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Groppler Zorn

Groppler Zorn

Southern California

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Groppler Zornwrote a review of on November 6, 2016

3 5

So BC sends me an e-mail saying, "Review your new gear!" and adds this item as a link. Well, I ordered this item almost a year ago, and it sat on backorder for months before they finally sent me an e-mail saying "we can't fulfill your order."

So I am reviewing the experience and not the item, something I never wanted to do, and something I was never thrilled when others did. Oh well. This looked like a sweet jersey, anyway, and right now the season is perfect for it...

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Groppler Zornwrote a review of on August 7, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

First, the 4x colder claim is vs. regular bottles, not the Podium Chill.

For me, the size (10.5" tall) is almost the same as the 25 oz Podium chill (10.75"), both of which barely fit on the bike. I'd personally rather have the extra 4 oz of juice in the Chill format. And I live and ride in So Cal, where it is hot for much of the year. I always pre-load my bottles with ice, and then my drink of choice. I have found that the Chill keeps my drink cold for several hours using this method.

The regular Chill is more than adequate for me ( significant upgrade from the regular Podium), holds more, and is much less expensive ($10 less). The 25 oz Chill is my go-to bottle.

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Groppler Zornwrote a review of on July 23, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm on my second Xar because they are very comfortable, well-ventilated, provide good coverage, and look good. It has some significant flaws, however, that will probably keep me from ordering another one.

They may be just a problem for me, but here they are:
It doesn't hold sweat well at all. The padded liner has a break in it along the forehead, and combined with the thin padding, creates a river of sweat that runs straight down my forehead into my sunglasses. Of all the helmets I've had, the Xar is the worst for this.

As other reviewers has mentioned, the Roc-loc retention system is fragile. Mine broke way too early in its life, and I'm not going to spend $40 to replace it. I'd rather put that money towards a new helmet.

The Troy Lee A1 is heavier (I feel like I'm wearing an Igloo), but feels like (subjective, I know) it would provide more protection in a crash and holds sweat better. The Catlike Leaf is my sleeper pick; light. well ventilated, super comfy, and holds sweat well.

All told, if it works for you, go for it, but I won't be getting another one.

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Groppler Zornwrote a review of on May 14, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

I love the Atom short sleeve and 3/4 sleeve jerseys; they are my favorites and dominate my rotation. They are loose fitting and comfortable, but not baggy.

This is cut differently. It fits the same through the chest and shoulders, but the midsection is nothing short of billowy. That and the lack of the optics wipe in the hem that the short sleeve has keeps this at four stars versus five.

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Groppler Zornwrote a review of on October 25, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I bought a pair of these after really digging the Atom short sleeve jersey. I would class these as XC shorts, mostly because they are very lightweight. Not necessarily fragile, but they are thinner than my Fox Sergeant shorts, which have been my current favorites. I am mostly an AM rider, but I do roll XC and commute by bike about 35 miles a day on workdays.

These are lighter and cooler than the Sergeants, although the Sergeants are light and cool enough for me and they are more brush-resistant and sturdy. When I drop my phone in the thigh pocket on these, it moves around a bit and I can feel it through the fabric, whereas the Sergeants hold my phone more firmly and I can't feel it the same way. These have a zipper on the thigh pocket, though, which is more secure than the velcro on the Fox shorts.

These are also longer than any of my other shorts, so be prepared for that look. They fit true to size, I wear a 34 in these and my other shorts. These are loose enough for comfort and movement, but they don't get caught on the seat or anything.

All said, I like these shorts and they see as much action as the Sergeants. When I went to order another pair of shorts last week, I went with another pair of these.

Fall is here and although I'm not as concerned about heat, I just like these better right now, paired with an Atom jersey. But that could change tomorrow...

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