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RMOCOwrote a review of on April 28, 2018

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I ordered the red. I've worn Assos Jerseys only, for about 10 years now, most recently their Mangussta and their special edition Tour of California. Like those, the fabric color, quality, workmanship and fit of this jersey are superior, and I like the seamless collar. The price makes it a very good value too. But it's about as interesting to look at as a solid colored Polo or Tee Shirt. I'm not looking for giant logos or screaming graphics; just something of interest like fabric weave or tone-on-tone or other pattern with some interest. And I think nearly all Assos jerseys this year are pretty boring. Instead, I'm going to choose between a couple of Capo's that seem to equal Assos' quality but are fun to look at.

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RMOCOwrote a review of on August 9, 2017

5 5

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

Comparing to: Giro Bravo, comfortable and durable. Assos gloves I've owned seemed nothing special, and were not colorfast.

The negative MII reviews here and elsewhere mostly address the sizing; it's off, but I don't see that as a negative; once you read the reviews, just order up and you should be very happy with these.

Same fit as the Bravo, but 1-1.5 times smaller, so order 1 up if you like more-snug and 2 up if you like less-snug. (If you have really big hands, you're probably out of luck; sorry) The Bravos fit me fine at Medium, and these fit fine at Large.

The Bravos are great, but these are a step up. The first thing I noticed was the comfort of the pads; not squishy, but extremely well-positioned. Very comfortable.

The lycra cuff feels very good. The wrist strap locks better and lies flatter. The mesh backs ventilate very well. The pull loops are fine, but for my hands, the glove's snugness negates the use of the loops.

I got the white, and the black in the thumb backside is good for wiping.

When I slip these on, they immediately seem good looking and especially comfortable and functional.

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RMOCOwrote a review of on August 9, 2017

4 5

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

Context: Pensacola FL (high temp & humidity moderated by Gulf breezes).
Comparing to: Castelli & Bontrager, used previously. Plain-looking, typical smooth wicking material, like a Nike T-Shirt.

The Assos sleeves are a beautiful super-super-stretchy mesh with longitudinal aesthetic ribs. Very high-end-looking. They look small at first glance, but wow, do they ever stretch and cover; absolutely no gathers anywhere, and I have slim arms. The bands at both ends apply perfect pressure.

Although made of polypropylene & nylon, they look and feel like a very fine-thread cotton (flat with no sheen, and cotton-cozy) and they don't feel like they wick quite as well as "typical wicking fabrics". The moment I slipped them on I felt the unmistakable slight "itch" of something a little too warm. I don't get that feeling when I throw on a Nike T-Shirt. So I'd give them an A+ on everything but the wicking. The wicking is OK, but still only a first impression. After laundering a few times, that could improve.

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RMOCOwrote a review of on August 2, 2017

Great Quality, Great Look
4 5

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

I'm comparing this to my red Assos Mangussta which I like a lot after 3 years, especially the "click fit" and rich colors. But after just 1 outing, I thought I'd write an early review of this TOC Sprint because it's special. The two are different. The TOC is about 1.5" longer and similarly wider across the collar opening. The Mangussta seams are curvy, the TOC's more straight. The TOC puckers in front when in a tuck, the Mangussta does not (much). The TOC looks exactly like the photo when worn - unmistakably waisted and more stretchy. But what surprises me most is that it's a head-turner, probably because of the green. I don't go looking for double-takes, and I don't think I get that many in my Mangussta. But I liked how the TOC Sprint looked in the mirror and on my first ride I noticed lookers almost from the moment I stepped on the bike. The TOC Sprint is not as technical as the Mangussta, but is very well designed and made and is one good looking jersey. I hope all of you that snapped up black jerseys are enjoying blending in with the asphalt and tree bark; I'm enjoying the looks I'm getting in this beautiful green. Recommended.

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RMOCOwrote a review of on August 2, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

The Jersey is well assembled, using high quality materials, and the color is good (I bought the green). But I'm not a fan of this mesh look. The strip that spans the shoulders in the rear looks totally out of place. It has no function and looks like an afterthought or a patch of some sort. I would say the size is about 1/2 smaller than expected.

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RMOCOwrote a review of on May 9, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Quality is great but the concept is confused. I've worn the Mille shorts for years and appreciated each revision, but I'm mixed on this one. First: Compression. Conforming-comfort? Impressive. Compressive-comfort? Not as. Labeled "medium"; I'd say "light" compression. The Mille's felt more balanced, the fabric, more substantial. Perhaps the Cento's lost some in pursuit of the almighty gram? Second: Chamois. The Penthouse is crazy-comfortable, and I especially like not having to stop and re-arrange. But surprisingly, the sit bone cushioning feels less than that of my now-tired Mille's. Hard to figure with all that loft. Third: Straps. The stitchless straps feel great. (As do the superFlat leg grippers!) But beneath my Assos Mangussta jersey (half black, half white) the ridiculous rear graphics show through the white badly. The Mille straps were wisely made totally black. A lesser issue, but really dorky-looking. Fourth: The outside of the Penthouse looks like a crocheted Speedo overlay. Again a lesser issue, but really dorky. Fifth: The dip in the front and side panels (1-2" lower than the Mille's) Sure, easier nature breaks (1 minute); but less supportive (hours of riding).

Adding it all up, this is probably where I'll part company with Assos long distance shorts.

Sorry, for $330 I feel I've earned the right to speak up.

Update: Is anyone noticing the Assos warranty? "Customer service that fits the performance of our products". 3 months. Uh-huh. Does all their marketing braggadocio fit "3 months"? My first $200 Mangussta Jersey began to unravel at the back of the neck, early on. No broken thread, just unraveled. Would Assos stand behind it? Nope. But I can say from experience that Competitive Cyclist has excellent customer service.

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RMOCOwrote a review of on June 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I like gloves and padding; the more the better. I don't understand the concern for "control" (Do people go without Power Steering on their car so they can "feel the road"?). I bought the Lizard Skins 3.2mm in White and will repeat when the time comes. From the photos I saw, I was wondering if the "tread" would look ugly, but it looks really good, and stays reasonably clean because I keep my hands & gloves clean. The tack is perfect. Best of all, every tape I've ever used eventually slipped and gapped at the handlebar bends, but this stuff DOESN'T BUDGE!! Really great tape!

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RMOCOwrote a review of on March 16, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The need: Secure a high-end road bike from easy theft in a low crime area with a highly-portable lock so I can turn my back briefly. As we know, no lock totally protects, and I sure wouldn't leave my bike with a cable lock for very long. But this lock meets the need very well. It will never harm anything because the vinyl coating is thick and flexible. The looping feature (not mentioned in the CC description) enables you to tie in to a distant object (post or wheel), or to string your group's bikes together - while leaving several feet to work with; very smart. The mechanism clamps anywhere along the cable, so you can snug it up as tight or loose as you want. Carrying any lock is a problem on a road bike; I found a strong Velcro strap to compress the coiled lock into a tight oval and then drop it out of sight into a Water Bottle Tool Holder (Elite Super Byasi). No other lock I've come across can do all of the above. Highly recommended for the need cited.

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