What a fantastic investment, Kangaroo leather really is all that. I got the R1's about 6 weeks ago and have put at least 800 miles on them. No more hot spots or discomfort whatsoever. Took my feet a few rides to get used to them but it's pure love. Never did mold the insoles either. Love the retro, simple logo look too.
Lightweight, well built, classic Pearl quality, meets my needs... but what's with the gussets in the sleeves...? Cute but a little odd and they kinda flap in the wind when I'm riding. I'm almost self conscious of them and have tried to tuck them in more than once. Keeping it though, love it overall.
Was excited about getting this set of tires hopefully as a fair and less expensive replacement for Gatorskins. Nope. 10 miles out on the first ride with this rubber, tire is ruined with a nice slice across it. Stuck on the side of the road in August in Florida. Ergh. Probably could have happened with the GS but, with thousands of miles gone by on GS and no such problem, I'm not going to scrimp anymore. 10 whole miles, it's going back. Hopefully the front one won't be as tragic.