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don100979183 wrote a review of on December 26, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used these for three seasons now and have the fender placement down pretty good but still have problems with clearance on the rear which is so close that sand quickly builds up while riding in the road conditions I need it the most, that is post snow roads that have been salted and sanded. For that reason I have switched to a rear mountain bike fender that doesn't work as well but also doesn't require me to stop mid ride and readjust the fender. The front works fine and is the only front, portable fender I have found that is long enough to protect the drivetrain as well as protect me.
My biggest complaint is that the curved rubber compression mounts cause the bikes clear coat paint to rub off, but whenever you attach a friction mount to a painted service this should be expected.

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don100979183 wrote a review of on November 30, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Castelli clothing has become my new addition and the wind tights fulfilled all expectations. I tend to run a little warm so finding the right combination can be difficult. For that reason, the wind tights I will reserve for under freezing temps and use my non-wind Sorpasso for warmer temps in the 30 to 45 range. The difference is noticeable. On a recent 23* day, I could feel the warmth of my legs as I warmed up, a sensation which didn't leave me for the entire two hours on the bike. Casstelli claims this is the limit for these tights but I plan on depending on these for temps down to the teens. The fit is typical Castelli, snug. The X2 chamois is my only preference for cycling as I have taken more expensive shorts and tights and placed them in storage and said "Good By" to near constant saddle sores. Now the looks, well, you just sort of make a statement when you wear Castelli, bold but not billboard-ish, team kit look. If the quality is as good as other Sorpasso tights, which I would expect they are, than I can expect years of use before they show any wear, as has been my experience.

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don100979183 wrote a review of on November 13, 2012

5 5

After years of buying one moderate priced winter jersey after another and never being happy with the performance, figured it was time to spend more in hopes of getting more. You know those inbetween temps, for me it's the high 30's to mid 40's, when a jacket makes you overheat, forcing you to lower the zipper, as the wind fills you like a balloon. And a vest isn't quite enough. The Transparente Due Wind solved all those problems.
I have worn this jersey with a sleeveless base as the temps climbed into the low 60's and never overheated. By modifying my base layer, this jersey works well for me right down to around 35*. The breathability is amazing judging by the fact that I seldom feel cold from the accumulation of sweat as I do when I wear a jacket....Castelli is quickly becoming my favorite cycle clothing.

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