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Amy C.

Amy C.

Amy C.

Amy C.wrote a review of on January 27, 2020

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had 2 of these vests/gilets for a couple of years. I wear them a lot. Spring or fall biking; also shoulder season running, or, just wore one the other day on a very mild (40s, damp) long winter run with a thin base layer. They breathe great. Fit great. Great colors and style (the zipper slightly off to the side is pretty cool). They are long enough. My only area for improvement is the armpit holes are pretty tight. There's elastic there but they're nonetheless pretty tight. Tight when biking b/c your arms are stretched forward and need a little more "give." Tight when running b/c you're swinging your arms a bit. But I guess those keep the wind out! My overall humble advice is: if you find Rapha on sale (or can swing it full-price), get it. Super high quality and functionality. (I have a merino jacket, 2 gilets, a merino gaiter, and am considering a Souplesse jacket.)

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Amy C.

Amy C.wrote a review of on August 8, 2019

2 5

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

I used this on a 10M run last weekend (and never again). It was 10M of trying to hold the bottle (and trying not to throw it in frustration at a tree). I tried using it the way you are supposed to - my sweaty hand could not grip it, even tightly and with the strap tightened. Maybe a neoprene sleeve would have helped me hold onto it. I even flipped it, and tried putting my hand under the underside straps. No go, until the last mile or so where I used those underside straps but splayed my hand wide to put various fingers under various straps. Also, the tilted mouth didn't work at all for me. It would be better straight on. I had an Amphipod (spelling?) with a tilted mouth that did work. Note: I am a 7-time marathoner, 100+ half marathons, long trail and road runs, been running for 2 decades, so I'm not necessarily inexperienced and just didn't yet "get" how to use the bottle. It did hold ample water although I had to use my teeth to open it (maybe you can just leave it open like the Amphipods?). Bummer!

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Amy C.

Amy C.wrote a review of on June 21, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this (in a no longer available blue) a couple of years ago. It has served me well, for exactly the purpose I got it for - shoulder season riding. The wool keeps you warm when you need it, but doesn't make you overheat once you warm up. The fit and quality of the jacket are stellar - worth every dollar - although the jacket - like many bike tops for this tall gal - is a tad short. I sized up, too, and even that did not help, although then I could fit a light layer underneath and the arms were long enough. It is so stylish that I also wear it as a non-biking jacket (the back pockets aren't clunky so this is not weird).

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Amy C.

Amy C.wrote a review of on January 15, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

This jacket is super high quality, with all kinds of bells and whistles that add to its functionality and versatility - hybrid construction, long sleeves with cuff inside, nice fitting hood, high quality materials, longer back, pockets, great colors ... But the fit is off for me. I wanted it to look like the photo - fitted and long but not super tight (this as much for function - no wind sneaking in, no material flapping around when running/biking - as for vanity). But it's more boxy than that, shorter than it looks, and the chest area is way too big for my petite girls (although I have a broad swimmers' breadth). Sizing down would be too small in other areas (and even shorter) so I am returning this ... and still on the quest for a hooded winter hyrbid running jacket!

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Amy C.

Amy C.wrote a review of on August 18, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I have to exchange this for a size up (unfortunately the lovely blue/orange is not available in that size, though). I already sized up, to a large, and it's super tight and small. Hmm. I am a 36A but broad shoulders (swimming), lean (still rockin' the jog bras and bikinis at age 50+), size 6 or 8 in pants (muscular) but size L in this was tiny. Besides that, though, it's a gorgeous top - sexy, well-made (cut right in all the right places), functional (as other gal mentioned - the inner bra zips - yay! - and great pockets), and versatile (I'd wear it for running, too, maybe tri's).

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Amy C.

Amy C.wrote a review of on August 16, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

OK, I ordered the aqua mint. The tag on what I got says "aqua mint." But it's the much darker green-blue base color of the Atlantis colored top here. Hmm. Also, it's way too big, especially in the waist area, and the material is kind of unimpressive. I ordered a size up, per another spectacular PI Elite tri top I got (and wear every weekend long run). Maybe true-to-size for this one would work.

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Amy C.

Amy C.wrote a review of on August 15, 2018

3 5

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

I have not yet worn these but was surprised by a few things. There is no drawstring, as advertised (even on the manufacturer's tag that came with the shorts); this is a bummer for a triathlete who'd like to swim in these (they may well get pulled down by the force of water or jostling fellow athletes). Also, they are super long (I should've read the description) - almost to my (long legs') knees: I'm gonna fold them up for sure. Luckily (3rd surprise), there's NO gripper at all on the legs, so I can fold them up (I don't like or need a serious sausage-making gripper, anyway). Lastly, there's quite a bit of padding for a tri short. It's light padding but I wouldn't want to run more than an Olympic distance tri run (10K) in these; half or full Ironman runs would be insufferable with these. Otherwise, the quality and fit are pretty nice, although the waist dips a bit low (good for running but not for swimming or biking). SO - I'm gonna wear them just for biking.

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Amy C.

Amy C.wrote a review of on August 15, 2018

5 5

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

OK, I have not worn this biking yet (it's August) but I did try it on and examine it carefully (smile). The fit is spot-on: high neck without cutting off air, perfectly sized armholes (often too tight or conversely, gaping), a little wiggle room in the torso but oh, so sexy (somehow gives a boyish figure like mine subtle curves). The quality and apparent functionality are top-notch - smart placing of windstopping material, etc. This is my first Gore item - I'll be checking out more! BTW, I was not asked to give info about sizing for this review, but I did size up for this one. I like form-fitting but not suffocating base layers (and have a very broad chest but small "girls", and a long lean torso).

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Amy C.

Amy C.wrote a review of on June 26, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great jacket - versatile (any New England season, depending on layering or activity); stylish/tailored/flattering (on or off the bike); and functional (plusses: tail drop, waterproof or at least highly resistant, soft material that moves well, secret hand mitts). If I were to adjust this to make it PERFECT, I'd change the pockets from snaps to zippers (snaps require two hands to undo cuz you gotta hold the material, zippers you can undo/do with just one hand). And give it a solid loop at the back collar to hang it up with. And make the torso a tad longer (back is fine, sleeves are great, shoulder/chest width is great but front torso is a tad short). Very pleased with this and am wearing it instead of multiple other jackets - i.e., it's all-around, multipurpose.

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