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Tracy G.

Tracy G.

Nebraska

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Road Biking

Tracy G.

Tracy G.wrote a review of on January 26, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased a Giordana AV bib tight in the autumn of 2017. I’m now in my second season of wearing it, out on the frosty roads of Nebraska. It’s delightfully snuggly—so much so, that I only put it on if the temperatures drop below 45°F, and I actually still feel comfortable in it even at 30°F, especially once I get going. The zip-up vest component definitely helps to keep me cozy at my core.

My winter rides usually last an hour, at most. The tight has such a great chamois, though, that I’m occasionally tempted to go longer. I’m also impressed by how bright the reflective features are—this is an important safety feature on days that are short and gray.

The tights do have a fairly straight, almost boxy cut. For reference, my measurements are 33–28–38, and I ordered a size medium. Based on the sizing chart, I was a little concerned that a medium might turn out to be too big in the chest and too small in the hips. But the fabric is forgiving enough that the garment hugs those areas in the way that it should. The waist, in contrast, is slightly loose, and it would’ve been better for me if it was taken in an inch. The legs are also too long on my frame, but eh, that happens with all of my tights. I just close the ankle zipper only halfway, and I tuck the excess fabric under. That still leaves a 5" wide band of reflective material at the ankles, which works perfectly well. Ladies of average to somewhat taller heights will likely find that the inseam is about right.

All in all, I am very happy with with this purchase. It is a such a relief, to not feel confined to an indoor trainer every day from Thanksgiving to St. Patrick’s.

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Tracy G.

Tracy G.wrote a review of on September 7, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I initially purchased this Solare jersey in gray, and I’ve liked it so well that I recently bought a second one in blue. For sizing reference, I wear a 34 A/B bra, and a small in the Castelli Rosso Corsa light bra. For the Solare jersey, I sized up to a medium, which was the correct decision. The jersey’s internal bra is noticeably more comfortable than my Rosso Corsa bras—it’s somewhat less compressive, yet still offers perfectly adequate support for my cup size.

Because this is not obvious from the currently posted images, I thought it might be helpful to note that the front fabric panels for the bras are the same color as the piping trim on the jerseys: a minty aqua for the gray jersey, and a fluo orange for the blue jersey. So there’s a lovely, jaunty pop of color at the chest when the jersey is unzipped just an inch or two. The back internal fabric panel for the bras is a breathable white mesh. In addition to the three regular rear pockets, the jersey features a flapped, 2.5" x 4" key pocket on the right hip. This is done in sky blue mesh with orange trim on the blue jersey, and fluo yellow mesh with mint trim on the gray jersey.

I imagine that this style of jersey wouldn’t be ideal for wearing with bibs. As someone who has only regular shorts, though, I’m finding the design to be absolutely brilliant. The Solare feels good to wear, and it looks good, too. By sheer happy accident, the blue one even matches my 2018 Pearl Izumi X-ALP Launch shoes!

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Tracy G.

Tracy G.wrote a review of on December 21, 2017

Berry nice
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I own this jersey in both mountain lake and wood. In the website images, the wood color appears to be a medium-dark olive green with soft red accents. In real life, it's a very dark hunter green with strong crimson accents. I do find it lovely; it's just somewhat different from what's pictured.

The cut is also a little different from any other jersey I've tried. For reference, my measurements are 33-28-38. I wear a size small in this jersey, and I really like how it fits. It'd be fair to say that I'm pear-shaped, though, and I think cyclists with narrow shoulders and curvier lower bodies will likely be the happiest with this particular design.

The main fabric has a pleasing, silky texture, with more of a mesh structure at the sides for venting. This all felt quite comfortable to me during a 42-mile ride in mid-August of last year. I also appreciate the cute, classy berry pattern and the subtlety of the brand logo. I've kept my rating at four stars primarily because the zippers do feel somewhat stiff and delicate to me. They haven't broken, but I've had to struggle with them a bit more than with my other cycling gear.

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