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Kenwrote a review of on August 1, 2018

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Compared to a several year old FRC model that fits me perfectly in large (40 in chest, 32 in waist) this , also large, was about right across the shoulders but hopelessly lose from there down to waist. Lots of excess material, not form fitting at all, completely different cut from previous model. More a "club" fit than race cut. Very disappointed in Giordana for the fit itself but more so for the inconsistency. If you've got a great brand like FRC why mess around with something as basic as sizing. If you want this to be anything close to form fitting size down from the size chart.

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Kenwrote a review of on March 30, 2018

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Castelli is now catering to the growing percentage of the overweight and obese. Fit in the shoulder and upper chest area was OK but below that this jersey is an absolute tent. I'm a large in Castelli jerseys, I own 8 others and they all fit the same, which I can honestly describe as "perfect": comfortable but skin hugging, very aero. This one is out in left field. Maybe it's a manufacturing defect but I don't think so. After some searching I found a picture of the jersey on a model, sure enough there are noticeable wrinkles in the jersey around his mid section, and he wasn't rail thin. If Castelli is starting a "big mens" line of clothing I really think they should have labeled this as such.

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Kenwrote a review of on December 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Don't understand the reviews that say they don't last long. I ride mine as an everyday tire and have over 4000 miles on the front and 2200 on rear and they still look great: no significant cuts, still round and look like they have a lot of miles left. Never had a flat. I'm also riding Conti GP4000s tires on a different wheelset that have about the same mileage but have squared off much more, and also no flats. But the Vittorias ride so much more nicely right out of the box and for the first 2500 miles or so. The Contis took that long before they stopped feeling like they were made of solid rubber. The Vitts have it hands down when it comes to road feel and suppleness and are just as fast, tough and long lasting. I ride 23s at about 117/105 PSI rear-front with Michelin latex 18/20 tubes on suburban roads.

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Kenwrote a review of on July 21, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These run slightly large, I have a 40 inch chest so was between medium and large and got the medium. It's a nice skin hugging aero fit but still very comfortable due to the soft strechy material.

It's as good in hot weather as any other jersey I own but seems more substantial than some of those with gossamer thin fabrics. Really just as good from almost any perspective as a $200+ jersey.

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Kenwrote a review of on June 25, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm 5'10", 32 waist, 32 inseam, 155 lbs and took a medium which fits nicely with one small exception as I'll discuss. I have a pair of Garneau bibs with the 4-motion chamois and liked it a lot, doing Battenkill with them and never once thinking about that contact point or any other aspect of the shorts. But they were a white/black mix and wanted an all black so tried these with the 5-motion chamois.

These really look good, probably the best looking bibs I own. The single seam construction is very nice, can't testify it really is more aero but it feels good and has a unique appearance. The 5-motion chamois is almost as good as the 4-motion for my posterior, at a bout 3 hours on a hot, hard day I start to notice it a bit, not discomfort but I become more aware of my butt being on a saddle.

My only real gripe is that the leg length is a bit short for my tastes. Unlike Castelli Free Aero Race bibs in which the leg comes almost down to the knee, and compresses the whole way, the Course Race bibs are 2/3 to 3/4 length. The compression is fine in the area they cover but the muscles in my legs fatigue all the way down so the Castelli's extra length is appreciated. I also prefer the look of a longer leg, but that's a niggle.

And while on the subject of a Castelli comparison, I still find the Progetto X2 pad the industry benchmark. This Garneau is good for about 3 hours before I notice it, the Progetto can go all day without making itself known. But the Course Race has a classier look, no logos/names plastered (and eventually cracking/peeling) all over it.

Given all that I'd buy it again without hesitation.

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Kenwrote a review of on February 2, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Fit is very good, but you have to accept these are performance tights with substantial compression, you're not going to able to just throw them on. Take your time, and wear them around the house a bit when you first get them and they'll loosen up and conform to your body. Size is dictated waist measurement, not how tall you are, how much you weigh, what size you take in Pearl Izumi, Louis Garneau, Assos etc, it doesn't matter. Just use the Castelli chart for a perfect fit.

The ProgettoX2 pad is great, so that's a good reason to get them by itself. However, these don't keep me warm down to Castelli's rated 32 degrees. They make riding at that temperature possible, but I feel the cold more than I like. Their comfortable temperature range seems like high 30s to mid 50s, at the most. If you're OK with the Kiss3 pad get the Ergos, or any other Castelli tight with Thermoflex, temperature range is the same, although these do have a bit more compression and "vanish" more than the Ergos. I like the ProgettoX2 better so these are worth it to me for rides over 2 1/2 hours, shorter than that and the Ergo/Kiss3 works almost as well.

Update 2/2016: after using these now for 1.5 winter seasons I can say these are definitely not warm enough for mid/hi 30s and down. And they barely work from 36/37 to low 40s. Their main problem is they let wind right through, no wind blocking at all. Best temps are really about 42/43 to mid 50s. Still nice tights when used within their capabilities. The Ergos I mentioned above are a bit warmer and block wind better, but with the caveats as noted.

Update 12/2016: 1) These are wearing very well. No loose threads, seam separation, holes, decal delamination, etc. Still basically like new into their 3rd year of use. 2) It's probably me, but I'm going to adjust my estimate of their lower comfort limit up to mid 40s, and even higher if it's very windy and no sun. They are just not true winter tights, rather early spring and late fall. Their two virtues continue to be the excellent pad and low constriction for a full tight.

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Kenwrote a review of on January 10, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have a 32 inch waist, 155 lbs, the medium is a perfect fit, as the size chart indicates. I'm gradually migrating to bibs, Free Aero Race (FAR) mostly, and these are almost as good as those, 95%+ of the bib's comfort. The Progetto pad is the best I've ever used. The compression is also just right for me, I prefer them snug (22.5 inch thighs). I'm still riding these and Pearl Izumi Pro shorts and like these better for any ride over 2 hours.

The current Castelli catalogue doesn't list FAR shorts anymore, so if you're partial to shorts over bibs now is the time.

My only complaint is the logos peel off, on mine anyway. If I could give 4.5 stars I would because of this aesthetic defect.

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Kenwrote a review of on December 13, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wear Medium in other Castelli shorts and regular bibs and this bibtight in Medium fits exactly the same, as it should. I'm 5'10, 154, 32 waist.

Good for temps down to high 30s, even if windy. I've stretched the envelope down to the mid 30s but at that point my knees and lower thighs become a little colder than I prefer, an hour or two is OK at that temp but longer rides would be a bit much. I also wear tights without a pad (PI) over regular bibs and shorts, and while warmer there is definitely more constriction than using a padded bibtight like the Ergo.

The Kiss3 pad is fine, I've used it on rides up to 60 miles. It's not the sublime comfort of the ProgettoX2, but it's good enough for me to just about never notice it or think about that particular contact point.

A comfortable product for temps from high 30s to about 50 (after which I'd use regular bibs and knee or leg warmers) and rides up to 3 hours and change, and maybe longer.

***Update. I also have the Sorpasso bibtights and in comparison to those I find the Ergo just as warm, despite the fact that Castelli says the Sorpasso is good down to 32 degrees (it's not for me). The Sorpasso has more compression and is more of a race fit, and of course has a much better chamois, but if you're OK with the Kiss3 and are only concerned with warmth save a few bucks and get the Ergo instead.

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Kenwrote a review of on August 26, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I take a large in Castelli long and short sleeve jerseys and baselayers. I tried another Castelli jacket, the Confronto, which was almost too big in medium, so I was surprised to find the Elemento much too small in large. It's a sharp looking jacket, in fluo green, but the sizing is way off. If you want to try it buy one size up from what Castelli's size chart recommends based on chest measurement. Could be a 5 star jacket, never had chance to find out.

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Kenwrote a review of on August 23, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are fast tires, even compared to the CX version. Perhaps that's due to them being a little more aero in their 22 mm width versus the CX's 23 mm size. Or maybe it's because they're slicks versus the CX's useless tread pattern.

Don't have many miles on the SL but on a pair of CXs (which Vittoria says are the same except for the tread pattern) I have 1600 miles and the rear looks to have another 300 to 400 miles in it, at the least, and the front should be good for 3000+. Only one flat on the CXs (none on the SLs) and that was a piece of glass that would have cut just about any tire. Booted it with a piece of an old tubular and it's been going strong for a thousand miles since.

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Kenwrote a review of on August 21, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've mentioned this in other Castelli reviews: do not "size up"! The size chart (waist) is correct as is, just use it. I'm 5'10, 32 inch waist, 155 lbs and the medium, as recommended, is perfect.

Best chamois I own, better than the top Louis Garneau which is very good. I have both both the bib and the short and while the short is often as comfortable as the bib at times it's not. Things jiggle around a bit more with the short sometimes, hard to understand why the variation. But the bib version is always just right, every ride is great.

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Kenwrote a review of on July 11, 2014

4 5

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

Very nice quality jersey, it's my first Capo so can't compare it to their others, but it seems just below Giordana FRC quality in terms of fabric and construction.

I'm 5'10", about 155 and have a 40 in chest, so right on the medium/large border according to their sizing chart. I got the medium and the fit is just right. Stretches nicely and is form fit, but unlike my Castelli large jerseys doesn't feel tight (but is). So I'd suggest sizing down one size from Castelli, and even Giordana FRC, jerseys, and if you're between the Capo sizes chose the smaller.

Based on the Nico I'll be looking for more Capo stuff.

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Kenwrote a review of on June 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've got a number of Castelli jerseys which are very nice and fit me well but this one is a cut above even the best Castellis. Beautiful material, perfect fit, vanishes when you have it on. If you can bring yourself to spend this much you'll find it very special.

Don't size up! That's a meaningless and potentially misleading recommendation ("size up" from what, Izod Polo, Castelli Aero Race, PI P.R.O., etc?). Just follow the size chart for a perfect fit.

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Kenwrote a review of on May 22, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wear this under both short and long sleeve jerseys in temps from the low 50s to mid 60s (lower than that I use the long sleeve version among other base layers). It's very effective at taking a jersey that otherwise works down to about 60 and making it comfortable close to 50.

I have other ss base layers that I like and which work well in their own right (Castelli sleeveless mesh and seemless ss mesh for instance), but for fighting a chill in the air this is the one. I've used it up to the high 60s and not been too hot, but as the evening cools into the 50s it's been perfect, and no need to bring a long a vest.

I'm 5'10 with a 40 in chest and medium is just right. Not skin tight but very close fitting allowing for another base layer on top if necessary.

This is one of the best pieces of clothing I own for fall and spring riding.

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Kenwrote a review of on April 29, 2014

4 5

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

Just a quick note for those considering this jacket...

I'm pretty much a perfect Large in Castelli short and long sleeve jerseys and baselayers, 5'10", 152, 40" chest. They fit snug and aero like they're supposed to.

Based on reviews I got this jacket in Medium, however. Even so it still has plenty of room for a base layer or two and one of those long sleeve jerseys. Maybe all Castelli jackets are like this, but it's a very different sizing experience from their other tops.

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