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ecrandell2086766 wrote a review of on August 2, 2012

3 5

Why would a helmet manufacturer that throws a huge amount of weight behind the Sky Professional Cycling Team, not take into account that nearly all of their riders are also Oakley sponsored? What I mean, is that if you are a dedicated Oakley wearer on the bike, then you'll need to look elsewhere for a helmet. I really wanted to like it - I really did. It fits great, is pretty comfortable, and has a great retention system. Unfortunately, I have multiple pair of Oakley Radars and they do NOT fit under this helmet. I was forced to stretch the arms of my glasses to fit over the retention system in the back, and invariably, this caused extra pressure (and eventual pain). In addition, the vents of this helmet will not hold glasses (if you sometimes take them off while riding and need a place to stick them).

I know that my choice of cycling glasses shouldn't be a reason to abandon a helmet, but I'm far more invested in Oakley than I am Kask. Hopefully this will help others considering this helmet. Back to Giro for me...

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ecrandell2086766 wrote a review of on January 19, 2011

4 5

Very nice bib tights and very warm. There is a bit of an issue with the fit however, I'm 5'8 150lbs and went with a medium. Everything fits for the most part, but the lower legs are quite tight....as in, it's as chore to get them on. In addition, they bunch up a bit in the "lower abdomen" area and beneath your rear end. Most of this bunching seems to disappear when you're on the bike, but something to think about if you're a bit on the short side or are less-than-gifted in upper leg/hip/rear end size. Still an 8 out of 10 for me.

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ecrandell2086766 wrote a review of on January 19, 2011

5 5

Great road jacket...and probably road only. This jacket has a tight fit and is shaped for on-the-bike positioning. That being said, it does the job of its intended purpose very well. The Windstopper membrane ensures that this jacket is extremely warm with nothing but a baselayer. I have worn this comfortably in the low 30's with nothing but a jersey and longsleeve baselayer. Add a longsleeve jersey or some other insulating layer and you'd likely not need anything else. Like I said though - it's tight. If you intend to layer underneath it you may want to size up. I am 5'8, 150 lbs and I went with a medium as I do with all GBW. Fit is spot on for me. Excellent jacket!

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ecrandell2086766 wrote a review of on January 19, 2011

3 5

The quality is there obviously, but this jacket fits more like a baggy, commuter jacket. Fine if you're using it for that purpose I guess, but most roadies may want to steer clear. VERY baggy around the midsection, arms a bit floppy, and just generally a strange fit. I'm usually a huge GBW guy, but this one is going back

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ecrandell2086766 wrote a review of on December 23, 2010

3 5

Relatively warm I suppose. I wore them this morning at about 31-32 degrees and they kept me mostly warm. BUT, where they fail as a lobster is in the design - the liner is not removable....this means that your hands sweat horribly leaving them wet and eventually cold. Definitely look into a lobster with a liner than is not part of the glove itself.

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ecrandell2086766 wrote a review of on December 27, 2009

5 5

Great vest. This is an extremely versatile piece of clothing. If you're like me and don't really feel the need to always reach for a jacket, this vest is for you. With just an Icebreaker long sleeve shirt underneath, this vest kept me plenty warm banging around up in the mountains in the upper 30's. I've also worn it over a t-shirt to knock out the early morning chill. The sizing is tagged for the euro bunch, but you should be safe simply ordering what you normally wear in something like this. I'm 5'8 160 with a 41" chest, and a medium was just right in the length and width. Best of all, you won't look like all of the other fashion-conscience tools in their North Face gear. Millet is slowly becoming one of my new favorites - and this piece is no exception.

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ecrandell2086766 wrote a review of on December 27, 2009

5 5

This may be the perfect shirt, period. I wear this as a base layer for cycling, snowboarding, hiking, even as a long sleeve undershirt under a tee. It's warm, yet cool, wears and fits perfectly, and can be worn for DAYS on end without washing (seriously). I wear this under a simple cycling jacket in temps from the high 20's all the way to around 60. It keeps you perfectly warm, but also allows you to stay cool when the temps come up a bit. I just recently snowboarded in near zero degree temps with this as a base layer, a bodyfit260 on top of that, and just my snowboard shell - perfectly comfortable all day. Merino wool is where it's at, and Icebreaker is the best you can buy. Do not hesitate based on price, or if you're unsure about merino wool. It really IS that good. I'm 5'8 and 160 (41" chest) with an athletic build, and the medium is perfect (a tighter, base layer fit). If you like a bit looser, size up one.

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ecrandell2086766 wrote a review of on December 27, 2009

5 5

Wow is about all that needs to be said here. This shirt pretty much replaces every other article of clothing I USED to use as a base layer. I use this primarily for winter cycling and snowboarding. At 15 degrees, this shirt with just a thin, windproof and lightly insulated cycling jacket is perfect. While snowboarding, this shirt with just my snowboarding jacket over the top is money for a full day on the mountain. The 260 is a bit warm for heavy activity in anything but winter cold in my opinion, so if you're looking for a base layer for fall/spring, consider the same shirt in a 200 (which I also have). The greatest thing about this shirt, is that it can be worn for days on end (I literally ride in it 4-5 days a week, and only wash it once. It holds ZERO odor. Merino wool is where it's at, and Icebreaker is probably the best you can buy. One more thing worth mentioning about the 260, is that it fits a bit more loosely than the 200, so you could easily wear it on its own if you're OK with a "slim fit". I'm 5'8, 160 with an athletic build, and the medium fits perfectly. Icebreaker puts out some fantastic pieces, and this is certainly no exception. Buy it without hesitation.

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ecrandell2086766 wrote a review of on December 27, 2009

5 5

This may be the best winter cycling jacket on the market. Excellent fit (not euro-roadie tight, but "slim fit"), very comfortable, and at home in a wide range of temperatures. I've worn this as low as the high teens with a merino wool base layer and been perfectly fine. I've also worn this on a ride that warmed WAY up and ended up near 60 - with all the vents open and the zipper about halfway, I was perfect. Great jacket, and really the only one you'll need all fall/winter. I'm 5'8, about 160 with an athletic build and the medium fits perfectly.

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ecrandell2086766 wrote a review of on May 12, 2009

4 5

Expertly constructed as you would expect from Castelli's Rosso Corsa line, but be warned - these run a bit smaller than some of the other popular brands of gloves. I typically wear a Medium in most brands, and these mediums are pretty tight. Not to the point that I feel the need to return them, but it makes getting them off a giant pain. Either way, exactly what I've come to expect from Castelli.

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ecrandell2086766 wrote a review of on March 11, 2009

4 5

Great jacket, and extremely well made as you would expect from Gore. I do have an issue with the sizing however. I wear a large in most EVERYTHING cycle related (Pearl Izumi, etc). Size 41 chest, 5'8" and about 160 pounds. But this size large was definitely too big unless you like a baggy fit. The midsection was quite loose, and the sleeves extremely long. I decided to size down to a medium...we'll see. Otherwise, the pit zips are a fantastic feature, as are all the pockets. Why don't all manufacturers use a chest pocket? Very useful.

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