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SLADE wrote a review of on April 27, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Outstanding quality and amazing versatility. Superior wind and water protection. It isn't waterproof but it will keep you dry in all but a downpour. The cut is fantastic - no flapping in the wind but enough room to layer up, the extra long tail keeps you covered in the drops, and the neck is snug enough to keep the wind out but doesn't choke. Vents extremely well thanks to the 2 large side zips. Like the reflective striping on the back, and the drain holes in the rear pockets. I've worn it in the 50s with a light base layer, all the way down to the low 30s with a UA thermal mock turtle neck or IceBreaker merino wool layer. Highly recommend. 5'11 160lbs 30" waist, 38.5" chest, size L fits perfectly.

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SLADE wrote a review of on April 16, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a loyal Castelli customer, but I gotta give PI credit cuz they nailed it with these. Excellent wind and water protection. Heavy and a bit bulky, but what serious winter gear isn't? On the bike, however, they feel awesome and the bottom line is they are WARM. I get cold easily but I've worn them in the 30s and never got chilled. Nice touches include the stirrups (should be standard issue on all tights, imo) and the little access flap for answering nature's call without having to disrobe. Highly recommend. 5'11 160lbs 30" waist 38.5" chest and the M fits perfectly.

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SLADE wrote a review of on April 16, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love these bibs so much I bought a second pair. The Progetto X2 chamois is the best on the market; it's not bulky (I'm talking to you PI) and has just enough padding in all the right places. The overall fit is superb with great compression on the legs. The upper is so comfortable you forget you're wearing bibs. I also appreciate how low the front panel drops, allowing you to answer nature's call without having to contort yourself into some sort of hunchback. The only thing that prevents me from giving 5 stars is questionable durability. On the front of the bibs at the top of the chamois stitching (where the bottom of my jersey rubs against it), the fabric is pilling and I worry this will eventually become a hole. 5'11" 160lbs 30" waist 38.5" chest - size L fits perfectly

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SLADE wrote a review of on April 15, 2014

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It pains me to say this because I am a loyal Castelli customer, but after 2 seasons of trying to love these, it's time I admit that I hate 'em. The Progetto X2 chamois is the best on the market imo but it's way too far forward in these knickers and doesn't cover my sit bones at all in the saddle. I'm constantly adjusting it on the bike, trying to pull down in front and pull up in back. As a result of all that pulling, I've popped several stitches in the thighs. Also, the leg grippers don't hold (and I have large calves), especially on long seated climbs. They eventually ride up to knee level and, again, I'm constantly adjusting them on the bike. The hallmark of a great pair of bibs is you don't even think about them while riding. Well, that's certainly not the case with these.

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SLADE wrote a review of on April 14, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great fabric! Superior wind and water protection, and they're warmer than my thermal PI arm warmers. The length is perfect. I have to fold down the tops of my PI warmers because they're too long. Not so with these. The fit is nice and snug but they don't stretch as much as the Castelli Thermoflex warmers so I couldn't give 5 stars.

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SLADE wrote a review of on April 14, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great fabric! Superior wind and water protection, and they're warmer than you would think. I have thermal knee warmers from PI and Canari that aren't as warm. They fit nice and snug but don't stretch as much as the Castelli Thermoflex warmers so they occasionally slip down, especially on long seated climbs, but honestly I've had similar issues with other brands. I just spray a little Mueller pre-tape on my thighs and they stay put.

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SLADE wrote a review of on April 14, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great cut! No bunching under the arms or at the waist. I barely feel it under a pair of bibs and it wicks extremely well. It's thin and a bit delicate, but treat it well (I wash it in a garment bag) and it will last. 5'11" 160lbs with a 38.5" chest and 30" waist and the M fits perfectly.

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SLADE wrote a review of on April 14, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is my first piece of Mavic apparel and I'm very impressed. I love the fit - snug enough that it's not flapping in the wind, yet I have plenty of room to layer up underneath. I usually wear a UA thermal mock turtleneck base layer (and a PI wind barrier shirt over that when it's really cold) and I've stayed warm when temps were in the 30s despite being a cold rider. Fave features include the extra long stretchy cuffs, the forearm vents (which I initially thought was a big gimmicky but they really work), the zippered rear pocket, and the asymmetrical chest zipper which is easy to pull up/down on the bike and, because it's offset at the top, doesn't smack you in the chin when you're in the drops. I don't use the chest pocket except as another vent but it's big enough for a cell phone or wallet. My only gripe: the neck is a little loose and there's no way to tighten it down so when it's really windy the chill gets in. Otherwise, highly recommend. 5'11" 160lbs 30" waist 38.5" chest - size M fits perfectly.

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SLADE wrote a review of on March 3, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm an exercise physiologist and I recommend Osmo products to all my athletes and buy/use them myself because the science behind it is rock solid. This particular mix has the best sugar composition (types and amounts) on the market for performance, it's easy to digest so it's not likely to cause GI distress, it hydrates better than most other drink mixes, and the taste is great - not sickeningly sweet like other drink mixes, just a mild orange flavor. If you are serious about performance, this is your drink mix. Well worth the price point.

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SLADE wrote a review of on September 1, 2012

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Castelli jerseys don't fit everyone's physique due to their euro-athletic fit, but for me they can't be beat. If you have a belly or a lot of upper body muscle, it's probably not the brand for you. This particular jersey is tighter-fitting than Castelli's typical jerseys - it's "race fit," like a second skin. Super ventilated fabric for a comfy ride on hot days. Sleeves are the perfect length, about mid way between shoulder and elbow, and because there's no super tight elastic band on the cuff the sleeves are comfortable and don't ride up when you're in the drops. Full zip is always appreciated, too. 5'11" 160lbs with a 38.5" chest and the L fits perfectly.

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SLADE wrote a review of on September 1, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I own the black socks and love them. You can't beat Merino wool for warm and cool weather riding. However, I just ordered the white ones and, contrary to the picture, they aren't white. More of a dirty yellow color, kind of like your grandfather's sweat-stained undershirt, so I sent 'em back. Customer service was great as usual.

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SLADE wrote a review of on August 10, 2007

2 5

I've tried wicking underwear from REI, Ex Officio, Mtn Hardwear, Smartwool, etc., and these are the best hands down. Great fit, lightweight, very breathable, dry super fast, control odor, do not bunch up while hiking, and top notch overall comfort.

** UPDATE** This is a late update, but these are not durable at all. After a year of moderate use they began to fall apart in the crotch. I have since had to throw all of them away. Would not recommend.

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