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ewwrote a review of on July 17, 2019

2 5

The index finger is pretty much as long as the middle finger and thus like half an inch to long. Not sure why anyone would want a bunch of extra material coming off one of the most used riding fingers. Quality also way below PI standards, threads coming, etc.

Was hoping these would be good since they don't have any padding on the palm. Padding detaches the rider somewhat from the bike and IMO not in any way desirable except in some extreme conditions but I never ride with it no matter what.

I do like full finger gloves.

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ewwrote a review of on September 18, 2018

2 5

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

I've owned a few Bell helmets and find them to be the most comfortable and fit the best on my noggin.

This helmet is pretty sweet except there's no padding on the inside back so it's hard foam on your head. No bueno. Returned.

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ewwrote a review of on August 20, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

They have some strange floating ratchet system for holding the retention device in the back of the helmet.

This allows for the retention system to float a bit as your head moves. This is irritating and doesn't make any sense to me.

Helmet also came with very lame and cheap decals.

Otherwise very cool looking and fit me pretty well.

Thank goodness no MIPS.

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ewwrote a review of on August 20, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've ridden in a Volt for years, fits perfect.

Wanted to get something new, presumable safer, and Bell still fits me the best. Many helmets place the strap anchor high inside the helmet which digs into my head (Giro and Lazer are two).

I've always thought MIPS mostly makes the helmet uncomfortable so I've tried to avoid but Bell has gone whole hog into MIPS so I tried this helmet and it fits me well and is comfortable.

Part of the comfort comes from lots of material covering the MIPS skeleton. This material serves to store heat inside the helmet.

The helmet also vents poorly.

The MIPS also allows for the helmet to tilt to one side or the other on my head but I can't tell when I'm riding. Does this shave safety points from what otherwise might be the most protective helmet on the market?

The strap material is also like 4" too long so I'm almost out of room with being able to tighten the helmet as the buckle almost hits the end.

The buckle is also real stiff. Is this necessary?

Bell is real proud of this helmet with the dual density foam and the uber covered MIPS but I find myself thinking of how it's really not that great when I'm riding which is a sure sign of bad design, or poor execution. Or both.

Hopefully Bell will get off its high horse and come around to realizing this ain't the end all. Still work to do folks, especially at this price point.

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ewwrote a review of on July 23, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Pretty nice helmet. I have a POC MTB raceday, top of the line, whatever it's called. The MTB helmet is deep, maybe a bit too much as it occasionally bangs into my glasses but it's pretty comfortable and nice, and light and has a good retention system.

This helmet feels pretty shallow, I wanted to get the base-of-skull ratchet system as far down as possible. Comfort is good for a helmet with a rotational protection system (POC proprietary in this helmet I guess, not MIPS). I've yet to put on a MIPS helmet I would wear due to comfort issues.

This helmet seems like it would be relatively aero and vent well due to the relatively standard aero designs these days of vents in the front and solid plastic on much of the back so when your head is down air is mostly moving around instead of through the helmet.

Alas, I never tried this baby because it sticks out on the sides a ton and makes me look like a mushroom so I sent it back.

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ewwrote a review of on December 23, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

These seem pretty nice, didn't use them. Returned. Where the zipper is placed and the nature of the stretchy material, makes it impossible to zip these with one hand. It's a twist your back two handed yoga maneuver. I'd also prefer that they go higher. But they do seem well made, otherwise good design and materials.

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ewwrote a review of on March 23, 2017

3 5

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

If you want your hands to be warm don't buy these. I'd say these are good down to like 40. Down to 21 degrees as rated, absolutely no way.

No place to wipe snot that's comfortable to the nose. Inadequate material dedicated to the place where your hand wraps around the hood.

Otherwise nice, well made and good fit although I think the gripper material on the palms is a bit overkill, causes the gloves to move around on the hands a bit when it sticks to the bar tape. I do like the fact there's virtually no hand padding.

Hand padding on gloves. Why would you ever if you want a good feel of your bike.

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ewwrote a review of on March 14, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I thought I'd like these because of the simple styling and my past experience with PI stuff. I think the chamois is good. The straps, however, are tight, I thought they'd loosen a bit but they didn't. The strap design is also more overall like than most of the other brands where they run something up the middle of your back and then spread at the shoulders. I think the strap design on these bib shorts is inferior.

The stitching on the underside of the straps is also course, or the overlay of the red material is too blunt because they snagged on my base layer, not huge just irritating and poor execution.

The killer is that either through ineffective leg grippers or poor design, or the straps being too tight and unforgiving the legs on these ride up very quickly and then you get bunching where you need it least making them unusable for me.

This really shouldn't be that hard people. Straps should be smooth to the body and their job isn't to hold things up with force but to just keep the waist contacting your body.

Legs need to be long enough, tight enough and with sufficiently good gripper material so the legs stay in place.

My search goes on.

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ewwrote a review of on December 13, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

They look super bulky on the web site but I couldn't imagine they really are given how all other PI gloves look in pictures. Surprise, they are really bulky.

Pretty much as bulky as ski gloves, maybe really warm, I'll never know, returning. Priced like quality ski gloves but not as nice in my opinion.

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ewwrote a review of on December 11, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I got a pair of these gloves and the fit is very nice, materials and construction seem good, not too bulky but sufficiently insulated. I'm riding hard so when it's below 45 I need a little insulation but anything bulky gets too warm very quickly.

The elastic they put around the wrists of these gloves, however, is not the same diameter and way too tight on the left so I'm needing to return. I'm pretty sure cutting the blood off from your hands is not a good way to keep them warm. I'm ordering another pair, along with Pearl Pro soft shell, to see if they're made better but with the lame wrist elastic and super high cuff I think CRAFT has a revision to do on this one. Generally a big CRAFT fan.

I'm between sizes on the CRAFT sizing sheet but the M is perfect and small way too small. I'm in-between on most craft sizing sheets but the bigger choice, I'm learning, is always better for me.

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ewwrote a review of on October 23, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The fit is very good, could maybe be a tiny bit longer in the front. It does exactly what it's supposed to do, blocks wind, breaths and allows you to easily shed heat with a slight unzip if you're on a big climb. A few upgrades would make it perfect for me:

1. The zipper is a bit fussy in the transition between the top and the kink between your neck and chest but maybe that's a function of the material and the fit, quality zipper for sure.

2. The pocket in the back is not good, it's too big and deep so it's tough to get stuff out especially with the bulky zipper flap. A better design would be to use a standard 3 pocket approach maybe made out something different than the jacket, something that stretches a bit, mesh maybe. I hate the pocket. Could maybe line one of the pockets with something water resistant and have a zipper or some velcro on that one pocket.

3. Some small mesh pit holes placed out of the wind might help it regulate temperature better.

4. Could maybe be cut for a bit more forward lean. I sometimes have to shrug my shoulders to get it to come up a bit so I'm not getting resistance across the back.

Very limited wind flap.

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