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Anthony Tanner

Anthony Tanner

Anthony Tanner

Anthony Tannerwrote a review of on June 24, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is the first time I have even owned or worn anything from PI, and I am blown away by both the PRO Bibs and PRO Jersey. I think PI gets a bad wrap because 99% of bike shops that carry them only carry the entry level product, so they are known by many as an "entry level brand." For years I've worn the top end products from Rapha, Giordana, Castelli, Assos, and others. These are among the best, if not THE best I've used. Not one of the other brands I've used has ever checked all of the boxes for me. Either I would love the fit and fabrics, but not the chamois, or the bibs were great but I didn't like the way the jersey fit. Both of these checked all the boxes! First, the fabric is luxurious and feels amazing. The bibs have a great compressive fit, and the chamois is one of the best I've tried. On the second ride with these I did 75 miles in 95 degree heat and they performed flawlessly. The jersey is just as good, and I love the fact that is has longer sleeves, but a "regular" collar. Many summer jerseys today have almost no collar at all, and that does not work for me. I want some protection from the sun on the back of my neck, and I think it looks better. If you're looking for a high performance kit that makes a statement with quality and performance instead of graphics, then this might be the one for you. The Pearl Izumi PRO Bibs and Jersey have become one of the favorites in my closet.

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Anthony Tanner

Anthony Tannerwrote a review of on June 10, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been wearing the Kask Protone for about 5 years now and it has been my favorite helmet I've used, so this is the benchmark for me to compare the POC to. After 5 years it was time for a new helmet, and I wanted to try something different. I've had my eye on POC for quite some time and after some research the Ventral Spin Air was the one I ordered. I wanted a helmet that was aero, but it's so hot and humid where I live ventilation was key. This does both very well. It feels just as light as my Protone, but ventilation seems a bit better. The fit systems on both are pretty comparable, but I do miss the ECO chinstrap of the Protone. The only negative is the POC is slightly tighter on my head from my temples to my ears. I notice this when I am eating (chewing) at a rest stop, so I would say the fit runs smaller than my Protone. The Spin technology was another big reason I chose this helmet. You won't notice it when you're wearing it, but it's nice to know it's there. Looks are subjective, but I think this looks about as good as a cycling helmet can. I give both helmets a 9 out of 10. The fit of the Protone is slightly better for me, but the POC gets the nod for ventilation and safety.

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Anthony Tanner

Anthony Tannerwrote a review of on August 11, 2009

2 5

These bibs look great and the fabric gives good compression, but the chamois leaves much to be desired for me. It is way to thin and within an hour it felt like there was no chamois at all. I know many cyclist prefer a thin chamois, but I am not one of them. If you're looking for a bib to spend hours in the saddle with... look elsewhere.

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Anthony Tannerwrote a review of on August 7, 2009

5 5

It seems I have been searching for the perfect bib for me, and I think I've found it! The compression is fantastic, but it's all about the chamois - right? This is by far the best chamois I've tried (and I tested them on a century.) I own several pair ranging from the Giordana Forma Red Carbon, the Sugoi RS, and the Castelli Free, and these are by far the best. However, my Castelli Endurance Bibs run a very close second. It doesn't matter if your riding 10 or 100 miles, these bibs will keep you very comfortable.

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