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David M.

David M.

David M.

David M.wrote a review of on May 24, 2019

Well, I put it to the test
5 5

I just recently decided to update to Mips technology after happily using the Giro Synthe for the last few years. The cost of the Aether was a bit of a deterrent so I first tried the Bell Z20 Mips in Ghost (reflective silver). I found/confirmed that Bell is more suitable for round heads...where Giro favors my large, oblong head. I ponied up and exchanged for the Aether in matte black/ flash (reflective). I should say that the Bell was impressive, and comfortable... particularly the padding design. Also kudos for including a second set of pads with Z20 (take note Giro!). The reflective qualities of the "Ghost Z20" were far inferior to the "Flash" of the Giro.

So the fit and finish of the Aether impresses, as do the reflective qualities of the Flash. It is a bit less bulky then the Z20. The fit and comfort (to my primarily bald head) is similar to the Synthe. I took a good deal of time getting the straps set up just right for me. Ventilation is comparable or a bit better then the Synthe. Due to the slightly increased depth of the vents (due to Mips design), crosswinds don't seem penetrate into the helmet as well.

Unique to this review, I fortunately/unfortunately can attest to the safety of the helmet (what we spend the money for, but hope not to use). On my fourth ride in the helmet, at the back of a 3 man pace line, I caught a bad rut/potlhole on a cruddy stretch of pavement that dropped me onto my bars. I almost recovered but went into rider #2's back tire, and I went down very hard at 20+mph. In my particular circumstance the Mips did an amazing job of buffering a violent impact. I never lost consciousness or was concussed (did sustain road rash, torn Assos bibs, and 3 breaks in my clavicle requiring surgical repair). The attached photo shows the result.

So the Aether is obviously spendy. Is it worth it? In my case...Absolutely (although I wish I had been left to wonder).

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David M.

David M.wrote a review of on July 8, 2018

Does the job...with unique looks
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased this for my new road bike because my small Topeak Aero hung down the seatpost too low...not allowing me to use my rear light effectively. This unit has just the right amount of storage for me (easily handling a tube, Co2 cartridge, levers, mini tool,cliff bar, and $20 bill).
My riding partner has expressed concern following me...over fear that the bag may suddenly open, hatching an alien. The styling does resemble something out of the Jetsons (for those old enough to remember)... but the boa system suspends it well, it doesn't bounce or interfere with anything....and allows viewing of my rear tail light.

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David M.

David M.wrote a review of on June 28, 2018

5 5

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

As I have enjoyed these on my other road bike, I had to immediately get them for my new ride. Couldn't pass on the sale price, essentially saving $100+ only to have a very small "Ltd Edition" gold decal, that is completely hidden behind my stem clamp. Taped up with Lizard Skin 2.5 tape is my preference.
Having a "replaced" shoulder, the dampening is appreciated. I'm sensitive to the width of bars, and glad that the 42cm size is a true 42cm on top (44 in the drops). The dual grooves for cable routing also make install simple. In the era of hydraulic brakes, internal routing is a PITA to me. Only suggested improvement would be to have the bars "marked" such that aligning the shifters were easier.

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David M.

David M.wrote a review of on August 4, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

like most Craft products, this jersey delivers quality at a value price. It is not quite the coolest jersey I own, but does a very good job shedding perspiration. Fabric and finish is high quality for the price. Shirt looks great and provides good visibility.
True to size, possibly runs a little large. My jerseys are all either L or XL. This is a large and I would not want anything bigger (for reference, I have athletic build, 42 chest, 34 waist)

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David M.

David M.wrote a review of on August 4, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

purchased this for those hot, humid summer rides. I am "thicker" athletic build, 5'9", 185 lbs, 42 chest, 34 waist...tried both XL and L. I could have been happy with either but opted for the XL...decided on sizing up given the particular fit/cut of this jersey. If in doubt, I would suggest sizing up.
As advertised, does a great job keeping you cool and dry...while also providing visibility to drivers. Jersey is extremely light, with mesh panels. To avoid accidental snags, I'll always be washing this one in one of those inexpensive laundry bags you can get off Amazon, etc

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David M.

David M.wrote a review of on May 25, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Tried some more expensive shoes, but came back to these. Shimano shoes just seem to fit my feet well. Seem true to size with ample room in the toe box (more than most shoes). The available wide version must be for some really wide feet.
Quality shoe, Boa is a big plus, does a great job snugging foot (but possibly not quite as customized as a two boa system). The velcro strap at front of shoe is "set it and forget it"...unless perhaps you alter the thickness of socks. Boa works great, easily tightens or loosens on the fly. These shoes are very easy to put on and take off. I consider them to be a great value...and a Great shoe. I have a high arches, and swapped to the Specialized SL+++ footbed.
Only negatives...
- surface pattern scuffs very easily if to make contact with tire or crank arm.
- not the most stylish shoe on the block

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David M.wrote a review of on July 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've worn these about 8 times now...and they are my go-to shorts in summer months. Other reviews seem very accurate. Chamois not quite as thick as some...but that is perfectly fine. I tried both the M and L and opted for the L. I like the fact that they are not quite as long as some....as my legs are not overly long...most of my dress pants/ jeans are 29 or 30" inseam and 34 waist. For example, I tried a pair of L Mavics, and they were too long/ bunched behind my knees.

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