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Rob Ware

Rob Ware

Salt Lake City, UT

Rob Ware's Passions

Road Biking

Rob Ware's Bio

An average 30-something who found cycling after his athletic heyday was already long gone. While not producing copy for Competitive, he can be found struggling at the back of a race or chatting at the front of a group ride.

Rob Ware

Rob Warewrote a review of on April 29, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

At 5'9" and 145lbs, most bibs that my wife tries either dig into her shoulders if she orders by waist size, or are too big in the seat if she sizes up. However, the Multi-D bibs manage to avoid both unpleasant extremes and accommodate taller women. We ordered both M and L for her, and while the M was a tolerable race fit, she opted for the comfort of the L.

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Rob Warewrote a review of on February 1, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've taken to keeping these on hand so I don't have to rely on calorie-rich breakfast options on the way to work in the morning. If you're a good meal planner, that motivation may not apply to you; however, if you often wake up with no idea what to do for breakfast, then these are a good idea. Save yourself from whatever foil- or paper-wrapped mistake you're contemplating and pick these up. The Superfood Slam is my go-to.

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Rob Warewrote a review of on January 8, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

This was a Christmas gift for my mother-in-law for cool and cold weather workouts. The body fabric provides lightweight warmth, while the underarm panels ventilate to keep you from getting sweaty/clammy. She's around 5'4

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Rob Warewrote a review of on January 8, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Feedback: I have a fairly long torso and am frequently frustrated with the length of most jerseys. To get adequate rear/tummy coverage, jerseys generally end up being tight at the hips and baggy everywhere else. I'm 5'9" and 140lbs with a 34B chest, and the medium was slim, long, and form fitting (including the sleeves). The fabric is super light and mesh-like––I look forward to wearing it for warm-weather rides.

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Rob Warewrote a review of on December 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

This shirt has quickly become my go-to piece for any heat-generating aerobic activities in cool and cold weather–– I use this for running, climbing, alpine touring, resort skiing, and yoga classes in chilly studios. It's absolutely everything I've wanted in shirt/baselayer transitional piece: a long, slim cut with long arms, comfortable thumb holes that don't dig in, a high collar to keep your neck warm (it reaches just above the height of my ski jacket collar *heart eyes emoji*), medium-light fabric that wicks and dries quickly, and a minimalist hood. All the dots visible in the product photo are teeny holes for ventilation, and they're heavenly for keeping cool and warding off clamminess. My personal recipe for effortlessly comfortable temperature regulation is starting with a tank or sports bra, adding the Core shirt on top, layering with a vest or light jacket (depending on temp), and topping with a shell if the weather's inclement. Perfection!

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Rob Warewrote a review of on December 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This thing is the Full Lotus Pose of yoga mats. If you're a serious practitioner looking for a lifetime investment, the Manduka Pro mat is for you. It's thick, heavy, sturdy, and stable for balance-intensive floor series, yet provides ample cushion for joints without a squishy, marshmallow-y feel (cough, Jade mats). Just like your bod when you start a daily Ashtanga practice, the mat definitely needs a break-in period. After a week or two of practice, the Pro develops its signature stickiness and loses nearly all traces of rubbery odor typical of yoga mats. I've spent 1000+ hours on my Pro, and there are virtually no signs of wear whatsoever. I don't find it necessary to use a towel for my power vinyasa and general Hatha practice, but if you're a Bikram devotee/hot yoga fiend, pair it with the Manduka towel to prevent your down-dogs from becoming obtuse. Also, don't hesitate to spring for the extra long mat if you're over 5'10'!

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Rob Warewrote a review of on December 4, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is one of the classiest stems available today. It has no bizarre "aero" bulging shapes, relatively understated branding, and a clean, uncluttered bar clamp design. Fizik's painted-on guides also help keep your cockpit setup similar or make minor adjustments. I hate the inevitable micro-slipping that happens while you're tightening clamp bolts. Those marks help keep you on track.

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Rob Warewrote a review of on December 4, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pearl's bibs are made more for enjoying the ride than enjoying the shopping experience. If you're a racer/Strava fiend, they're probably not for you, but I like the Escapes just fine on most rides I do. Compared to Italian race kit, Pearl runs large-ish, which means it's in line with NA sizing expectations. I wear my normal athletic shorts size.

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Rob Warewrote a review of on November 21, 2017

5 5

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

This is the best tubeless interface I've ever seen. All that talk in the product description about tool- and compressor-free setup is no joke—it's easier to install tubeless tires on these than it is to install clinchers and tubes on Campy's alloy wheels. (Looking at you, Neutron Ultras.) Mavic is becoming the king of wheels again, and this is why.

I write a lot of reviews, and I rarely award five stars, but Mavic's UST interface warrants it.

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Rob Warewrote a review of on November 21, 2017

4 5

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

I haven't yet tested the Z1's protective qualities, but that's not really the point of cycling helmets. The real point is to look Euro—otherwise, we'd all wear full-face moto lids. Ever since Tommeke wore a rainbow version of its predecessor in '06, the Z1 has been the most Euro helmet available. Do yourself a favor, and get the helmet that will make you want to ride rather than the helmet that every other cyclist on your Tuesday night crit startline is wearing.

I've worn a medium in Giro, Bell, and Orbea helmets. Lazer's medium fits me the same.

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Rob Warewrote a review of on November 2, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Posting another review to update on a second full year of Gabba ownership. My experience with the long-sleeve Gabba is that it's a winter shell. Yesterday, I wore it in the low-40s with wind and light rain wearing nothing but a summer-weight baselayer underneath. I was chilly at first, but warmed up after 10 minutes. In the mid- to low-30s, I wear it with a long-sleeve merino baselayer. Any additional insulation and I end up sweaty and overheating once I've warmed up.

Disclaimer: I do tend to run hot, so your experience may vary, but the beauty of the Gabba is it lets you tailor your insulation as appropriate. I sized up to XXL for just that reason. An XL would give me a nicely tailored race fit, but I wanted the layering versatility and longer sleeves. (I'm a 36in sleeve, so eliminating that cuff/glove gap is tricky. The XXL lets me pull the sleeve cuff over my glove's cuff.)

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Rob Warewrote a review of on October 1, 2016

4 5

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

I9 proves that there's still a place for alloy in high-end cycling wheels, at least for those of us who ride for pleasure 90% of the time and competition 10%.

The rim width is the right balance between clearance and comfort. I find that profiles like the Ardennes+ tend to engender clearance issues with framesets more than a few years old, so 17-19mm internally is my target width for 25mm tires. Any wider, and you have to run tires of 28mm or wider in order to get any noticeable difference. Also, I think the Torch hubs are the best pawl mechanism freehub on the market.

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Rob Warewrote a review of on September 19, 2016

4 5

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

This is a jersey for going fast, and it makes me feel fast just putting it on. As with other reviewers, I'm fairly broad shouldered, so it fits tight up top and i sized up from my usual Giordana size. (Large to x-large.) I was worried about the kind of aggressive aesthetics, but it's actually very subtle in person. I got the white, and it looks sharp with a pair of black bibs.

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Rob Warewrote a review of on September 8, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

The gloves are well made and represent a luxury take on the basic knit staple. The logo is fully embroidered and the cuff is nice and long.

Note that these run small, which is standard for Castelli stuff. I wear an XL in the DeFeet equivalent and got the XXL here. They were still too short in the digits, but they do fit my partner well, so I gave them to her. Don't be shy about sizing up.

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Rob Warewrote a review of on September 2, 2016

4 5

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

Blocks wind, wards against water, doesn't sit fat like most cold-weather kit. It also breathes a lot better than the Gabba because of its lighter Windstopper and the rear Nano panel. In fact, I'd argue that the Perfetto Light is a better option than the full-on Gabba because it gives you more versatility. For spring and fall riding, it works fine with a lightweight base layer; for temperatures in the 40s and high 30s, thermal base layers do the trick. If it's below 35, I'm usually inside drinking whiskey, so the Perfetto fits my seasonal cycling requirements well.

When considering my temperature recommendations, be warned that I do run kinda hot. To me, the long-sleeve Gabba is a winter jacket.

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Rob Warewrote a review of on August 31, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Protects against sleet and cold, and if you're in the hot-hand camp you can wear these well into the 30s--or so my partner tells me. She tends to handle cold better than most cyclists I know, though, so you may be better off sticking to Castelli's recommendation of a lowe rlimit of 41 degrees Fahrenheit.

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