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Doug S.

Doug S.

Doug S.

Doug S.wrote a review of on January 27, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had never heard of these prior to getting a "short" one in a gift pack. It was good but only covered my neck. I passed that on to my dad to use walking the dog on cold days and got the Giordana. Bliss

I have worn it scrunched up on my neck and used it to cover my ears and the back of my head. Brilliant addition to cold weather gear. My ears always stick out below hats, now on cold days I just pull the gaiter up and over and am happy as can be.

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Doug S.

Doug S.wrote a review of on January 27, 2018

5 5

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

I got an Alpha ROS to replace a Transparente and the Alpha is a good bit warmer so I slot this in at the 50-60 degree range and as a base layer. Today, I used it for a ride from 42 to 56 degrees with a light Craft base layer. It was slightly overcast and I was more than warm the entire ride. Good fit, nice quality slightly warmer than my Puro.

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Doug S.

Doug S.wrote a review of on January 27, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am rebuilding my winter kit and these were a perfect cold weather selection. As of today, I have used them from 18 degrees F to about 40 and they are ideal. I see why people get addicted to Assos. The front is cut perfectly to keep you warm and facilitate nature breaks. The straps and back piece fit comfortably and sort of disappear on a ride. What really sets these apart though is the back of the legs. There is absolutely no sense of any fabric bunching behind the knees at all.

I have done 2.5 hour rides at 23/sunny and 33/overcast, there was no hint of a chill setting in at the end of the rides.

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Doug S.

Doug S.wrote a review of on May 6, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have had this for two weeks. It is a little over 100 grams lighter than what I am used to and that difference is everything. The helmet simply disappears now and I feel nothing. It is easily adjusted, fits comfortably and is simply not noticed. I have been on two 5+ hour rides plus several shorter rides.

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Doug S.

Doug S.wrote a review of on March 15, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I grew up on sew ups so when I got back to riding after the kids were out of the house latex tubes and open style clinchers captured my interest. These are a bit more fiddly than butyl, but my sense is they are pretty durable. The first set i had lasted a bit over 5,000 miles with two flats. What finally killed them was a leak at the base of the valve stem.

We will see how long the second pair goes......

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Doug S.

Doug S.wrote a review of on March 15, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I went for the 27mm to try a wider tire at the recommendation of a retired pro, so these are sort of a late winter experiment. I am 6'2" and 200 pounds. Along with the wider rubber, I reduced pressures to 80/95.

These are great tires to begin with - I have used the Corsa for years, but the wider Pave at lower pressures have been a revelation. I do not note any obvious increase in rolling resistance, perhaps there is some. But, the ride is beyond plush and they simply feel more secure on some sketchy high speed descents we do on a beat up asphalt road (-14%).

I suspect the Pave is getting upgraded as the rest of the Vittoria line up, I will still keep coming back for more and at 700 miles I am think that I will stay with 27/28mm rubber.

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Doug S.

Doug S.wrote a review of on December 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I use this and a Expresso 3 jacket as my primary winter outer wear. The Expresso is very warm and quickly becomes uncomfortably so on long climbs. The Trasparente is the more versatile piece. It has worked effectively down to 34 degrees in overcast mist with just a heavy base layer. I was comfortable, not warm and not cold on a two and a half hour ride with mixed efforts.

It seems well made with a typical Castelli fit.

Follow -on: I continue to be impressed. I dressed today for a hard ride in 45 degrees. That meant the Transparente and a light long sleeve base layer. On the ridge at the top of the climb my Garmin registered 31 degrees. I was cool not cold and comfortable. I would have not like hanging around for a 20 minute break but was actually ok on a 35 mph descent. I rarely use the Expresso, it is simply too warm.

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Doug S.

Doug S.wrote a review of on December 26, 2016

5 5

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

My feet get super cold in a hurry, something I attribute to frostbite decades ago. With the recent drop in price, I took a flyer. I wear a 45 Sidi normally and in these I got a 46. I tossed the insole and replaced it with an Aerolight insole. I have been out on two 40ish mile rides since the change. One was damp, overcast and 34 average the other was 28 and sunny. In both cases my feet were warm and comfortable with a mid-weight merino sock.

I do not care about water resistance, but can see the obvious issue at the top of all boots while riding.

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Doug S.

Doug S.wrote a review of on May 5, 2016

4 5

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

Used it over a Castelli Puro long sleeve jersey in 52 degree mid-Atlantic drizzle on a reasonable hard hour long workout. I got a bit warm on the climbs, but was other wise comfortable and dry. Not too flappy but there was a bit of puffy in the sleeves. Pretty compact.

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Doug S.

Doug S.wrote a review of on May 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these as my mid-weight gloves. They turn out to be far warmer and I ended up using them from 25 - 45 degrees, 50 max. At the low end, I start cool and warm up, at 45 they are almost too warm by mid-ride. The only beef is that I like the screen finger some other brands have to manipulate my Garmin.

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Doug S.

Doug S.wrote a review of on May 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These replace a 10 year old set from another manufacturer. I used them for mid-Atlantic weather from November through March riding 3-4 times weekly regardless of weather. My low was 90 minutes at 18 degrees, I have also won them for 4 hours at 45-50 comfortable. They have done very well in light rain at 36 degrees. The logos are starting to breakup a bit, but that is not a bother. I wish I had as good a solution for my feet.

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Doug S.

Doug S.wrote a review of on February 18, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am 6'3" and 205 lbs. (down from 230). These were replacements for the factory wheels on a new bike that got pranged on a pothole at 500 miles. The power tap wheels have about 2,500 miles on country roads with no issues. I have not put the wheels into a ditch, but they take potholes every time I ride. These are heavy, and I look with great envy at my friends with Enve wheels, but for me, these are more than functional at a reasonable price.

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Doug S.

Doug S.wrote a review of on February 11, 2016

5 5

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

6'3" and 205 pounds, XXL fits with a tad to spare. I broke this in on a short hour's ride with temps ranging from 21-24 degrees and partly cloudy. Jacket kept me on the cool side of warm throughout. I did not over heat on two one mile climbs and had no sense of moisture building up. I had an older Craft base layer underneath. I only hope this is as comfortable at 45 degrees. Beautifully done bit of gear.

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