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Simon G.

Simon G.

Simon G.

Simon G.wrote a review of on May 9, 2019

Works but wears out fast
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: M

For such a thin material, it's surprising how well they work. There's really no insulation value, but in blocking the wind they really do go some distance to keeping your toes warm on cool days. For well-ventilated shoes, consider taping over air vents in the soles to really help them work.

That said, I've worn these out after a couple of seasons. The underside isn't reinforced at all, and clipping in causes enough wear that holes have formed. I'd consider the Castelli Toe Thingies, which are both reinforced and much warmer.

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Simon G.

Simon G.wrote a review of on May 3, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 154 lbs
Size Purchased: M

On the one hand, I really like the chamois in these and the soft-but-compressive nature of the material is really nice. It's a race-ready feel.

On the other, the strap material is pretty unyielding and absurdly short. Like, on a recent ride I started experiencing shoulder pain and finally realized it was the straps digging in to my shoulder muscles.

Minus the issue with the straps I'd be all for these.

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Simon G.

Simon G.wrote a review of on December 29, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: M

Worn a couple of times, from 30-milers to a full century. These have been more comfortable than my usual Rapha bibs and up with there with my favorite pair from Velocio. They're compressive without being overly thick, and the wide gripper keeps them put without silicon. Note that the gripper panel is woven instead of solid, so make sure you put sunscreen on underneath it!

I've relegated these as summer bibs, as I think they're a bit too thin and breathable for cooler temps, but they're becoming my go-to for longer rides.

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Simon G.

Simon G.wrote a review of on December 29, 2018

3 5

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

I can't comment on whether it works as I haven't taken it on enough rides. That said, I'm not in love with the Blackberry flavor - I find it artificial and watery tasting at the recommended mixture. It also tends to leave sediment at the bottom of my bottles, something I found with Skratch as well, so the second half of a bottle ends up with a gritty mouthfeel and little grains of mix to spit out. Not sure I'll stick with it vs. SIS or Nuun.

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Simon G.

Simon G.wrote a review of on December 29, 2018

5 5

Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: L

Seconding all of the other positive reviews. I've worn this in a series of rides now with temps from the low 40's F to mid 50's, conditions ranging from cool and blustery to outright downpour. It's a totally versatile layer with the right base underneath, totally shrugs off road spray and light rain, kept me dry even in a serious rain. In the 40's I've ended up layering a gilet over it.

Size up, even more than you might with Castelli - I'm a Medium in Rapha Pro Team and the Gabba, Large in Perfetto.

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Simon G.

Simon G.wrote a review of on November 26, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Went to this last year from more-traditional saddle bags from Topeak and Ortlieb. The nylon feels bulletproof and I love how tightly the boa cable lets me cinch the roll against the saddle rails - no swinging around like you get with velcro straps.

A few things to note. It's not fully-enclosed, so it will let water in during a serious downpour. If you don't seriously crank the boa down the pack and sort of flip itself over, coming loose and swinging around. It won't fall off the bike, but it will dump your supplies all over the road. Also, it's not for carrying the kitchen sink: mine is pretty stuffed with a spare tube, CO2 canister, adhesive patches, small multitool and pair of tire levers. If I wanted a second tube it'd be in my jersey pockets.

All that said, it's still my favorite every-ride carry.

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Simon G.

Simon G.wrote a review of on May 16, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: M

Wanted an upgraded wind jacket for the rides where a thermal jacket would be overkill but I needed to throw on more than a gilet to warm my core.

Used a couple of times, especially on a ride around SF and Marin that had me in and out of fog and wind, up and down elevation. Temps from the 40s to 60s, over a Gabba and arm warmers, the Superleggera kept me comfy throughout. During warmer patches I stuffed the jacket into my jersey pocket. The sleeve cuffs are genius, go under gloves perfectly. The one complaint would be that the jacket is so light that the zipper is hard to fit together while rolling if you undo it entirely.

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Simon G.

Simon G.wrote a review of on December 11, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Size Purchased: L

As previous reviewers have mentioned, these run smaller than indicated. I bought a size L for EU 41 shoes (even though the sizing chart says M), fits perfectly.

These replaced a pair of Rapha winter overshoes for me, but they never kept my feet warm enough. These are fantastic. The exterior is stretchy and accommodates shoes and Boa dials perfectly, the fleece lining keeps my toes warm while reasonably wicking away any sweat. I've worn them down to 30F, at which point I swap for a heavier pair of Gores.

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Simon G.

Simon G.wrote a review of on November 16, 2017

2 5

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

Full disclosure, I haven't even gotten as far as testing these for warmth.

The note that says that these run small is right on the nose: I bought a size L for fairly average-sized hands and these are borderline too small for me, especially in the wrists where they're quite tight.

Touchscreen compatibility is quite poor, I've managed to get my phone to recognize a touch or swipe from either thumb or forefinger exactly once in a couple of minutes of trying.

Material is quite thin and without fleecing or lining, so any warmth will be provided by the Windstopper. Also note that the inside has quite a few raw seams that chafed almost immediately. I'll likely wear them exclusively with cotton liner gloves just for comfort.

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Simon G.

Simon G.wrote a review of on October 5, 2017

5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 152 lbs
Size Purchased: M

Very similar to my Rapha Pro Team base layers, possibly a bit lighter and softer in texture. Very comfortable, no scratching or chafing from the seams. Love the closed-mesh design. I sized up to a L following the usual patterns with Castelli kit, could have done a M instead.

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Simon G.

Simon G.wrote a review of on September 27, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Really liked the design and form factor of this, loved that it could be used as either a tail light, head light or front "be seen" light. That said, the mounting style as a front "be seen" is clunky if you've got anything else in your cockpit - couldn't get it to not be in the way of my Garmin out-front mount. Brightness isn't up to par with some of my other lights but is enough for city riding. Don't love how the USB plug cover is also the mount, it's never felt secure and makes removing the light from a seatpost kind of a headache. Also, the rubber strap design isn't robust at all - I've probably moved it between bikes five or six times and now the strap has torn, without easy supply of a replacement strap it's now trash. Pretty disappointing.

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Simon G.

Simon G.wrote a review of on September 21, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: Large

I like the minimal material and logoing, good understated summer glove. The palm material pooches out a little when my hands are off the bars. There's a little bit more padding than expected at the base of the thumb, yet to see if it's too much for me. Note that there's no nose- or sweat-wipe material on the thumbs.

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Simon G.

Simon G.wrote a review of on April 17, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

By far the best lube I've used - 120 miles in and still not a sound from my drivetrain. As other reviews have said, seems to work best if you apply it early and wipe off the excess, then let it "cure" overnight before riding. One bottle is going to last me ages and the other lubes I've been using get left for backups and loaners.

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Simon G.wrote a review of on February 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 158 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I've now ridden probably 5-6 rides in a New York winter in this base and am very impressed. Super-warm (almost too much so!) and fits perfectly. The fleece backing makes this feel almost like a thick jersey on its own. In 30-40F temps I'll wear this under a soft-shell jacket or heavy-weight winter jersey and be verging on overdressed once I've warmed up. Note that the thick material doesn't dry nearly as quickly as lighter synthetic or merino base layers - when I've gotten sweaty in the early part of a ride I've stayed that way for a while.

Generally very happy and this has become my go-to for deep winter.

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