This is my 2nd pair of PI Cyclone gloves. I had the2010 gloves and they were starting to wear down so I bought these to replace.
Sizing; I cant remember the sizing chart used, but measuring from the bottom of my palm to the tip of my middle finger is about 7 inches, and I chose a MD and them seem to fit really well.
Comfort; As far as warmth and comfort goes I believe it depends on one's tolerance of cold and anatomy, perhaps even the day. When I MTB, I prefer to use a five finger glove as mush as possible as, lobster gloves for example, seem to take away some control and comfort of handling and braking. Im a thin dude and it varies on the day whether I can man the cold or whimper at the lower digits. I think I can use these down to 30 degrees, give or take. If there is a strong wind then perhaps they would not be as warm!
Durability; the first or 2nd ride I took these on the seam on the index finger tore. I sent them back and received a new pair. I have since worn the often and w/o issue. If these are any thing like the last design, the glove will last. My old pair handled multiple washings!
Bottom Line; Great Late Fall early Winter Glove and/or temps 30-50!
De Marchi Stealth Bib
Sizing; I purchased these bibs but did not get a chance to try them out. This is the 2nd year I have attempted to order De Marchis in the specified size it states, and yet they seem to run smaller. I ordered a medium, I am 5 9 and weigh about 145. Mostly they are a bit snug in the groin area.
Construction; style - Upon receiving these, when I opened the box and took em out, I wasnt as impressed with them as I thought I would be. They are decently thick and feel as though they would be warm, but for instance, the logos on the leg looked like a screen print of some type that would eventually fade or break apart, as well the foot straps did not look well constructed. I have a pair of De Marchi TIX bibs from 2010 (in Large size), I was very impressed with those in construction and feel.
My bottom line; De Marchi is a nice brand, but I just wasnt feeling their product this year so I sent them back and went with a Gore product instead. I can attest that my older De Marchis are warm for winter riding and have stood up to MTB, gravel riding, and distance riding pretty well - I would assume you could depend on the same quality. If you are sensitive to sizing, I would go with the next size up and/or contact a Real Cyclist Rep for some suggestions!
If you are just looking for one more person to say; Yeah dude, get em. Then read no more! Gore has made a durable and premium bib tight for those of us who MTB the trails thru the winter months, and to do so in comfort and style.
Durability At first I was cautious about the material; it looks and feels like it may tear easily. My first day with these bad boys on, unbeknownst to me, I would put them thru a pretty hard day of biking, I was relieved and can say w/ a testament they held together well. Somehow I smacked my knee on a rock and I could see blood coming thru the material itself, but absolutely no tears of any kind to the material, impressive. Sometimes I like to off road OFF ROAD and hit thru weeds, stickers, thorns n sticks, doing so in these tights proved that although they really didnt reflect stickers and thrones, you can be sure they are well constructed and the material was not affected or damaged.
Comfort- I know some of the cool mountain bikers snub at the idea of wearing bib tights, or better yet they do the shorts over , which looks whack and to me deters the whole concept and design of cycling tights. Anyhow these bibs are; comfortable, form fitting and the material is super stretchy, which is a big plus because it makes the bibs feel soft and comfortable. And with MTBing at times you have to be on and off the bike, which sucks if the garment you are wearing is super constricting. These bibs provide warmth and perspiration efficiency in a good range of temps and weather, hows this? I felt just as comfortable biking these in 43 degree weather as I did in 25 degree weather, w/o having to layer underneath. I am 5 9 and about 145, I chose a MED and they fit well. Foot straps was something I had always been hesitant of. But after rocking a few bibs with foot straps, compared to those w/o, have proved to be extremely useful and enhance comfort. I hate having tights ride up or bag out at the knees, the straps keep them in place.
Style/look, I dont mind rocking tights while cycling, but sometimes the way companies design their products can certainly make consumers think twice before a purchase. These bibs look good and I like the nice touch of red accents. The pad is nice and actually conforms to your man and groin area comfortably so the diaper look is less noticeable! The paneled material, although designed for performance and comfort Im certain, it helps take the old solid panel look away and gives the bibs a nice technical look. SO that way if you cant ride worth spit, at least you can look like you do!
Customer Service -I had ordered a different pair of Gore bibs and RC sent the wrong ones, which were the Alp X 2.0s, and the ones I ordered cost less. In their mistake they told me to keep these if Id like, and not have to pay the difference. Thanks Real Cyclists CS!
Out of my De Marchi, Pearl Izumi, Craft, and tight experience, these are by far my most favorite and most comfortable! Give your winter time MTB experience a new feel! I would purchase a similar bib in the future!!!
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