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BergMannwrote a review of on May 17, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Think of these as road gloves: if can't remember the last time you crashed or clipped a hand on a trailside branch or obstacle, they'll probably last 6-12 months.
I replaced mine after 10 months of dirt riding due to failing velcro & growing holes in the mesh back-of-hand that refused to bond with the Tenacious Repair Tape I've used to repair countless gloves & other damaged MTB garments.
The mesh on back of hand tears easily: my favorite trails are narrow, & lined with dense head-height manzanitas. My other gloves w/ back-of-hand reinforcement (Giro Xen) and/or better fabrics (Endura) have faired much better, and allow for Tenacious Tape repairs when damaged by heavy brush / crash contact.

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BergMannwrote a review of on May 17, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Punchline: I'm done w/ Giro gloves 'till they learn to make a MTB glove that lasts more than a couple weeks.
When you try Giro gloves on in the shop, it is evident that they are good at making form-fitting, comfortable, well-ventilated gloves.
What you will not learn 'till you buy them, unfortunately, is that they are lousy at quality control & selecting materials that can withstand day-to-day on the dirt.
I have an older pair of Giro Xens that used a laughably-thin mesh between fingers that tore when you looked at it crosswise. I liked the fit, so I kept on taping over the tears w/ tenacious tape and rode 'em 'till the velcro fell off (30 pieces of tape later.) Against my better judgement, I decided to try this latest version of the Xen because my other gloves lacked any back-of-hand protection.
After just 2 rides, I already had my first seam fail between the perforated faux-leather and the terry portion that wraps the back of the thumb.
I decided to just put a big piece of Tenacious Tape over the entire inside-half of the palm on both gloves both to repair this damage, and because the paper-thin single layer of this pleather material would have offered next to zero protection in a crash anyway.
Strange that Giro can make such great helmets, but such lousy gloves

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BergMannwrote a review of on May 26, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This jersey is an amazing value. I own over 20 different cycling jersies (inclucing the Gore Xenon 2.0 Jersey which costs twice as much), and this one is my hands-down favorite for warm-weather riding.
Why? AWESOME ventilation. Mesh panels are perfectly placed - this jersey stays dry and airy even when temps soar above 100 degrees here in the Sierra Foothills. I am a high-sweat-rate rider, and in over 30 years of competitive riding, I have never had anything that transports moisture so well.
Other benefits of note:
Pockets are well placed, and there are no silly, unserviceable zippered compartments that require two hands to open while on the bike or to harbor mold on the washline.
I LOVE the collar that tapers down to the neck zipper. Pros tend to wear high-collared jersies, but that is because that collar is billboard space for sponsors. I own several high-collared jersies for cold-weather use, but unless you ride around with the jersey zipped all the way up in the summer, that extra collar is going to just flap around in the wind and chafe or annoy.

Only caveat: this jersey breathes so well , that when climbing in hot & dry conditions with little wind, you may find yourself pouring water down your back for additional cooling. This is a tradeoff I'm willing to take for a jersey that never leaves you with a clammy belly on long descents.

Note on sizing: this is a RACE fit, aerodynamic jersey. For European standards, it actually runs rather large. I'm a wiry 6'1" 155lb, 40" chest & a Gore's medium fits me perfectly (I'm an XL in most Italian jersies, and a M/L in American brands like Pear Izumi). If you want a baggy / loose fit, look elsewhere.

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BergMannwrote a review of on December 13, 2013

Too short
2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

These are NOT a size L in length, much less an XL.
I've attached a picture of these Giordana leg warmers up against size L Voler & Hincapie models: the Giordanas are a full 2" shorter, and since the elastic bunching at the back of the knee dictates how you position the warmers on your legs, they do not cover my shins properly.
Nice concept, but Giordana needs to produce a full size run: the stretch weave conforms nicely, but can't make up for lack of length. I tried to stretch them out lengthwise before spinning a couple of minutes on the trainer, and they slipped right back up my leg.

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BergMannwrote a review of on June 21, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This jersey is an amazing value. I own over 20 different cycling jersies (inclucing the Gore Xenon 2.0 Jersey which costs twice as much), and this one is my hands-down favorite for warm-weather riding.
Why? AWESOME ventilation. Mesh panels are perfectly placed - this jersey stays dry and airy even when temps soar above 100 degrees here in the Sierra Foothills. I am a high-sweat-rate rider, and in over 30 years of competitive riding, I have never had anything that transports moisture so well.
Other benefits of note:
Pockets are well placed, and there are no silly, unserviceable zippered compartments that require two hands to open while on the bike or to harbor mold on the washline.
I LOVE the collar that tapers down to the neck zipper. Pros tend to wear high-collared jersies, but that is because that collar is billboard space for sponsors. I own several high-collared jersies for cold-weather use, but unless you ride around with the jersey zipped all the way up in the summer, that extra collar is going to just flap around in the wind and chafe or annoy.

Only caveat: this jersey breathes so well , that when climbing in hot & dry conditions with little wind, you may find yourself pouring water down your back for additional cooling. This is a tradeoff I'm willing to take for a jersey that never leaves you with a clammy belly on long descents.

Fit: I am 6'1", 155lbs , 40" chest, with an athletic build and muscular arms. The Medium gives me a perfect, race-ready fit with zero puckering or material to flap in the wind. If you are a bigger build you'll want to size up to the Large.

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