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Farooqwrote a review of on September 30, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Size Purchased: Large

I love this helmet because it is light, very-well ventilated, and offers superior protection MIPS technology, while also being the most comfortable helmet I've ever worn. The straps are durable and comfortable against the skin, unlike many other helmets that have thin and uncomfortable straps (looking at you, Giro). The Rollsys fit system is superb; it makes it easy to get the perfect fit, even while riding. This helmet is not the cheapest, but you are getting a premium product.

Also included are a nice storage bag, replacement inner pads, and optional magnets for integrating with Lazer's Magneto sunglasses.

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Farooqwrote a review of on November 3, 2015

4 5

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

This is an Italian-made suit, so I ordered both the L and XL, thinking that I would keep the one that fits best and return the other. I'm 6'1 tall and I weigh 180 lbs, and I could _barely_ squeeze into the XL. The legs fit fine, but the top part of the suit is so constrictive that it took me a few minutes to figure out how in the world I was going to get it on! I had to _squeeze_ one arm through, pull up on the upper back of the suit, and then somehow _squeeze_ the other arm through. I was honestly terrified I was going to rip it somehow. Once it was on, it had a very snug (even skin-tight) aero fit. The black matte with shiny black detail inlays looks awesome. The design and quality of the suit was very good; you're going to look great wearing it.

I think this suit was designed with diminutive European cyclists in mind, and I have a more muscular upper body than the typical cyclist because of weight training, so maybe a 2XL (or even a 3XL?!) in this brand would work better for me. On the other hand, I have a Castelli Sanremo suit in size XL that is my go-to road kit and it's slightly too large, so go figure. The main difference between this suit and the Castelli (also an Italian brand) is how the zipper is designed. The jersey portion of the Castelli can be unzipped and completely separated, giving a lot of flexibility when getting into or out of the suit (which comes in handy for bathroom breaks!). The zipper on the Nalini cannot be separated, and the suit is still quite restrictive even when the zipper is all the way at the bottom. I'm sure there are aero, weight, and durability benefits to the Nalini design, but it makes for a less easy to use suit.

I bought this because I love my Castelli Sanremo suit, and I wanted something with a more European style. However, this is really designed for a timetrial, when every second or fraction of a second counts. It wouldn't be good for every day riding. It is too difficult to get on and off, and it's not good for bathroom breaks. Unfortunately I will be returning this suit. FWIW, the chamois seemed to be high quality, like everything else about this suit, but I never got any saddle time with this suit, so that's all I can say.

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Farooqwrote a review of on May 6, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I can put it in either of the two mounting positions, and it feels far sturdier and more secure than the standard Garmin rubber-band mount. I understand it is compatible with Garmin devices that have a larger form factor, so I'm set if I decide to upgrade in the future.

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Farooqwrote a review of on May 6, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I started using this to clean up after commuting on my bike to work. There is no shower in my place of work, and this is the next best thing. Spraying it on feels great; there's something in it that makes it feel cool and refreshing, which is just what I need after a sweaty ride. It makes me feel clean and smell nice. I'm sure my coworkers appreciate that, too!

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Farooqwrote a review of on December 10, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used these for the past 6 months for mountain biking or road biking nearly every week. They offer outstanding visual clarity and eye coverage. Oakley really does engineer some of the best lenses around. The nosepiece and stems are covered in a material that does a great job of keeping the sunglasses from slipping, even when I sweat heavily. The pictures don't make it clear, but the two lenses included with this are quite different:

The polarized lens does a great job of reducing glare and increasing clarity, and they are my go-to lens. This lens has a metallic, reddish-purple reflection when viewed from the side, but from straight-on, is see-through with a reddish-orange tint. If you're looking for a lens that obscures your eyes, this might not be your ticket.

The non-polarized lens is a nice, deep black with a metallic reflection from any angle. This is an excellent lens that enhances visual clarity, especially on a super-bright day. They block more light than the other lens, but lack the additional glare reduction because they are not polarized. Most people would consider this lens to be the more fashionable of the two, due to the way it completely obscures the wearer's eyes.

The lenses are easy to switch out, and you can always purchase additional lenses from Oakley to suit your needs. I picked up a clear lens from Oakley to wear when it's dark out for $60. Again, not cheap, but you get what you pay for.

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