These would get 5 stars if they were thermal, other than that these are perfection. Love the Lake blue ones- thank you RealCyclist for giving me such a sweet deal on the price too.
Wear these on rides that begin with temps in the 40's and ending in the 70s+. Fabric is light weight and seems to repel wind. Definitley get the benefits of mucsle compression and the TriPro chamois keeps me comfortable for hours in the saddle.
These are without a doubt the most comfortable knee warmers I've ever owned. The fabric feels wonderful against the skin. The compression fit means no elastic band at thighs, so no pinching. Silicone grippers keep them in place- I recommend putting them on before your shorts and making sure they sit at least 3" above short hem-when sitting down- this way they will stay put. They stow away easily and are not bulk on the bod or the pocket.
I am 5'3" and 130#, S/M are perfect for me and I've loaned them to guys (unprepared for the conditions) 6'2" and 180# and they worked well for them too. Worth every penny!
If you ride in 55-40 F these are a must have and you should buy them before your next meal!
Squalo helmets are wider on the sides, while this one is more streamlined on the sides. I tried the Squalo, but felt it looked like I had a fat helmet on. I'm also a woman and have a small head.
It also seemed to me the fitting system was a bit different on the Squalo. I want to say you have more adjustment options with it, although I found it too fiddly for my taste. Squalo also looks more like the Catlike helmets but a lot cheaper. Real Cyclist has a great price on Squalo and LAS helmet are really well made. Go for it!
I have been using my LAS Victory helmet for two years, and I love it. Light weight, easy to adjust, removable- WASHABLE- liners for summer and the other 4 months (I live in Tucson,AZ), and comfortable!
The only thing I would change about this helmet is alter the Cat-Eyes adjustment system to allow for a ponytail, but that's a girl thing and not enough of a problem to make me want another brand.
Helmet is a real champ in crash too. While riding through a crowd I miss judged the location of some trolley tracks and got flipped on my side. Helmet has a small ripple in it, but nothing more, my head was fine and I rode home laughing at my "new jack" move.
This jesrey is touted as "summer weight" wool- I'd like to see those summers! I live in Tucson. Arizona so this is the perfect mild weather jersey; with the right base layers and windbreaker I can wear it even when the mornings are in the mid-30s, when those rides start in there and end with 65-70 this jersey is still comfortable and cool.
I love all the pockets too! Three pockets across the back plus a zipped pocket on the outside and an MP3 pocket inside the Left side pocket- with cable wholes and a loop at collar so everything stays neat. Color is rich, reflective detailing is very stylish, cut/fit is form fitted, sleeves are long and the the silicone strip inside the hem keeps everything looking smooth and sleek. I also appreciate the long zip front, makes it easy to deal with Bib short straps.
The only con I have found is that when I sweat a lot it shows, a phenomenon I don't see with my synthetic jerseys, but since I'm suposed to be working up a sweat anyway- who cares. This jersey does live up to it's claim of repelling odors, even after a few days at the bottom of the laundry pile. (I know, "yuck", but I had to have this jersey for my ride and it did not smell at all!)
I find myself reaching for this jersey more and more since I can temprature regulate, carry all the food, tubes, tools, peeled layers and extra gear I could ever need. Plus I look great!
What I want to know about these knickers is:
Are they warm? Warm enough for temps between 40-60F.
Is the size chart accurate? The only size chart I found to be 100% accurate is Exte Ondos. Pearl Izumi has me at a size L or XL on their chart, I actually wear a Medium or Small.
Is the chamois more than a work of art no one will see? Is it comfortable after 86 miles?
Great idea that mostly works. Here's what I love: the fabric- it's soft and flattering, it's also surprisingly warm; I have the white/blue/yellow combo.The shrug- gives me extra coverage where I need it. Full zip- just love that.
Here's what I'd change: the pockets- the side pockets are smaller than the center one, this is because Luna was thinking more about fashion than fucntion. I have small hands and I think these are small! The double layer of zippers under my chin is not my favorite especially when you add your helmet buckle to the mix. Considered ssending this back but since Luna is no longer in business I'll hang on to it for sentimental reasons. Plus I can see I'll be wearing it a lot.
Though it will be at least 5 months before I can wear these- it's 100F by 9 am, not your best knicker weather- I have yet to find anything made by Campi that I don't love. These knickers promise to be no exception. Great looking and the fit feels good too. I love their Tri-pro chamois, comfortable mile after mile without bulk. The fabric is fairly light- not fleece lined, but feels like it will be wind resistant and therefore warm. I will have to report back in the winter as to their thermal quality, be they mid-season, all-season, or cold-season.
So far, really happy with this purchase. Real Cyclist were fantastic, my first pair had a skip in the seam which meant there was a hole in the leg, the crew here took care of re-ordering a new pair and providing me with a shipping tag. Could not have been happier. I try to buy from this company as often as possible because of their excellent return policy and top notch customer service. Thanks!
I can't tell you how many chamois pads I've destroyed with those other creams containing Mineral Oil or worse- Propylene Glycol!!
DZ Nutz Bliss creates a nice connection between you and your shorts while providing enough slip and cooling to keep you from feeling like you're rubbing sticks together and setting fire to your chamois area. Promotes healing, so if you do push it and end up with any discomfort it heals quickly and you can keep riding through it. About my only complaint is that if you frequent potty stops you need to reapply for max comfort. Otherwise, I am thrilled.
I've been wearing Campi Racing shorts for two years now and I love them! Chamois pad provides comfort and cushion without being bulky. (I have been through all the usual suspects where shorts/chamois are concerned, from the low-cost entry level shorts to the high-end shorts, searching for a chamois pad that didn't torture the lady parts- so when I say these are comfy- they are!) Campi is one of two manufacturers whose shorts I wear.
I like the longer length on these shorts, good compression and excellent moisture wicking. Fabric is light and dimpled fabric inside/back thighs helps keep you cool on hot days and "Campagnolo" logo on both side panels of shorts makes these shorts look really professional, and they are refelective so you will be visible in low light.
Yes, the price tag on these looks daughting, but they are so worth the money. I've worn, and washed, mine hundreds of times and they still fit and feel great! About the only negatives I can sight are: some of the reflective lettering wore off in the first 6 months and the elastic in the waist lost it's stitching and came out- in defense of Campi; I am wearing Mediums and probably should wear Large, and I tried to pull the drawstring out which probably started the loss of integrity. On the upside- the shorts fit better- no pucker at my belly- and I can't see any disadvantage to losing the elastic.
These tights are wonderful. Wind-proof, water-proof, and fleece lined. I like that the ankle zipper goes up the back of my ankle- not the inside. Great reflective decals- except that the "Campagnolo" embossed on the outside of thigh is coming off already- but I don't mind.Tri-pro Chamois is my absolute favorite for long distance rides, and I have been through no less than 12 manufacturers chamois!
My only "complaint" is that the waist comes down about an inch lower than I'd prefer- and it only bothers me because it reminds me I really need to do more ab work- otherwise they are comfortable, warm without letting you over-heat, great moisture wicking, and muscle compression. Worth every penny!
I use these more for off bike than on bike, they are not as warm as my wool socks. They also let quite a bit of wind through the sock- not a good thing when you are trying to keep up pace on cold days. I love them for hiking, walking and yoga classes. When yopu are not making a lot of air flow over your feet they really warm your toes! They also do a Nice job with full shoe covers and Toasty Feet insoles on bike.
What are the dimensions of this piece? How tall and how wide?
This get's 4 out of 5 stars only because the center back pocket is really tiny and almost useless, and it's not full zip. Other than that, I love this jersey. I have the hot pink one and I wear it all the time. I like the feel and function of the fabric, light and very moisture wicking. I also like that this jersey covers me enough so the girls aren't on full display. I live in southern AZ, and ride year round. This means May - Oct. temps are between 80- 109 so when I say this is great in hot weather I know what I'm talking about. Great feminine lines, dries fast, enough of a zipper for air flow control. I even wear this as a base layer when our winter temps go from 45 to 75 in a couple of hours and I get to sport sleeveless for the last 20 miles of a ride.
I know Assos is the originator of Chamois creme, back when chamois were actual chamois leather. Perhaps in those days they used safer ingredients, but when I noticed they add between 1-5% Propylene Glycol to their product I tossed it. Who wants to use the key ingredient in Anti Freeze and Acrylic Nail monomer anywhere near their junk!? The irony in all this is Propylene Glycol is skin irritant. It's also found in anti aging skin care, cosmetics and non-aluminum deodorants, so it can be very hard to avoid. But if you have been riding for years and use this daily your exposure could put you at risk for kidney, liver and other problems you should not have as an athlete who is taking care of their body.
Just thought you should know, decide for your self.
When I saw the price on these I couldn't pass it up. RealCyclist didn't have any in Medium so I took a chance and sized up, they are perfect. Descriptions says they are made with "winter Lycra" so I was expecting something thicker than my Campi Race Shorts, but these are fine for days that start in the hi 40's/ lo 50's that you know will heat up. I'm in southern AZ so pretty standard. When we go back to 80-100+ in April I will be glad these are designed to keep me cool!
Fabric is soft and light, there's a panel just above leg opening with a sheer dimpled finish which I assume is there for air movement as well as ventilation, nice. I like the deep pink color accent, nice touch.
Chamois is one of the most comfortable I have found. Was concerned that sizing up would make chamois less comfortable (Campagnolo changes the size of their chamois as follows: xs, s-m, l-xl. I've had problems with other manufacturers that do this) the larger chamois is more comfortable and the shorts look better on me.
I know I will be wearing these all the time. Now I just need a jersey to match RealCyclist (hint, hint)