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RDCwrote a review of on December 9, 2019

4 5

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

These are clearly high quality socks, but it depends on what you're looking for. I wear Quindici's almost exclusively year-round, and thought this might be similar, but a little taller. No such luck. If you're accustomed to pretty thin socks, I suppose I can see these being somewhat warmer in cooler weather, but my feet have never been colder in 50 degrees F. I'm way more comfortable in the shorter Quindici's, and for colder temps, I throw on my Nanoflex leg warmers, rather then try to keep my lower leg warm with a sock. Also, for my tastes, I think these are too tall. I don't like any kind of sock cutting into my calf, which is why all my leisure socks are medium crew-height cycling socks. Also, I wear the largest size in Quindici's because my 43's are wide, and I don't like struggling to get my socks on. A medium might be a better fit in these.

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RDCwrote a review of on November 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are one of my two favorites. The other being the Castelli Free Aeros. In spite of the difference in weight, I consider them interchangeable. The Castelli's are a little cooler, but too cool down around 50 degrees F. I like the Gore C7's for year-round use. I climb a lot, and have found that the best shorts are the ones that are still comfortable after a series of steep 1-hour climbs. I experience far more pinching and burning when planted in the saddle wearing lesser shorts, like Castelli X2 Endurance or comparable LG's, for example. There are probably others, but nothing else I own comes close to the comfort in the fit and the pad as these two shorts. An added advantage of the C7's is that I find the fit of Gore's to be a tad more accommodating than Castelli's, but I'm fine with Mediums in both the C7 and the Free Aero.

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RDCwrote a review of on November 28, 2019

4 5

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

Given the price and style, I assumed the fit was Castelli's regular, not the slim fit as advertised. Even so, I have to agree with others, it is a bit of an odd duck. In particular, the sleeve length is excessive and there's an unusual amount of material in the lats for any Castelli jersey. Also, when was the last time you a saw a Castelli jersey with the zipper pull on the right side? How about never. Hmmm. Other than the fit, it looks nice and is surprisingly warm for the weight.

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RDCwrote a review of on November 28, 2019

5 5

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

I got a great deal on this jacket over the summer and have been looking forward to wearing it on the bike since I first tried it on. It is very light, cozy and fits perfectly. I prefer Castelli regular fit jerseys (Forza, etc.) in size medium, because I like them to fit close and flat rather than shrink-wrapped. I don't believe in sizing up in order to wear kit that isn't cut for my shoulders, arms, etc. This jacket (M) fits as close as possible and still allows for a warm long sleeved base layer. A warm long sleeved cycling jersey would not work under these sleeves, which is fine since I'd never wear one under anything except a rain jacket anyway.

I wore this for the first time for an interval workout in the mid-40's F, alternating with and against a stiff wind, with the desert sun coming and going through the clouds. Challenging conditions for a breathable jacket especially since I got the impression during my warmup that the midweight wool I was wearing was going to be too much. Once I lowered the zipper a few inches, I was perfectly comfortable at a solid effort for 8min at a time in both directions, three times each. I could feel the air moving around my upper arms, and was basically climate controlled inside the jacket in both directions without touching the zipper. The supreme test, which I have yet to do, will be a 1-hour mtn climb and descent on a cold, sunny day,

I was surprised to find that when I unzipped the jacket, I realized that my lower back was very damp. I had no idea that was the case on the bike. I attribute this to the inner waistband that you can snap closed at the front. I had it snapped, but I'm not sure how much difference it'd make in your lower back if it was left undone. Also, there's a loose thread on the sleeve, which no one appreciates.

I could easily wear this jacket in the 30's F with another lightweight short sleeve on under a long sleeve midweight. I would not wear this around 50 F or above, especially in the desert sun.

This is the most comfortable dry-conditions winter jacket I can imagine.

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RDCwrote a review of on June 29, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I can't comment on true to size for a woman, but they fit exactly as I hoped after doing a little common sense adjustment for a guy (31.5" waist, 36" hips) wearing a pair of shorts intended for women. Finally, an awesome pair of shorts in every respect that don't feature an inseam length designed to accommodate guys 6'3" just because it's convenient for the manufacturer. LG may be clueless on sizing men's shorts for men's bodies, but they backed into this one perfectly. Every feature is spot on, unless you're a guy and can't figure out how to wear a pair of pants with a 2" zipper. Haha. I have 2 colors and would have 2 more except the Rhubarb and Pink Glow would clash with my gold grillz. Hahaha.

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RDCwrote a review of on June 29, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Nice, but given the size chart, it's smaller than it should be across the chest. I have a 36" chest and shoulders to match, and it's not just ill-fitting, it's uncomfortable across the chest unless I happen to be in the drops. Easily a half size too small vs. the size chart. Very high quality jersey, but uncomfortable across the chest unless I'm in the position that I'd imagine most people spend 5% of their time in after getting dressed. Having a woman's bone structure is another possible solution.

Upon further review after today's ride, the most annoying issue is the arms. My arms measure a modest 11" of lean machine at the tan line with my elbow flexed, and I'm constantly aware of the tightness of the material on my arms and shoulders. Seriously, what is the "normal" size upper arm for a guy with a 35-37" chest?

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RDCwrote a review of on June 28, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

First and most important insight is, use the instructions on the Lake website to determine the proper size shoe. It works! Do not go by any chart that you might see on some product pages that equate the Lake fit to another brand of shoe. I came from a Giro Code HV 44.5, and unwisely went by a chart I saw on the product page for one of the versions of this shoe which indicated I'd wear a 44.5 Wide. Hah! I could've filled them up with water and swam in them. Going by the Lake guide, I actually might be a 43, but that seemed like it might be too small width-wise, so I went with the 43.5, and I can wiggle my toes when I first put them on, although my feet fit perfectly after a little while of riding. It's amazing that the Lakes are so much roomier than the Codes, yet the 44.5 HV Codes look like clown shoes next to the 43.5 Wide Lakes.

Four stars so far because out of the box there have been some niggling discomforts. Some little things here and there that disappeared in a day, but the biggest impression is that the rear of the shoe is somehow too big. Not just too roomy, which it does seem to be, but also too high on the ankle, and reducing the size of the heel by tightening the boa makes it too tight over the instep. Makes me wonder if this isn't the source of the complaint that some people have stated regarding the tongue of the shoe not being comfortable. I've got a few hundred miles on them now, and this is definitely becoming less of an issue, but I do think that, at the very least, the shoes have required a break-in period. For the sake of completeness, I do use the more aggro Giro arch supports and footbeds, so it could affect the fit over the instep, but shouldn't affect the fit in the heel compartment. It's also possible that I should be wearing a 43.

The boas work great in both directions, and although I've only used these with my gravel bike, it's obvious that they have a great surface on the bottom for all manner of walking, although the fit in my heel compartment would preclude any cross-style running in my opinion - unless that issue continues to sort itself out over time.


Update after a 100 hrs, or so, of riding in these shoes: They are long since broken in, and all of the initial issues are resolved. The heel fits great because I can tighten the lacing, and I can see how the tongue breaks in by curling up where it meets the front of my ankle. The more I wear them, the more I can tighten them and customize the fit. Update to 5 stars. Leaving the initial impressions to indicate what one might experience during the break-in period.

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RDCwrote a review of on June 17, 2018

5 5

I bought this jersey for the occasional time trial and as an option for daily hot weather rides. First of all, Castelli medium jerseys of all types fit me perfectly. Not loose and not tight. This one, on the other hand, is the smallest jersey I wear. It looked hilariously small when I took it out of the package. Unzipped, it hangs under my arms. Nevertheless, it stretches very easily and is very comfortable, except across the front of my collarbone, where there is an unusual amount of pressure whenever I'm upright. (36" chest, and not overly muscular shoulders, but not Schleck-like either). I think the low cut of the collar, the intended riding position and the snug, stretchy fit all contribute to this. Until I took off the little Castelli pull that was attached to the zipper, I could lower the zipper an inch, and then unzip it to my waist just by throwing my shoulders back. But I think that was caused by the pull preventing the zipper from laying down. The rear pockets are very functional, and hold things securely, but I'm paranoid about carrying phones or keys in them because of the side opening, but that's just me. Besides, the jersey isn't really intended for that. All in all, it's a very light, comfortable, skin-like fit, with just the right amount of room in the shoulders and arms, which come right to the elbow for some bonus sun protection on daily rides. Very thin, very stretchy and therefore, very revealing. Think thin skin. Some might be bothered by the aesthetic of the cut of the collar, which is similar to a performance t-shirt. Great jersey for the intended purpose. Fits as intended, but if you think your Castelli jerseys are too tight already, you may very well have a problem with this one, Very comfortable except beneath the tightish low-cut collar in front when not in riding position. It's my go to jersey for hot weather road rides.

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RDCwrote a review of on January 12, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have a pair of these that I bought to replace a pair of snowboard glove liners that I wore out using them for cool weather cycling. They are almost identical in weight and fit. My hand is 8.7 so I'm right on the line btwn m/l according to the chart, and that's exactly how the large fits me. I wanted a little more insulating airspace, so I erred on the side of the looser fit of the large. Fingers are also quite long on my regular-sized hands. I can't imagine riding a bike in a glove big enough to use these as a liner no matter how they fit you (maybe mittens). On the other hand (no pun intended), I can get them on over my regular unpadded long-fingered cycling gloves, and the fit is perfect. By themselves, I find them comfortable down to about 50F. Going to try wearing them over my regular gloves in the coming days for the improved fit, and to see if I can increase the comfort range with the layering options. Nice long elastic cuff, too, that fits easily over my jacket sleeve.

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RDCwrote a review of on December 3, 2016

5 5

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

I rolled the dice and went by the size chart and ordered a Medium based on my 31.5" waist. I learned from my size small LG Carbon 2's (which are fabulous except for the one horrendous design flaw) that a tight fit is essential to the pad fitting properly and staying in place on long non-stop rides. Maybe I could wear a large X2, but I don't even know I'm wearing the mediums. Consider them a half size small if you're sitting on the fence. If you don't like a skin-like fit then I'm not sure how you'd interpret the size chart. They don't have the springy skin-like tight fit of the LG's fabric, but they're still very comfortable, and the hems stay put. X2's are more of a compressive fit in an invisible sort of way. I've only done 2 hrs at a time so far in these, but the pad feels great, and I expect it will be so on rides several times longer. One design element that I've never run across before is the low rise in the front. The waist is over 3" higher in the back. The front is over 2" lower than my LG's and over an inch lower than my size medium PI Elites. The purpose is obviously to place the edge of the waist across the front of your pelvis instead of the bottom of your stomach so it doesn't bind or roll over when you bend. It felt weird at first but is more comfortable in the bike posture. Speedo guys won't notice it. On the other hand, there's the possibility of serious sizing issues that are unrelated to your waist size depending upon how big your pelvis and hips are. My hips are 36" at the widest, and I'm 34" where the top of the shorts ride. Also, in case you're accustomed to your shorts smoothing the transition from your belly to your groin, the X2's do just the opposite since the low-rise waist in the front is probably going to run right under your belly and accentuate the transition. I put these in the same outstanding category as the Carbon 2's, but with a completely different fabric, and minus the bizarre design issue of the LG's.

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RDCwrote a review of on December 2, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I never knew shorts could be this comfortable. I've worn these in three 12hr solo mtb races, and a lot of 5-6hr training rides. They are engineering genius. They fit and feel like skin with an unbelievably comfortable minimalist pad. Too bad it didn't occur to LG that most guys don't like wearing what appears to be hot pants when they ride. Seriously. I would own several pairs, and never wear anything else if it weren't for the way they ride up. My inseam is only 30". I find it hard to believe that some guys are ok with this. I find it hard to believe that women would be ok with it. I constantly pull the stupid legs down 3", and I don't like long shorts! I wear 10" baggies! As it is, these will probably be relegated to glorified liners under baggies, and I'll continue the search for something that's as comfortable AND wearable on its own. What a shame. What are they thinking?

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