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Deborah's Passions

Camping
Backpacking
Hiking
Mountain Biking
Road Cycling

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Also love the sport of Schutzhund (it's harder work than you think!).
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Debbie C

Debbie C wrote an answer about on July 26, 2014

The chamois on these is a little 'thinner' than some other brands...the amount of padding one is comfortable with is highly subjective, and a personal preference.

The Xenon definitely has a more substantial chamois that you may prefer.

Also, try using a good chamois cream, if you haven't already. A really good brand (and again, this is a personal preference) to try is *dznutsbliss, for women; also, *Assos (available through Competitive cyclist),makes a very good cream; another one to try is by Paceline, *Chamois Butt'r HER...won't take the place of padding, but will help in overall comfort and skin health.

Hope this Helps...

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Debbie C

Debbie C wrote an answer about on July 8, 2014

The bottle doesn't say anything about being (or not) HE compatible. I looked on the Assos site to try to find more info...but no. I did find a phone for Assos in Switzerland: Tel+ 41 (0) 91 641 62 62.

Also, a on-line Assos' customer care address: customerservice@assos.com. Hopefully they can give a definitive answer (unless someone else knows for sure).

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Debbie C posted an image about on May 14, 2014

A Little 'Surprise' improvement...

The NEW wash bag is larger, and built better. Now, a pair of shorts/jersey can actually fit inside and allow enough room for water to pass through and around garments. Plus, garments don't come out of the bag as easily as they did in the older version. For bibs, though, I bought a yet somewhat larger wash bag which works perfectly for them. Hand washing is best...but for those of us short on time...

The little blue bottle is a sample of Assos *Active Wear Cleanser that came with the TF1 13F Lady_SF5's. 3 cap fulls for hand washing, 6 for machine (delicate cycle). Has a somewhat polymer smell to it...but the guys will appreciate the non-flowery scent!

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Debbie C wrote a review of on May 11, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Finally, cool comfort for the hot-footed typed! Super comfy, and super breathable. Socks stay in place; not really any compression or support (arch) like some others, but perfectly fine for a lightweight summer sock.

Note on fit (especially for ladies):

I normally wear a ladies U.S. size 7.5, and got a size '0', and a size '1' (since my size is right on the edge of both). While the '0' fits, it is close; the size '1' fits better...not too big at all...just a F.Y.I.

Recommended.

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Debbie C wrote an answer about on May 3, 2014

Thanh,

This is primarily designed as a rain jacket, and not insulated. You could of course wear base layers to help with warmth (a merino wool works best for the coldest rides); but overall, best to look elsewhere for a winter jacket. Gore has some good winter jackets and wind-protection. My personal faves' are Giordana's FRC winter jacket, and Assos (budget permitting).

Look for a jacket that in the description actually says it's for winter riding. Wind/rain resistance is also a plus.

When calculating sizes, keep in mind you'll want the ability to wear both a good base (merino wool for the coldest rides), and a good insulating jersey...which usually means you may want to size-up...especially in the European brands.

Hope this Helps : )

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Debbie C wrote a review of on April 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Got this version, the short sleeve version, the singlet, and the zip-mock...(all 'bases' covered, basically), all work the same and are quite comfortable. Wind blocking is excellent, except the back of course, which is made of mesh for ventilation. Be sure to layer appropriately (appropriate jersey & jacket), as these are not in and of themselves, warm.

Fit seems to be as follows:
This and the zip-mock run a little slim. The singlet seems to be a tad roomier, and very long front/back.

I like this base, but prefer the zip-mock where you get all the amenities of this base, along with the ability to vent even more, or zip up to the neck for even more protection.

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Debbie C wrote a review of on April 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Now I absolutely love and recommend this wind-stopping base, above the crew: simply because you get the option of zipping all the way up for the cold and blustery rides; or, un-zip as needed for venting. With the crew, you've no venting choice. It's worth the few extra $, I think.

Rode in 40F with winds 30mph., under Gores' ALP-X 2.0 winter jersey, and the Gore ALP-X 2.0 GT Jacket, and Gore's Windstopper tights. Topped it all off with Gores' Thermal cap, and the ALP-X Windstopper gloves...a few quick zips vented as needed along the ride; no problems!

(...hey Gore, I should get paid for this demo!)

Fit seems a bit more lean than the W.S. singlet base I just got (and will be returning, which ran a bit more generous, but way too long to fit under my road jerseys).

And, because it is a zip-mock, the "GORE" emblem isn't located front and center when venting the jersey...I like that!

Great ventilation on the back. Recommended!

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Debbie C

Debbie C wrote a review of on April 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share

Fusion Rocks (I am told!). Warm, windproof, comfortable, functional. Rode in 40F with 30mph winds, and was warm, didn't feel any wind.

Zips were a little difficult to operate (without gloves!). Pockets are generous in size, and placed sensibly on the jacket.

Could use more reflective elements, especially for roadies.

Gore normally runs small, so he chose a 'XL' for a 5'9" 185lb frame. Fit described by Gore as a "Comfort Fit"...could maybe have worked a 'L' instead. But this gives room for layering...a Great Mtn. bike jacket. For you 'roadies', suggest ordering according to chart...don't size up with this one.

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Debbie C

Debbie C wrote a review of on April 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share

As 'advertised', totally windproof, warm, comfortable (rode in 40F with 30 mph wind with no problems at all.

Room for movement/layering. Great pockets. Nice reflective elements. Good-looking, too!

Plus, what a value when you consider this pant will take you from freezing to the heat of summer in just a matter of a zip!

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