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Amblingwrote a review of on February 8, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Have to pinch myself on the price but I ride in the North East where a 20F swing in a winter day happens, a lot. I have other Assos kits; I expect and get $uperlative. So I read these reviews and went out with 2 thin baslayers, winter cycling boots, neck gaitor, ok gloves and head/ear band. The day was scheduled to start @ 44F and swing to low 30s. This is a strange jacket as you can tell from others reviews who say I was chilly but not cold. The temp regulation keeps you in a chilled state (I prefer that to over heated) no matter what the temp is. Solid at 44F but as the temp dropped trouble started. Anyway, by the end of the 3 hour ride I was hypethermic. Sore joints, headache, slowed brain functioning ( more than normal?) & flu symptoms. I know this state as I ice climbed for 20 years. A couple of possible reason: clearly baselayer was insufficient, no helmet cover(this can make or break you in these conditions) warmer tights? and the last 1/2 of the ride there was light freezing rain. 32F in a wet/humid overcast condition is a whole different game than 33 and sunny.

Overall impression: clearly I need to take another ride but this jacket needs careful layering. I’d opt for thicker but you have to deal with the Centro fit (I went up a size) 6’-0”, 168lbs. Small shoulders big chest - size 40 jacket. Settled on an XLRG. For The reviewer who says he doesn’t wear it unless it’s 30F or lower - I want what he’s taking. I don’t think this is a sub 32F jacket unless you are pumping your BPM/watts, hill climbing, intervals etc or layered. I’m sorry but right now the Castillo Aliph Ross is 1/2 the price and will keep you WARM to 30-35F and temp controls are huge. This may change with more use.

About 1/2 through winter so I will come back with more ride time, conditions and thoughts.

Ok, rode in every winter condition and still feel this jacket is meant for 30F and above. Below 40f you need to layer up and you will be cold on those long descents. I did find that the upper chest got cold first, suggest a wind block base layer. I also bring a rain shell if it’s close or below freezing, this solves the long descent issues and if temp drops below 30F keeps things warm on the flats.

The guy below who wears this in 15-25 with medium base layer is the anomaly. I also think his Habu zones are off. 40(cold) - 55F is more like it. I do agree that winter riding is more than temp range but if you are off by 10F with this jacket you will pay a price.

Pro: great for hard ascents, interval and pushing the watts/HR. Light weight for winter jacket. Quality +
Cons: price, size small and needs careful layering = narrow temp range- bring Lt wight shell.

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Amblingwrote a review of on January 14, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

This is a good idea and I have a pair of zip off walking pants that work. I really wanted to have a good pair of cool weather MTB pants that would zip down to shorts. However, the fit is not good. I ordered a medium from the size chart and elastic with adjustment waist was snug but the pants were long. The shorts were also an odd almost over the knee length? The major Part of the problem is the material that is great for tights and leg/arm warmer but odd choice for pants. Maybe it needs a couple of washing’s but these got returned.
I’d like to see PI rework this design and change the fit.. as they are a great company. Although these are pricy PI usually makes great stuff and not a gag me price point.

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Amblingwrote a review of on January 10, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I know I thought the same. Please have me committed for throwing down 3 large for MTB shorts. 2 words: worth it. I have been on 2 wheels for 30 years and have the scars to prove it. These are exactly as described: superb XC shorts. The fit, the material, the padding are all just dialed in, the best. I wear baggies & road shorts depending on the course. I hate standing for a hill or technical move & having the baggies crotch catch the front of my saddle. I must admit and I know it’s not “cool” but I don’t ride super baggie. If you are a poser, enduro, downhill rider or going to biff hard skip it. I have the assos padded liners and they are my go to for XC trails under light baggies for summer and tights for winter. I have no cons for these except the nearly gaggable price. I got these like my road shorts a bit large.

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Amblingwrote a review of on July 6, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

It’s hard to make a MTB Jersey that does it all. This is not your T shirt, rad loose fit freeride Jersey. I have a few other Assos road jersey & I went up 1- 2 size because I often forget the pack & stuff pockets with gear, go for a 2 hour MTB ride. Yes, I want to be able to stand up and the shoulders fit large but body still fits tight, a bit of a looser cut (as I went from L to XLR) or sure. Also do all day, epics with pack, pump, phone, tools, tube, full water & a sandwich, rain shell etc. etc This is with out question, a XC Jersey that has great ventilation and the material is not feather light but keeps you cool into the F90s. I’ll go to this on the scorchers & it does the job. It’s a tight, roady in appearance jersey but Assos consistency delivers a race fit no matter what. Bottom line: Pricy but worth every damn penny. 6’- 168 lbs- 40/42 jacket

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Amblingwrote a review of on October 10, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I ride predominately in the North East. Temperatures swing 25+F in a day. Rain, snow, and every combination in between. I hate trainers so will go outside below freezing and rain. When the water bottle freezes I'll hit the trainer. This glove is not for that temp. However, I like a glove that is snug with a thin wool liner & will work into the mid 30s. I'll update after using this winter- but the quality and feel seem dead on. This looks like an all weather glove down to 35F- and will probably work into low 50F w/no liner. If it proves to be rain proof then it's a winner. I like the ratchet tightening as it's amazing to me that gloves that go over a jacket mean rain will run down the sleeve and into the glove. Hoping for the best!! I wear a Large with no liner and with fingerless - but all My winter gloves are XL. This was very short as an XL so hoping XXL will do The trick.
Update: XXL fits perfect. The Bomber glove. Used into mid 20s with liner. Warm all day in freezing rain. Used MTB too. Love the fit and the quick removal system kicks ass. I’m always screwing around with phone, HR monitor or gate and being able to quickly remove one glove & quickly put it back on is huge - this is new standard and go to glove 45 & below.

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Amblingwrote a review of on July 9, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Used this winter extensively, kind of water proof, great flexibility. These are my go to gloves in that temp range. Zipper on cuff is brilliant, all glove makers take note, adds warmth & easy on/off. Beat these up all winter & no finger blow out. Used a thin to medium liner, closer to freezing, a bit large without - all pros No complaints. Worth the $€£¥.

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Amblingwrote a review of on December 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Because they work in conjunction with the Castelli rain tempesta Capri pant. Worn in North east and got a little leg chill in 40F winter rain downpour but was dry! I have an over calf wool winter sock that would have done the trick underneath ! ✔️Next time. OK expensive & size up & watch out in low 40F but everything else - bring it on. Remember but over boot UNDER these or rain will roll down & into shoes.

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Amblingwrote a review of on December 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Not water proof but wind water resistant. Can't go wrong here- 60-42F. I have perl Izumi & I'd say they are warmer but much thicker/heavier. Windstopper needs to get "warmed up" by creating outward perspiration- so expect to be chilled for first 5-10min but then it shines.

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Amblingwrote a review of on April 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Reviewed the incredible alpha jacket last year which is a solid rain proof, up to low 30s performer- wore that alpha in all conditions - it works best in a tight fit and layering is limited to one thin garment. This winter I bought the Elemento and although it was a mild winter (east coast USA) I wore this in all cold dry conditions, below 32F to 60F. I also bought it one size larger than my alpha as I wanted to layer. Result was sleeves were a bit 2 long & on those 50F degree days it felt large with 1 layer but never flapped- for what I wanted I was pleased but a large might have worked for a tighter fit- But less layering & this is a winter piece. Anyway, This jacket excelled, I mean blew my mind. However, Below freezing several things happen because it does breath so well. If you wear a wind stopper undershirt or a shelled/nylon/neoprene base layer (anything that acts like a vapor barrier= clammy- holds sweat) the super cold, sub freezing air will chill you. If it's wool or polypro or breaths well- you can push this into the high 20s but you better be pushing your BPMs. The other "odd" sensation is for that first 10 min, in cold conditions, you will be chilled- more than usual- (at first I almost headed back for another layer) but as soon as you get your HR and legs going this garment is completely dialed in. This jacket is simply the best sub 60 to 28F garment out there and I mean up hills or down. Remember it does have a second built in layer so if you decide to wear 2 layers- it's really three. Not as light weight as the alpha but just amazing performance. For those ice or rainy days take a super thin nylon light weight shell and it will keep you dry and warm.

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Amblingwrote a review of on April 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have a few other assos pieces and normal @ 6'- 173-168lbs 33 waist & I wear a large. I'm not skinny but not fat- wear a medium t shirt- 39-41 jacket but this is a pro fit. Shortish in front- tight chest & gut. Large was too tight to wear with any undergarment, maybe it would have stretched but don't want to fight the fit to inhale and with anything in the pockets, it was a struggle. Zipper was ready to pop & did when I was wearing to try on w/thin base layer. Ordered the ex large and still snug in front - a little loose in the back but when pockets loaded & on hoods -dialed in. However, I see reviewers report true to size- for me struggling with the front zipper & too much stretch to fit means go up a size - Recommended temp range of 50-72F seems right. Might recommend undershirt for that lower range and with the X-lrg & long sleeve mesh shirt, It all works down to 45ish, if your pumping. Expertly made and a great spring piece- very light and surprisingly warm, nothing else really performs on the hills & descents as well in the cool shoulder seasons.

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Amblingwrote a review of on December 30, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

this is a great piece. I live in the north east and the winter weather can swing 20F degrees in 6 hours. I wore this with a thin waffled shirt and silk weight undershirt. cannot really layer this one up as the cut is tight. 168lbX6ft and the large is snug, as it should be. NE weather = cold snaps, hot flashes; high 20s will switch to 60F in just a few days. if its 35F and windy then its subfreezing on the bike and this jacket will just barely cut it, but you got to keep pumping or your chest will be cold.

Windstopper is a little like a vapor barrier, you can be warm in the chest and clamy in the arms.i would have used a slightly thicker poly in the arms. I rode this in a pouring storm in low 40s and came home dry and warm. Im not a big fan of DWR- it wears out but I was shocked how waterproof, breathable and warm this race fit jacket was in a wide variety of exertion levels.

all in, this is the go to piece above 32 and below 60F. I ride Assos, Rapha and this is the jacket i prefer and I ride in those temps and conditions. I ride anywhere from 1.5- 8 hours in a day and this jakcet is amazing in brisk downhills and pumping 190bbm uphills.

why not 5 stars? here is why- the back of the jacket does not breath that well and the rear pockets literally get wet. Ihave to put my phone in a liteproof or ziplock bag or i'm afraid the moisture will ruin the phone. Im sorry folks but bars, bananas, gloves they all come out dripping- it is a strange problem. not sure but a more breathable [lower] back [and PERHAPS a little more insulation in the arms ] and this thing would rule the world.

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