Free 2-Day Shipping on Orders Over $50
1-888-276-7130
Wheel Sale * Save 30% or More
MellowJello

MellowJello

0 Comments

MellowJello

MellowJellowrote a review of on December 17, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's warm, it's breathable, and it's adjustable unlike a full cap. Completely covers ears and lets glasses underneath too. Then when your ears start sweating and you warm up, just roll/push up the band higher up your head.

Then again, San Jose doesn't exactly get cold, so basically 40 degrees is as far as I've worn it. An aero helmet (Smith Overtake) probably keeps my head warmer too since there's not much air flow.

(0)

 

0 Comments

MellowJello

MellowJellowrote a review of on December 17, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I dunno what to say. It's water repellent, it's warm, it dries fast, and it fits amazingly well. I rode straight through heavy rains with this, and for the first few hours, rain just bounces off. Water eventually got through, and yet I stayed warm the entire ride. Kinda like a wetsuit, actually.

The thing with water repellency is that, even though you'll still end up getting wet, it still shrugs off a lot of rain as water eventually gets in. A lot of COLD rain.

Their sizing chart makes no damn sense; I went to Wiggle and checked Sportful's warmer size chart (they're both sister companies). The material's super stretchy and comfy, so I didn't size up like most Castelli pieces.

My only gripe is that the Castelli lettering isn't reflective, which would be a nice safety feature during darker days. It's white rubber text glued on which I hope doesn't peel off down the road.

(1)

 

MellowJello

MellowJellowrote a review of on December 17, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I dunno what to say. It's water repellent, it's warm, it dries fast, and it fits amazingly well. I rode straight through heavy rains with this, and for the first few hours, rain just bounces off. Water eventually got through, and yet I stayed warm the entire ride. Kinda like a wetsuit, actually.

The thing with water repellency is that, even though you'll still end up getting wet, it still shrugs off a lot of rain as water eventually gets in. A lot of COLD rain.

Their sizing chart makes no damn sense; I just got my shorts size (XL) and it works fine. So just do that.

My only gripe is that the Castelli lettering isn't reflective, which would be a nice safety feature during darker days. It's white rubber text glued on which I hope doesn't peel off down the road.

(1)

 

0 Comments

MellowJello

MellowJellowrote a review of on December 17, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Just like the free aero shorts, this is my workhorse jersey for everyday rides after trying them on. And just like the shorts, they beat Pearl Izumi in every way. The fit forms to your body instead of a club fit, the white doesn't fade or retain stains, and the pockets are bigger.

Did I mention that it just looks good? The asymmetrical collar is a bit hard to get used to (one side is shorter near the zip to show the red flap), but everywhere else it looks great.

For those who want a looser fit, however, look elsewhere. This is made for aerodynamics so there's no flapping material. And yet the material is so stretchy that it doesn't feel like you're a stuffed sausage.

As with their shorts, a Pearl Izumi large sizes into a Castelli XL.

(1)

 

0 Comments

MellowJello

MellowJellowrote a review of on December 17, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used to be an avid Pearl Izumi wearer, until I ran into these on promotion. Put it simply, these easily beat their pro-level shorts. The chamois doesn't chafe, the fabrics are softer and less irritating, and the leg grippers are completely mind blowing. And for the same price (on sale) no less.

Just get it. Be sure to size up though. Pearl Izumi large perfectly goes into Castelli XL.

(0)

 

0 Comments

MellowJello

MellowJellowrote a review of on December 17, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Got this for my long sleeved jerseys. The fabric is literally as soft as silk. I'm amazed at how far polyester has gone these days, cause it's literally the softest piece of apparel I own.

Wore this in the rain and my core stayed nearly dry with hard efforts. The ends of the sleeves stayed wet from water seeping in, however. Kept me warm down to 40 degrees rain regardless. This layer on its own doesn't insulate like a thermal base layer would, though, so keep that in mind.

If you know your usual Castelli size, stick with it.

(1)

 

MellowJello

MellowJellowrote a review of on October 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

From what I can tell, getting a Garmin is like getting the luxury version of a GPS unit. Touch screen, color screen, and full map based navigation. Nice, but not a necessity.

Unfortunately I don't have nearly half a grand to spend on one, so here we are with Lezyne. It does everything a 520 does but without the bells and whistles; power, heart rate, cadence, speed, the works. If you use their phone app it even gives you turn-by-turn directions! It even syncs to Garmin meters too (don't get the Lezyne magnet based speed/cadence package with this unit, go on Amazon and get the Garmin magnetless meters instead). The text is black without a backlight, and LCD blue when the backlight's on. Brightness and contrast are adjustable.

I got the heart rate monitor package and have to say that it works flawlessly. I haven't had to wet it for it to measure my bpm either. Bluetooth based so it can pull double duty with my phone when running.

Minor gripes: There's a lap function I don't use, but wish they had an option to remove it when I accidentally don't hold the end button long enough (it starts a new lap on your ride instead of heading to the save menu). Heart rate monitor has no light to show if it's on or working. Thought the battery was dead while trying to sync it until I wore it and tried again.

Despite that, this thing's great. Buy it. Use that 20% coupon CC has right now (October '16) and grab a nice discount. Use it to go buy those Garmin Speed and Cadence meters!

Update 11/10/16: The heart rate monitor strap failed and I've requested a warranty on it. Maybe I should've gotten a Garmin HRM too... Review for the unit is still 5 stars though.

(1)

 

MellowJello

MellowJellowrote a review of on October 15, 2016

5 5

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

I was torn between getting the Nano Lite Pro shorts or this, and decided to pick this because of the better chamois (my Aero Race already has the same one, and it's fantastic) and purported knee coverage. I've been through a recent rain, and find that being wet doesn't feel uncomfortable or cold; giving up the water protection of the nano shorts wasn't a big deal.

Well I don't know if I made the right choice or not, but the Omloop sure is a fantastic choice nonetheless. First off, the length. The shorts extend just over the knee, with a soft fleecy material that keeps in the warmth. It's elastic, but it's a very soft grab. There's a little bit of extra material when standing straight up, but I didn't notice the wind flapping it about when riding. The legs didn't ride up whatsoever.

The fit is surprisingly true. My only other Castelli shorts were the Aero Race, and those were a little on the compressive side. These just like to hug your body in the soft material and feel like a second skin. Same size for both, obviously.

As for warmth, well going by Castelli's website, these are warmer than the nano shorts, given the extra coverage on the knee. I took these out on a windy ~65 degree ride; a bit warm for tights or leg warmers, but perfectly fine for these. Plus, if it gets windier/colder, just slap on the warmers.

Given the flexibility of these shorts, I'd recommend giving these a try. Sure, you might get more wet on those fall rides, but the comfort of the better chamois and knee coverage is a godsend.

(0)

 

0 Comments

MellowJello

MellowJellowrote a review of on August 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've got both the elite and pro bib shorts from Pearl Izumi, and while they feel nice (the chamois is a noticeable difference, the fabric somewhat) and look nice, during an actual ride those things aren't particularly noticeable at all. Bottom line is the differences aren't distinguishable once you actually ride with em. A little tighter but not in an uncomfortable way. More compression I guess. Got them on sale though so thumbs up from me anyway.

(0)

 

0 Comments

MellowJello

MellowJellowrote a review of on August 1, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Got it during a summer sale, so I haven't been using it much except for night rides and mornings. No rain here so I can't comment on water resistance. That aside, it protects from cold weather and wind pretty well, but doesn't particularly breathe well. Feels like it insulates a little too well in that regard once the mornings warm up.

Despite getting this on sale, I'm more inclined to go with something more form-fitting; these don't stretch and the sleeves are baggy (but cuffs are nicely secured around wrists/gloves).

(0)

 

0 Comments

MellowJello

MellowJellowrote a review of on August 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My first pair of bib shorts, and boy are they fantastic. The upgrade from Quest shorts to these is without a doubt the best purchase I've made. Was aware of the straps rubbing, but never had any chafed spots during a ride. A base layer underneath the straps and jersey fixes this anyway. Chamois is substantially thicker and softer, and unlike with Quest shorts, never really had to use chamois butter for anything under around sixty miles. Any more and I put it on anyway.

The best part is that they're just so damn breathable! Whenever I'd get home, my old shorts would be drenched in sweat. These stayed dry even in peak of 90 degree weather.

Another thing Quest wearers might notice: the silicone around the leg grippers aren't in those blobby dots anymore. No more dimples on your legs at the end of a ride; these used thin strips instead so you don't feel like the shorts are biting into your thighs.

(0)

 

0 Comments