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Rob

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Rob

Robwrote a review of on September 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Who: I’ve been riding for more than 20 years and racing for most of that time. I race mainly Cyclocross but spend most of my time on the road and gravel.

What: I bought these shoes based on simplicity: they’re light, they don’t have any complex closure mechanisms and, in my opinion, they’re a sharp looking shoe. They replaced the top level Specialized shoe SWorks 7 as I found the toe box too long/wide and struggled to get half sizing from different retailers (I was riding a 43 in Spec, I bought a 42.5 in Giro - much better fit). This is my second pair of Giro’s and I’m becoming a bigger fan each purchase.
Where: I bought them right here on Competitive cyclist. I ride mostly in Marin, California. That said, I’ve recently moved here after working in Singapore for a few years and these shoes would be brilliant in the tropical Singapore heat.
Ride impressions: You’ll immediately notice how light the upper on this shoe is. The impact is that it will feel flexible and almost ‘stretchy’. In my opinion this makes the shoe feel super comfortable. My feet feel like they have room to move but the shoe fits very close and very well. They are a bit ‘pointy’ but no more so than the volume fo other shoes on the market. They do not impact my toes. As a previous Bont rider these don’t feel in any way restrictive. The laces are wonderful. It took about 1 ride for me to get the tension right and now they’re great. I’ve never been one to adjust my shoes mid ride so...

In summary: A lightweight, comfortable, sharp looking shoe.

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Rob

Robwrote a review of on August 11, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Less than optimal socks actually bother me. That includes height, colour, level of compression and their ability to stay up. I believe Swiftwick may have made the best sock I’ve ever worn.

They offer a variety of heights, although I wear mine high. Colours are simple and effective (white for road, black for gravel and MTB). Compression and their ability to stay up is outstanding.

An outstanding product that I’ll continue to buy over all other brands. I’ve found my sock brand for life.

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Rob

Robwrote a review of on March 28, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Really happy with this. Holds a lot of kit, holds onto the bike nice and tight, Easy to swap bikes.

I've been getting it filthy and it cleans up fairly well. Typically let it dry then wipe down with a damp cloth. The velcro strap is a bit tricky to keep clean.

I'm storing a spare road tube (likely it could take a bigger tube i.e. CX), multitool, 2 tire levers, CO2 inflator, CO2 canister. It wraps up tidy and looks neat and clean on the bike.

In summary, I'm extremely picky about my bikes and how they look and function. Happy with this purchase provided you keep it clean.

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Rob

Robwrote a review of on April 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I use these boots (black colour) on my cross bike to protect my power meter (as much as possible). I have a Quarq meter on 1x as a point of reference.
*Fit is spot on - they're nice and snug.
*Protection works well as the rubber is thick enough to protect even from tough whacks.
A simple and effective little product.

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Rob

Robwrote a review of on December 8, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought this as I wanted to get onto Zwift. It was suggested by Zwift and I prefer to buy kit made specifically by the manufacturer for given purpose.

I had all software downloaded and, In short it was expensive but worked as soon as I plugged it into my Mac. I finds my power meter and hr sensor instantly allowing me to get training with key data immediately.

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