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Bodo Knudsenwrote a review of on October 28, 2018

4 5

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

Castelli has been marketing the RoS (Rain or Shine) slogan and line of cycling clothing/accessories this year. There are some new products and some carry overs from prior seasons. I've been putting together a new kit that can handle some light rain in case I get caught on some longer road rides. As part of this I ordered the RoS shoe cover.

The covers arrived last week. They have a rubbery outer material that runs over the top of the foot and on the outside of the upper portion. The material on the inside of the foot and leg is not rubbery but not quite neoprene either. The inner portion has a light fleece backing. The cuff is longer than most shoe covers and fits nice and snug with the goal of keeping rain out. The zip is long and taped to provide an effective seal against water. There are some reflective elements built in too. Overall the design does look quite premium.

I have only used them once so far. The temps were between 40 and 45 degrees, a little light drizzle but not heavy rain, some road spray and some wind. I wore the size L RoS covers over a pair of 42.5 Sidi Wire SP Carbon Push shoes wearing Gore Thermo road socks. The covers fit perfectly over the shoes and wear quite easy to pull on. The closed up well over my Rapha tights and caused no issues while pedaling. Initially I thought my toes were going to get cold but as I road they were perfectly fine.

I do think that in colder temps closer to 32, they might not be warm enough with the shoe/sock combo I used today. A heavier merino sock may help here. If it's colder but dry, probably one of the heavier neoprene options might be the way to go.

It's interesting to see the pieces that Castelli has put together for the RoS line as they do span different conditions. For example I also bought the Spetacolo RoS glove (https://www.competitivecyclist.com/castelli-spettacolo-ros-glove?s=a) and it is fairly heavily insulated and I didn't wear it on the same ride as I thought it would be too warm. For this ride I wore a pair of Gore Windstopper gloves that are lightly insulated and regulate extremely well.

Although I have only tried these on one ride, I do think this is a quality product and would compliment a kit geared towards damp or wet riding. They would likely pair extremely well with Rapha's Shadow line or Castelli's Gabba line. They also would work well with some of the pieces in the RoS line. However if you are looking for something more insulating on colder days, there may be better options.

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Bodo Knudsenwrote a review of on September 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I typically have worn a mix of either baggies over my regular bib shorts, or just the bib shorts by themselves, when I ride XC and trail. Wear the baggies over my bibs was ok, there were definitely times the shorts would slide around a bit or get caught on the saddle. These new Gore Alp-X 2 in 1's are definitely the solution to this.

I picked up my first pair early this summer after hearing others give positive feedback on them. They arrived and my first impression was that they felt quite light. I took them out for the first ride and immediately noticed the benefits. They were extremely comfortable, but didn't slide around and didn't catch the tip of my saddle. Despite the warm weather, they didn't feel too hot. The chamois felt good without any issues on the first few rides.

I subsequently took them with me on a few trips. While riding in Brown County, IN I did take a low speed tumble onto some rocks after losing my balance trying to hop up over some rocks. This is where I noticed the one weakness of the shorts. The baggie material is very light and the tradeoff is that it did get a small whole from where I fell on the rocks. No big deal - did impact the performance at all - but if you are someone who bails out and rolls or falls a lot, these might not be the best option.

Ultimately I liked them so much I bought a second pair. I took them both on a longer trip through Colorado, where I spent some long rides climbing Vail, riding the Government Trail from Snowmass to Aspen, and hitting a bunch of other single track. The shorts held up great and were always super comfortable.

Highly recommended!

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Bodo Knudsenwrote a review of on July 18, 2015

5 5

I purchased these as an alternative to my Sidi Drako's (also an amazing shoe) for rides when I anticipate portions that will require some off bike walking and hiking. Last year I purchased a pair of Pearl Izumi Project-X 1.0's only to find out they had major problems causing blisters when hiking (http://www.competitivecyclist.com/pearl-izumi-x-project-1.0-shoe-mens?s=a). The Project-X's also tending to scratch up your crank.

I bought the Terraduro's earlier this year and used them for a few rides locally in Ohio to ensure they fit well and the cleats sets correctly. I then took them on a 10 day trip to Colorado where I rode Snowmass/Aspen, Beaver Creak, Edwards, and Vail areas. Some of the rides, such as the Elkhorn to A10 connector had significant hike-a-bike segments (http://www.mtbproject.com/trail/3966441).

The shoes were great on the bike. I wear a size 42.0 and they were roomy. I have a fairly wide forefoot but had no issues in these shoes. I do use the Giro supernatural insoles with the high arch support as well in all my shoes. The pedaling platform was solid. I used them on my Niner RIP9RDO with XTR Trail pedals and the engaged and disengaged with no difficulty at all.

Off the bike they were also excellent. Hopping across slippery rocks in a stream or climbing up a steep hike-a-bike section, they gripped well and remained comfortable. There was no slipping at all and more importantly...no blisters!

The initial release of this shoe had delamination issues that appear to have been worked out by Giro. I had no issues with this to date.

For someone looking for a shoe that is very good on and off the bike, I would recommend this shoe without hesitation. If you are looking for a pure crossing country shoe built for speed, then something like the Sidi Drako's are still going to be a better option. I now pull out the shoe that is best suited for the ride I'm going to do that day.

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Bodo Knudsenwrote a review of on March 6, 2015

Not good for hike-a-bike....blisters!
2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I picked these for a trip to Colorado where I knew I would be doing some hike-a-bike sections on my ride. I was hoping for a good peddling shoe that would still perform well off the bike.

On the bike, they worked well and for the most part I was happy with them. The buckle attachment on the medial side of the shoe did mark up my XX1 crank a little though.

However the big problem was off the bike. I ended up with killer blisters on my heals during the hike-a-bike segments. I got them on both feet and needless to say it wasn't pleasant. Interestingly, there are several reviews of the 2.0 model of this shoe on this site that are also reporting the same thing.

PI has a new version of the shoe out this year so it will be interesting to hear if they are any better. I'm going to give the Giro Terraduro's a try instead (http://www.competitivecyclist.com/giro-terraduro-shoe?s=a). Some people have had some issues with the sole delaminating but it sounds like Giro has addressed this in the shoes that are now shipping. They are supposed to be very comfortable off the bike.

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Bodo Knudsenwrote a review of on November 20, 2014

5 5

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

I ordered this jacket recently as I was looking for a jacket that would offer a more warmth and wind resistance than a standard long sleeve jersey but not as much warmth as some of my heavier jackets or shells. This seemed to fit the bill perfectly.

I do both a lot of road biking and mountain biking and would suggest it is more suited as a tight fitting road biking jacket. If you prefer a tight fitting jacket for mountain biking, it would work too, but I usually prefer a looser fitting one.

I wore the jacket on a day with only a slight breeze in the air, but temperatures in the low 30's. I wore a Goretex windstopper base layer underneath. I also wore a fairly warm set of gloves, bib short and tights over top. Heading out on the road I initially felt a little cool but as soon as I started pedaling the jacket was fantastic. I warmed up, but never got hot, suggesting excellent breathability. To me this is the biggest plus - staying warm without getting hot. It repelled the wind well and remained comfortable as I crouched over the bars.

On cool days I would likely go with a warmer merino base layer, so the jacket should remain very versatile.

I'm about 5'11", 175lbs, and bought a large. Its slim fitting but not too tight. For the most part it stay in place but the rear bottom portion did ride up a little at times and I did readjust it a couple of times over the two hour ride.

Ultimately I think this jacket fills a niche in my cycling wardrobe and would recommend it to anyone looking for a slim fitting jacket that's more versatile than just a long sleeve jersey.

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