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Zach Pinawrote a review of on April 27, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Castelli really hit a home run with the Nanoflex fabric ? it's brushed for warmth, and repels wind and moderate moisture (rain, snow, etc.) with relative ease. No wonder why the Garmin guys insist on this stuff. Downside: zero articulation in the construction. No elbow bend or shaping makes the warmers bunch up where your arms bend. Not exactly uncomfortable, but not ideal either. Still a great product.

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Zach Pinawrote a review of on August 20, 2012

5 5

Honestly not a big fan of any saddle bag, but this was a nice compromise. Went with the Small and was pleased at how neatly and securely it tucks directly beneath the saddle. While you should expect a pretty snug fit, the Small should fit a single tube, a C02 cartridge + inflator, and a pair of levers. There's also a clever external pouch on the underside of the straps for your multi-tool, which is especially handy as it grants quick access to this regularly-needed tool without forcing you to dig through the pouch. Bear in mind that if you plan on carrying your phone or any snacks in the pouch, I would recommend getting the Medium size.

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Zach Pinawrote a review of on July 30, 2012

5 5

I'll come right out and say it: the Hard Kore is not the most cleverly named, and it certainly lacks some of the refined sculpting and frame design that I've come to expect from sunnies at this price point. It even almost feels dated in both of those respects. However, there's something about the Hard Kore (ugh) that still feels refreshingly utilitarian -- a timeless sport-performance profile, if you will. It's pretty clear that Kaenon is putting all their eggs in the basket of optical performance, and luckily their SR-91 lenses deliver in spades. For me, having a contrast-enhancing lens that protects and cuts glare on sunny days but delivers perfect clarity on cloudy days is a huge win -- the C12 (copper, 12% light transmission) is the ultimate in all-day, all-sport versatility. Plus, its mirrored finish looks absolutely badass. No complaints on the fit or wearability - it's definitely a large wrap frame with beefy arms and big lenses. The rubber nose pieces and long rubber temple tips are more than adequate to keep things snug. Still, if you have a smaller mug, or just prefer smaller sunnies for sport, check out the also unfortunately named Soft Kore.

* made in Italy, if you're into that sort of thing

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Zach Pinawrote a review of on July 19, 2012

5 5

For several seasons, my Gore Power bibs have been the de facto standard for fit and comfort against which I measure everything else I wear for riding. The Xenon 2.0 surpasses that standard in every way. The straps are slightly wider and softer to eliminate chafing, while remaining exceptionally lightweight as they disappear against your shoulders. The leg ending features a thick band of tight lycra along with subtle silicone grippers on the inside - both of which combine for a perfectly secure leg fit. And the insert - again, better in every way. Multiple densities for perfect support, carbon fiber threading helps keep the insert dry and adds antimicrobial protection, and the insert's deep channel allows for even better ventilation. Truly a top-shelf short worthy of sitting on the top shelf.

* I fit a Gore Medium across the chart, and the Xenon doesn't surprise

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Zach Pinawrote a review of on July 19, 2012

5 5

Most impressive and telling about the Xenon glove is how even with its superlight construction and subtle padding, it's still remarkably durable, supportive, and surprisingly easy to remove. Lesser gloves leave hands numb after long hours, don't ventilate well, or simply fall apart after the first few rides. And it strikes a fine balance between 'just enough' padding in the right places so as to not compromise your feel on the bars. Cycling gloves aren't for everyone, but that's simply because not all gloves are created equal.

* wear a Large size glove across the branding spectrum, and these are no different

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Zach Pinawrote a review of on July 10, 2012

5 5

I wasn't crazy about the original Pivlock, and Smith must have been listening, because the new version is leaps and bounds better. Much more aggressive styling and a subtly updated lens geometry with nicely improved nose piece adjustment. Fit is still super lightweight, but it now slides around helmet retention systems more comfortably. There's an awful lot to like here, and in case you were wondering, sizing on the V2 Max is on par with the Oakley Radar XL - definitely tall (the difference between the V2 Max and the regular V2 is only in its height - not width or stem length) coming in around 50mm at the top above the nose, and potentially in the way if you like your helmet to sit low on your forehead. Otherwise, excellent vertical and periphery coverage. Crazy multi-sport versatile, and if you score the White or Acid Yellow colorway, Euro-fabulous too.

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Zach Pinawrote a review of on July 9, 2012

5 5

I have the older Xenon jersey, and the new 2.0 offers a welcome round of improvements without compromising on the foundation of the kit: its superlative fit and air-channeling capabilities. Gone is the see-through mesh around the stomach, with more strategically (and modestly) placed ventilation around the shoulders and underarms. The jersey itself is constructed of a much lighter weight and better ventilated fabric, negating the need for overt ventilation panels. Gore also went with a full-length, locking zipper for quick and generous access to cooler air. There's nothing about the Xenon 2.0 kit to not like - and it's quickly becoming a renewed favorite in my rotation.

* I've always been a Medium with Gore, and the Xenon fits just as slim as expected

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