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This is my third review for the day. I purchased the jersey, bib, and skinsuit, and while I've had some complaints about the gripper (or lack thereof) for the bibs and the forearm of the skinsuit, when it came to the jersey, the thing fit really well, with and without a camelback shoved underneath. The fabric works - it REALLY works. I've been riding the last two weeks in an early Summer N. Texas heat wave, and I really believe the claims that the Coldblack fabric keeps your skin temps cooler. The jersey is of a high quality, with great zippers, and a good fit around the waist. My only complaint is similar to the complaints I had about the bib grippers and the skinsuit grippers - the biceps grippers are 'loose'. That said, I sort of expected it, since the trend nowadays is to have loose short sleeves. It's not aerodynamic, but it does feel a little bit better, and yesterday, when the temps once again hit the 90's, climbing to the 105 range, I was comfortable for a longer period of time. If Hincapie can fix their cut dimensions, and their gripper elasticity diameters (or whatever, I'm not a clothing designer), then they could sell the bejeebers out of this stuff, especially since they are selling it at about 1/3 of the price that Descente wanted from their Coldblack products.

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3 5

I tried these on when I purchased them to make sure that everything fit properly, but I immediately noticed that the elastic on the armbands, and on the legs, was leaving a gap of about 1cm, and was therefore not tight enough to stick to the skin without flapping or catching a breeze. It reminds me of Chris Horner's comments after the ATOCA race in California, where he felt that the design of the yellow skinsuit in the TT left too much material on the area above the wrists. I'm experiencing the same thing. I'm sure the fabric works, but I don't want to try a size "Small" in order to fix the wrist issue and quad fabric issue. I think it's a design flaw. It's minor, in that I can just roll the sleeves back on themselves, but it does defeat the purpose of the elastic. This thing is meant to reduce drag, as much as reduce stress from heat, and while it does one well, the other issue prevents me from giving it a higher rating.

As for the fabric, I have no doubt that it will work, and will keep me cooler in the blistering heat North Texas is suffering from this 2011 summer.

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3 5

I tried these on when I purchased them to make sure that everything fit properly, but I immediately noticed that the elastic on the armbands, and on the legs, was leaving a gap of about 1cm, and was therefore not tight enough to stick to the skin without flapping or catching a breeze. It reminds me of Chris Horner's comments after the ATOCA race in California, where he felt that the design of the yellow skinsuit in the TT left too much material on the area above the wrists. I'm experiencing the same thing. I'm sure the fabric works, but I don't want to try a size "Small" in order to fix the wrist issue and quad fabric issue. I think it's a design flaw. It's minor, in that I can just roll the sleeves back on themselves, but it does defeat the purpose of the elastic. This thing is meant to reduce drag, as much as reduce stress from heat, and while it does one well, the other issue prevents me from giving it a higher rating.

As for the fabric, I have no doubt that it will work, and will keep me cooler in the blistering heat North Texas is suffering from this 2011 summer.

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3 5

Okay - i just ordered this bib this past week, and it arrived before the big weekend ride. The rally scene in North Texas in the spring and summer is intense, and the incredible heat wave has left many people suffering and sagging in. The Coldblack fabric worked pretty well for me last year through Descente products, but the cost was prohibitive. This year, I decided to try the Hincapie Coldblack. Suffice it to say that once again, the fabric works. I am definitely feeling less stress from the heat and humidity, and the fabric definitely has a 'cool' touch to it.

My problems with the bib are two-fold. First, despite the face that I respect Hincapie's design and popularity, I did find that the elastic seam around the quads was too loose. I saw this same problem afflict Chris Horner in the Tour of California, and I am seeing it now with my bibs, and also the $350 coldblack skinsuit. I don't know it there is a solution, other than rolling it up, much like other elastic shorts on other brands. It's disappointing that the fabric is too stretched, and catches in the wind. This from a guy with a skinny chest and bigger quads.

Second, and this is more disturbing.... The chamois was AWFUL. I was sore less than 90 minutes in to the ride, and it only got worse. I'm really a pretty adaptable guy, but this pain was not due to a saddle or position change. This was due to a chamois that did not hit the right parts in the right way.

I'll certainly wear these bibs again, and frequently, but I'm going to have to roll up the shorts, and add some really slick chamois cream in order to overcome the problems with these bibs.

I wish I could give a better report, but right now, the bibs only merit 3 stars. Maybe RealCyclist could call up someone in Greenville and ask them to 'cinch up' the elastic a bit on the legs?

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4 5

I've been a fan of Windstopper and Gore products for a long time now, but THIS takes the cake. December in Dallas is usually pretty breezy, and the temps are moderate, but the wind chill can suck the life out of you. However, today's temps were in the 50's, with wind chill in the 45's, and this short sleeve jersey was literally ALL I needed. I was never chilled, the jersey never flapped, and was comfortable all day long (about 4 hours). This is going to be my go-to jersey for most winter rides, and will probably be my undershirt for early season races. Great job, Gore! Thanks!

Only complaint is that the jersey pockets are almost too loose, and you think that your wallet or coffee shop covers will be lost if you fumble around for a GU pack or something.

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