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Shelley B.

Shelley B.

Brooklyn, New York

Shelley B.'s Passions

Road Biking
Triathlon

Shelley B.'s Bio

I live in Red Hook, work on the web, and love my dog.

Shelley B.

Shelley B.wrote a review of on January 1, 2014

1 5

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

I hate to say this because I was really looking forward to these working, but they don't. I was hoping they would work well in cold/freezing rain situations where I need gloves and want a good grip on the bars, but don't want to use my other pairs of gloves which are not waterproof or water resistant. In a light rain they work well. In a heavy to moderate rain they get drenched fast. My hands, as a result, got extremely cold very fast and I might as well have not had gloves in the first place. There's no lining in these - they are just straight up neoprene. I was using these in a 40 degree temp. Also, once they are wet, there's no hope of getting them back on again, so you are sunk if you are doing any kind of commuting or errands that might require you to take them on/off.

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Shelley B.wrote a review of on December 14, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So far, I've had a really good experience with this shoe. They are incredibly easy to get on and off. They have a boxy toe box so there's plenty of room. They are a minimal shoe and feel close and true to the foot, which I love. I've got high arches and they work well for me where other shoes don't. I did have to purchase a pair of defeet insoles for them b/c the ones that come standard are not the greatest.

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Shelley B.wrote a review of on December 14, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've had a great experience with this cap as an additional layer when it gets into the 20s. I use it with the Castelli Viva Thermo Skully Cap underneath. I agree with Darrel's review that it is a little on the loose side. That works fine for me since I use it as a second layer, but I'd be cautious on the sizing if I were looking to use this as a single layer.

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Shelley B.wrote a review of on December 14, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is one of the best products that I own. It's a perfect layer under the helmet in winter. Incredibly thin - you don't even feel it or notice it. It's worked well for me in both colder and warmer temps (30s-50s). When it gets colder I use it as a baselayer and add Castelli's WS Scully Cap and am easily riding in the 20s.

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Shelley B.wrote a review of on December 14, 2013

3 5

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

I loved the colors that were offered, but the jacket didn't do so well for me. It is lightweight and shields the wind very well, but even though it seemed to fit very well (very close) it would puff up in the shoulders when riding. I will admit that I'm a small rider, though, and the Capo wind jacket just ended up working better for me.

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Shelley B.wrote a review of on December 14, 2013

5 5

One of the best products that I own. It's a great wind jacket and does that one thing incredibly well. It's easy to get on/off and the zipper is not overly tight which makes it easy to vent on the go. It's packable so you can stash it in your jersey pocket. It looks great and is very lightweight. I tried a lot of jackets and this was the one - I'm a very small rider and it fits so well there's no puff up when riding (something I couldn't say for others on the market). It breathes well and moves great in all the right places. I'd buy this again.

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Shelley B.wrote a review of on December 14, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So far, I've been really impressed by these gloves and Castilli's line, in general. I own the estremo and the leggerio and I use this pair when it gets into the high 40s and 50s. They are a light glove with a little padding. Dexterity is great in these and the grip is fantastic. Hands down, I've had a better time with these than the Assos Early Winter gloves and they are far, far less money.

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Shelley B.wrote a review of on December 14, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Castelli bills these as a good all around glove and I'd have to agree. They are not good for really cold (20s, 30s), but in the high 30s to high 40s these really do a great job. They are very comfortable (just enough gel, just enough layers) and I found them to be well made (so far). I'd buy these again and again - they are my go to gloves in the middle ground of a Northeast winter. The grip is just right for both commuting and road cycling.

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Shelley B.wrote a review of on December 14, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Assos' temperature range on these gloves is spot on accurate in my riding. They are a bit stiff (took forever to break them in and I'm still not satisfied) and the workmanship around the fingertips is pretty wonky (the stitching does not line up and the fingers look like trapezoids, which is just sloppy). The biggest issue I have with them, however, is the grip is incredibly slippery. They work fine if you are on the rubberized hoods, but if you are on the bars using any kind of slick bar bar tape (like Fizik), it's very difficult to feel secure in the grip. Forget it, if you have to do anything with downtube shifters. I've had much better experience with other gloves on the market and spent far, far less.

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Shelley B.wrote a review of on December 14, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great pair of gloves that have worked extremely well for daily commuting in the Northeast when it gets really cold. I've been using them when it gets into the 20s and my hands have stayed warm for at least 30 minutes. I wish Castelli had not used velcro on the cuffs - it's stiff and awkward, but that's my only complaint. The grip on these (as well as the other Castelli gloves) are great. They out-perform the Assos Fugu gloves by a long shot. One note, I normally wear a small in the Castelli gloves, but had to size up to a medium in these - they have a lot of padding that makes the fit run small.

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