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Bpf4888675wrote a review of on July 12, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

The graphics look just like in the pictures. You can be seen without going florescent! And, the fabric is cool--an interesting mesh pattern and light feel. Fit is also really good! However, there is no silicone grip on the tail edge to keep the jersey in place while riding. And, for me, this is a deal breaker. Hate to send it back, but find the tugging down at hem of my jersey is just too annoying. Capo: you almost had it!!

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Bpf4888675wrote a review of on February 26, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm a big Castelli fan and wear the Body Paint bib shorts when weather permits. So, it was only natural to get these Sorpasso tights for the cold weather. Everything the description above says is true, except they are not as warm as I had hoped. I'd say these are good for those cloudy 50 degree days, but for the winter riding I do here in Boulder, they just don't cut it. I want something for the 30+ degree range, and the wicked wind. So, if you are looking for a nice, comfy, good-chamois bib tights for chilly weather, you may like these. But, if you're riding in the deep freeze, you might want to go for something else. I'm going to maybe get the Gore Phantom tights for winter riding now and see how they fare. But I sure am looking forward to the Spring when I can wear the Castelli Sorpassos.

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Bpf4888675wrote a review of on April 12, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I ordered this gator as a transition piece from Winter to cold-blowing Spring. My winter one is marino wool and is broader at the bottom than the top so it stays inside my jersey with no draftiness. The marino wool is also nice and breathable. So, when I got this I realized how nice my Winter one is, because the Giodana is tight around the neck (and I'm female), will not offer the draftproofiness of my other one, and is suffocating to breath through. So, I'd say no-go on this one.
The one I like is Raffa, and would love Competitive Cyclist to offer their products again.

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Bpf4888675wrote a review of on January 4, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've had this jacket for two years now, so I've got some time on it. I usually grab it on days which are below 45. I like to layer, and this jacket layers well. Usually my Gore sleeveless plus my Craft long sleeve under garments do the trick on the coldest days. We get more wind than cold, so the Gore helps augment the wind stopping silver line. My rides are usually mild or hot or cold and many times windy here in Boulder, and I don't usually find myself riding in rain unless it is Spring or sometimes Fall--times when I feel are not cold enough to select this jacket. So, I can't comment on waterproofing. It does handle snow fine, though, and road spray doesn't seep through. It feels a little stiff and thick when I take it off the hanger, but feels fine and reassuring when clipping in for a cold ride.

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Bpf4888675wrote a review of on October 2, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm ordering a second one of these. It is so comfy. The flat straps over the shoulders practically disappear, and the chest band is not tight. (I leave that to the heart monitor band!) There is not a lot of support, but enough to keep things in place when going in for that cup of coffee. When riding, how much support do you really need, anyway?
As to size, I'm between a small and a medium, I think. I went with the medium because I wanted to maximize comfort. Maybe if I had gotten a small, it would feel tighter and more supportive. But, I'm sticking with Medium in the order I'm placing now.
Love it!

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Bpf4888675wrote a review of on May 1, 2013

5 5

The Leggera jacket is one of my most used clothes for my rides. If it's chilly, like 45--50ish, I put it on and ride until I, or the weather, warms up. Then, I just take it off, tuck it into my back pocket and off I go again. It is feather light and very packable. Lots of jackets say they are light/packable, but this one really is! For wind, it is excellent. There is a vent in the back which allows the wind to pass through the jacket and out, so you don't get a big puff marshmallow affect from trapped air. The material is breathable, but is also quite warm for its weight. It sheds water, so if you get caught under grey clouds, just snatch it from your back pocket (you did pack it before you left, didn't you?) and you are instantly warm and ready for the rain. The cut of the jacket is nice, especially the detail at the crook of the elbow where they gathered the material to make it comfy when you ride.
I tried a lot of wind/rain jackets before settling on this one. About 10 or so. I resisted the Leggera cuz I didn't want lime green or electric orange or lost-in-the-dark black. I wanted white. Which is perfect, since it comes in white...but I really don't like pink, and it has pink in it. I got over that little issue once I got the jacket on and out. It's great!! (And I am a very picky gal)
Ride safe out there!

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Bpf4888675wrote a review of on October 6, 2012

5 5

Temp dropped to 34 yesterday in Boulder, so layered up for my ride. Wore a windstopper sleeveless undershirt, a long sleeved light breathable shirt and the Xenon jersey on top. Sure, I was a bit cold starting out, but I quickly warmed up and was just right after about 15 minutes. This jacket has great features, but you can read these for yourself above. The thing I like best is that it is kinda packable when finally things heat up during a ride. You jam it into the rear pocket of the jersey you wore underneath and, sure, it sticks up out of the pocket, but you can certainly ride with it. Better than trying to tie a jacked around your waste! I recommend this jacket for cool to cold conditions if you are a layering kinda rider like me. Oh, I'm female and wear the men's small. Not too tight, but then there's the layering thing again...

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Bpf4888675wrote a review of on October 6, 2012

5 5

Temp dropped to 34 yesterday in Boulder, so layered up for my ride. Wore a windstopper sleeveless undershirt, a long sleeved light breathable shirt and the Xenon jersey on top. Sure, I was a bit cold starting out, but I quickly warmed up and was just right after about 15 minutes. This jacket has great feature, but you can read these for yourself above. The thing I like best is that it is kinda packable when finally things heat up during a ride. You jam it into the rear pocket of the jersey you wore underneath and, sure, it sticks up out of the pocket, but you can certainly ride with it. Better than trying to tie a jacked around your waste! I recommend this jacket for cool to cold conditions if you are a layering kinda rider like me. Oh, I'm female and wear the men's small. Not too tight, but then there's the layering thing again...

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Bpf4888675wrote a review of on December 20, 2011

4 5

So, I ordered these in Medium, since all my other shorts/tights are Medium...Too big. Then, I ordered them in Small...Too small. They are just what I wanted: cozy warm thin fleece inside, wind resistant front panel, good chamois, wide waistband. So sad they just don't fit! Otherwise, they'd be perfect for Windy Winter Riding.

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Bpf4888675wrote a review of on December 20, 2011

4 5

So, I ordered these in Medium, since all my other shorts/tights are Medium...Too big. Then, I ordered them in Small...Too small. They are just what I wanted: cozy warm thin fleece inside, wind resistant front panel, good chamois, wide waistband. So sad they just don't fit! Otherwise, they'd be perfect for Windy Winter Riding.

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Bpf4888675wrote a review of on December 15, 2011

5 5

I love this jersey! Maybe cause I'm a graphic artist, I think the graphics are great. The fit is very good. It is tight fitting, but not too tight. The waistband is snug, but stretchy and with a nice sticky band at the bottom which keeps the jersey nicely in place while riding. I'm female and usually order Women's Large due to broad shoulders. I ordered this jersey in Men's small, and it looks and feels really nice. The weight is good for a cool day, but if it's windy, you need a light jacket over it. Oh yeah, one more thing...this jacket is pricey, so you may want to hint about it as a nice present!

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Bpf4888675wrote a review of on December 15, 2011

5 5

I love this jersey! Maybe cause I'm a graphic artist, I think the graphics are great. The fit is very good. It is tight fitting, but not too tight. The waistband is snug, but stretchy and with a nice sticky band at the bottom which keeps the jersey nicely in place while riding. I'm female and usually order Women's Large due to broad shoulders. I ordered this jersey in Men's small, and it looks and feels really nice. The weight is good for a cool day, but if it's windy, you need a light jacket over it. Oh yeah, one more thing...this jacket is pricey, so you may want to hint about it as a nice present!

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Bpf4888675wrote a review of on September 15, 2011

1 5

Ordered then returned it. Tight on upper arm (and I"m a smaller woman), magnified because they were topped with a "stickey" band of elastic which was narrow, like Scotch tape. So if you have guns at all, they'd better be cap guns! Fabric was like light tights, so really wouldn't help that much to keep warm or in the wind, for that matter.

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