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Mark Hallada

Mark Hallada

Mark Hallada

Mark Halladawrote a review of on February 16, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This thing is crazy light, sheds water like a duck, and does indeed shake dry.

I have worn it riding in a light drizzle, in 46F and windy, and in the shower. (Yeah, I wanted to see just how waterproof it is). It passed all three tests. In particular I think this would be a good emergency wind, cold or rain garment; on the forty-six degree day it was windy (14 mph) and wet: I wore a Craft long base layer, short-sleeved jersey and the Idro-- and it was plenty. The Idro is easily packable into a jersey pocket.

A nice touch is the zippered slash rear access in just the right spot to reach your jersey's right rear and center pockets; it also can be opened to allow a little through-flow of air to prevent ballooning if you unzip part-way in front.

A word on sizing. I'm 6'1" 182 and were I thirty years younger than my sixty I would be fretting about not being closer to the 175 that I weighed, well, thirty years ago. As it is, for Castelli race-cut jerseys I tend to fall somewhere between Large and XL so I bought this in XXL so as to be able to layer freely. The XXL on me accommodated a winter long-sleeved base layer and jersey fairly easily with a little bit of flapping but not much.

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Mark Hallada

Mark Halladawrote a review of on April 22, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

In my princess-and-the-pea saddle search, I have traveled through Selle- and Fizik-Land and finally arrived at the intersection of Fabric Scoop Pro (shallow).

Briefly, I am 6'1" 180; 59 hard years that included the usual nicks and knocks, back and knee surgeries and a broken neck to boot. I like to go fast, but I value ride quality and aesthetics. My everyday bike is a Vanilla Bicycles Speedvagen which ticks all of the marks for me.

Up until now, I have been swapping two Fizik saddles depending on whim mostly: the Antares R1 and Aliante 00. I also have an older Fizik Kurve (bull) on my trainer bike. I like the Fizik saddles, but was kind of wishing for something between the Antares and Aliante, and decided to try the Fabric Scoop since the pro model especially seemed like a value for the features and good reviews; well I now have about 1,000 km on it and I can say that I prefer it to the Fizik models mentioned. The Fabric looks nice and clean (black-on-black) and I disagree with the reviewer who said it looks cheap. The saddle is comfortable but not mushy on the country roads I ride which include chip seal and gravel sections. I am very pleased!

A note on the rails: my Speedvagen has an ENVE seat post head with the wedge-style rail hardware. This hardware comes in a "wide" version to accommodate oval carbon rails, but still needs to be filed down to fit Fizik's carbon rails-- an even then it's a real B-with-an-itch to install a Fizik saddle. Fabric's carbon rails are just a little bit thinner, making installation a breeze. Only time will tell how the Fabric rails will wear, but I've already sheared a rail on an Aliante 00 in a crash so Fizik isn't bulletproof either.

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