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Evan W.

Evan W.

Evan W.

Evan W.wrote a review of on August 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love this jersey. I got one in every color I like it so much. What I like about this jersey specifically is the longer arms come down to my elbows which means more sun protection and less sunscreen I have to apply. Also, the arm material has a raw cut edge and very soft material which is really comfortable to wear. Also worth mentioning is the pocket contstruction is really good. Not too stretchy to where it will sag if its loaded up but the material is not too stiff either. Just right. Sizing wise this jersey is true to size. NOT the typical "size up one for Castelli" Unless you are like many enthusiasts who either knowingly or unknowingly wear your jersey a size too large from how a jersey is meant to fit so it can do its job properly. I wear XL Castelli bottoms always and bounce between XL and Lg on Castelli tops depending on the model. This one I went with size LG at 5'11'' 175lbs. I hope this helps with your purchase decision!

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Evan W.wrote a review of on May 10, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are a nicer more supple road feel compared to the 4000's II's with more cut resistance. Ive logged about 400 miles here in NH so far this spring. The roads have debris everywhere. On my 4000 II's I would have had a couple small cuts or nicks here and there. Nothing of concern but I would find something. I just inspected both tires closely this morning on the new 5000's. After inspection I cannot find a single cut or nick after appx 500 miles. Better ride feel with more cut resistance is pretty cool. Not to mention they are slightly lighter to the previous gen tire. Really great tire as expected. I hope the long term wear is as good as the 4000's but obviously after 400 miles I cannot speak to that. Judging by the short term cut resistance I would expect them to wear at least as long, if not better as a 4000 II long term.

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Evan W.wrote a review of on January 10, 2019

5 5

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

Sizing is spot on for this helmet. In a Giro Synthe I am on the outer limit of their size medium and this Protone Medium fits exactly the same. Compared to my Synthe(which I like very much), this helmet is just a slight notch above. The finishing and styling is just better than any other brands premium offerings and that "eco leather" chin strap is so comfy. If you have experience with premium lids from various other brands like I do, and want something just a slight notch above the best, grab this helmet. As long as fit and feel works for you(fit is very personal) you will not find a more premium road lid out there.

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Evan W.wrote a review of on February 10, 2018

5 5

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

I tested these on my first ride in what I knew would be the low end of the temp limit on these based on previous reviews. In 20F with not much wind these were good. Anything much lower than 20F I will want something w wind block material like my PI Amfibs. Anyways, I was out for a little over an hour. When I took these off only my upper hip area was a little red from the cold but I didnt really feel any cold areas while riding. So I would say the range(for me) for these are 18F-45F. The lower end of the spectrum in low wind(no wind block material on these) for 2 hours or less but as you approach 30F I am sure these will be fine for being out several hours. Fit is great. These have more compression than I have been accustomed to compared to my PI Elite thermal and PI Amfib bib tights so at first I thought these were too small, but after the ride I realize they are spot on. Just know if you are accustomed to a different brand/model that does not have much compression, these are different in that respect. I love these so much that I am ordering another set of Assos bib tights for milder/mid range temps with slightly lighter material(HabutightsMIlle_S7) Should give similar fit for more mid range conditions. I feel if you get any option of the Assos bib tights you will probably never want to buy any other brand for bottoms going forward....at least that is where I am at!

The last thing I will mention is the chamois. Most cycling bottoms are defined by the quality of chamois and these do not disappoint in this regard. It is strange to look at at first because the chamois is partially detached from the outer of the bib(I believe they call this "Golden gate"). I am not an Assos expert but I believe this allows the pad to move with your body rather than your bottom moving over the pad. In theory this drastically reduces friction compared to a normal pad where that is generally completely sewn in. This pad works. So comfy.

BOTTOM LINE= If you buy these or other Assos bottoms you will LOVE them!

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Evan W.wrote a review of on November 25, 2017

3 5

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

Maybe mine was a lemon so 3 stars instead of 2 because there is not way for me to be sure.
When I first got these I loved them! Most comfy pad I have ever ridden on. Saddle disappears. Nice feel overall with slightly tight anke openings but no big deal. Reason for the 3 stars is the threads on the outer edge of both straps started to unravel after 4 uses. At the price these were I should get years out of these without something like that happening. I always wash in cold delicate cycle in a machine without a harsh center agitator. Hang dry as always. Never had an issue with any other bottoms(PI and Rapha)
Anyways, I felt compelled to write this review because of how CC/Backcountry handled the issue. Scott Golsan who is my personal "gear head" took care of the issue without any issues or questions. He was great. Sent me a return label and set me up with an exchange for some Assos that I will go with instead. These Giordanas were great other than my thread issue, but I am not willing to take the chance that it was a design issue and not a one off. If you are reading this and do not already have a personal gear head as a go to...you should reach out to Scott. He is very knowlegeable and provides great service! Here is his contact. sgolsan@backcountry.com

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Evan W.wrote a review of on September 6, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is one nice piece of kit. Nice water resistance but not waterproof. Then again I do not think it claims to be totally waterproof. I had it out for 94 miles in the NH White Mountains and it rained the entire time. It took 40 miles in to get wet in certain areas, and did tend to dry itself out during lighter spells. Also, even during the more wet times of the ride, the wind repelling front portion of the vest preventing me from ever feeling cold or chilled. Even during sustained descents.
Like most Castelli pieces size up + 1 from your normal street size. Some reviewers say even +2 sizes on this piece but I do not agree. That would leave too much extra fabric on the front part of the shoulders/chest area although the body waist area would probably still be fine due to the fabrics great stretch. This will even be race fit if you size up 1 but has a great stretchy property to it. The only thing that prevented me from giving this a 5 star rating is a couple times now I have been riding with the vest unzipped roughly halfway, only to have the vest eventually work its way to unzip fully on its own through my movement on the bike. The zipper is butter smooth, but maybe too much so in this regard.
Overall a good vest. I love the two added rear pockets that make it more convenient for us mortals compared to the older Gabba vest with no pockets. 4 Stars.

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Evan W.wrote a review of on September 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Kuat Sherpa 2.0 is awesome! Looks good. Easy to install/assemble. Holds your bike securely. The features I really like about this compared to other options is it has a wheel tray that folds up and looks sleek when not in use. Also, you can fold it down using one hand(with your foot on the lever). Folding it back up can also be done easily with one hand and a little knudge from your knee. Lastly, although I have not used this function yet, I think it is pretty cool that while a bike is loaded you can fold the rack away from the vehicle to access the trunk a little easier.

For assembly I passed over the written instructions and YouTubed it. There a a couple good assembly instructions on there that are much easier than following written instructions.

Great product!

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Evan W.wrote a review of on September 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These look good and don't break the bank. They hold really firm. In fact believe a couple pro tour teams use these cages during some of the rougher classics races. Anyways, these hold slightly firmer than my Arundel Mandibles which are also good. These cages will not work well if you are using Camelback bottles as it is much too tough a struggle to get them out while riding for my preference, however my purist bottles work good with these cages.

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Evan W.wrote a review of on April 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This takes the top spot in my closet away from my Transparent 3 Wind Jersey. Both are good in similar temps but the Potenza is more comfortable with its fleecy interior combined with its stretch.

I bought my typical XL Castelli size. Some reviews on other sites say to go with your street size but I knew I would be wearing this mostly as an outer layer/light jacket and I am glad I went with the XL. Just a slight amount of extra room in the lats and arms but by no means would I consider it baggy(Most of my tops are race fit which I like). Although this is very stretchy and comfortable, if you go with your street size on this you will only be able to comfortably fit a base layer under this.

As I mentioned this jersey has a lot of stretch with a nice fleecy interior. The outer part of the fabric has a treatment that makes water bead off. I wear this primarily as a 3rd outer layer in 48F-63F weather. Standard base layer, short or long sleeve standard jersey, and the Potenza for the outer layer. From 55F or below your arms will be cold for the first 20 minutes if they are not covered with an additional layer under the Potenza.

I love this jersey so much I bought a second.

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Evan W.wrote a review of on April 6, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I am sure this is a great jacket for most. I love Castelli tops. With this jacket specifically I really wanted to like it but I could just not get the correct fit between the XL and LG. Most Castelli tops I am an XL however on this jacket the fit was almost perfect with the XL except the neck opening was enormously wide. I mean huge, it looked so odd and disproportionate to the rest of the jacket. It would easily have let cold air in if not being worn with a neck gaiter. I figured since there was just a tiny amount of extra room in the body(always a good idea to have some room for layers under) that I would try the Lg. No go there because although more of a true race fit(fine for me but not ideal for a winter jacket) the cut under the armpits for me was too high and was uncomfortable....Yes even in the "on bike" position it just did not work, even with the stretch inserts around the arm/shoulder holes that give this jacket some good stretch.

Again, I am sure this is a great jacket and the design seems brilliant like most of Castelli cold weather tops, however the huge neck opening on the XL made it so that the jacket simply did not work for me. I guess I will stick with my last year model XL Castelli Senza jacket for now which has a much more fitted/comfortable collar area but less features(No vent zips w storage, No stretch inserts around the arm shoulders etc).

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Evan W.wrote a review of on April 5, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This base layer def runs large which is rare for Castelli. I got this as a gift and requested an XL(my usual Castelli top size) and mistakenly was given the LG. It was a good mistake because it is perfect. It is strangely form fit but loose at the same time. What I mean is there is no compression at all but at the same time there is absolutely no extra fabric anywhere. Fits just like a base layer should so it can do its job. You wont notice it or think about it while riding. The fabric is very thin but warm with a fleecy material on the inside. If you are looking for a heavy feeling thick type base layer this is not the one you want, although it will probably do just as good a job if not better, with less weight. The half zip is a nice feature on this when putting on and taking off. The fabric under the arms are a thinner mesh material which is also a nice feature that I am sure helps this layer do its job. G

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Evan W.wrote a review of on April 5, 2017

5 5

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

I know this is really considered a small "accessory" item but man oh man! What a difference a good quality neck gaiter makes on a ride. The difference with this item compared to all others out there is this one comes with an adjustable draw cord. So before set off you simply adjust the tension as you like it based on where on your face you want the thing to sit. That puppy stays there. What a concept! Its only coming down if you purposefully pull it down(or back up). Gone are the days where after 15-20min into a ride the silly thing slips down slowly and then you spend every 5-10 minutes fussing to get it back up to where you want it on a cold ride. If you ride in the cold where a neck gaiter is needed get this thing! Even at full price it is worth every penny!

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Evan W.wrote a review of on March 31, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great base layer. Usable in hot or cold although it is advertised as mostly as a hot weather base. This is a substantial material and feels durable even though the photos may suggest otherwise. I have experimented with this base on 30F or below days under my Castelli Puro Jersey and Senza Jacket and it works great. I never get cold or damp. I believe because it traps air between the holes and uses that air as an insulator. Really nice base layer and versatile because of how it works. It runs very small. I buy XL in Castelli tops and my first purchase on this product I got the L/XL which was fine because it stretches but on my second purchase I bought the XXL and I like the fit slightly more. Still very form fitting(as it should be to work properly) but a slightly easier to put on and nicer feel.

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Evan W.wrote a review of on October 27, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I like that this had wind stopper fabric in the front portion. Unfortunately like most Castelli products the fit is small and this hat is a "one size fits most" so there are no other options. The problem I had is that it did not cover the bottom half of my ears. I'm sticking with my PI thermal skully which gives full ear coverage and still sits comfortably snug to the head. PI also has WS version of what I already have so I may look into that.

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Evan W.wrote a review of on August 26, 2016

5 5

These bib shorts are just great. I have 3 of these. I use them in temps 48F and above with leg warmers. Anything lower than that and I pull out the PI Thermal Bib tights to get hip/groin coverage. The other thing I like about these is the logos are small and understated so it gives a neutral look that works well with any top. Chamois is great and comfy but not too bulky or thin. The shoulder straps do the job and are so comfortable that you forget they are there. 5'11 172lb Size Lg

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Evan W.wrote a review of on August 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this so I could clean/de-grease my drive train standing up rather than sitting on the ground breaking my back. I love the ease of use with this stand. It folds up small and comes assembled. This is one of those purchases that you dont want to cheap out on because many of the lower level/priced stands have some sketchy reviews. I am very happy with this stand. I no longer dread cleaning/degreasing. Also, it cuts the time in half from the days I would sit on the ground to do it.

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