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Adam H.wrote a review of on August 5, 2020

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Admittedly, I've been a Giro fanboy since riding my first MTB hardtail in the mid 90s. Every cycling helmet I've ever worn was a Giro, but IMO the more organic, curvy Giro look is a bit long in the tooth these days. After having my Synthe for nearly five seasons, it was time to look elsewhere and mix it up. The POC Ventral Air Spin had the low-profile fit I was looking for, with POC's angular styling, AND its proprietary SPIN tech to help reduce angular forces in a crash.

Like other reviewers mentioned, the Ventral just fit right out of the box. It's a bit heavier than the Synthe, but once you're wearing it, it disappears on your head. I appreciate the more elegant system to transition the ear straps to the chin buckle—I had no issues with the fixed ear strap being too short, even with a cycling cap on.

The elasticized sleeve to retain extra chin strap length is a great touch too, keeps the look super clean. The retention system is nicely adjustable and more robust than Giro's offering, it should be more durable too.

The ventilation and sweat absorption on the Ventral are fantastic, and the helmet sits nice and low on your head, falling right above the eyebrow without the dreaded gaper gap between your shades and helmet.

I only have a hundred miles or so on the Ventral, but I'm absolutely stoked on it. Definitely worth a shot for a high-end helmet with ultra low-profile looks, and fantastic features.

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Adam H.

Adam H.wrote a review of on March 9, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use DNDs almost every day for commuting, road riding, and some dirt shredding. Giro labels these as dirt gloves, but they're amazing all-rounders. Whether I'm in the drops, or on risers, I absolutely love the barfeel of the DNDs.

The gloves obviously don't have any velcro, so they look super clean, but that means they take a bit of a beating taking them on and off. I've had some quality issues with the gloves coming unstitched (mainly in the lycra expansion panel). But the feel, looks, and cost keeps me coming back for more pairs in more colors. These gloves fit me fairly snug, so I size up one size from my other Giro gloves.

I love the brighter colors and use them for extra visibility during my commutes during the winter and fall. Despite their lightness, I've found they keep me warm down to the mid to lower 40s, but anything lower than that and I'm struggling to keep warm.

Bottom line: These are winners for whatever bike I'm taking out, in almost every condition.

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Adam H.

Adam H.wrote a review of on March 9, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Riding in the Southern US, it's easy to overlook winter pieces like 3/4 bibs. But they're easily one of the most versatile pieces of kit I have. When my old performance bike 3/4 tights failed, I knew it was time to step it up. I've ridden Giro Helmets, gloves, & shoes for years, so I decided to take a chance on their bibs too.

The fit on these is incredible. They're supportive, but not restrictive. The CyTech chamois is a dream, and the Roubaix fabric keeps me cozy down to lower 30s (I tend to ride quite hot).

I love how the minimal branding looks good with all my kits, and yet I could wear it on a trail ride, and not look like a complete dork on my daily commutes either. The reflective hits on the back of each calf are unobtrusive but provide amazing passive visibility when you need it.

Highly recommend these bibs. Some of the most comfortable I've ever worn.

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Adam H.

Adam H.wrote a review of on May 3, 2007

5 5

Wow. I always wondered what all Oakley techno-jargon meant-- to boil it down these glasses kick ass. These Flak Jacks are so light and they fit my head perfectly. The XLJ lens gives me the extra coverage I need when I'm riding my bike. That hydrophobic coating on the lens makes water and other gunk bead up and fly away. I'm throwing my Smith Sliders in the effing garbage can.

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