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Count It! Bike Polo Video Reviewed

March 16, 2015
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Like a lot of the people in the hardcourt bike polo community, I grew up loving extreme sports. From the X-Games to Rock-n-Jock sports, from ECW to XFL, my friends and I were suckers for them all. On top of that list those was skateboarding. Since my friends and I were wannabe skate-punks, we’d get together, listen to CKY, eat pizza, and watch Sorry by Flip or Menikmati by Es. Those were the good days of allowance and carefree weekends.

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Quoc Pham Hardcourt Clipless Shoe Review

February 26, 2015
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It’s been almost two months since Quoc Pham was generous enough to send me a pair of their Hardcourt – Mid shoes. Since it has been the tournament off season these past two months, I’ve only been able to play one tournament on the shoes, but with that being said, after numerous pick-up sessions  and some general commuting, I feel that I’m ready to give a first impressions review of the gorgeous shoes.

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Full Fixcraft Mallet Review

February 25, 2015
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Recently I helped a friend put a brand new mallet together. I won’t name names but the shaft still required a drop-nut type of assembly, and the head didn’t come predrilled. I know there can be something cathartic about building your own mallet before a big tournament, but I felt like I was in the dark ages have to align a drop-nut perfectly, having to line up holes in the head so that the shaft sites at a perfect 90 degree angle. It was a comforting reminder that Fixcraft has brought us into a golden age of bike polo equipment. Here is our review of the amazing pieces that make up a complete hardcourt bike polo specific mallet:

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DZR Marco – One Year Review

February 8, 2015
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It seems to be standard these days for blogs to receive a product, test it for a couple weeks and then write a review about it. We understand that a lot of people in hardcourt bike polo don’t have a lot of money to spend on products, and it is for that reason that we choose to thoroughly test all products before posting about a review. So here it is, our one year review of DZR’s Marco bike polo shoe:

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Review: DZR Link Lime

January 17, 2014

Last year was hard for me and shoes, which I’m blaming on just getting too rad. In March, I came back from New Zealand with my DZR Link Charcoal looking like this:
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After only 8 months or so, I needed to use tape to make sure my foot did not blow out the front. The vegan glue of the Link Charcoal didn’t hold the sole onto the shoe body, just like Aaron’s vegan DZR Mamba X. Then in the Spring another tragedy struck when my Chrome Midway Pro shoes broke on me during a training ride:
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Bummer after bummer in the rad looking shoes department lead me to the DZR Link Lime shoes. I was a bit skeptical after the glue on my Charcoals turned my shoe into a foot puppet but I was ready to give the Link Lime a go since they didn’t have the vegan glue. Here’s a fresh pick when I got them in early April:
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Recently DZR released the Marco, which unfortunately does not come in female friendly sizes (although a champ on the inside assures me that we can expect smaller sizes this spring). In the mean time, the DZR shoe that can be considered their bike polo shoe for women, is their Link Lime (LL). After over 9 months of playing on the LLs, they are looking and feeling way better than the Charcoals, and the following is a quick review of things that I find important in a polo shoe:

Durability:
Unlike the Charcoal, the LLs glue has hung in there pretty fantastically, particularly where the sole meets the material of the shoe around the toe. I have actually had no glue issues with this shoe aside from the area around cleat, which as of yet has had no affect on my riding or playing. So far it has been pretty durable as a shoe; I’m not worried about it coming apart under my feet while I’m playing polo. The only real issue I’ve had is with the material on top of the shoe where the grey leather has started breaking off, which only really affects the aesthetic look of the shoe and not the shoe performance.

Handle the Elements:
After one rain, my Charcoals started deteriorating in a bad way particularly around the air vent holes on the top of the shoe, which was due to the synthetic vegan material they used for that shoe. The LLs are leather with suede lining, which has held up better in the elements, but I also live in the Bay Area where it seldom rains so maybe I’m not an expert with this.  

Polo Friendly:
What I’m looking for in a polo is a high quality shoe that can handle my  plentiful falls and general getting rad when necessary. These shoes have been great for this so far. The extra padding on the sides helps to protect my ankles for the most part, but we all know that there is no real protection against shots from Jake Langdon now is there?

As most cycling shoes aren’t super comfortable to stand around in, I am usually looking for shoes that are comfortably off the court as well, and the LLs certainly are. At first, they were a bit snug but with after a couple wears, the LLs fit perfectly. They stay tight around your foot while giving you plenty of room for your toesies.

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Here are what some other polo ladies are saying about the Link Limes:

Oleha Riden – “The Links were on my wishlist for awhile. Even though I purchased some snazy leather DZR Kowloons to bomb around the city in style, I was still longing for something more durable that I could use for polo. Thanks to Shelley not fitting in size 37, I got to capitalize on her mis-fortune and snag a pair early on last season. Overall the shoes were a win for me! The ankle support, Velcro strap to cinch laces in place, and thicker sole contributed to comfortable performance on my bike, especially when I was still learning how to function “clipped in”. My only quality critic would be the laces; they sort of disintegrated within a few months, and as much as I liked to think I have crazy arm muscle strength, I think it was more poor quality of the laces. My easy fix was just to swap a pair of laces from some Nike skate shoes that I had lying around.”

Jillian Browy’s review can be found here: http://dogsoccerenthusiast.com/reviews.html

To try out a pair for yourself, head over to DZR’s Link Lime page!

Party On Wayne.
Sam