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Owen Caprellwrote a review of on December 18, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The title sums up my thoughts on these knickers. They're not terrible, but they're not effin' fabulous either.

Seeing as the last reviews are from last winter/spring, I'm assuming the bibs I got are from the '14/'15 season and no one has reviewed the newer ones yet. Some of the things addressed in earlier reviews seem to be resolved, but not all.

Sizing: Yeah, they run small. I'm 5'11 155lbs. The other Castelli Items I've got all fit great in a medium, even the slim and snug San Remo Speedsuit. I ordered the medium, and am sticking with it, but I can't put on any winter pounds...

Chamois: Super comfy. I haven't noticed it being abnormally forward as some previous reviews had mentioned. If I was sitting upright on a beach cruiser, it might be a bit too far forward, but I'm not.

Stitching: When I first put them on, I did hear the popping that others have heard. A bit disconcerting, yes. As of now, about two months after purchasing and plenty of riding, I haven't noticed any stitching issues, but time will tell.

Tags: Castelli!!! Why would you sew the inner tags STRAIGHT INTO THE GARMENT!? I don't want those things scratching my back, so I'm going to take them out, but I cant without undoing the actual stitching. Shame on you.

Waist: Maybe it's because they're so snug, but it is hard to take a piss with these on.

Windproffness: Meh. There's a bit of a chill on fast descents, but for general riding they do okay, but just okay.

Bib straps: I don't like 'em too much. I have a hard time getting them to lay flat. That being said, I haven't noticed them being annoying while riding.

Lettering: No, I don't like being a billboard for free. However, the large branding doesn't affect my riding at all. It's still on there after a handful of washes, but I don't expect it to last, not that it's a huge concern.

Three stars because they work, but there are some things that need to be tweaked.

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Owen Caprellwrote a review of on November 1, 2011

5 5

The R2 does its job of keeping you warm, and it does it well. It's very lightweight and warm, compresses fairly well, and is nice and breathable. It's a fantastic layering piece for any cool to cold weather activity, and is great by its self around the campfire or simply walking around the neighborhood.

I'm 5'11", 150#, and the small has an "athletic" fit. Slim enough to stay close to my body, but roomy enough for a hefty base layer underneath, if need be.

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Owen Caprellwrote a review of on November 1, 2011

5 5

The Houdini is incredible. It's a great jacket to have on hand for all of those times (from climbing, to hiking, to skinning, to cycling, to...) where you don't need a full on shell, but you need something. It provides great wind protection with little added weight, and takes up very little space. Packing it into its own pocket makes it small enough to fit comfortably into a standard pocket on a cycling jersey, or practically disappear in your pack. It is also surprisingly durable. I had a little run in with a car (literally), on my bike commute home one day, landing me, in my houdini, on the asphalt. After collecting myself, I was pleasantly surprised to find no rips or holes in the jacket, only some black marks.

I'm 5'11, 150# and the small fits perfectly.

EDIT: Backcountry's info says there are two pockets. This is incorrect, there is only one.

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Owen Caprellwrote a review of on August 24, 2011

5 5

The TieRod fits snugly on my '08 Outback crossbars. It was quick and easy to instal thanks to the great instructions and simple design. This is the first roof rack I've owned, and I wasn't sure how secure the bike would be. All doubts were erased after driving across the country and up the East coast with my ride safely attached the entire trip. The low profile is great, and there is little to no noise, even at interstate speeds. Last, but not least, the colors are pretty swell.

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Owen Caprellwrote a review of on July 21, 2011

5 5

This is a great jacket for cool to cold weather cycling. I've felt comfortable with only a jersey beneath it in the upper 30s to 40s, and in the high 20s to 30s with a thermal base layer. The shell fabric sheds snow and light rain, and the full length zipper helps drop heat on hard climbs. At 5'11" 160# the medium has an athletic cut, but leaves enough room for layering. It works great long rides as well as short commutes.

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Owen Caprellwrote a review of on July 21, 2011

5 5

I have no idea why I haven't been wearing socks like these my whole life. The mesh is in all the right places to help cool your hot feet. There's also a good feeling with the shoe for better shoe/pedal interface.

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Owen Caprellwrote a review of on July 20, 2011

2 5

I loved a few things about these bibs. The cuffs were very comfortable and kept the legs nicely in place. The fabric was super breathable and very comfortable. I had no problem with the seams itching anywhere. On paper and in my hand they looked great

However, the fit was horrible. For whatever reason, anytime I came out of the saddle (sprint, climb, stop sign, etc...) the chamois found a way to give me a terrible wedgie. Sitting back down afterwards only compounded the issue. Originally, I had ordered a size L but moved up to an XL (I'm 5'11 160# 32" waist). Both sizes had the same issue.

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Owen Caprellwrote a review of on December 8, 2010

4 5

This is a very well built jacket, and I think it would have been perfect for what I was looking for, but it fit rather strangely on me. I'd have to agree with another review in saying that I've never had a jacket fit like this before. The arm holes seemed to be too high on the torso of the jacket, causing it to ride up on my arm pits. I'm 5'11" and about 160# and ordered a medium. Aside from the arm issue, the jacket fit great, including across the chest.

Other than the strange fit, it seems like a bomber jacket. Build quality is good, and the pit zips are easier to use one handed than any I've ever had. It looks perfect for touring or spring skiing, and has enough room to throw a light fleece or possibly a small down vest under for a bit of extra warmth. It packs down pretty small and would be great for spring and fall hiking and cool summer nights.

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Owen Caprellwrote a review of on June 20, 2010

5 5

Do your knees a favor and put these on, you'll thank yourself later. They provide superb protection from rocks and frozen death cookies while keeping a low profile. I actually forget I have them on sometimes. They also do add a bit of extra warmth, which is nice when you're standing around waiting for first chair on a frigid morning.

The only (minor) downside is that a few times, the straps have undone themselves, though only after a BIG fall, and the pad began sliding down my shin. Kind of annoying to fix, but like I said, it happens very rarely.

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Owen Caprellwrote a review of on August 4, 2008

4 5

I took this bag up to around 11,000' in the beginning of August, where the temps unexpectedly dropped to the mid 30's during the night. I threw on an extra layer and was fine for the whole night. As another review said, when you touch sides of the tent there's lots of heat loss. Only sleeping on a 3/4 pad, my feet were at first cold until I threw the lid of my pack under them. The bag is incredibly light weight and packs down really small. For the price, you can't beat it.

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