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Eric

Eric

TX Gulf coast - south of Houston

Eric's Passions

Road Biking

Eric's Bio

Old guy (60's), gray hair (some still left), living and cycling on the TX Gulf Coast.

Eric

Ericwrote a review of on December 29, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are OK down to about 50 °F for me for anything over an hour, from 50 down to 45, they're OK for 30-60 min's. Below 45 my fingers are hurting within 30 min's when riding at typical road speeds. The fingers are a bit on the long side for the correct hand size, and as another reviewer noted, a bit weird. The feel with Shimano integrated brake/shifter levers is awkward and clumsy. My old PI Cyclone gel gloves, which were less than half the price, do a better job against cold, and they fit better down the fingers too.

I'm going to try these with Castelli glove liners and see if that helps. Also trying out Gore gloves for better protection & fit.

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Ericwrote a review of on December 23, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This jacket is very impressive. It is cut close and trim for road cycling, which eliminates any flapping. It packs down to the about the size of a standard PBJ sandwich, smaller than a typical SS jersey. It’s extremely lightweight. It functions quite well as a cool-weather wind jacket at road speeds with added wind speeds ranging up to 30 mph (net pushing 50 mph). And in steady light rains it has proven completely waterproof, no breakthrough anywhere, for rides lasting up to ~ 2 hours. The single zippered vent on the right-side back allows you to reach your rear jersey pockets, and extends the comfort range on the high side by allowing for some reasonable ventilation. What makes it even more impressive is it works so well without the typical sweatbox overheating I associate with Gore-Tex jackets. This thing actually breathes, while being as waterproof as any jacket I have ever owned. Finally!

The comfort range depends on air temp, winds, and sun exposure. As a wind jacket on clear, sunny days, it remains comfortable and dry inside with a fall/spring short sleeve base layer (Assos 2.4) and short-sleeve summer jersey (Assos Mangusta) in the range of ~ 50 to ~ 60 °F. In gray, overcast, foggy conditions with steady light rain, moderate winds (6 mph) I’ve found it comfortable and dry with the LS version base layer and same jersey up to ~ 68 °F. I’ve not yet pushed it beyond those ranges on either the high or low side.

The fit is trim, without any excess fabric to flap in the breeze. It’s cut for road cycling in a fairly aggressive position. The size chart worked perfectly for me. All-in all, a superb piece of gear.

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Ericwrote a review of on May 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought these to replace a pair of well worn Specialized BG gloves. At first I was skeptical that they would fit right and work without some type of adjustable closure. But after riding with them for the past couple of weeks I love 'em, and tossed the old BG gloves.

On first ride they seemed loose and sloppy, and my hand would move around inside the glove while riding. I thought maybe this was the price of not having an adjustable closure. But after two rides that initial sloppiness disappeared, and now they fit just like a ...oh wait ... well, they fit perfectly and stay in place as a glove should.

They are really well ventilated, with the fabric under the padding across the palm being an open weave mesh, and fabric on the back being a thin stretch fabric like a Spandex. The padding is rather amazing - very absorptive without the usual thickness or bulk, and in the right places. This leads to improved road feel over the BG gloves, with plenty of shock absorption.

Update 12/29/16 - first pair still going strong after ~7 months / 2,500 miles of use, all of that in the TX Gulf region (think super humid and hot).

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Ericwrote a review of on May 26, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought this for those longer hot, sweaty summer rides along the TX Gulf coast. While the Assos quality is clearly evident, the fit is just not right for me. The cut is for a very relaxed riding position, which means longer in the front than say the SS.mangussta_s7 jersey. In addition the sleeves are longer and the collar is noticeably taller (too high for me). I personally find both the sleeve length and collar height to be excessive to the point of feeling awkward and obvious after several hours in the saddle.

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Ericwrote a review of on May 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love this jersey. This is my every-day riding jersey for warm-hot weather. The cut is for an intermediate, somewhat aggressive riding position, which means it is fairly short in the front when standing. However, when on the hoods or in the drops it's perfect. I guess that's the Assos "click-on" thing.

Sizing on this runs small. I'm 5'11" with a 41" chest, and have to wear an XL in the SS.manggussta_s7. I tried the L, which the Assos size chart led me to, and it was obviously too small, both in front length (can you say belly shirt ?), and really tight through the shoulders and arms. Thanks to Competitive Cyclist's easy return and exchange policy, an XL proved to be perfect. It's snug, without being tight, and no excess bagginess to flap in the breeze. When the fit is right it works really well with the Assos skinFoil base layers, both summer and spring/fall.

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