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Colin Maxfield

Colin Maxfield

Colin Maxfield

Colin Maxfieldwrote a review of on October 10, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This jersey is an awesome addition to your bike gear. If you are looking for a great way to keep dry and warm, but not have to put on multiple layers the G-Shield is the way to go. This jersey has kept me dry in some fairly decent storms, but also is great for a brisk fall day. The combination of the race fit, and the waterproofing is something you don't get from hardly any other jerseys.
The attention to detail across the jersey is super evident. From the reflective elements, to the fold over pockets, and the brushed internals you will love this thing. Obviously more expensive than other short sleeve options, but you really get what you pay for quality wise.
I wear a large in LG, Rapha, Gore, Pearl and the large fit me perfectly. Snug like a normal jersey, but with enough stretch that I didn't feel restricted what so ever.

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Colin Maxfieldwrote a review of on October 10, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you are looking to keep the trainer in the closet, and your bike on the road during the colder fall months look no further than the G-Shield line. Giordana have managed to keep the feel of the NX-Gs or Fr-Cs, while adding insulation and water resistance to keep you riding and training deep into the colder temps, and unpredictable weather of fall and spring.
Not too insultated that you are sweating out on hard intervals, but just enough that you aren't worried about the cold or rain. These have been great for 35-50 degrees for me. Pair these with the matching jersey, or any other breathable rain jacket and you are all set for tough training rides in not-so-great conditions.
I wear a large in Rapha, LG, Pearl, and an XL in Castelli. The larges fit me great, with a bit longer inseam that ran down just above my knee.

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Colin Maxfieldwrote a review of on October 10, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Super comfy socks. Having the specific length measurement gives the added confidence that they will fit to the mid calf length that I was looking for. I wear a size 11.5 US or 45.5 EU and the L/XL fits perfectly. Merino wool is a requirement for good, comfortable, winter riding socks and these fit the bill completely. You wont be disappointed!

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Colin Maxfieldwrote a review of on October 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

. This paired with a base layer has been fantastic for the early fall mornings, where a jersey jacket combo would be a little to much, but a jersey with arm warmers doesn't quite do the trick. For me that is about the 45-60 degree range. For the 60s I am wearing it with a lightweight sleeveless baselayer. After that I wear it with the merino short sleeve baselayer and it has been great.
Fit wise I wear a a large in Rapha, Giordana, and an XL in Castelli and the large fit me great. Not too tight in the chest or shoulders, but snug on the wrists and arms so there isn't a ton of fabric catching the wind.
Definitely a key piece of kit to add for the early spring/fall kit, you won't be dissapointed!

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Colin Maxfieldwrote a review of on September 24, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Comfy hat that keeps the hair, sweat, and sun out of my eyes. Having huge breathable meshy side panels provides an added plus compared to other options in the same price point.

Plus its a sweet color!

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Colin Maxfieldwrote a review of on September 24, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Sportful is great when it comes to quality to price ratio. The Giara line is a perfect example. This jersey is good quality, fits well, and doesn't hurt the bottom line.
Definitely a mid weight jersey, that would be best suited for Spring/Fall riding, might be sweating a bit if worn in the middle of summer. Pair this with a good baselayer and some armwarmers and you are set for early fall gravel or road rides.
Color options and matching to the other items from this line is great for us roadies that like to be matchy matchy.

I wear a large in PI, Giordana, Oakley, Rapha, to get a tight racy fit, and this fits along the same lines.

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Colin Maxfieldwrote a review of on September 24, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Going into fall weather a good baselayer is a must. This Merino base does the trick perfectly. Super comfortable, and wearable in a wide ranges of temps. I've worn this with a mid weight short sleeve jersey, long sleeve thermal jersey, and range of jackets. Having a baselayer that provides and extra breathable layer between your skin and various jerseys seriously increases comfort across the board.
I prefer a tight, racy fit for my jerseys and baselayers and the large was perfect for me. Will be updating this as I wear this into colder temps!

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Colin Maxfieldwrote a review of on September 20, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

When it comes to quality to price ratio, Sporful is near the top of the list. The same holds true for these Giara Bibs. Super comfortable chamois, with no large seams or any areas that chaffed or rubbed uncomfortably.
The material along the legs is tight, but I wouldn't qualify it as compressive. Not too much fabric that it is rolling, or folding up, but also not too tight that it is uncomfortable after a few hour in the saddle. These Bibs are great for 75-55 degree range, but because of the increased durability you might be sweating it out if it gets hotter than that.
Fit wise these are on the long side, just like the Pros are going for. I'm 6 3 and the Large came down to about 2 inches above the top of my knees.
Great bang for the buck, and a great piece to my Fall riding gear.

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Colin Maxfieldwrote a review of on September 19, 2019

4 5

Just like other Sportful products, these gloves seem to have good production quality and quality construction materials.

However the XLs were so small I couldn't even get them over my knuckles without the prospect of ripping the seams. To get the right size I would recommend going 2 full sizes up. If you are a M in other brands the XLs would probably be perfect.

From a QC standpoint there is a great amount of padding on the meat of your thumb, and across the top of the palm. There is good breathable material accross the palm area where there isn't any contact with the bars, and across the entire back of the hand.

For someone looking for a good gravel glove, without sweating out their hands this would be a great option! Just be wary on the sizing.

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Colin Maxfieldwrote a review of on August 26, 2019

4 5

Having never heard or ridden with Bryton I was super stoked to give this thing a go. When it comes to bike computers, I think of it in three general categories. App/phone interface, computer operating system, and physical use/reliability.

1. My biggest knock on this specific computer was just in the connectivity and interface of the App. It took me a few hours to get this thing to connect with my phone initially, which in our day and age of tech shouldn't be a thing. Once I got it connected I thought the app itself was a bit clunky compared to others. Once I got the hang of it the ability to specify the fields of view was great, and it connected and uploaded to Strava/Training Peaks seamlessly. Although I struggled to get the computer to connect to my phone, it synced instantly with my HR monitor, Power meter, and cadence sensors.

2. Obviously switching between interfaces takes some time to get used to, but once I got the hang of it the Bryton was great. The triple tap, and double tap uses of the side buttons is great for not having to scroll through a bunch of menus. Too many buttons is annoying, and not enough is equally as frustrating. Bryton nailed it on this model. The GPS directions worked great, and the large screen is easy to see with the backlight on or off. The auto pause feature was super reliable, and there was no issue about ride upload or GPS tracking.

3. Out of curiosity I wanted to see how long I could ride this without charging and I got about 20 hours of use before needing to re-charge. For someone who loves a quick exit when I have enough time to get a ride in, it was great to know that I could go 3-4 rides without recharging. The mount is made of metal as opposed to the plastic mounts that usually come stock with other computers and is super sturdy and secure on the bars. The computer itself is well made, and looks like it could take a beating over a few years of use.

This is a great value to money option that is on par if not better than other computers at this price point. As Bryton improves the App interface my rating would change from four to five stars. After I got everything connected I have been stoked.
Shoot me an email, or give us a call with any questions!

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Colin Maxfieldwrote a review of on August 21, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Factor hit the nail on the head when it comes to the O2. A stiff, light, bike that will get you up the hill quick and feel super stable on the descent.

Being a slightly bigger guy than the average cyclist, I look for great stiffness in the frame when coming out of the saddle to put down the power on a climb or sprint. Immediately I noticed the great stiffness, and power transfer on the O2. You step on it, and the bike responds immediately.
Once on the descent I felt super stable leaning this bike over on the turns, and letting it fly on the straights. While descending I don't want to think about the bike underneath me, and this absolutely did the job.
I would put this bike in the category with any other climbing oriented super bike on the market. Love it.

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Colin Maxfieldwrote a review of on August 21, 2019

5 5

These were my first pair of Oakley bibs, and I was a bit hesitant at first to stray away from my trusted brands. I have loved them ever since the first ride. Good compression fit on the legs, but not too tight. Material on the legs is on the thinner side, so these have been my go to for after work hot rides. Bought the jersey to match, and have been stoked on the purchase. Definitely going back to Oakley when it comes time for some new kit!

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Colin Maxfieldwrote a review of on July 21, 2019

5 5

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

Tried out a few different mtb helmets and this one is my fav so far. Great coverage around the back of the head, and by the ears. Still maintains good ventilation, and super comfortable. I was worried about the weight compared to a road helmet, but the difference was negligible once you have it on your head. Great to have the added safety of SPIN technology as well. Also I have a big ole noggin, and the M/L fit me great.

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Colin Maxfieldwrote a review of on July 21, 2019

5 5

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

Took this helmet out for a few rides, and almost forgot I was wearing it. Super light, and comfy. Great ventilation. Didn't have to test out the SPIN technology, but its always great to have something designed by POC keeping me safe. Great helmet!

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