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PDXDUDEwrote a review of on January 29, 2016

5 5

I've never heard of Velocio, decided to give this jersey a whirl, glad I did. I wanted a nice race fit jersey for summer riding. I typically wear L in US brands and XL in European, I went to the XL and it fits great. Lots of technical features, a great cut, and great craftsmanship. One thing I like is not having silicon / compression on the arms, they are snug but some race jerseys I have get a little too snug after a while. Highly recommend.

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PDXDUDEwrote a review of on January 29, 2016

3 5

Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: XL

First off, I typically wear L in US brands and XL in euro. I ordered the XL and it fit fine except the leg openings. The leg grippers were really loose around my quads and the second I started peddaling they rode right up my leg, giving me the sweet daisy dukes look but more importantly bunching material around my inner thighs. No thanks. I ride a lot, I have strong quads, but I don't have massive trunks. So if you are a skinny lean rider, these shorts probably wont work. If you are massive, give em a whirl.

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PDXDUDEwrote a review of on January 29, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Size Purchased: XL

I got this jersey in white/red for summer rides. The fit is perfect, nice race fit. I typically wear L in US brands and the XL fit me perfectly. I returned it before using it because the material is just too thin and see through. My gripes with this are lack of sun protection, there is no claimed built in sun protection, I'd have to lather my whole torso up before riding in the summer, blah. Second, I wear bib shorts and the straps are completely visible, as is the back of my shorts. Lots of nip action too, even with bib shorts. The only way you could pull this off without looking like a goof is bib shorts with white bibs or just regular shorts. Its too bad the jersey is so thin, it looks great and has a nice cut. Oh well.

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PDXDUDEwrote a review of on December 5, 2015

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs large
Size Purchased: Large

I ordered two of these and just tried them on and returned them, not paying this price for such shoddy quality. Like other reviewers noted the flannel is pretty thin. I wouldn't depend on this shirt to keep you very warm. What really bugged me was all the poor stitching on the shirt, the buttonholes for example had lose strings all over them. The fit is also goofy as well, the part around the shoulders feels slightly fitted, but the shirttail hem was really billowy in the back. Maybe if you are a bigger person this would be OK, but forget it if your skinny. While the front has no logo, the back has a large MARMOT logo on the shoulder. It would have been nice to see a back picture before ordering.
Bottom line: don't buy this shirt if you are looking for a quality garment.

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PDXDUDEwrote a review of on February 28, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Sizing: I'm 6'4 with a 33 inch waist and 36 inseam. I went with XL and its almost perfect, I could use another inch at the bottom. I typically wear L in most brands, so I would highly recommend sizing up. I have worn these in temps as low as 20 F up to the 50s and in dry, rain, and snowing conditions.

Whre these bibs excel: feel, look, comfort, chamois, and generally warmth and breathability. Dry temps between 35-50 F.

Where they fail: crotch thermals. I made the mistake of taking my first ride in these in the low 30s and by the end of my 2 hour ride, my junk was frozen, like painfully. Lesson learned. Anything below 35 I throw an old skull cap (the lycra bike kind) in my pants. This isn't an issue above 35, but it seems like a pretty big oversight to me. Then again, I have yet to own a pair of bib tights that adequately protects my junk when its cold. Also, these are billed as "Water-repellant." That is a joke. These are about as water repellant as my 90$ Mavic bibs who have no water repelling capabilities. I bought these vs. the silverline because of this feature, as far as I can tell, its either non-existent or their engineers need to go back to the drawing board. DONT buy these if you ride in rain all the time.

Bottom line: These are fantastic bib tights and I highly recommend them despite their shortcomings. They look and feel great plus have all kind of fancy features that I don't know if I benefit from, but hey, they look cool. The crotch thermals and water repellent stuff are a bit annoying given the price tag.

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PDXDUDEwrote a review of on February 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've worn this in the 20s up to the 50s and in rain, snow, and dry conditions and have to say that it holds up to everything as long as you wear the appropriate base layer. While it isn't waterproof, I road it in the pouring rain yesterday and for a good while the rain just beaded off, eventually I got soaked, but hey, thats what I get for riding in the rain. This jacket pairs excellently with a long sleeve or short sleeve merino wool undershirt. I wouldn't bother wearing a jersey under this, its just too bulky. I typically rock long sleeve when its below 40, and short sleeve when its above 40. The pit and wrist zips are fantastic too, they really help and are easy to access while riding.

As other reviewers have noted, the fit is very snug. So, if you are a larger rider or need to shed some pounds, I wouldn't bother with this jacket, or perhaps size up.

My only issue so far is that after just 2 months the reflective coating is starting to flake off, and no I haven't washed it yet. Seems a bit cheap to me. Otherwise, this jacket is money well spent.

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PDXDUDEwrote a review of on January 2, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Caveat, I only tried these on, so take this review for what you will. I ordered XL, I am 6'4 with a 34 in waist, these were way too tight in the shoulder straps, so I sent them back. Several things that struck me about them: they have knee vents. I dont know about you, but I have never said to myself when its 30 degrees out "damn I wish my knees were cooler, there is so much sweat down there I have to pull over." Second, the branding. I guess that is Castelli's thing, but I'm not sponsored by Castelli, so I feel like I should get something for advertising their brand while riding my bike. There are logos everywhere, not to mention the red beneath the black. If advertising what cycling gear you wear is your thing, these are the tights for you.

I'm going with more simplistic and functional on the next go-round.

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PDXDUDEwrote a review of on September 30, 2013

3 5

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

I am 6'4 and have a narrow waist and a 36 inseam. I gave these a whirl in XL, I typically wear L in most brands but have never tried a "pure" European brand. Initially, they fit great, I was even impressed with the inseam. Then I got on my bike and immediately the shorts went up a couple inches, exposing my beautiful hardworn farmer tan. Not cool.

I really wanted to like these shorts, they looked good and the chamois was really nice. What is strange, is that the legs have compression bands but little rectangular "rivets" of silicon on them, so I don't know if thats what made them not grip my legs. But they have compression bands, and I've never had shorts with the bands that rose up so quickly.

Ah well, competitive cyclist was great about the return!

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PDXDUDEwrote a review of on May 31, 2012

4 5

I have a big head, its hard getting the right hat. I ordered a size L and even with my large head, I could not get this hat to fit properly. Its a nice hat, so its too bad it doesn't fit right. Not what I would consider a typical size "L". The sizing measurements appear to be misleading too, since my head fits within the middle range for the sizing.

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PDXDUDEwrote a review of on December 17, 2011

2 5

I own 2 pairs of these socks, after one year both socks have holes in the ankle and are destined for the trash can. Poor quality seems to be smart wools new thing. I used to love smart wool, but after countless pairs of their socks have torn or gotten holes I give up. Smart Wool once stood for quality, now they are just cheap overpriced junk. Want lasting socks? Don't buy smart wool.

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