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PDXDUDE wrote 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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PDXDUDE wrote 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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PDXDUDE wrote 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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PDXDUDE wrote 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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PDXDUDE wrote 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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PDXDUDE wrote 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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PDXDUDE wrote a review of on August 8, 2009

4 5

What can I say, they are shorts and they rock. The fit is a little slimmer, not baggy, and the rise comes to about my knees. These shorts are durable, Ive thrown a lot at them so far. They are true to size also. My only complaint is the interior button is cheaply sewed on, it fell off after a couple of days and needed more heavy duty reinforcement. Would buy these again, great non-flashy, no cargos with straps hanging out, stupid logos, etc...

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