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Joewrote a review of on August 14, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This review is for the bottoms and jacket together. I had both and finally sold them. Nothing negative to report on the jacket except that the top is sized smaller than the bottoms in my judgement; I would be better off in an XL up top due to my shoulders and chest. The top is cut for scrawny manorexic types. NBD. First the good: the fit is close and streamlined which I like. The warmth of the Gore wind-blocking fabric is the best I've seen particularly on the jacket and the all-important jewels region on the bottom. I was comfortable in single digit wind chill (Midwest) as far as core temp and avoiding genital frostbite. (Yes ladies, that's a real threat for us.) The negatives go to the bottoms: the cut is appropriately very snug in the thigh while being disproportionately loose below the knee. Again, cut for string beans. I had cold spots on the back of the leg because of this and because the wind-block material does not cover the back of the leg. As such, this limits the temperature rating significantly. The ankle cuff is a real problem. It does not give at all so great care is needed putting your foot through; you could easily bust the seam on your new 250 dollar tights. That cuff and the entire lower leg could be improved by using a stretchier soft shell fabric. Ultimately, for such an expensive set to be used in serious cold, I was expecting more.

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Joewrote a review of on July 26, 2014

2 5

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

The idea driving this design is good: knickers on the light side for truly hot weather. They look sharp and the fabric IS light but totally lacks compression. Mavic's sizing has some real flaws too. At 185 with with 31" waist I'm usually a LG or XL but these had sloppy loose areas even in a medium. That seems to be a fault in the fabric and also the cut which strikes me as imprecise. (I can't imagine any size of these things fitting a 150 lb rider.) Returned. If Mavic does a revised version I'd give those a shot.

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Joewrote a review of on May 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

6' 186 lbs size 3X in Castelli. (Years of the iron.) I was pleasantly surprised to find the cut of this thing is athletic just like their other jerseys - accommodates my shoulders without being baggy on a 31" waist. The pockets are perfectly designed - just right for a larger hand and slightly constricted at the top with elastic. The partial zip simplifies things and the wool quality is good but not great - about like thicker Smart Wool stuff. (ArcTeryx being the cashmere standard.) I am also pleased to report you can dry this thing with your jeans until it's toasty; just a touch of shrinkage the first time and none thereafter. Perfect for cool days and at 70 degrees in the sun it's not oppressive. Excellent.

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Joewrote a review of on May 15, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

6' 186 lbs, size XL in these. I wanted to like these but they defied my attempts. I found oddly, that with the correct size - firm compression everywhere, the legs were slightly too short and also too big around at the ankle. No stirrup either. This is a bad combination as it feels way weird and guarantees they'll ride up. The cuff around the very bottom is this cheap flimsy material which I can't describe except to say "rubbery" and it isn't like the rest of the leg fabric at all. The tights look sharp but the Castelli Logo is just ironed-on vinyl letters which as we all know will come off one at a time and fairly soon your thigh look like the Wheel of Fortune board. I don't care about the logo and based on the nice fabric, I actually returned these for the knicker version. I reasoned that would solve the ankle issue as I suspect these were designed as knickers to begin with and simply duplicated in the long version with no thought going into it. I was liking the knickers but I found a stitching defect and those were last pair in my size. The shoulder straps don't impress me - same space material as the leg cuff but likely to work. The fabric itself is very nice and makes me wish they put more thought into these things.

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Joewrote a review of on May 11, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The only drawback of this stuff is that it can be TOO hot for shorter rides or less-than-brutal cold. I am a big fan of hot lineaments for cold riding and wet spring races and this is no-kidding... If you really lay it on thick, it will last several hours and causes an intense heat. Remember, handle the chamois cream first THEN the lineament. Knee warmers under your longs will prevent dragging that chamois through napalm in route to the grundle. (If you do it wrong you'll know.) It's possible to tone down the heat by cutting this stuff with baby oil. It definitely increases blood flow to the area; great for older cats like me with creaky knees. Enjoy.

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Joewrote a review of on May 1, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have a couple different brands but these Garneau shorts are probably my favorite; great value for the $$. I prefer a very compressive fit as opposed to the "naked" sensation of light fabric. These are compressive with reassuringly thick material and they're are holding up very well. The pad is well-proportioned and thick. Recommended. The only drawback I see are the ghastly colors apart from the black & gray. If Garneau would make a skinsuit with the same material and fit, that would work for sure. The Garneau "Equipe" and "Mondo" stuff is sized smaller than the rest of the line.

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Joewrote a review of on October 16, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If the goal is to ride in WET: winter wind and drizzle, these are the thing I'd say. For dry cold and temps below freezing I'd do something else. This is basically a half-millimeter wet-suit carefully tailored into cycling bibs. So, they have a very compressive fit and good wind resistance. (Wear them tight as with a wet-suit. I'm 5, 11.5; 182 lb and a MED is perfect.) You'll be wet but less miserable for the same reason a wet-suit works in cold water. This 2013 model of Amfib improves over the older one due to the stirrup and integrated gasket: Stirrup goes inside your shoe and the gasket goes OVER your shoe cover like a gaiter thus directing the water outside your shoe. The back is a cool spot as another reviewer indicated; noticeable in a deluge but NBD to me personally. Pearl runs larger than the euro stuff. I was surprised to take a MED as I have other Pearl bib shorts in a large.

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Joewrote a review of on August 8, 2012

2 5

Returned unused. For the retail price, this thing seems cheaply made. The fabric is extremely thin and poorly finished. Construction seems delicate to say the least. Worst of all there is no compressive fit because the fabric is so light. The legs grippers are almost non-existent - definitely the poorest ones I've seen. Looking to a different maker.

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Joewrote a review of on August 6, 2012

5 5

As a former competitive rider just getting back into it for fun, I am as happy as you could hope to be with rollers. I used the large diameter Kreitlers in the 80's and I recall needing the wind-load simulator fan in order to really work. NOT SO with these. The rollers alone provide an ample workout for me. I estimate these provide 75% of the normal resistance you experience outside for a given gear on a flat road with no wind. It would be interesting to know if Kreitler has a more accurate equivilency.

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