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Sandra T.wrote a review of on August 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Finally got these when they went on sale, so glad I did. I prefer bibs but need drop tails for where I ride. The fit is perfect. Compressive without a separate leg band for the sausage look, and leg hem stays in place. The straps feel like nothing at all. I thought they'd be too short, but this is some serious compression; I didn't have them pulled up all the way in the back. Once they were on properly, the fit is perfect. The waist is at my natural waist rather than low rise, which I love; it's time for cycling shorts to get past 2012. Inseam is 6". Drop tail device seems flimsy, but stays snapped. Just wish it was in front to avoid awkward fumbling to close it.

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Sandra T.wrote a review of on July 23, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Ordered black/white, but cuffs aren't white. Nice high waist, legs too long for me, hit just above knee. Small was baggy in some areas on me, otherwise a good fit. Would try an XS if it had white cuffs and might be shorter. Will look very good on someone taller than me.

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Sandra T.wrote a review of on July 23, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is one of the most beautiful garments I've owned, and it's an excellent cycling jersey. But - don't wear clear deodorant with it; it reacts badly with the fabric. Yellowish spots and streaks were hard to get out. The color is not as depicted. It's even better, a rich, bright aquamarine. Fits very closely and the mesh back is heavenly on hot days. Perfect length, unusual hem with stretch that stays in place; not bulky elastic riding up. Sleeves are short.

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Sandra T.wrote a review of on July 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Got these for easier pit stops on long rides without bathrooms. They're the best unbibs I've worn, and Castelli finally got the leg grippers right. No awkward band with severe line of demarcation digging in. As usual, they got the chamois right. No pointless contouring, just a flat, comfortable pad. Thinner than some other Castelli chamois pads but these aren't top of the line racing shorts, and are perfect for my use. Perfect fit and length.

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Sandra T.wrote a review of on July 10, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great for hot days, especially built in bra. Pockets are nice and large, enough room to pack for long rides. I got a size S but an XS would've fit better. Kept the S because a bit of looseness is welcome on hot humid days. If there will be more colors (I got black) I'd order again. More jerseys need built in bras!

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Sandra T.wrote a review of on February 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Got these for Christmas, delayed trying them due to rainy conditions. Glad I lost patience and went for it. With 25mm tires, these feel much better in the rain than regular wheels with 23mm and I've had no braking issues. No squeaking, didn't need different pads, and no trouble stopping efficiently in wet or dry. The valve stems rattled but it's an easy fix with electrical tape. These are my first aero wheels and I had some trepidation about crosswinds, but it's more a matter of getting used to the different handling than being a danger. When winds are over 15mph I may use my regular front wheel, at least until I've fully adapted to different feel of aero wheels. I'm small and need an advantage in headwinds, and these deliver. I'm looking forward to trying them in the mountains. Hoping braking holds up on long descents, but based on short rolling descents I'm not expecting a problem.

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Sandra T.wrote a review of on January 3, 2017

5 5

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

I live in Southern California but strongly dislike feeling chilly, so I finally got a proper base layer. Used this in rainy, windy 50 degrees under a waterproof jacket, and also under a regular kit in sunny, windy 50. Kept me nice and toasty, as I prefer. Might be too warm for some in moderate temps, but just right for temps under 50. Sleeves nice and long, hem tucks thinly into bibs and not too long.

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Sandra T.wrote a review of on December 10, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I wanted a particular color unavailable in XS, but I read that it runs small so I sized up. Unfortunately it was way too big for me. Baggy around the middle and very long sleeves, and XS isn't available in a color I want. But the size S fit my husband (6' 150lbs.) so well except for the shoulders that I got him one for Christmas, in size M. It's an excellent garment and I wish it was available in my size in a color I like, and I'd recommend it.

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Sandra T.wrote a review of on September 21, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Mavics are the only jerseys that fit me with no wind drag, even at the neck and arms, and hold their shape. They are very form fitting but not tight (as in restricting or unflattering) at the waist and shoulders. Black is great, but hoping for more classic colors like true red and royal blue.

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Sandra T.wrote a review of on November 10, 2015

5 5

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

I'm so glad I tried this style of leg warmer. They stay up during the entire ride, without any unsightly elastic digging in. They are warm without feeling like blankets, lightweight but don't let the wind in. I think the key is to wear them with properly fitting bibs; if you don't have to struggle a bit to get into your bibs, they may be too loose to keep these up. I'm a 5'3" 117 lb. female and the size 0 is a perfect fit for me; the ankle is tight and the length is exactly right, so that size may not fit many men.

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Sandra T.wrote a review of on August 3, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A customer service rep at Competitive Cyclist recommended these to me, and I like them so much that when I accidentally made a duplicate order, I kept it so I'll always have one if the other is in the laundry. The right size is very important; if it isn't somewhat difficult to put these on, they won't look good or provide compression. I tend to order up a bit in street clothes. 25" waist = 26 jeans. I've learned that with cycling clothes, they need to fit your measurements as accurately as possible. I'm 5'3", 117-120 lbs. and the XS is a perfect fit. They never need to be fiddled with or tugged at or adjusted during a ride. The legs stay in place, the straps don't move, and the placement of the waist/tummy panel is blissfully comfortable. The padding doesn't have any inexplicable ridges and in spite of fitting like a wetsuit, they don't cut or bind anywhere. The white leg band is very flattering. One caution I'd give is that the straps in XS fit me perfectly, but I think they might be too short for anyone over 5'5".

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Sandra T.wrote a review of on December 3, 2014

4 5

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

The sale price was too good to pass up, so I got this in Folio (acid green). I'm 5'3", 115lbs. and the XS fits snugly. There is no wind flap at all, which is what I look for in a jersey, but it isn't binding or cutting. The color is surprisingly flattering to my pale skin, and I suspect it would look even better on darker skin tones. The matching arm warmers are a great idea that I hope catches on. They're the same material as the jersey so they aren't suitable for seriously cold weather, and may be used as arm coolers if you wet them down before a summer ride. The only reason it gets 4 stars is because it's a bit short in front. I prefer high waists or bibs but if you favor lower cut shorts, this could be a problem.

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