Podium Collection - Bormio Vest - Men's $0.00
Item # CST0526
Brakes are for people that don’t fly.
You spent the morning climbing up skinny mountain roads, and after a quick lunch, it’s time to get to the fun part of the day. Pull on the Castelli Bormio Cycling Vest and point ‘er downhill. The Bormio’s wind-resistant fabric will keep you from freezing as you carve effortlessly through the twists and turns of this morning’s uphill sufferfest. Two zippered side openings provide jersey pocket access on the fly, and the Bormio is packable enough to stuff in a jersey pocket.
Note: Castelli has a "Euro" slimmer fit. We suggest ordering at least one size larger than your normal US size.
How to Measure:
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape a bit loose.
Measure around the fullest part of your body at the top of your legs.
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Definitely a great looking vest and a solid windstopper. I've had no issues with the material or zippers either and have been using this vest 2-3 times a week for the last couple of months. (I live in SF, it's always cool here.) The side zippers are a nice touch. But like tom5024396 mentions there are two key drawbacks: 1) Without ventilation you really do sweat in this vest. You can open the side zippers for a little help but not much. 2) I found the sizing to be off as well. I wear a large in Castelli jerseys which fit great but this vest (in large) is cut a little big so there's some flapping in the shoulders on descents.
This thing is great. It's saved me on many night rides and brisk morning rides, but best of all it blocks wind like a linebacker taking on your grandmother.
I didn't know it had zippers on the side until I found them on my 2nd ride and I lost it! Now I can snap my iphone out to take some great photos, answer phone calls, or snag a gu energy pack without fiddling with my vest too much.
Perfect fit!!! Always order xxxl in Castelli tops and NEVER had a sizing issue. Quality is right on with no issues with the fabric or the ZIPPER!!! Great look and great price. Got to love Castelli go to love Real Cyclist even more !!!
I would have never paid full price for this vest, but at sale and/or Bonktown prices, it's a great deal. The vest does its job blocking wind and providing that little bit of extra warmth without weighing you down. When you done using it, it folds up small enough to fit in a jersey pocket. Plus, in typical Castelli style, it looks pretty sweet!
For $36 this is a decent and attractive wind vest but the MSRP is surely a joke, as is Castelli's inconsistent sizing. The material is windproof but cheap and you should be under no illusions that it is breathable - after a hard ride you will build up plenty of sweat inside. Based on my experience with Castelli jerseys I ordered a L (I am 6' but very skinny around the chest) and the vest came up far longer and wider than expected. As usual Castelli have used a cheap and unreliable zip, too. That said, it does keep the wind off, looks good, and adds versatility to your existing cycling clothes.
Probably to late, but go XL...I'm about the same size (6"1" with 44 chest, 180 pound in the winter) and with my extra winter weight, a base layer, and a thermal jersey, the XXL still serves as a parachute. I need to exchange while there's still time. For anyone else reading this, I'm consistently a XXL in all Castelli clothing...jerseys and bibs. But, for this vest (which was a great price for a super-light but not-so breathable wind-blocking vest), size down from your usual Castelli size. I must say, though, that RealCyclist makes correcting these sizing errors easier than any other company I've dealt with...if you've lost the original return shipping label just print the return label that is available in your order history, and drop it at a UPS shipping location. Thanks, RC!
The Bormio Vest is a great addition to your chilly rides. It does a great job of blocking the wind, and completely unzips when the temperature rises. And when it gets really hot, stows nicely in the back pocket. The armpits lack a significant amount of elastic, but the bottom hugs the waist securely. I'm 5'5", 142, 37.5" chest, 29" waist...and purchased a medium. A small would have been a great fit by itself, but would not have allowed for much layering. Best clothing addition of the year, for me.
I've always been reluctant to buy Castelli gear due to their sizing issue. After chatting with the online person I went for it and have been very pleased, I love the soft shell, nice racer cut, and no flapping in the wind. I'm 5'6" with 37.5" chest and bought a Medium.
I won't buy 2 of the same thing, but now I'm looking for another that will meet the standard I have set with this jacket. If you're reading this, and are looking for a great vest, don't hesitate. You won't regret it.