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Cusewordsmithwrote a review of on December 14, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I agree with the other review this isn't a $175 jacket, but on sale it is a nice choice. This is meant to be a 'lifestyle' jacket, according to PI, for riding and chilling. It is a loose cut with a big hood, so not what I would pick up for a fast ride, It does have a cycling fit to it, though. It looks totally normal standing around, but when you get into riding position you can feel the proverbial 'click fit' as the arms/shoulders are in their natural stance. I use this for both running and bike commuting, and it is comfy for the latter down to the 30s with a light layer underneath (I tend to run hot). Breathability is decent. I have washed it several times now, and it still sheds rain for at least 30 mins before you start to get some saturation points - usually in the elbows and other flex areas. So I would say it does what it claims to do.

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Cusewordsmithwrote a review of on May 26, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These were game changers for me. Mounted them up tubeless and was totally amazed at how plush the ride is, even compared to the Vittoria Rubino Pros they replaced. I have never experienced anything like it. The profile is also more triangular than some other tires i have used, which made them far, far more responsive to turn. The Vittorias, in particular, had a pretty flat profile for 25mm tires on the 19.5mm Easton EC90 rims i am running, so i had to muscle the bike around. The Schwalbes are just telepathic. Grip is fantastic and confidence inspiring.

I don't have enough mileage to comment on durability, so will update this in a few hundred miles.

UPDATE - after 500 miles of super-harsh cratered out MA roads, including some gravel, glass and huge potholes nobody called out in the paceline, these tires are performing line champs - much better than the Contis and Vittorias I ran before. They barely show any wear, which is is incredible - especially since I am pushing 200 lbs. I love these things more every day.

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Cusewordsmithwrote a review of on April 12, 2017

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These things start frizzing almost immediately -- one took a couple months, the other literally started the moment i installed it -- and they soon start looking like shaggy mammals. Terrible for appearance. Then the polymer starts bunching up in clumps and interrupting your shifting. Shimano acknowledges the cosmetic issue, but claims it does not affect performance. I beg to differ.

This is the worst cycling product i have purchased in years.

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Cusewordsmithwrote a review of on April 12, 2017

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These things start frizzing almost immediately -- one took a couple months, the other literally started the moment i installed it -- and they soon start looking like shaggy mammals. Terrible for appearance. Then the polymer startts bunching up in clumps and interrupting your shifting. Shimano acknowledges the cosmetic issue, but claims it does not affect performance. I beg to differ.

This is the worst cycling product i have purchased in years.

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Cusewordsmithwrote a review of on March 27, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These start out strong, but the quality is poor. After a half-dozen or so wearings, the seam tape just fell off and they don't repel much of anything.

I found the sizing to be just a hair small. I wear a 44 shoe and ordered the XL, and it fit generously -- very easy to get on and off and not taxing the seams.

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Cusewordsmithwrote a review of on March 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As I keep pushing my riding threshold down to colder temps, I had to keep expanding my riding wardrobe to accommodate. I picked up these tights with an eye toward gear for high-intensity rides down to 20 F. I believe these tights are just the ticket.

Of course, I haven't actually ridden these in proper 20-degree weather yet. It's been much colder. In the first few rides with these, ambient temps were in the low-20's, but with extreme winds that put the windchill/"RealFeel" in the -5 to 5 degree range. And that's before cruising at 15-25 mph. These bibs have done a good job keeping me reasonably warm for an hour or so, which I believe will translate into comfortable extended rides at 20 degrees in more normal conditions.

The feel of these tights is totally plush -- like riding in your PJs. I love not having zippers or stirrups at the ankles, and they are definitely not needed here. The fabric on the front is more wind-resistant that the fabric on the back, and Assos goes futher by adding a second layer of fabric in a peanut shape that runs from below the knees, up the thighs, and around to the hips. I didn't get any bunching behind the legs at all. One of my key concerns was finding tights that would block wind from the crotch area, and these are decent with that. On the most super-frigid day -- which was admittedly far colder than what these were intended for -- I did get some serious chill in that area as well as the front of the hip area, where there is no double-fabric. In fact, it was so cold I could feel a sharp sting that told me exactly where the edge of the double-fabric was around the whole tight. That said, I think these will be fine down to "normal" 20-degree weather.

On size, I run an XL in Castelli shorts, but find a Large fits me very nicely in these tights and the NeoPro bib shorts to avoid some bagginess at the knee -- same as a prior reviewer.

Update: Have ridden these a couple times now in 30-40 degree weather, with wind and light rain, and they are toasty in that range.

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Cusewordsmithwrote a review of on November 25, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got tired of losing bottles on the horrendous roads of MA when my prior carbon cages lost their grip, and it became more than a bit dangerous when it happened during fast group rides. Enter the Mandible, which maintains a vice-like grip on my Podium Chill bottles while making them very easy to remove and replace without looking. Plus they look badass. Pricey, but it is the best-looking and best-performing cage around.

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Cusewordsmithwrote a review of on August 9, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I set out expecting to pay about double the price for a fancier jersey, but I kept coming back to this one. It is soft, light, and has a slightly less racey fit, so you can hit your fast Sunday club ride and hang out for a coffee afterward without feeling ridiculous. It breathes well and performs nicely in very hot weather. But for me the sleeves are key - they have Castelli's butter soft laser cut gripper fabric, which is snug but not tight. They bunch like crazy when standing, but fit perfectly smooth when riding without bunching or flapping. The pockets are high, but not enough to bother me. Locking zipper is nice. The waist uses the same fabric as the sleeves, so doesn't really grip, but the cut is more generous in the gut so it does not ride up on me. And there is a welcome reflective band. I have been pulling this jersey out ahead of others hanging next to it costing twice as much. Feels pretty durable so far, as well.

I would call the fit what passes for 'club fit' at Castelli -- order your usual Castelli size, and it will fit just a tad more relaxed.

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Cusewordsmithwrote a review of on August 7, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First a rant: Assos is guilty of some of the most excessive packaging, including a useless brochure the size of a small paperback novel that comes in the elaborate box with these bibs. Without irony, the box proclaims how Assos hates waste. I know this is supposed to make me feel good about how much money I spent for these things, but it just makes me wonder how much this garbage is costing me. Take a hint from Patagonia, Assos - less is more.

Part of me wanted to hate these bibs so I would never want to spend this much again. No such luck, they are fantastic. The straps and upper body are my new benchmark - they just vanish. The straps are soft, but don't bunch. Super comfy. (I despise the Castelli Bodypaint straps, which are like rubberbands.) The fabric for the shorts is very plush, but has good compression. More importantly, it is very breathable - surprisingly so. I have done four 50-mile rides in hot and very humid conditions wearing these, and my rear has stayed comfy. My Castelli Endurance shorts, by comparison, gave me serious swamp-a$$ in those conditions. I love the chamois. As noted in other reviews, it can give a little wedgie feeling when standing (probably depending on your size), but it did not bother me a bit. I liked it just a tiny bit more than the Castelli Progetto. I do prefer the laser-cut style of leg gripper that Castelli and others use -- they are so soft and pliable. This thicker band is good, though on one ride it chafed the back of my knee a good amount.

I am always an XL in Castelli shorts, but a large in these fits perfect. The legs are long, as others noted. Also, I have pretty beefy thighs and I wish the leg openings on these were snugger. The long length and large opening means they can slide on your thigh a smidge.

Update: after about a thousand miles in these, they look good as new. And still plush.

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