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Tomasz Z.

Tomasz Z.

Tomasz Z.

Tomasz Z.wrote a review of on May 12, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 214 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

This jersey has a curious fit. I'm 6' 213LBS 35" waist. I purchased an XL and it's the first jersey that fits close to skin, but is also very comfortable in the shoulders and arms. The material is incredibly stretchy and as a result drapes well over the shoulder area. The cuffs are also made out of a very elastic material and there are no restrictive tight bands. Nothing flaps, but damn is it comfortable!
Close to body, trim in the waist, super light materials, with extremely comfortable sleeves.

Nice understated design, reflective pieces, this is one modern looking jersey.

I ordered two and am keeping both.

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Tomasz Z.

Tomasz Z.wrote a review of on November 5, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I long had a suspicion that ASOS Summer S7 gloves, and these DeMarchi gloves were close relatives, perhaps even made by, or sourced from, the same supplier. They look similar, except for the pattern on the padding and some small details. I had some $20 in credits expiring so I decided to jump on these in black.

As with all DeMarchi products, this product oozes understated, minimalistic, and timeless style. My gloves are black on black, with just the white of the logo showing, and some pull tabs. The palm area - where not padded - is made of mesh and airy. The padding itself is not a gel, but feels rather like foam. It's generous @ base of thumb, and very light (lighter than what I'm used to at the balls of fingers). On the bike, it worked surprisingly well. I didn't get the hard gel feeling bits, just a soft cushion on the palm.

The back of the palm is two parts, one part thin spandex (like the Mondo gloves below), the other part is terry pad over the thumb for wiping. This was one feature I'm glad to have back. The Mondo's were all spandex and an emergency wipe just left the back of my hand all wet (and lycra didn't do much wiping). PS - Sweat GUTR works
The wrist opening is cut on a bias so the part of your wrist closes to bars gets light padding. Unobtrusive and nicely done.

Now for the bad: the ring fingers have pull tabs whose stitching itches like hell if you press the inner side of that finger against your shifter if you ever ride "vulcan" split finger. Remaining stitching is seamless and "not there" comfy.

Previously I owned the Louis Garneau Mondo gloves, and the ONLY complaint there is that the wrist velcro can get in the way sometimes. A secure closure requires you to kind of angle to connection. Other than that? Very breathable, very light (lighter in some ways than these), silicone on fingers, easy on easy off (easier a bit than these, but maybe it's because these are new).

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Tomasz Z.

Tomasz Z.wrote a review of on March 21, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was worried about buying an XXL, seeing as how I wear XL bibs (Pearl Izumi, Hincapie), but these have a tight supportive fit which I like a lot. They are strangely enough somewhat tight around the stomach, I am 36-38 waist and I can feel the zipper being cinched up around the midsection. The straps - while comfortable around my chest - are just right at six feet in height. Almost tight standing up, and just right on the bike

Takeaway? These are definitely not a baggy XXL fit if you're worried about that.


Tights are great on rides 35-45... I'm not sweaty, temps regulated, and my knees were not cold.

Lastly, the Formula FX pad was also a pleasant surprise. Thick, supportive and comfortable.

I was so surprised by Sugoi that I snapped up a pair of RS bib shorts for summer riding.

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Tomasz Z.

Tomasz Z.wrote a review of on March 10, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

I bought two sizes, one of those sizes fit err... like a glove. Finger length was spot on, palm on, pre curved, padding where you need it....but the wrist cuff. Oh, the wrist cuff! The cuff is so damn tight that it feels like a turnicate. I didn't want to keep these and start snipping rubber threads... I tried the larger size, and still, the cuff was too damn tight. I don't arm wrestle, I don't do forearm curls, but these are just way too tight in the wrist. I really wanted to like these too, construction and fit were good.

Additionally, what someone else mentioned, the innner lining gets snagged on your fingers going out and almost inverts itself, you then have to push your hand back in to push it back in place...then pinch the tips and remove it again. A lot of work, and a problem if removing on the bike to pop a quick gel.
Check out my review of the Castelli Leggenda gloves.

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Tomasz Z.

Tomasz Z.wrote a review of on March 10, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I went on a 33mile ride on a blustery 32-38 degree day. Avg temps on ride were 36.8mph, 16mph avg. 2:10hr ride time. My hands were great the entire time! Not toasty, not stifling hot, but just neutral. My fingers never got cold. I previously did the same ride with just glove liners, so I know how cold feels when it creeps up. I was surprised, my riding buddy was surprised. I have to say I was skeptical about these because of their flashy looks, but they're a keeper.

I also bought Gore Power SO gloves... the wrist opening is so tight, and is cinched with such a tight rubber band, that regardless of which size I tried on, I could not get comfortable. They were like wrist a turnicate. Getting the right glove may be trial and error, but I encourage you to start here.

Castelli designed these to cover most all of your winter rides, and I buy that now. I often say, let me get the warmest glove I can just in case, but when it's 20 outside... I'm probably not riding anyway. I would rate this at 34 up to 45-50F, temps high enough to tempt you out on the road and low enough to need these.

If there is one knock, it's my genetics. I have small hands and the gel padding here hits just a bit further back where it should becasue the model hand was a bit longer in the palm that mine.


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Tomasz Z.

Tomasz Z.wrote a review of on February 15, 2014

4 5

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

I bought this after a windstopper head band from Craft just didn't do the trick on a 2hour 35-40 degree ride. The first time I used it was actually as a snowboarding helmet liner. The rear "flaps" seem a bit much, but they really aren't intrusive even when riding with your head twisted sideways for a majority of the day. I wore this on a bike ride in similar temperatures and it did great. Low bulk, super warm. Did I sweat? I did sweat when snowboarding, a little less riding. The biggest choice here is full protection or something less like a head band, in the end I went full protection and I don't regret it. The flaps aren't going to make you considerably warmer than just a cap. I echo other sentiments that this is probably comfy to mid 40's... then again so are probably 8 of 10 of the other caps.

Snowboarding was done at 15-25 degrees and it kept me warm even then.

Oh, I have a HUGE head, and this fit just fine. I tried on a Giordana one size product prior to this and it was tight around the ears. The fact that you have excess coverage here does not necessitate a seam right where you ear would be which could pinch you.


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