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Chris C.

Chris C.wrote a review of on January 3, 2020

3 Days of Use 4 Stars
4 5

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

Day 1 - 52 miles, 3 hours, road ride, endurance pace, 32° f with dry roads - Comfortable, dry and warm. Not a race-stiff sole, but I wasn't expecting it to be. I had zero issues with my feet.

Day 2 - Fat bike endurance ride, 1:30, 12 miles, 1300ft of climbing, 32°f with freezing rain on roads and mtb trails- warm and dry! However, freezing rain isn't as wet at rain.

Day 3 - 38 miles, 2-1/4 hours, 2,700ft of vert, tempo and endurance road ride with HEAVY road spray, endurance pace, 30° f with wet roads - I needed fenders! This would have fixed the fact that the cuff of the boot eventually succumbed to water infiltration. I ended up with damp to wet, but WARM feet.

Since the upper cuff will not keep out heavy water spray, it will not be greater than a 4-star rating. However, great value for now. Need to log more rides to know for use. In the meantime, I am pleased with my purchase.

I look forward to trying these boots when it is colder, in 20°s.

I wear a 44.5 Sidi. The 45 was too big, and went with a 44.

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Chris C.

Chris C.wrote a review of on November 7, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Around 30 degrees F at road riding speeds, I can feel the cold air infiltrate the seams. This results in fingers getting cold and going numb in about an hour. This is at the bottom of Castelli's operating range, so maybe I'm expecting too much.

However, at 45 degrees F and raining at a recent CX race I was very pleased as my hands were warm even though the outside of the glove was wet.

What this glove does best is fit well with minimal bulk, good grip, and high dexterity.

I do reach for this glove most often when in the 35-50 degree temps, I just wished it was a bit warmer on the colder (30 degree range) of days.

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Chris C.

Chris C.wrote a review of on October 30, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Another essential piece of kit.

I've used this jacket just a wind shell as it packs small, but it really shines in the rain! I've used it training and racing in light rain to heavy downpours from the mid 40's up to 65f. I've also used it for cross race recon laps to keep the rain and mud off me.

I tried the Castelli version, but needed more room in the chest and shoulders and Gore's fit gave me the room I needed. Even though the fit is streamlined, the new shakedry with stretch seems like improvement on fit that I'd like to try.

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Chris C.

Chris C.wrote a review of on May 14, 2018

5 5

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

This is the first time I wore this cap, and needed to share how great it is. (I've worn it a bunch since, and it is just as great.)

I wore this cap at a Masters 40 race this weekend in New England. It was 42 F and steady rain. It kept my head dry without being clammy (and I am mostly bald). Many racers were in some state of hypothermia, and I feel this cap did a lot to regulate my body temp, and keep me pedaling.

At $40 retail, it is an essential item for your rain bag.

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Chris C.

Chris C.wrote a review of on April 13, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Water beaded up from road spray which made me very excited. However, when it started raining, I came home with wet feet, socks, and shoes.

This is a low volume shape over the top of my foot, where my foot and ankle meets. This low volume causes the shoe cover to bind in this area eventually causing the stitching on the seam to separate.

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Chris C.

Chris C.wrote a review of on April 13, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

For road spray, these kept my feet dry. Once it really started raining, my feet were wet. I do not know if the water came in thru the top where they do have a gap, or if the fabric didn't do its job. Bottom line, wet socks, shoes, and feet. They did not work any worse than other brand shoe covers I have tried. The search continues.

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