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5 5

I have another Pearl softshell from several years ago (forget the model), but I've loved it. This new PRO is a couple of magnitudes beyond the older one. Lighter weight, but as far as I can tell, at LEAST as insulating and possibly moreso. The front pocket is great, as is the cable feed hole inside the pocket (for earphones).

I got the white one, which will surely show dirt easily but it is a great looking product. I haven't worn it extensively but I'm guessing that between 30 and 50 you wouldn't need anything else but a base layer. Above 50 might get hot quickly with this jacket.

Great bang for the buck product.

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5 5

There could be that much of a difference between two "relatively" high end pairs of bibs. I've religious worn Pearl Izumi for a long time. I'll have to admit that since I've tried the Assos I can really tell the difference in comfort. The difference isn't apparent when just putting them on initially, but after a couple of hours I'm certainly more comfortable.

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4 5

It performs as expected. Does a good job of blocking wind for just a little more warmth without having to go to a full jacket. It does "billow" (catch wind) a little when unzipped approximately half way but I suppose that's to be expected. Very packable.

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3 5

I've been wearing PI gear almost exclusively for years. This is the first time a medium size has felt this tight. They're useable (I think) but significantly more snug than I'm use to. I realize these are supposed to provide more compression but not THAT much I wouldn't think.

I'll update should my opinion change.

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made me a believer
5 5

I bought the wheels for the simple reason that I wanted them. I did not expect them to make me faster, etc. Having said that, they do seem to be faster than my older (non-aero) wheels. It's hard to quantify, but the PR's are coming steadily on routes I've ridden for multiple years and many times.

I had no experience with carbon or aero wheels, and these wheels do feel different. The ride is slightly more harsh due to the deep section, but not overly so. I've read that people feel the 6.7s are easier to maintain speed with. That's subjective at this point but I would have to agree.

I haven't noticed any issues climbing, but even at 1500 plus grams these wheels are lighter than what I'm used to by 200-300 grams so that's not surprising.

Very happy with the purchase!

**I have the wheels built with Chris King R45 hubs.

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5 5

Love the way this cap fits. It's small, but just big enough to cover a large part of your ear without feeling like you're going to have to stretch it to no end. Transfers moisture well while insulating at the same time. Comfortable enough that I forget I'm wearing it.

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4 5

I bought the same size as my specialized road shoe (45), it most definitely has more room than my normal shoe. It feels a little big but workable with normal socks. It is not as comfortable as I'm use to, but in fairness they are the second pair of cycling shoes I've ever owned. I bought them because they are waterproof and warmer. I've worn them on one ride so far, definitely warmer. I've already decided to get a better footbed for comfort. They were ok in the lower 50s with thin wool socks. I suspect they could work out at much lower temps with the right sock.

UPDATE: I've used these shoes quite a bit more now. They have "broken in" and become more comfortable even though I haven't replaced the foot beds. I've been down into the very low 40s wearing a thin sock with no comfort issues there. They're expensive but well worth it to not have to deal with shoe covers constantly.

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5 5

I have only used once, but I'm sold. I used in relatively heavy rain in the low 40s. I stayed warm and dry (had base layer and ls jersey under it) for two hours. It breathes well but definitely stops the wind and water. The only slight gripe is I wish the zips were easier to operate with one hand but it probably wouldn't be waterproof if they were. The jacket is very comfortable, quiet when moving around...doesn't feel like the typical waterproof layer. If you can deal with the price it gets the job done.

The specs say there is a removeable hood with this jacket, but there isn't.

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