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Chewbacca

Owls Head, Maine

Chewbacca

Chewbaccawrote a review of on June 24, 2019

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I spend more time on a trainer than I do outside these days. So I get LOTS of saddle contact chamois-time. First of all, the fit is great. They feel pro, and do not bind or do anything weird. I have a high end pair of LG bibs and these fit pretty much the same. The chamois is where the price difference becomes apparent.
I bought these thinking "oh, I don't need fancy bibs, just something to get me through a workout". This was a mistake. These chamois start to wear thin after about an hour. It is mediocre in shape and depth, especially if you have experienced high end bike bibs. I already own very nice Castelli and Garneau bibs, and these just don't compare in comfort.
That said, for less than half the price you get 80% of a fancy bib. The fit and finish are top notch. If you are getting in to the sport and just want to ride a bike without spending a kidney on fancy kit, these are great.

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Chewbacca

Chewbaccawrote a review of on January 28, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I use these on icy sidewalks and trails in coastal New England. Mounted on Altra Superior trail shoes with thick socks, they still allow my feet to move freely and stay warm down to single digit temps. They are easy to put on and off with bare hands, gloves are little fumbly. They are rock solid on packed, frozen snow and level ice. However, they are sketchy on water ice of any angle above zero. Most of the trails I hike gain several hundred feet, and follow drainages. In winter these become low angle water ice climbs, and the shallow spikes can't gain traction with my shoe flexing. Of course that's not their intended purpose, but be aware that these are not appropriate for steep icy trails. That said, they are awesome on hard snow, winter hikes, and staying upright while shoveling snow off the pond so the kids can skate.

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