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This is a race-fit jacket of very lightweight, barely-elastic material. Either it fits you or it doesn't. It does fit me. The cut is pretty good (for race cut jackets) and does not flap, although the venting panels near the underarms/lower lats create a bit of extra material. Sportful is accurate in the description - it might add 5-7 degrees of comfort from cold or wind. And that's really nice to have when you want it, especially when it weights nothing and doesn't even fill up a back jersey pocket.
The chamois in these shorts is nice (dense enough foam), but I do wish it were either slightly further forward, or the thickest part extended further forward.
Materials also seem nice. Plenty of support/compression. Length of shorts and grippers is nice. Extra reflective bits on the leg without being overly gaudy is also nice.
Here are the couple downsides:
- the straps are TIGHT. Uncomfortably so, especially off of the bike. (I have very short torso, so I imagine this would be even worse for other people)
- the pockets are in the small side, and only on one leg. I knew this ahead of time, but still a bummer.
These gloves are a really nice combination of warm and dextrous. It's amazing how light and thin they are for how well they hold warmth. In a bunch of ~2 hours rides around freezing or a little below, I've found that my fingers start out a little cold, then warm up nicely as I ride. The palm is nice and grippy, though it doesn't breathe very well, so my hands get a bit clammy on that side towards the end of a ride. Other reviews have noted that the palm fabric is not waterproof, which is a downside, but I haven't yet tested the gloves in really wet weather.
The fit is good overall. I have a hand circumference of 22.5 inches and ordered a medium, and it's just slightly tight, but the fabric stretches nicely and the dexterity is fantastic. The thumb feels a little short, but I know all hands are different.
Overall, I'm really satisfied with the gloves. The lining is still a really soft fleece, which surely will roughen a bit with more wear, but for now they feel luxurious and have served me well down to the upper 20deg.
This is the second pair of Sportful bib shorts. My first was the Giara.
Firstly, the good. The shorts have good compression and the chamois is comfy for longer rides. I like the feel overall for shorter rides.
The things that I feel can be improved on are a deeper thigh pocket. It's fairly shallow, and struggles to keep my phone secure when vertically positioned. The big drawback for me are that the straps are like cheese graters for your nipples. They're very short as well. Bibs at this price have no excuse for cheap, overly thin and tight straps.
I'm a size large in every other brand I've owned, and learned quickly to ignore the sportful sizing and size up. Even in an XL, these straps feel like they're inches too short, with too little stretch making for a fairly uncomfortable fit on the shoulders and as previously mentioned, my poor nipples. I'm trying to figure out how to permanently stretch the straps out, but to no avail, yet.
If you have a shorter torso, I'd imagine this won't be a problem. I'm 6'4" 185lbs. I'm tall, but pretty damn thin. I'm figuring out that Sportful may just not be the best fit for me.