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Vincent L

Vincent L

Vincent L

Vincent Lwrote a review of on December 6, 2017

3 5

I think these are very cool sport sunglasses but at the time I believe they have a fundamental problem. These lenses tilt at a very generous angle off my face, leaving quite a gap off my forehead while coming very close to my cheeks at the bottom. The big gap around my forehead would be a problem with overhead/stray rays, as I would see some reflections swirling around depending on the angle where the light hit. Reflection is not as bad with the main darker Chromapop lens, but it is worst with the extra lighter rose shades for some reason. If I wear a visor or a cap, reflection would reduce drastically. I think there is a light mirror finish with these lenses, which would produce a small amount of reflection regardless. The generous angle of these shades off my face would sort of negate the benefit of a frameless expanded and unobstructed field of view as intended. Until I tried these glasses, I never thought that a frame around the top could act as a seal against overhead/stray lights. I think this frameless design is great but they just need to reduce the angle of the glasses. The Pivlock system is a clever design but I think it could become a problem if I swap lenses frequently, as the lock could wear down prematurely. This Pivlock system also requires stringent manufacturing tolerances, as a slight dimensional off on any of the parts would amplify and affect the fitting on a face. Mine actually sit a little off balance on my face. The nosepiece is also another clever design with two adjustable settings. I have a small nose so I use the narrower setting. I think you probably need a tall and big nose to use the wilder setting. The rubber nose pads seem a little hard on my nose. I have both the Arena and the Arena Max and I noticed the difference between the two is minimum, as you really have to look closer to the shape of the lenses at the bottom to see it. I think that’s about all the things to mention that I can think of. These glasses only came with two lenses instead of three as per previous iterations, which I think is still great comparing to other brands. Before, I always thought of Smith Optics as a very regard company with some top-notch products, but now that image is smudged a little bit after trying these Arena glasses.

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Vincent Lwrote a review of on November 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am a huge Giordana bib fan. This bib tight is my favorite compared to others I own. It is true to size SMALL for me. It has those newer rubber band flat straps, which are awesome with just the right amount of tension, and they stay flat. The fabric feel medium thick. It has a zipper at each ankle. The compression feel just right for me. The pad is extremely comfortable even for riding a century. Not sure if it was by design but the front of the pad kind of form a pouch to lock in your boy so it does not move around. Don't you hate it when your boy moves to the side? If you are a fan of their Silverline shorts then you will be at home with this long leg version.

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Vincent Lwrote a review of on November 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am a base layer junkie so I have many in my closet. This is one of my favorite ones. The front half is made of WS fabric while the back half is made of a dense mesh material. It is true to size SMALL to me with a snug fit. If you are muscular or used to loose fitting then perhaps it would be a size or two too small. With the Windstopper material, you have to careful with the outer layer, as it does not breath as well as expected. The first time I used it with a heavy winter LS jersey in the 40s degree F, I was sweating inside after 4 hours of riding, and I was chilled from the inside out. This WS baselayer needs a very breatherable outer layer to work for me. I think it will work great in the low 50s with a well ventilated summer SS jersey. The material feel high quality as usual from Gore stuff. That black one looks awesome. The white/gray one looks pretty dull.

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Vincent Lwrote a review of on November 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have several balaclavas and I like this one too. It is quite thin but it does the job with a wind stopper fabric. The fitting is not as tight as I would like but it is certainly not too loose. It does not have a hinged face mask so it cannot be pulled down to the chin. It does have an opening for the nose and some small holes around the mouth area. I cut a big hole around the mouth area which greatly improved the breathability of it. The small holes were already there as a guide so it was pretty easy to cut a big hole around the area. The cap comes down my forehead just at the right height, and the same for the face mask height wise. I do not have a visibility problem by wearing a pair of clear safety glasses. I have ridden it in the 40s degree F and it felt great. I am not sure if it will be good for a much colder temp though. The overall material feel is nice as usual with Gore stuff. To improve it, I would like to have a thicker material and a tighter fit. Thanks.

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Vincent Lwrote a review of on November 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I like this one best after trying several others. It is a tight fit on my medium size head. It feels really tight so it might be discouraging at first but after putting it on and riding for a couple of hours, it was business as usual. If you have a very large head then perhaps it would be a problem. The material feel medium thick and overall construction seem excellent. I like the hinged face mask, as it could be pulled down to the chin independent of the cap. There is also sub chin mask inside, so basically it has a chin mask and a face mask. I have ridden it in the 30s degree F and it felt great. I am sure it could be used for a much colder condition. The only thing I like to improve would be to have the cap come down further on my forehead, as it is designed to seat a little high up there regardless of how much I try to pull it down. I also customized mine by cutting a hole around my mouth area so I can breath through my mouth without pulling the face mask down. Overall, I think this balaclava is a better one than most other common brands. Thanks!

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Vincent Lwrote a review of on August 28, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am a big Castelli fan, as I have more than 10 of their jerseys in both short and long sleeves. This Volo jersey is a big disappointment to say the least. The shoulder and sleeves are tight but the body is loose. Is this what they called it an aero jersey? They need to take a look at Pearl Izumi PRO Speed jersey to see what an aero jersey feel like, it should be tight and stretchy all around. What makes it even worst are the mesh inserts on the back of the arms and rib cage sides, as there is not much sun ray protection if you are sensitive to it. I hate see- through mesh panels on a jersey, as it is unnecessary to have them with most fabrics are so thin and airy already. Besides, mesh panels look cheap. It seems like the higher end a jersey, the more mesh panels you will get. Go figure! With all said, these are nice looking jerseys if you are okay with these shortcomings. Thanks!

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