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Matthew S.

Matthew S.

Matthew S.

Matthew S.wrote a review of on May 30, 2019

4 5

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

As stated, this has a "Regular" fit as opposed to "Race" or "Relaxed" etc. It fits true to size in M. I usually do Race cut so that my pockets don't sag down when loaded, but i have to deal with tight sleeves, etc. This jersey fits well without being tight and the pockets seem to hold well without sagging. That's probably due to the material being a bit heavier than the average jersey. Yesterday was 90 deg and humid, I didn't feel weighed down and it didn't seem to soak up a lot of sweat after I finished, although I was very sweaty. I wish manufacturers and CS would work together, both creating jerseys and bibs that match, and making it easy to link them up, i.e. you look at a jersey and it shows the bibs that match. I tried to match up some bibs with this jersey and got close enough....

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Matthew S.

Matthew S.wrote a review of on January 8, 2019

4 5

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

I'm not a fan of convertible jacket / vests, but this one is more like from jacket / jersey and is pretty cool. Pretty dense and warm without heavy insulation inside, will require base layer for temps under 50 and be great mid layer under 40, depending on your effort. Under 40 training ride would be great with base layer and could remove sleeves if it warms up. It does fit smaller than usual Castelli. I got Large and it fits tight, I normally do Medium. Sized up based on Reviews, I would have tried XL but not available.

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Matthew S.

Matthew S.wrote a review of on January 8, 2019

3 5

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

I was looking for the heaviest Jacket that was like a Jersey, i.e. has 3 rear pockets, no extra stuff. This fits the bill. If you are wondering, it has a pretty good layer of fleece inside, and it is much heavier than the Castelli Perfetto Convertible Jacket. I gave 3 stars because there isn't anything special about the jacket regarding fit or finish or design. I got it on sale 45% off, I definitely wouldn't pay $240 for it. But $150-200 is fair for this piece and the quality seems Castelli. I also like the rubber-ized emblem on the front as opposed to the sublimated or whatever they are that eventually dry, crack, and fall off. Fits Small, I got a Large to fit a long sleeve base layer and it will be tight.

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Matthew S.wrote a review of on January 7, 2019

3 5

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

Will not fit an iphone 7+ with a decent case on it. With a super slim case, you can barely get CO2, tool, etc. in there and zip up. Otherwise, the case is super cool, handmade in USA and very water resistant. It won't fit my phone, but I'll keep it for tools, etc. and maybe even buy another one to use for my phone alone if I decide to get a smaller case....

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Matthew S.

Matthew S.wrote a review of on February 23, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was looking for the heaviest, warmest base layer I could find. I wanted to wear base layer and race cut thermal jacket for down to low 40s temps. This was about all I could find that fit the bill and it’s exactly that. A slim fit, thick base layer that also breathes pretty well. It fit nicely under my Capo Thermal CC edition jacket and was perfectly warm.

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Matthew S.wrote a review of on August 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Some of Craft stuff is top notch, and they miss the mark on other stuff. This one is a bulls-eye. After trying the most popular Halo, etc. I landed on this one. I bought one and put it "through the wringer" and it's held up well, so I just bought another. It looks good too, not so much like a weekend warrior when you're all kitted up, black blends with the helmet. Keeps the sweat off of my glasses and out of my eyes. Nothing will work if you have to get off the bike for a few minutes during a hot ride, but while riding this works pretty well.

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Matthew S.

Matthew S.wrote a review of on August 6, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought these to replace POC xc gloves that lasted over 1 year and several thousand miles of riding. They are a little snug, so I'm hoping they stretch out. If not, I will get XL size and give these away. The quality and looks are great, hopefully they will last as their predecessors.

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Matthew S.wrote a review of on August 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been riding POC xc gloves for over a year and they are just now starting to wear in a couple of places. They have been some of the best gloves I have ever had. Very good quality and minimalist design. I love the way they look. I got these POC Fondo gloves and they are identical so far in quality and looks. Both POC gloves also wash very well and clean. I'll keep using them if they continue the quality. Next best gloves for xc have been Fox. Giro and others wear pre-maturely in my experience.

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Matthew S.wrote a review of on January 3, 2016

5 5

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

These guys are super warm in the worst conditions you would probably consider riding in, down in the 20s and wet. Above 40 deg and they're actually hot. Don't forget wind chill factor. Enough dexterity for Mtb as well. Not sure about durability, our winter is only about a month, if that... :)

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Matthew S.wrote a review of on July 21, 2014

2 5

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

I really like the cut and style of Hincapie kits, but this is the second kit I have had to return because of poor quality. The stitching is coming out inside the leg on the bibs after 1 ride. It could have been that way new, I didn't go over it with a fine tooth comb and only noticed it whilst stretching for my second ride in them. The stitching holds the chamois in, so it will definitely continue coming apart. I'm done with Hincapie. Louis Garneaus last for-ever.

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