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Dan B.

Dan B.

Washington, DC

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Dan B.

Dan B.wrote a review of on January 20, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 185 lbs

I picked these up primarily for bike commuting when it gets under 20. They work really well - they keep wind and precipitation out of my eyes. I've been impressed about not having to deal with them fogging at stop lights.

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Dan B.

Dan B.wrote a review of on January 20, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Original January 20, 2018 - I've been using the Casetelli Tempesta gloves as part of my bike commuting gear for about 2 months. So far, they've worked great.

The bike-specific design is a definite upgrade over the winter gloves I was using before. I noticed an immediate improvement in dexterity using integrated shifters and brakes due to the form-fitting design. The rubberized grip works great in wet weather. The soft fabric on the side is perfect for painlessly wiping sweat or snot. The adjustable cuffs help keep the cold air out and the warm air in. The cuffs also help with controlling heat loss and skin exposure with baselayers and jackets. The gloves don't have much padding, which for me is another huge advantage.

These gloves do a great job keeping my hands warm. I've worn them comfortably on their own into the mid 30s and with Icebreaker Apex 260 glove liners into the mid 20s. Any colder than that, and I switch over to lobster gloves with hand warmers or bar mitts.

Overall, these are excellent gloves that do what they're supposed to do very well.

Update January 22, 2019 - These gloves continue to perform well halfway through their second season of use.

Aside from two small issues that occurred at the end of their first season of use (2018), the construction is excellent. The stitching came out entirely for one of the velcro closures. The stitching for one of the adjustable cuff tabs began failing. Both issues are relatively minor and easily fixed.

After a few washes, the interior liner began to pull out when the glove is removed. This isn't a problem when paired with a liner glove.

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Dan B.

Dan B.wrote a review of on January 20, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Original - January 20, 2018
I've used these liners almost daily for about three months. I primarily use them for bike commuting.

I'm currently pairing them with Castelli Tempesta gloves. I've worn them with the Tempestas comfortably into the twenties. Below that, I switch to lobster gloves with hand warmers or bar mitts.

The liners have worked flawlessly. They add much needed additional warmth. I also appreciate the way the liners wick moisture and resist developing bad odor.

I'm not sure about the durability. But based on my experience with other Icebreaker products, I expect them to have a long life.

I ordered up a size based on some reviews saying they run small. While the XL fits fine, I probably could have gotten away with a large.

Update -January 22, 2019
Based on durability, I changed my review from 5 stars to 4 stars. At the end of their first season last year (2018), a hole developed on the right thumb. Currently, about halfway through their second season of use (2019), holes have formed on both thumbs, both index fingers, and one palm.

I anticipate these will need to be replaced after this year. Based on the heavy use, I'm not too surprised. That said, I had hoped to get more than two seasons out of them.

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Dan B.

Dan B.wrote a review of on January 18, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The good:

Based solely on the effectiveness of the reflective beads when riding at night, I would give this jacket 5 stars. The zap technology is by far this jacket's biggest asset. I felt more visible and received several comments from passersby.

The jacket is windproof and waterproof. With base layers, the jacket kept me warm into the teens. It also kept me dry during rainy rides.

Where this jacket could be improved:

The flap inside the zipper frequently gets snagged by the zipper. I've never experienced this being such a noticeable problem with any other jacket.

While the vents help somewhat, I still found that I felt more swampy in this jacket than I do in other windproof and waterproof bike jackets. I think additional options for ventilation (e.g., integrated in some front pockets) would make this jacket more versatile in higher temperatures.

I used this jacket primarily for my daily commute. For commuting, this jacket would be improved with front pockets for additional storage, and possibly ventilation. Additionally, adjustable cuffs for winter riding with gloves would be helpful.

This may be particular to me, but I've found Sugoi's sizing difficult to find a good fit. I'm 6'1" and 185lbs, not skinny, but fairly trim. Compared to other brands I had to go up one size on this jacket (XL), which has been my experience with Sugoi shorts, as well. The large fit better in the sleeves, but I went with the XL to be able to wear additional layers in the winter. Being a semi-fit cut, I find the jacket to be a bit bulkier than I'd prefer.

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Dan B.

Dan B.wrote a review of on August 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a fantastic saddle! I highly recommend it.

After giving the factory saddle on my new bike the benefit of the doubt for 500+ miles, I went searching for a more comfortable saddle. After testing a few, I decided on the Cambium C17.

The Cambium C17 was comfortable right out of the box. It's firm, but has just enough flex, and adjusts well to my sit bones. I ride it in street clothes on my 18-mile, round-trip commute and on community rides <40 miles. I've ridden it on several metric and full centuries with cycling shorts. Toward the 90 mile/five hour mark, my butt starts to get a little tired, but I suspect that has more to do with the length of time sitting than the saddle itself; and, after a short break, I'm able to finish the rest of the ride in relative comfort. I've put over 2500 miles on it in the 5 months I've owned it.

The color has changed from the original slate (a grayish brown) to a much lighter brown (think standard brown dress shoes). I've read other reviews commenting on the slate color fading. I noticed that Brooks no longer carries the Cambium line of saddles in slate. I suspect this may be why.

Other than the color change, the saddle seems to be holding up remarkably well to regular use. It has weathered snow, heavy rains, and the humid summer in Washington, DC. While I park it inside at home and at work, it's been on bike camping trips and sat parked under the summer sun for extended periods of time. It still looks great.

I imagine this saddle will last a long time. However, when I need another saddle, I would definitely consider purchasing another Cambium.

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