Eric H.

Eric H.

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 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.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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Eric H.

Eric H.wrote a review of on June 11, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had a pair for almost a year - moderate use - which have held up extremely well, fit well, feel superb, no sign of wear whatsoever. I see the other reviews and wonder if we are reviewing the same product or perhaps I just got lucky with a well-made pair. Yes, all leather gloves are a bit hard to get off. I truly love these gloves

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Eric H.wrote a review of on February 9, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Quite warm (warmer than Sidi GTX), water proof (heavy rain will leak down your ankles into the wide cuffs and soak your feet eventually so not a good choice for long downpours but worked well for 1 1/2 hours of rain/sleet/heavy slush), reasonably stiff but still walkable. Looks like a hiking boot (and feels like a hiking boot) so unobtrusive for post-ride coffee. Sole does have pretty good wet traction. Jack of all trades but master of none, which in this case means a very good value and a highly usuable shoe, esp. for wet/snowy conditions down to high 20's depending on how easily your feet freeze. Just does not make a great full-on MTB shoe so if your only need is for 4 hour epics or if you like a really stiff sole, this might not be perfect. Also a little heavy/bulky so I would not use for warmer temps. All in all, have been very satisfied for my 30'-45' riding, and that has included a lot of rain snow and sleet. Seemed to fit true to sizing. I normally wear 41 Sidi's in road shoes and a 42 gave me room for heavy socks.

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Eric H.wrote a review of on December 13, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great output, great depth, great spread, and is bright almost straight down which helps for pothole avoidance. Could use a better shroud as standing you get a bit blinded. Using the entire rear of the light as a touch sensitive button is the single best feature I have ever used on a light - works perfectly, EXCEPT there is no true sleep mode so it is sensitive to unintentional bumps. Like all Exposure lights it does not have a true strobe mode which seems strange since it costs nothing to program that in (they all have pulse modes which is just not as noticeably as a strobe although this does have SOS mode) The led screen to show mode, battery time remaining, and light output programs to choose from is also a superb feature and the led screen makes it really easy to change modes. Mount is rock solid although I wish you could swivel a bit like Lezyne instead of being stuck pointing straight ahead. Build quality is superb. I have not tried the auto-adjust (reflex) feature since I mostly use on the road and that feature is not designed for road use. Battery time seems as advertised. Re-charge time is OK.

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