Meerkat

Meerkat

Colorado Rockies

Meerkat's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Snowshoeing
Skiing
Climbing

Meerkat's Bio

Grew up in the Swiss Alps in a town called Saas-Fee. I did a lot of climbing, hiking and ski touring in the Swiss Alps. Also did some touring in the Atlas Mountains. I currently live in Colorado and enjoy the Rockies.

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Meerkat wrote a review of on December 9, 2014

Great Little Bag
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Perfect size for the essentials! Just what I was looking for. You can even stick it in your jersey pocket. Holds my credit card, some cash, Pedros Tire Lever, Spare tube, Air Cartridge and Adapter. There is still a little room left.

I am not sure how one reviewer lost the bag. the velcro is very secure.

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Meerkat wrote a review of on December 3, 2014

5 5

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

I have used the jacket two times now. The first day I climbed with it 4600 feet in temperatures ranging from 34 degrees to 56 degrees. The second time was a ride in 32 degree weather with strong winds. Colorado with a humidity of 36%.

During the ride at 32 degrees, the jacket was amazing. I only wore the Alpha without Base Layer. The first part of the ride was downhill. Even with windchill into the 20's, I was toasty warm. At high effort, going level, temp about 38 degrees, I just unzipped a few inches and the temp inside the jacket was great.

On the hill climbing where it was getting into the 50's at times, I was getting a little hot. I had to unzip the outer layer completely and the inner one partially. The problem area was the sleeves. They are also wind proof and it got fairly sweaty in there.

The inner "jacket" looked really short when I tried it on standing up, but while riding it lays perfectly. Great design.

I have not tested it in rain or snow but I put it under the faucet with water running on it and it beats right off. (see video below)

PROS:
Excellent quality construction and materials!
Great for temps into the 20's and up to the 50's
(Although if it stays over 45 degrees, I would use the Castelli Trasparent Due Jacket. Sleeves and back are not wind proof)
Collar is great and not too binding
The "Raw Edge" at the sleeves and bottom are AWESOME. The jacket does not ride up and stays in place
Front pocket holds iPhone perfectly
Materials are so soft, you can barely feel the jacket when wearing it. Definitively feels more like a jersey.
Seems to be very water resistant.

CONS:
- Price (But well worth it)
- When unzipped a bit, the collar will lay on shoulder and make constant rubbing sound. A couple velcro tabs to hold the collar in place would have been great. This is a minor annoyance.

I'm 6 feet tall, 160 lbs. Large fits great.


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Meerkat wrote a review of on June 19, 2014

Nice Gloves....But
3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Used the gloves for a few 100 miles. The gloves are made from a nice material. I have used PI and Castelli gloves Size Large and they fit well. These gloves in the Large were almost too small. I really like them but unfortunately I am getting blisters on both of my palms between the two pads. It might be from the stitching on the inside. If it wasn't for that, I would rate them 5 Stars.

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Meerkat wrote a review of on May 13, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I have a lot of Castelli cycling gear and everything has held up great. I purchased these gloves expecting the same quality. I wore the gloves on a couple rides and the stitching started coming apart at the palm area. I called BC and they replaced the gloves with a second pair. I went on a ride with the second pair and my palms started hurting after a couple hours. I checked the gloves and discovered that the palm pads were sown wrong and so the inserts were bunching up inside. I ended up returning pair number 2 as well and choosing a glove from a different company. BTW, the first pair was Made in China, the second one if I remember right was made in El Salvador.

Very disappointed in Castelli with these gloves. If this was my first Castelli purchase I would not buy from them again.

The gloves WOULD BE VERY NICE if they held up and were made right. They are very soft and comfortable.

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Meerkat wrote a review of on March 19, 2014

2 5

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

Tried these out one time. After 20 minutes, my nipples were killing me. The straps on these shorts were too short and narrow for me. The straps ended up settling on the sides of my nipples and during riding kept sawing on the side of them. Tried multiple times to reposition them without luck. Definitively prefer the Castelli straps. I'm 6 feet tall and 160 lbs. I had a size XL. On a positive note, the pad was very comfortable.

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Meerkat wrote a review of on November 1, 2013

Awesome Jersey
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Took the Trasparente on the first ride today. Temp was 43 degrees. I was wearing a short sleeve jersey under this jersey. I was nice and toasty and I could not believe how warm this jersey is. The chest area is completely wind proof but there is a little bit of wind that gets in from the sleeves. I did like this on the uphill parts since it allowed for some cooling.
The jersey appears to be good quality and there are a lot of details worked in. The back is nice and long. Front pocket fits an iPhone.
I am 6 feet tall and 158 lbs and I am wearing a size Large. It is not skin tight but fairly close in some parts. With the other shirt underneath, I like the fit.
UPDATE: I have used this numerous times now and it has become my go-to jersey when it's too cold for a short sleeve jersey. From the 30's all the way to the 50's, this jersey is very comfortable. If it gets too hot, just unzip the front. I have also washed the jersey several times and it is holding up great.

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Meerkat wrote a review of on December 6, 2012

4 5

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

Nice gloves but do not order by the size chart on BC. My finger to palm measures 7.5 inches, indicating I need a Medium. Those were way too small. I ordered the Large and it fits but is still tight. No room left in the finger tips.
The glove is wind proof. I have only ridden with it in 40 degrees and my hands were warm.

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Meerkat wrote a review of on January 8, 2012

5 5

These goggles fit very well and go perfect with the Smith Variant Helmet. There is no gap between helmet and goggles. I have worn them in sunny and cloudy/snowy conditions and the lens works in both. Great detail and definition. They also have not fogged up on me yet.

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Meerkat wrote a review of on December 22, 2009

5 5

This is my third Mammut jacket and every jacket so far has been outstanding. The Laser so far is my favorite softshell and I have had several other brands. The Schoeller fabric feels great. It is very soft and comfortable and moves with you. I have worn it ski touring and skiing and loved it. I skied in 10 degrees Fahrenheit and 30 mph wind and was toasty warm. I was wearing a Mammut Jasper Zip and a Mammut fleece under it. The fabric is not 100% windproof. It is VERY wind resistant though. You can see a good graph on Schoeller's website at: http://www.schoeller-textiles.com/en/fabrics/soft-shell.html.

My two gripes with the jacket are that there are no inside pockets. (for the price I would expect some) and the hood is way too big unless you use it with a helmet.

Overall I would highly recommend this jacket. It is worth every penny.

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Meerkat wrote a review of on November 29, 2008

5 5

Climbed a couple of 14ers with this binding. The Duke handled great. I found switching between regular and ski touring mode to be very easy. It was smooth in touring mode when walking and worked outstanding on the descents. They are mounted on Nordica Enforcers.

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