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This is an awesome choice for those looking for on the go nutrition and prefer real ingredients. The consistency of the product is what does it for me. During longer endurance rides in the spring and fall is where it really shines. Any other gel or bar would be petrified and rock hard in the central Minnesota cold where we ride and train in temps in the 30s and 40s. The consistency is the same. It remains chewable and digestible despite the cold.
I've used this jacket a handful of time this past fall in temps ranging from 35-50 degrees F. The zipp off sleeves are a nice feature, however wind does seep through the overlapping layers. It is fairly wind resistant, but it is not at the level of a Windstopper garment. As for warmth, I tend to layer, so I can't say how this would feel with just a baselayer on. I bought an XL as I am 6 ft. 1 in. and 180 pounds. A large would fit a bit better and bee more aero, but the little extra room allows for the layers.
I loved these bib shorts. That was until after about two months of regular on the road use the seam up the middle just above the chamois pad ripped free. Then one ride after that, the chamois itself has start to come free from the short.
At 6'1" tall and 180-185 pounds, the xl was a good fit. A bit high in the front for my liking, making pit stops a pain.
The all black traditional look was awesome, but the workmanship and quality just weren't there. I understand the price is indicative of quality, but I was at least hoping to get one full riding season out of them.
Took these on a 45 mile maiden voyage. Nice and ventilated compared to my other Castelli bibs. They are definitely an upgrade compared to the Nero Classic or the podium collections like the Duran. Love the elastic gripper on the leg as the traditional grippers can feel a bit weird. They are cut low in front as one reviewer indicated, but once on the bike they are a perfect fit. Sizing wise, pretty true to other Castelli products. I am 6'1" tall and about 180-185. An xl fits good, perhaps a little loose. To get that true race fit a L would have been plenty big.
I purchase these from another retailer and wish I hadn't. They are terribly uncomfortable after more than say 20 miles. There is little to speak of for the interior of the shoe and I went so far as to replace the liner with a set from a pair of running shoes to get the kind of foot support I needed. I will never buy a pair of Shimano shoes again.
I've been using these bibs for almost a year now. I have had no issues with the lettering. However, I wash them with a very mild homemade soap that's free of all industrial chemicals that's put in off-the shelf products. Be sure to line dry them. The compression and fit is nice and snug. I'm about 6'2" and fit riding weight of 175-180 lbs. so the XL was a good choice. However, the chamois leaves something to be desired, but it stood up well in a 65 mile road race.