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abstraitwrote a review of on May 27, 2019

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

This was really disappointing as it was just not cut well for a taller person and actually a tiny bit loose. I usually size up one for Castelli such as my Gabba II LS jersey and other jerseys from a few years back. REALLY looking for a hot weather jersey for intense effort in high heat and humidity and thought this would fit the bill. No way I could have gone any bigger than an XL as it was verging on being a touch loose. Bottom line is I've had Castelli jerseys in the past and the Gabba is perhaps one of my favorite all time piece of cycling clothing but this just was not up to par. I'm totally with some shortness for race cut fitting while in riding position. But this was absurdly short and not even as "race cut" in other areas. Best avoid unless you are not particularly tall and short in torso... like REALLY short torso.

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abstraitwrote a review of on February 5, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I rate the Fizik Antares 00 as one of the best saddles in both form and function. Just on aesthetics alone, it stands above 99% or more of the crowd, all while including an excellent balance between performance and comfort. The fact that it's so damn light is icing on the cake with almost no saddle any lighter that comes anywhere near the comfort level of this beast.

Part of the lightness does indeed come from the lack of Fizik's ICS system as mentioned above. I have a number of Fizik saddles and will say it's a nifty attachment system if you go for that kind of thing. I personally am not a fan of saddle bags on high performance bikes and prefer just carrying extras in jersey within something like the Mann Bag. The light attachment is pretty cool though something like the Thunderbolt from Serfas provides an even better solution, in my view.

The only real negative to the Antares 00 is the uber sharp edges that do not welcome a single botched move such as leaning against a wall and pulling off or letting it graze ANYTHING. You'll have a tear of that fine edge before you know it. But if you're careful with your ride and make sure you never lean on saddle, it's not an issue. Besides, most of the top saddle tend to be rather fragile on the edges.

By the way, if you DO want this ICS system, you can simply move down to the Fizik Antares R1 with braided rails, this only 20g heavier than the 00, coming in at @155g. See the comparison graphic I cobbled together below, this a view of the underside of the R1 vs the 00. The top of the 00 wins out as it seems stiffer and with less going on, eschewing the multiple panels that seem to pervade much of the rest of the Fizik lineup.

- kh

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