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They look super bulky on the web site but I couldn't imagine they really are given how all other PI gloves look in pictures. Surprise, they are really bulky.
Pretty much as bulky as ski gloves, maybe really warm, I'll never know, returning. Priced like quality ski gloves but not as nice in my opinion.
I got a pair of these gloves and the fit is very nice, materials and construction seem good, not too bulky but sufficiently insulated. I'm riding hard so when it's below 45 I need a little insulation but anything bulky gets too warm very quickly.
The elastic they put around the wrists of these gloves, however, is not the same diameter and way too tight on the left so I'm needing to return. I'm pretty sure cutting the blood off from your hands is not a good way to keep them warm. I'm ordering another pair, along with Pearl Pro soft shell, to see if they're made better but with the lame wrist elastic and super high cuff I think CRAFT has a revision to do on this one. Generally a big CRAFT fan.
I'm between sizes on the CRAFT sizing sheet but the M is perfect and small way too small. I'm in-between on most craft sizing sheets but the bigger choice, I'm learning, is always better for me.
The fit is very good, could maybe be a tiny bit longer in the front. It does exactly what it's supposed to do, blocks wind, breaths and allows you to easily shed heat with a slight unzip if you're on a big climb. A few upgrades would make it perfect for me:
1. The zipper is a bit fussy in the transition between the top and the kink between your neck and chest but maybe that's a function of the material and the fit, quality zipper for sure.
2. The pocket in the back is not good, it's too big and deep so it's tough to get stuff out especially with the bulky zipper flap. A better design would be to use a standard 3 pocket approach maybe made out something different than the jacket, something that stretches a bit, mesh maybe. I hate the pocket. Could maybe line one of the pockets with something water resistant and have a zipper or some velcro on that one pocket.
3. Some small mesh pit holes placed out of the wind might help it regulate temperature better.
4. Could maybe be cut for a bit more forward lean. I sometimes have to shrug my shoulders to get it to come up a bit so I'm not getting resistance across the back.
Very limited wind flap.
Comfortable, super nice material and it does exactly what it's supposed to do; keeps you warm and dry but allows you to easily shed heat if too much builds inside your shell. I wear this under a GORE Contest AS and it's a really nice combo.
It is a too warm above like 45 degrees for me.
For me I actually went with the larger size between the 2 that might have fit.
I don't own a lot of CRAFT stuff but my limited experience tells me it's the best. Made well, fits, comfortable, works well. You just find the right size and start using, no worries. I'll be looking to CRAFT first from now on.
Collar too tight and no give, zipper not structured enough to move with one hand. Material really flops in the wind on descents. Doesn't really feel like it's cut for a bicycling position. Does keep you cool.
I'm a pretty big fan of PI. I own 2 pair of the previous version of the PRO shorts, they are very good. When I bought the first pair I just put them on and rode, no problems ever. The chamois is a bit thick but kind of packs down over time and I've never experienced any sort of discomfort from it. Bought the 2nd pair, same deal. Good.
Thought I'd get another set and decided on the latest and greatest. There are some improvements: better waist band, better chamois. They look great and are made as well as you'd expect them to be.
However, something is wrong with these shorts that forced me to send them back. Either they are cutting them smaller, the new material doesn't give as much, or the new panel pattern is just wrong because I found them to be so restrictive that I fought them the whole ride.
After my ride I had seam imprints in my legs for like an hour. My legs were achy which doesn't happen to me, I ride 3-5 x/week.
I called PI and the guy said maybe I had the wrong size. I don't. He also said they may just feel different with the new material but shouldn't stretch out. They do feel different, and to the point that I won't ever put them on again.
They took the joy out of my ride and I believe that pretty much says it all.
Material is too course for me to be worn next to skin. Good sizing. Quality build. Also, for me adding a layer never makes me cooler.
High quality just like any other PI product. Personally I think they make the best stuff for the money. Fit is more loose than what might be considered traditional for road biking.
Good around the torso, nice back drop, but the sleeves look like those worn by a flamenco dancer, huge. The collars of most jackets are a bit tight on me, this one has about 3 inches of extra room, too much. Supper disappointing.
According to Gore's sizing chart I would be a large but in fact, I think if I'd ordered small that would be my size. This is not a fitted jacket, bulky, enormous. If you go go fast at all count on lots of flapping.
Pretty good in terms of design and fit. Color scheme is pretty ugly and the jacket smells like it came out of a chemical bath so if I keep it I'll wash before wearing.
Giordana advertises like they're stuff don't stink, this jacket does. The shoulder area is fitted to accommodate something the size of hockey shoulder pads. Theoretically I was in-between sizes but a large was enormous, a medium still a bit loose.
Beautiful jacket, a bit tight around the collar and just a wee bit too snug but the fatal design flaw is that they stop the wind blocking material below the rib cage so as soon as you start to pedal in cold air it all shoots right up the front of the jacket which pretty much makes it worthless.
Funny fit, a bit low quality given what they're asking for it. Why not make the bottom part of the sleeves fitted?