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Wade B.

Wade B.

Wade B.

Wade B.wrote a review of on March 20, 2019

4 5

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

Bought these specificaally for the Windstopper feature, which for me makes them perfect for very low 50s and 40s in the mountains. Had a couple of rides so far and fit seems good except for very tight lycra at the bottom of the legs. I have fairly thin legs and calves so they work OK for me but if you have large calves there is NO WAY these would work for you. Chamois seems adequate so far, and suspeners are very soft an comfortable

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Wade B.

Wade B.wrote a review of on April 22, 2017

4 5

The reviews have pretty much covered it already, just a straight up ultralight wind vest which is perfect. I have lots of vests and many try to do too much., which limits the versatility., and make you look like Quasimodo when you try to stuff it into a jersey pocket. Agree with previous reviewer that it's a club fit, which usually for Castelli means a Pro fit, but this one seems rationally sized.

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Wade B.

Wade B.wrote a review of on October 9, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Ok, so I have to say I have been eyeing these bars for a long time. I like my aluminum FSA Compact bars a lot so I really felt this was, well...an ego purchase. You know, they look bitchin'...happen to match my Tarmac, etc.. Now a couple of weeks in and they are just awesome, The flat area behind the hoods is worth the price of admission alone; insanely comfortable. The ovalized tops are not only more comfy and anatomic when climbing, but make an excellent perch for your forearms in the "faux" aero position. Internal cable routing under the tops is super sano, albeit a bit fiddly to get housing in the first time around...plan on donating a kinked cable to the process. What I didn't expect was just how much more solid and planted they feel when sprinting/climbing out of the saddle, kinda altered my paradigm a bit in this respect. Anyway, pricey but well worth the admission if you feel as I do that your three contact points (saddle, bar, shoes) are a place to invest some green in the name of comfort and performance.

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Wade B.

Wade B.wrote a review of on July 5, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these as a back up to the more XC/rigid Scott MTB premium shoes for trips to Moab/Fruita and technical places where you are likely to have to walk. At first, the flexibility turned me off a bit since I am used to XC style footwear, so they sat in my bag until i forgot my "regular" shoes one day. After a long ride I can say the toe flex is not really an issue, although it is noticeable on longer rides. Part of that is due to using a fairly small pedal (Crank Bros Candy) and part just because I am used to carbon soled race shoes. I do like the shoe very much though, and could be my only/go to shoe if i were to switch to the Crank Brothers mallet E, which would provide more platform and less "reverse flex". The one thing that I don't really get is the higher medial side which I guess is ostensibly for ankle protection? Guess I am not rad enough to need it, and while it is not noticeable when riding, it seems to not add anything either.

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Wade B.

Wade B.wrote a review of on February 14, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So, I cannot comment on durability yet, but I can comment and fit and function which are both first rate. Thank all the gods that have ever been worshiped that a Swiss company finally puts out a well lasted shoe for Americans with feet wider than a pencil. Have never understood the paradigm of producing endless shoes with crowded toe boxes. Only oddity, which I guess we'll see as the season plays out is the hard plastic lugs. They are deep so should give great traction in loamy type trails, but might be scary as hell in Moab, Fruita, or other place where cowards like me do a lot of hike a bike. Thankfully, fit is so great I also bought a pair of the new Schr-alp RS shoes with sticky rubber and more flexible toe area which I can run in more highly technical areas. Gonna be a two shoe summer....

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Wade B.

Wade B.wrote a review of on January 3, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I guess it's a bit unusual to write a review about a returned product, so I will leave this as a few impressions. Fit is definitely on the small side, both overall and toe box width. I bought these for the concept of a stiff trail shoe that has some flex for walking, and it seems to fill that bill, however, after walking about inside for quite some time, the flex point and me never got along. It just seemed to break at a spot that was very uncomfortable for me, but might be perfect for others. One more point is that the soft rubber part of the tread is quite thin, and I think you'd be through to the hard plastic pretty quickly if you have to hike a bike a lot, but that is theoretical to some extent.

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Wade B.

Wade B.wrote a review of on September 18, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I own an older raptor 6 and this reboot addresses all of the old issues with the pack. First and foremost, hip pockets now have zippers so you can actually use them without fear of losing whatever you put in there. Second, the older pack had a fussy zipper and fastex buckle access to the bladder pocket while this has the newer single zipper which goes all the way down the shoulder strap. MUCH faster, MUCH more secure, and eliminates the older elastic bands (that lost their elasticity over time) which secured the hose to the strap. A+. New tool pocket has also been relocated to the proper place and there's a zipper in a zipper for the small stowage pocket to fully secure valuables. All in all the best hydro pack ever, and the 6 seems the perfect size for anything from epic all day trail rides to short stints. if you own a Raptor 6 this is worth the upgrade due to the vast number of well thought out changes.

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