John

John

Central Coast California

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Johnwrote a review of on May 18, 2016

5 5

Fit: Runs small

They match the Volo jersey really well but I got the grey and black Rodeo jerseys which also go perfect together with the red and the black Volo bib shorts. The shorts compress and fit snugly, the new Kiss3 Air is a big improvement over their original Kiss 3 chamois. They might fit tight but I'm a small 5'7" - 147lbs, 32" waist and the medium is just how I like a pair of compression/aero bib shorts. Snug and supportive.

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Johnwrote a review of on May 18, 2016

3 5

Fit: True to size

The shoulders and the arms fit comfortably (I don't have big arms and I'm a small 5'7, 147lbs). It has the club fit looseness but it's not super flappy so... It's good for an everyday jersey when not looking to compress into a form fitting kit. It's a bit loose for me at medium so I will say it's sizes a little bigger than the usual form fitting Castelli jerseys. I'm exchanging for the Volata in the same size in hopes that it's a snugger fit.

I got the dark blue, red zipper and lettering. Grey sleeves on the arms. I didn't ride in it so I can't say how well it wicks and stays cool, but I'd say it's is good for spring/summer/fall based on the thickness of the material and ventilation of the Prosecco 3D material.

+ There's a reflective edge at the bottom of the jersey which works surprisingly well.

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Johnwrote a review of on May 18, 2016

5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 147 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I just got the jersey and tried it on and it's perfect, so I just ordered the other color as well a matching pair of Volo bib shorts. I'm a small 5'7", 32 waist, 38.5 chest. Medium is a snug, aero fit.

Race fit
-Well ventilated, especially the material on the back
-Nice extra zipped pocket
-Goes perfect with the Volo bib shorts in similar color if you can't get the Rodeo bib shorts in the same colors

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Johnwrote a review of on September 25, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 145 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

I own a variety of Castelli bibs, the Evoluzione (Kiss 3 pad), Endurance X2 (bibs and shorts with X2 Progetto chamois), and these Free Aero bibs. While the others do the job, but the Free Aero bibs are the most comfortable and best performing bibs I own. They are comfortable, fit perfectly, the X2 Progetto chamois is just awesome. While I've typically chosen to save $$$ and get the Endurance X2s, I prefer the Free Aero bibs.

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Johnwrote a review of on September 25, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'd give these tires a 3 star but because they actually grip well in wet conditions, I gave them a 4. The Vittoria Zaffiro Pro III make great training tires. The treads are a couple millimeters thicker down the center and the texture on the rounded areas make for good grip cornering even in wet conditions. I slipped out the front wheel once in really dusty conditions but I was going pretty fast into the turn.

I've only had one puncture in the front due to a long wire from car tire tread poking through but other than that they have been puncture resistant for what's been about 1000 miles on the tires. The rear is starting to wear down since I've been mashing it up climbs lately and the front tire is rounding but otherwise lasting longer than softer, higher TPI, and more costly tires.

Overall they are good trainers for a fair price. The different colors is great. They ride a little stiffer than the supple, racing tires with high TPI count but perfect for commuting, everyday riding, and training.

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Johnwrote a review of on February 10, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These Powerlink tires which go on the back wheel, the one that puts power down are supple, grippy, and high performance tires. I rode these lightly from January to May, then 7 straight days for hundreds of miles through Utah's national parks and scenic byways. They do wear somewhat faster than long lasting training tires. They lasted about 600-800 miles before they had noticeable squaring. I rode them for another 400 miles through Utah's scenic byways without issue.

However, these tires are awesome, straight out of the package and then lose their grip and performance over time as they wear. I had the Griplinks in the front and same story. After about 1500 miles they were very thin and I replaced them. I had a couple punctures but due to wire off a car tire tread and a huge thorn (twice) from trees.

I'd by these again when on sale and if I wanted grippy, high performance tires. Otherwise, I'm training on Vittoria III, Continental training tires, and Hutchinson 2, which all tend to last longer for commuting and training rides.

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Johnwrote a review of on February 10, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the front tire (Griplink) and I found the high TPI count is to design and not like some cheaper tires that say 180 TPI but is really three layers of harder 60 TPI rubber.

These are tires that feel great from the start, great cornering, very grippy, and eventually lose the special feeling once they begin to wear. I rode mine through winter into spring and 7 days through Utah's national parks and scenic byways with great satisfaction. They are supple and absorb small bumps and rocks really well compared to stiffer tires. Totally satisfied... would by them again if and when they go on sale and if I need grippy and supple tires for cornering performance and for racing. Also, the treads should arrow forward and not backwards when installing the tires.

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Johnwrote a review of on September 30, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I have the red ones and they look great and they ride fine, but the quality of the material cuts and stitching is lacking. It broke two stitches where it attaches the chamois to the shorts on my first time using them, I was so frustrated. I expected a lot more from he brand. Right in the front crotch area. I also ordered Velocissimo bibs but they had the same qualirty issues with the stitching. Both are made in China I noticed.

My Castelli Enduro bibs are stitched together much more nicely as are my Castelli Endurance shorts with the X2. Both made in Morocco and the stitching is good and what I expect from products in this price range. I kept these and returned the Velocissimo as well. The Castelli bibs made in Morocco and El Salvadore seem better constructed.

I'm 5'6

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Johnwrote a review of on September 29, 2014

3 5

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

The Vincente is an OK jersey. It is not as light and thin as an Aero jersey or Prosecco 3D material jersey but decent and light enough for daily rides. 5'6" 150lbs. 32 waist and 39 chest, the medium fits nicely like all my Castelli jersies do. This one is snug and fit around the upper body, snug while standing, but loose around the mid section. It flaps a bit around the chest while riding. This jersey uses the Strata material with treatment and it is OK. However I am a fan of the Prosecco 3D material on their Prima jersies and I guess it's on their climber's jersies as well. Which are really light, skin tight (or bunches up less), and wicks and evaporates very well in hot weather. The Aero jersies are skin tight and don't bunch.

I am disappointed how you can see a bit of sloppiness in the stitching at this price range for Castelli's China made stuff but it hasn't fallen apart on me.

So I bought two in case I really liked them but returning one now so I can get a better quality jersey later. Keeping the red one since I need an everyday jersey.

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Johnwrote a review of on September 29, 2014

Does the job bibs
3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

The bibs feel decent with good stretch and slight compression. Material is decent. These are not Aero or Inferno bibs thin but at half the price they do the job. However, I found too many things not working for me. I'm 5'6" and the inseam is a little long while standing (comes down to behind my knee almost) but fine when on a bike. Also I am NOT impressed with the stitching quality. There is a hard, thick stitch for seams where there shouldn't be one on the edge of the chamois, and the tolerances are a bit sloppy in other spots. I have a pair of cheaper Castelli Evoluzione bibs which have much cleaner and even stitching. They are Castelli made in Morocco. These are made in China... you can tell the difference. I included a photo of the stitching in of the chamois. China on left (loose and wild) and Morocco on the right (even and tight).

I am 5'6" 150lbs., 39 chest, 32 waist and medium in Castelli bibs and jersies fit well but the Velocissimo bibs leg length is a little long. The shorts part reach the back of my knees.

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Johnwrote a review of on September 23, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have a red pair of the S. Rosso Corso Gloves and they are the most comfortable gloves I've come across. Soft suede, minimal gel pads for a direct feel. However, after about 1200 miles on them in high summer sun and 3 cold washes... the red has sun faded drastically and one of the seams came undone on the ring finger. I had my GF sew back up the seam on the finger, it's like new again but the red material has faded to the point it's a little embarrassing to wear and I somehow got a black stain on the top from having to change out a tube in the middle of a ride. Even after a few cold water washes they are still soft, comfy, and my preferred gloves. They are on sale 50% off full retail in the outlet with the code so I just ordered a pair of white ones to see if I can avoid the sun fade. They do leave an odd tan mark. :)

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Johnwrote a review of on May 21, 2011

4 5

True to size, I am about a 39-40 chest now from going to the gym so the small it fits snugly, maybe even a bit too snug under the armpits. Applied a little Glide and it lasted me through a 10 mile trail race and kept me somewhat protected from the elements at 6:00AM when the race began. I wish they still made this model, it wicks great, the red color is snazzy and it does the job. I can layer another wicker short sleeve on top of this and put on a really light DWR finish running shell into the low 30s and against moist weather without getting cold (if you're running or jogging that is).

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Johnwrote a review of on August 26, 2010

4 5

These are looser fitting to the slender and true to size.

I wear 31 pants and jeans, the TNF Small size shorts fit perfectly. These have a netting inside, side pockets and very comfortable. A major plus is the built in strap style belt and pockets. The length is nice and the lower crotch brings the 9" length just above the knees. They don't feel like short shorts.

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Johnwrote a review of on November 11, 2009

3 5

For layering this works just fine, I got mine here at Backcountry.com. I can wear this jogging, to the gym, hiking or backpacking then slip on a windproof fleece and feel perfectly toasty. I also wear equivalents, more affordable off brands that work just as well. However, I do like the anti odor lining which is a huge plus after getting it soaked in sweat and having to wear it again the next day. It dries pretty quickly and is decent quality. I'd consider Nike and UnderArmor in this same category for a light weight, quick dry, long sleeves. I'm not disappointed with the TNF one at all, especially at the sale price I got it at which is competitive with other brands that offer the same functionality.I am 5'7", 38chest/31waist (both fluctuate) and the small fits me perfectly and not loosely.

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Johnwrote a review of on November 11, 2009

5 5

I was loyal to the Patagonia equivalent of the TNF Windfall Vest for the last 5 years. I still wear it to this day. It's great quality, always looked new even after many washes etc.. but after a few years I figure it's time to get a new one, even though it still wears perfectly... so I got the TNF Windfall on sale here and I love it just as much.It's just as good if not better. It's an all occasion, all weather essentially windproof thin fleece vest. I wear it out with shorts, jeans, backpacking, it keeps me warm when worn over a wicker shirt, etc. I wear it hiking, backpacking, lounging, going to the store, etc...I got the mens small and it fits me perfectly (5'7", 154lbs, 40chest/31waist). Everyone needs one of these, they are just that all purpose useful. I'm not trying to sell anyone on it or a particular brand. I literally live in this as the post below states and stand by these windfall/windproof fleece type vests as really all purpose technical gear that looks great just wearing with jeans into the city too.

This is not winter gear but it is decent 3-season gear.

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Johnwrote a review of on November 11, 2009

4 5

Pros: I used to wear REI fleece (affordable ones) with a Sierra Designs windbreaker/rain shell over it when gets windy or wet. I got the mens TNF Denali KCS version on sale and it is warmer, better quality and lighter than my REI one which has seen 26 miles backpacking in Bryce Canyon (froze at night, 50s during the day). A thick wicker shirt, the Denali fleece and a soft water proof compressible rain shell fits in my pack just fine and was a perfect decent combination for 3-seasons backpacking (I wouldn't consider it for winter treks though). Small, fits me perfectly. (5'7", 155lbs, 40chest/31waist). Also it wears well with a good pair of jeans in the city, which is a plus, not a minus for me.

CONS: There is more technical fleece, form fitting, more wind resistant and such. This fleece is not wind resistant at all! Get the TNF Windfall if you're looking for wind resistance. It's more a technical fleece, it's basically wind proof. The Windfall Vest is great too, I wear it everywhere.

Conclusion, this is a great non-wind proof fleece, if you want windproof... get the TNF Windfall which is essentially wind proof

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