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CedarBough S.

CedarBough S.

CedarBough S.

CedarBough S.wrote a review of on May 25, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

In terms of being a pair of very thin arm warmers, or coverage when you're afraid of a sunburn, these are fine. But, I wanted to buy this to use with cycling tanktops to cover my cleavage (and I'm only a B cup). However, when zipped up, even with only a B cup, this top only covers the upper breastbone and then creates a gap perfectly designed to still show the exact cleavage I was hoping to conceal. As an alternative to arm warmers (although these are not really warm) the top may still be in the rotation. But to keep the guys eyes off my chest during a coffee stop, it's a fail.

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CedarBough S.wrote a review of on May 25, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

this chamois is flatter and less cushioning than many a maxipad. Certainly you cannot use it on a ride of any serious duration. Riding on a road bike, esp. in the drops, the coverage does not extend to your lower back, or your waist line, but rather is a massive gap with almost any cycling specific top (another reason why I should stick with bibs). the shorts are essentially only rideable for cruising for an hour if you have a bike with geometry that has you fairly upright. What a waste of money. I am so sick of women's cycling gear that is apparently not made for performance but just for looks.

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CedarBough S.wrote a review of on March 20, 2017

4 5

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

So, I bought this top because I have finally grown out of 1) thinking I need to always look super 'pro' and never like a 'fred' ; hence, 2) allowing myself to wear shorts, not bibs, which permits wearing a tank top (sue me, I like sun).
So far, as it's still winterish, I have only worn this UNDER other clothes. A few comments 1) if you have a large chest (as in the circumference of your rib cage) then you might want to size up a bit. I bought an M, which is normal for me, but my breasts are pretty squashed (very effective for making cleavage, and I don't mind being squashed that much, but it's a bit extreme). I have a B cup, and with 33 inches BELOW my breasts, the M is really tight THERE, and like I said, also squashes my breasts (only a B cup, so I'm barely 36), so while according to their sizing info it should fit fine, it is pretty tight (after a couple hours I've got a pretty good compression line around below my breasts, there). There is no give in the fabric at that point (more in other places in the top). It comes with those stupid things people wear inside bras that make your tits look bigger and hide your nipples. Freaking ridiculous, they'd be soaked with sweat if you really exercised with them in. Also, another point-- there is a lot of fabric around the mid-section (why it doesn't have much give) and so the top is pretty warm-- if you didn't have exposed shoulders and arms, it wouldn't work for summer riding with that relatively thick fabric in double layers. I still think it will be pretty sweaty, compared to my expectations looking at it online. Good things, though-- it looks great (well, except in my case making the extreme cleavage), the construction seems really high quality, the pockets are awesome and generously sized, the coverage is long enough in back that you shouldn't gap unless your shorts are too low anyway, and the tight fit does mean you could use it in mountain biking on really bumpy terrain or running and it would hold everything tightly in place.

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CedarBough S.wrote a review of on December 9, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am 135 lbs or so (might be a little less, I don't have a scale), 5'7" (169cm). I ordered the M and it fits quite well, there is enough extra in the legs that if I was a bit taller I'd still be able to wear these. There is no bunching or pinching from the bib part of the tights (to tell the truth, I am not someone who normally experiences that, though, I think people who do have a longer or shorter torso than manufacturer's assume). The tights are quite comfortable and they look fairly good (the narrow lines make my big cycling thighs look a little less big). However, they are not quite as warm as I had hoped. In previous winters I have used a pair of lined tights (no chamois) under bib shorts, and the combination of two layers of fabric on my thighs has been great for keeping them warm. Switching to these bib tights actually made me less warm, but somehow (now I see the lack of logic) I had thought it'd be the same or something. i've found them acceptable for a 3 hour ride, but the chamois isn't ideal for longer rides (and for me 3 hours is not that long, so when i wore them on a 4 hour ride I really missed my better chamois in my other shorts). And they aren't warm enough to wear below freezing conditions. A few degrees above, sure, but not below. So, they're comfortable but could be warmer and have a better chamois for longer rides. Overall I'm satisfied, but feel that proper women's REALLY cold cycling conditions gear needs to be developed by the industry.

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CedarBough S.wrote a review of on December 4, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So, I've had these shoes with the cleats on for about a month now, and ridden with them around 12 times. First, let me start by saying that I always buy SIDI and I know my size in SIDI perfectly-- 41.5. I trust the worksmanship and aside from replacing pads and stuff, I have nothing bad to say about SIDI, at all. However, my 41.5 (summer) shoes that I wear have really sucked in the winter. They are too vented, and the fit is very snug, so if I wear warm thick socks my feet are so crammed into the shoe that in fact I end up colder (no trapped air). Last winter I kept messing around with saran wrap on my insoles, plastic bags, and of course shoe covers. But my feet (and the serious pain of the severe cold where I was living) were my ride limiting factor (45 minutes to 1 hour and I had to stop and massage them and warm them up). So I decided to buy a 42 in the Avast because I wanted room for air and thick socks. However, instead of feeling like a small increase in size, it feels like the different between 41.5 and 43 or something like that. I mean, I am SWIMMING in these shoes (not swimming front to back, the difference there is what I'd expect with .5 increase in size). I have every one of the straps at maximum tightness except the ratcheting one. It's true my feet are normal width and have no extra fat on them, but... this is just weird. Further, as I pedal the extra material of the overly roomy fit of the shoes rubs on the crank arm! It's that roomy that it bulbously sticks out and rubs! Already there is a patch of the leather that looks quite different there. Also, with some zippers on some of my full legged items I get irritation due to the zipper and high top of the shoe meeting as I pedal (*again this is because the shoes are, at the maximum tightness of the straps, loose). The good news is that my feet are much warmer, and I can wiggle my toes, even with heavy socks-- it's not as cold where I am this winter, but i think I should be able to just ride through the winter. I'm thinking of adding extra insoles and other fixes, but overall it feels like the cut, esp. of the upper part of the shoes, is just too roomy to have been planned correctly. I've been out on several wet days with these shoes, but so far, no REAL downpours, so I am not sure how they'll stand up in the rain, with or without shoe covers. My rec would be to consider buying these if you have extra meat on your feet, but not if you have skin covering bone and sinew (like me).

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CedarBough S.wrote a review of on December 2, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

So, I wear a men's 8.5 (and my cycling shoes are men's shoes, so I'm sure about that, thanks). I don't like being right on the cut off, but I've also had issues with ripping shoe covers before, so I thought it'd be safer to order the L. Nope. They were so huge on my RAIN BOOTS from SIDI (as in, already sort of oversized shoes, not super tight shoe-hugging summer shoes with vents and stuff, but high top shoes!) that the hole for the cleat extended past the cleat, past the sole to the shoe on BOTH SIDES (the hole for the cleats were HUGE). The fit around the shoe was HUGE and sloppy, and the only tight thing was the elastic at the calf-- you could have probably fit both of my feet in one of them. And, further, because of the construction, ripping the shoe cover isn't an issue anyway, because you open the entire back to slip the shoe into the cover. But a rain cover that has huge holes and fits like a gunny sack isn't going to help anything and certainly does not justify the price. There is no way anyone who wears a 8.5, 9, or even 9.5 should buy the Large. Does the S/M work? Don't know. When i went to return them to CC they didn't offer an exchange for a smaller size, and now I feel a bit gun shy.

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