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William  L.

William L.wrote a review of on January 14, 2019

4 5

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

Me: 5'11" 37" chest, 31.5" waist Size M
It fits generously, but without flapping. I could probably could wear it over a baselayer + kit + vest. The fabric is more elastic than either the Pearl Izumi Pro WXB Aero or the Castelli Tempesta.
The construction and quality seem fine. It's cut a little more like a regular windbreaker than a full-on race fit jacket. The back pocket is only big enough for your keys and maybe a gel. My googel pixel 2 phone didn't fit in it.
Despite the weight, (10% more than the PI WXB Aero or the Castelli Tempesta), this jacket seems to roll up more tightly. It seems like you really could shove it in a jersey pocket for emergencies, or just wear it for the first 45 minutes of a cold ride.
Weight: about 220g

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William  L.

William L.wrote a review of on January 14, 2019

4 5

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

Me: 5'11" 37" chest, 31.5" waist Size M
It will fit over a jersey+baselayer but not much more, but that's what it's designed for. The sleeves are generously long and cut for the right length when you're on the hoods.
The cut is for an aero position, which is also good. It binds when you stand up straight.
if you roll it into an 8" wide cylinder, It will just fit in a jersey pocket.
The material is kind of stiff--just an observation, not a criticism.
The zipper is right-handed, unlike the Castelli Tempesta's left-hand zipper. In terms of cut and fit, the Castelli Tempesta seems nicer.
Weight: about 200g

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William L.wrote a review of on January 14, 2019

4 5

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

Me: 5'11" 37" chest, 31.5" waist Size L. The jacket will fit over a jersey and baselayer, but not much more. It's just a little too big to be an emergency jacket that you shove in your kit in case it rains.
It's really cut for riding as well--which is good--it binds weirdly if you're standing up straight, but why would you? The sleeves are cut generously long.
It will roll up and fit in an empty jersey pocket, but it will be a stretch.
Weight: 206g

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William L.wrote a review of on September 21, 2009

5 5

I researched this pad extensively online before buying, and compared it to the corresponding Thermarest inflatable pad.

I used it on a 3 day bike trip, where size and weight were the primary factors. It inflated easily, and kept my back off the ground. I couldn't ask for much more.

It has a screw valve, which is easy to keep sealed with your tongue while screwing it closed, after you have blown it up. Since I was on a bike tour, it would have been nice to be able to use a bike pump on it. but that wasn't an option

It really does fit into the 3" x 9" stuff sack easily. I don't see how the corresponding Thermarest could possibly be worth nearly 3x as much

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