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BRIAN R.

BRIAN R.

BRIAN R.

BRIAN R.wrote a review of on July 20, 2019

5 5

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

EDIT: spoke with customer service and they have updated their assembly manual and sent me a copy to review... MUCH better. Bumped up to 5 stars as it is a solid rack and expandable should you need to add another bike.

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Picked this rack based upon the reputation of Kuat and in hopes that a single rack wouldn’t cover my rear backup camera on a Jeep Wrangler.

While it does cover the camera I still like the minimalist design and the functionality of not touching the frame while keeping your bike secure.

Docked a star because of the assembly manual. The pieces and parts are not labeled ...and in some cases the pictures bear no resemblance to the actual pieces (e.g. spacers are flat not cylindrical). Not knowing which screw is a M90 vs M60 can lead to installing the wrong bolt, which unfortunately also works/fits. You then have to deduce and backtrack to remove and then reassemble.

Explanatory notes point to “page 18” ...but it only goes up to 14 pages.

Surprised that an A+ rack would have a C- assembly manual.

That said, you can muddle through it and you will likely be happy you did when completed.

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BRIAN R.

BRIAN R.wrote a review of on April 16, 2019

4 5

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

First things first, the size chart is off - don’t believe it and order up. I am 5’9”/168lbs and given that the size chart for a “Large” has a waist of 34”/chest 40” the bib shorts should have fit nicely ...they didn’t.

While the waist was okay (I am a 32/33” waist depending on beer consumption) the straps for torso was waaaay too short - so much so that my “boys” were uncomfortably pulled up during a 50 mile ride. Order at least one size up if you ever want children or full functionality in the future.

The pad was “okay” for 3 hours with significant climbing, time will tell over longer miles as it seems to flatten out towards the front over time.

All in all, I don’t want to sound negative as this is not a bad entry level set of bib shorts. If you are looking to make the switch from tri or cycling shorts, then don’t wait ...it is definitely worth it.

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BRIAN R.

BRIAN R.wrote a review of on April 10, 2019

3 5

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

First, these bibs run small in the torso area ... I am 5’9” at 168lbs and the straps pulled in to my shoulders while riding. This could be the reason why the straps chaffed my nipples almost raw just 20 miles in to ride (had to unzip my jersey to wrap around strap to finish the ride back).

Chamois was a bit flat and compressed during ride ...so much so that I was surprised that I was squirming in the saddle just an hour in to the ride.

That said, the fabric felt cooler, more porous than normal cycling gear and, despite what another reviewer said, it does cover your junk adequately!

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BRIAN R.

BRIAN R.wrote a review of on February 20, 2019

1 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Have been wearing Pearl Izumi for years as the quality of their gear makes it worth the price. That is why I was looking forward to this jacket as it seemed to be the perfect jacket/vest convertible option ...only to be full-on disappointed by the weird fit.

The cut of the jacket is just plain off. The body of the jacket is right-sized, the arms are a bit long (appropriately so that you can get down in to drops or in aero) but the arm pit clearance is just too tight.

It is like the whole jacket is riding up in to your arm pits. No matter how you move, the arm pits are rubbing against where the sleeve joins the jacket.

The jacket seems like a good idea ...just bad cut/execution.

I returned it and while I unfortunately had to pay for return shipping, it wasn’t worth keeping to just hang in the closet.

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BRIAN R.

BRIAN R.wrote a review of on January 20, 2019

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

...which is good - until you want to take it off. Once you do take it off, then forget about putting it back on while riding. If you have just a touch of sweat on your hands then it becomes a wrestling match that will likely involve your teeth.

The problem centers around the lack of elasticity of the cuff of the glove. Without it the tight fitting glove is nearly impossible to take off mid-ride, which is often necessitated by having to fool with your Garmin, phone and/or nutrition.

There is no chance of e-touch given fabric type but it does provide reasonable warmth down to 50*.

On the plus side, the cut of the glove is fantastic...no bulkiness and easy to manipulate gears.

Bottom line: you may buy these ...but you’ll end up buying different gloves as the dry fit Hind gloves I got from Costco work better.

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