A little old, but a reference for waterproof/breathability ratings:
The OR Helium is Pertex Shield 2.5L. (If anyone has a newer table please post it.)
The OR helium is Shield+ which is 20,000g breathability. Much, much better than the old Shield DS
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Costco merino wool. Good quality for the price. Wash in a warm water basin with a small amount of very mild soap and a chunk of lanolin. Lanolin is a natural wax that's on sheeps wool to keep them healthy, but the more refined the wool the less of this anti bacterial agent is left.
Yes definitely merino wool. However, I was checking out the winter merino at my Costco (Langford), and it was only about 20% merino, with the rest being poly blends. That ain't going to cut it in the antibacterial department!
Everytime a jacket thread comes up I always post the same thing, http://www.outdoorresearch.com/en/mens-helium-ii-jacket.html
This thing has been bombproof (going on 5+ years now), keeps me dry, super lightweight, and is breathable as Gore Paclite. That being said, nothing is breathable for the amount I sweat when riding, but a thin long-sleeve merino layer underneath, and I don't feel the moisture.
Same thing as me probably, didn't even know that there was a new mobile site until I went on it today not logged in. Logged in and it disappeared. There's an option at the bottom of the user setting page where you can select which site to use on mobile. I had turned it off years ago because of the old terrible mobile site.
I've been running the CCDB air for 3+ years… here's what I know.
It uses more of it's travel on a regular basis then any other shock I've used. This is intentional by design. I'll go for a light XC ride, and my rubber o-ring will be near bottom! But it feels fantastic like this once setup.
Rivers - There is more shaft than there is shock (that just sounds dirty). When you're bottomed out, your o-ring won't be bottomed out. You will still have 4-5mm of space. There is no hard bottom out either, they've managed to cushion it really well. Also it's bad for the shock to run it 0 HSC. When the first DB air came out on the Knolly Chilcotin a few years ago, people were freaking out that they couldn't bottom it out, and dropping the HSC to 0, when in fact it was just getting used to this new shock, and realizing that they made it very hard to truly hard bottom out. We were also told to stop running 0 HSC at that point as well by CC.
Aside from the UI design, Windows 8 (for me) has run better than 7, and far better than XP ever did for me. I haven't seen a blue screen of death (or whatever they have now) since I switched back to Windows. Installing Classic Shell fixed the UI issues for me.
I didn't think I'd ever be back to Windows after Vista drove me to Apple and OSX, but I came back due to budget reasons when my Macbook crapped out, and I expected it to be temporary, but I haven't looked back. ASUS has won me over as a manufacturer, as this mid-level laptop has been going 50+ hours a week for over 2 years for my business.