Jesse A

Jesse A

White Tank Mountains, Phoenix Mountains, Sedona

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Jesse A

Jesse A wrote a review of on December 8, 2012

3 5

My three demands for this jacket were: windproof, long sleeves, and form fit. It aced the last two. I am 6'1", 35" chest, 31" waist, 148lbs; wear size small in Nalini, PI and Giordana with a little room to grow. lol I went with the XS for the Massimo. It is snug and awkward when standing, but disappears in the riding position. The sleeves cover my wrist bones even with my arm straight up in the air, so there is no airgap when riding.

The disappointment so far is the windproofing. Ironically perhaps, the WindDry material does nothing to stop wind, and the HeatMaxx material has far superior wind protection. In the images you can see the windproof fabric as the black panels only. The entire front of the jacket is perforated. My first ride was to work, in the dark, 46degF, over a poly golf shirt, and it was like I was wearing nothing at all. First full ride, I wore a long sleeve jersey underneath and the wind was 95% blocked. The temp was from 58-68F and it was fairly warm by the end, which was fine with me.

The other nag is that the zipper needs a garage. I cannot zip it all the way up as the zipper body disagrees with my trachea, and I have a small neck too.

I look to try this again with a baselayer setup and see what happens. But I want to posit that it is not wind-"proof". It is arguably wind-resistant. According to the internet, I am the only human to observe this, so I must be doing something wrong, and will update when I learn what that is.

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Jesse A

Jesse A wrote a review of on February 16, 2012

4 5

I love that these have no padding. lol Have had bad luck with gel units. These are fabulous. They feel cool, comfortable, and still in good shape after 7 months. Work superbly with Lizard Skins DSP tape.. grippy and tactile. 1 star off only because they don't have any pull tabs for removal.

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Jesse A

Jesse A wrote a review of on August 6, 2011

4 5

This is my first and only road shoe at this point, but they seem great. The 44.5 fits my 10.5 foot really well. The fit, comfort and stiffness is well ahead of my mid-grade Shimano MTB shoes in 45. I have had almost no hotspotting. Any discomfort I get can be alleviated by focusing on my pedalstroke temporarily. And sweating like an Amazon jungle has had no effect on the shoe thanks to the Aegis treatment.

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Jesse A

Jesse A wrote a review of on August 6, 2011

5 5

Built my first road bike with this tape. I love my lock-on grips on my MTB, so I jumped on this tape. First time ever wrapping a handlebar and it came out pretty damn good. I credit the tapes strength as it is much less stretchy than the Deda foam I tried afterwards. It took me half as many retries to get the DSP to wrap satisfactorily. The grip is fantastic with or without gloves, whereas I felt "floaty" on the foam, especially sweating without gloves. Rain, sweat, dust, have no effect on this tape. With the figure-8 wrap under my SRAM hoods the bar has a full and solid feel.

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Jesse A

Jesse A wrote a review of on August 5, 2011

Fabulous Wheels
5 5

I acquired my set used with ~400mi on them and they are still laser-straight. I've been riding rough ped. paths, bunny hopping speed bumps and gutters, without a single issue. The rim is where the magic is as it is straight off the Dura-Ace. The hub is where the compromise is, but they are still far better than my POS Shimano R500s. Not counting full carbon jems, I call these essentially A+ rims with B- hubs.

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