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Clayton D.

Clayton D.

Clayton D.

Clayton D.wrote a review of on January 6, 2019

5 5

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

This jacket seems very nice. It is pretty much as described above (aero), while not being quite as small in fit as some other Castelli jackets (the Cross Warm-up jacket is quite a bit smaller overall and the RoS jersey is a bit more tight around the shoulders and neck).
This Pro Fit Light Rain Jacket is made in Romania, and seems to fit like other Castelli items made there: normal to longer in length and slightly tight overall. The upper arms are a bit snug for my liking, but they may stretch out some. The actual shoulder opening does not bind under the arms like many Castelli items that are made in Bosnia which can cause circulation problems, it is just the sleeve tops that are tight for my arms which are slightly large for a 140 pound cyclist. This is more of a comfort-only issue here. I may end up converting it to a vest if they do not stretch out some though. It is much more packable than the thermal Gabba vest, so would fit much easier in a jersey pocket when needed.
I haven't yet worn the jacket in rain but do not doubt that it should be sufficient for light to mid rain.
I am 5'9", 140lbs. and the medium fits me well (with the slight exception of the upper arms).

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Clayton D.wrote a review of on January 5, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I ride for a Giro sponsored team and this is what I use on the road and mtb as Giro's Aether and Vanquish (and numerous older Giro models) are too round for my head. This helmet fits more like Kask, Specialized, and Oakley. The quality actually seems a fair amount better than the Synthe! And the MIPS system is integrated better in my opinion than that in the Synthe.
AND, there is no problem with Oakley glasses hitting the retention device like there is with KASK helmets. And, yes, the Cinder holds those glasses VERY well in the front vents when necessary without obstructing your view and with ZERO movement (it can be tricky putting the glasses in if you're also wearing a hat as the hat material can slightly get in the way, so you just have to wiggle the glasses some).
A size medium fits me very well with just enough room for thermal cycling hats and regular cycling caps. My head measures 57cm and I wear a 7-1/8 in non-cycling hats. You don't always have to have the most expensive models to get what's best for you!

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Clayton D.wrote a review of on January 5, 2019

5 5

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

Castelli's Corso Rossa is actually cut for pro racers (and the like, with or without their power output,..ahem.) I've got news for the reviewers who state the legs on these are too long: take the pictures of Sean Yates off your wall--short short bibs were never cool, and certainly are not today. Look at Fernando Gaviria's or Peter Segan's (or even ultra-lanky Froomy's) bib lengths for just a few of examples of modern good style in cycling. It is good to have more leg coverage on bibs intended for cooler temperatures (not to mention the increased water-resistant material coverage), also the increased length will help hold up leg/knee warmers. People who are concerned with performance will know that you should keep your knees covered at temperatures under 65-70 degrees; look at the pros (who are older than 23) at your local group ride in cool temperatures--they are easy to spot even while not riding, as they are the ones who have at least their knees covered. Racing in cool/cold temperatures is bit different because you are creating more heat and are usually drafting most of the time AND likely have embrocation on if no knee/leg warmers. However these bibs are NOT as long as the Omloop version--those are just strange unless you have VERY long legs. The Nano Light material is slightly less stretchy than lighter weight, water pervious materials. Soooo,... size up. I am 5'9" and 140lbs with wider shoulders and hips and the size large in these fits me perfectly. The lycra on the strap tops makes them some of the most comfy straps I've ever used. If these had nano material over the crotch you likely couldn't have children if you were to wear them often (and for longer than 1.5 hours) as the nano material is not stretchy enough for comfort in that area. As for the peeling lettering, I have not yet noticed that, but won't be surprised if it happens; and that definitely won't bother me much. Also, I actually prefer the Kiss Air pad better than their Progetto pad. I ride a 143mm wide saddle and the chamois size/placement is perfect for me.

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Clayton D.wrote a review of on January 5, 2019

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Let me start by saying that Castelli is by far and away my favorite kit in general--but there are outliers for me. I purchased these bibs based and the great reviews and on Castelli's overall quality. However, I have the exact opposite take on their fit as the previous reviewer (and we are almost the same size)! I almost believe that the previous review was for the pro model of Nano bibs, as those are excellent and actually DO have a low waist, THESE BIBS DO NOT HAVE A LOW WAIST--THAT IS EVIDENT IN THE PICTURES. Good luck in the restrooms!! Furthermore, the straps are WAY too tight. The pro version has lycra inserts as the strap tops and that makes them very stretchy/comfortable. The straps on these basic Nano's are not only ultra tight, but the material/hems dig into my shoulders/neck (again not the case with the lycra tops on the pro model straps). The pro model Nono bibs also have a longer leg length (I am NOT talking about the Omloops--those are too long).
And the leg grippers on these are only fair, while the pro version doesn't even have a separate material there--it is entirely their Nano material (i.e., water resistant) all the way down. The pro bibs just have leg grippers attached underneath the Nano material.

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Clayton D.wrote a review of on January 4, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Nice jersey/jacket. It is too tight around the neck and shoulders for me however while the length is perfect (medium chosen for 5'9", 140 with wider shoulders for a skinny cyclist). I'll mention the place of manufacture in order to try and help ahead some light on the elusive Castelli sizing (their items are not at all uniform throughout their range). This is made in Bosnia, and I've found that the Castelli items made there are generally the smallest. (Many Sportful items are made there too they and seem to fit the same). While the Castelli items made in China tend to fit me well except for bib straps--those are generally VERY tight (with the exception of their Nano Light Pro bibs which add stretchy lycra to the straps). Castelli's made-in USA tops (those are mostly just team clothing) seem to fit true to size. Size medium (tops and San Remo speed suits too) fit me well while the US team-bibs and TT suits fit me in size large. Castelli's made-in-Romania items seem true to size WITH slightly tighter shoulder areas (but not as tight as their Bosnian items). Finally their jerseys made in El Salvidor seem to be on the large size--I actually wear a size small in team "Training Jerseys". Hope this helps. Lucky CC offers an excellent return policy which unfortunately I tend to use often!
I'll keep trying....

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Clayton D.wrote a review of on January 4, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

These socks are a great idea, especially for racing where shoe covers may steel a watt or 3. Or combined with shoe covers for arctic conditions. However, they do not fit me at all--they are too large (mostly around the toe box). I wear size 44 cycling shoes and size 10 regular shoes (very infrequently a 9.5) thus I purchased the medium (9.5-10). I am pretty certain that the 8-9 will not fit as they stretch very little. I would think if you wear a 44.5-45 the 9.5-10 Gores may well work. Lucky those who can fit these socks.

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Clayton D.wrote a review of on January 2, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

The materials and construction of this tight is top notch as you should expect from Gore. However the fit is WAY off for me (5'9", 145 lbs.). Medium is way too large. For comparison, I have never been able to fit into any tights from Castelli in size medium (for Castelli--medium tights might fit someone 6' to 6'4" at or less than 140 lbs.) So there is a gapping hole in available tights in someone my size. Yet as these Gore tights have omitted the fairly standard lower leg zippers, I am certain that my size 10 feet will not fit thru the oversized (read flappy in wind) ankle openings that hardly stretch at all (if I were to try a size small). If it had the zippers, it could be snug at the ankle while still being possible to put on and remove (a necessary quality Gore, come on. Does Fabian have little feet? Obviously he has big legs, but are you only producing these for him?)
These in size medium might fit someone 6' or taller, 160lbs+ who has little feet and large ankles. Or if you want to spend more money, maybe a seamster (going gender-neutral with this term) could take-in the ankles while adding zippers--just remember to SIZE DOWN vs Italian sizing.

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Clayton D.wrote a review of on February 25, 2018

5 5

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

This stem is a work of art. What sets it apart for me is the smooth steerer-tube bolt profile. If you've ever hit your knee on an exposed or non-integrated steerer bolt during a sprint or crash, you'll know what I'm talking about. It seems very stiff; and if it can handle van Aert's cyclocross use, I don't see why it shouldn't be amply durable for cross country mountain biking for an average or lighter rider.

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Clayton D.wrote a review of on February 25, 2018

5 5

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

This helmet rules. It is very light for a TT lid: 388g size medium with visor. It actually comes with a clear visor not mirrored as pictured. Fit is excellent and it looks very cool--no silly super-long tail. Longer-tailed TT helmets are only really good if you can keep your head up all the time. For those of us who ride with a head-down position--the bobbed TT helmet is much more aerodynamic (and probably much lighter too). Weight does play a part in holding a aero position for any length of time and is certainly a concern with a hilly TT like Tour of the Gila's.
Get this if you want to go faster.

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Clayton D.wrote a review of on February 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

It really disappoints me that I cannot wear this jacket. The shoulders are just too tight but it fits very well elsewhere. If you look like Nibali, it may actually be too loose on the shoulders,..ha. I wear size medium even in Castelli's race-fit stuff. Anyway, it has excellent fabric, nice reflective elements, an awesome large-tooth zipper with no upper zipper garage (those always make it impossible for me to fully raise the zipper while wearing winter gloves)--but it does have a (reflective) lower zipper garage on the bottom of the zipper, so the zipper doesn't dig into your stomach when in an aero position. Nice reflective elements (including the "Giordana" printed on both arms), and serious Italian-style interior printing. Of course it's made in Italy.

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Clayton D.wrote a review of on February 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Super nice soft leather gloves. I wear these all the time when it's cold out (casual wear for me). Offers great grip on the rare times that I use them on the bike. Sizing is different than most other brands: I wear size large in Castelli gloves (and medium in their clothing) and large in general leather work gloves, and Rapha gloves fit me in size medium.
Very classy too.
(They are actually no longer made in the UK).

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Clayton D.wrote a review of on February 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This vest is the lightest you'll probably find and it still offers wind and light rain protection. Fit (race) is excellent and the translucent version allows for race use over numbers (numbers have to be visible at all times). Excellent insurance for changing weather or likely mountain descents in summer. Get 'ch one.

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Clayton D.wrote a review of on February 22, 2018

5 5

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

These warmers fit very well and are very warm. Classy understated styling and fully functional. They don't rise up very high (like Giordana's light knit warmers), but pair well with fleeced bibs. Good down to freezing temperatures.

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Clayton D.wrote a review of on February 22, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Not what I was looking for as a cross country racer. The Go-Pro mount is not removable, just coverable with the included cover. Looks cool with visor but very silly without. It's somewhat heavy (again for CC), but would be a good choice for enduro riding as the fit is excellent and the head coverage is super. Excellent construction as seems to be par for Kask. Going to stick with my beloved Protone for now on the mtb.

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Clayton D.wrote a review of on February 22, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These warmers rock! They are fairly long (they stretch a lot), but I just pull them up higher than most warmers and the knee articulation is spot on. This also allows for the use of summer bibs in cool-cold weather as they have more upper leg coverage. They are impressively warm too considering their lightweight fabric. Comfortable for me in a large range from 40-70+ degrees doing low intensity riding (in humid weather too). Probably good down to 30 in dry climates and definitely if doing higher intensity riding.

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Clayton D.wrote a review of on February 22, 2018

5 5

These gloves seem very warm but they are a bit bulky. Wrist adjustment is nice and will interface well with jerseys and jackets. Will probably only use for mtb. because I ride my brakes loose on road and CX and the bulk of these interferes with pulling the brake levers all the way back. But when I say loose--I mean like almost all the way to the bar. If I lived in a consistently cold climate, I'd probably set up a training bike with tighter brakes and these glove would then work for that application.

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Clayton D.wrote a review of on February 22, 2018

5 5

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

I like the fabric on this cap as it's super light and vented. I probably won't actually use it for training or racing road though as the bill is too long for my preference (I tilt my head down on the road). Will likely only use it mountain biking or commuting in the Texas heat.

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Clayton D.wrote a review of on February 22, 2018

5 5

This cap has a short bill which I prefer so it doesn't interfere with vision with your head down. The fabric is a bit stiff but seems durable and will soften with washings. Fits 7-1/8 head well. It's made in Italy if you care about that.

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Clayton D.wrote a review of on February 22, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

This is a great helmet, but the fit is too round for my head. The integrated MIPS is seamless and the styling is very good. One small negativity for me is that Oakley Jawbrakers will not fit in the front vents--only in the rear vents which is a bit awkward, though it might not be a problem for other people.

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