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Eric H.

Eric H.

Eric H.

Eric H.wrote a review of on July 6, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love the slightly sour tang in contrast to similar products which tend to be overly sweet. Very easy on my stomach. I found very hard to get out of the pouch whether new or stale. Got stale months before the expiration date - still edible, but very stiff and extremely sticky once you started to eat - like tear out fillings sticky.

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Eric H.

Eric H.wrote a review of on June 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Crosswind stability is excellent. Still get a little buffeting but quite little at 30+ mph downhill with variable strong crosswinds.

Superb dry braking. At least as good as my best aluminum rims. Better than 2015 Firesrike 404's. Excellent modulation and peak power. Huge improvement from the Firecrest 303's. Did not ride in the wet.

Weight was exactly as advertised ( a rarity in the biking equipment world...)

Aero is too subjective to comment.

Impossible to feel whether they coast better with the new hub.

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Eric H.

Eric H.wrote a review of on June 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Conceptually identical to Castelli's bodypaint bibs but with slightly less stretchy and therefore slightly more compressive legs. Sizing seems identical to Castelli., although legs are a bit longer. Like the bodypaint, the single seam on the legs is far nicer than multiple seams. Very comfortable, fairly low volume chamois. Shoulder straps not as soft as they should be, hopefully will soften when washed a few times. Very well made. Feel great, look great. The material of the legs is different from the material of the rest of the shorts, and the pictures make it look like a very noticeable pouch in front. This effect is much less visible in person.

Bottom line is that these are in the upper echelon of the best bib shorts and personal preferences and fit will dictate whether they are among the very best for you.

The real issue is whether these are worth a large premium over other high-end bibs, and that depends on how value-conscious you are since a number of brands I think are 80-90% as good but at 50-60% of the cost.

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Eric H.wrote a review of on May 25, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This packs down much smaller than any "ultra-thin" VEST I own. Maybe the size or a Powerbar folded in half. You could easily stuff it into a tennis ball. Drape it on your finger and there is no sensation of weight. None. I estimate +/-50 gram. Fit is Euro-snug and only slight flapping at shoulders at 30 mph. Does seem windproof. Very nicely made, seems like it is holding up fine despite the ultra-sheer material. Only negative so far is that the elastic of the cuffs fit snug so have to remove gloves in order to take it off.

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Eric H.

Eric H.wrote a review of on May 16, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love these except I stocked up on a sale and found they started to get hard and stale after 6-8 weeks and very hard after 12 weeks - which was long before the expiration date. Still tasted fine and absolutely no spoilage, just an effort to chew and a risk of tearing my fillings out since they were so sticky.

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Eric H.wrote a review of on May 4, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

5'6" 138 lbs. I wear small in my other 6 pairs of Castelli bibs. Could not get small on. Med. were long but the leg gripper portion was extremely tight (tourniquet-tight). These would be great for someone 5'9" 130 but not any heavier than that. They did seem really nicely made and a great bargain so very disappointing the fit was so much off.

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Eric H.

Eric H.wrote a review of on March 16, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Excellent cold weather tight. Fits well, well made, feels good. Note - chamois is pretty thick so if you like thin chamois this could be a problem. Like Castelli's nanoflex, highly water resistant but not truly water proof. These worked fine for me at 25 degrees and I found them far too warm above 45.

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Eric H.wrote a review of on January 12, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love these except for the shins - just a very thin, NOT waterproof, sort of plasticky material. Really weird - might have been OK for back of the leg, but not the front. The thighs are nicely thermal and the front shins are zero thermal. Would give these a 5 otherwise. I actually liked the shiny finish and thought it looked and felt rather cool but that is a matter a taste. As noted, the finish is NOT water resistant - I rode several times in rain and they soaked through almost instantly. Perhaps there was a water=proofing finish that washed off but if so it did mighty fast and easily.

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Eric H.wrote a review of on November 27, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

2 pairs I use primarily for gym and heavy weightlifting. Have held up perfectly. Zero tears. Zero problems. Getting 2 more pairs. For biking use prefer gloves with at least a life padding. Weird to read other reviews and the problems since mine have been so good

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Eric H.wrote a review of on August 7, 2015

2 5

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

I have tried many protein mixes and quite a few gave me some level of stomach distress but this was the all-time worst. Huge gastric distress. Flavor was fair

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Eric H.

Eric H.wrote a review of on June 21, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pro- These are as light as advertised, about the same as Zipp 202s in crosswind (very good), holding up very well to rough roads, seems to give a slightly wider tire profile than 202s

Con- braking is marginal/fair despite trying several different pads. Have not ridden in rain.

Ungodly difficult to mount tires Pre-stretched Continental 4000s I put on by hand onto 202s and 6 flatted tubes and 3 broken levers still have not gotten onto these, although I originally only flatted 3 tubes putting on first tire. Specialized Cotton tires were impossible for me or my LBS to mount. First, the rims probably have a very very slightly larger diameter than the 202's. Second, whereas most rims have a large, deep bed between the walls of the rim, these have only a very narrow grove and then high "shoulders" underneath the rim walls. This means that the bead of only one side of the tire can fit in the grove, so the other bead is higher, taking away any slack to the tire bead on the opposing side of the wheel, causing the extreme mounting difficulty.

Overall an excellent special day wheel set if you can afford it but you must carry multiple break-proof tire levers when you ride or you will never change a flat.

I also incurred significant tire rubbing on left chainstay (actually wore a little bit of the carbon chainstay away) that did not occur with the 202's so these are clearly not as laterally stiff, although I did not notice it when I was riding.

Up-date - braking getting noticeably better and more consistent with use.

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Eric H.

Eric H.wrote a review of on June 11, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had a pair for almost a year - moderate use - which have held up extremely well, fit well, feel superb, no sign of wear whatsoever. I see the other reviews and wonder if we are reviewing the same product or perhaps I just got lucky with a well-made pair. Yes, all leather gloves are a bit hard to get off. I truly love these gloves

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Eric H.wrote a review of on February 9, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Quite warm (warmer than Sidi GTX), water proof (heavy rain will leak down your ankles into the wide cuffs and soak your feet eventually so not a good choice for long downpours but worked well for 1 1/2 hours of rain/sleet/heavy slush), reasonably stiff but still walkable. Looks like a hiking boot (and feels like a hiking boot) so unobtrusive for post-ride coffee. Sole does have pretty good wet traction. Jack of all trades but master of none, which in this case means a very good value and a highly usuable shoe, esp. for wet/snowy conditions down to high 20's depending on how easily your feet freeze. Just does not make a great full-on MTB shoe so if your only need is for 4 hour epics or if you like a really stiff sole, this might not be perfect. Also a little heavy/bulky so I would not use for warmer temps. All in all, have been very satisfied for my 30'-45' riding, and that has included a lot of rain snow and sleet. Seemed to fit true to sizing. I normally wear 41 Sidi's in road shoes and a 42 gave me room for heavy socks.

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Eric H.wrote a review of on December 13, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great output, great depth, great spread, and is bright almost straight down which helps for pothole avoidance. Could use a better shroud as standing you get a bit blinded. Using the entire rear of the light as a touch sensitive button is the single best feature I have ever used on a light - works perfectly, EXCEPT there is no true sleep mode so it is sensitive to unintentional bumps. Like all Exposure lights it does not have a true strobe mode which seems strange since it costs nothing to program that in (they all have pulse modes which is just not as noticeably as a strobe although this does have SOS mode) The led screen to show mode, battery time remaining, and light output programs to choose from is also a superb feature and the led screen makes it really easy to change modes. Mount is rock solid although I wish you could swivel a bit like Lezyne instead of being stuck pointing straight ahead. Build quality is superb. I have not tried the auto-adjust (reflex) feature since I mostly use on the road and that feature is not designed for road use. Battery time seems as advertised. Re-charge time is OK.

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Eric H.wrote a review of on December 7, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the first glove I have ever owned, or seen (other than a full leather or equivalent where the entire glove is made out of high-grip material) , where the palm is made of the exact same very slippery nylon-like material as the back and has ZERO features for grip enhancement. No texture, no rubber, no dots, no nothing. it is like putting your hand up the sleeve of a nylon wind jacket and then trying to grip something. Works OK on rubber brake hoods, well enough on silicone bar tape, but water bottles are a challenge and anything metal, like a door knob or brake levers, is like trying to grab wet ice. Incomprehensible not to at least have a few rubber sections on the palm at this price. The glove has some good features - held up to steady rain, very pliable and dexterous, packs down really well onto a pocket, reasonably warm. Since it is intended to be taken off and on, perhaps multiple times on a ride, should also have large pull tabs, which it lacks. The other "positive" is that there seem to be few options other than heavier-weight skiing glove shells which do not pack down so well.

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Eric H.wrote a review of on November 30, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Beautifully made, fabulous materials. Aside from chamois, possibly the nicest bibs I have ever put on. Extremely warm. The chamois however made for a remarkably unpleasant experience. 3 rides on 3 different bikes with 3 different saddles. Same result - exremely uncomfortable, some actual painful chafing. The problem seems to be that the chamois has two entirely separate very thick semi-circular segments with zero padding in between or on the sides (so there is no proogressively thicker padding - you are either on the 3/4" thick padding or you are not), so I was sort of "falling off" the padding sections and then it would get jammed in a bad position and impossible to get it to stay in place. And I typically love thick chamois. Total fail for me. I suspect some people it will work for and love this. Shame sicne the rest of the bibs are so wonderful.

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