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William R.

William R.

William R.

William R.wrote a review of on July 14, 2019

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I have several Castelli skin suits that fit OK in size small but for some reason their shorts never quite fit right. I could wear these bibs in size Small ... except that the straps are so short they put too much pressure on my shoulders. The size Medium fit a little better but the straps were still too short for comfort and the grippers on the legs were too large. I guess they made them for short guys with tree trunk legs.

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William R.

William R.wrote a review of on December 10, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I tend to be right on the boundary between Medium and Small cycling tights. My skin suits are all Small but a lot of my regular shorts are Medium so I was surprised that the Medium knickers felt fairly tight. I could have lived with that but they have another problem: the "rise" from the crotch seam to the waist is much shorter than any other cycling shorts or knickers I have ever tried on. When I tried walking around my room a bit while trying the knickers on it felt like they were trying to move down onto my hips instead of staying on my waist.
They appear to be well made but for me at least there's no way I'd actually try to ride in them.

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William R.

William R.wrote a review of on August 8, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought several of these, some from this web site, some elsewhere. The fit is snug. The chamois is adequate. They get the job done. I have encountered a couple of problems. Two of the shorts I bought elsewhere arrived with manufacturing defects. The retailer exchanged them without any problem but this raises a question about adequate quality control. The other problem is that there is a very long tag attached at a seam on the left rear of the shorts and that tag and the associated seam tend to chafe a bit. I noticed this on more than one pair. It isn't hard to cut the tag off and that mostly fixes the problem but I think they could have done a better job of designing that attachment. I've never had this problem with shorts before.

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William R.

William R.wrote a review of on August 8, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I mostly like the suit and I suspect it does improve aerodynamics. I bought a size Small based on the fit information on the web site and it is quite snug but not uncomfortable when I'm on my TT bike. It feels a bit uncomfortable if I'm standing up walking around but I guess that's a common skin suit issue. They are supposed to be snug and they are not meant for standing up.
The material is light and comfortable in hot weather and the suit certainly looks like it should improve aerodynamics but I don't currently have a way to measure that.
As much as I like the suit I cannot give it 5 stars: (1) The zipper feels cheap and it sometimes binds a bit when trying to zip or unzip it. I have encountered this same problem with every piece of Castelli kit I have ever bought. I don't know why they want to put cheap zippers on expensive clothing. (2) The zipper does not go far enough down the torso to make "nature breaks" easy despite what the description says. I was surprised by that because my Velocissimo San Remo, also by Castelli, does have a (just barely) long enough zipper. (3) The fabric is VERY fragile. The first time I wore the suit I lightly brushed my shoulder against the large ring of my bike while putting the bike up on its storage rack and the fabric ripped. I put on some Tenacious Tape as an initial fix and I'll figure out a longer term solution at some point but I am quite concerned that the fabric will not hold up well when I have to pin on race numbers.
Update: I've worn the suit enough times to have gotten used to it. The fabric is holding up better than expected but it does NOT tolerate contact with rough surfaces. It is important to avoid getting the fabric snagged on things.
It's hard to be sure but I think this suit, even with its pockets, is at least as fast as my pocketless Pactimo skin suit.

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William R.

William R.wrote a review of on August 8, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these primarily for aero benefit but they can be useful in wet weather. I would not consider them truly waterproof because water can get into the shoe via the sole which has an opening for a pedal cleat. My size XL fits fairly snugly over an older pair of Shimano size 44.5 road shoes. I doubt that the size XL would fit anything much larger than 44.5. I have not found anything better for use in cool weather so I recently bought a second pair to replace the first one.
What I don't like about the shoe covers is that they are too easy to tear. So far the soles have held up well but it is really easy to tear the stretchy fabric of the uppers while pulling them on over riding shoes. I have used so much Tenacious Tape to patch my original pair that parts of the fabric have more tape than original material.
For this price I would have expected something a bit sturdier.

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William R.

William R.wrote a review of on August 23, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I have generally liked the Sugoi apparel I have purchased in the past but I did not find much to like about this jersey. It has a "relaxed fit" which in this case seems to mean "about 1-2 sizes too big". I almost always wear Men's Medium but when I tried this on it felt looser than the size Large t-shirts some of my family wear. I didn't actually wear the jersey so I cannot comment from experience about the fabric's performance but it feels a bit like cotton to me which makes me skeptical of its wicking ability. With a fit this loose it isn't going to be touching enough skin to help with wicking anyway. I thought about trying the next size down but the way the jersey is cut I doubt it would feel "right" even if the size came closer to fitting. It does have some reflective material in a few places that probably would help with visibility in low light.

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