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Year Round Commuter - Urban Sherpa

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DoctorSpreadsheetwrote a review of on January 9, 2015

Clutch Cap
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

One of my absolute faves. I have crushed miles in this skully at 10 below zero, it fits quite nicely over the Seamless Balaclava and under my helmet. I forgot this piece one freezing day and was truly missing it. It is not one to wear into the 50s unless you want to fry an egg on your dome.

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DoctorSpreadsheetwrote a review of on January 9, 2015

Not Too Shabby
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I like this piece. I am not a huge fan of the velcro (wash it in a garment bag) otherwise I'd give it 5 stars. Over the Seamless Balaclava I have worn it below zero comfortably. It does not collect too much moisture and dries rather quickly. Occasionally the nose hole will slip if you don't adjust it just right. Overall, this is a very nice mask to have in your pack in the event of too much cold on your face.

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DoctorSpreadsheetwrote a review of on January 2, 2015

Nice Bibs
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

6'1" 175lbs XL is very close but leaves a bit too much wrinkle in the leg length. These bibs are nice and warm on cold days. I have worn them down to zero F and they kept my legs from freezing. The design is solid, thick quality bib-straps and a decent pad. I have washed them 100+ times, no signs of wear. These have some nice reflective details for those morning/midnight rides. I have yet to test these in a downpour, but can attest that snow is no problemo. I prefer Castelli Bibs for winter riding, but these are a close second.

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DoctorSpreadsheetwrote a review of on December 31, 2014

Elite Gear
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Amazing piece that laughs in the face of inclement conditions. Snow, rain or wind... bring it. 6'1" 175lbs - XL is perfect. I love the recycle-bin blue, very cool. Took it out in 18F with a windchill of 7F (transparente ws jersey underneath), simply amazing. I could hear the wind whistling past my rib-cage and never felt a chill. Unzip this bad boy for a short sleeved Gabba Jersey... BONUS! Get it.

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DoctorSpreadsheetwrote a review of on December 27, 2014

Must Have for Year Round Commuters
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Size 13 feet XXL is perfect. I have cruised at -25F below Zero with a pair of Wolvhammers in absolute comfort. They are nice and tall to pair with knickers or under bibs for extra cozy warmth. Not too thick. I keep a stack of these handy if they get all slushed out freezing days. These will begin to roast your toes above 40F, use them for the colder rides instead. Love these... so will you.

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DoctorSpreadsheetwrote a review of on December 23, 2014

Rock Solid
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have run these through the gauntlet. from 25F to Low 40s, you can't go wrong with these. XXL for large hands like mine are a great fit. Super durable, I have washed them 100 times and they are like new. The perfect balance of warmth, windstopper and flexibility. Easy to shift and padded for comfort, these are a dream. Just be careful to pinch the lining when removing, otherwise the inner fabric will twist up inside of the finger shells. Other than that, they are money. Get 'em before Jack-frost gets your fingertips.

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DoctorSpreadsheetwrote a review of on December 23, 2014

No Stopping... Literally
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Once they go, they hate to slow. I have never fishtailed tires as much as these, they don't want to grab road when the brakes are active. They can be pumped up to a ridiculous 170 psi if you are into that "County Prison" feel. I prefer them at 105. Just okay for me, I'd rather roll some gatorskins.

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DoctorSpreadsheetwrote a review of on December 23, 2014

Hanging on by a Thread
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I really like the look and feel of these gloves, but they began to break down rather quickly. I will say that even though they became a bit tattered, they never died. I still use them because I like the padding and the cut. I just wish they were a bit more well put together. Big hands, XXL is cool. The wrist is not very elastic, so you have to make like a crab to squeeze your "pinchers" in. Grab a pair of these on sale and take them to pound-town (I just hope it's not a block away).

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DoctorSpreadsheetwrote a review of on December 23, 2014

Weightless Crown
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This piece is excellent. From Freezing to 55F you can count on the Viva. The material is virtually weightless. I often pair it with the seamless balaclava to keep my head from losing too much heat. Quite breathable, I rarely take this off to find it sweaty... and when I do it is quick to dry. I have washed it 200+ times and it still looks like new. Love the way this little devil keeps the wind off my ears. Snag one of these for sure.

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DoctorSpreadsheetwrote a review of on December 22, 2014

Hands Down - Thumbs Up
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Huge hands (you know what they say) and XXL is right on time. I will say the wrist does not have much "give" but it is not a problem. Excellent padding make these a cozy option. These look as good as they feel and they look dope. Never sweaty, these keep the bite of the wind off nicely. I would stick them right between an Estremo and the Lightness gloves from Castelli, they make a perfect go-between for 35-50F. Great gloves.

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DoctorSpreadsheetwrote a review of on December 22, 2014

Fountain Ready
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I don't want to oversell these. They are water bottles. I do like the fact that they are short enough to be filled at the water fountain. I think the scorpions are cool and it matches my kits. People ask about the scorpion bottle all the time. It's a mud speckled little conversation piece.

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DoctorSpreadsheetwrote a review of on December 22, 2014

Wooly Bully
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This piece is bossy. 6'1 180lbs... I like an XL for a hugging fit. It handles hot and cold with ease. I throw this underneath a thermal jersey or a jacket on colder days. i always gravitate to this above my other Flanders Warm and WS because of the way it breathes. The synthetics simply sponge and hold too much moisture. The Flanders Wool owns in temps from 30 to 55. Classy and comfortable design. I love this guy.

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DoctorSpreadsheetwrote a review of on December 22, 2014

Bug Eyed Biker
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this Helmet. I have yet to wear shades or goggles since I bought it and find that to be priceless. Well below freezing the shield does not fog up. Two tiny vents at the top allow it to stay clear on freezing days. In the summer this helmet is awesome as well, perhaps not as ventilated as some models, but it strikes a balance between aero and vent that i find to be ideal. A flick of the wrist and you can magnetize the shield into place, it is a strong connection and the only way to dislodge it is with intention. I snagged the floor model and saved 80 bucks, it was a bit steep otherwise. Certainly recommend.

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DoctorSpreadsheetwrote a review of on December 22, 2014

Pure Titties
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I can't rave about this enough. I roll this headwear from 45 degrees to 25F comfortably. You can't even feel that it is on, yet it keeps the wind burn off your face. The most amazing thing is that this piece NEVER GETS WET. Everything I have ever tried ends up being a wet sock on my lips. Sure, I look like the Isis Cyclist, but I don't care. This bad boy is tight like gnat booty. Get one!

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DoctorSpreadsheetwrote a review of on December 22, 2014

Cool Long Sleeve Addition
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

180lbs 6'1" Xl is good to go. The fit is not strangling, which allows you to toss a base layer underneath and wear it in even colder temps. The zipper construction is solid and it has a nice breast pocket for some lip goo and a debit card. Windstopper fabric is nice and light and keeps the chill off the chest. I will sometimes wear this in lieu of a jacket if I know it will be dry. Very comfortable and stylish thermal jersey from Castelli. Definite keeper.

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DoctorSpreadsheetwrote a review of on December 10, 2014

Lovely
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This piece is top notch. I have taken it into the 20s with a base-layer and I stay cozy and warm. 6'1" 180lbs XL is just right for a snug fit. Rain or wind is no match for the Alpha. Despite the jersey-like lightness of it, it is winter strong. Looks and feels amazing. Long wrist cuffs lay flat underneath your gloves and a well placed piece of fabric rests at the back of the neck to keep you from freezing at a stoplight. Unzip the windstopper front to expose the second layer. It allows a bit of cooler air to cool around your ribs when climbing. Ventilation is really the theme. It's sweet, snag one.

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DoctorSpreadsheetwrote a review of on December 10, 2014

Chunky & Strong
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These certainly tow the line. So far I have gone to 20F and they are still more than adequate. My only complaint is that they are a bit bulky, once they are on... you can't do much with your hands other than ride and shift. I don't mind the extra velcro around the cuff, it is critical on windy days. I have yet to get rained on with these gloves, I'll update the post next rain-shower. If you want Castelli's coldest glove, Estremo is a solid buy.

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DoctorSpreadsheetwrote a review of on November 30, 2014

Italian Jammies
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are like pajamas. 180lbs & 6'1" the XL is a perfectly snug fit. Pushing these any lower than 30 degrees is asking for a chilled satchel... at that point it is time to try the WS version (awesome) or some Polares. I can understand how some consumers may find the Progetto x2 pad to be bulky, but it is a trade-off for the comfortable ride. They look as amazing as they feel. Being able to see your own breath and still have warm legs is lovely. I have had no problems with any stitching, I think it is important to get the knee sections (red piped fabric) up before you pull them all the way up. This just prevents the seams from being stressed. The shoulder straps are "invisible". Take your time with a thumb, sliding it underneath each strap evenly to prevent a coiled up mess.

Everyone should own a few pairs of these for winter riding/commuting. Catch some road in some stylish Italian PJs... you will love them.

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DoctorSpreadsheetwrote a review of on November 30, 2014

Espresso Warm & Smooth
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

At 6' 1" 180lbs ... the XL is golden. I took this out for a spin with a pair of Sorpasso Bibs, an Iride Seamless LS base and a Thermal Head Thingy... 30 degrees with a windchill at 20. Zipped up tight to start, it is plenty warm and comfortable. Love the raised neck action in the new Castelli jackets , perfect while stopped at a light or walking and awesome while riding. This jacket has some cool features including the audio device/phone pocket in the breast that allows you to keep your headphone wires from getting caught & ripping the buds out. Half an hour into the ride I unzipped all the vents to cool a bit, really amazing... wrist and oblique vents
create a nice flow to the rear vents behind the shoulders. I was able to control a cozy temp without unzipping the jacket and strictly using the vents.

Lovely piece. This one is going to get quite a bit of play this winter... I'll update the post once I've had a chance to truly take it to pound-town and back.

I wanted to briefly compare some things to the Alpha Jacket for Ted:
Both these Jackets are rated for the same temps and i would agree with that (30 F - 55 F). The cut, fit and "look" are quite similar. The Alpha has a remarkable jersey-like quality that by comparison makes the Espresso feel more like a jacket. The venting is certainly the big difference. The Alpha allows you two distinct venting options... 1) Fully Zipped: Wind Proof and Warm 2) Outer Layer Unzipped: Cooling and Drying. The Espresso gives more control for temperature regulation. Instead of either hot or cool, using the vents on the arms or body allow you to target your cooling to specific zones. The shoulder venting on the Espresso is also quite different from the Alpha, which is sewn tight across the back. I find the main zipper construction to be the best yet for the Espresso. In either case, both these pieces are sick. Sweet like candy.

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