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cwi4958190wrote a review of on August 15, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

There seems to be no incentive writing a review for a product that you end up returning. But I read these myself when considering the idea of buying something online. So I thought I'd make a contribution.
I'm a medium across the board: jerseys, shorts, shirts, pants, whatever. But I saw the European Race Fit addendum to the Sizing Chart for this base layer and ended up with the small. I've purchased other synthetic non-cycling-specific base layers in small to get a good underneath-the-jersey fit. So it seemed natural to do so here. My chest measures a little less than 38. And the chart for a small gives the spread 36.5 to 38 inches.
The two I ordered arrived. I took one out of the bag and tried pulling it over my head and down around my shoulders. And by the time I got the hem below the shoulder blades I began to panic and came to a worried halt. I wasn't sure I was going to be able to get the shirt back off again.
The material has no real stretch to it, and I struggled to coax it back over my shoulders. Right back into the plastic bag. I never even got the chance to evaluate the cut of the shirt.
Clearly, the sizing is way off. And anyhow, if it had been a medium and I'd succeeded at getting the hem down to the waist, I wonder how the feel would have been. The material doesn't strike me as something that would fit your form yet give where it needs to give while moving around on the bike. I see there's another apparently identical item from Pearl Izumi being sold with Comp Cyclist for an extra five bucks. Maybe Pearly Izumi sussed out the sizing problem and reissued the garment in a different iteration. From what I've observed (confessed semi-regular consumer of cycling garb, I am), this phenomenon happens batch to batch with clothing now and then. Manufacturing snafus must be common in the business, with most stuff still being made a hemisphere away. In any case, I'm still not sold on their high-tech material.

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cwi4958190wrote a review of on June 7, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I've owned a number of Pearl Izumi bibs and shorts. The mediums have always fit me true to size, and I've always thought well of the inserts on the upper level products (had issues with the Attack inserts way back when). I recently bought a pair of the Elite knickers for a cool-evening, return-commute bottom along with a pair of these PRO In-R-Cool bib shorts. The insert is really nice, an improvement over those stitched into an earlier iteration of this bib I own (3 or 4 years old?). The other I like is the Castelli progetto. But this Pearl Izumi insert is possibly nicer. It's certainly newer. So we'll see how time wears on it. But it works effectively two rides into the life of the garment - some longer rides with substantial climbing. The fit is also very good. But I understand what some of the other reviewers mean about it feeling tight. It simply incorporates some compression into the fit and design. But once you're out there doing what you do on a bike, that sensation - if initially unsettling - falls by the wayside. Compared to the Elite knickers I just got, the PROs do feel a little tighter. ( I also like the knickers, by the way.) But it's just the compression feature doing its thing. They feel great, and I experienced no binding or numbness anywhere from them, whether I was in the saddle climbing or in the drops descending. I have Castelli's, Pearl Izumi, Capo (if you're into horse saddle sized inserts - rain rides!) and Gore bibs. These are now my favorites. There are my two cents.

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cwi4958190wrote a review of on November 17, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

To start, here's a disclaimer. I can only comment on these bars for use on a XC machine. At first I was reluctant to try them for that purpose, fearful they would ruin the handling characteristics of my bike for technical single track and extended climbs. I previously had a set of flat bars on my bike and shortened to about 680mm for tight work among the trees. So far I've left the Turbine risers at their starting length, 725mm. I may lop off a centimeter from each side in the near future. But the transition from a medium length bar to a longer has shown me the benefits of having that extra leverage when negotiating a 29er through the rock gardens of the technical single track loop I ride frequently. On the other hand, I’m no longer confident leading with my shoulder through a tight turn festooned with tree trunks and sneaking the bars through. That’s why there are happy mediums. But to the bars.
They feel light and strong out of the box. The central 31.8 diameter section is substantial. And the bars on the bike don't feel whippy at all. They make for a solid cockpit and lend themselves to that positive leverage I mentioned earlier. As for the handling, at first I thought my fears had come true. Although the 3/4 rise appears slight compared to a flat bar, the shape definitely repositions the rider differently and requires some initial getting used to.
The two main differences I noticed after a few rides were, one, a significant decrease in stress on the lower back on extended climbs and, two, a proportionate increase in demand on the upper body to "work" the bike through technical landscapes and support the body on long climbs. For me these were positive changes - it makes for more of a whole body effort on technical terrain and also helps isolate the muscle groups below the waist for climbing, taking away that strain on the muscles around the lumbar.
And handling? After a few weeks I'm back to swinging my 29er around the tightest switchbacks. Good bars. No regrets.

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cwi4958190wrote a review of on August 27, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you started out a roadie and wearing Lycra, you know the pitfalls of mountain biking in baggy shorts. They're baggy, and saggy. I'd agree with the first reviewer: these shorts are light, breathable, stretchy, and durable. The insert is good quality and works well. In fact, the whole short is made really well - good zippers, good materials, nice snaps up front, good fit standing up straight in them. But get on the saddle and you understand that saggy part above. I don't think mountain bike clothing makers have figured out the baggy thing yet. Lycra, of course, grabs you all over and therefore resists falling toward your knees when you're moving around on the saddle. And a bib even betters that equation. But a baggy short can only grab you in one place, around the waist. So the various manufacturers have focused on fastening systems that cinch up around this area. But I haven't found anything that works so far. And I'm afraid Fox hasn't altered my record on that count with the Attack Q4 short. The velcro fasteners inside do tighten things up around the waist. But they leave pleats around the outside of the waistband, which I find a little uncomfortable. And although the shorts fit nicely while standing on my feet, moving around on the saddle still gradually drags the shorts lower on my body so that soon enough the hems of the shorts are flapping in the wind around my knees like sheets hung to dry on a clothesline. I'm constantly looking for a straight so I can stand on my pedals and hike the short back up around my mid-section. I'm a 32 waist, and the 32 fits well. The cut is like a surf short, and they're stylish and comfortable to hang out in. I think it's a fundamental design flaw with baggies that keep them from serving the purpose well. Someone needs to engineer a better waistband, maybe. It's just unfortunate that I spent a chunk o' change on them to have to keep dragging them back into place periodically during a ride. (And they've just gone on sale!)

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