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APwrote a review of on April 2, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these in the fall and its now the spring, so I have had some time to develop thoughts on these.

Fit: As a shorter, sort of average to fit dude. These fit well. They are cut a little lower than other shorts, but they help in the cause you need to go the restroom on longer rides. They are not too short. They do have more compression than other shorts, but they arent overly tight either and fit well.

Comfort: The integrated pad is sort of hit or miss. Its takes a few rides to break in and be comfortable and just looks weird. But now that its been a while these are pretty comfortable shorts. I think they do run a little hot for bib shorts though. Certainly not thermal, but also not lightweight bibs.

Construction: These are a cut above anything else I have. High wear areas have a higher wear fabric used. All the panels appear to be been laser cut. The main fabric vents well. The seams are perfect. The laser cut straps are nice and flight and disappear once you wear them. The integrated though pad is odd and sweat can get through pad from the inside (to the outside) causing squeaking against my saddle and worse, water easily from the outside. This makes them 4 stars instead of 5 as these are best for fair weather. IMO

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APwrote a review of on April 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I dont know what it is about me; but I measure to wear a small on these and they run true to size for me. I feel the same way about Castelli products too. I wear the same size in Castelli, Giordana and Rapha.

With that out of the way; I bought these without straps to actually use on the indoor trainer for 30-45 minutes at a time. They provide good compression and are vented well. The pad isn't quite as comfortable for me as the Castelli Progetto X2 as there is some bunching in the middle that can happen but its protects well and is in the same class. The shorts stay up well without straps better than any other shorts have owned, but the tops do fold over and can dig in a bit; but they run cooler than bibs, look a little less goofy sans shirt, saved a good bit of money, and keep me from wearing out my nicer (more expensive) bibs.

I would easily wear these on hot days too for couple our rides. Great piece of kit.

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APwrote a review of on April 2, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I don't really get cold fingers easily, so these are good for me down to 35-ish degrees and still comfortable in 55 degree weather. They stop wind. They don't insulate at all; but they do a fanststic job at that one thing.

As a result they are thin and very comfortable to use. Have not crashed yet so cant tell you how well they would save my hands.

Why not 5 stars? The black from the palms rubs off on my white bar tape. Fix that and these would be a perfect 5.

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APwrote a review of on April 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This thing doesnt keep your ears warm as much as it keeps the wind from making them cold. Very impressive in its performance, as it wont lead you to overheat as easily as other thermal protection I have tried while preventing those red, aching ears.

Useful too for running or walking the dog on windy days. Very underrated piece of kit.

Only problem: its so good I have to buy another soon as my wife keeps borrowing mine.

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APwrote a review of on April 2, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

This is less of a jersey and more of a soft shell cut like a jersey, Very interesting concept. But with a Rapha Brevet jersey, a Gabba short sleeve, a Gore hardshell in my closet and a bunch of Nike thermal baselayers; this was disappointingly in no-mans land as far as utility.

It lacks windstopper and a thermal base layer with the Brevet jersey on top seemed like it would do the same job in dry weather.

Will pick up a set of nano-flex arm warmers instead to go with the gabba and layer up when it gets wet.

It runs a little narrower in the shoulders than most other castelli stuff but still fit well

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APwrote a review of on March 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've worn these in a few different types of conditions. I think the right temps to wear these are 40-55 degrees F in good conditions and because they offer a little more warmth and some protection against damp weather (though not heavy rain) 45-60 degrees in windy, misty conditions or if you are planning to hit some gravel with some muddy sections as the lower parts around the ankles shed water well. I've worn them on days as warm as 65 without any issues as well.

For chamois is really comfortable for me and I like the fit of the small. It keeps everything in place and for short, skinny dudes like me I wouldn't want them any bigger; but for reference I dislike the way Pearl Izumi stuff fits as the length to waist ratios are off as they fit too wide for their length

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APwrote a review of on January 18, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Well designed stem. I have two of these now an 80mm 0 degree and a 90mm 10 degree. CC sells both 0 and 10 degree versions, so make sure you get the right one.

If you want a carbon stem these are very nice. They are easy to install and look fantastic. They toplock system makes it easy to get a good fit and I have no concerns about the single bolt in the back. The stem is a true 40mm stack (not 35mm like FSA stems) so you need 45mm min of exposed stem to install correctly.

If you generically want a stem, an alloy stem definitely gives you more bang for the buck. I do however feel like this carbon stem adds to the smoothness of the ride over the rough stuff compared to the EA90 on a carbon bike, fork, bar combo; but its slight and could be all in my head--but FWIW I prefer the EC90 SL.

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APwrote a review of on December 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've ridden over 500 miles with these shoes and frankly I love them.

Confronted with the unfortunate reality that living and biking in a city center requires me to walk my bike from time to time through crowded areas that cant easily be avoided--I switched my bikes all to SPD pedals. These are the first shoes I have tried that have felt just as walk-able as a normal tennis shoe off the bike and on the bike feel just as good as the SPD-L road shoes I used to use. Even after an 80 mile ride, there were no hotspots.

Really impressed and highly recommend for people looking for single do it all bike shoe; though I am sure I look a little goofy with these and my lycra...

I do wear a size 41 in most shoes, but took my Nike size (42) in these. The 41 was too small.

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