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ROBERT C.

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ROBERT C.

ROBERT C.wrote a review of on March 20, 2018

5 5

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

I gave this product a one * the first time around. But what a difference a size makes. By going from XL to a XXL the size fit perfectly. I could now wear all of my shorts underneath. If you want the extreme warmth (25-45 F) these (Pearl Izumi) are the Best choice. From 45-55 F, I wear wind tights (Louis Garneau) and from 50-60, Giordana shorts and knee warmers. Then finally, 60+, just shorts (Assos and Giordana).

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ROBERT C.wrote a review of on August 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Just as described in the company product review, the FR-C Pro is a tremendous improvement from the standard FR-C bibs. The most noticeable improvements are the softness of the lycra and the omission of tightness and puckering in the cuffs.

I always dreamed of a bib that combined the upper-body FR-C (straps and stomach support) and the lower-body of my Assos-Equipe.

At last, my wish has been met. These bibs are my go-to bibs for my rides, typically, 3-hours in length. The FR-C Pro is definitely worth the cost, which by the way, is lower at this time than the regular FR-C!

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ROBERT C.

ROBERT C.wrote a review of on August 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Just as described in the company product review, the FR-C Pro is a tremendous improvement from the standard FR-C bibs. The most noticeable improvements are the softness of the lycra and the omission of tightness and puckering in the cuffs.

I always dreamed of a bib that combined the upper-body FR-C (straps and stomach support) and the lower-body of my Assos-Equipe.

At last, my wish has been satisfied. These bibs are my go-to bibs for my rides, typically, 3-hours in length.

They are definitely worth the cost, which by the way, is lower at this point in time than the regular FR-C!

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ROBERT C.wrote a review of on August 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Just as described in the product review, the FR-C Pro is a huge advancement of the FR line, which I have used for several years now. I always felt the perfect bib would be a combination of both the upper body of my FR and the lower body of my Assos Equipe.

Not any longer!

Compared to the Assos, the straps are far more comfortable and where the upper body meets the lower, I feel more secure with their firmness. Although the grippers feel more secure with the Assos, that's only because there is no cuff of cloth, which is prevalent on most bibs today.

The FR-C Pro shorts disappear, regardless of time on the bike, which usually averages 3-hours. By contrast to the regular Forma Red, the lycra is softer and the cuffs don't bind. In a word, they are the most comfortable shorts I have worn. And as an inducement to buy the FR-C Pro, it is priced a shade lower.

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ROBERT C.wrote a review of on February 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Having bought Giordana for years, I was totally disappointed with the change to their product; after retuning it in dispair, I got a Castelli Seamless, but when I tried it on, I felt like I was in a heavy fishing net. Before giving up, though, I tried one last time with this Craft. Only thinking of Craft with my winter togs, I never dreamed that the company was a 5* in cycling apparel as well. Unlike other baselayers, this one gives you plenty of room to breathe -- so light-weight, in fact, that you barely know you have it on!

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ROBERT C.wrote a review of on January 11, 2017

1 5

When it comes to base-layers, I specifically buy Giordana. The mid-weight fit perfectly, so I just assumed that the light-weight would, too; but this style was 2" shorter at the hemline, plus it had a thicker layer across the chest. I ended up buying Catelli. Conclusion: I hope that the company doesn't conform the rest of their line to these measurements . If so, I will look elsewhere. I would never refer this product to anybody!!

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ROBERT C.wrote a review of on March 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've had two years to test the jacket before my final decision. And it has not waivered. The Giordana Forma-red Carbon is the Best investment for the serious cyclist, who rides all year. Living in Michigan, I reach for it anytime I am riding in the late fall to early spring, in temperatures of 25-55 F. No need for extra layers beyond a good base and Marino wool jersey. The Windex material is miraculous. Unlike a jacket for a person walking down the street, this material does not start to generate heat until after ten minutes of effort. And the fit and thought to detail is specifically meant for the cyclist only – not for running, X-C skiing or any other outside endeavor.

6' 3" 175

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ROBERT C.

ROBERT C.wrote a review of on February 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Specs: Male, 6' 3" 175 pounds
After 36 years in the saddle with such names like Pearl Izumi, Louis G and Castelli, I felt I owed it to myself with the Best: Giordana Forma Red Carbon and an Assos Equip. The perfect blend would be the ‘Red’ from the waist up, with the Assos from the waist down. No complaints, though. The straps totally disappear as they hug my base layer in place. Because I am not physically challenged, unlike the Assos, my bibs don’t dip below my belly button when I need a nature break.
In closing, I would highly recommend both these makes (same price, too!) if you plan days of 3+ hours in the saddle.

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ROBERT C.

ROBERT C.wrote a review of on February 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

After 36 years in the saddle with such names like Pearl Izumi, Louis G and Castelli, I felt I owed it to myself with the Best: Giordana Forma Red Carbon and an Assos Equip. The perfect blend would be the ‘Red’ from the waist up, with the Assos from the waist down. No complaints, though. The straps totally disappear as they hug my base layer in place. Because I am not physically challenged, unlike the Assos, my bibs don’t dip below my belly button when I need a nature break.
In closing, I would highly recommend both these makes (same price, too!) if you plan days of 3+ hours in the saddle.

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ROBERT C.wrote a review of on May 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

On a recent bike tour (TOSRV) in Ohio, we were pelted by a 4-inch rain storm, so intense it was a couple of hours before I could see straight. However, it gave me a real-world test, rather than some findings somewhere in a lab. As a result, I never got a drop of water on the inside, nor was my backside ever exposed. With my Capo rain boot covers, I was well prepared for these elements for the first time in 30-years! Expensive? Yes, but worth every penny!

At 6?4? and 180 pounds, the XL was perfect!

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ROBERT C.wrote a review of on February 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Pearl Izumi gloves I had needed replacement. I have separate gloves for temps in the 30's, 40's, 50's and 60?s, but I needed gloves in this Vortex cold winter for the X-C season, so I took a chance with Craft and have NEVER been more satisfied! Water proof and comfy, these Craft lobsters shield me from anything that our Michigan winter throws at us. It helps, too, that when I saw the 2014 winter Olympic biathlon, I saw Craft was clearly displayed on a competitor?s glove.

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