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Matthew W.

Matthew W.

Matthew W.

Matthew W.wrote a review of on December 31, 2018

4 5

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

Once a year I ride from Raleigh, NC. to Washington D.C. (about 550 miles) and I am always tweaking my gear. This years tweak was shoes. The $250 price point shoes was where I was comfortable, spending and having the right performance features. So any shoe in that range was in play (Sidi, Fizik...).

I pulled the trigger on these shoes when Competitive Cyclist put them on sale. After a short session on a trainer and a 15 mile ride I would pay full price for these shoes! I could feel a nice pop in my pedal stroke immediately and the stiffness on this shoe was great on several short sprints. Shoes with the BOA system are great to dial in the fit so I did not feel any weird pressure points or burn areas that I have experienced in traditional buckle shoes. I suspect that is why the new version has two BOA's on them.

I have a difficult foot to fit (real narrow) and theses shoes fit great. SO much so I would recommend anyone with a foot med/wide to wide to stay away, or at least get the wide offering. I wear 10.5 in running shoes (Brooks), my Sidi's (MTB) are a 45.5 and 45.5 was in these were spot on.

If the shoe last, is the same for the new version, I will definitely look at those in the future.

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Matthew W.

Matthew W.wrote a review of on April 29, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been training for over a year for a 500+ mile ride and have been using Trek Spector bibs (previous favorite) and Pearl Izumi (can't remember model but paid $140). I gave the Fusions a shot and I love them. I am not a die hard rider but put 100 to 350 miles in a week, so these fit the bill both in price and performance. Some claim that Giordana use the same chamois throughout their line. I have found through much research, that is not the case their higher end chamois are just a little thicker. I am not sure what benefit that would have for me but I have no problems riding a century in these shorts. I am a slim build 6' 170 lbs with most of my length coming from my legs (short torso) so I could have gone with a medium or large. I went with the large due to the straps being just a bit more comfortable. At the $125-$150 price point bibs these are my favorite and I don't plan on trying any other manufactures because these just plain work for me.

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