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Joe wrote a review of on July 26, 2014

2 5

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

The idea driving this design is good: knickers on the light side for truly hot weather. They look sharp and the fabric IS light but totally lacks compression. Mavic's sizing has some real flaws too. At 185 with with 31" waist I'm usually a LG or XL but these had sloppy loose areas even in a medium. That seems to be a fault in the fabric and also the cut which strikes me as imprecise. (I can't imagine any size of these things fitting a 150 lb rider.) Returned. If Mavic does a revised version I'd give those a shot.

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Joe wrote a review of on May 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

6' 186 lbs size 3X in Castelli. (Years of the iron.) I was pleasantly surprised to find the cut of this thing is athletic just like their other jerseys - accommodates my shoulders without being baggy on a 31" waist. The pockets are perfectly designed - just right for a larger hand and slightly constricted at the top with elastic. The partial zip simplifies things and the wool quality is good but not great - about like thicker Smart Wool stuff. (ArcTeryx being the cashmere standard.) I am also pleased to report you can dry this thing with your jeans until it's toasty; just a touch of shrinkage the first time and none thereafter. Perfect for cool days and at 70 degrees in the sun it's not oppressive. Excellent.

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Joe wrote a review of on May 15, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

6' 186 lbs, size XL in these. I wanted to like these but they defied my attempts. I found oddly, that with the correct size - firm compression everywhere, the legs were slightly too short and also too big around at the ankle. No stirrup either. This is a bad combination as it feels way weird and guarantees they'll ride up. The cuff around the very bottom is this cheap flimsy material which I can't describe except to say "rubbery" and it isn't like the rest of the leg fabric at all. The tights look sharp but the Castelli Logo is just ironed-on vinyl letters which as we all know will come off one at a time and fairly soon your thigh look like the Wheel of Fortune board. I don't care about the logo and based on the nice fabric, I actually returned these for the knicker version. I reasoned that would solve the ankle issue as I suspect these were designed as knickers to begin with and simply duplicated in the long version with no thought going into it. I was liking the knickers but I found a stitching defect and those were last pair in my size. The shoulder straps don't impress me - same space material as the leg cuff but likely to work. The fabric itself is very nice and makes me wish they put more thought into these things.

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Joe wrote a review of on May 11, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The only drawback of this stuff is that it can be TOO hot for shorter rides or less-than-brutal cold. I am a big fan of hot lineaments for cold riding and wet spring races and this is no-kidding... If you really lay it on thick, it will last several hours and causes an intense heat. Remember, handle the chamois cream first THEN the lineament. Knee warmers under your longs will prevent dragging that chamois through napalm in route to the grundle. (If you do it wrong you'll know.) It's possible to tone down the heat by cutting this stuff with baby oil. It definitely increases blood flow to the area; great for older cats like me with creaky knees. Enjoy.

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Joe wrote a review of on May 1, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have a couple different brands but these Garneau shorts are probably my favorite; great value for the $$. I prefer a very compressive fit as opposed to the "naked" sensation of light fabric. These are compressive with reassuringly thick material and they're are holding up very well. The pad is well-proportioned and thick. Recommended. The only drawback I see are the ghastly colors apart from the black & gray. If Garneau would make a skinsuit with the same material and fit, that would work for sure. The Garneau "Equipe" and "Mondo" stuff is sized smaller than the rest of the line.

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Joe wrote a review of on December 11, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is an excellent example of clothing NOT designed for an athletic body type. It fits in the shoulders, chest and arm length but hangs like a garbage bag around my middle. It's short in the waist and the pockets are too shallow. (I'm 5,11 180, 31" waist.) The pullover sweatshirt has a better cut and pockets. The cotton fabric is nice and heavy. Not worth $60.

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Joe wrote a review of on October 16, 2013

5 5

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

If the goal is to ride in WET: winter wind and drizzle, these are the thing I'd say. For dry cold and temps below freezing I'd do something else. This is basically a half-millimeter wet-suit carefully tailored into cycling bibs. So, they have a very compressive fit and good wind resistance. (Wear them tight as with a wet-suit. I'm 5, 11.5; 182 lb and a MED is perfect.) You'll be wet but less miserable for the same reason a wet-suit works in cold water. This 2013 model of Amfib improves over the older one due to the stirrup and integrated gasket: Stirrup goes inside your shoe and the gasket goes OVER your shoe cover like a gaiter thus directing the water outside your shoe. The back is a cool spot as another reviewer indicated; noticeable in a deluge but NBD to me personally. Pearl runs larger than the euro stuff. I was surprised to take a MED as I have other Pearl bib shorts in a large.

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Joe wrote an answer about on August 15, 2013

Having used the fan, and as one who does hard sessions on the smaller rollers myself, (no fan) my opinion is that the blower is way overkill with the smaller roller. You would wind up riding small gears which is of course less stable on rollers. I have used the blower with the 4 inch drums and that works very well because the larger drum provides significantly less resistance on it's own. The key piece of this, and a major detail missing from the BC description, is that the blower provides variable resistance. There is a little door on the side of that turbine that regulates how much air it's able grab. Full closed = not much harder than no fan at all. Full open simulates the kind of headwind that makes you use every swear word ever heard. "Kreitler Killer" is the perfect product name. Again, just my opinion but the blower is really FOR doing HARD roller intervals where a partner is opening and closing the little door for you based on time, heart rate scream volume, time between dry heaves.... Anyway I would forget about the fan cooling you off and consider the blower if you want to do masochistic interval sessions. (I once got so trashed doing "blower intervals" that I fell off the damn rollers and broke a bone in my hand.) For cooling, there's a great home fan called a "Vornado"I can recommend.

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Joe wrote a review of on August 8, 2012

2 5

Returned unused. For the retail price, this thing seems cheaply made. The fabric is extremely thin and poorly finished. Construction seems delicate to say the least. Worst of all there is no compressive fit because the fabric is so light. The legs grippers are almost non-existent - definitely the poorest ones I've seen. Looking to a different maker.

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Joe wrote a review of on August 6, 2012

5 5

As a former competitive rider just getting back into it for fun, I am as happy as you could hope to be with rollers. I used the large diameter Kreitlers in the 80's and I recall needing the wind-load simulator fan in order to really work. NOT SO with these. The rollers alone provide an ample workout for me. I estimate these provide 75% of the normal resistance you experience outside for a given gear on a flat road with no wind. It would be interesting to know if Kreitler has a more accurate equivilency.

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Joe wrote a review of on July 13, 2012

5 5

I use these for everything and I have found no down side. As a flyer I have marathon (35+ hr) days getting drenched in sweat and then drying out repeatedly - in a disgusting nomex flight suit. These boxers have dramatically increased quality of life as they dry fast and do not smell. Even at $40 a pair I bought 6 and use them constantly. Stoic's best accomplishment so far.

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Joe wrote a review of on June 24, 2012

5 5

I now have three pair because I seem to wear them all the time. The 2011 model improved greatly over the prior year because they added another leg pocket and, they no-kidding sewed the pockets instead of just gluing them on. Yes, "Welded construction" = nothing more sophisticated than glue which comes apart with use. Period. I wrote the company a scathing letter after having a pair put back together by a tailor. I got zilch from Patagonia - no offer to replace and not even a pencil-whipped apology but they changed the pants. The fit is euro-slender. I am 5,11" 180 with a 31" waist and I wear a 34" in these. Muscle types like me take notice. The belt loops (6) are wide enough and sturdy. The fabric is heavier and good in breezy, cool weather. These are equally good for ice climbing or summer bouldering up high. The leg cuffs are very nicely finished and adjust perfectly for boots. As to water repellancy, DWR is a joke so keep spraying them down with the renewer stuff if you care. Bottom line: these are great pants and Patagonia could care less aout your experence with them.

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Joe wrote a review of on March 21, 2012

5 5

It seems from the questions here that there is a lot of interest in how these things fit and specifically, differences between the Microlith and the Overhang. I have both and I would say the Microlith fits one size smaller than the Overhang. I have a Med Overhang and a large Micro. Both have a close athletic fit - very nice. I am 5'11 180 with a 31" waist (musclehead...V-shape). The Micro's pull-on and have a belt: very simple and the fabric is great. The Micro is a lightweight/hot weather item whereas the Overhang is a medium weight - good for blustery days. The Overhang belt loops are excellent. The Micro's are great for running in addition to whatever else. Both are unlined. Hope this helps.

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Joe wrote a review of on March 19, 2012

5 5

Got from S & C thinking SHALE would be basically black. Wrong. Very wrong. Awesome fit, feel, fabric, cut, weight and it would be tolerable if I was blind... That photo of the shirt in "SHALE" does not look purple but it absolutely IS; just like it was died with red wine. My five stars is for all things apart from the purple. If BC will ever make this thing in a sane color I will buy another one give this to a homeless vet in Fairbanks who will likely give it to someone else. As is, I wear it as a base layer but the thing is so warm that you have to take off a layer and there's the purple again... Are you reading this BC? Can we do this in a nice black or desert tan?

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Joe wrote an answer about on February 5, 2012

The metal band makes no sense to me either. I never removed it from my Grivels but I considered doing so. I don't get what that thing is accomplishing. (If the toe bail detached from the crampon it would probably be broken so you would have bigger problems than losing it.)I now use the Newmatic style. Anyway I could see getting it off of there with a Dremel tool or a file very carefully.

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