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James L.

James L.

James L.

James L.wrote a review of on September 14, 2017

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I own a number of De Marchi items, including jerseys and base layers. I have always taken a large size for De Marchi tops, so it made sense that I order the same for this merino base layer. When it arrived I tried it on and it fit just as my other D M kit does. As with all of my cycling clothing, I washed it on the gentle cycle in medium temp water. No dryer as usual; I line dry everything, since the items last longer. After this base layer dried I put it on and found that it had shrunk so much that it looked like a ridiculous midriff shirt from the 1970s. Fortunately some of my bib shorts are cut high enough to keep this base layer in place—but only barely, pun intended.

Incidentally, I'm quite familiar with wool cycling kit. When I was a young racer, wool jerseys were all that was available. Even today I lean towards the so-called retro style wool (blend) jerseys such as De Marchis. Hot washing temps and dryers are out of the question.

The lesson I learned from this purchase is that it doesn't fit properly until after the first washing. Count me disappointed.

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James L.

James L.wrote a review of on August 23, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I own a bushel of short-sleeved jerseys, but only four of them make it into my regular rotation during warm weather months. None of them are pro team or world champion jerseys (my opinion is that I haven't earned the privilege of wearing such jerseys). But my preference for jersey material is wool, merino or itchy old school wool, and is a reflection of my age when wool jerseys were the only option. This De Marchi is a merino/synthetic blend that I find completely comfortable—provided it's worn during the right weather. Wearing this during 70F+ weather will be uncomfortable. I was able to wear it today when it was 62F with a steady 11mph westerly wind blowing off the lake, during a 75 km ride. Worn over a De Marchi base layer, this was a perfect jersey for today. The water-resistant panel over the chest came in handy today when I made a brief stop after doing some steady climbing. When I resumed the ride I down some long descents, I never once felt chilled—even into the headwind. The sleeves are an inch or two longer than my other Italian-made jerseys (Nalini, Santini, or other De Marchi). This fall I plan to wear this jersey with some arm warmers. Although I can't credit the jersey, I did have a wonderful feeling today when I passed and dropped a cyclist who was into full "aero tuck" and perhaps 20 years my junior. I greeted him as I passed and began whistling to myself. I've learned that young bucks riding $12K bikes find it especially demoralizing when getting passed by a whistling graybeard! (As Santini states on their packaging: Gambe, Testa, Cuore.)

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James L.

James L.wrote a review of on January 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

When I first wore these Santini bib shorts I was both pleased and annoyed. I liked the spot-on fit of these shorts because the cut was well above the natural waist, which allowed a base layer to remain tucked in throughout the ride. The shoulder straps seemed to be a couple of centimeters longer than the other brands of bibs that are in my wearing rotation. Some of the shoulder straps on the other brands tend to dig into my shoulders on rides 100 km or longer. Not so with these Santinis. I also appreciate that these Italian bib shorts not only have an Italian brand name, but are, in fact made in Italy (something that can't be said of some of Santini's competitors).

I mentioned above that I was also annoyed when I first wore these shorts, in that they had a pink Susan Komen Breast Cancer design on the hems of the shorts. I immediately felt that Competitive Cycling should have mentioned that fact in the product description on their website. All during that ride I kept thinking how nice the fit was on these shorts, but that blasted pink charity biz had put me off. (Nothing wrong with fighting breast cancer, but I prefer not to self-advertise what worthy causes I support.) When I returned from that first ride I took another look at the hems and saw how wrong I was. The pink design had nothing to do with a charity, but identified the bib shorts as the official brand associated with the 2016 Giro d'Italia, in which the coveted Maglia Rosa (pink jersey) is awarded to the winner.

Santini is one of the brands that has flown under my radar all these years but, after purchasing these bib shorts, I need to reorient my thinking. Granted I don't think that a Large size jersey would realistically fit my muscular torso, but I'm willing to rely on the Santini sizing chart. Some bike kit from Santini's competitors seem to have been sized for 12-year-old boys (e.g., Castelli anyone?).

As a charter member of the More Money Than Brains Club, I could spring for all-Assos kit, but I only ride for fun and fitness these days, and besides, there's no one out on the road that I want to impress.

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