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Lee D.wrote a review of on December 15, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A killer design, light years ahead of others. In a sci-fi analogy, it’s like Giro is doing 3D Avatar in 4K while others are still stuck on Alien in widescreen 1080P. Absolutely nothing beats an integrated visor/helmet solution, for any sport. This engineering philosophy gives the designers “from scratch” trade space to design and build the best of both worlds ... and we consumers hugely benefit. Stunning Visual acuity, MIPS protection, easy maintenance via magnetic clips, and micro fit adjustments and no nose bridge pressure points ... i just listed 5 separate tech marvels in a single product. That is a smoking deal at this price point. It is now the only helmet i use ... road, MTB, and gravel. The only 2 things missing are 1) integrated HUD display (nav routing, cycle data) on the visor, and 2) a Garmin interface to display rear radar view results of pesky drivers. I hope those rockstar engineers are listening!

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Lee D.wrote a review of on November 24, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

They work well in the mid-30s so far -- I rode 3+ hours in those temps w/ no issues w/ my fingers. Changing gears, brakes, etc. is no problem. My only minor quibble is with the velcro on the cuff -- I hate velcro anywhere near the sleeves (bunches up, catches fabric), but I knew that when I bought them. It does seal out air/cold/wet well , but I'd prefer a stretchable elastic cuff sans velcro (like my other warmer wx pair of Castelli gloves). For now, the obvious solution is to close the velcro UNDER the jersey/jacket sleeves -- it works but is sub-optimal.

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Lee D.wrote a review of on November 24, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This new version is far superior than the old polyester-next-to-the-skin version. Super comfy, obviously functional. Castelli nailed it, so I bought 2 more! I've ridden in the low to mid-30s wind chills (w/ a jacket) and this thing does the trick. Good for riding w/ no jacket up to 50s. True to size, a smidgeon larger than Castelli's historical Euro sizing (but not enough to downsize). I'm 5'8"/175 lbs, 2XL fits snug across chest/shoulders, slightly loose around the stomach (35" waist).

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Lee D.wrote a review of on November 18, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Yes, this thing works. Love the Windstopper X-lite to kill the wind chill + the fleece for comfort/wicking/warmth. Used (so far) down into the mid-30s wind chill w/ no problem. Also like the fact the neck/ears are all covered. Agree somewhat w/ other reviewers noting lack of breathing holes, but not a showstopper for me.

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Lee D.wrote a review of on July 30, 2019

5 5

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

Castelli does it again with another well engineered piece of gear. Yes, I debated whether the $119 was worth it, but it really is. At 170 lbs, 35 in waist, the XL fits about right. Slightly tight at first, but once you hunch into the cycling/riding position, they are a perfect fit. The material breathability & chamois design are the stars here -- rode in blistering heat (90+ F heat index) for 4+ hours and these remained comfy and not too hot/sweaty. It fits, it works well, so I bought another one despite the $.

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Lee D.wrote a review of on July 7, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I moved from a Kryptonite lock b/c it kept jamming up while locked. The locking mechanism in this Abus is (so far) much easier to both lock/unlock. This Abus is slightly wider than my former Kryptonite, and that is more useful than I thought it would be for locking my gravel bike during commutes around town -- the wider lock gives you a few more options when locking your bike to a fixed rack. The downside is the cylinder bulk -- it's much thicker than the Kryptonite. So, you have to choose your compromise. The alarm is a bonus, and I like the fact you can choose to use the alarm or not on every lock occasion -- well thought out. I also appreciate the lock cylinder has the rubber coating to save your bike frame. Security wise (I am in DC), I think both Abus and Kryptonite are similar. No long term feedback yet re: rain/rust, etc.

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Lee D.wrote a review of on May 6, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are my new fave gloves above 50 deg F. I hate hate hate velcro at/on the wrist (snags everything), and (finally) these have NO velcro! Padding is spot on (location and thickness), thick enough to do the trick but not too thick to mess with your ride. I rode 50 miles mixed road/gravel in one ride and it does help w/ the fatigue (but it doesn't eliminate it 100%).
Tip: Get the size right -- measure per the Castelli instructions

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Lee D.wrote a review of on April 9, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a very comfortable piece of gear. Castelli did an outstanding job of tackling the most difficult part -- designing the built in lining/chamois fit for the riding position. I've used these in 20 F wind chills, no issues at all. For >55F, they get a bit warm. Fit ... feels awkward at first (front is a bit tight standing up) ... until you sit on the bike, then it's perfect, makes sense. I am 5' 8'' w/ a 34 in waist, 30 in inseam. Size XL is very snug fit, a bit long, so not perfect but it does work very well.

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Lee D.wrote a review of on April 9, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Castelli gets another win. Love this piece during Fall/Spring, or mountain biking the Wasatch during summer AM chills. Cut is perfect (get your sizing right first -- they do run small) save for the long sleeves, and no one can beat Castelli for quality and cycling-specific gear. I'd call this a medium weight and good down to the mid 40s before breaking out a jacket (like their Alpha RoS). Also used this underneath the Alpha Jacket in the 30s and all good.

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Lee D.wrote a review of on April 9, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Med

I've been skiing 25+ years, no one can touch Spyder for quality/functionality/value combo. I have a pair of these (normal cut), so decided to take the plunge for the "tailored" fit. I love it -- gets rid of all the excess material bulk. I deducted a star simply because the Med sized tailored waist dropped a good 1.5+ inches from the Med normal cut -- didn't expect such a huge drop. At least I am now motivated to lose another inch or 2. Functionally, about the only pair of ski pants that may be better is Spyder's Bormio top of the line pants. The zip vents work well to dump heat (40F+), and using a thin Merino wool baselayer, I never got chilled even in below zero wind chills. Crushed it. Yes, skied in a Utah blizzard, and never got wet. Cool factor: sitting on the chair lift, I could "see" my body heat evaporating through the pants, melting newly fallen snow on them, yet water beaded up and just rolled off, never soaked through. At 5' 8", I am also glad this came in a "Short" inseam -- less bulk than "normal".

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Lee D.wrote a review of on April 9, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I know, it's not cheap, but just go buy it and thank me later. I can't find a better piece of cold riding gear -- Castelli got it right. I've rode in light sprinkles into the mid 30s, plus windy, 50+ deg temps. Folks, this thing works and is comfy too -- 100% wind/water protection. Above 50F, I ride w/ the outer zipper open, and it's perfect as you heat up. Think ski jacket pit zips, only much better functionality. Sizing is typical Castelli -- runs small for my non-Euro sized American bod. I can squeeze my 34 in waist and 42 in chest into an 2XL, but I went w/ 3XL so I could get a base layer in there and keep blood circulating. As usual, sleeves are a bit long (all brands).

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Lee D.wrote a review of on April 9, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Works well for jogging, cycling, and even skiing. My normal 'go-to' sock for several years for all activities is Smartwool -- their merino wool is tough to beat. The Castelli though is very close, and just as functional. Since, in winter, in the great state of Utah you can ski and bike the same day, I tried this sock and is worked very well for both. I hate thick padding, but this one has just enough w/o being too thick (hot). So far, sizing is spot on, and I've used them comfortably for cold, rainy cycling, and of course, temps down into the teens w/ no issues (in ski boots). Bought 3x more pair.

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Lee D.wrote a review of on February 19, 2018

5 5

I have many jackets, but this is by far the very best at its intended design -- riding. I use it mostly for MTB here in the high (& windy) desert of CA. Simply put, its like putting on a perfect fitting merino sock on your cold feet. Stylish, functional, and comfortable. Many jackets hit one of those attributes, but none top this Castelli in all 3 categories. Period. Kudos to them for the neat collar trick to keep both the sun and howling winds at bay -- and off your neck. Only minor quibble....it has caused a low level tug of war between my wife and I -- now i have to hide this jacket from her!

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Lee D.wrote a review of on February 19, 2018

5 5

Used many times for what you'd expect -- warmth beneath my bike helmet. Works like a champ, hi vis, and kept the cold/wind at bay in 50 deg temps. I have also used this while snowshoeing in high 30s and it was great. Clearly not intended for casual use/warmth, but when you are active this thing does the trick w/o sweating. My wife "borrowed" mine, indefinitely, so i bought another one for me!

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Lee D.wrote a review of on February 10, 2017

5 5

These boots are awesome. I've used them in temps down to -5 deg F or so, and my digits don't even get a chill (I wear thin Smartwool PhD socks). I have never experienced that before with other winter boots. Walking in the snow with or without snowshoes, they work as advertised. I just returned from Mammoth Mountain's 2017 snowpacolypse...snowshoes sank up to my knees, but these boots kept the digits toasty...all the way to the top of the boot, zero water penetration after hours in deep deep snow. Fantastic. True to size.

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Lee D.wrote a review of on January 16, 2017

5 5

These things rock! Very functional...I used these for everything, but primarily winter hiking and snowshoeing -- I haven't found a better option than these. First, the material sheds water as you would expect, and the nana pro breathes well. I like the zipper pockets, and the leg zips really dump any heat. In fact, I often will wear these enroute in the car to the mountain trail and keep the pit zips open -- beats having to change into snowshoe gear when you get there! They've held up well and the scuff guards have paid dividends against the snowshoe edges. Super comfy, and I wear them on the town, road tripping, and everywhere really. I wear a light base layer under these, and will use them spring skiing (temps at/above freezing). True to size.

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Lee D.wrote a review of on August 19, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

No more leaning the bike against...well, whatever you can find. I use this on the back patio for washing and light mx. Going w 4 stars because the fit is very tight on the crank of my 2015 Cannondale Trigger Carbon 29. Can't use any of the stand adapters on my factory stock SRAM, so it's just the crank right on the paint of the stand. It does work, but not ideal.

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Lee D.wrote a review of on August 19, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: Med & Large

What more can you ask for? This is an amazing shirt, probably one of the most versatile you will find...hiking, casual night on the town, office business casual, commuter cycling...all check! Love the material feel on the skin, akin to the best merino wool, but it is different. Dries fast, and so far no funk smell. It does seem to breathe well, but I can't be 100% definitive on that just yet. Sizing wise, I think it's true to size. I am 5' 8", 35 in waist, and 46 in chest. Med fits well, slightly tight in the chest. I also ordered a Large, it too fits ok, slightly big. I kept both. If you are a weight lifter, go for the L, otherwise the Med is the way to go.

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Lee D.wrote a review of on May 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: L

This is my new fave shirt. Amazing flexibility...I use it running, biking, hiking, and even for a quick jaunt on the town. Material feels comfy against the skin, even makes a great PJ top for sleeping. I went back and bought 2 more! Very usable in the heat, as it breathes and has the mesh panels for airflow. This shirt stays in my backpack for travel...that is, if my wife doesn't steal it first!

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