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Gero V.

Gero V.

Gero V.

Gero V.wrote a review of on January 25, 2019

5 5

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

I wore these on a windy (15mph with gusts into high 20s) and temps in the mid 30s. The tights did very well keeping the wind out and the legs at a comfortable temperature. I have not used them in the rain, but there was a fair amount of water in the road from a day of rain yesterday and I did not feel any of that getting through. I ordered XL and they were nice and snug without being too restrictive. I also appreciated that the back and shoulder straps were snug but not too tight, which made the bib tights all the more comfortable.

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Gero V.wrote a review of on January 24, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these for my commuting on rainy days, and have found that the water manages to get through, leaving me with damp socks to wear at work. While the feet remain warm, I would expect them to be waterproof if that is how they are marketed and the term is woven into the fabric.

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Gero V.wrote a review of on December 27, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Up until now, I have been combining thermal short sleeve base layers with thermal long sleeved jerseys under my Castelli Alpha jacket when it has been in the 30s. This base layer has replaced that combination very efficiently and successfully. Together with the jacket, this feels much less bulky and it is very comfortable and keeps the core at a good temperature. For rides below 30, I would probably wear a thin tank underneath.

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Gero V.wrote a review of on April 8, 2018

5 5

I have worn this with a sleeveless base layer down to 40 degrees and it works very well keeping me warm and keeping the wind out. As the description says, with proper layering this can do very well below the intended range.

Castelli jerseys run somewhat smaller compared to other brands like Pearl Izumi and domestic manufacturers like Voler, so think about sizing up (XXL vs XL)

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Gero V.wrote a review of on January 26, 2018

5 5

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

Took them on a 65 mile ride in low to mid 30s and the kept me nice and warm without overheating. Padding is very comfortable, such that I never thought about it once during the ride. If you're used to Pearl Izumi or similar brands, consider sizing up one size.

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Gero V.wrote a review of on January 5, 2018

4 5

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

This fits nicely over my head and remains snug - the fleece and windstopper fabric do their job well. However, I'm going to subtract a star because it is hard to breathe through the windstopper fabric covering the mouth. I 'm not going to pull the fabric up and down, as some people have suggested, as I agree with others that this would defeat the purpose.
Instead, I'm going to commit sacrilege and heat up my soldering iron so that I can put 4-5 holes in the fabric where my mouth is covered. the heat from the soldering iron will melt the edges of the holes so that they don't fray, and that should solve the problem.
Having said that, Castelli should figure out a nicer solution to the problem, similar to what Gore has done with their balaclava.

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Gero V.wrote a review of on February 12, 2017

5 5

I just received the jacket and having ordered one size up from my usual, the fit was just right. I went for a 70 mile ride where the temp started out at 40 and went up to 57. had a sleeveless base layer and a polypro lightweight long-sleeved base layer on top of that. I never had to unzip the jacket, and it managed temperature throughout the ride. It did a great job of blocking the wind.

The only nit I would have is that the zipper on the low front pocket poked into my thigh while I was pedaling - it would be nice to have a small garage to put the zipper handle into when it is closed.

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