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4 5

I first ordered a pair of the Craft Siberia that came with some stitching undone on the side of a finger. I exchanged them for the same pair with no problem. I have been riding with that pair during all of my coldest rides for two winters now. No serious problems.

The medium-thickness insulation in the glove is warm enough for freezing temperatures, although I frequently bring thin wool or poly-pro glove liners to wear underneath these gloves once my hands are already damp and sweaty. That helps keep my hands warm for the second half of a long ride. (I rarely start rides that way unless the temperatures are under freezing.) Depending on your tolerance, these gloves are too warm for 45-50 degrees or nicer temps! The wind-proofing does what it says.

The leather palm is very soft (and works on my iPhone if I use a spot or finger without grippy dots), but has no real “padding” like a cycling glove. That takes some getting used to. It is arguably the biggest weakness of these gloves to me. The only other weakness is that the Velcro has frayed much over the past year and I sometimes have to re-stick it. One of the strengths, however, is that the thumb has great protection on the inside – I’ve used other gloves that fray after time from friction with shifter hoods. The leather on the inside of these protects them well.

The little “dot” grippers on the hand will wear down wherever your grip the bars tightest, or put the most weight on your hands. For me, that’s primarily on the “ball” of the hand where the “ulnar nerve” is usually protected by most cycling gloves, and parts of the finger tips. That’s fine – it doesn’t really need them anyway.

Although these gloves have endured a few grand tours’ worth of wind, sweat, snot, and winter training miles, and I hope they’ll last through at least this winter, I personally would consider a glove with more palm padding next time. If that is not essential to you, pick ‘em up. Craft makes a nice product overall.


4 5

First of all, the Duran leg warmers ARE slightly fleecy on the inside, which is ideal if you actually need a legwarmer for cold temperatures. The description did not specify, but these are made of a moderately thermal fabric. It's much thicker than just lycra. The outside is very sleek black fabric. (The fabric is actually black, not screen printed black like some Capo leg warmers. This means they keep their nice color and slight sheen when stretched.)

The sizing is definitely "European" sizing so I would recommend sizing up. I am 5’7.5”, under 150 pounds, with a 30-inch inseam. The mediums fit me very well, if not slightly long and comfortably snug so they do not slip. I would say that I do not have slender legs – true cyclists’ thighs and calves, though not to track sprinters’ proportions. When you lay the leg warmers down flat, they are not tapered straight. There is slight contouring to fit shapely legs. Since they are slightly long there is a bit of fabric bunching up behind the knee, but I haven’t used many leg- or knee-warmers that don’t do that to some extent.

There are silicon leg grippers at the top of the thigh. They’re pretty tight, which is bittersweet. They definitely stay in place (never slip) but they are about as tight as I would want them. Admittedly I wear them slightly high since the leg warmers are long on me.

On the back ankle of there is a small zipper. The ankle is very narrow, so you have to open the zipper to get them over your feet. Closing the zipper is possible, but snug, so I leave it about an inch from closed and it has not opened yet.

The graphics are not too distracting, but I hang-dry these and the rubberized white silk-screened material sticks to itself after the spin cycle. When you un-fold and un-stick those sections, it adheres to itself so much that it peels off the graphics. That is not ideal, but it also does not bother me immensely.


5 5

This jacket is a great all-around winter jacket for what I would call a "normal" winter climate. I'm a mid-Atlantic rider/racer, so winter training temperatures generally stay around the mid-30s. This past weekend the ride started around 35 and got up the the low 40s. I wore the jacket with only a "cold gear" thermal base layer underneath. (I also had a summer-weight short sleeve jersey, but just for the extra pockets.)

The Power SO jacket does have three normal pockets like most jerseys, which was a big appeal to me. I generally ride with snacks on the outside and a third bottle in the middle - this works well here. The pockets sit at the correct level and are easy to access. The majority of the fabric is windproof.

There are small, more breathable patches of thermal fabric on the upper back (between the shoulder blades) and on the front of the elbows for flexibility. The back breathes well, although I was surprised how much wind gets through the breathable elbow panels. Took some getting used to, but I do not mind it.

I am 5' 7.5" and under 150 pounds and purchased the size small. The jacket is fitted well, but not constricting whatsoever even with a thick baselayer and jersey underneath. The shoulders and sleeves provide space without flapping in the wind. I'm not too tall, so the sleeves are probably a half-inch too long for me. Not an issue. When standing, the jacket seems slightly long for me too, but on the bike as it's intended it fits much better - the back is longer to cover your entire jersey and a bit more. It's not too long to get in the way of the saddle, though. The front of the jacket has minimal bulging of fabric when in the drops, at least I haven't been bothered by it.

I got the jacket in black, which looks great and generic to match any riding gear. There are small reflective strips, but very subtle.

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Comparisons -

Castelli windproof jackets in size small are probably 1/2 size smaller than this Gore. The length was okay for me, but the fit overall was tighter. The Castelli I've used also had no breathable panels, so I would get very sweaty if I didn't open the jacket. I replaced my castelli because the zipper broke OFF.

I also tried a Capo Verona jacket in size small but returned it. First of all, it was too long for me in the torso (even longer than this Gore). Mostly, though, it was VERY snug in the shoulders/armpits and arms so wearing with anything more than a sleeveless base would be constricting. The arms were even longer than this Gore, too.