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Andy LaCombe

Andy LaCombe

Cincinnati, Ohio

Andy LaCombe's Passions

Road Biking
Mountain Biking

Andy LaCombe's Bio

Recreational rider that ride road, and just starting to get into touring.

Andy LaCombe

Andy LaCombewrote a review of on January 4, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was a bit skeptical on this sock versus my favorite - the older fugu socks, but this one is an update on the fugu. The thickest part of the sock is the toe area and it gets progressively thinner as you move towards the ankle. The socks feel great and since they are not a constant thickness, they are easier to pull on your feet and they also prove that you need the most protection near the toes - your shoes will most likely fit better with this style as well. They are also far less expensive than the fugu sock - mostly likely due to about half the merino wool required to make them

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Andy LaCombewrote a review of on August 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The only caveat with this shoe is that you need to order a half size larger than other Pearl Izumi shoes. These are a really nice shoe.

It is a very stiff sole with a low stack height. The dual BOA system allows you to dial in a precise fit to start and then adjust as needed without popping the BOA dials. Just turn them to tighten or turn the other way to loosen.

The insole is great - it allows you to insert different pieces to raise or lower the arch and to deal with varus tilt of your forefoot. The Varus tilt compensation can allow your knee to track a more vertical path and reduce side loading on the knee - that means less pain.

The heel cup could be a little tighter on my foot, but that is a minor complaint, since you can dial the BOAs to push your foot into the heel cup.

Ventilation is also not as good as it can be, but they are not a hit shoe.

No shoe is perfect, but this shoe is a great all around performer and an outstanding performer in many areas.

Pearl Izumi makes stuff that just works.

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Andy LaCombewrote a review of on August 17, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This shoe has many great features but the best one for me is the sole - it has a carbon section that is not like many road shoes. This carbon piece does not extend for the entire sole of the shoe

The carbon piece is positioned under the cleat mounting section to distribute the load from the cleat/pedal interface. Many mountain bike cleats are small and the load can get concentrated under a small portion of your forefoot. With this one , it gets spread over a larger area and reduces the risk of having a sore foot.

Why is the carbon piece smaller? It is so that you can not walk like Frankenstein when you are off the bike. The rubber that makes up the midsole is great because it provides some cushion, but it is not too soft - it is just right :) You can walk around easily and it also provides stiffness on the bike - ingenious.

The heel cup retains your foot while riding as well. Probably the best feature of this shoe is the dual BOA enclosure. With the two of them, you can adjust the fit to just how you need it at any point in the ride. Too tight? Rotate the dials to loosen - no need to pop them back up, they are bidirectional. You just have to remember that the dial on the left is backwards of the one on the right :)

I do not mean to sound like a shill, I am just thrilled with this shoe. I moved from a pair that was not that stiff in the forefoot and it resulted in some sore feet. Those shoes also had traditional strap and ratchet enclosures.

This is a great shoe. Any downside? Maybe the lack of airflow, but that is a personal preference and with a mountain shoe - it is a tradeoff with getting water and trail/road debris in the shoe.

Two thumbs up for this shoe!

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Andy LaCombewrote a review of on August 17, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great light. It has some key features that set it apart. The amber colored side lights are a great way to be seen from the sides, and the pulsing mode is awesome because it allows you to still see while presenting a different light sequence so drivers can see you while not disorienting anyone.

This thing is very bright. The strap mount is easy to use, and the GoPro mount gives you so many options for mounting the light in pretty much any manner you want with the approptiate mount

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Andy LaCombewrote a review of on January 1, 2013

5 5

I just got a pair of these and it is so tough trying to figure out the sizing because all brands fit differently and the sizing is all over the map. I ordered this in 46.5. I have Giro Factors in 46.5 and Giro SLX in a 46.0, and Shimano R300's in 46.5. The Giros match the Shimano pair in sizing. The Fizik are a size bigger and significantly wider in the forefoot. I am toying with returning them for a 46.0 due to the big size.

It is not an awful fit and would allow for a larger sock, but my foot can move fore and aft making it a bad thing at times.

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Andy LaCombewrote a review of on December 3, 2009

2 5

This bibshort has many issues with it. I have worn mine less than ten times and the light grey stitching is unraveling, and there are about 4 more threads hanging. They are not stretchy at all and that presents a sizing problem. The chamois is also not positioned correctly for me. I am 6'2" and 170 and wear a medium. The chamois is too far up my back so that it is not positioned under my sit bones.

Be careful with this one. I would size up on this one and the Free bibs. The Cronos from last year were true to size as are the Velocissimo and Wicked.

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Andy LaCombewrote a review of on December 3, 2009

5 5

I can not believe the comments on sizing. I am 6'2" and 170-175 and I wear a medium and they are fine. They are a very nice pair of bibs. Straps are great and they are not restrictive at all (like the Endurance shorts). I can not say much on durability yet. The wicked shorts from last year gave me no problems with durability.

The white is not concealing at all :) I would not order the white.

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Andy LaCombewrote a review of on April 28, 2009

5 5

I have had these for a short while, but they are the same as Castelli's Wicked shorts from last year. The fit is the same as the Wicked. I also have the white color. You can see through the white but the black is strategically placed so that you are not getting that much of an eyeful. You do not need to get these wet for their transparency to reveal itself :)

You have to be looking to see through and you would have to be fairly close. Unless you have to have white, I might opt for the grey. The red from last year is see through also, but not as much as the white.

The straps are very comfortable and the chamois is also nice.

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