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Mark Dwrote a review of on December 1, 2018

Not bad, but not what I expected...
3 5

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

Granted Castelli makes some good to very good cycling gear. I’m pretty picky so my use of the word "excellent" is rare and reserved for what actually is. I have another pair of bibs from another manufacturer that have come to the end of their useful life. Looking back and in comparison they were excellent in what they were constructed for. However, I opted to try a different brand; enter Castelli.

First, these are delicate - in putting them on. Pull them too hard up and you’ll hear threads pop. Sectional slowness is the move here. Once on, from the upper thigh, near the waist and down, they’re really snug. I normally get an XL, but because they run small, I got a XXL. Glad I did. The zipper at the ankles was needed. Once zipped tho, you were set there as well. As I said the fit from there back to the upper thigh was race fit snug. I like that. The material isn’t as thick as I expected, but once on, it kept you warm enough in high 40’s to mid 50’s for So Cal weather. Any lower than mid 40’s, based on your tolerance, you might want to use something else. For what it’s worth, it was 48 when I left and around 57 degrees when I was done. So why not five stars? Three reasons. The pad is pretty good, but pad comfort is subjective for each rider. So in my case, I’ve had better. At 25 miles In I started getting the unique feeling my sit bones were starting to get fatigued in them. Not sore, just that sensation of tapping out soon. Also, I wish the fit around the pad was as snug as it was on my thigh. It wasn’t. Which brings me to the fit around the waist. It’s a different cut some riders may or may not like. Not uncomfortable, just different. Shoulder straps, fabric wise we’re fine, but given the cut around the waist I could see why some have noted them. My biggest issue with these bibs is the area around my Johnson. The material is thin and unlike the material covering my legs. Some riders may like the gust of cold air that penatrates the fabric in that area, this rider does not. If these are bibs designed to keep you warm and I’m bundled for the cold weather, it would seem to be counterproductive to skimp that area. I’m guessing the thought process was you’re leaned over so it’s not needed. I object. Wind travels were there is space. Lastly, at some point you gotta stand up, right?

With these bibs, they aren’t bad, they’re good. But know it’s limits and make sure you’re comfortable with the drawbacks.

BTW, the pic is from the left lower leg, at the end of a 17 mile ride. My third time wearing them. Smh.

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Mark D

Mark Dwrote a review of on August 18, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 245 lbs
Size Purchased: XXL

Maybe whomever stitched my jersey was having a bad day and labeled it wrong. I ordered a XXL and it fit me like a XL, Halter Top style. Not cool.

The pockets and the zipper pocket was a plus. Even the fit in the arms was good. Just dunno how I ordered an XXL that fit me that small. I'm not sure if I'd be a repeat buyer of Mavic apparel right now. My day one impressions of the jersey and the Cosmic shorts weren't impressive.

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Mark Dwrote a review of on August 18, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 245 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

Been eyeballing the Mavic shorts because of the styling. Finally ordered a pair and here's my initial day one thoughts.

1. Although the pad is thick and "feels" like it would be supremely comfortable, it wasn't. I admit it could be because my sit bones were still sore from a 63 mile ride, but that was five days ago. Today, wearing the Mavics, I only rode 13 miles. We'll re-eval this part again.

2. The pad is thick and I certainly didn't like feeling like a one year old who wasn't toilet trained carrying a load in his diaper. The fit was snug around the thigh and that's a plus. However, around the waist it felt like I kept having to pull them up. I don't have that issue with a cheaper pair of Pearl Izumi's.

3. It's sheer - or almost sheer. Wearing them, I could practically see my thigh underneath. That must have been the reason that old lady whistled at me. Keeping a rider cool is one thing, but something sheer like that is uncool, IMO.

I'm going to give these another try in a few days, for the fit. But the sheerness is a negative.

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Mark Dwrote a review of on August 10, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 245 lbs
Size Purchased: XXL

Being new to road cycling, I didn't have anything really to compare this shirt to. So I balanced it's "wicking" ability in comparison to several of my fitted workout shirts by other manufacturers. First, getting the right size is important. I wear an XXL in my other shirts and got an XXL here and it fits appropriately, although I wish it was just a tad longer, but I can live with it. Second, it's wicking capability works well. Although at the end of my rides I was sweating, it didn't feel like I had until I started to take it off. It's a quality shirt at a sensible price point. Highly recommended unless you're looking for that $150-250 product line. Reasons I didn't give it a full five stars: it lost half of a point because it could've been just a tad longer (that's just me though) and the other half of a point; either one of the pocket/pouches on the back with a zipper would've been a nice touch. They don't cost that much.

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Mark Dwrote a review of on July 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 245 lbs
Size Purchased: 13US

Being new to road cycling, I spent a lot of time researching shoes and doing my own study via different bike shops. I narrowed my choice down to two, Fizik and another manufacturer. I settled on the Fizik's because of the comfort and overall fit. I have no regrets with my decision. They are constructed well and provide the strength via the sole, I needed and wanted. Highly recommend Fizik's and Competitive Cyclist!

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