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Matt M

Matt Mwrote a review of on January 3, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 195 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Awesome Fall Jersey. Light fleece lining. Great for temps in 60s IMO. Doable to 70 or upper 50s. Note that unlike other Castelli tops, this one runs a bit more "loose". Many complain about their sizing but if you match up their scale properly, fit is accurate. It has very little to do with other manufacturers mind you.
I'm a 42in athletic sport coat fit. Castelli XL = 41.3in and XXL=43.3in. I've found this to be spot on. Race Fit Items like their Climbers jersey are painted on me in XL and ever so loose in XXL.

With the PURO Jersey the XXL is almost too loose. The XL is the better fit with proper sleeve length. I have 35" arms and the XXL is a tad long.

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Matt Mwrote a question about on November 11, 2010

Can anyone compare this (or other jackets) to the Patagonia Guide Jacket? I've tried that (the Paty Guide) on in a store an it's pretty darn close to what I'm looking for. I have a metric TON of Jackets but was lacking a lightweight softshell with a LIGHT lining. I have a Schoeller UNLINED softshell (it's just the one shell fabric with no backing or lining) and find it's a bit tool cool for sitting around when the sun sets. I'm looking for the step up from this where there's a bit of warmth added. The Paty Guide seemed perfect. Another way to describe it would be if you put a stretch soft shell onto a Driclime wind jacket lining. Thanks for any info!

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Matt M

Matt Mwrote a review of on November 13, 2009

5 5

This is hands down the best biner made today. Lightweight, full size (yeah there are biners that are lighter but they border on "toy size" - fine for moderate alpine use but not good for difficult clips) and STRONG. This is one of only a few biner with a full 10kN open gate strength ( really the only important strength rating to look at") DMM's Spectre (another awesome biner) has this as well. The wire gate will feel a bit stiff to people coming from something like a Hotwire but is BETTER IMO after you adjust to it. The keylock nose is great as well - best of both worlds. Note that the nose is a bit wider than say a Hotwire so getting it through narrow chain at some anchors may be hard. I still carry an old school BD "d" or two to cover that though. If cost is a concern (they are pricey) I suggest heliums for the "bolt" ends and WCs new Nitro for other things. Essentially a Helium without the notch-less nose. (You do loose 1kN in the open gate strength - Hotwire is also 9kN)

Great gear!

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