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Daniel B

Daniel Bwrote a review of on July 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I usually don't find jerseys that interesting. I just get one that looks nice, put a good base layer under it, and ride. I do tend to stick with Castelli, though, due to the way their apparel has saved my skin in a couple crashes.

I picked up a Gabba 2 last November and it's been the single most versatile piece of cycling kit I've ever owned. I've worn it (with a wool base layer) in sub-zero temperatures fat biking and in 60 degree rain showers (with a mesh base layer) and everything in between. The Gabba just seems to disappear during the ride and when I get home, I've never regretted the choice to wear it instead of another piece of cycling kit.

Of course Castelli sizing applies. It does run a little tighter than my Free Aero jerseys of the same size from Castelli, but I like that a lot. I consider it my best-fitting jersey.

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Daniel B

Daniel Bwrote a review of on July 29, 2016

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love the look of this helmet. The colors, the styling, and it looks like a helmet that would be super safe, given the huge amount of coverage.

Unfortunately, I found out after a crash that the helmet decided to save itself by letting my head suffer. My front wheel went sideways at the bottom of a long, steep descent and I went over the bars at quite some speed. I knocked my head hard enough that it was a good minute and a half before I knew where I was and what I was doing.

All that's possible with any helmet, but what stood out for me is this helmet looks completely undamaged. I've crashed in plenty of other helmets (motorcycle, road, and MTB), always with no head injury, but almost always with significant damage to the helmet. The helmet should protect your head by breaking. I cracked a Catlike Whisper in six places after a bad crash but my head was no worse for wear. I went out and bought another Whisper the next day. Unfortunately this POC Trabec Race is going in the garbage and I'm not getting another. Good looks are not worth my health (or possibly my life).

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Daniel B

Daniel Bwrote a review of on December 31, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my second pair of nanoflex tights and while they're not quite as warm as the sorpasso wind, they are quite adequate. I love the water repellant qualities of the fabric.

Bottom line: if I had to own only one pair of tights it'd be these hands down.

Typical castelli fit (order a size larger than you would in Pearl izumi or garneau).

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