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Jeff Hartman

Jeff Hartman

Lancaster, PA

Jeff Hartman

Jeff Hartmanwrote a review of on January 16, 2017

5 5

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

I got the Black/Pepper Green one in large. I have two other PI Softshell jackets, one of which is too warm and lacks ventilation. The other, a 2007 Gavia, has very good sweat management and is still going strong. Since I ride for fitness in the winter I generate a bunch of heat buildup. My specs are 175lbs, 5' 11", 34" waist, 41” chest, average speed @17mph.

So I rode with the Elite Pursuit Softshell today in 36-37 F degree temps and 5 mph wind on a cloudy day. I had a Patagonia capilene 3 mid-weight zip neck base layer and the PI Elite AmFib bib tights. Only the black fabric is windproof softshell, and that protects the tops of the arms, the chest, shoulders and top of the back. The green and bright yellow fabric is their thermal fabric which allows for ventilation. At first, it was a little cool in the stomach area and the arms and sides, but after my warm up, I stopped noticing the coolness. I rode a short 23 mile loop with a tail wind to start and head wind to return. Because my heat and sweat vented so well, I didn't get that chill you get late in a ride when the wind changes. Once I got home, I was happy noting my base layer was dry. Most other jackets leave you sweaty at the stomach and lower back. I can definitely do more mileage in this jacket.

Fit wise, the body of the jacket fit nicely. I don't have a gut, but there would still be some room if I had a small gut. The sleeves are a little long to accommodate the stretched out position of road cyclists, but nothing unusual. The cuffs are a thermal fabric which could get cool for some, but the gauntlet of my gloves shielded that part. The sleeves were not tight, yet there is nothing flapping in the wind at all. I can wear a heavier base layer for colder temps and maybe even a lighter one and get away with it in the mid 30’s. In the low 40’s you could probably just wear a light short sleeve base layer. The back pockets are ample and accessible. The center rear pocket has a water resistant fabric to protect you from rear wheel spray. I am very pleased with this jacket and highly recommend it to riders who push it.

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Jeff Hartmanwrote a review of on September 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

We had already had a four bike hitch mounted rack, but installing it and putting bikes on it in the hot summer sun was always an ordeal to be dreaded. Easily a half hour. It was even more complicated with women's frame configurations getting the bikes to fit together. With our two daughters no longer interested in riding, it was time to move to a two-bike system that would be easier to mount and load.

This carrier did not disappoint. It stores in a compact unit with a short strap to keep the "stinger" part tight up against the body. To install, you just undo the strap, pull the stinger down until it latches, then lift the unit and slide the stinger into the hitch receiver. There is a prong with spring tension that goes into a hole on the side of the hitch to keep the stinger from coming out. The prong is tightened with a knob that can be locked with the included keys. Tightening the knob also makes the stinger expand inside the receiver to grip it securely.

Once you have it in the hitch, you pull both sides down until they click in place, then put the first bike in the molded tray and rotate the short arm to hold either the seat stay or the top tube, depending on your frame. Tighten the knob and lock it. The front and back wheels are secured with strong plastic straps that go through the spokes and then are pulled down through a buckle with a quick release ratchet. One tug makes it nice and snug. No fussing. Do the same with the second bike in the opposite direction and you are ready to go. Total time is about five minutes to mount the rack and load the bikes.

I did have an issue with one of the knobs getting stuck, but was able to fix it by removing it and greasing the threads. Now it is smooth a silk. This rack makes the decision to hit the trails so much easier. When you look out the back window while driving, you can tell this rack is secure because the bikes just don't move at all.

Putting it away is also very simple, doing everything in reverse.

The whole unit weighs less than what we had before, although I wouldn't say it is lightweight. It is just 100 times easier to use.

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Jeff Hartmanwrote a review of on April 19, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I bought these after my trusty PI tights got wrecked in a crash. I ordered the large size. Well made, but not as nice as the Pearls. Not as much reflective piping. But the big issue that is causing me to return them is the size. I am about 6'0" 185lbs and the large is too short in the body. The straps over my shoulders are just digging in way too much for me to keep them. Too bad because they are nicely made, sans the features pointed out above.

I will note that the chamois has a substantial feel but so much so that it was almost annoying in my crotch. I did not ride with these as they are going back. I won't be ordering a large because the leg/waist portion was just fine. Its just the way they are cut. Too bad. If the straps were longer I would be keeping them. To help any of the readers with sizing, I wear 32 length pants and 35 waist pants. Plenty of room there. Just the problem with the body length.

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Jeff Hartmanwrote a review of on September 6, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have a large and am 6'0" 185lbs and this jersey is very loose on me. It is also very long for my tastes. Nicely made, but when I put my phone in the middle back pocket it seems to hang and bop around on every bump. But it is a good price for a recreational rider. If you have the makings of a tire around your waist, this would probably be a good jersey. Seems like there is a lot of room there.

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Jeff Hartmanwrote a review of on August 18, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Original Post August 13, 2013: I ride pretty much year round and these have worn well. Cinders, gravel, potholes...they have been worth the money. Today I had my first flat with them, but it was most likely because of a cut in the sidewall during a very rainy ride. I had to ride on a rough shoulder to let a car pass on an uphill climb and I could hear the hissing as the tire lost air - oh crap. Nevertheless, I put a new tube in and did another 40 miles until I got home. I have to replace the rear tire, hence my visit here. The front is still in great shape. No reason I won't get another season out of that one.

Update April 18, 2015: The front tire is still going strong. One note of caution: when brand new, these are real buggers to get on the rim. After a bunch of miles it is easier to change.

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