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James H.

James H.

James H.

James H.wrote a review of on January 9, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Both scorpion decals on the left and right hip delaminated after four washes. I always wash on delicate cycle and hang dry.

It amazes me that Castelli continues to put these glue-on decals on their apparel. On these knickers, the location on the hips was a poor choice and the constant stretching most likely contributed to it. The two spots where the decals came off look like trash now.

The fit is extremely tight (Med 5'9" 140 lb), more compressive than I'm used to but manageable. But, they are warm, stretchy and decently wind blocking as well. You can ride them down to 35 deg, depending the wind chill, with a long pair of black merino wool socks if your shins tend to get cold. Mine rarely do, which is why I prefer knickers over tights to begin with. These also have an elastic band at the bottom (similar to the bib shorts) that do a great job of keeping them down and on your calf midpoint. Getting your length sizing right is critical in purchasing a knicker.

I have also owned the Sorpasso knicker but it had issues with the stitching coming unraveled. I prefer the KISS pad to the X2 in this case. The X2 in the Sorpasso was way too bulky given the extra Thermoflex material weight.

Still looking for alternatives.



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James H.

James H.wrote a review of on October 15, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Coming from the the square Park Tool self adhesive patches, I thought I'd give the fancy Lezyne kit a try.

Bottom line, two of the four patches I've applied have failed. I followed the directions exactly, cleaning the area, roughing it, holding for 30s, but after about a day or two at 120psi, you end up with a crinkled patch that doesn't hold air. Forget about removing it and reapplying a new's not coming off gracefully and your tube is trashed. Granted, the Park patches will give out eventually, but that's expected and you can generally replace them as the adhesive has degraded.