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Eric H.

Eric H.

Eric H.

Eric H.wrote a review of on November 18, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 138 lbs
Size Purchased: small

Stunning reflectivity. Looks really cool in daylight as well. Nice venting on sides. Fit is reasonably athletic unlike some commuter-oriented jackets that are very large and blousy. I am 5'6" 138 lbs and small fits well with single long sleeve jersey but would get a little tight with a base layer and heavy jersey and if I were any taller the arms would be too short in the small. Worn it a lot but not in the rain so cannot comment on that. It is a full-on 3-layer rain jacket so would be difficult to make it work well for serious training and too warm to use as a wind shell.

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Eric H.

Eric H.wrote a review of on September 19, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 138 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

The outer beading treatment can be abraded off so you cannot wear a hydration pack or backpack. Otherwise incredibly light weight and well made. So little rain I cannot honestly rate as to effectiveness, but was a dynamite ultra lite wind jacket

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Eric H.

Eric H.wrote a review of on August 7, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

The good - extremely light, beautifully made, extremely comfortable.

The bad- I have 3 other Giordana tops in M and all are form fit, typical Euro small sizing. This is slightly large. The front body material has very little stretch and flaps. It feels lovely but is terrible. The shoulders are better but back also does not have enough stretch. The material is an odor magnet (at least for my body chemistry) which I have never had such a problem with any other jersey

It needs to be a home run at this price but it is only a double.

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Eric H.

Eric H.wrote a review of on July 6, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love the slightly sour tang in contrast to similar products which tend to be overly sweet. Very easy on my stomach. I found very hard to get out of the pouch whether new or stale. Got stale months before the expiration date - still edible, but very stiff and extremely sticky once you started to eat - like tear out fillings sticky.

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Eric H.

Eric H.wrote a review of on June 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Crosswind stability is excellent. Still get a little buffeting but quite little at 30+ mph downhill with variable strong crosswinds.

Superb dry braking. At least as good as my best aluminum rims. Better than 2015 Firesrike 404's. Excellent modulation and peak power. Huge improvement from the Firecrest 303's. Did not ride in the wet.

Weight was exactly as advertised ( a rarity in the biking equipment world...)

Aero is too subjective to comment.

Impossible to feel whether they coast better with the new hub.

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Eric H.

Eric H.wrote a review of on June 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Conceptually identical to Castelli's bodypaint bibs but with slightly less stretchy and therefore slightly more compressive legs. Sizing seems identical to Castelli., although legs are a bit longer. Like the bodypaint, the single seam on the legs is far nicer than multiple seams. Very comfortable, fairly low volume chamois. Shoulder straps not as soft as they should be, hopefully will soften when washed a few times. Very well made. Feel great, look great. The material of the legs is different from the material of the rest of the shorts, and the pictures make it look like a very noticeable pouch in front. This effect is much less visible in person.

Bottom line is that these are in the upper echelon of the best bib shorts and personal preferences and fit will dictate whether they are among the very best for you.

The real issue is whether these are worth a large premium over other high-end bibs, and that depends on how value-conscious you are since a number of brands I think are 80-90% as good but at 50-60% of the cost.

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Eric H.

Eric H.wrote a review of on May 25, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 138 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

This packs down much smaller than any "ultra-thin" VEST I own. Maybe the size or a Powerbar folded in half. You could easily stuff it into a tennis ball. Drape it on your finger and there is no sensation of weight. None. I estimate +/-50 gram. Fit is Euro-snug and only slight flapping at shoulders at 30 mph. Does seem windproof. Very nicely made, seems like it is holding up fine despite the ultra-sheer material. Only negative so far is that the elastic of the cuffs fit snug so have to remove gloves in order to take it off.

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Eric H.

Eric H.wrote a review of on May 16, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love these except I stocked up on a sale and found they started to get hard and stale after 6-8 weeks and very hard after 12 weeks - which was long before the expiration date. Still tasted fine and absolutely no spoilage, just an effort to chew and a risk of tearing my fillings out since they were so sticky.

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Eric H.

Eric H.wrote a review of on May 4, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 138 lbs
Size Purchased: Small and medium

5'6" 138 lbs. I wear small in my other 6 pairs of Castelli bibs. Could not get small on. Med. were long but the leg gripper portion was extremely tight (tourniquet-tight). These would be great for someone 5'9" 130 but not any heavier than that. They did seem really nicely made and a great bargain so very disappointing the fit was so much off.

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Eric H.

Eric H.wrote a review of on March 16, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 137 lbs
Size Purchased: small

Excellent cold weather tight. Fits well, well made, feels good. Note - chamois is pretty thick so if you like thin chamois this could be a problem. Like Castelli's nanoflex, highly water resistant but not truly water proof. These worked fine for me at 25 degrees and I found them far too warm above 45.

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Eric H.

Eric H.wrote a review of on January 12, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I love these except for the shins - just a very thin, NOT waterproof, sort of plasticky material. Really weird - might have been OK for back of the leg, but not the front. The thighs are nicely thermal and the front shins are zero thermal. Would give these a 5 otherwise. I actually liked the shiny finish and thought it looked and felt rather cool but that is a matter a taste. As noted, the finish is NOT water resistant - I rode several times in rain and they soaked through almost instantly. Perhaps there was a water=proofing finish that washed off but if so it did mighty fast and easily.

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Eric H.

Eric H.wrote a review of on November 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 136 lbs
Size Purchased: M

Holding up extremely well. Breaking in to fit my hands. Microfiber sweat band is great. All leather gloves are hard to take off. Padding is well placed

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Eric H.

Eric H.wrote a review of on November 27, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 136 lbs
Size Purchased: M

2 pairs I use primarily for gym and heavy weightlifting. Have held up perfectly. Zero tears. Zero problems. Getting 2 more pairs. For biking use prefer gloves with at least a life padding. Weird to read other reviews and the problems since mine have been so good

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Eric H.

Eric H.wrote a review of on August 7, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I have tried many protein mixes and quite a few gave me some level of stomach distress but this was the all-time worst. Huge gastric distress. Flavor was fair

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