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4 5

Just received these in the mail and two things stand out:
1. The fit and finish is superb
2. They look much better in person than they do in photos

I tried them on, and the materials are nice and supple - they fit like a glove.

I'd heard rumors about them having a "wide toe box". Unfortunately, they are pretty standard cycling-shoe width, which is fairly narrow. I wear a D-width dress shoe and my feet hang over the sides of the carbon soles on these. I ordered a size 46, and the sole measured about 96mm at its widest point. In comparison to other brands, these are as narrow as DMTs, Giros and regular Sidis. Specialized S-Works (2013, regular) are slightly wider, and Shimano R170s (regular) are even wider still. Those with wide feet can squeeze into the R3s because of the supple upper material, but you'd be more comfortable in something wider.

I wear a 46.5 Sidi Genius 6 Mega, and they are a little roomy for me in the toebox (not the forefoot). I was told to size down 0.5 for the R3s, but I think I should've sized up to a 47, because the R3s were also slightly short. Even the few mm of width that extra size would've given me still wouldn't be enough to make them comfortable. Oh well...

As for the sizing questions - it'd be great if Competitive Cyclist and other websites would start providing some actual measurements for their shoes. I'm sure it would prevent a lot of returns, and the lasts probably don't change much from year to year.

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5 5

I purchased this jacket for use in rain and Bay Area mist, both of which we get regularly. After several uses, it's held up well and kept me dry.

Pros:
- Fits well: 6' 180lbs, wear a sz large in everything, and this fit nice and snug w/o riding up, being overly "flappy" or constricting movement. Great on-bike position
- Keeps me dry - No complaints here. Taped seams and a decent membrane work for a few hours of mist.
- Long tail - Keeps the rain/rooster tail off my butt
- Packable - Not tiny, but enough to fit in a jersey pocket after some careful folding.
- Venting - Under arm mesh and back vent help, especially when you open the front zip a bit

Cons
- Rear pocket - Zipper is difficult to access while riding, doesn't keep things dry (better off stowing in a jersey underneath)
- Gets hot - I run warm most times, and this isn't amazingly breathable. You definitely get plastic-bag syndrome on climbs (but what jacket doesn't?)
- Construction - Clear seam tape reveals some suspect stitching, but nothing egregious
- Looks - Huge CRAFT logo on the rear (in reflective paint) is a bit garish for me

In all, it rains or mists a lot in the Bay Area, and though I'd love to get a more stylish jacket, I just can't justify it with this one performing so well for the $60 I paid. Not sure unload $150 on it when I could get GoreTex for ~$200, but it's a solid buy under $100.

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