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Samwrote a review of on April 12, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

First off, the jacket temp ratings are totally relative to each individual. Some people will find this jacket runs too hot for their intended purposes and others will find its not as warm as claimed - I fall into the latter category as I tend to run very cold. This jacket works well for me down to about 40 degrees and as high as about 60 degrees. Below 40 I usually wear one of my hiking shells with a warmer jacket underneath since this jacket doesn't have much room for layering. The dual zipper design is perfect as it allows for adaptability, especially on those days where you start early and end late and the temperature warms up quite a bit. Gore Windstopper isn't as breathable as other softshell fabrics but I don't tend to sweat a ton so this is a minor issue for me. Overall, the jacket fits nice and trim, blocks the wind and some rain, and provides enough warmth for average winter weather in Seattle.

I am 6' and 135 lbs and bought a large (I do have a small torso though with longer limbs). With Castelli, size up as a general rule.

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Samwrote a review of on April 12, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wasn't aware that these shoe covers were advertised to be waterproof... I didn't expect that of them (I don't ride in the rain often) but now that I know I'm a little bummed. The last couples of rainy rides I went on my feet were definitely wet. Luckily, neoprene insulates well so even if your feet get wet they'll atleast stay warm. The covers are also durable and the stitching has held up great despite taking them on and off my shoes over and over. I do like the velcro cuff as well. I have used zippered cuffs in the past and I could always feel the zip against my leg (on top of being hard to zip up from being stretched). The covers fit a tad small. I ordered the L/XL and wear a 44.5/10.5 shoe and the covers are almost maxed out.

Bottom line: comfortable, warm, durable shoe covers that are apparently waterproof.

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Samwrote a review of on January 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I didn't want to dish out a ton of money on a carbon seat post.. so this was a great buy for me. It's not the lightest carbon seat post out there, but it gets the job done. It's well built (I have over 1000 miles on it) and carbon very noticeably dampens your ride. Also, There's one screw on the seat clamp which adjusts the angle of the seat so adjustment is super easy! Overall: a great buy for a noticeably smoother ride.

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Samwrote a review of on January 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great crank! I have over 1000 miles on this crank. I upgraded to this guy from some cheap SRAM one that came stock with my bike. I love the thick, carbon crank arms. There's no flex whatsoever, even when I'm sprinting the bike at ~30mph. Additionally, as with all carbon parts, it dampens the ride making it much smoother. Also, it looks pretty sweet! Definitely an eye-catcher on the road. Only downside I can think of is weight. I have a full SRAM Red set up except for the crank. I went with this guy because I found this one for a lower price (that was the deal breaker for me), although I think the Red crank is lighter weight (still wayyyy lighter than the aluminum crank I used to have). Overall: I can't recommend this crank enough! No flex with great power transfer! Well worth the money!

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Samwrote a review of on January 8, 2014

5 5

I was going to purchase a pair of cold weather tights and just throw them on under my shorts but I decided to go with a full tight set up - bibs and all. These bibs have fit the bill perfectly. The tights don't restrict my motion at all. They are quite warm and have a soft lining on the inside which hasn't chafed me yet. They're the perfect weight for Seattle's winter weather (~low-high 40s). Additionally, I have yet to try a chamois better than Castelli's Progetto X2 Air (although I haven't tried an Assos chamois yet). I have a very bony butt and need a really good chamois in my bibs/tights. This chamois stays in place and holds well on the seat and on your butt. The only thing I would change about these is that I wish they had the little foot-wrap to help keep the tights down. They do ride up like half an inch or so when riding, but its really not much. Overall: these seemed a little pricey to me first.. but they are well worth the money!

PS: Castelli has a European fit. As a general rule, go up one size from your regular size!

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