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Erick Rodriguez

Erick Rodriguez

Erick Rodriguez

Erick Rodriguezwrote a review of on April 23, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Castelli arm skins are a quality product. After two years of use they are still holding up as if they are new. The silicone grippers are in top shape and I love that it is a consistent band of silicone all around the arm opening. I own Gore Bike Wear windstopper sleeves and I've tried Pearl Izumi SPF protection sleeves. These two brands don't have a solid silicone band like the Castelli sleeves. It's a testament to the details that Castelli curated. Granted, the windstopper sleeves are intended for colder weather but the Pearl Izumi are for warm weather. I can tell you the black PI's felt warm when I tried them on whereas Castelli skins has a minty cooling effect in black and white colors. Regarding hot spots, there are none due to flatlock seams. I recommend cutting the washing instruction label, it bunches up and gets annoying.

For reference, I've used these in 105 degree weather last year and they felt great. Not as cool as when it's about 95 degrees but they dried quick and kept my arms from burning and tanning.

If you need any of these Backcountry is the right spot. My local bike shop has to special order them and if you lookout for specials, you can get a pretty sweet deal here.

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Erick Rodriguez

Erick Rodriguezwrote a review of on November 20, 2016

4 5

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

I decided to pair these with the POC VPD 2.0 Extended Knee Pads to have an equivalent element of protection above and below the waist. While these are awesome elbow pads, POC needs to refine the design:

- The velcro portion of both straps comes up far too short to provide a secure fit. The straps are too short and need to be made of a longer cut of elastic material.

For the cost, I would have expected a larger length for the straps.

The pads are comfortable, and offer protection that extends slightly beyond the elbow: along my triceps and forearm extensors and flexors. VPD 2.0 material is somewhat rigid at first but it softens up to a supple feel once it warms with your body heat.

I must say that POC makes the best looking protection equipment with their VPD 2.0 line, as I don't like the loud graphics on other similar products from other brands. POC VPD 2.0 is the way to go if you want quality protection and a simplified design.

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Erick Rodriguez

Erick Rodriguezwrote a review of on November 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been rolling with two pairs of these shorts for about 4 months and they've been awesome. They fit is perfect on me, it's a trim fit and expands/stretches at the right places. I love how they place horizontal and vertical stretch panels on select parts of the shorts. There is a precise science to the design.

The reflective material that is used in the rear of the shorts, and logo are perfect for night riding, whether on the trail or road. I use them for night rides on my mountain bike and fellow riders complement how I am visible to them from a distance with the reflective material.

Cargo pockets are perfect for storing a few gels, car/bike rack lock keys, food. However I carry that stuff in a backpack anyway. The only improvement I would make is to either omit the velcro patch next to the buttons on the waistline, or redesign it's shape. It irritates my abdominal area below my belly button. I end up tucking in my shirt and problem solved.

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Erick Rodriguez

Erick Rodriguezwrote a review of on November 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My first impression of these pads was never short of satisfaction. The pads are made of very robust materials that look very durable and high quality. The price is very fair considering what you get. While there are many options available out there, this set of pads delivers what it offers:

- It's lightweight
- Well designed and built
- Super comfortable and secure

I was under the impression that I was going to be getting bulky and stiff pads. They're slightly stiff at first but as soon as they warm up with your body heat they become supple it's almost like a second skin. When I'm wearing them and mashing up and down hills, they're practically not there. The fabric that is located on the rear of the knee pad is soft, and it reminds me of very soft fleece or tightly woven cashmere. I haven't experienced any chafing. You can ride without the sensation of being restricted, which is always a plus.

Cons? None. The only comment I have to make is that they are not very breathable, but they dry quick. I don't mind it, I think of it as shedding more water-weight.

I've used them 4 times so far for approximately 50 miles in a mixture of day and night rides, and they don't smell, a testament to the polygiene technology that is woven into the knee pads. They still look new. I'll be pairing these pads with VPD 2.0 elbow pads soon.

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Erick Rodriguez

Erick Rodriguezwrote a review of on July 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using these shorts for a couple of months with my road bike, for approximately 350 miles. The shorts and included chamois liner and they are still going strong.

Although many of my rider buddies wear traditional road kits, I chose to wear something that appears a little more casual. With that said, these shorts and the cargo pockets are very important as I carry next to nothing (my phone in cargo pocket), while nutrition and other stuff goes in my saddle bag. The fit on the shorts is perfect, not too baggy or tight. There is no excess fabric flapping in the wind as I'm shooting past 25 mph. They hug my legs nicely.

About the fly opening: in comparison to my older ranger shorts, these updated rangers don't have a zipper. Some call it an inconvenience but it's no big deal to me. I notice that the design update creates a closer fit where the zipper used to be. My old rangers bulk up when leaning forward.

Great practical shorts that look and feel good. They also dry fast, thanks to the polyester blend.

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