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JON J.

JON J.

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JON J.

JON J.wrote a review of on August 28, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Poorly placed palm padding causes numbness in my hands, Every time i find a glove with pads that fit my hand they discontinue or change it. Tried no gloves and had no numbness, but lots of sweat. This glove was a trial. Bought medium as usually wear medium in PI, but fit too tight at base of fingers so sized up to large. Very comfortable now, not constricting my fingers.
Pro:
1. No pads, no numbness but still have protection if touch the pavement
2. Good road feel, good bar grip with no slipping and no sticking.
2. I like the absence of velcro -- no snagging. A bit harder to get off, but not dramatically -- well worth it to not have velcro.
3. Very sleek, very light, but i would like more color choices such as white for the heat.
4. After 10 or so rides and post-ride hand washing they are holding up quite well, but time will tell. I have Castelli Corso Pave pull-ons and they started to tear between the thumb and forefinger after just a few on and offs.

Con:
1. Thumb wipe exists, but it is 'aero' as well, i.e. it is not as plush as on other PI gloves. Harder to clean that part as well.
2. Limited colors. What about white and silver PI?
3. Cuff is fairly high, past the wrist versus all my other gloves

Summary: Pros outweigh the cons as lack of hand numbness trumps all the cons. I use this almost exclusively now. If i was to redesign i would enhance the thumb wipe, shorten the cuff rise, loosen the junction of fingers/hand junction, offer white/silver, white/red type color options. That would be a perfect glove.

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JON J.

JON J.wrote a review of on April 17, 2019

Best of all tried, so close to great
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I own 3 pair. These are more minimal in the padding (love that), vent very well, are light. Bought one pair, found a great sale and bought 2 more as backup. On the first pair the webbing on one of the gel pads appeared to run. I thought it was a goner. That was 9 months ago. I have continued using it, hand washing and air drying each ride, rotating it with some other gloves. The pair is used roughly 3 x per week. Best fit of the lot (Castelli, other PI styles, Giro): not too tight, easy on and off, very light -- as if not there. Pad location works for me and my hand nerves -- no numbing as with some other gloves with different pad placement. I did not think they would last but they are holding up very well. Have not even opened one of the pair purchased as these keep holding up.

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JON J.

JON J.wrote a review of on January 3, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I do not live in the bitter cold but in central Texas I do ride in thirty degree weather and we have some serious hills. This is officially a jersey but I treat it as a jacket. The Gore Windstopper lives up to its name, the sleeve cuffs are great to keep the wind out. I typically go to this jacket in the forties to the thirties though I have used it in the fifties with no issues. Typically I wear a Showers Pass short sleeve merino base, but if it is colder I use the same but in long sleeve.

The key to making this a great jacket/jersey is being willing to use it as it was made, i.e. to zip and unzip it as needed. On hills you can unzip the outer shell to dump heat. If you continue to warm up you can unzip the inner layer as well. Then zip back up on the downhill as needed. It works beautifully.

The material is really amazing. It is pretty waterproof but in a heavy downpour will eventually let some liquid pass. On dry days you perhaps feel a bit damp on the base layer but the jacket passes the moisture amazingly well: I had my phone in a plastic bag in the middle pocket and it was damp from the fabric releasing the moisture from perspiration.

In sum, this is one of the best pieces of winter gear I have as it works very well and works very well in a number of different conditions.

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JON J.

JON J.wrote a review of on January 3, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these for a winter bib short on the advice of a CC gearhead. They are super comfortable from the straps to the chamois to the legs. The ankle guards are very nice. They fabric is super soft and will catch on Velcro or other items so be careful -- I have some wear on the seat due to some rubbing even with a Fizik seat.

These are not for heavy winter. I use them in the low forties but if there is wind then I put some Castelli knee sleeves under them. Otherwise the wind can bite. Other parts can get cold as well when the wind hits in the low forties. I would have returned them for something else heavier but I bought them before winter, planning ahead and was outside CC's return window.

That said, they are super comfortable and when you have them on you do not even notice them. I will say the chamois is to me not as good as Castelli whether the entry level or the mid-level, nor the Pearl Izumi. I notice the chamois rather early in a ride around mile 10. I have another Giordana bib short and notice the same thing. Nicely made, the chamois is not my personal favorite.

I give them a 4 star versus a 3 star simply because they are so comfortable and the chamois is not terrible, just not my favorite. If you have leg warmers for the 40 degree weather and need something for cold weather, however, you may just want to get a more thermal bib tight versus having to buy extra gear as I had to do to make them work.

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JON J.

JON J.wrote a review of on January 3, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have a white regular Prologo V and wanted a darker color for winter riding to grab sun on cool days. I like the limited edition color - several compliments. The fabric feels softer than the regular Prologo V but I am told the only difference in the color of the limited edition. Not a skin tight compression jersey but not loose either. I can easily wear a showers pass merino base underneath. Though not Castelli high end it is well-made and I am confident it will last several seasons. Bought a large as usual in Castelli. For reference I wear a medium in Assos and I have 40" chest, 32" waist

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JON J.

JON J.wrote a review of on January 3, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a very comfortable jersey and looks really good. Lots of compliments. I am 5' 9", 174 pounds with large shoulders and chest. A medium fits well when in riding position. I have noticed just a bit of flapping near the back deltoid muscle when flying on a descent but nothing distracting just not 100% aero. Make sure you seat the zipper well -- Assos is quality but the components are lightweight so make sure you treat them with due care.

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