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Review: Alpine Digital Scale

Feedback Sports sent Go Means Go a few of their scales and will from here on out be our go to products anytime we need to check what the actual weight is on a product. As we get to play with them, We’ll get a review up for each of the three scales they provided. The Alpine Digital Scale is the first that we have taken out.

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Taken from the Feedback Sports website:

The Alpine Scale is specifically designed to weigh bicycles, wheels, backpacks and any other outdoor sports equipment. The patented design enables the scale to be clamped into a bicycle repair stand or hung from a ceiling hook.

  • 55 LB S. (25KG ) MAX CAPACITY
  • +/-10 gram accuracy
  • RUGGED SHOCK-RESISTANT HOUSING
  • VINYL-COATED HOOK
  • EASY TO READ LCD DISPLAY
  • ZERO / TARE FUNCTION
  • LBS / KG / OZ SELECTION
  • AUTO SHUT-OFF SAVES POWER
  • (4) AAA BATTERIES INCLUDED
  • 1-YEAR WARRANTY

Out of the box, the feel is nice. The rubberized housing will help absorb the shocks and jolts of getting bumped around if you don’t have a dedicated place to hang the scale. The strap attached to the top seems strong enough to hold the 55lb weight limit. There is a sticker on the scale warning that you will damage the scale if you overload it. The vinyl on the hook was nice and my frame didn’t slip or slide around when it was reasonably centered on the top tube, enabling me to take the weight with the stainless steel tube clamped into my work stand. The scale reads quickly, and the buttons are easy to press. If you want to know what your parts weigh in grams or ounces, its done with the push of a button. The accuracy is within +/- 10 grams, which might not be good for lower weights, but if you are weighing items in the 10-20 pounds, 10 grams isn’t that much (a new nickel weighs 5 grams.) Zeroing is done with the push of a button, so if you need to weigh things in a basket, it can easily be done. The 4 AAA batteries that were included didn’t last long, but I popped in some new ones and started weighing everything around. My fixed gear bike weighs 21.16 pounds, which is pretty damn heavy for an aluminum frame and carbon fork. The MSRP is $66, but I was able to find it at a couple places online for much less. Products are not available for sale on the Feedback Sports site.

Though hanging scales aren’t necessary for everyone to have in their home shops- if you are a weight watcher, want to make accurate statements on the weight of a product you are selling on Ebay, or are looking for a gift for the person who might fit into one of those categories- the Alpine Scale could be for you. Other sports enthusiasts will find some use out of a product like this. Backpackers are often curious of the weight they are carrying, and the Alpine Scale would be very helpful. A hanging scale can also mitigate baggage check-in problems at the airport. If you have flown recently then you know that regulations are getting tighter for travel and with a scale, you can maximize the allowances, without getting pinched. That right there can save you the cost of the scale.

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