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Robert A.

Robert A.

Robert A.wrote a review of on March 25, 2018

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: Xl

I own several items of merino base layers from icebreaker, and some of them are among my favorite pieces of outdoor apparel. This particular piece, however, is a piece of garbage. I always follow care instructions when laundering wool clothing, but this one came out completely distorted after just one washing. The neck opening literally doubled in size. $70 is too much to spend on something that is unusable after only 1 use. Not sure if mine is just defective or if quality control just missed one, but in spite of my earlier satisfaction with their products, I would definitely think twice before purchasing anything more from this manufacturer.

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Robert A.

Robert A.wrote a review of on February 13, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I own several pairs of gloves for cycling. I use different gloves for different types of riding (road, gravel, commuting) and different seasons/temps. I find these to work well for road riding in cool to cold conditions, keeping my hands warm without sacrificing the dexterity needed to brake and shift. I ride year-round in the northeast and have used these gloves down into the low 20's F. They're not breathable and so my hands tend to get clammy inside, but that's pretty much how they're supposed to work (like a wetsuit, where a thin layer of water between you and the neoprene is what keeps you warm in cold water.) If you don't mind the clamminess, they're pretty good.

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Robert A.

Robert A.wrote a review of on August 25, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

definitely improved braking performance on my campagnolo-equipped road bike. didn't notice a difference in shifting over typical cables. plastic on brake cables began splitting and cracking after a couple of months (note: the bike is kept indoors when not riding). really only got one season out of them. i usually get 2-3 seasons out of a cable set. somewhat disappointing.

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Robert A.

Robert A.wrote a review of on June 15, 2016

4 5

back in the day, i carried a campagnolo T-wrench in my jersey pocket along with a 5mm hex, cause together they would be sufficient to fix most mechanical difficulties on the road. in later times, this became my go-to on-the-bike tool--bought one for the saddle bag of every bike i owned--because it could get you home in most emergency situations. BUT: it can be awkward to use in close quarters, for example, tightening a loose seatpost bolt or saddle fixing bolt. carrying a tool as minimal as this supposes that you check your bike out prior to rides and therefore only need minimal service on the road. i would still tuck one of these into the saddlebag of my bike, but i would complement it with a snap-link for whatever chain i'm running (multi-tool chain tools are a sad joke in the 11 speed world) and maybe a 5NM 4mm torque key, especially if i'm still making adjustments to a recently built-up bike.

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