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jef5006756 wrote a review of on December 7, 2012

I dig 'em!
4 5

I'd been looking for a pair of bib tights for a while and decided to pull the trigger on these. Glad I did! As most people know that Castelli gear runs small, I opted or the XL due to my height (6' 5") but was worried they'd still be a tick short on the leg as I have a 35-ish inseam. I was right, but that's the story of my life. The rest of the fit is awesome though. I'd say a 6' 3"-ish guy would have the bottom come right to the ankle. My quads/calves are fit, but not huge. They still felt snug and comfy with room to go for yall out there with bigger legs.

As far as the quality of construction, it's not my Assos stuff, but darn close being the Rosso Corsa line. The chamois is awesome and the stitching around the edge is smooth and unobtrusive. Definitely nicer than the KISS chamois in their standard bib. The overall material is thin and flexible, but semi-fleece like on the inside. It gives a thicker feel without a lot of added weight/heft. I'm telling ya... these + a pair of long socks and full shoe covers and you can run all day long in the 30's with zero discomfort.

The white accents seem to be a bit reflective (good for safety) + there is a reflective line that runs along the edge of the ankle zipper on the back that is very reflective. The inside of the "hem" area at the end of legs is rubber coated as well, so it grabs your legs a bit... which I personally like. The Rosso Corsa logo is stitched so it's more solid and will most likely last much longer than the standard Castelli "iron on" logo. Speaking of those, there are two of them on the back that you can't see here... one on each of the calves. Looks cool. There is also a rubber Italian flag stitched on the lumbar region of the back which is a nice touch.

The only thing that could be considered a con is the thickness of the shoulder straps. They could be a little more "sturdy". Not for riding, but for the washing machine time and time again. I wash my gear separately from other regular clothes so I think they'll be fine, but that's my only semi-negative comment on the overall quality of construction.

I got these on Black Friday and only paid $99 so I am totally stoked, BUT I do still think they are worth more than that and I think they're worth the higher/regular price. I gave it 4 stars because they're too short MY legs!!! B)

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jef5006756 wrote a review of on December 25, 2011

4 5

I needed a set of knickers, but being in South Texas our cold weather riding season is kind of short and off and on. Still doing 40+ to 50 degree AM rides can occur quite frequently, but not enough to warrant dropping a $150+ on a set of knickers, IMO. Therefore, I was looking for something cheaper and for $60 these are a sweet deal. The construction is quality and they look/feel great. I was a little disappointed at the thickness of the chamois (especially since I use Assos bibs), so I was expecting a semi-painful ride. I was pleasantly surprised at how they felt better than decent while using a relatively hard saddle (Specialized Toupe). I am 6' 5" @ 204 lbs. and get the majority of my height from legs so they're actually a little short and don't go below the knee as far as I would like, but no biggie. My legs are decent sized, but not BIG by any means and I got the XXL size and the overall fit is pretty tight. Not uncomfy tight, but if you've got big legs be ready for some pretty heavy duty compression. Overall, a good buy for $60.

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jef5006756 wrote a review of on December 15, 2011

4 5

Nice jersey with a great fit. I'm 6'4" at 200 lbs. and I like my stuff fitted snug so I got the large, hoping it wasn't going to be too small. I am slim, but with broad shoulders and semi muscular arms and it looks great. Tight, but not TOO tight and still comfy. Waist could be a bit more snug, but it's all good. All the LG stuff I have to date fits consistent and the Large size seems to work.

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jef5006756 wrote a review of on November 29, 2011

5 5

Looks slick and fits right. Material is a thinner than I'd prefer, but for the money it's nice and the design is cool. I got the Large and I'm 6' 4" at 200 lbs. Broad shoulders, but slim with fit (slightly larger than normal) arms with 35-ish waist. It's snug (but not uncomfy) in the upper portion... waist is not as fitted as the arms/shoulders, but not baggy either. If you like your stuff fitted then get the Large. Go XL if want a bit looser

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jef5006756 wrote a review of on November 29, 2011

4 5

Got this for my wife and it keeps her warm just fine on sub 55-ish degree rides as long as she wears one long sleeve layer underneath. It could also be used as a windbreaker for warmer days. It's thinner than we thought it would be, but very light and does insulate pretty well. She got the small and it's true to her size. The sleeves could have been a little more snug, but there's good room for a base layer or arm warmers if need be.

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