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Jeff B.

Jeff B.

Jeff B.

Jeff B.wrote a review of on December 29, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 184 lbs
Size Purchased: 48 / 32"

I'm 5'10", 184 lbs, have a 34.5" waist measurement and 40.5" hips/seat measurement (while wearing a pair of lightly insulated spandex-type tight). My inseam measures about 30.5" I selected "True to Size," but feel the need to qualify that statement.

Backcountry's size chart tells me that I should wear a EU50/US33-34". Using the sizing tool on the US Fjallraven website, it told me I should wear a 48/32". I typically wear a 32-33" waist (and 32" length with some stack or a 1.5" cuff at the bottom) in most jeans, but frequently have an issue with jeans being gappy at the waist and/or too tight in the butt/hips.

The EU48 / US32" version of the Keb pant fit me best with a note that they are a tad bit tight right at the entry of the hand pockets. The 33-34" was way too loose at the waist though. The length on the 32" is about the same as most 32" length jeans...so about right for my preference.

I also purchased the size 48 and 50 Vidda Pro trousers to try, as well. I noted that sizing is inconsistent between the Keb and Vidda Pro. The 48/32" in the Vidda Pro was too tight in the waist AND hips. The 50/33-34" size was too loose. I didn't keep either of the Vidda Pro, though they are a nice pant.

The last review point I'd like to make is regarding two design features on the Keb: the vents and the cuffs. Vents: I like this feature, but kind of wish that Fjallraven would include a mesh type fabric inside the vent like in the Lundhags pants I tried. Seems that it would be good to keep debris and bugs out...but having not used this feature yet, maybe it's irrelevant. Cuffs: Out of three different brands of pants and four different cuff systems, I think Fjallraven has the best, most durable system in the Keb and Vidda Pro trousers.

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Jeff B.

Jeff B.wrote a review of on November 3, 2017

2 5

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

I bought these mostly because of price and appearance and, in part, based on the previous review. If I hadn't already removed the tags, I'd probably want to return these after the first use. My criticisms are as follows:
1. Sizing: These are sized small. I wear 32 waist jeans. My hips measure 40" and my waist just under 34. I sized up to a Large, knowing that the sizing on these runs smaller than other brands (I wear a Medium in LG and some PI). These fit me in a size large, but they're definitely SNUG. Glad I lost weight recently.
2. Stitching: I had two seams unraveling after just one ride. After having popped stitches a couple of times in the past by pulling on garments too quickly, I'm 98% certain that I didn't do that this go round...yet I had two threads raveling after a 4 mile ride.
3. Tight ankles: These don't have any zippers at the ankles, which makes them a bit of a pain to get off and on.
4. Insulation: There isn't any...or barely any. I wore these in mid- to upper-40F temperatures. My legs were cold when I started my ride and just as cold when I finished.
In short, my opinion of these bibs is exactly the opposite of the previous review. I guess I'll keep them in my stable...to fit somewhere between my 3/4 length Rivelo Bibs and the TRULY insulated Louis Garneau Providence Bibs that I bought as a comparison to these (however, truthfully, I think my 3/4 bibs are WARMER) than these Sugoi Full-length.
Only good things I can say about these is that the chamois appears to be high quality (time will tell), they look good on a fit figure, and they have decent reflective elements.

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Jeff B.

Jeff B.wrote a review of on November 3, 2017

4 5

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

The size chart for POC had me agonizing over what size to choose. I have a 58cm head, which falls RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE of the Medium and Large size ranges.
Should I size up or down? UGH!!!! I spoke with a GearHead on here and they recommended sizing up to allow room to wear a cap under it, which turned out to be bad advice. The size Large was huge and looked huge on my head. I felt like Rick Moranis in Spaceballs.
I ordered a Medium. The difference in the size of the shell between the two is considerable. While I'm definitely at the upper end of the Medium size range, I can fit it on over my thin Smartwool cap and my ear-warmer headband. The fit is nice and snug and it looks proportionate on my head. It's a winner.
My ending note has to do with a common criticism I read...the way the straps attach to the helmet DOES make it difficult to wear your glasses OVER the straps (I've normally worn my glasses under, so not a problem for me). I've seen pics of pros wearing their glasses over, but I think it bears mentioning at least in this review. Some people may not like the helmet because of this fact.

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Jeff B.

Jeff B.wrote a review of on November 3, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I own 5 pair of these now. I'm in the military and wear them every day with my uniform. My first pair of Darn Tough socks were a pair of light ankle-high running socks. I still wear them regularly for cycling, camping, etc. I'm very impressed with the durability, the tight weave, the softness, the lack of odor...everything about Darn Tough socks is superior to any other socks I've owned (including SmartWool in my opinion). These would also be great for office wear (depending on colors) or casual wear.

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Jeff B.

Jeff B.wrote a review of on November 3, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought a M/L in this item because that's where I fit on their size chart with a 43" chest and 34" waist. This shirt fits me SNUGly...I have to pull the arms a bit everytime I put it on and the armpits are tight. Maybe it fits the way it's supposed to, but I think the next size up might be more comfortable. If you buy your size, you shouldn't have any issues fitting this under even a race-fit cycling jersey. This shirt has a TON of stretch to it. I wish it had a bit higher Merino content, but all in all I'd buy more of this item.

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Jeff B.

Jeff B.wrote a review of on November 3, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I first bought this in XL based on the size chart and being familiar with cycling gear typically running small (or really small, at times). I have broad shoulders, a 43" chest and a 34" waist. The XL fit comfortably in the shoulders and chest, but was loose in the waist (which I probably could have lived with) and too long for my torso (which annoyed me). I ordered a second in size large and am happy with the fit. This is a good Fall-Spring jersey for cooler days with the thickness of the fabric and brushed fleece lining. I wear it with my LG sleeves and they work well together.
One final note (and the reason I gave this jersey 4 vs. 5 stars...the black on this jersey isn't really black...it's kinda blue-greyish black and it doesn't match any of the black tights I wear (including a pair of Sugoi bibs I just bought). It's a minor point, but it annoys me a little.

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