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I got this jacket a few weeks ago and I love it. I got the white version because it looks real sharp, but of course I got some black grease stains on it. What would you recommend I use to clean the jacket without damaging it?
Much better fitting than any other balaclava I've tried. It's quite tight, so it's a bit more difficult to pull on, but that ultimately gives it a nice snug fit. It draws close around the neck, making it easy to tuck under your jacket collar.
I ordered the very last white XS and am glad I got it in time. This is a ridiculously good jersey for under $30.
The fit is not quite as "pro" as some higher-end jerseys - for me, the fabric buckles a little bit at the chest - but even if it's slightly less than fully aerodynamic, it's still a supremely comfortable and high-performing jersey for an amateur like me.
The sleeves are great - no gripper, just a wide (~2-inch) elastic cuff, which is much more comfortable. I'm a skinny guy and this is the only jersey I've found in this price range that fits me properly in the sleeve.
The understated design is also right up my alley - no huge logos or wacky patterns. A winner from LG.
I didn't actually buy this from RC, but I had to review this bibtight because of how well it's served me. I bought one these when I was 17, and I'm still using it 8 years later, with no drop in performance and no real signs of wear (just some minor pilling on the surface). The fleeced interior is super-comfy, very warm, and not bulky in the slightest. As long as there's no rain or snow, these do me fine through the entire winter. Last week I went out on a -17C morning with a base-layer, these tights, and another layer on top, and I was perfectly fine for about two hours.
This was the first piece of gear I bought from Sugoi and I've been loyal ever since. They're not as well-known as the big names, but their gear performs well and is great value for the money. They've started outsourcing some of their accessories to overseas factories, so avoid that stuff, but their shorts and tights are all still made in Canada with high quality construction.
These bib tights are very comfortable - the "thermoflex" fleeced interior adds warmth in addition to being extremely soft and plush. Layering them with another pair of bib tights, I've biked well below freezing with no difficulty.
The no-chamois version is versatile - aside from cycling, they work great as running tights, or as a layer for any kind of winter activity. I wore them as long johns on a camping trip once.
As with most everything Castelli, you need to size up. I'm on the smaller side of medium by their size chart. When I tried on a medium at a local MEC, I was able to squeeze into them, but they were pretty constricting, and I was barely able to close the ankle zippers over my socks. Even the large is fairly snug compared to other gear I own, but still comfortable.
I do have to partially agree with one of the reviewers below - the stripey pattern, made with several separate small panels sewn together, is unnecessary. Castelli's products are great in performance, but I find their looks to be pretty ostentatious and this one takes the cake on that front. The stripe panels, the two red logos on the knees, "Castelli" in giant letters up each leg... I don't need to draw that much attention.
Performance-wise, a great product, and a real steal at the sale price. Highly recommended.