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Elisa D.

Elisa D.wrote a review of on December 4, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I bought this as a present for my husband. He is usually a size large and that is the size I bought. He prefers Castelli jerseys in general. However, he thought the jersey was too tight, even though it was regular fit (maybe he's put on winter weight). But, I want to note that he thought the stretchy material felt great. He elected to keep the Pear Izumi semi-fit elite escape fit that was my backup choice.

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Elisa D.

Elisa D.wrote a review of on February 10, 2017

5 5

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

I've been using some cycling clothes, especially winter clothing, for running, because running clothes seem to lack in pockets and insulated materials in general. I had first bought a large, based on reviews that it ran small. I usually wear a small/medium but I wanted to add multiple layers underneath. The large was just too long and too wide. I then bought the medium. It fits well--I can add layers and the lengths of sleeves and bottom are longer but not too long. The hand pockets are great. It is also highly visible, especially with the mix of colors (although it wouldn't win an award for best visual design). I've worn it once and was very happy with it. I don't think I'd want a small, so it may run a little small, but not that much. Thus, I'm putting true to size.

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Elisa D.

Elisa D.wrote a review of on February 3, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've worn this several times, but I've been so bundled that I don't know if it's working. Can't pass judgment until I wear only one thinner top over it, but in general I've been happy with the brand. The medium fits me very well. I'm giving it 4 stars because I don't like the Gore logo directly where any unzipping of an overlayer shows it. I'm sure Gore thinks it's great marketing, but I think it's self-indulgent. I've taken a permanent marker to blot it out.

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Elisa D.

Elisa D.wrote a review of on December 14, 2016

5 5

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

This jacket is exceptional in its attention to detail--overall construction, reflective elements, snap sleeves to tighten, short zip on back to extend width, deep pockets, and the handy little zipper pull. The jacket overall looks and feels expensive (as it was without the sale price). It feels warm, but so far I've only used it for running, but will use it for cycling when it's not quite so cold (my hands can't take temps in 30s or lower, even with bar mitts and heavy gloves). I ordered a small and a medium. The small was not too small, and the medium was not too big, so I went with the medium. Either had room for underlayers. The length is on the short side, and I truly appreciated that, since I'm on the short side too. Its true to size for a jacket, would be slightly big for a jersey.

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Elisa D.

Elisa D.wrote a review of on October 13, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I had ignored this jersey for a long time because the photo looked like it was meant for a tall, skinny, well-proportioned woman. But, at the sale price, I decided to try it. I bought a large because I like jerseys to fit somewhere between skintight and baggy, and wanted to be able to add a base layer. I've bought Assos tops in large and they are fine. I'm usually a small/medium and short. This was too baggy and the length was too long for me. The jersey is really well-made and I like it a lot, but it is not for me.

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Elisa D.

Elisa D.wrote a review of on September 5, 2016

5 5

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

I ordered the matte graphite frame, but what came was very dark black. I got three lens: platinum (polarized), ignitor, and red (don't know exactly what red). I decided to go for a ride in them with the red lens. The red lens were great for dappled/sunny/shaded areas. I used to think polarized lens were a must, but I've been changing my opinion because they are so dark in shade and low light, which tends to be the conditions I ride in. The problem was I spent the entire ride totally aware of the black frames. However, I liked the 2-position nose piece, and they definitely seem to fit well (i.e., female face). Because of the fit and lens, I was really torn about keeping them or returning, but will return. I gave them 5 stars because I think they are great glasses, but I just couldn't live with the frame color.

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Elisa D.

Elisa D.wrote a review of on September 5, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My toe area tends to hurt me on long rides with not many stops. I ordered these because of the cushion under the toes. It helps lengthen the time until my toes hurt. They are lightweight elsewhere, which is definitely my preference for summer heat. They come in L/R-specific socks, but I fail to see the advantage. Because my shoes are either 38 (size S on size chart) or 8 to 8 1/2 (size M on size chart) in shoe size, I ordered both the small and medium. The medium was definitely too big.

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Elisa D.

Elisa D.wrote a review of on September 5, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these for the finger loops. I used to spend forever taking off my old gloves. Now I just give a pull on the loops and they are off. Plus, they are comfortable on the bike. Finally, the terry thumb is very handy. I think they are basically true to size, but that's with a really snug fit. I wear a medium, but I have wider fingers than a lot of women.

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Elisa D.wrote a review of on July 15, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I ordered these, although no sizing detail is given--really, who needs chest and waist size to get arm coolers. I laughed when I pulled them out of the bag. I have small arms and have worn compressive clothing but these take it all to another level. The important info was on the box, which recommended 8" upper arm circ. and 4.5" wrist circ. (S), 8.75 and 5.25 (M), and 9.5 and 6.0" (L). I think the issue is the lack of stretch overall to make the compressive fit, unlike CEP and CW-X, which are able to stretch more while still being compressive. I measured the TYR coolers myself and got 4.25" and 2.5". That means it takes a lot of stretching to go from 4.25" to actual 8" arm size, and 2.25" to 4.5". I also measured new Louis Garneau and Sugoi coolers in small (which fit me just fine): measurements are not that different, but the fits are entirely different. The LGs measured 4.5" and 2.5", and the Sugois 4.5+ and 3". I gave the TYR coolers a bad rating because of the lack of info and high price, even though they seem well made. I'm sure some would love them, but not what I was looking for.

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Elisa D.

Elisa D.wrote a review of on May 31, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

According to the description, this has a media pocket, not just a hole for a media port. I'd seen another Louis Garneau jersey that had a separate media pocket inside the middle pocket. I didn't like the color of that particular jersey, so ordered that same jersey in a different color and another one more that stated a media pocket, but none of them did. Even though this was inexpensive, it was not what I expected.

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Elisa D.

Elisa D.wrote a review of on May 31, 2016

5 5

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

After many months of ordering (and returning) jerseys, I've found the one for me. I love the 2 zip pockets, which easily fit my phone and small wallet on either side. I love the color, which is "unnatural" green, so higher visibility. As for fit, it is looser in the middle, and I like that. I bought a medium, though probably could wear the small. On the first riding day that I had to decide whether to try this or a light purple Giordana trade scatto, my husband, who generally thinks all jerseys should be form fit, said the Zmesh looked like it fit me, and that the Giordana purple color did not look the same and also would blend in with sun-setting evenings. I've ridden the zmesh now on 2 rides in lower 80s temps, and it felt great. I hope for them to make a bright red or yellow as a second jersey.

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