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Mark M.

Mark M.

Mark M.

Mark M.wrote a review of on September 29, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

My head isn't so much large as tall, and I've always struggled to find helmets that fit: large sizes are wobbly, and anything smaller tends to sit on the top of my head like a bottle cap.

This helmet, though, is perfect—comfortable, with adequate coverage for my tall-above-the-ears head (despite a relatively low profile), and easy to dial into position.

I ended up returning it, but only because I bought a Giro Vanquish at the same time which fit similarly well, and I opted not to keep both. If I were to give up the Vanquish, I'd be back to the Syntax in a heartbeat. Highly recommended.

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Mark M.

Mark M.wrote a review of on September 29, 2019

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I should've read the reviews before I bought this. Since I didn't, I got to discover firsthand what every other commenter has pointed out: this jersey runs at least two, maybe three sizes small.

You might be okay with only going up a size or two, provided that you have a short torso and/or don't intend to use this jersey for its advertised purpose—triathlons. If you'll only be in a bib and hunched over a bike, rather than swimming or standing/running upright in tri shorts, this is a handsome and well-made top (though probably still uncomfortably tight if you buy at your chart size).

For reference, the zipper on the medium is 17 inches long. Competitive Cyclist was kind enough to confirm that the XL has an 18-inch zipper, while the XXL has 19 inches (I didn't even bother to ask about the large). If one of those lengths works for you and is still in stock, you could be in luck. I would likely have ordered the XXL if it was still available in my desired color, but I wouldn't wear anything smaller than that for a tri, and wouldn't wear the medium size at all.

I'd give this zero stars for fit relative to the sizing chart, and maybe four for everything else—if I'd been able to wear it for long enough to confirm its quality. As it is, I can't really recommend it.

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