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gotsiminwrote a review of on January 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Who would have thought that such a seemingly insignificant little piece of cloth would turn out to be one of the most valuable and versatile items for my winter riding. On it's own I've found it to be surprisingly warm in modestly cold temperatures by, because of it's somewhat elasticized nature, staying hugged to my ears and covering enough of my head to maintain warmth. When the temperature dips, I wear it over any skull cap for added protection. This two-layer method is also highly recommended because the Giordana outer layer prevents whatever skull cap I'm wearing from creeping up over my ears during my rides, which is something I can't seem to prevent otherwise. Lastly, because it's so light, it makes a fine buff substitute for one's neck, in case you're not the buff type. When the weather warms, it easily rolls up and becomes unnoticeable in your pocket. I've worn mine for years and always wash cold and line dry. Thinking of picking up a second one to use for my neck when the one I have is busy on my head.

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gotsiminwrote a review of on November 25, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I can only guess that my Assos 851 Winter Jacket (which is great) feels like a jilted lover when I reach past it in the closet to grab the Giordana. True to it's name, it's very lightweight...almost jersey-like. Initially, it was hard to believe that such a light jacket could be so effective in cold/wintry conditions. Stretchable and form fitting as well as being breathable and great with it's wind protection. The construction is top notch...haven't experienced any problems with either stitching or it's zipper. The three pockets are adequate, though the Assos gets the nod in this department since I think they're roomier than most AND they wrap around your sides more than any other pockets I've seen, making them more accessible. Not necessarily a knock against the Giordana, just high praise for the Assos. I've had no problem taking this jacket out on rides in the low 30's or high 20's, of course proper layering is part of that equation. If a friend were asking me to recommend a winter jacket, I'd suggest this one.

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gotsiminwrote a review of on June 30, 2014

1 5

Seriously, so moved by my opinion about these gloves that I'm moved to author the first review in my semi-long life. In a nutshell.....these gloves......hate 'em! Perhaps the most uncomfortable and poorly padded/designed gloves I've ever owned. The problem......it's the gel pads..they're external and though small, have edges which to me, compromise bar feel and positioning. Two consecutive rides of 36 and 115 miles and my palms were uncomfortable (bordering on numb) within the first 1/2 hour. Now, the previous Elite Gel model, with the larger, white gel pads beneath some mesh, were and are about the BEST gloves I've ever had. The previous iteration offered a more substantial gel pad that to me, offered greater coverage and comfort. P.I., if you're listening, bring back the older model, please.....along with the Pittards Elite Thermal Glove....another great glove that fell to the wayside.

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