next to skin good for about two days. Both of them developed holes in the armpits that grew in size. Either I have acid in my sweat like a Geiger alien, or Pearl Izumi needs some QC/QA.
# Thermafleece Tights Pearl Izumi discontinued. These started out warm, snug, and terrific. They now have developed a hole in the arse and in the crotch. Again is it acid eating sweat, or poor QC/QA? Do the people that rave about Pearl Izumi all the time actually use their gear at all? For the price, almost double HIND or Sugoi gear; they better last more than a season.
# Louis Garneau Cycling Gloves-these things suck as cycling gloves. They do not block wind in anything below 45 degrees, and they are not water resistant.
# “Lendal Paddle Kinetic XTI White Water paddle-Previously posted”:http://gokayaknow.com/article/177/bad-mojo-broken-paddle
_Editorial note, they are shipping me a new paddle that has as of yet not arrived._
h3. The Good
# “CW-X Lite-fit Top”:http://cw-x.com/ss/products/mens/m_litefit
I bought two of these to replace the Pearl Izumi tops. One year on, they are still taking the abuse of my acidic alien armpit sweat. I’ve worn them under drysuits, ski jackets, and cycling jerseys. No rips no runs, still like new.
# “NRS Toaster Mitts”:http://gokayaknow.com/article/184/nrs-toaster-mitts
Great 30 dollar investment.
# “Mega Maverick”:http://gokayaknow.com/Mega-Surf-Kayaks
Great carving machine, many many fun rides in this downwave maniac. I can’t say enough good things about Mega’s surf boats. More fun than I am legally allowed to have.
# “IR Custom Drydeck”:http://www.immersionresearch.com/products/drydecks.html
Great heavy duty rubber randed sprayskirt custom made to my kayak. No more cold water ejections.