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Old 11-22-2006, 08:30 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Took the Stiletto for a ride

I received a Stiletto for my birthday yesterday with the intention of replacing my IPOD shuffle on bike rides. I fiddled with it last night to prep for its maiden voyage this afternoon. This is my first satellite radio and my primary concerns were:
1.) The reception with just the ear buds.
2.) Its size and weight for use with the arm band.
3.) One handed button management.
4.) Battery longevity.
I headed out on my mountain bike with the Stiletto in the arm band, a full charge on the small battery, the ear buds and about 30 mp3’s just in case. The weather today was an incredible 65 degrees and it just does not get any better in the middle of November for a ride in the mountains. I headed straight up the switchbacks on a front range mountain with full view of downtown Denver for a good portion of the climb. There is a lot of winding in and out of small valleys and to my dismay the reception popped in and out most of the ascent and actually got worse when I hit the summit. As soon as I started the descent into the valley on the other side the reception came in crystal clear and stayed solid for the next 1-½ hours or so down into and up and over into the next valley and through trees and large boulders (Red Rocks Park Amphitheater). It seemed strange because the 2nd large climb was the same configuration as the front range climb but the reception was flawless coming up out of the valley.
The Stiletto is a little floppy on the arm band on the rocky descents but I think I can make some minor modifications to alleviate that. It just needs to be able to snug up a little better to the band. One thing I really like about the IPOD shuffle is the simple functionality of the buttons for one handed operation on the fly. I had no problem pausing and operating the volume controls on the Stiletto while rolling. I should be able to use some of the other functions as I get more familiar with the layout.
I am not sure what happened but at about the 2 hour point the reception stopped dead. I assumed the battery was low but was able to switch over to the library for the rest of the ride.
My biggest problem with the IPOD was taking the time to sit down and reload new music. Mobile satellite radio cannot be beat with the constant supply fresh tunes and is exactly what I was hoping for. My initial concern over an overpriced, oversized MP3 player was quickly relieved. I am not sure what the deal is on the front range but was very pleased with the rest of the ride. I picked up a car dock at Best Buy this evening and will probably pick up a home dock, if I can find one, before the end of the weekend. I can’t wait for a long road ride tomorrow. I may need the large battery this time.
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Old 11-22-2006, 09:22 PM   #2
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As you get to know some of the other features I'm sure you will like it more, and more. When you have bad reception use radio replays or listen to shows that you have recorded. Two great features prior to dipping into your library. Of course there is always your personal library to fall back on. The interface for the library alone blows the ipod shuffle out of the water. I don't know about the car kit, but the home kit compliments the 100 very well. From the hills here on the Humboldt, Ca coast to the Colorado mountains. The time has come for us outdoor folks to enjoy Sirius 24/7. Yeah.

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