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ew wrote a review of on December 13, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large

They look super bulky on the web site but I couldn't imagine they really are given how all other PI gloves look in pictures. Surprise, they are really bulky.

Pretty much as bulky as ski gloves, maybe really warm, I'll never know, returning. Priced like quality ski gloves but not as nice in my opinion.

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ew wrote a review of on December 11, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

I got a pair of these gloves and the fit is very nice, materials and construction seem good, not too bulky but sufficiently insulated. I'm riding hard so when it's below 45 I need a little insulation but anything bulky gets too warm very quickly.

The elastic they put around the wrists of these gloves, however, is not the same diameter and way too tight on the left so I'm needing to return. I'm pretty sure cutting the blood off from your hands is not a good way to keep them warm. I'm ordering another pair, along with Pearl Pro soft shell, to see if they're made better but with the lame wrist elastic and super high cuff I think CRAFT has a revision to do on this one. Generally a big CRAFT fan.

I'm between sizes on the CRAFT sizing sheet but the M is perfect and small way too small. I'm in-between on most craft sizing sheets but the bigger choice, I'm learning, is always better for me.

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ew wrote a review of on October 23, 2013

4 5

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

The fit is very good, could maybe be a tiny bit longer in the front. It does exactly what it's supposed to do, blocks wind, breaths and allows you to easily shed heat with a slight unzip if you're on a big climb. A few upgrades would make it perfect for me:

1. The zipper is a bit fussy in the transition between the top and the kink between your neck and chest but maybe that's a function of the material and the fit, quality zipper for sure.

2. The pocket in the back is not good, it's too big and deep so it's tough to get stuff out especially with the bulky zipper flap. A better design would be to use a standard 3 pocket approach maybe made out something different than the jacket, something that stretches a bit, mesh maybe. I hate the pocket. Could maybe line one of the pockets with something water resistant and have a zipper or some velcro on that one pocket.

3. Some small mesh pit holes placed out of the wind might help it regulate temperature better.

4. Could maybe be cut for a bit more forward lean. I sometimes have to shrug my shoulders to get it to come up a bit so I'm not getting resistance across the back.

Very limited wind flap.

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ew wrote a review of on October 23, 2013

5 5

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

Comfortable, super nice material and it does exactly what it's supposed to do; keeps you warm and dry but allows you to easily shed heat if too much builds inside your shell. I wear this under a GORE Contest AS and it's a really nice combo.

It is a too warm above like 45 degrees for me.

For me I actually went with the larger size between the 2 that might have fit.

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ew wrote a review of on October 23, 2013

5 5

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

I don't own a lot of CRAFT stuff but my limited experience tells me it's the best. Made well, fits, comfortable, works well. You just find the right size and start using, no worries. I'll be looking to CRAFT first from now on.

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ew wrote a review of on June 8, 2011

2 5

I'm a pretty big fan of PI. I own 2 pair of the previous version of the PRO shorts, they are very good. When I bought the first pair I just put them on and rode, no problems ever. The chamois is a bit thick but kind of packs down over time and I've never experienced any sort of discomfort from it. Bought the 2nd pair, same deal. Good.

Thought I'd get another set and decided on the latest and greatest. There are some improvements: better waist band, better chamois. They look great and are made as well as you'd expect them to be.

However, something is wrong with these shorts that forced me to send them back. Either they are cutting them smaller, the new material doesn't give as much, or the new panel pattern is just wrong because I found them to be so restrictive that I fought them the whole ride.

After my ride I had seam imprints in my legs for like an hour. My legs were achy which doesn't happen to me, I ride 3-5 x/week.

I called PI and the guy said maybe I had the wrong size. I don't. He also said they may just feel different with the new material but shouldn't stretch out. They do feel different, and to the point that I won't ever put them on again.

They took the joy out of my ride and I believe that pretty much says it all.

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ew wrote a review of on February 17, 2011

2 5

The new trend, I'm understanding, is to weld two lenses together to try to form a waterproof dual lens system. Seems like a good idea but the weld for these goggles, and others I've seen, like Smith, dramatically obscures the potential field of vision by keeping the weld inside the edge of the frame as apposed to underneath the edge. This technique limits the field of vision by a lot, (can you say tunnel vision).In particular, these goggles are also really expensive compared to the Smith I/O which costs less with a case that will hold all of your spare lenses and protect your frames and the installed lens when they're packed. The 2nd lens, black, given with these goggles also isn't a particularly good lens for "medium" conditions or good snow contrast.I wonder if they're so expensive because they have Carl Zeiss make the lenses so a bunch has to go to them. Food for thought.Lens change system is better, however, than on the Smith I/O.

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ew wrote a review of on January 29, 2011

2 5

I haven't bought goggles for a while so the whole weld two pieces of plastic together to make the lens is new to me. It seems like a good idea but when the inner lens is small and the weld needs to obscure a part of your vision the product becomes worthless to me. I buy goggles to see better not cut off 20% of my vision.The goggles are obviously well made and if the weld was out below the edge of the frame I would own a pair. I wanted to buy the I/Os but found the same thing. I wound up buying a pair of I/O (bigger) on an emergency basis because I needed something for a trip but they are too big for my face if anyone wants them discount (with the case, black frame). The search continues.

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