Compared to the REI Endeavor, this pant has better breathability, looser fit, and no full-length zip-offs (so with certain boots will require you to remove the boot before zipping off the lower leg). The zipper around the zip-off shorts is also much better protected against the leg, reducing chafing (compared to the Endeavor).
For my taste, the zip-off section and the looser fit (I wear 28"-29" jeans but the 28" Cruz is extremely loose around my waist) I rated this a 4. Otherwise, in most aspects it's a superior pant to the Endeavor for warmer climates, comfort, and flexibility.
This was my first road bike. I'm 5'6" and got the 51 cm version after going after measurements on competitivecyclist (which backcountry owns). Not having had a road bike before, I'm not sure if the fit is "perfect," but certainly after 30 mile rides I've been comfortable.
The 105 component set is great for the on-sale price of the bike -- hard to beat. Saddle is rather comfortable (though I'm rather light, so I'm not sure how heavier riders will find it).
Bike shipped from competitivecyclist and was mostly assembled when it arrived: all I needed to put together was to mount the handlebars to the stem, install pedals, put the wheels on (they're quick-release... no issues), and install the seat. A minor adjustment to center the brakes to the rims and I was good to go. Box was sturdy and the bike arrived completely intact.
The BC site doesn't mention that the chainring is a compact -- it's 34 and 50 teeth. If you need a third chainring, this might not be right for you.
I haven't ridden enough road bikes to be able to comment on stiffness or other subjective measures of a frame, but I've really enjoyed the SR01 and think it's a great bike with a great featureset for the price.
I was originally expecting to write a review just like magp416423's ("Very slick"), but he beat me to the punch and stole most of what I was going to say.
I'm 5'6", 125 lbs and the small fit great. The silicone grippers at the leg openings didn't feel intrusive and held the legs in place rather well.
The reason I give this four stars is the presence of the large "PANTHER" across the lower back of the bib -- it's typically covered up but it still is a little bold (and odd, in my opinion). As a bib and not a fashion statement, there seems to be little to complain about.
Ignore the two books below the bib... just picked them up and was laughing my way through them!
I'm new to road biking and was looking to get started with a bib set. Stumbled across this one here and on SAC and gave it a try.
Chamois feels less dense than others but still offers decent support. I'm 5'6, 125 lbs and typically wear small (or XS in certain jersey sizes). The jersey here in S is really, really tight -- and the sleeves barely are long enough to go halfway down my biceps.
For $60 it's an excellent deal, but at least on size small be aware that you may need to order a size up. (Of course I didn't try medium so it's hard to say if it would have been too big.)
I'm not too familiar with performance jackets of this caliber and price range; I've mostly been a softshell guy given my Midwest upraising. I've had some experience with Marmot's Membrain fabric and with the Pertex implementation in the OR Igneo, but that's about it.
I bought the Victorio and used it on a few hours recently snowshoeing in the backcountry around Mt. Rainier. The temperatures were between 30 and 50 °F, with periods of sun, rain, and snow (yup, mountain weather!). Not having used an eVent or any Gore products, I don't have a basis for comparison, but with just a tee and the jacket, I noticed two things:
1) the jacket never felt clammy against my skin like the Membrain fabric does.
2) even in direct sunlight, I never felt "claustrophobic" in the jacket; it didn't feel constrained from a breathability perspective.
When it was snowing or raining, snowflakes and raindrops beaded on the exterior of the jacket with no wetting through.
Wind did not cut through the jacket at all (any loose opens will of course catch gusts). Pit zips were useful but not terribly necessary given how well the jacket breathes. When I started off with more layers, I noticed that with heavy perspiration the jacket didn't seem to move moisture away from skin as well as when I had on only a tee, but this is to be expected and certainly was of no worse performance than with my other jackets.
I'm 5'6" and 130 pounds, and the small fits quite well. Chest is a little loose but accommodates additional layers well; the waist area is a little large for my frame. Hood is quite large and accommodates a climbing helmet more than just a head + beanie.
I chose this jacket over the Jovian for its 70D material (I tend to be hard on gear when I'm using it), but otherwise either jacket would likely serve my needs well.
Other small observations:
- as noted in other reviews, zippers can be difficult to work... but to me this was not a hindrance.
- one side of the zipper stays mostly upright; the other side flaps over. Makes it difficult not to zip up the jacket the whole way
- chest pockets take some getting used to -- not really practical for keeping hands warm, unless you want to walk like a mummy
Overall, I'm quite pleased with the jacket. I'm hoping it's more durable than some of my other ones, but given that I'm now living in Charleston, I'm not sure how much use I'll get out of this. Will keep this review updated when anything new happens.
Jon, how should someone go about deciding which of the two is more applicable, particularly if we're rather new to alpine activity? They're close enough in both performance and price that I'm not sure which to choose right now!
Thanks for the reply. I'm used to wearing a base layer + a mid-weight; my other insulated softshell does beautifully in the cold with just that, and I wanted to ensure the Igneo would handle it, too. Sounds like the right jacket for me. :)
Has anyone used this jacket in sub 20 °F weather while just walking around? It's kept me (or specifically my torso) warm while sitting on a porch with the temps around the mid 30s and a very slight breeze, but I'm wondering how this will fare when the temps drop below 20.
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