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Mark S.

Mark S.

Mark S.

Mark S.wrote a review of on August 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Super high quality pearl izumi shorts are some of the best shorts I have ever used over my 30 plus years of riding and as far as I can tell these shorts are the best ever. These are my go to shorts for 200k rides and I have done several this season. On one weekend, where I was riding back to back 200k's the first day I rode with these pro shorts and it was just comfortable the entire 10 hour day. The next day I used a lessor short that I also considered one of my better ones for long rides and I could really feel the saddle much more. So the highly compact padding in these shorts works. I am 6'5" tall and purchased a size large. I have always purchased a size large when I get pearl izumi shorts. These are bit slimmer, but hey they are pro shorts....get a pair....superb quality. I just wish they were not so expensive.

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Mark S.

Mark S.wrote a review of on April 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have now been using these for about 500 miles and they still look good and are as solid as any Sidi I have owned over the past 20 years. I using them primarily on my gravel grinder and tandem set up. So I am not using them for mtn biking and walking through mud and water. These shoes still seem very nice. Silver, White and light! I wear a 11.5 narrow and I like the size 47 eu. The Velcro enclosures seems just as good as the buckle. Great deal from CC.

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Mark S.

Mark S.wrote a review of on October 14, 2015

Interesting bag
4 5

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

I view this as special bag for certain rides, where I need extra capacity or where it might be raining. I am not using this as an everyday seat bag. I have not figured out how to organize it yet well enough to use it more. There is only one big pouch. No smaller compartments. So, when you need something from the bag, generally everything in the bag needs to come out. Not really a big deal as many seat bags are like this.

What I like about this bag is its size, it holds tools, tubes, jacket, gloves, arm warmers, it is water proof and it is a very light bag given how much it holds.

The problem I found is that it takes some effort to stuff it just right so that it remains stiff behind the seat. I used the bag to ride up Haleakala and on the way up it was just great. I took great pains to stuff the bag just right with the heavy and smaller gear towards the seat post (like the tools and tubes) and then the jacket kind of stretched out towards the back of the bag. If the heavier tubes are not in the right place on this bag, it can just look limp, but it does still work.

Once I took all my gear out at the top for the ride down, I was able to roll it up pretty small and it held its shape. However, when I finally got down lower on the mountain where it was really warm the bag was tough to get repacked with my gear so that it held its shape like I had it before I started the ride. That was a bummer but again, it held my gear and nothing fell out. Perhaps with more experience I may be able to master this bag.

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