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the 2nd thumbnail pic is wrong. That's a ergonova Pro, which is made of aluminum
I like these bibs a lot and purchased 3 pairs in total. A few things to keep in mind....
- Of course they are not the best bibs in the market, but they are priced extremely well at the discount price.
- With Castelli's annoying low cut design universally applied to the entire product line, Presto is NOT one of them. That said, if you have a belly or simply prefer more support at abdominal area, this is a great choice.
- I mostly use them for daily commute ride (11miles with 1000 ft elevation) and haven't yet encountered any issues. There are a couple times I rode 30+ miles with them and find the leg gripper to be a bit annoying (itchy)
- I have mine for 4 months now and not having any issues with decal. I always use a fabric bag to wash bibs and NEVER put them in dryer, perhaps that's the reason.
I desperately wanted to love them, after reading good reviews of Giro Factor (Factress is women's model) and heard good feedback from my fitter. I ordered Giro Factress and Shimano R310 on the same day, hoping for the best.
They arrived on the same day coincidentally so I was able to do side-by-side comparison. Out of box, Factress is EXTREMELY light and good looking, much noticeably lighter than R310. Low profile, sleek design, the EC 90 outsole looks really promising. Overall, quality shoe with good finish.
However, as soon as I put it on, the disaster began. I am a size 36 and have a pair of rather wide and "fat" feet. I tried on the Factress in 37 with my summer cycling socks, and immediately discovered that i could barely close up the 1st strap. It's just simply too short to fit - i could have used more force to keep it close up but that's just a bad idea once I am on my bike for hours. Heelcup felt quite secure and comfy as well. My last attempt was to tweak the custom insole and hoping it would allow me more space inside the shoe. Failed, of course, so these shoe would have to go back.
I might get a pair of Espada in 37.5 to see if I can cope with the length, but in the meantime, I will be riding with Shimano R130.
Conclusion: if you have higher volume feet, sadly Giro is not for you.
I am a woman (size 6) and prefer guy's cycling gears. The prints are just much cooler without all the funny looking snow flakes, pinkness, and flowers.
I purchased this jersey in size S and found the cut very funky. The armhole is very very high and the chest area is much smaller than other Castelli gears. I can still wear it as long as I don't pull up the zipper entirely (it has to say around collar bone). Honestly I can't imagine any guys could fit in size S.
Conclusion: if you don't have a Schleck build, Ganna is not for you.
I discover clif bloks in a local century event. I packed lots of gel with me but ended up eating these bloks instead. Like everyone said, no one is a true fan of energy gel and it soon becomes disgusting after gel no.3. No messiness, easy to eat and pack, these are by far my favorites and I will not go back to gel.
Consistency - hold up very well in my jersey pocking in 90F for several hours, just got a little bit softer but didn't seem to melt
Flavor - black cherries (with 2 times of caffeine) and margarita (with 2 times of sodium) are my favorites. Margarita is supppperb!
I only wear this for my commute ride, period.
I feel the leg gripper is quite weak and the material is not sturdy enough to provide any type of muscle support (well, I can't fee it if there is any...). It's not worth it for the original retail price, buy it when it's on sale.
Runs true to size, good enough to recreational ride (below 10 miles) and spinning class.
I wanted to like these gloves - they look nice and seem to have good padding for the longer ride. I thought they'd a good back-up for my pearl izumi.
However, after 3 months of usage, I've decided that the "air gel" doesn't seem to provide enough support. Even worse, the gloves started to fall apart with loose threads on fingers and worn-out palm fabric. They will most likely end up in trash can after another month or 2.
Based on Louis Garneau's website, the equipe short has the most comfy chamois from their line, which is why I made the purchase.
I've ridden 60 - 100 miles in them and they certainly hold up to the standard. The good quality lyrca material and slightly longer inseam offer good amount of muscle support as well as the additional protection if you crash.... The result is quite noticeable on a longer ride. However, I can still feel some numbness and pain from time to time after mile 50 which leads me wanting to try Neo Power short or Giordana's top line.
Sizing-wise, I dont find them running small - I am a size M across all the shorts I own and I wear size M in the Equipe Short. They do run tighter but I'd take it as the result of "racing fit" vs. "club fit".
Does RC plan to get inventory in smaller sizes for female riders?
I ordered mine in size L (i am a M) after reading the review but found it too baggy on me. Nevertheless, pretty cool vest for fall layering purpose, the lemonade color is very nice compared to the most popular neon yellow color in cycling wears.
Before i went ahead to purchase the Fizik Vitesse HP, i was worried because of the mixed reviews i've read from various website. At the end, i figured it would be better than my old saddle no matter what, I am very delighted that i made the decision. I've been using it for over 3 months now and my rides vary from 11-mile commute route to 60-mile hilly ride, all I can say is i'm quite satisfied with it. It's reasonable weight, well-made, and comes in multiple colors (realcyclist only have 2, but i believe there are a couple more on the web)