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James Walters

James Walters

Carmel, Indiana

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Road riding since the Delgado era

James Walters

James Walterswrote a review of on March 30, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use a cross bike during the winter for training and I have been riding them for the last 5 months. I got these shoes to replace a 15 year pair of Sidi winter shoes that finally wore out the treads. The are a noticeable upgrade in terms of fit and feel from the prior model.
I typically will ride 2-3 hours in temps spanning 25-50 F. I will add toe covers rather than a heavy wool sock below 35 F as the tips of my toes will start to get cold after a while. As a note the covers still leaves the treads exposed for good traction when walking. For a ride under an hour, I probably would not bother with the covers. I did ride these through light rain a few times and the shoes repel water but the top cannot really seal so eventually water will work down without a gaiter.
I wear a 44 in normal Sidi road shoes and based on other reviews I got this size. For any normal mid-weight winter sock it was a nice fit. For warmer temps in the mid to upper 40s, I would switch to a summer sock and there is a bit of movement near the heal when walking but not when riding. If I were doing a lot of dismounts and run/hike that might get annoying. You can wear a heavy winter sock and still have these fit without feeling too constricting but I found the cover to be better option when it is colder.
In the end, after 5 months the shoes look new still and the construction appears good. For my use case, they work well and the only minor complaint I have is the inability to replace the treads. Assuming another 15 years of use, I think the price is justifiable.

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James Walters

James Walterswrote a review of on November 19, 2017

4 5

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

41" Chest.
I order a large and XL. The XL was way too big and would catch wind and I returned it. My take is that material used is not as stretchy as the Equipe where I am an XL.

I got this late in the year and I have only used as a base layer under heavier jerseys. The high collar was actually pretty nice in this context. The fabric, construction and overall fit were perfectly fine.

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James Walters

James Walterswrote a review of on November 19, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

36" waist
While the legs are effectively windproof, the chamois area is not. For riding in relatively still air, I was surprised to not have any issues riding down to about 40 degrees. Most of my riding in these tights has taken place in the 40-45 degree band. Below that point, some extra insulation is needed in the front of the chamois. If the wind is howling, I find that the insulation is needed at a slightly higher temperature. Anything above 45 would be a bit too warm for me in these tights especially if the sun were out. I have used these in the mid 30s but that was getting a bit chilly in these though the areas with wind protection were fine. I will say that when I start to get cold riding down in the drops does limit the exposure.

The tights are form fitting and seem well made. The chamois is comfortable but given the lack of wind proofing does kind of limit the functionality. For reference, I use these in colder conditions than the Castelli Sorpasso wind tight. I definitely would not be using these in the sub 35 degree range. The tights are also minimalistic with regards to reflective patterns or such. I have not been caught out in wet with these so I cannot speak to the water resistance. Finally, the length is pretty good for my height (at least consistent with other brands).

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James Walters

James Walterswrote a review of on November 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

41" Chest / 12" Bicep / 36" Waist
Based upon other reviews on the web, I elected to go with an XL instead of an L. The jersey is still form fitting though I think if I were much smaller in the chest measurement it would start to have a bit of excess material. I have ridden in this jersey for probably 20+ hours this fall in temperatures from 70 to 90. It is surprising comfortable across that range with the hotter temperatures more of its sweet spot.

The other thing that I have noted is that that when I am down low in the drops, I don't feel any restriction from the jersey. For me, it just disappears. Though I like both jerseys, I would also put this jersey a slight bit higher in ranking than the Castelli Climber's jersey in this regard.

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