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Bryan Sullivan wrote a review of on May 5, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've had my Castelli Pocket Liner Jacket for a couple of weeks now, and I'm thrilled with it. The waterproofing really is as good as everyone says. While it's not perfect - I got caught in a surprise hard storm yesterday and I did get somewhat wet through the jacket - I've stayed dry through rain that would have soaked me in my Gore Phantom soft shell.
One key feature that not too many other people are talking about is its windproofing. I think its windproofing may be better than its waterproofing. I've ridden in mid-40s (Fahrenheit) with just a short-sleeve jersey on under the Pocket Liner Jacket and I've been completely comfortable. This is a fantastic solution for bike commuting in the Pacific Northwest: wear your jacket over your jersey for your 45 degree ride in; fold up your jacket and stuff it in your jersey for your 85 degree ride home; or wear it both ways if it's raining.
As a quick note on sizing, the Pocket Liner Jacket runs very large (for Castelli anyway). For reference, I usually wear Large in Gore, which translates to XXL in Castelli. However, I got my Pocket Liner Jacket in XL and it's slightly big, definitely not a "race fit". This is not criticism, just something to be aware of. I do wish the rain flap in the back were a little longer, but this is a very minor criticism.
Again, it's a great jacket and a great purchase. Highly recommended!

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Bryan Sullivan wrote an answer about on March 23, 2014

My Wires are a half-size up from my old Specialized shoes (46 Sidi = 45.5 Specialized). The Wires are much more comfortable, I can't see myself buying anything other than Sidi from now on.

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Bryan Sullivan wrote an answer about on January 9, 2014

I agree, it is confusing.
Sock size 0 = European shoe size 35-38
Sock size I = shoe size 38-42
Sock size II = shoe size 43-46
I believe a US men's size 9.5 would be equivalent to a 42 or 43, putting you right on the border between a I or II sock. I don't have these socks, so I'm just speculating, but they look fairly thick so you might want to go with the I. Competitive Cyclist has great customer service and a great return policy if you order them and they end up being the wrong size.

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Bryan Sullivan wrote a review of on September 12, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Writing reviews of saddles is kind of like writing reviews about shoes - everyone is shaped a little differently, and what feels great to me may feel terrible to you. Personally, I've had good experiences with the Fizik Antares Versus. According to Fizik, since I can easily touch my toes, I'm a "snake" and I'm probably better suited to the Arione than the Antares (which is meant for "chameleons"). I didn't test an Arione before I got the Antares, so I can't say whether that's true, but I will test an Arione next time I'm looking for a saddle. As for the Antares, it is comfortable to me, and it's held up well over the last year that I've had it.

Note that although the description claims it only comes in black, it also does come in white (with silver wings).

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Bryan Sullivan wrote a review of on September 8, 2013

5 5

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

I got this jersey and the Castelli Fuga last weekend, and they're both fantastic jerseys. I like the look and fabric texture of the Fuga slightly better (the Prima has a waffled texture as you can see in the photos if you zoom in) but I'm very happy with both. As with the Fuga, be aware that this is European sizing:

Pearl Izumi L = Gore Bike Wear L = Sugoi L = Twin Six XL = Castelli XXL

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Bryan Sullivan wrote a review of on September 5, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got a pair of these in 25c about three months ago, and found them to be great tires. I had read that some people have found them to have poor performance in wet conditions, but my experience is just the opposite: I've ridden them in the wet and dry and they have great grip either way. But as they say, the candle that burns twice as bright burns half as long. After about two months and 1000 miles, I'd worn out the rear tire completely, and I got a blowout as punishment for not checking more closely. The front is still in good condition. I'll order another Vittoria Open Corsa CX for the rear and put them back on next spring, but for the fall and winter I've switched to Continental Four Seasons. My initial impression of the Contis is that I like the Vittorias much better, but I want some extra puncture protection: I don't mind fixing flats so much when the weather is nice, but when it's cold and raining, that's a different story.

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Bryan Sullivan wrote a review of on September 5, 2013

5 5

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

I just got this jersey last weekend and took it out for a 40 mi ride in 60 degree weather. I loved it the whole ride, the fit and comfort are great, and no pocket sag. My wife says it's the best-looking jersey I own. Do be aware that this is European sizing though:

Pearl Izumi L = Gore Bike Wear L = Sugoi L = Twin Six XL = Castelli XXL

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