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About 6 months ago, I was riding back home from work in the pouring rain. A barber was relaxing under an awning outside his shop when he spotted me, or should I say, my Exposure Six Pack. He smiled and gave perhaps the best description of this outstanding English product as I passed by: "That is one VICIOUS light."
Vicious. That about sums it up. Enough light to illuminate street signs half a mile away. Enough light to turn the back of buses into glittering Christmas trees. Enough light to see where you're going, no matter the time of day or weather conditions. Enough light for even the most distracted driver to see. Enough light to save your life. Enough said.
A hackneyed phrase for sure, but rings true here. A very comfortable, well fitting, and good looking pair of bib shorts.
I am 5'8", 165 pounds with a 31 inch waist and the medium fits me perfectly. The chamois is extremely comfortable and lends itself to long rides (longest ride 75 miles in these bibs so far). Absolutely no chafing or discomfort after the ride.
The fit is perfect around the entire lower body, with good grip ensuring that the shorts do not migrate upwards. The straps are comfortable and not constricting in any way.
I am pleasantly surprised by the quality of construction; there are absolutely no flaws. I had a problem with the quality of a pair of Sorpasso bib tights in the past, but not a single problem with these free aero shorts.
I hand wash these and air dry, as I am a bit concerned about the iron on emblems deteriorating, but no problems so far.
I got these instead of the "Paint" product because they seem a bit more durable. Very pleased with this purchase.
These bibs arrived with great anticipation and expectations, but lived up to neither. The first pair had a pen tip sized hole on the bottom left leg near the zipper. Also, as I very carefully put the medium size (I'm 5'8", 165lbs.) on, I heard a ripping sound. Initially ignoring the sound, I went out for a ride and noticed the leg zippers refused to stay closed; they constantly migrated up. After the ride I inspected the bibs to see if I could find evidence from the ripping sound. Upon inspection, the stitching had begun to come apart at the seams along the waist.
BackCountry sent another pair. I took these out of the bag and didn't even wear them: the leg lengths were slightly different, and the emblems were already flaking off. I had the same problem with the third pair that was sent.
Despite my problems with this product, Backcountry showed exemplary customer service, shipping the replacements and ultimately issuing the credits when the products were returned.
I replaced these with De Marchi winter bibs, and they have been superlative. Not only are they designed in Italy, but made there also. The difference in quality is vast. It's a shame Castelli doesn't seem to have gotten a hold of quality control in the countries where they're having their products made.