I had been using a Savant MIPS, upgraded to the Synthe MIPS when there was a sale, and love it. It's so comfortable I hardly even think about it while riding, other than occasionally adjusting the micro adjuster, which I can do on the bike. The micro adjuster is extremely handy to compensate for the change when I put a skullcap on or off in the winter. I also like that the height of the rear band mount is adjustable, easy to get the fit snug but not tight. The sunglasses dock seems mainly useful for pros (who have sunglasses sponsors) or folks who wear cheap sunglasses. Me, I need glasses to see where I'm going so (a) I'm not going to take them off while riding and (b) even if I did, they are Transitions Progressive lenses, which are FAR too expensive to risk leaving perched on the helmet where they might fall to the ground if I forgot they were there when I removed my helmet. And if they fell off and broke, finding my way home would be a problem! So I just keep my glasses on and fasten the helmet straps over them.
This is the Year of The Rain. Despite the rain and cold, these boots keep my feet dry and warm. I ride almost every day, sometimes 3-4 hr rides. Mine are over a year old and still work great. Just got this pair as a back-up because I love them and many bike shoes are only in men's sizes. I wear a 38 in this boot, same as my Sidis and Shimanos. I wear a 6 in Teva (just for comparison). The only trick is to make sure your pants cover the tops of the boots. That's the only place water gets in and it took me a while to isolate the source. I wear wool socks year round and a nice thick sock with this boot worked great in the upper 20s. A regular wool sock works into the low 60s. When it was windy and really cold, I tucked in a toe warmer.
This is my third jersey in this style. I absolutely love it. Its comfortable, great and warm and cool temps. The pockets in the back are deep and the fit of the shirt is close and not too fitted. I get compliments every time I wear it. So hard to find cute commuter-based simple and well-made clothing. Works well with casual commuting jeansshorts and also with my chamois shorts.
All aspects of the construction inspire confidence. Size M fits me the same as several other Giro helmets I've owned. Visor snaps securely with magnets, including upside down for warmup. I will try swim goggle anti-fog stuff next time as visor fogged up on a max effort 35 degrees F day, damp but not raining. Tinted visor is fine on a gloomy March morning. Won't need the $60 special order clear. Short tail, sits nice and low for my position. Did the research, don't think there's a better TT lid out there. Ultimate version is practically identical except it has no (!) vents. Would be smooth and easy to tape the vents on this version (to save what 2 secs over 12 miles?)