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RAGwrote a review of on January 11, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The seams at the belly started coming apart after only a few rides. The binding tape stitching was coming undone in 2 places, and eventually I suspect they would unravel and fail. The pad is pretty comfortable and the legs stay put well, so after several 3+ hour rides I decided I like them enough to do some darning. Perhaps the stitch failing would have never progressed and been a non-issue. Mine have red stitching and the newer(?) "2.0" one for sale has black stitching, so perhaps this issue has been corrected - though another reviewer seems to have had the same problem.

The pad also felt scratchy on my bum at first, but after 3 or 4 washings (and wearings), it doesn't anymore. It's some weird material that "smoothed" out, though the first ride wasn't terribly comfortable. I really like my Gore bibs, but they need better QC on their stitching.

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RAGwrote a review of on January 11, 2017

2 5

You'd think someone at Castelli would have tried these on before selling them. If they did they'd notice the edges of the futuristic strap material chafe and irritate anything they touch. I'd read other reviews stating this but assumed that my predilection for wearing a base layer would make it irrelevant. Problem is that the straps are pretty narrow and bunch up at the neck. And with no base layer, you'll want to wear pasties. The edges of the straps are a deal killer. I couldn't not notice them, and for this much coin, I expect heaps better.

The whole should strap assembly is composed of some weird textile that's mostly glued together. I've had bad experience with glued bike short straps completely failing over time, but no telling if that'll be an issue here. The rest of the shorts are pretty fantastic - silky smooth compression fabric, great legs and pad. Fit's small, like all Castelli stuff.

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RAGwrote a review of on January 9, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

The fabric and body fit are exceptional, but the sleeves are designed for people without biceps. They arm hole is tight and designed to clinch a bit up from the elbow. But if you possess muscles on your arms and flex, the sleeves bunch up immediately so they're only a few inches past the shoulder. And then you pull them back down and flex again and they bunch up and repeat. So if you've got a skinny upper body, it'll be great. Not for me though.

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RAGwrote a review of on March 8, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

The fit is great and proper aero tight. The zipper connection arrangement would likely be troublesome to re-attach whilst riding however, and the back is fully transparent mesh, even on the black/red version I bought. You can clearly see white bib straps right through on the back. I have these peculiar bulges on my upper arms (biceps) that the designers failed to envision, and the sleeves fit me terribly.They're super short and bunch up at my armpits. Even if you are a skinny-armed weakling they're still quite short by the modern longer skinsuit inspired sleeves of most high-end jerseys these days. But for the sleeves, this is an excellent jersey.

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