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Cubby Hotepwrote a review of on October 5, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm 5'9", 165lbs so not tall, pretty trim. I have an Entrata (first version) fits (L) really nice. Really good jersey. Bought two more of these Entrata 2's (L) and they are about 1.5 - 2 inches shorter in overall length, which makes the pockets harder to reach, which limits their functionality.

The sleeves now don't have trim, so the look a bit ragged after a year plus of use. Some jerseys I've work at least as much (even more) don't look as shabby.

The changed the zipper to be bigger/easier to open and close, which si great but that's the only positive. Heading into winter, I'll wear these until it gets too cold, then they'll go goodwill.

Interested to see what Castelli does with version 3 cause the Entrata 2 missed the mark for me.

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Cubby Hotepwrote a review of on December 12, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I love Castelli product. Styling gets 5 stars. Quality gets 4-5 stars. Sizing gets like 2-3 stars. Castelli is known for running small. The question is how small? One size too small, 2 sizes too small? Unknown.

I'm not a big guy. I wear the Gabba 2 in the spring and fall. Size XL. I'm 5'10, 165, 39 chest, 33 waist. With a tape measure, measured. Pretty average sized, actually. My weight varies maybe 5 lbs. Castelli notes a 41 inch chest for the XL Gabba 2. I wear a really thin layer under it. So sizing up two, It's form fitting and looks decent.

Sticking with my XL experience, these jerseys were way off for me, using the exact same underlayer. Chest was good, but the mid section was pretty baggy. The sleeves were at least 1.5 inches "on-the-bike" too long.

I buy Gore and PI stuff. Their sizing is always spot on. I buy a medium in PI and a large in Gore. They fit, every single time.

I will continue to buy Castelli product but the returns for retailers on inconsistent sizing must be a huge pain. Looking at the other reviews, it would seem a common issue.

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Cubby Hotepwrote a review of on September 26, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Back in the day, when we didnt have shifters, and wheels were made of stone, a small company made unpadded gloves out of Pittards leather. Like a good driving or worn in work glove, they were fantastic. I wish I would have known how good they were. Would have bought 100 pair. That company is still in business, much much bigger, but their use of Pittards brand leather in cycling gloves is long long gone.

So in my quest to find a decent pair of full finger gloves, I discovered these. Even better, I found them on sale, and decided to give them a shot. I've worn a single pair on every road ride for over 2 years, easy. No holes, stitching still really good.

Wear them a bunch before you wash them...and then air dry the first 4-5 times. The black dye will bleed a little at first, but thats a minor criticism in my opinion of what I consider the best cycling glove made.

They fit like a driving glove, and as I recall were made in 5-6 sizes, so get the right one.
I've found these are really good gloves. If you find them on sale, even better.

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Cubby Hotepwrote a review of on May 15, 2016

Great helmet, check sunglass fit
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been a Bell and Giro fan for years. Did a migration to a POC Trabec on the mountain bike. Thought I would give POC a try in the road space.

Got a pretty decent deal from BC, so I thought I would order one. Measured my head (as POC seems a bit funky with their sizing) and concluded, I'm right between sizes. Perfect.

My head is a 59cm, so ordered the Medium. Fits really well for my head shape. It's about 40 grams lighter than my old Giro too. Funny how I can feel the difference on my head.

The retention system works pretty well, similar to a lobelock or noodleratchet, or bunbuckle...whatever.

The ventilation is pretty good, but I don't live where it's particularly hot or humid, so not a big variable in my purchase decision. I also wear a headsweats brand skull cap, and this helmet worked well with it.

The eyegarage (two small plastic strips in two front helmet vents) allows you to place your sunglasses to the vents of your helmet. It actually works relatively well, and glasses stay put, but obviously, the sunglass temples need to actually touch the small plastic part inside the vent. Not sure all will, so try it with your own eyewear to be sure.

The helmet strap length isn't really adjustable and the side buckles don't really move up and down the straps. That didn't seem to impact the fit for me, just an observation.

On to the helmet straps...the only thing I didn't like was a lack of attention to design details for accommodating for sunglasses. If your glasses (mine are Oakley Jawbone) go outside the straps (as they should, boyz and gurlz) they won't really stay on your face, and with a bit of jaw movement the straps will somewhat dislodge your glasses. If you place your sun glasses inside the straps, and then tighten the ratchet, it pushes the earpieces into your head just above your ears. I think that is a really poor design.

For example, look at the design of other helmets. Their straps run through the helmet and exit close to your face, so your glasses can go on the outside of the straps. If you look at a POC helmet, the strap exits in the middle of the material. This creates a big gap. (I have indicated as such on the below pic.) So your sunglasses may not go on the outside, and may need to go inside your straps. So potentially, your will fit neither inside or outside particularly well. My Jawbones are OK, but not ideal.

POC glasses had to accommodate as their temple is stepped out. Great if you want POC glasses, but they are too "monobrow" for me.

Overall a good helmet, but be sure to give it a trial run with your selected eyewear. It wasn't a complete deal breaker for me, but that type of compatibility seems like an important detail that the product managers missed.

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Cubby Hotepwrote a question about on May 7, 2016

If I have a new set of Zipp wheels, but they are 11 speed Shimano/SRAM, can I replace the freehub to Campy 10 speed without redishing the wheel? Zipp site seems to indicate redishing is needed when going from 10 to 11, but what about the other way, Shimano 11 to Campy 10?

Update: A quick call to Zipp/SRAM (who were super helpful and responsive) confirmed the wheel will need a redish when going from 11 to 10.

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Cubby Hotepwrote a review of on January 17, 2014

1 5

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

I'm gonna start my own cycling bootie company since half of what I buy is crap, or won't last a season. There are a great example. If you can get these to last more than 5 outings, I'm impressed.

- Fit was WAY too tight for it's labeled size.
- Zipper was terrible as it didn't allow adequate access
- Top cuff material when wet, felt like a dishrag on my canckle.

Not sure why one of the best wheel companies decided they needed to get into the clothing space, but if these booties are any indicator of their ability to execute on a clothing product line they need to try much much harder.

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Cubby Hotepwrote a review of on January 17, 2014

4 5

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

I ordered 3 pairs of cycling shoe covers from the BC crew to compare and contrast, a set of Izumi's, a pair of Giordanas, and these from Louis Garneau.

My application is mostly winter time riding, either some gravel grinding in the spring/fall or groomed snow trails on a fat tire bike.

Interestingly enough, the most expensive (Pearl Izumi's) were filled with prima loft and were nice but not quite what I had hoped for. I wasn't crazy about their "power band" which was a strap under the toe. Seemed inadquate to me, especially for 100 bucks. The Giordana Nordic AV model was about the same price as these, but honestly was a mediocre shoe cover with limited insulation. The Garneau appeared the best of the bunch with a good dose of neoprene, and a heap of Velcro on the back side for synching up around your shoe/booties.

What I liked:
- Bottom side of the toe cover (Kevlar) actually covers your toe pretty well. Walking in these you MIGHT eventually wear through the material, but it's pretty burley.
- Zippers on cycling booties/shoe covers almost always seem to fail with regular use, or worse dig into the backside of your calf. These had heaps of super grippy Velcro on the backside to snug them up good.
- Under your arch Velcro strap. I liked this feature. Why in the hell don't more bootie companies do this?
- Nice height up your calf. These seemed to track quite a bit above a standard winter cycling shoe (I use a Sidi GTX) with a decent seal around the top.

These things are built so you can use them on the MTB, on the road, and as long as you don't need toe spike functionality, could probably work on a warm up of a cross race.

Through BC, these are only available in a large (probably a Men's 44-46) but so far they are pretty decent. You could spend more but I'm uncertain you're gonna get THAT much more in functionality.

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Cubby Hotepwrote a review of on January 15, 2014

2 5

Giordana makes high quality cycling gear, and sizing was spot on for my cycling shoes, however the labeling of "Nordic" seemed to give this product much more credit that it deserves. These were really ONLY shoe covers, and really lacked sufficient insulation for anything that might be considered adverse or inclement weather.

Additionally, I am not a fan of zippers in the back of cycling booties as nine times outta 10 the zipper blows out and doesn't last longer than a single season.

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