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nanelsonwrote a review of on December 3, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Living in MN, I wanted something to get me deeper in the cold. I've had the Gabba LS (now called Perfetto) for a couple years, but getting enough layers on underneath gets uncomfortable due to the Gabba's aero fit. The Espresso is heavier with its own insulation and less tight fit making layering much more comfortable.
Thus far I've taken it out in 25°F with a couple baselayers and had no complaints about the cold. I'm not a big guy and some of my mates say I'm "made of air". I'm always the first one to bring out the long sleeves and the last trade for short sleeves.
The outer fabric does exactly what is says. Block wind and repels light water (think sprinkles, light snow, road spray). Caught in the rain, this is not quite the right tool.
Fit is great, warmth is great, feels great.

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nanelsonwrote a review of on October 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm not really a hard man of cycling. I tend to avoid rainy weather. However, living in MN, I want to extend my riding season. The Gabba LS is a great piece to add to a selection of Kit.
The race fit is great. The WS fabric breaths well for such protection. I've worn this "jersey" in 59-60 degrees with short-sleeve baselayer and was surprised that I wasn't sweating mad.
So far I've been out in 47 degrees with a long-sleeve baselayer, colder than that and I would probably start wearing another long-sleeve jersey under the Gabba.

One thing I find curious is the flap over the zipper instead of under it.

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nanelsonwrote a review of on October 11, 2014

4 5

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

This jersey isn't cheap, but it isn't terribly expensive either. It's not a sophisticated, detail oriented master piece, like some of my favorite high end kit, but the fit is PRO and the simple design looks good.
This jersey is on the thinner side of "thermal" jerseys and the material used for the arms is even thinner. I haven't been able to test the upper end, but with a good long sleeve baselayer, you might be good down to 55 degrees or so.
I typically wear a Medium in Castelli, but I had to exchange for a Small and it fits great (36.5" chest).
Being a thinner, close fitting jersey does have the advantage of being able to fit under the Gabba LS jersey. With those two items and perhaps a flanders LS baselayer, your top is ready for just about any winter riding.

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nanelsonwrote a review of on October 11, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

These knickers are almost fabulous. The fit is great (I have 30" waist and ordered M), robust chamois, love the windstopper crotch panel, and the wide "power" type cuffs at the hem.
Only problem is, they are too warm.
I can't imagine wearing these higher than 58-59 degrees. Much colder than that and the wind bites the shins.
I'm disappointed they didn't work out, but I need a more versatile knicker.

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nanelsonwrote a review of on October 6, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

There is a lot to like about this jersey. I appreciate the wide "power" type cuffs, wide gripping hem, and sloping pockets. The fit, for me (36.5" chest and ordered a M), is pretty spot on for an endurance fit. A bit baggy in the sleeves, which seams to be common across the board for me.

The fabric is fairly heavy and will keep you warm, however there might be a gap between wearing a summer jersey, baselayer, and warmers, and being able to wear this Oxygen jersey.
What got me down were the seams. Thick fabric means thicker seams, and there are a lot of seams in this jersey. They just irritated me.

Simplify the construction, use a slightly lighter fabric, and this would be a real winner.

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nanelsonwrote a review of on October 4, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Ordered this jersey looking for a good value. I love the green color, and the well placed reflective bits on the rear pockets.
I was fairly neutral about the fabric. The fit in the body represents a decent "endurance" fit. However, the arms are funky. The sleeves kind of bulked up in spots, even in a cycling position. The Wrist junction was the oddest part, bulky and jutting to the outside of right or left arm.
Revisit the arm fit, and this would be a nice value of a jersey.

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nanelsonwrote a review of on May 25, 2014

Details
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

King Cages are a perfect way of finishing of your classic-leaning build.
I have the Iris on my gentlemanly steel "commuter" and have a pair of "standards" on my titanium ride.
Bottles fit nice and snug. Also if your bottles seem a little loose you can carefully tweak the steel.

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nanelsonwrote a review of on May 25, 2014

Nice Little Pack for minimal needs
4 5

I have the older Small version with the nylon (or what have you) strap.
Great bang for the buck. Sturdy construction, I haven't had any issues with the weather proofing, and the reflective trim is a nice touch.
Packs tight with 1 tube, 1 CO2 cartridge & trigger, pair of levers, patch kit, and small multi-tool.
My only gripe is that I pretty much need to take it off to get at the contents. That is the trade-off for such a low-profile bag. As little as I need to get into the bag, it is only a minor inconvenience.

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nanelsonwrote a review of on May 24, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I don't seem to be in agreement on this one.
The fabric felt kind of clammy, the cut is unrefined and flappy (unless you may be a sturdily square individual), and that heavier zipper is clunky and does not conform to a cycling position.
The only things I liked about it are its origin, and overall aesthetic.

If you are looking for a nice, US-made, plan grey-scale jersey, I would take a good look at the Twin Six Standard.

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nanelsonwrote a review of on May 24, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Durable feeling fabric and construction. Though a slightly heavier jersey than some, the fabric let plenty of air through.
However the fit is off, or at least not as advertised.
I'm on the large side Small according to De Marchi, so I ordered a Small. The fit around the neck, arm, and waist was good. However the torso was baggy. Also an unnecessarily long jersey, unless you are quite tall and slender.
I found the "hip" pocket to be odd, not only the placement but the shape and that the zipper is almost over the center of the pocket. The pockets in the rear are nice and deep though.

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nanelsonwrote a review of on May 24, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

A very luxurious feeling jersey. The fabric is silky and the design is classic.
I am on the large side of size small according to Danny Shane, I would advise a size up if you are on the size fence.
I really wanted to love this jersey, however the downfalls are these:
The pockets are too small (unless you have no need for warmers and such).
And as light as the fabric may be, it is so tightly knit that it didn't seem to breath very well.
I do give it extra points for innovation. Make some tweaks, and I'd love to try again.

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nanelsonwrote a review of on May 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I tend to skip past many 100% and 0% review scores, but every now and then there are products that exceed my skeptic expectations.
I come from a furniture-making background and am accustom to working with heavy duty machinery. Sure, this is not a cast-iron band saw. It wasn't designed to be. However, the cross-section of strength to weight, fit & finish, and price-point is impressive.
Finding an equivalent stand at this price-point may be a tall order.

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