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Greimelwrote a review of on December 11, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I finally replaced my old Craft baselayers (the original Active Extreme) with the 2.0 (one white and one in that awesome high vis yellow). Craft lengthened the arms & body by several inches and made the armpits vent better, which I like since I found the old cut to be too short. They do baselayer stuff and fit me better, 10/10 would recommend.

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Greimelwrote a review of on January 3, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I have two pairs of these that I wear daily throughout the winter in Minneapolis for 1-1.5 hrs at a time. The fabric has held up very well to that much wear & washing - the only sign that these aren't new is the shiny outline of my saddle.
Temperature-wise, I'll wear these when it's below 30F (40F if it's wet out) all the way down to -10F; lower than that and I'll wear a pair of Craft's storm tights over for some extra warmth.
PI really nailed it and these are about the only piece of cycling clothing I'd pay full price for without hesitation.

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Greimelwrote a review of on December 4, 2016

Love it
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Got this for my son's 4th birthday. He rides a 16" bike so there's nowhere to carry water on the bike - this lets him carry plenty of water and keep riding while drinking so I love it. There's a small zippered spot that fits a spare 16" tube perfectly and his tool roll has a nice storage compartment leaving the larger zippered spot free for treasures. Kid loves it. Only complaint I have are the lack of color options compared to the adult packs.

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Greimelwrote a review of on October 12, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I really wanted to like this, but the cut doesn't work for me. I normally wear medium shirts (slim-fit medium/tall whenever possible), but sized up based on sleeve length warnings. Even so, the sleeves were still 2-3 inches too short. It fit me well in the wrists, shoulders, & chest, but the arms & waist had way too much material. Another reviewer mentioned the crinkly feel and I agree. Returned after seeing how poorly it fit.

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Greimelwrote a review of on May 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

These had been on my wish list for a while so I grabbed a pair when they went on sale. First ride was 110+ miles over 6+ hours in wet ~55F conditions and they were spectacular. Fit/finish is great, chamois is great. Really the only complaint I have is they provide little/no calf coverage, but that's expected since I wear a medium and have a 34" inseam (with long femurs). Oh well, awesome knickers.

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Greimelwrote a review of on March 16, 2016

5 5

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

Like most of my sock purchases, I got these because I thought they looked cool and weren't too expensive, which is probably why you're here. I don't know what people look for in sock reviews, so here it goes:

Unless you have very hairy feet, these are summer weight.

These seem to run large. I usually wear a 45 cycling shoe (men's 11 running shoe) and found the size Large to be a little big. Maybe I'm just used to more compression in socks. Large will work, but I'd order a Medium next time.

They look cool in real life too. My wife said they look obnoxious (which I take as a compliment). Maybe that was the socks or maybe it was the sandals I was wearing them with, we'll never know.

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Greimelwrote a review of on February 17, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This met all my balance bike requirements: real (pneumatic) tires, real brakes, and actual (read: replaceable) bike components.

I got this as a Christmas present for my then 16 month old daughter. It's still a little big for her (at 18 months), but my 3 year old son prefers borrowing his sister's pink balance bike instead of riding his old Trek Grommit. He went from basically walking while straddling the bike to coasting for a few seconds at a time within an hour. After a few weeks he's gotten to the point where our house is the limiting factor to his balancing (winter in Minnesota leaves few outdoor options). Still adjusting to the braking, but he is fascinated by pulling the levers and watching the brakes move - he's much better with the hand brakes than the coaster brake on his bike.

Now he wants a bike just like his sister's but with pedals (his words, not mine), so we'll be upgrading from his Grommit to a deep blue Gecko/Hedgehog for his birthday.

There are cheaper options, sure, but I have yet to see anything as well equipped as the Starfish for less money.

Update 3/30: Still love the bike. After 3 months of daily use I put the wheels in the truing stand; after ~1/4 turn on 2-3 spokes per wheel they're perfectly true. While the wheels were off - the factory pre-load on the hubs was a little high, so I cleaned & re-greased the balls & cones (totally unnecessary it turns out) and set the pre-load a little looser. Now the wheels spin forever and the kid flies around at 6-7 mph pretty easily.

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Greimelwrote a review of on February 2, 2016

5 5

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

Disclaimer: this had been on my wish list for a few months so I impulsively grabbed it while it was on sale for half price.

This jersey is great. Even without putting it on you can tell it's extremely high quality (fit/finish, weight, etc). The inaugural ride was right around freezing with little wind and this kept me perfectly comfortable for a 2.5 hour ride with just a long sleeve baselayer underneath. The cut is less tuxedo-like than my road cycling jackets, so it doesn't stand out off the bike.

Comments on other Kitsbow reviews are full of negativity towards the price. Pricing is in the same ballpark as Rapha and Assos. Canadian-made, top quality materials, thoughtful design, and awesome manufacturer support make it a steal (for me at least) at half price; not sure if I'd pay full price, but Kitsbow will let you try it for free so you can decide for yourself.

Bonus: my name starts with a K, so it came pre-monogrammed for me.

Update 3/16/2016: I've been wearing this almost daily for the past 2-3 weeks and it's been great. Really shines in the 30-50F temperature range. Kept me warm in drizzle but I'd grab something else on a rainy day. About the only negative I can think of is the elbow padding looks a little dorky (although it worked great when I wiped out on a patch of black ice - my elbows didn't have a scratch but my hip & knee weren't so lucky).

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