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George J.

George J.

Clayton, MO

George J.

George J.wrote a review of on April 7, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After reading some of the reviews, I decided to downsize from large to medium, and I am happy. I have used it on various rides, from my 1 hour commute to >100 miles in dreadful condition. It does what it is supposed to do very well. Despite the lack of bulk, it keeps your core dry and warm. On my commute, I usually pair it with another mid layer and a wind proof jacket (less effort, less heat). On long hard rides, just the craft and a jacket.
As a bonus, I bought these when they were on sale for ~45$ and for that kind of money, there is no better baselayer

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George J.wrote a review of on April 26, 2018

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

In theory, new design should improve on old one, well not here. The old Goretex Thermo shoe cover was almost perfect. It was warm, tall, provides enough coverage and has the great velcro closure, which makes putting it on and taking it off a breeze. The new one is worse in every conceivable way. Less warm, does not have enough coverage and the zipper does not even come close to the Velcro. What the hell they were thinking?

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George J.

George J.wrote a review of on October 19, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these on sale for less than 5$
I usually wear them when it is in low 50s and upper 40s.
Good: They are as warm and effective as the Defeet gloves for less than half the price.
Not so good: Cuff is too short to overlap with long sleeve jersey, so there will be a gap. At the start of the ride that is pretty annoying, but as you warm up, it is hardly noticeable.

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George J.

George J.wrote a review of on December 17, 2016

5 5

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

Warning, do not buy anything from Silca, once you start, you cannot stop. These are beyond doubt some of the best made tools out there. They are beautifully ergonomic and ooz style. Once you get your hand on anything made by Silca, everything else seems uncevilized and crude. Sometime I even feel guilty for using them, although they are functional and very well made. Form and function cannot be any better.

The downside, and like anything from Silca, it is expensive and it is just a gateway drug to spend more money on their stuff.

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George J.

George J.wrote a review of on December 12, 2016

4 5

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

Let's be honest, you cannot buy a damn for 37.5$ anymore. For the sale price (37.5$), this is an excellent bib. However, for the full price (150$), it is lacking.
The large is a little larger than Castelli XL, and does not have the same compression. The legs are a little long for me.

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George J.

George J.wrote a review of on August 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

great helmet. I love the fit and overall color. Shape can be polarizing, but that is for everybody else to decide. However, if I ever crash, I would rather have my head in one of these. I speak of experience. Yesterday, a pothole snapped my front wheel while taking drink, and I wend down. I had some road rash, but the extra bulk of the helmet and the MIPS system saved my head and face. I had similar crashes in other helmet and usually, I get some headache afterward and far more skin rash on my face. Now, except for one little bruise above the L eyebrow ( I guess from the helmet edge as my head rotated compared to the helmet), I have nothing.

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George J.

George J.wrote a review of on February 3, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have never used any warming oil or gel... before, so this was my first experience. Initially, I was skeptical, but the thing worked well to keep me riding outside with 1 less layer.
You have to be careful when applying it, because what makes your skin warm will make your eyes water and under no circumstances you should touch very sensitive area on your body.

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George J.wrote a review of on March 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First, I will not be able to comment the aerodynamic efficiency of this helmet. I'm faster, but, I think it is all in, not on my head.
Second, let's be honest aerodynamic helmets are not pretty, but once you are through admiring your own look, it is for somebody else to see.
Third, this Bell is wonderful for winter and spring rides in changing conditions. The active aero vent is an ingenious solution for cold weather riding. It is like having a removable helmet cover at you disposal.
If there is one thing I might want in a new version is to change the vent cover to fit flush with the outer shell for cleaner look.

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George J.

George J.wrote a review of on March 9, 2015

5 5

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

I like Hincapie Sport Wear and this Jersey does not disappoint. It is good enough for its intended purpose. The fabric is soft and blue is good, but lacks any significant insulation. I used it in temperatures in the mid 50s with a base layer and it was comfortable. Lower than that, it is cold.
It is true to size, although sleeves are a little loose. I am a little taler than 5,11 (175 lb) and medium fits well.
It is too early to comment about durability

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George J.

George J.wrote a review of on March 9, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

One of the best and most durable shoe cover and it worth every penny.
First it is water proof courtesy of Gore tex membrane and the extra insulation add a little warmth to any shoe. I have used it for 2 years through the snow, rain and ice and besides some road marks on the left sole (I unclip my left when I stop), the cover looks brand new after washing.
It fits slightly large, as I am able to use it over my Sidi Winter shoe

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