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Sick for Cyclingwrote a review of on March 21, 2020

1 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Isn't just a '90s cartoon. These socks are terrible. The fabric is scratchy and rough. The Merino must be from lame, mutant sheep. I own Merino jerseys and 100 percent Merino Castelli Quindici socks. That wall is soft. I returned these.

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Sick for Cyclingwrote a review of on March 4, 2020

2 5

Not just the title of an old MTV cartoon. The Merino is low quality and coarse. Soles are thin. And that's just place where you want padding. Far inferior to the Castelli Quindici which have been my go to. That's what I get for trying to save $5 a pair. Worse, I bought 2 pair of these in black/charcoal and 2 in red. I'm still waiting for the second pair of red to arrive.

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Sick for Cyclingwrote a review of on March 16, 2018

3 5

My chest is 39.5 inches so I ordered the Medium which runs to 39.4 instead of the Large which is 40.2. It's a bit too tight, and I don't have broad shoulders or a belly. This is my first Assos product and I am disappointed with the average quality. It's nothing special. I expected more from such a vaunted, expensive brand. Luckily, I caught a good sale and got a promo. No way it's worth full retail.

I'll review again when I wear it on a ride. This is a summer jersey and it still feels like the dead of winter in Boston, so it's going to be a while.

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Sick for Cyclingwrote a review of on February 11, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

This jersey is made in El Salvador, not Italy, and bears no resemblance to the quality Italian made Castelli line. Retail on this product is $120 which is absurd. It's not worth the $59.99 I paid (the price is lower now). The sizing runs very small. I am 6 ft. 155 lbs. (read: thin). A Large was one to two sizes too small. I also got one that was dusty, as if it had been in a lonely corner of the warehouse, and carelessly jammed into a bag that looked like a fork lift ran it over. Very disappointing since my previous purchases from Backcountry have been great. Don't waste time and money on this jersey.

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Sick for Cyclingwrote a review of on October 28, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The matte white cage is a perfect aesthetic match with my matte black and matte white carbon BMC granfondo GFO2 105. Oh, and it holds my Camelback Podium bottle just right; tightly enough so it doesn't jiggle, but I don't have to fight to get it out. $49.99 seems high until you shop it against other brands' carbon cages.

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Sick for Cyclingwrote a review of on October 28, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Two important things to know about this product: 1. The Pearl Izumi (PI) size chart is inaccurate. I have a 33" waist which puts me in the Medium range on the PI chart. They were far too small. The Large - which the chart indicates starts at 34.5" - fits well. If using the PI chart, add 1.5" and go up one size if you're on the borderline; 2. "Thermal" is used loosely. Tags on the product indicate use for temps in the upper 40Fs - mid 50Fs. Hardly cold weather in most of the country. These tights provide only a little more warmth than conventional compression wear. PI doesn't publish this info on their website. Backcountry should include it in the description.

There are positives: Great price from Backcountry; well-constructed garment. The multi-panel design provides flexibility, support and a snug fit without bunching or over-emphasizing certain parts; zippered ankles with grips ensure cuffs stay in place; leg length is more than adequate to keep ankles covered and prevent updraft and exposed ankles; high back eliminates "lower back and crack" exposure; reflective elements are in the right places and are effective.

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