I'm a road biker, but somehow started my clipless journey on SPDs. When I wanted to get a road shoe, I saw this option and was wowed by the reflectivity. I also like the all-lace style too, a bit retro but more importantly you can get a very custom and snug fit across your whole foot, as tight or loose as you want. I was initially concerned about the durability of the reflective coating, but after four months I'd say not even a little bit has worn or scraped off.
The shoe is great to walk around in. The little rubber pads do work to give you grip on smooth surfaces (like a polished concrete floor in a cafe) and don't seem to be wearing down all that fast. The shoe is more flexible than a true road shoe, so it's comfortable and easier to walk on, trading away some power transfer through its flexibility.
Well-vented, but doesn't do so well in the rain-water shoots right through. I have some rain covers, but those aren't so effective with the giant openings on the bottom. Once the shoe gets wet (when the inners are dampened) it does take a while to dry out-the material seems to like to hold onto moisture, I try to air dry them over a heater vent so they don't spend a lot of time damp.
I'm not completely sure that these uppers are leather as in the description, however. I think they're a synthetic material (the non-reflective Republics are leather). Regardless, very comfortable, durable, stylish, great on and off the bike.
Just got this jersey in and can NOT wait to get out on the road in the right conditions. It is so soft, so well-tailored, so sharp looking, and so warm too. It's not a jacket, of course, but a jersey. Yet layered with an undershirt andor a vest this will have a wide comfort range for riding. And, I'm guessing due to it's tight weave that if will be fairly well wind-resistant too. I'm 5'10 150lb w36 chest & 32 waist and the small fits me like a soft, stretchy second-skin.
As with all Pearl Izumi gear I've owned, this is a nicely made piece. Thinner material means you'd have a smaller temperature window in which to wear this. Definitely would be a layering piece. My one complaintthis piece was tailored a bit weirdthe chest was big and blousey compared to the shoulders and the width (bagginess) of the sleeves. I ordered a medium to try it out, but as with many PI products a small may have fit me better. I'm 5'10 150lbs w36 chest & 32 waist. Still, a nicely made piece.
This jersey is totally cool. In more ways than one. It's a thin material, so cool that way. But the design, in my opinion, is awesome. I only wish it'd fit me. BEWARE Twin Six sizing is like more modern American sizing. True to their sizing chart, it was too big for me. It was not like most other cycling gear with a smaller European sizing. I'm 5'10 150lb w36' chest & 32' waste & the medium was way too big for me. Tummythanks to elastic around the back was snug, but otherwise, I could've been a much larger man & still fit this. So, I'll definitely seek to get a small next time. Too bad they are out in this sharp looking jersey.