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This is one of my goto winter pieces for sure. I bought it for layering for mountain biking and it does great at that being windstopper fabric. However I find myself using it for almost everything but extreme cold. For riding great for me anywhere from low 40s down layering differently lower I go. With a merino baselayer and thermal jersey I have used it in extreme cold, other times might just go wicking baselayer and no real additional thermal layer. Off the bike I tend to use it for short walks, runs, where I just want a little bit of warmth and the wind off me, especailly if I want head and neck covered tightly, I can still fit a thin wool beanie underneeth it. Also since the fit is made to go under helmet I can still use a regualr headlamp with the jacket.
It is not super slim fit like Gore's road bike jackets which I also own but comfortable with a thin sweater, too slim through the armas and with the cycling cut short up front with a longer or thicker sweater.
Theseare the shorts I used for my endurace riding last year on the mtn bike did great. De Marchi shorts in general jsut do it for me. They are a very breathable thin material though so if you go down they may rip, it happened recently and I will need to get another pair at some point, as far as fit they are snug on me at 5'8 175lbs in large not overly tight but snug, I have done endurace races where I was in them for proabbly close to 14 hours.
How do these fit compared to a Mavic, Shimano, or Sidi shoe? Run big or small?
So i was looking between the xenon so and tool so. The tool was the original choice but ended up with the xenon so because of the deal i found on one of the backcountry sister sites. thanks BC. Only slight concern I had with the xenon so vs. tool is how the pre-formed arms and if would be a tighter fit in the chest. The xl worked great and I am 5'7 180 with a wider chest/shoulders than a lot ot cylcists. Only thing with this coat is I wish I would have brought it sooner.
Also have a alp-x paclite jacket and think the world of gore bike wears products they just plain work AWESOME