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Eric Asher

Eric Asherwrote a review of on August 1, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I'm 5'8", 135-lbs, 36-in chest, and this jersey in a Small fits me perfectly. Let me clarify though - it fits me like a race jersey, despite the fact that the product description says its "regular" fit. That said, I prefer race cut jerseys to regular or club cut jerseys. Given that I'm somewhere between an XS and an S according to the size chart, and given that this regular fit jersey in a Small fits me more like a race jersey, I have to say that this product runs small by a size or two.
And now for the reason I returned it - the collar is way too tall for my liking. when zipped all the way up, it fits like a turtleneck. And when not zipped up all the way, the collar doesn't always fold over and stay down like a true collared shirt...so its either up all the way and somewhat uncomfortable like a turtleneck, or its down and flapping in the wind. Its too bad, because that's the only reason I returned it. Everything else about the jersey seemed top notch.

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Eric Asherwrote a review of on August 1, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I gave it 3 out of 5 stars simply because I had to assign it some stars in order to leave a review, but suffice it to say that I never wore it other than to try it on...so my 3-star rating doesn't truly reflect the product's quality. Given my height (5'8"), weight (135-lbs), and chest (36-in), I expected the fit of this jersey in a Small to be much more snug. After all, it is advertised as "slim" fit, which to me means race fit, or at the very least tighter-fitting than "regular" or "club" fit. This jersey in a Small fit me like a club fit jersey one or two sizes too large.
I essentially based my size choice on past experience w/ De Marchi jerseys. I have a long sleeve De Marchi Nizza thermal jersey, size Small, that fits snugly, but not as snug as a race jersey. Unfortunately Competitive Cyclist stopped selling it quite some time ago, so the product description is gone, and I can't remember how the fit was advertised. Needless to say, I was expecting this jersey in a Small to fit just as snugly, if not more so , than the De Marchi jersey I already have, but that isn't at all the case.

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Eric Asherwrote a review of on December 7, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Just like a Nalini long sleeve jersey I just tried, this Pearl Izumi fits me perfectly in the torso (both girth and length-wise), but is too large in the sleeves. The torso fits me like a true race jersey (as it should because its form fitting) without being too tight, but the sleeves are both baggy and a good 3-4" too long. Because they are baggy, rolling the sleeves up doesn't work because they don't fit my forearms tight enough to remain rolled up.

It really is too bad, because the colors are great (I went with the Bel Air Blue/Blue Depths), and the fabric is very comfortable (for a form-fitting jersey) and of high quality. But at the end of the day, if it doesn't fit well, I can't recommend it. Technically I haven't returned it yet, but it will be going back for sure.

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Eric Asherwrote a review of on December 7, 2017

2 5

This review will only help those looking for fitment information, as I never wore it on a ride, and simply returned it based on its funky fitment. At 5'7"/130-lbs/36" chest/30" waist, the size small fit my torso perfectly - not at all loose, but not too tight either...it truly fit my torso like a true race jersey. Unfortunately, the sleeves ran way too long (specifically, about 3" past my wrists). While the sleeves fit snugly around my upper arms, they started to get baggy as they traveled down my forearms...so rolling up the sleeves didn't work because they didn't stay tight enough and in place on my forearms.

It's a shame because the jersey not only looks great, but the fabric is top quality and the length of the torso fit just right. If only they shortened and tapered the sleeves a bit more, this could be a 4 or 5 star review.

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Eric Asherwrote a review of on August 1, 2016

4 5

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

I originally ordered these in a Large because like so many other brands of riding apparel, Sugoi tends to run small on me. They seemed to fit OK from the waist up , but they felt too loose from the waist down...and the leg grippers were extremely loose - they didn't even hug my legs! It appeared as if these bib shorts were actually going to run true to size...so I returned the large and got a small.
The small fits just about perfect from the waist down,save for the leg grippers - they are still a bit loose, just not to the point that they don't look like they grip my legs. Fortunately once I'm on the bike and the shorts hike up a bit, the leg grippers work like a charm. So only when I'm not on the bike are the leg grippers a bit loose, and even then it isn't to the point where its visible.
Unfortunately, now that the bottom half fits well, the upper half is quite tight. I wouldn't say that the shoulder straps are uncomfortable, but they are definitely noticeably tight. Fortunately they "disappear" after some time in the saddle. I'm hoping that if they're anything like my Giordana Fusion bib shorts (which fit quite tightly initially) they'll stretch out ever so slightly after a few uses, making them more comfortable.
The seam stitching is excellent because, despite the tightness of the upper half, the seams never dug into my shoulders or caused any skin irritation over yesterday's 96-mile ride. That said, a softer fabric would make the tightness of the upper half more bearable. The chamois is also superb. Advertised as Sugoi's top tier chamois, it certainly performed as such. My sit bones were comfortable for the entire 96-mile ride. My only complaint would be some numbness in the perineal region, perhaps maybe because there's too much padding down the center...but that's just a personal preference. Some folks are going to like the chamois more than me, and some will like it less than me, simply due to different body types/physiologies.
I gave this product 4 out of 5 stars for a few reasons:
1) The leg grippers don't fit as well as they could.
2) The fabric of the upper half could be softer to make up for the tightness.
3) The upper half doesn't seem to be proportional to the lower half (the upper half of the Large fit me while the lower half was way too loose, whereas the upper half of the Small is quite tight even though the lower half fits well), so I'm reluctant to assign a product fit to my review.
4) While the chamois give great support to my sit bones, it leaves something to be desired in the perineal region.

PS - two things the review doesn't ask for is my chest or waist size, which are 36" and 30" respectively.

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Eric Asherwrote a review of on February 1, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'll start w/ my size - I'm 5'8", 135 lbs, 32-in waist, 36-in chest. The medium fit me perfectly, and so it would seem that these bib shorts run small since they're meant for someone with a 34-in waist but fit my 32-in waist just fine. Medium seems to be my go-to size w/ Louis Garneau bottoms, which suggests that there's some level of consistency between different models within the LG line - something I can't say about too many other brands.

FIT - the straps fit just right - not too tight, and not too loose. An incredibly soft and comfortable fleece lines the entire inside of these knickers except for the chamois itself. I love the flatlock stitching, which makes the seams more or less disappear while wearing this bib (on and off the bike).

The chamois is superb - its contours, varying thickness, and tapered edges make for little to no chafing and irritation. I cannot comment on long-ride comfort yet because I haven't had any opportunities to ride over 60 miles in these knickers yet. If this Airzone chamois is anything like LG's Motion Airgel chamois, then I suspect that these knickers will start to lose some of its comfort after 70 miles or so.

My only reason for giving it 4 stars instead of 5 is because I am seeing the same signs of wear that other reviewers have mentioned (where the knickers come in contact with the saddle). Hopefully they have a good amount of life left in them because they're so darn comfortable.

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Eric Asherwrote a review of on February 1, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'll start w/ my size - I'm 5'8", 135 lbs, 32-in waist, 36-in chest. The medium fit me like a glove when I first got it (perhaps it was even a bit tight at first), but at that point time I was probably closer to 145-150 lbs, 34-in waist, 38-in chest. Surprisingly, the medium still fits me snugly, never feels loose, and isn't as constrictive as it was when I was "bigger" and still breaking it in. So it would seem that these bib shorts run small since they're meant for someone with a 34-in waist but fit my 32-in waist just fine.

FIT - the straps fit just right - not too tight, and not too loose. I also like how soft and comfortable they are on the shoulders compared to most other bibs out there. The legs are on the short side, but I prefer shorter legs to longer legs anyways. The wide elastic leg bands never ride up and always stay in place, even without silicon gripper strips on the inside faces. I love the flatlock stitching, which makes the seams more or less disappear while wearing this bib (on and off the bike).

The chamois is superb - its contours, varying thickness, and tapered edges make for little to no chafing and irritation. My only complaint would be that perhaps they could have made it a bit thicker so that the bib would remain comfortable for 100+ miles. Don't get me wrong - these bib shorts are perfectly bearable for a 100-mile ride, but they're only perfectly comfortable [to me] for the first 70 miles or so. If it weren't for that, these bib shorts would get a perfect 5 stars.

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Eric Asherwrote a review of on December 1, 2015

5 5

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

Quality: Fabrics are top notch. While it isn't exactly wind-breaker material, it does have a thin fleece liner that blocks a good amount of wind from getting through. And despite having a fleece liner, it still wicks away sweat incredibly well, to the point that the liner only feels slightly damp at the worst of times.

Weather: My one ride in this jersey so far started at around 60°F and ended at around 70°F. It kept me warm, but I would say that I was operating near the top of this jersey's temp range - any hotter out and this jersey would have been too warm. That said, I can tell just from that experience that this jersey is good for weather down into the 50s, possibly even the 40s before a base layer is needed.

Sizing: Initially I ordered this in a Large, thinking that "form-fitting" meant that it would run small like most European brands...then I tried it on when it got here and was WAY too big...so I replaced it with a Small (for reference, I'm 5'8", 140-lbs, 38-in chest, 32-in waist). Now admittedly, the Small is a bit snug on me, but by no means is it too small...i just knew that the Medium would still be too big for me after having tried on the Large. The sleeves are approx 1" longer than I'd like them to be (because of this, they bunch up slightly near the wrists), but it fits superbly in everywhere else.

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Eric Asherwrote a review of on October 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

It appears that many reviews so far glow about how well these thingies keep feet warm in 30°-60°F weather. My review is a bit different in that I live in Florida, so while I have to deal with rain & wetness all the time, I also have to deal with the ungodly heat. Surprisingly, these foot thingies do not overheat my feet or cause excess sweat, even in 90°-100°F weather! That's probably because they're so breathable and aren't full coverage.

Now unfortunately they don't keep my socks completely dry in the rain, again because they aren't full coverage (my upper sock and ankle area get wet). That said, they do protect my feet & socks quite well from early morning dew/mist and after-rain puddles & humidity. They completely cover the mesh breathing port at the front of my shoes just under my toes, preventing any water or condensation from reaching my socks...and again, because they aren't full coverage, they still allow me feet to breathe.

They fit incredibly well for a one-size-fits-all item...they aren't too big to feel loose by any means, and yet they aren't so small that they are difficult to get on or off...they are perfectly snug on my shoes. I've used them several times now, but have only had them for a few months...so I can't comment on their longevity. Hopefully the build quality is superior...even if it isn't, I wouldn't hesitate to buy another pair at this incredibly reasonable price point.

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Eric Asherwrote a review of on September 28, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Lightweight, thin, and so soft that you wouldn't know it isn't cotton. They are never soaked with sweat when I'm done riding...in fact, the only time they are wet after a ride is if I go out in the early morning (lots of condensation near the ground), in the rain, or just after the rain when the ground is still wet. I'll be buying more of these...

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Eric Asherwrote a review of on September 18, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am blown away at how light this helmet truly is! I bought a small, so its the lightest of all the different sizes they offer this product in. The padding is easily removable and washable, and is more than sufficient regarding comfort. The helmet vents and breathes incredibly well, although I can't comment on its aerodynamics, having never seen wind tunnel results with it. Unlike another reviewer, I had no problem with the buckles at the chin and ear drops staying in place or coming loose, and I ride a bit more as well (150-200 miles per week)...so I really don't know what that's all about. If I found anything to be thin and skimpy, it would be the plastic strap with the spiderlock - so far I haven't had any problems with it, but because I have to wear a small and tighten the spiderlock all the way to get the helmet to stay firm on my head, I tend to feel the plastic straps more. The spiderlock mechanism, while it works well, could work better. My other helmet is a Specialized Echelon, and not only is it more comfortable, but the spiderlock mechanism feels much more sturdy.

I've tried the X-Lite in a women's small, and while I'm not certain that it is any different than the men's small X-Lite, it sure felt like it fit my head better...so perhaps I should have gone with the women's small, but the men's small suffices. Aside from that, I can't really comment on product fit b/c I never grew up wearing hats or helmets.

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Eric Asherwrote a review of on August 22, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have a 38" chest, and having never worn a Sportful "form-fit" jersey before, I was reluctant to order a medium (37-38.5")...so I went with a large (39-41"). Well it turns out that this jersey fits pretty true to size despite being designated as a form-fit/race-fit jersey, so naturally the large fits more like a club-fit jersey on me...but that's OK because I needed another club-fit jersey anyways.

The jersey is very comfortable and surprisingly light for a club-fit jersey. It breathes quite well and reflects the hot sun superbly (then again I got the white version, but I have to imagine that the light blue version does well to). The waste band stays snug, but because it isn't as fitted as a form-fit/race-fit, it tends to ride up a bit more often. I find that I'm having to pull the jersey down in the back once every 15-20 minutes if I'm on my aero bars, and maybe once every 30 minutes if I'm riding in a more upright position.

While I don't absolutely love it, I don't find myself disliking it in any major way, and it gets the job done...so I give it 3 stars overall.

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Eric Asherwrote a review of on August 22, 2015

4 5

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

Having never worn a Sugoi jersey before, I went by the sizing chart when I ordered...fortunately the jersey fits fairly true to size. I have a 38" chest (so I ordered a medium), and I will say that this jersey fits very snug, but not uncomfortably so. I probably could have ordered a size up and it still would have been more snug than a club-fit jersey. It does feel a bit funny while standing up, but feels great when in the riding position (which is fairly typical of many form-fit/race-fit jerseys).
This jersey is very comfortable and breathes well. The neck fabric is very comfortable even when the jersey is fully zipped, but I must say the the zipper itself is less than stellar...its a trick to get it started, and its smaller and flimsier than most jersey zippers I've dealt with. The waste band does a great job keeping the jersey snug around my waste, and also does surprisingly well at keeping the jersey from riding up over time (most jerseys fail at this).
Overall I give it 4 stars.

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Eric Asherwrote a review of on August 22, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Just like other Castelli jerseys I've ordered in the past, I had to order a size larger than what the sizing chart calls for...I have a 38" chest, but the large (39-41" on the sizing chart) is what fits me perfectly (form fitting, but not too tight). The jersey feels slightly awkward in a standing position, but once you hunch over into a riding position, it fits like a charm. I can't confirm what other reviewers have - that this pro jersey fits even tighter than Castelli's other form-fit/race-fit non-pro jerseys - simply because I have a non-pro Castelli race-fit jersey and it fits me the same as this pro jersey. That said, I think its safe to say that everyone needs to order a size up from what they're used to if buying a Castelli jersey.
This jersey is incredibly comfortable and breathes very well. The zipper is high-quality and easy to use, and the neck fabric is very comfortable even when the jersey is fully zipped. The waste band does a great job keeping the jersey snug around my waste, but it does ride up over time (then again I don't know of any jersey that stays down and doesn't ride up over the course of a ride, long or short). That said, its not like I'm constantly reaching back and pulling my jersey back down...I might have to adjust it 2-3 times over a 60-90 minute ride.
The fact that the waste band doesn't prevent this jersey from riding up over time is preventing me from giving it 5 stars, and so it gets 4 stars overall. But having experienced several jerseys from several different manufacturers and not having found one that does a better job of preventing ride-up, I "feel" like this is a 5 star jersey.

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Eric Asherwrote a review of on August 21, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Worn it almost a dozen times now, averaging approx. 20 miles per ride. Just like other Castelli jerseys I've ordered in the past, I had to order a size larger than what the sizing chart calls for...I have a 38" chest, and the large fits me perfectly (very snug, but not too tight). The jersey feels slightly awkward in a standing position, but once you hunch over into a riding position, it fits like a charm. Although the information is missing from the specs, this is a race-fit jersey, not a club-fit jersey.
This jersey is incredibly comfortable and breathes very well. I can't comment on the material's reflectivity because I went with the Gulf Racing colors (very light), so I have no idea how well the darker colored ones reflect sunlight. The zipper is high-quality and easy to use, and the neck fabric is very comfortable even when the jersey is fully zipped. The sleeve bands do a great job of keeping the sleeves flush to my arms. The waste also band does a great job keeping the jersey snug around my waste, but it isn't that great at keeping the jersey from riding up over time (then again I don't know of any jersey that stays down and doesn't ride up over the course of a ride, long or short). That said, its not like I'm constantly reaching back and pulling my jersey back down...I might have to adjust it 2-3 times over a 60-90 minute ride.
The fact that the waste band doesn't prevent this jersey from riding up over time is preventing me from giving it 5 stars, and so it gets 4 stars overall. But having experienced several jerseys from several different manufacturers and not having found one that does a better job of preventing ride-up, I "feel" like this is a 5 star jersey.

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