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Tylerwrote a review of on May 27, 2017

3 5

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

Giro makes great stuff, but this helmet was not for me. For one, it constantly pulled out my hair when pulling the helmet off.

Also, there was too much play on my head (not because of the MIPS system), but this might be a function of my head shape. There was enough play (on my head) that I was concerned that the helmet might get knocked too far off if I hit the deck.

Lots of people love this helmet, but if you are hard to fit, try a Lazer. If you love Giro helmets, have short hair, and want MIPS at an economical price, then buy this helmet.

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Tylerwrote a review of on May 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am a solid Giordana fan. My winter kits is all FR-C wind bib tights and bib knickers, and these shorts are on par. They are so comfortable, I forget about them.

IMHO much better than Castelli Velicissimo, PI Pro bibs, Ale, and Sugoi RS Pro, which I have all owned. Different chamois fit different people, but I these are my dedicated long day cycling bibs.

Interestingly, these Silverline bib shorts even fit better and are more comfortable than their Silverline Bib knickers from a couple of years ago. Your mileage may vary, but I love mine.

Oh, and depending on your build, you might size up. Though, I don't think they run as small as Castelli sizing. In the 150's you might be able to get away with Mediums, so you could try both.

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Tylerwrote a review of on May 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The best thing about this pack (other than it fits great and doesn't flop around) is that the waistbelt zippers are easy to open one handed. I can unzip, pull out a bar, and rezip easily without futzing around with the zippers!!! (I wish other cycing clothing manufacturers could pull this off - Listen up Castelli and Gore).

I am a roadie, and while I don't use this every week, I do use this pack for gravel riding in the winter (when I need to carry some extra bits just in case) or for day tours. (I've had it for a few years now, and I have used it many many times, but certainly not every week.)

Solid pack. I got the 10 liter so I wouldn't be too tempted to bring more than I needed, and the 10 is perfect!!!

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Tylerwrote a review of on May 27, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am on my second Lazer O2, and it is among the best fitting helmets I have tried. (IMHO the Lazer's fit the best, and all the Lazer's fit similarly on my head).

I have tried and purchases Bell, Giro, and Specialized (second Place) helmets before, and the O2 fits wonderfully. What is nice is that it fits solidly on the head without too much play (which was an issue for me with Giro's).

You certainly don't want your helmet to have so much play it gets knocked off your head when you hit the deck.

Now if they only made the O2 in a MIPS version...

The only niggle is that the padding will start to come off after a 2-3 years, but if you are using it a lot, you should be replacing your helmet that often anyway! (and it's an easy fit with fabric glue). And over time the shell will discolor slightly, but this happened to me when it was time to replace anyway.

Solid helmet and a must buy if you don't like Giro or Bell helmets.

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Tylerwrote a review of on December 22, 2016

3 5

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

I am a Giordana fan as their clothing fits me the best and their chamois is super comfortable. I have FRC Wind bib tights, which are most excellent, but I thought I would try these as an in between.

First, the quality is great. This is a well made pair of tights that will last a long time.

But . . . These did not fit my needs, but they might fit yours. I tried them, and they are not windproof enough for me, nor do they have enough insulation. They bead water well, but your legs will get very chilled in a rainstorm.

If you are warm blooded, they would be fine for the 40's, but they are not for me. They would be fine for 50º and rainy for me, but 50ºF temps, I would just wear knickers and long socks.

I found the insulation was not thick enough, and I would have preferred the protection of the FRC wind bib tights in rainy 40º something weather.

I wear a Large in my other Giordana FRC tights, and these tights seemed a little bit less compressive than my FRC tights and a tad roomier. I am curious to know if the sizing is the same in this round of updates or if the newer garments are a bit roomier than their predecessors. You might not need to size up in these.

I also don't like that they did not use paneled construction—they just aren't as snug and comfy. They do this to cut down on seams that would allow water inside, but you lose comfort and compressive support.

I also found the chamois to not be as comfortable as the FRC. I think part of the issue is that the garment was not compressive enough, which might allow the chamois to move around a little more.

I would be curious to try the AV bib tights to see if they are more compressive.

So, these tights might work for you or they might not. If you are looking for something super burly, just go with the AV bib tights instead.

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Tylerwrote a review of on December 22, 2016

5 5

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

I have used this jacket twice so far: yesterday while riding in 34ºF cold foggy weather and today while cycling in 38ºF+ partly cloudy weather.

I was completely toasty warm, and the jacket could easily handle even colder temps. I wore an Icebreaker compass hoody underneath the 2 layer jacket, and if the temps were lower, I could layer a 260 weight to add even more warmth, but I don't know that you would need it. The jacket is excellent because all you need is a base layer, and you are good.

And when you get too warm, the chest vents do an excellent job of venting while climbing.

I would have preferred an all red, and the orange is a bit odd, but very visible—especially in a season where visibility might be compromised.

This jacket is definitely for wearing under 40º, and you might be able to get away with wearing just the outer layer and a base layer for very low 40's.

I also own a Castelli Espresso 3 jacket, but I much preferred the extra warmth of this jacket these past two days.

I have a L US / XL Euro and am - 5'10" 180, and it fits with plenty of room for more layering. It definitely does not fit anywhere as tight as Castelli.

I tend run cold, so if you run warm, you could use it in even lower temps or forego the liner.

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Tylerwrote a review of on April 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love DeFeet and Darn Tough socks. Both have lasted me for years.

I have two pairs of these knee highs, and I wear them for winter cycling with 3/4 bib tights or in the 30's with wind bib tights.

DeFeet socks last for years, and these are super warm in the winter. The only comparable sock is the Darn Tough knee high mountaineering socks, which are a little warmer, and I have two pairs of those as well. Both are excellent!!!

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Tylerwrote a review of on April 3, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are the best. I have worn these into the low 30's. Very comfy, and the legs aren't baggy (I hate). I usually wear a large to a Medium, and I wore a Medium in these, and they are great. They are worth full price, but getting them on sale is better. I also have a pair of Specialized windproof Deflect Bib tights, and these Giordana's beat them hands down. Best cold winter windproof bibs I have tried

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