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A Full Kit for $40? Seriously?… And it’s NOT all Bad.

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Seriously, a full kit for $40?Coconut Ropamo Pro Team Summer Bib and Jersey.JPG

My sister-in-law and brother-in-law sent me an Amazon gift certificate for Christmas and after buying a pair of top-notch work boots, I had a little bit of cash left…. $43 to be specific, so I thought maybe I could pick up a cheap, Chinese jersey.  Imagine my surprise when I saw the kit above for $39.98.

So here’s the full skinny on the Coconut Ropamo Team Summer Kit…

The chamois is quite nice.  Surprisingly, actually.  I expected a 20-30 mile kit.  I wouldn’t be afraid to wear that kit on a 100km ride, without hesitation.

The jersey isn’t well cut for fit.  For me, the arms are a little tight and the body is a little loose and long, though my daughter said I look good.

The bibs feel really nice though the upper shoulder straps have that seam right up the middle.  That’s a little off-putting but I’m not one to have problems with seams, so they felt great to me.

Here’s the one problem:  Like many higher quality kits on the market these days, you can tell my religion in those shorts.  My wife has informed me that I am not to wear them in the presence of other women and I will be relegated to non-stop rides so I won’t have to get off the bike.  I don’t necessarily blame her for implementing the rules, either.

Still, if you’ve got serious budget limits, you could do a lot worse, for more money, than the Coconut Ropamo kit.  The kit is much better than the price tag suggests, especially the chamois – and that’s the part that really counts anyway.

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8 Comments

  1. saoirsek says:

    I once made the mistake of buying cycling shorts from Lidl, it was like wearing a badly fitting nappy( diaper to you ). Although their tri suits are actually ok.

  2. Archetype says:

    Good one Jim!
    I have found it is hit or miss when buying the Chinese kits. Luckily, I have more hits than misses! I have 8 jerseys from China, none of which I had ever paid more than $19.99 for. I have 6 pairs of shorts, 4 have been in rotation for the past 3 years now. 2 of the 6 didn’t last more than a year, 1 had a chamois that was rubbish, 3 of them have a very good chamois. Again, never paid more than 20 bucks for a pair.

    I have found that Wolf bike is pretty decent and so is the Roswheel and Paladin brands. I have a two ‘knockoff’s’ that are 5 years old, paid $17 and $18 respectively that are still going strong.

    I am on a serious budget…so springing for name brand kit is a luxury. I do have two used shorts. One from Castelli and the other from Pearl Izumi. Good stuff, but hard to come by for a decent price…

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