I've used this thing about 10 times on roads that involved some road spray but never in a downpour. The first time I used it it had rained earlier that day and was decently dry out but from looking at the underside of it after the ride I appreciated all of the road grime that did not end up on my jersey. Now with that in mind, there was some road grime that did make it onto my jersey but I'd say it was cut down by about 80-90% due to this little thing. I also think it doesn't look that bad. If you're going to put a fender on a performance road bike (i have a specialized tarmac) this would be it. It actually doesn't look half bad for a fender. Don't expect it to keep you totally clean but hey, for the price I really can't complain.
I've had a couple sets of PDW metal fenders. My last set of 45mm fenders were a little too wide for the crown of my C3 so I went with the 37mm, which fits perfectly. Despite the specs, I'm running 32mm tires and the coverage is just fine. They've replaced the rubber flaps with plastic, which feels a little bit like a downgrade, but the plastic flaps are slightly longer and seem to provide better trailing coverage. I'm not sure how durable they will be, but so far they've been fine. Worst case I will replace with more sturdy flaps - easy enough to do with this design. Another thing that seems to have changed is the finish seems to be somehow more permeable than my previous fenders. Best way to describe it is the previous fenders would wash off really easy and these fenders seem to collect road grime a bit more. Not sure if that due to the paint - these fenders are black versus silver. Other than that, the fenders are super rigid, fairly light, and quiet. All that I'm looking for in a fender.
I have a Kona Rove ST and have been looking for a nice set of fenders that will accommodate the 700x42mm tires I'm running. Have been regularly impressed with the quality and style of PDW products - no exception here. I did need to get some longer screws and rubber washers as the shape of the stay mounts and my frame eyelets weren't perfectly compatible - not a big deal though. Took my time and got them mounted. Great, rattle free coverage. Bonus to support a two Portland businesses.
I ride mainly in the multi-user community forest trail system. The undergrowth can be really tall and thick making it difficult to see far down the trail. I you are on the switchbacks or more technical stretch of trail it can a choice of reaching for your bell or keeping control of your bike. This bell rings freely and gives others a heads up before I even see them. I've gotten more smiles and people saying "I love your bell." The equestrians really like it and are much more friendly. I really like the option of turning the bell off when climbing or out on the road. It maybe could be a bit louder, but over all I strongly recommend this bell.