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Alex

So. Cal., Nor. Cal. and the high desert of Southern Nevada,

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I ride primarily road bikes and participate in ultra-distance events and multi-day events (i.e double century distance and greater)

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Alexwrote a review of on December 26, 2015

Patagonia Sun Bucket for my Grandson
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

My grandson is 7 months old. Fits great, no pressure points. He loves it, just like his matching Julbo Looping sunglasses. Unfortunately, he is teething and loves chewing on his Julbo & Patagonia. But other than getting all soaking wet from his drooling, both are holding up, undamaged. 😃

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Alexwrote a review of on November 16, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I agree with previous reviewer that the red stripe bleeds, but only very slightly. I have this vest and 2 of the matching bib knickers. The slight red bleed was straight from manufacturer. I have washed all of them (in cold, per Hincapie attached instructions) and it has not bled any additional amount from original condition. And since I bought them at substantial sales savings at Backcountry, I definitely would tolerate the slight initial bleed. So from that standpoint, I have to disagree with previous reviewer and say this is still an excellent value.

FIT: I have bought Hincapie apparel products through the years, even had a big team order of their custom Velocity line in excess of $5,000. The fit has always been good and true to my size. I am 5'4" 140lbs. 29-30" waist. The SM vest and SM bib knicker fits me well. Well constructed and comfortable, nice snug race fit, no extra flappy armpit holes. Also, the Ghisallo's blue is an exact pantone match to our Velocity team kit, that I can easily mix-&-match the 2 kits (although I didn't plan it that way, but pleasantly surprised at how it worked out).

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Alexwrote a review of on November 5, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

Ever since I have dialed-in my sizing on SIDI's (taking into account considerations like sock thickness, slight foot swelling from temp changes or altitude changes), I will now only buy SIDI's. I normally wear 8.5-W street shoes and since SIDI does not have wide toebox and their Mega is not offered through their entire line, I have to upsize from 42 or 42.5 to a 43. So, I would say if you have narrow feet, the sizing chart may be True to Size -BUT- if you have wide feet or need wider toe-box, may need to go one size up. The 43 fits me very well under all the above conditions. It doesn't feel too long either. Roomy enough to have space for thick merino wool boot socks in winter, but not loose if I use thin DeFeet Aerator socks in summer. Have bought size 43's on many different SIDI's (TechnoFire, Dominator, Genius, Ergo, Drako, Spider, etc.) and the fit is always predictable. Quality is always top-notch and never disappoints.

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Alexwrote a review of on July 31, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

Just received the jacket today.

1. Color - I was expecting bright, as in my "Highlight Yellow" Giro Pneumo or my "Fluorescent Yellow" Sidi Drako. But this one is TRULY, REALLY loud. But I don't mind, after all, it is a winter jacket and my expected use for it is when the weather is cold, clammy, dreary, days not as bright, typical winter stuff . . . so bright is good.

2. Design - will never get a chance to know if all the hype about 7x Air Windshear panel execution really works, but it looks great, well thought out, and well constructed garment. The 3 open rear, 1 zippered rear, and 1 zippered front pockets are great. All winter jackets should have this many pockets.

3. Fit - however, this is where this jacket fails. My vantage point of comparison are 2 (1-red, 1-white) Espresso Due that I had purchased late last year and early this year from Backcountry. I am 5' 4" 140lbs 37" chest. My MD Espresso Due's fit like they were tailor-made for me. Absolutely perfect fit in all aspects (shoulders, chest, armpits, sleeves, waist, front/rear length). But this Elemento in MD is way too tight. I did some basic measurements to compare with my Espresso. Armpit-to-armpit is 18" (Elemento) and 20.5"(Espresso). Sleeve length is 2" shorter on Elemento. Shoulder width is identical. Front/rear length is identical. I thought about exchanging for a LG size to rectify the chest size and sleeve length issue, however considering it is identical in length with the Espresso, I am afraid a LG would make the front/rear length too long. I have no choice but to return it.

Too bad - I would have enjoyed blinding my riding buddies with this jacket had it fit like the Espresso Due.

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Alexwrote a review of on July 16, 2014

5 5

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

I am a size 43 on Sidi's and I also have wide feet. In socks with discrete sizing, I will fit an M though tight ; but an L gives a bit more wiggle room. But in socks with combined sizing, an M/L seems to always be tight for me. So I ordered the XL. This fits well and surprisingly was not too long and not loose.

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Alexwrote a review of on February 5, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

I bought the Hincapie Ghisallo bib knicker prior to purchasing this Arenberg bib knicker. I am 5'4" 135lbs 29.5" waist 30" inseam and I always wear Small on Hincapie apparel. I had no issue with the sizing. The Ghisallo and Arenberg seems to be cut similarly. However, there is one area where they are not cut the same - it is the area around the knees. On the Ghisallo, the legs taper down from the thighs to the knee area and then flares out again towards the calves. On the Arenberg, it appears to be a straighter cut. This causes a bit of excess loose material around the sides/back of the knees. Definitely not a deal breaker, but having gotten the better fitting (and even cheaper Ghisallo), I had no choice but to return this. I ended up ordering a 2nd Ghisallo instead.

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Alexwrote a review of on February 5, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I bought my 1st one and reviewed it in December 18, 2013. I then ordered the Arenberg knicker a few weeks later. I didn't like the fit of the more expensive Arenberg, so I returned it. I liked the Ghisallo fit much better, so I bought this 2nd one and at an even better price because it went on sale.

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Alexwrote a review of on February 5, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size

I had purchased a Castelli Espresso Due jacket before this and reviewed it on Dec. 11, 2013. I loved it so much, I bought a 2nd one in a different color. And when this Free jacket came up on sale, I bought one. All the fit dimensions seemed identical to the Espresso Due (size Medium - girth, shoulder, underarm, front length, sleeve length, sleeve circumference) -EXCEPT- one dimension, the rear length. It was over 2" longer on the rear. For a taller Medium rider, it would be perfect, but since I am on the shortest end of the medium scale, it extends way below my butt; especially if the pockets are loaded. So I had to return it.

BUT I still give this product a very good review. It is 5-stars for quality, looks, feel. I take away 1-star for that rear length difference with the Espresso Due. And it's a pretty tall order for ANY jacket to compare to the Espresso Due.

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Alexwrote a review of on February 5, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Typical excellent Castelli quality. Used it many times from mid-20's with 20mph winds to low-50's. I would personally only use this up to mid-40's. It tends to be too warm after that, especially if the sun is up. It fit me well, but fair warning, I do have a Large head (wear Large in Bell and Giro helmet sizing). I like the look, the cut, and how the ear-flaps taper down to the tail at the back of the neck. I don't have to do the stretch/pull that I normally do with my other skull caps that do not have this long tail.

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Alexwrote a review of on February 3, 2014

1st bought the white; Now I got the red
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I posted my review of my original purchase (white/anthracite) in Dec. 11, 2013. I loved this jacket so much that 47 days later, I bought my 2nd one in red. Of course, suffice it to say, my review hasn't changed.

I am posting this time to include pics on something a few reviewers had mentioned - that is, it is a little hard at times to zip/unzip the chest vents especially when wearing gloves and the bike moving. I bought some stainless steel cotter pins and 2 different sizes of stainless steel Nite Ize S-Biner dual-gated carabiners to give me a big/large, yet light and unobtrusive hook/pull so that I can zip/unzip with winter gloves even on the fly. These parts are available at your local Home Depot. I used the cotter pins to slide into the original zipper head and use needle nose pliers to fashion a small loop out of it. Then just clip the S-Biners onto it. I liked it so much, I fashioned one for the main zip comprised of a small (#0.5-3lb)and larger (#1-5lb.) S-Biner. They are very smart-looking and being stainless steel, will not rust, though I unclip them when I wash them just so they don't "clank" inside the washing machine.

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Alexwrote a question about on December 26, 2013

What about Campy EPS electronic compatibility? Normally, I would just read the description that this is Di2 compatible and not consider this an option for me. But at this price, I just have to ask to make sure I am not passing up such a good deal - Is there absolutely no way to make this frame work with Campy EPS electronic gruppo? Even if I have to make minor modifications?

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Alexwrote a review of on December 22, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Never used merino wool socks until I ordered my 1st pair of Capo's from Backcountry. Was so happy with that, so I decided to try out this Castelli version. Very happy with these also. My shoes are 43 (8.5-9). Since on my prior experience with merino wool, I noticed a bit of shrinkage after 1st washing, I ordered the L/XL to allow for shrinkage and I am happy I did.

Prior review mentioned it was not truly "white-white" and I agree. This is really an "off-white" or "dirty--white" or "light-cream". However, I did not care about the color since I just wanted it for the merino properties

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Alexwrote a review of on December 22, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Never had Capo socks before these. My shoes are 43 (8.5-9). The Medium fits perfectly even after wee-bit shrinkage after 1st washing. Nice handsome design, makes your feet feel and look like the pros wearing these. Aside from the good looks, they feel great.

Who manufactures socks with "L" and "R" stitching? Though a very trivial feature and would not have mattered to me, that alone impressed me with the thoughtfulness that went into the making of these socks.

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Alexwrote a review of on December 22, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Never had Capo socks before these. My shoes are 43 (8.5-9). The Medium fits perfectly even after wee-bit shrinkage after 1st washing. Who manufactures socks with "L" and "R" stitching? Though a very trivial feature and would not have mattered to me, that alone impressed me with the thoughtfulness that went into the making of these socks.

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Alexwrote a review of on December 22, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

Never used merino wool socks until these. Big difference in warmth. Have used them in low to mid 30's without doubling my socks and was comfortable. My shoe size is 43 (8.5-9) I am usually on the border of M and L. I ordered a S/M. Fit perfect new, but after 1st wash, shrunk some, but it still fits like a tight Medium. When I order again, I will allow for shrinkage and order L/XL. Excellent quality. Would definitely purchase again.

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Alexwrote a review of on December 22, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I don't spend much time anymore on my MTB but still do a lot of my riding with Sidi Spider, Dragon, and Drako because I mostly do long distance rides and/or touring rides where MTB soles provide great walkability when taking breaks off the bike. The SRS soles used on my Spiders were the newer gray material that seems very grippy, and based on Sidi website, those are perfect for the XC riders, but seems to wear out faster (no surprise, car tires are the same way, right?). So, when the heels on my 2 sets of Spiders started to get too worn, I replaced them with these. Works just as great and I do not need the extra grip anyway, so they are lasting much longer.

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