San Francisco, CA
This is a very nice jersey, soft and stretchy, but be aware, it is SKIN TIGHT. It is meant to be an aero jersey, so no extra fabric to flap whatsoever. I ordered two sizes above my actual size (what I usually do for euro brands like Castelli), and this thing is still very, very tight. I think even going three sizes up wouldn't matter because it is meant to be not just form-fitting, but skin tight.
Open up the neoprene "wings," thread each through one of your saddle rails, then wrap them down and around the bag. It's basically the same concept as a strap, just wider.
Not a chance, these are really big bags. Of course, if you pack it half full and strap it down, maybe, but this bag was meant to be what it's called -- a black hole for ALL your gear.
Has anyone carried this bag as a backpack very far? Is it comfortable? Is there a different model/brand duffel that is comfortable to carry as a backpack, say 1/4mi?
Highly unlikely. The max for a carry-on is about 2600cu/in (Patagonia's Maximum Legal Carry-on -- and that one won't work if you stuff it). This is 6700, so if you packed it less than half-full then compressed it with straps it might work. But if you want a bag to carry on frequently, this is not your guy.
Very comfortable bar. The flat tops of the center section are quite comfortable, and are angled so that there is an even weight distribution across your hands. Even better are the flat spots so that when you're on the hoods there is a wide comfortable place for your hands. Aside from those comfort points, it is light and stiff, and looks sexy too.
The cubes are made of a plastic coated nylon, so they would handle a splash or drizzle, but they are generally not waterproof. There is a dry cube that is like a drybag -- totally waterproof, and a cooler cube that has a waterproof liner as well.
Nice Jersey. Like all castelli it's the Italian sizing. I'm 6'5", 230, and I have an XXL that fits -- I wear a large in most US sizes.
Other than that it's comfortable and wicks well. The key pocket is especially convenient, and the mesh stripe down the back keeps the sweat trail from becoming a river.
This is a great softshell ski jacket. The Schoeller fabric works great as usual, the arms are nice and long, good pocket placement and quality construction. The hem fall right at my waist, but I'm 6'5" so it's probably has a bit more overlap for most. There is room for a midweight top underneath, but I would say the fit is trim.
Top-notch skiing and around-town softshell. Usual cloudveil quality, and the schleller fabric works great as always. Arms are nice and long, and pocket placement is helpfully out of the way of movement. I find the hem falls just below my belt, but I'm 6'5" so it's probably a bit longer on most. There's probably enough room for a heavyweight capilene underneath, but I would call it pretty trim otherwise. Definitely too trim for a fleece jacket.
the cw-x "ventilator" tights might be a better bet -- they're made to provide similar support, but designed for hot weather.