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Crozier Kimballwrote a review of on May 3, 2020

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Compare this pedal head to head with other road pedals at the same price point and this one comes out on top. While it’s not as light as the top end pedals across the board, I really think that you get a great value in the pedals for what you’re purchasing. The carbon body of the pedal is nice and stiff while the metal plate covering on the top provides durability against impacts from entry and exit when clipping in and out. Coolest thing about these pedals is adding them to a bike to match things up and add just that extra touch of flare on it. The ability to rebuild the spindle is convenient if needed. So it’s quite possible that these will be some of the last pedals you’ll have to buy for a while.

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Crozier Kimballwrote a review of on May 3, 2020

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These shorts have exceeded my expectations. I’ve come to be very selective about my bib shorts as I tend to see them as a backend investment. And I honestly have been very happy with these. The TC Pro chamois is excellent and I would rank it above most other brands that I’ve tried. What I particularly like about these bib shorts is the fit. I like that they are tight and compressive where they need to be, but not necessarily tight everywhere. I did size up to an XL on these rather than an L and that decision went well for me. There are two super cool mesh pockets on these bibs that can be used for easy storage for a key or something while you’re riding. I like that the materials and construction on these seems nice and durable, but they don’t weigh in at a massive price point to get there. I believe that the shorts exceed the price point in their quality and comfort level. I’d recommend these as a great option if you’re looking for something in this price range!

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Crozier Kimballwrote a review of on May 3, 2020

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Normal Pant size (32)


As someone who comes from a road discipline, I decided to take a chance on these shorts. And I wasn’t the least bit disappointed with them. I’ve now used them for hiking and biking equally and I love how they feel. The DWR treatment makes them rugged enough for days out on the trail, but they also stay stretchy enough that I don’t have to worry about them getting to uncomfortable over time. They have two zipper pockets (one on each hip). Belt loops on the outside, or adjustable/elastic waistbands on the inside if you prefer. Even outside of cycling, I don’t wear shorts often because I find that they’re either too long or too short. These fall right at the right length on my legs to where I don’t feel like a basketball player from the 90’s and they don’t get in the way while I’m riding.
Comfortable, durable and good looking. Definitely a worthy short.

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Crozier Kimballwrote a review of on May 3, 2020

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This jersey is exactly what I look for when I think of a jersey. It is lightweight, tight fitting for aerodynamics and comfortable. I’d be just as happy using this jersey on a race day as I would on a 100 mile training ride. I particularly like the breathability of this jersey which is why I keep reaching for it for those hot days. I thing Sportful did a really good job of where they put the seams on the front of this jersey. I’ve had some aero jerseys that had seams that came in just below the belly to where it made it look like you had a bit of a gut, even if you don’t really. Contrary to that, this Sportful jersey is tight, but also slimming, which is a nice combination. The sleeves on this one don’t have seams or cuffs on them at all which looks super slick. The quality of this jersey matches the price and the performance on it is as good as any other jersey I’ve worn. The fade on the color also makes for a unique look that will set the jersey apart from a solid color one.


If you’ve never tried a Sportful product before and you’re wanting to branch out from some of the other brands on the market, I’d definitely say this jersey is worth a shot!

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Crozier Kimballwrote a review of on May 3, 2020

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I’ve found that I’m reaching for this jersey more and more. Generally I like jerseys to be tight and as aero as possible. But I’ve more and more grown to like this one because I feel like it’s not as uncomfortably tight as some of the jerseys made for racing, but if I wanted to I could use it for that.
The jersey fits more loose than the BodyFit Pro Evo jersey. I would generally use this jersey on long days in the saddle because of the comfortable fit and breathability. But just because it’s more relaxed, I don’t feel like Sportful took any shortcuts on the construction of the jersey itself. The reflective strip on the jersey and cuff are a nice touch if you ever have to do a late or early ride. Personally I also appreciate the zipper pocket that let’s you safely store a card or phone if needed for those long days.

All in all, a great jersey from Sportful!

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Crozier Kimballwrote a review of on December 29, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

One of the big arguments against indoor training is that you can’t train the same muscles that you train when you’re riding in the real world. In the climb, Wahoo has created something that solves at least part of that problem. The climb is a great device that will easily pair with the Kickr to allow you to train those climbing muscles that seem to never get the attention they deserve during the offseason. It has a nice extendable cord that will allow you to attach it to your handlebars and easily change your elevation during workouts manually. Additionally, it will work with certain rides in apps like Sufferfest to automatically adjust your elevation, helping you really simulate real world workouts. If you’re considering getting one of these, I highly recommend it. It really will change the way you train indoors.

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Crozier Kimballwrote a review of on December 29, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

First off, it should be noted that Wahoo makes great products across the board. Having used their heart rate monitor, computers and now the Kickr, I can say that on the whole, I’ve never been disappointed with anything I’ve used from them.

One of the things that makes this trainer super cool compared to other trainers on the market right now is that it can be paired with other devices such as the Wahoo Climb and the Wahoo Headwind as well as Wahoo computers. When all 3 of these things are combined with the Wahoo Kickr, it no longer feels like you’re just spinning in your basement. You can even go as far as to recreate your local rides that you regularly do. If you’re looking for ways to boost your offseason training, this trainer is a fantastic option.

This trainer comes with everything you need to start training and easily connects to apps like Sufferfest, Zwift and Trainer Road for training rides. The base is very stable, so if you’re up out of the saddle doing sprints, you don’t have to worry about whether or not you are going too hard.

The thing I worried about most on this trainer was that it would not be as stable as I needed it to be when doing efforts out of the saddle. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was nearly as stable if not just as stable as it’s larger counterpart. The Kickr core is a fantastic option for anyone that’s looking to be on a great trainer for a decent price.

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Crozier Kimballwrote a review of on December 29, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

First off, it should be noted that Wahoo makes great products across the board. Having used their heart rate monitor, computers and now the Kickr, I can say that on the whole, I’ve never been disappointed with anything I’ve used from them.

One of the things that makes this trainer super cool compared to other trainers on the market right now is that it can be paired with other devices such as the Wahoo Climb and the Wahoo Headwind as well as Wahoo computers. When all 3 of these things are combined with the Wahoo Kickr, it no longer feels like you’re just spinning in your basement. You can even go as far as to recreate your local rides that you regularly do. If you’re looking for ways to boost your offseason training, this trainer is a fantastic option.

This trainer comes with everything you need to start training and easily connects to apps like Sufferfest, Zwift and Trainer Road for training rides. The base is very stable, so if you’re up out of the saddle doing sprints, you don’t have to worry about whether or not you are going too hard.

Compared to the Hammer that I used before it, this trainer did super well in Erg mode. I loved that I could choose to control it easily from my Wahoo Elemnt Roam device. After using this trainer, I decided that I’m probably not switching away from the Wahoo ecosystem anytime soon.

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Crozier Kimballwrote a review of on November 15, 2019

5 5


Height: 5’9”
Weight: 175 lbs
Size: M
For this review, it would be good to note that I tend to run hot compared to most people

Initial impressions:
Like most of the items in their PRO line, Pearl has done a great job on this jersey. They have it fit in such a way that you can layer it or wear it on its own with just a baselayer and it will be equally as comfortable. The material is high quality and the stitching is sturdy. The three pockets on the back are stretchy enough to fit a bunch of gear if you need to pack gloves, a hat, some food, phone, etc.

Fit:
This jacket fits me perfectly and doesn’t differ too much from other Pearl Izumi jackets. I didn’t feel like the arms were too long or that the jacket bunched up anywhere. Overall a very comfortable jacket.


First Rides:
My first ride was 55 degrees and sunny. I wore this jacket with the Pearl Merino short sleeve baselayer. What was really surprising on that ride was how WARM this jacket really was. I ended up overheating during that ride and storing the baselayer because it got too hot for me. The next time I used this jacket however, it was about 38 degrees and windy. I paired it with both the AmFib jacket and the Merino baselayer from Pearl. That turned out to be a great combination. I was able to unzip the jackets while I was climbing to keep from overheating. On the descent, I found that I was very warm on my arms and in my core. Even though I was still sweating, the wool on the baselayer and the wicking action of the jacket did their jobs perfectly. The descent temperatures went down to 25 degrees. Everything I was wearing on my upper body stayed warm for the entire time.


Overall impressions:
This jacket is a great jacket to wear on a colder day. It doesn’t pack up super well, but it can pack up in the rare case that you’d need to. It is versatile in that it fits slim enough to wear on its own and ride like a jersey or you can pair it with other items to create a full-blown coat. This makes it an ideal piece to have in your wardrobe for colder weather riding. It is one of my favorite jackets that I’ve tried on because it looks so good and is so comfortable at the same time. Pearl Izumi really has done a great job with this item!

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Crozier Kimballwrote a review of on November 15, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

FANTASTIC FALL JACKET
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Size Bought: Medium
I am 5’9” with a shorter torso and longer legs. I usually wear either a medium top or large top. I was able to comfortably fit in the medium on this jacket.


First ride:

Temperature: 45 degrees

Weather: Moderate to heavy rain

Other gear worn: Base layer and summer jersey


This jacket held up pretty well against the rain and wind that I rode in on this ride. While the jacket is definitely water-resistant, it is not waterproof. The heavier rain pushed the jacket to its limit for sure. However, I did notice that even after the water permeated the jacket, it stayed warm for me for the rest of the ride. So if you do end up getting caught in a storm, it’ll be good to get you home. The back of the jacket stayed down for the entire ride and did not need to be adjusted or pulled down at all. The zippered pocket kept everything inside of it relatively dry despite the very wet conditions. Had this ride been a windy one, or a little colder without any water involved, or with maybe a light drizzle, this jacket would be absolutely perfect. This is going to be one of my favorite jackets to use during early and late season riding until the weather gets down below 40 degrees. At that point, I will be able to combine it with the Merino Thermal Jersey to create a jacket that will let me ride into the low 30s with relative comfort. Because the jacket material feels lighter, it doesn’t restrict movement at all. Despite the lighter feel though, it held up like a jacket that’s made for heavier and colder weather if needed. All in all, I’d definitely recommend this jacket for anyone who is looking for a great all-around jacket to get them through all but the toughest weather.

Edit: Cold ride:
My second major ride that I wanted to do with this item was to see how I cold it would allow me to ride comfortably. When I paired it with the Merino Short Sleeve Baselayer and the PRO Thermal Jersey, I found that I was able to ride all the way down to 25 degrees F and still feel relatively warm. That particular combination of jackets is fantastic and very versatile. It will add about 20 degrees to the temperature you’re used to riding in.

Edit: This is still my favorite jacket that I've ridden with to date.

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Crozier Kimballwrote a review of on October 23, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My size: US 9/ EU 42
Size bought: 42.5
Fit: True to size

This is one of my favorite shoes I’ve had already. I didn’t even have to mount cleats or put it on to know that I’d like it. When I first heard that Pearl Izumi made a cycling shoe with a knit top, I had mixed emotions about it. The distance cyclist in me said that it would be awesome to have a little bit more mobility and breathability on the top of my foot where I often cramp or feel pain as I’m riding during longer training days. The training cyclist in me worried that the flexibility of the knit top would create a loss of power transfer. After riding these shoes, the distance cyclist won out without question. In fact it turns out I had nothing to worry about as these shoes had as good or better power transfer than my S-works shoes from a couple of years ago. I will note that it felt weird as I put them on (they don’t slip on like a normal cycling shoe), but once they were on my foot, they felt extremely comfortable. Pearl Izumi built these with a ton of padding around the Achilles tendon area so that they actually surround your heel and keep it in place while you’re cycling. I felt like this made sure that I didn’t lose power in the heel area during my pedal stroke. The boa system as always is super reliable and easy to use. I did like that I can pop it up to loosen the whole shoe quickly or turn it backwards to loosen it incrementally. During hot rides, my feet will swell and if I’m on a longer straight segment, I like to open my shoe entirely sometimes to let the feet breathe. Once I get back in a pace line though I take a second to dial my shoes in perfectly so they aren’t too tight on my feet and I can focus on the ride. I feel like this shoe will enable all of those things pretty evenly.

As expected from a knit top shoe, these shoes have awesome ventilation. In addition to the ventilation on the top, they have several wire/mesh ventilation spaces on the bottom. During the winter, this means that they will run a little colder than a normal shoe might and therefore might need additional socks/covers. But during the summer, it’s a huge benefit to help your feet stay cooler and shed some of that heat. The knit top allows for flexibility on the top of the shoe without feeling like it’s giving at all. The toe box is relatively wide on this shoe and I haven’t felt like my feet were cramped in there at all.

All in all, this is one of the greatest shoes I’ve tried. I’ve enjoyed them everytime I’ve worn them and I expect as they break in more and more that they’ll become more and more comfortable. If you’re looking for a shoe that’s comparable to the S-Phyre or the S-Works, but wanting something that might be a little more comfortable for longer periods on the bike, look no further. Pearl Izumi has you covered.

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Crozier Kimballwrote a review of on October 16, 2019

5 5

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

This little guy is a simple beauty. Where so many cycling computers are getting more and more advanced and therefore more and more expensive, this computer comes in at a wicked price point to offer a great device that honestly gives you exactly the data you need. True it doesn’t have advanced training data that you can pull up enroute. But if we’re being honest here, most people are rarely, if ever going to need that kind of information in the middle of the ride. As a minimalist computer, this device looks awesome. The screen is not a touch screen, which I like because it means that when you sweat, it doesn’t impede your ability to change screens. Mounting this computer is really simple and only requires you to band a quarter turn mount onto your handlebars.

Setup on this computer is relatively simple. However, it’s not an intuitive process as the computers only have a couple of buttons total. Definitely read the instructions on their site to make sure you get the computer paired with sensors. That website is https://www.brytonsport.com/download/Manual/48/UnitedStates/Kind_48_UnitedStates_20170907163439.pdf. Once you have those sensors paired, they will automatically connect to the computer in the future.


The data tracking on the computer is great. I rode with my Wahoo computer and this one together and found that they both recorded the same speeds and distances and elevation gains (there’s always a slight discrepancy on elevation data between computers).

I would definitely recommend this computer for the minimalist road or mountain rider, for race situations where weight is a factor or for just a pleasant ride where you’re not crunching data. If you’re just getting into the data game in cycling, this is definitely a great choice of computer as it will give you all the data you need, delivered in the same fashion as the high end computers at a seriously killer price. It’s a reliable device that you’ll be able to use as long as you need it.

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Crozier Kimballwrote a review of on October 16, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a fantastic computer. For what you pay for the item, you’re getting a ton of functionality. The computer is a little smaller than the ELEMNT, but not quite as small as the ELEMNT Bolt. It is about the same size as a Garmin Edge 530. Although it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of a Garmin or a Wahoo, this computer will allow the vast majority of riders to get exactly the data you need. The screens are completely customizable which allows you to choose the data you see on different pages. The data is accurate for the rides. What I really liked about the 450E was that it took me all of 2 minutes to put it on my bike, connect it to my sensors and start my ride. The platform isn’t too hard to figure out, but does require a small learning curve to figure out what buttons do what (I had already gone through that with some of Bryton’s other computers).

Setup:
Setup on this computer is relatively simple. All you have to do is download the app and connect it to your phone. It's easy to customize the app to your needs with a handful of screens and data points.

The mount on this is fairly simple, just a quarter turn mount that you install with a couple of strong rubber bands that are included in the box. That being said, it’s a very stable mount that will allow you to take on some bumpy terrain if mountain or cyclocross riding.

Aesthetic:

The 450 computer isn’t the flashiest computer. It has a simple screen and simple aesthetic, which I personally like. It doesn’t have a touch screen, which again I like as I’ve head problems sweating on touch screen computers and having them not work because of that. The way that this computer mounts on the handlebars makes it so that you can change screens on it without really having to lift your hands up too much or completely take them off the bars which is nice as well.

Anyone that is considering buying a new computer should definitely put this one in the running. It is almost as nice as its companion Bryton computers at a really good pricepoint. Although there aren’t a lot of options for mounts, as Bryton grows as a brand I expect to see many more options for them. There’s no question about it on this one though, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth on this computer and it will work for a long time for you on both the mountain and the road.

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Crozier Kimballwrote a review of on October 16, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Height: 5’9”
Weight: 175 lbs
Size: L
Fit: Runs slightly small

Initial impressions:
When I first felt these bibs, I was surprised at how durable they felt. You can tell as soon as you pick them up that they’re going to protect you during some nasty weather if needed. They are also fleece lined on the inside, so you can bet that they’ll keep you warm during those chillier rides. The material is high quality as is the DWR (Aqua Vento) treatment that the garment received from Giordana. The chamois is their Cirro S chamois that is becoming known as one of the most comfortable on the market. I like the fact that they have the same comfortable chamois in their winter gear, so if you like their summer bibs, you’ll like these bib tights as well. These also have a reflective cuff at the base of the tights which is made of a little bit sterner, but still stretchy material so that they can provide a little more coverage and also some reflectivity during low light or nasty conditions.

I originally debated whether to get a Medium or a large on this piece, but ultimately went with a Large as I have longer legs. My legs are also a little larger because of weight training before I got into cycling. I’m glad that I went with Large. They ended up being just the right length for me, and the legs were only just a little bit tight. This is why I suggest that if you have a more muscular build, or if you’re in between sizes, go with the larger size for these.


First rides:
My first ride with these pants, I completely misjudged how warm they really would be. I was used to wearing some removable legs with summer bibs to get me down to 45 degree weather, so when I woke up for my morning ride, and it was in the 50s, I thought these bibs would work perfectly. Turns out they are made for much colder weather than that. I wore this with the G-shield Jersey and quickly found that they add about 15-20 degrees of heat to my riding. I tend to run hot on my rides so I ended up overheating on the climb that I was doing that day as the temperatures got into the mid 60s during the ride. Lesson learned. These are warm bibs.

My second ride was a few days later during a cold snap here in Utah. The ride started in the high 40s and throughout the ride temperatures ranged down into the 20s. During that whole time, I was noticing the cold, but I never felt like the cold became unbearable or that these bib tights weren’t enough to keep me warm and going on my ride. I will say that at 25 degrees F riding is not particularly comfortable in these, but it’s doable. I would rate these to about 30-35 degrees before you really start getting uncomfortable. Another way of looking at it is that they will add about 15-20 degrees of heat to your riding.

On both rides I realized very quickly how comfortably these ride. I loved the chamois, which is made to wear without any kind of chamois cream and is infused with Aloe Vera. The bibs didn’t rub or chafe anywhere during the 100 or so miles that I did on them within the first week of having them.

Overall, these bib tights are very comfortable, perform well in colder conditions and will do well against wind and everything but a constant torrential downpour. Giordana has done really well with these. That being said, if you’re looking for more of a classic feeling thermal, you might go with the FR-C pro Bib tights by Giordana. If you’re looking for the warmest bib, you could do the AV Extreme by Giordana. This bib falls right in between those two as the middleweight bib for staying warm as well as relatively dry (this one will keep you the most dry of their lineup).

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Crozier Kimballwrote a review of on October 16, 2019

5 5

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

Height: 5’9”
Weight: 175 lbs
Size: M
Fit: Runs large

This jacket is awesome. When I first picked it up I was surprised at how light it was. The material doesn’t feel heavy at all. There are multiple layers build into this jacket to help with insulation and still allow for breathability. For a jacket made for the cold, it is nice that Giordana still also included the three back pockets for gear storage. The jacket also had a convenient 4th pocket that zips up to store cellphones, keys etc. Giordana did a great job with some of the smaller details like reflective strips and paneling around the pocket areas. Although the jacket is orange on the inside, it’s not something you see when you put it on. I will say that the jacket runs a little bit on the large side. I had my 6’2” friend try it on and it fit him perfectly. If I were layering it with another jacket, it might fit better. That being said, the fit was very close for me and almost exactly what I was hoping for. The jacket is very comfortable, even when zipped up all the way. Almost immediately after putting it on, you’ll notice how warm it really is.

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Crozier Kimballwrote a review of on October 16, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Height: 5’9”
Weight: 175 lbs
Size: L
Fit: True to size

Initial impressions:
When I first felt this jersey, I was surprised at how durable it felt. You can tell as soon as you pick it up that it will protect you during some nasty weather if needed. It is also lightly fleece lined on the inside, so you can bet that it’ll keep you warm during those chillier rides. The material is high quality as is the DWR (Aqua Vento) treatment that the garment received from Giordana. You will notice when you first put it on that it pulls in the chest around the armpit areas and seems short around the belly button area when you’re standing up. This is normal. The bib is made to be worn and to be as comfortable as possible in the riding position. That being said, it’s not going to be particularly comfortable when you’re standing in your living room wearing it. On the bike though, it’s perfect, so no worries there. The zipper on this one is pretty sturdy and easy to find if you were wearing gloves. It’s not the smoothest zipper ever, so you might have a hard time moving it up and down in the middle of a ride. But it’ll definitely hold together during bad weather.

My first ride with this jersey, I completely misjudged how warm it really would be. I was used to wearing a light baselayer and summer kit with maybe a vest to get me down to 45 degree weather, so when I woke up for my morning ride, and it was in the 50s, I thought this jersey would work perfectly. Turns out it is made for colder weather than that. I wore this with the G-shield Bib Tights and quickly found that they add about 15-20 degrees of heat to my riding. I tend to run hot on my rides so I ended up overheating on the climb that I was doing that day as the temperatures got into the mid 60s during the ride. Lesson learned. This is a warm jersey.

My second ride on this jersey started at 55 degrees or so and the temperatures went in the opposite direction. I wore just the jersey with no baselayer. I really appreciated on this ride as the temperatures got into the 40s that my core stayed relatively warm the whole time. The jersey’s reflective arm band on the left side was a nice feature as I was riding in the late afternoon and a little into the night. I packed a bunch of extra gear in the back pockets for that ride and was able to take them out as needed. I fit a neck gator, gloves, arm warmers, leg warmers, toe covers, my phone, and keys in there and still didn’t feel like they were too full. When there isn’t anything in the pockets, I don’t feel like they’re baggy or anything either. The jersey covers your rear a little more than a summer jersey would, which is really nice for the wet weather.

Overall, I think this is a great winter jersey. If you combined this with the other G-shield items in the Giordana lineup, you’d have an awesome wet/windy weather kit. For colder rides where you don’t want a jacket necessarily, this will do the trick. For how it’s made, it breathes really well, albeit not as well as a summer jersey. It’s very comfortable and will allow your fall and spring riding wardrobes that little bit of versatility they were lacking.

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Crozier Kimballwrote a review of on October 16, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Normal glove size: M
Size Bought: M
Fit: Fingers were long

Initial impressions:
To give an idea of my hand type, I have a medium sized hand with larger palms and shorter fingers. The medium size on this fit my palms perfectly but was a little long in the fingers . My friend who has a larger hand fit the fingers perfectly, but said the palm was a little too small. So that being said, if you have longer fingers and a smaller palm on most gloves, this glove would be a great fit for you.

Despite the fingers being a little long, I bunched them up a bit and they worked just fine for me. I normally run very hot on my rides and frequently have found my hands sweating on 45 degree rides where I wasn’t wearing gloves. So the idea of getting a glove liner seemed like a good move . When I first got them, I felt like the gloves were very high quality. So much so that I would be fine using them for running, skiing or cycling. The grips on the palms and fingers were well positioned and low enough profile so that I could get a good grip on my bars without being irritated by the rubber grips at all. I really loved the thumb hood as I seem to always have problems with gloves working on my phone at stops during rides. The thumb hood solved that problem. The glove is really not thick at all. If you’re looking for a glove to keep your hands warm, this is not the glove for you. However if you’re looking for a pair of gloves to wear in the case of an emergency or just to take some of the edge off of the cold, then I’d definitely recommend this one. I’d say the glove helped raise the temperature of my hands between 5-10 degrees at any given time from not having gloves at all. They were tight enough that I could wear them with another glove on top, which worked really well to add just a little bit more warmth without the over glove losing a lot of dexterity in the process.

Overall: this glove did exactly what it was made to do. Giordana does a great job of creating items that allow you to ride in any type of weather incrementally. This glove fits right into that lineup for them. If the glove had a shorter finger option in addition to the normal sizing, I would call it the perfect glove for me. Just like you wear a baselayer or thermal layer under your fall jackets, this glove is made to give you a little more versatility in the range you can ride without being uncomfortable.

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Crozier Kimballwrote a review of on October 16, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Height: 5’9”
Weight: 175 lbs
Size: M
For this review it would be good to note that I tend to run hot compared to most people

Initial impressions:
This is a very high quality base layer. The merino wool is high quality and feels soft to the touch. Pearl made the cut on the baselayer to be shorter in front and longer behind to cover your behind when it gets a little wet or cold.

Fit:
This is definitely a tight fit and does not stretch very much. I tend to run smaller in my torso (usually an M) and larger in my legs. This base layer was a perfect fit in an M for me, but I could very comfortably fit a large as well. I like my baselayers to be pretty tight so I can layer them as needed. This layer did really well with that.


First rides:
My first ride, I took this out with the PRO Merino Thermal Jersey by Pearl. It was sunny and about 50-55 degrees. I found that that combination was VERY warm and even found myself overheating a little bit. That was my first indication of how warm this baselayer really is. After some further uses, I found that I could wear this baselayer down into the 40s with a light jacket or shell like the AmFib and still be very comfortable. Below 40 degrees and I found that unless I was climbing, I needed another layer to keep from getting too cold. In every case though I found that my core was very warm and this baselayer absolutely did it’s job. It does a great job of pulling the moisture from the body outward. In my most recent ride, I wore this baselayer combined with the PRO Thermal Jersey and the AmFib interval jacket. The combination of those three items allowed me to ride in temperatures below 30 degrees without my arms or my core getting too warm.

Overall:
This is a great baselayer. The quality is fantastic, the price point is perfect for the product you’re getting. I would definitely recommend this one to anyone in the market for a good baselayer to warm up a summer jersey a little bit or to wear under some of your winter jackets.

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Crozier Kimball

Crozier Kimballwrote a review of on October 16, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Height: 5’9” (longer legs and shorter torso)
Frame Size: Small (could also fit an XS comfortably)

First of all, this bike is sexy. It’s hard to tell from the pictures, but in low light or inside conditions, the bike seems like a very very deep red, almost black color, except for the fork. You can barely see the Ridley logo it’s so dark. However, get this thing out in the light and it completely changes. The red becomes a deep red contrasted against the black, the logo is easy to see and the whole thing looks very cool. Top that off with the slick new AXS groupset and this bike just looks drop dead gorgeous.

Onto the bike… The first difference I noticed on this bike was pushing it side by side through the parking lot with my current bike. I noticed how easily the bike rolled. Comparatively to my 2016 frame, the Fenix felt like it just wanted to move forward. When I first got on this bike, I was coming off of my lightweight frame. So initially I was concerned that the handling didn’t feel as snappy as I was used to. However, once I got into some of the technical descents we have here in Utah, I realized that I had nothing to worry about. This bike handles like a dream. It’s not so dulled that it feels sluggish, but it’s also not too jittery that you feel like you’ll lose control of it. It’s right in that sweet smooth spot where you can just go down and enjoy the road instead of worrying about the handling. Additionally, because this is an endurance frame it absorbs the road extremely well. All of these things combine for a bike that feels fast, but very smooth on the ride. On one of the rides I rode for this bike I took it up into a road that was riddled with cracks, bumps and gravel patches. This bike handled all those things extremely well and felt very smooth for all of it. Another pleasant surprise on this bike was how well it climbed. The Fenix isn’t the lightest bike in the road world by any means. But what it lacks in weight, it makes up for in smoothness. It moves, descends and climbs like a dream. What more can I say? It’s a fun ride!

Sizing:
This frame runs large. Make sure to check sizing before purchasing the frame. I usually ride a 54 size frame and rode a Small in the Ridley Fenix. Even on that size, I felt like I was a little stretched out (i.e. the small felt like a 56).

Components:
A sexy bike needs a sexy groupset. And AXS fits the bill for this one perfectly. If you haven’t tried SRAM’s new 12s groupset, then you are missing out on something really great. I personally have never been a huge fan of how Di2 feels. But I absolutely loved the feel of AXS. It is super simple to use and configure to your needs using their app on your smartphone. The only downside is the integration into the hoods has a little bump on it which for me personally wasn’t comfortable, but that some people might actually find more comfortable than a flat integration. The seatpost on this build is really convenient and easy to adjust. I loved the Selle Italia Sp-01 saddle and found no trouble at all with the disconnected sides. And of course there are the ever popular Zipp 303 wheels to top it all off.

Overall:
This is a very fun bike. It rides smoothly and handles really well through the turns compared to other endurance frames. . It moves over the kickers without losing too much speed or momentum. The components to match on this frame go really well on it and don’t feel out of place at all. With an awesome exclusive paint job to go with it, you really can’t go wrong with this bike.

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