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Sandra T.

Sandra T.

Sandra T.

Sandra T.wrote a review of on December 4, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Tried this after reading and watching videos about it, in my lengthy quest to find a reasonably comfortable saddle. This one does do what it's designed to do - instantly relieves pressure on soft tissues which aren't meant to bear weight. I expected a week or so of the kind of sit bone pain experienced during the first days of one's first road bike saddle, but that wasn't the problem. It significantly affected tendons connecting the innermost leg to the body, and the muscles supporting the soft tissues. I tried every saddle position and was still left with inflammation and bruising. It was the same for my husband. I suspect our problem was due to narrowly spaced sit bones. If yours are normal or wide, you should try this saddle. Keep in mind that body weight or aesthetic perceptions of body shape don't determine sit bone spacing. There are skinny, hipless pros with normal sit bone spacing. Also keep in mind that your seatpost setback is relevant to fore/aft positioning; the recommended 3" back was too far for my 35mm setback. And definitely lower the saddle per recommendation. If you get the positioning right and it fits your bone width, it could solve any saddle comfort issues.

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Sandra T.wrote a review of on December 4, 2017

5 5

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

Tried this a few months ago, size S was too big and XS wasn't available. Saw XS back in stock, really glad I tried it again. I dislike feeling chilly (to a ridiculous point) but don't want to be trapped in a sweatbox. I put this on at a sunny 60F, temp went up to 74F and it was perfectly comfortable with neck unzipped. Other jackets I have would be sweltering at 75F, but this one lets the breeze in as you're moving. I'll use it with a base layer in 50F temps, and those with normal cold tolerance could probably do the same down to the 40's. Perfect fit. Snug waist, long in back, stays in place for hours. The blue color is stunning and I'll look for it again in Castelli.

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Sandra T.wrote a review of on December 2, 2017

5 5

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

I needed 3/4 for cool days when I want to skip the initial unpleasantness of heading out in shorts, but when it's way too warm for leg warmers on the way back. These have a good compressive fit on the thighs and the same thin but comfortable chamois as the Evoluzione shorts. There is no awkward riding up below the knee which I've experienced in others. I'm 5'3" and like the length, but if you're taller they'll still hit below the knee. I wear XS in Castelli bibs, but need the S in shorts due to being high waisted; the waistband hits too far below my natural waist in the front. Looking forward to Castelli catching up to other brands with the new higher waisted styles.

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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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