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barry hair

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barry hairwrote a review of on January 21, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This jacket is my backup for possible bad weather or a drop in temp. I was out last week wearing a Gabba with a base layer but the temps kept on dropping and I started to get chilly. Whipped this jacket out and life was golden once again. In my opinion it is well made and well thought out.

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barry hairwrote a review of on November 18, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This neck gaiter is one of my “foundation” pieces to wear when the weather starts getting cold. Simple but well made. Adjusts well to cover as much or as little as you want. Breathable but cuts the wind. This is a piece that makes cold rides possible. Bought one for my wife and she loves it too.

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barry hairwrote a review of on November 18, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my favorite cold/cool weather sock. It is not too thick but obviously is not as thin as my summer socks. I like the combo of wool and primaloft. Does what it is supposed to do and that is keep my feet warm. With a pair of overshoes going down below 32F is no problem.

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barry hairwrote a review of on June 15, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I live in Alabama so in the summer it is both hot and humid as hell. I decided to buy a bib short specifically made for summer. I am 6 feet, 200 pounds, and a 35 inch waist. I bought an XL. When you first put them on the bib straps feel a little snug but when you get on the bike they are perfect. These shorts are great on hot days and while I have not had them for that long I have been on several 75 mile rides where the temp was 93+F and the humidity high. I just forget about these bib shorts which is what I want. Nothing bugs me about these bib shorts. Instead they fit well, the chamois is great, and they do the job they were designed to do. Bravo.

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barry hairwrote a review of on February 21, 2018

5 5

Bought this glove as an in between glove between my half finger gloves and my LG thinsulate gloves for colder temps. This is a great glove from about 45F to 60F for me. A little bit of a fuss to put on. Fits like a glove. LOL. Did I say that? No extra material and looks great. Not designed to operate touch screens which I think someone said it was. I would buy it again and fits true to size.

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barry hairwrote a review of on August 19, 2017

2 5

I have several Castelli jerseys and none of them have this weird fit issue of this piece of kit. The front is too short. It just fits weird. Like the sleeves and the finish of the fabric. Now my Giordana FRC bib shorts do have a somewhat low "waist" to them which is great for "natural breaks" but off the bike with some movement there can be a gap between the bottom of this jersey and the top of the bibhort. I don't have that issue with any other castelli, giordana, or craft jersey I have.

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barry hairwrote a review of on February 23, 2017

PITA first time. Awesome afterwards
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I really like the look of this shoe cover. Like it better than the Duvilo covers I bought last year because I prefer a zipper over velcro and it keeps out rain better. I order a XXL even though I wear a 42 shoe and the shoe guide says pick XL (it is Castelli after all). Even buying up a size the first time I put tried to put the shoe covers on I bet it took me ten minutes on just one shoe and boy was I cussing. There is a trick. While holding both sides of the cover in one hand, you hold the zipper in the other and manage to also hold the bottom of the boot cover down to make it zip up. It is that last thing that makes it easy and now they go on quickly. No cussing. I have had several people compliment me on how good these shoe covers look while I usually think more function than form on such an item as this, I will say the look is one thing that got me to buy them. It fits very close to the shoe/leg, and has kept out the rain pretty well and worked in some pretty cold temps. With the thicker Castelli socks I even rode down to 28F in a light misting rain for over an hour one day and was fine. I would buy a pair again.

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barry hairwrote a review of on February 23, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was torn between choosing the Giordana G-Shield thermal shorts and the Castelli Omloop. I decided to buy the Omloop because of the promo literature and videos on this product. Well it just didn't work for me and maybe that is because I am a American who is 6 feet, 210 lbs at this point in my life. I thought I should order an XXL consider the way Castelli runs pretty small. I have only had one pair of Castelli shorts sever years ago and quite frankly the shorts fell apart at the junction of the short material and the leg band so I didn't buy another pair until now. I wear a 32 inseam pant and 36 waist

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barry hairwrote a review of on January 3, 2017

3 5

Bought this vest in an XL. I wear a 44 in a jacket. It has some elastic around the arm holes so I was hopeful it would be quiet when riding. Well it is until about 15 mph and then the loud flapping begins. This is my third wind vest the other two being Castelli and Giro and none of them are quiet at speed. I know the fix but nobody does it and that is a SHORT SLEEVE wind vest. Then there is no flapping from wind in the arm holes at least. Funny Castelli makes a great short sleeve rain short sleeve. Still searching.

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barry hairwrote a review of on September 13, 2016

Solid platform. Love them
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been riding a Look Keo after getting back into cycling "half ass" for several years and am now back into it much more seriously (3500 miles with 3.5 months to go). I bought Looks because hey I bought a set in 1985. What a night and day difference this pedal makes from that. The pedal platform feels wider and just such a solid transfer of power. I have to admit I also just bought the Shimano R231 shoes so that combination is like nothing I have ever had before. Love it. Much easier to clip in at the traffic lights than the Looks.

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barry hairwrote a review of on June 6, 2016

5 5

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

I was riding on a mid-price pair of five year old Shimano road shoes that had seen better days. I kept looking at this R321 shoe and while yes, it is pricey, the specs and reviews on it were up my alley. So I bit the bullet and bought a pair. Before doing so, I researched what bike dealer has the Shimano oven for these shoes and finally found ONE shop in Georgia that has the oven (I live in Alabama). So the shoe arrives and I drive to Georgia the next day to get the shoe custom fitted using the Shimano shoe oven. First did the insole and then did the shoe in the oven. It definitely gets pliable in the oven and you put the shoe on right out of the oven and it is then vacuum bagged so it shrinks down to your foot. I then stood in them for a while for them to completely cool. I took them off, drove back to Alabama, and didn't put them back on until the next day. It was at that moment when I put them on I told my wife, I swear these are the most awesome shoes I have EVER put on my feet, no matter what type, dress, casual, cycling, etc. This shoes fit my fit about as perfect as I could ask. They feel truly custom because they are! So yesterday I went on a short 20 mile ride to test out the shoes and do some cleat adjustments along the way.
Wow, the soles are stiff on this shoe. My feet just don't move around the inside of this shoe in any way. No energy is wasted. My heel is firmly planted in the shoe. The transmission of power with this shoe feels so direct. While it was only 20 miles I had zero hot spot issues. The "front grill" on this shoe really does vent well which being from the deep South, that is very much an appreciated feature. I could really tell a difference on my feet feeling cooler. Now come winter, I can see where booties or toe covers would go on earlier than most other shoes. I may just buy the Shimano R171 for winter since it does not vent nearly as well (and one southern reviewer says that shoe is too darn hot). The R321 is golden I tell you.

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barry hairwrote a review of on May 28, 2016

5 5

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

I have gotten tired of mismatched kit at least as to bib shorts and jersey when I am spending a nice sum of money on higher end kit. I recently bought a Lungo jersey from Giordana (have prior purchases too) and simply love the fit, finish, performance and design of it (the five pockets with sixth pocket phone slit rocks). I wanted to get a pair of bib shorts to match brands. I tried the Sahara first and it was for me personally, a disaster even in XXL. So after looking at the Giordana shorts line up this was my shot at finding something that would work well for me. I rode in them today and while it was only 30 miles (was raining from the start so I cut the ride short), I loved the way these shorts fit me from the first mile. This short pretty much disappeared while riding and that is the best compliment I can think to say. The details and finish are very much in line for the price you are paying and in my subjective opinion look very high end. Most folks want to know about the fit relative to the size of the reviewer to help judge what to buy size wise. I am 6 feet, 205 lbs. but no Andre Greipel quads or Nicky Minaj butt. I wear a 36 waist Gap jean in "trim" and am about to go to a 34 because it is starting to feel loose. Knowing Giordana is typically a buy a size up brand, I bought an XL. Perfect. I love this short enough that I bought another pair tonight.

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barry hairwrote a review of on May 28, 2016

1 5

First let me say my first purchase of Giordana kit was the FormaRed Carbon winter jacket which I love for the really cold and rainy winter rides with their Roubaix winter cycling tights. Love the jacket and really like the tights in nasty weather. Like that it is a family owned and Italian made. Great quality. So when I read that they now have their own factory and had even better control I thought that was great. When I saw these bibs and the similar bibs in this new line they were promoting as from their new factory, I thought these will really rock or they might be a little odd. I hoped for the first. Now for the details some of it personal to put it in reference for my comments. I am 6 feet, 205 lbs., still have a little belly (have lost over thirty pounds). Don't have big legs (average) nor a huge arse (but a cyclist butt). My two "regular" cycling bibs are Craft and Mavic in a large and they are fit me very easily. For further reference to street clothes, in blue jeans I wear Gap 1969 "trim" and am about to go to a 34 because they are getting loose. With that said, the story moves on. So I order the Sahara in an XL to size up because it is Giordana. I bought the Roubaix cycling tights for last winter in a XXL because I was the aforementioned 30 pounds heavier. Fit me fine. I get the Sahara XL and try and put it on. Felt like a freaking small. I could not even get the bib shorts up to my crotch it was so tight. It was ridiculous. So me having a little bit of belly was not even a factor because my normal sized legs and unhuge rear prevented the shorts from even making it to my waist. So as much as I didn't want to order XXL (for 40 to 44 inch waist), I bit the bullet and did so. Why, because I really wanted this to work. So the XXL came and again I tried to put them on. Again WAY too tight and just didn't fell right at all. I could get them on but oh not comfortable at all. I was dismayed. The legs were also too long now. Spoke to my favorite guy at CC about it and he said try them on the bike and see if once on the bike things go differently. So with cautious optimism (but bringing my Craft shorts as a back up) I drove to my usual starting point in my car wearing the Sahara. As soon as I got on the bike it just felt bad, simply bad. I was very cognizant of the discomfort and it was not for me. Rode half a mile in them, couldn't stand it, went back to the car, changed in the back seat (and didn't get arrested doing so) and went back out wearing my Craft shorts which are getting long in the tooth from many hours in them. So back to CC they go. I don't know who these shorts are made for but my only thought is some stick leg cyclist who can just squeeze into an XXL! I am happy to report I bought I pair of the Trade Forte FormaRed Carbon bib shorts and rode them today for the first time. In an XL. LOVE THEM. Love the look, the fit, the chamois. That short just "disappears" when I am riding in them. Zero complaints and buying a second pair.

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barry hairwrote a review of on April 30, 2016

5 5

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

I was very interested in the new kit being put out by Giordana now that they have their own factory and doing cool things such as thermabonding. I thought the layout of five back pockets plus the sixth (might as well say phone holder) might be a nice variation for people who do long rides. I rode in an event today and wow, nicest jersey I have ever owned. The jersey material feels like nothing, wicks really well, and truly feels luxurious. While technically not a race fit, it is form fitting and not a sack-o-tater flapping jersey. The pictures don't do this jersey justice. I bought the blue orange fluo. At first I wondered will all these pockets really work right or not. I love it. The far left and right pocket do not really stick out to the side to make some goofy side bulges. From far left to far right I had it this set up: bandana; bag with energy gels; bag with license, tool, lens wipes and paper towel; cell phone; and keys. Actually makes the back pockets slimmer in profile and everything has it own pocket. Brilliant! One of the best purchases I have made. I have a 44 in. chest, am 6 feet, and weigh 205lbs. I bought the XXL because Giordana tends to be on the small side.

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barry hairwrote a review of on March 20, 2016

1 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I am a fan of Giordana kit. Have several of their items, jacket, long bib tights, etc. Decided to try their gloves. Since my hand circumference is 8.5 inches which is the high end of medium, I ordered the large. When it arrived, the large is way too small and heck the glove does not even completely cover my palm. The fingers are so small, my wife has to take them off of my hand. Just not happy with the design or the build of this glove.

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barry hairwrote a review of on March 4, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I made a commitment mentally and with my wallet this winter to keep on riding when it gets in the 30s and even into the 20s if necessary. Plus this winter I am riding several nights a week because the sun goes down way too early in Alabama. I did a ride one day at about 30F, windy with a chill factor of 21F (god knows what it as once you hit 15mph) using some fairly inexpensive LG neoprene overshoes (with appropriate thermal head covering and neck gaiter, Giordana FormaRed Carbon jacket & Giordana Roubaix thermal big tights) so not having enough for a warm core was not an issue. My feet got very uncomfortably cold and I am hot natured. So I read the reviews on this set up, the price was right and I squeezed the trigger on it. Huge difference in the ability to keep my feet comfortably warm in the same conditions with the same kit described. At the same time, these are somewhat clunky overshoes, they are pretty big but you need that pile loft to not freeze your toes off. They are not the prettiest overshoes (again look a little clunky) and don't fit the neatest around the shoe but who cares because my feet are warm and I am riding outside rather than on an indoor trainer which is something I absolutely detest. I get to ride with warm feet on days so cold for here that I am pretty much the only cyclist I see out riding. Works for me. I wear an 11 shoe and bought the size that has that in its range.

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barry hairwrote a review of on March 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This year I decided to spend the money that would allow me to ride comfortably in some of the coldest weather we get in Alabama (yes it isn't North Dakota). This winter I have spent more time riding at night than in daylight because the sun goes down around 5pm or so. I have a pair of LG Defend gloves which I really like (thinsulate) because they have a lot of dexterity but around the freezing mark they don't cut it. So I bought this glove. It is a thicker glove and the dexterity is not as good as I would like but once I wore them one time, I found it pretty easy to adjust. That is just a necessary part of the equation and I did not want to go to some lobster claw set up. I have only ridden in them twice since I bought them at the tail end of winter. Both rides were around the 30 to 32F mark with chill factor down to 20F to 22F plus the cold here is almost always a wet cold (70 percent humidity+) which can really challenge a temp rating on any kit. The gloves performed admirably. My hands have been toasty each time where in the same conditions in the LG gloves (which I tried) my hands were chilled to the bone (which is why I bought these). They have a nice grippy palm and are well constructed. I have no problem operating the shifters/brakes even though they are a bigger loft glove. Money well spent that keeps me on the bike outside when most folks are on their indoor trainers wanting to blow their brains out because they are so bored. Oh, as to size, my hand measures 8.5in. which put me near the top of medium so I opted to go up to a large. It fits fine. I am hesitant to say it runs small because of the sizing range but indicated that in the review.

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