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Murilo Miranda

Murilo Miranda

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Mountain Biking

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Murilo Miranda

Murilo Mirandawrote a review of on June 25, 2018

Good with a few compromises
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Fit: I was used to wear mountain biking XC shoes when I bought those. My current pair is a Shimano XC9. Comparing to it, the Factor is roomier, especially on the toe box. My feet are regular, and I think the Factor would suit more riders with wider feet and those who prefer to ride with the shoe slightly loose instead of tight. Heel cup engagement is good, though.

Adjustability: The dual-direction BOA dial is the type of thing that I don’t know how I could live without before. Its easy to use and adjustment on the fly is excellent. On the other hand, the Techlaces doesn't work so well. Main reason is because it is not possible to adjust their length and replacement laces do not exist. Mine came too long, and less than half of the Velcro attaches to the shoe. Although I searched all over the internet for a set of shorter laces, I couldn’t find them anywhere. Today, I would choose a shoe with two BOA dials instead of the Techlaces.

Breathability: The uppers are perforated. At first glance, it does not seem a lot of venting. However, even in the Brazilian warm summer, I never felt my feet overheating. Therefore, I think it works well.

Durability: This is probably the weakest point of these shoes. I rode approximately 2000 miles with them. Being used with the virtually indestructible XC shoes, I was negatively surprised on how much the Factor has wear. The front tire of my bike overlaps a little with the toe box when the cranks are horizontal. Because of that, the shoe is full of marks on the toe box. It also has marks from rubbing with the cranks and even a small crack where the uppers connect to the sole.

Would I recommend it? Probably not. For this price tag, there are plenty of choices and I would go for something more durable, without Techlaces.

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Murilo Miranda

Murilo Mirandawrote a review of on June 20, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Although this jersey is described as Gabba 3, it is actually Gabba 2. When I first received mine, I thought there was a mistake and returned it. When the replacement arrived, it was also a Gabba 2.

Anyway, despite the confusion with the model in the website. The jersey works well on the rain.

If you decided to go for this jersey I think the most important item to pay attention would be the size. It changes how the jersey performs in the rain and the driving factor in my opinion would be how you layer up.

The description regarding the size around the chest is very accurate and it does fit snug (race fit). Therefore, if you plan to use it with a baselayer, my suggestion is to go one size up. If you intend to use a vest over it, the usual size should be ok.

I chose the first option and today I regret it a little bit and I will explain why below.

I am 5ft-5in and 137 pounds. My first order was for a small size. I felt it was too snug and when I ordered the replacement, I went for medium.

However, the way it performs in the rain slightly change. When you are hit by the water, the wind blows it away from the jersey. Thus, the more aero you are, less water will stick to you. Wearing one size up, although more comfortable, leaves some wrinkles that holds the water, especially on the chest. The water tends to accumulate on these points and they eventually get wet.

If I were buying it today, I would go for the small size.

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Murilo Mirandawrote a review of on June 20, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using Pearl Izumi (Select and Elite) bibs for a while as well as other local brands and the Castelli's Volo excelled all of them by far. Its breathability is superb and the chamois size is just right for my rides, which range from 80-120 km. Having said that, it became my favorite bib for warm days (temperature higher than 25C). Despite that, I would avoid using it for XC. The mesh cloth on the legs doesn’t seem to be much resistant to abrasion and scratches. I am 165 cm tall and weight 61 kg and small fitted as expected.

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Murilo Mirandawrote a review of on October 27, 2017

5 5

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

I have been using Pearl Izumi (Select and Elite) bibs for a while as well as other local brands and the Castelli's Volo excelled all of them by far. Its breathability is superb and the chamois size is just right for my rides, which range from 80-120 km. Having said that, it became my favorite bib for warm days (temperature higher than 25C). Despite that, I would avoid using it for XC. The mesh cloth on the legs doesn’t seem to be much resistant to abrasion and scratches. I am 165 cm tall and weight 61 kg and small fitted as expected.

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Murilo Mirandawrote a review of on May 23, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use it to ride on gravel and dirt roads for MTB training at night. My rides average 60-70 km and the battery lasts long enough for coming back home safely.

The beam is broad and a bit disperse, but does a good job on illuminating the roads. For MTB, this is fine, but I think it might be a problem for roadies as part of the focus is dispersed laterally an upwards, which may annoy drivers on your way.

The battery life is as advertised in the manufacturer webpage. It weighted 270 grams on my scale and there was no significant interference on the steering quality. The biggest con is that the light does not stand still on the handlebar and points downwards on the rough terrain.

What had I liked (updated):
Initially, It had a long lasting battery life. I kept changing the modes and did not use the overdrive mode too often, and the battery life at 800 lumens, which is the intermediate beam, exceeded 3 hours.

However, after one year of use, the battery life has significantly reduced. I have been using it for 18 months now, on average of 2-3 hours/week and the battery life is probably reduced to half of the original lifetime. I can no longer complete my rides at 800 lumens.

What I disliked:
Despite tightening it as much as I can to my 31.8-mm handlebar, it always starts point downwards on rough terrain and when I go fast on descends, which creates a safety issue. At least for me.
Battery charge time: on an ordinary USB port, it will take 8 hours to fully charge. These ports yield only 500 mA on the output. As result, I am using an old cellphone charger, with output of 750 mA. It reduced the charging time to 5 hours.

Time to buy a new headlight is comming and it is not going to be a Lezyne.

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Murilo Mirandawrote a review of on May 3, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have a couple of PI Select shorts and one bib. I feel they are so comfortable that I decided to move up one tier up on my purchase. Unfortunately, the quality of the Elite shorts does not follow the price increase.

Compared to the Select, the Elite design has more panels on the legs, the short’s fabric seems to be of better quality and the fabric from the waist up is made of a meshed material. This altogether is claimed to offer better breathability and comfort to your ride.

In the real world however, it does not work that way and I did not notice a significant improvement in my ride quality to justify the IN-R-COOL bib costing twice as much as the Select. In terms of comfort, both are equality good.

The chamois of the Elite bib is just as comfortable as the Select. The breathability, which is the feature that drove my choice for this short, is just slightly better. Even so, I found it bit warmer than I was expecting.

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