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mwtynan

mwtynan

Austin, Texas

mwtynan's Passions

Road Biking
Mountain Biking

mwtynan's Bio

Amateur road racer - recovering 24 Hour mountain bike addict - fueled by coffee, tacos, and beer - kit savvy - aspiring sock doper

mwtynan

mwtynanwrote a review of on April 19, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Clipped the tags on these and threw them on for the Texas Hundred ride just outside of Austin. 100 miles of sweat, dirt, and allergy induced nasal discharge - these guys worked great.

No padding to speak of but the have ample area to wipe your brow or nose. Seams are well stitched and the grip is excellent (the grippers also double as motivation for post-ride grub - you'll see what I mean).

Design is understated but beats the heck out of a plain color glove. Fit is pretty much on par with most major brands.

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mwtynanwrote a review of on April 19, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Castelli changed their aero race line a couple years ago and the fit got uber tight, shammy felt misplaced, and quality felt off. This offering is much better in all of those areas. I have a sprinter build and the legs fit great. Strap length is more forgiving and the shammy is right where it should be. In addition, the new waist feels great - just enough support to keep you tucked in without restricting breathing.

So the bad - too much material in the hips and butt. I have a substantial posterior and these (XXL) were baggy...and this is the only place that they bunched up.

This is a bit of a goldilocks situation - and yes, I've tried the size down and they are too tight on my quads. Last version of the aero race was a bit tight - this version is a bit loose.

I would recommend sizing down if you are on the border between two sizes here. If you are shaped like a normal cyclist you really might love these as quality is back to top notch.

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mwtynanwrote a review of on April 19, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been a fan of these base layers from Castelli for some time. I almost always wear a base layer (even in the summer) and these are an excellent length, weight, and fit - plus a little accent color never hurts!

Just a note on fit - I wear an XL in the Castelli aero race jersey but size down in the base layer to a Large - not sure if the same dynamic holds true in the smaller sizes but you may want to consider one size down to have a snug fit.

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