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Brian B.

Brian B.

Brian B.

Brian B.wrote a review of on August 13, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 180 lbs

This is a nice headband and it does what headbands do, absorb sweat. I sweat a lot and generally get sweat in my eyes, even with the gutter style headbands. The problem is that all headbands eventually get soaked and can't absorb anymore. This one has the same issue.

I like that I don't have the gutter mark on my forehead when I take it off, but I do get more sweat in my eyes with this band, so it's a trade off.

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Brian B.

Brian B.wrote a review of on August 13, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I've got two pairs of the previous version of these Arenberg Gel gloves, which I've had for a couple years. Those gloves are my favorite by far, so I bought a pair of the Arenberg Gel 2. When they arrived I immediately noticed a couple things that were different, one being the color. I like white gloves and the new ones are white, but with a greenish tent. Not a huge thing, but definitely not as white as the previous gen. The other thing is the pull tab by your wrist, which is new on the gen 2. If you look in the pics you can see what I'm talking about. It's annoying because it flaps in the wind and is offset to one side and not really effective. After the first couple rides, I stopped noticing it, but at first I really hated it and thought of just cutting it off.

The gloves themselves are very nice and padding is light and in the right spots for road cycling. Overall I would definitely recommend them, but the first gen is better.

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Brian B.

Brian B.wrote a review of on August 9, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I have to say I was skeptical when buying this base layer. I wanted something that would keep me cool in the hot months, and having tried a version made by Castelli, and not getting much cooling, I really wasn't sure it would work. My baseline for "cool" is a lightweight summer jersey with no base layer. On my first ride it was 95 degrees and I felt slightly warmer than w/o the base at the beginning, and during the ride I couldn't tell if I was cooler. However, on my way home in the car, I could suddenly feel cool air blowing up my back from the vented car seats. I had never felt that before with any of my jerseys and I had a thought, I wonder if the cooling works better when the Cool Mesh is damp, as it would get during a ride. On my next ride I wet the Cool Mesh, rung it out and put it on and light jersey over it. Ho-ly crap! It was like the AC was suddenly turned as low as it would go!! This really works! Since then this is how I use it for every HOT weather ride and it definitely feels cooler.

The fit is a little big. Normally I wear a large t-shirt, I got a medium in this base layer and it fits well.

Get one, you will not regret it!

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Brian B.

Brian B.wrote a review of on June 5, 2019

1 5

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

I have many Castelli jerseys and I always buy a size larger in this brand than I do in any others, but this jersey is even smaller than that! I'm 5'10", 180 and normally an XL in Castelli jerseys. The XL fit me about like a medium! Not sure how anyone else is getting the right size.

Edit: I reordered this jersey in a 2XL. The fit is slightly more loose than the XLs I normally purchase, but the material is not nearly as breathable as other Castelli jerseys I have. I’m sending it back.

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Brian B.

Brian B.wrote a review of on April 4, 2018

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Castelli makes great products, but it's sometimes hard to find the right size, even if you own other comparable Castelli products. In this case, I own many Castelli jerseys, which are XL, but this Castelli vest is MUCH too small in an XL. I can barely get it to zip it's so tight. I would suggest getting at least one size larger than normal, possibly two. I have no idea who the tiny Italian men are that this vest is sized for. I'm sending it back unfortunately.

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Brian B.

Brian B.wrote a review of on August 24, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I love Castelli gear. I own several pairs of their Aero Free Race shorts, which are awesome, and several various Castelli jerseys, all of which are size XL. I bought a Gabba 2, also in XL, but it was much too small. I'm 5'10 175-180 pounds, and this jacket was too short in the torso. If I stand up straight, it's about two inches above my shorts. Leaned over on the bike it wouldn't be a problem, but too short to keep.

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Brian B.

Brian B.wrote a review of on June 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

If you're like me, you don't like bib shorts, so options are few and far between. I started buying Castelli products about a year ago, beginning with a pair of these Aero Free Race shorts and was immediately sold on them. They are fantastic in every way! Extremely comfortable and feel very light weight, ie "Free". I have two pairs of the race shorts, and one of the endurance. The endurance has the same chamois, but the short material is a bit thicker and doesn't have the same light weight feel, and the gripper material around the leg cuffs feels more rubbery than the Aero Free. Don't let the "Race" name scare you, they're fine for everyday riding. I highly recommend them to anyone!

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Brian B.wrote a review of on August 21, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I started purchasing Castelli cycling shorts this year when Louis Garneau stopped making their Mondo Evo's available in a short (verses bib), so most of my observations are in comparison to those, which are super nice in every way. Castelli makes great products, but the Endurance are a mid-point in their overall line. I also own a pair of the Castelli Aero Free shorts, and by comparison, the Endurance feels heavy and more constrictive. The leg cuffs are much stiffer feeling than the Aero Free. The chamois is the same between these two Castelli shorts, but even though these shorts are labeled Endurance, the Aero Free's feel more comfortable to me on longer rides. Some people have said that these shorts are too small, and I agree. I had to get an XL, where I normally wear a large. I even wear a large in the Aero Free, so figure that one out since it's the same manufacturer. The bottom line is that the Endurance shorts are adequate, but I wouldn't buy another pair. Spend a little more money and get the Castelli Aero Free or LG Mondo Evo's if they become available again.

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