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batterystapleswrote a review of on June 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 154 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

It's a speed suit. It's fast. Super fast. Wind tunnel R&D shows. It's well made, holding up to the wear and tear of racing TTs. But I wanted to focus the review more on fit, since it is usually what comes up most with these garments.

I'm 6' 0" and 154 lbs. I am racing in a small. Sure, it takes 5 minutes or so to get on and requires fetal position on the floor to zip up. I also cannot stand up fully once in the thing. However, get on the bike on your riding position, and there isn't a seam, crease, wrinkle to be seen. Fits like a dream.

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batterystaples

batterystapleswrote a review of on December 18, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pros:

Visibility - (when tested with a flash camera) amazing. I have experienced cars slowing and giving me a lot more space than usual.

Cut - long cut in the rear and sleeves keeps you protected well in foul weather.
Protection from the elements - have had this in drenching rains and stayed mostly dry on top.

Construction - taped seams and durable (so far) sewing.

Cons:

Cut - very baggy feel. The length of the garment is spot on for cycling, but the volume of the actual jacket is maybe 30% what you'd probably need. This means that you get bunching if you are carrying a pack. It also is a huge pain if you have to unzip a bit to cool off as the wind goes right in and creates a parachute effect. This then leads to reduced over-the-shoulder visibility when riding in the drops.

Temperature - I have worn this from 15F to 70F and it's definitely for the lower temps. There is no breathing to the fabric and so you will quickly clam up and get soaked with any effort. However, with less of an effort and some layering, it does keep you quite warm on those very cold days. Because it's so easy to get clammy in this jacket, you often need to unzip a bit to dry out and cool off. However, as noted above, this causes problems.

Construction - the pixel dots come off VERY EASILY. I wear a light pack and am now missing almost ALL of the pixel dots from the jacket where the pack makes contact (shoulders - front and back, back - lumber and between the back of the shoulders).

Overall: The only real pro to this jacket is the visibility factor. Without the pixel dot feature, I would have to rate this jacket 1 star based on it's function as a cycling piece. However, the ability to be seen could save your life and this might warrant spending the extra dollars for the pixel fabric. But given that the pixel dots come off the of the jacket so easily (after several rides with a backpack they were almost gone), this feature is quick to be lost. Truly disappointed.

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