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This review consists of a double review from two WV Cycling contributors, with their opinions and statements placed distinctly throughout the post.

Product Review: O2 Rainwear 3Flow Jacket

Product Description from O2 Rainwear:

“O2 Rainwear’s 3Flow™ Performance Series is designed for the serious cyclist who won’t be detoured by the elements, yet is versatile and affordable enough to attract anyone who rides a bike. This higher-end gear is Waterproof, Breathable, and Windproof. Jacket includes pit zips, a back pocket for storage, a drop-tail for road spray protection, a built-in hood around the collar, and is seam sealed. Constructed with 3Flow™ Performance Fabric.

Rain Shield, Inc. is a Minnesota-based company founded in 1997. Rain Shield’s objective is creating O2 branded rainwear from microporous film. O2 Rainwear™ is making waterproof and breathable rainwear much more affordable than it ever has been in the past. Rain Shield is continually pursuing new uses of the innovative Microporous Film.

O2 Rainwear Microporous Film is a very inexpensive, yet high-performance laminate that has the best combination of water holdout and breathability of any fabric on the market today. Our Microporous Film is thin and lightweight, making O2 Rainwear™ easy to pack and for people to bring with the them. But the greatest aspect of Rain Shield, Inc.’s O2 Rainwear™ is its affordability – allowing people to experience this outstanding comfort and protection at the same price as non-breathable, rubber, plastic, and PVC-coated garments. No Wet, No Sweat! We have a continuously expanding line of the O2 branded rain jackets, rain suits, and bibs. We can also decorate our garments with waterproof embroidery and special packaging for ASI and promotional applications. Please check out our Product Catalog to see what the best product is for such activities.

The use of polypropylene was a key factor because it is very inexpensive compared to materials used for brand-named waterproof and breathable membranes, such as Teflon and polyurethane.

By 1987, the process for making the polypropylene membrane was perfected as it achieved the same levels of water hold-out and breathability found in more expensive garments.”

Review:

(Reviewer 1)

The rain jacket held up to my expectations. I previously wore a rain jacket that seemed to allow water to seep into the jacket and into the back of my shorts. When I wore this jacket during our rainy ride, I was very satisfied. My backside was kept dry and the jacket seemed to have good moisture-wicking properties. It didn’t seem to ‘stick’ to my skin, when I began to get warmer on the inclines. I felt comfortable in this jacket because the fit was not restraining in any sense on or off the bike. Really, it was like a second layer of skin that kept me dry!

(Reviewer 2)

What most impressed me about this jacket other than it being manufactured in America (Minneapolis, Minnesota?), was that every stitch, seam, and hem is sealed with a thin plastic layer that has been either chemically or sonically bonded with the rest of the interior of the jacket. This prevents all of the stitches to allow water intrusion. The jacket comes clean very easily, and has not needed a true laundry washing after seventeen rain-rides. The zip-up vents in the armpits are a bit small, but suffice when needed. My only complaint is how binding the neck portion of the collar is when completely zipped while the hood is concealed. This was not comfortable, and I was tempted to cut out the hood. I also really appreciated the mesh kangaroo pocket in the back. Even with a zipper, things stayed dry from the outside, while did not absorb ample  amounts of sweat either. The jacket can also be rolled up moderately tight, and stuck into its own pocket, or rubber banded small enough to fit into one of your rear jersey pockets. Very convenient.

Summary:

O2 Rainwear has created a quality product in America that is competitively priced, while performing better than other jackets in the same price range. The fit is accurate for its size, and works well on a man or woman. Rain has nowhere to enter on this jacket, while sweat does seem to escape better than other products in the same price range, or higher.

Even without my bias for American made products, I give this product 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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Collar is not comfortable to zip to the very top when hood is concealed/bunched up.

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Covers the rear well

 

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Reflective piping all over the jacket, along with reflective logos.

 

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On the bike, still covers the rear.

 

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Typical riding position, still great coverage.

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I purchased this dvd/book back in ?2008? and watched it once or twice. I guess I’m either not a fixie lover, or a hipster dude.

mash sf book dvd fixed gear

The flick had GREAT cinematography, and scene setups, but you can only watch skid-stops so many times before it just sits on your shelf if it isn’t your kind of thing.

The book is also very classy… Like something you would expect from Rapha, or other companies that sell you $300 products so you can be classy too. The outside printing even has a clear-coat layer that makes it look like tire tread all over the cover. it is 120 pages, and very neat.

I think I paid something around $40 after shipping for book/dvd.

Here is what others say about it:

Mash SF Stated:

 The dvd contains the 1 hour feature film as well as 1 hour of bonus features. It is packaged in a 120 page hard back book featuring the production of this project.

Some guy on Amazon.com said:

Simply put the DVD is amazing. It’s riding at it’s best and has inspired me to step my game up. It’s a beautiful interpretation of a city from a riders point of view. The 120 page book is also fantastic. Great photography of the city, riders, and culture. I strongly recommend buying this DVD set.

wvcycling’s price = $20 shipped. If you are a resident of WV and would like to do two 4-500 blog posts w/photos instead of pay me, I will ship it to you after your posts are accepted and published here on wvcycling.net.

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All erection puns aside, I want to get around to reviewing a new saddle I purchased from Fyxation

Fixed Gear Bike Parts and Accessories, Our new saddles are in and ready to roll! These classic leather saddles have Cr-Mo rails, ergo-cut-out and are padded for comfort.  The seat rails are chrome, bicycle seat,classic leather saddle, fixed gear, fyxation, fyxation saddles, leather seat, urban cycling

Fixed Gear Bike Parts and Accessories, Our new saddles are in and ready to roll! These classic leather saddles have Cr-Mo rails, ergo-cut-out and are padded for comfort.  The seat rails are chrome, bicycle seat,classic leather saddle, fixed gear, fyxation, fyxation saddles, leather seat, urban cycling

Fixed Gear Bike Parts and Accessories, Our new saddles are in and ready to roll! These classic leather saddles have Cr-Mo rails, ergo-cut-out and are padded for comfort.  The seat rails are chrome, bicycle seat,classic leather saddle, fixed gear, fyxation, fyxation saddles, leather seat, urban cycling

Not sure if you have noticed, but Fyxation has spot-on made a saddle that is pretty classy with it’s leather cover, but also has a somewhat regale shape that we have seen before. There have been a few tweaks to this saddle to save weight and increase comfort compared to other riveted, leather saddles, and Fyxation succeeded in nearly all categories.

First of all, let’s talk about the quality. While this saddle is probably made by Velo, or some other large Asian component manufacturer; it has the craftsmanship of a saddle from a mid-to-upper range company, as you would expect to see in Cannondale or Specialized saddle group. The leather is very typical and soft, but this is not a negative attribute. Your rear end will feel very welcome here. The rails are Cr-Mo, and not attempting to be lightweight for the urban/fixed gear crowd, but are still nothing to skoff about. The shape of the saddle is slightly pliable around the edges, somewhat giving in the middle (which is fantastic for those longer rides), and has held up well to use and weather conditions. The rivets on the rear of the saddle are crome plated, and have a somewhat brass-colored metal under the gloss. I found this out when I received the saddle from Fyxation, and saw that all of the rivets had light scratches or scuffs on them. I’m sure this is normal, and happens in either the manufacturing or distribution process, but it is something to warn you about if you are an OCD perfectionist.

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After spending some time with this saddle, I have placed it on my touring/cyclocross bike due to the long-lasting comfort, and lack of concern for weight for these types of rides. At $65, this classic styled saddle with leather and rivets is hard to beat. Fyxation found a way to take an old product, make it cheap, comfortable, and still look pretty classy. It’s hard to do that in the modern world, and still have your products come out this well.

Final suggestion? Buy it if you are looking for comfort and classic styling, while trying to keep a hold of your wallet.

Pros:

  • Quality Leather
  • Classic Styling
  • Comfortable Design

Cons:

  • Weight
  • Marred Rivets – This may only be on the saddle I received.

3/4 Stars.

Photos by N-Bomb

Buy Fyxation Saddles Here

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