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Fending off winter's worst.

In the realm of cycling, there isn't another season where deliberate apparel choices are more important than in the winter months. Balancing the seemingly contrasting demands of warmth and breathability is especially challenging when the temperatures dip below freezing, but the Castelli Elemento 7x(Air) jacket accomplishes this task admirably. By blending air permeable 7x(Air) fabric with panels of the windproof WindShear material, Castelli has achieved an optimum balance of protection and ventilation. And with the stretch fabric panels, the Elemento achieves a degree of comfort that's rarely seen in jackets with such a slim fit. Your winter training rides just got considerably more comfortable.

Arguably, the most intriguing storyline with the Elemento jacket is its blend of fabrics. After all, without thoughtful venting and remarkable stretch, achieving this degree of comfort with the race fit simply wouldn't be possible. The 7x(Air) portion of the name belies the 7x(Air) fabric, which of course, is a Castelli exclusive. It's so named because it's seven times more air permeable than the WindStopper fabric that's found in Castelli's other cold-weather jackets, yet just as warm. Accordingly, it's employed in about 50% of the jacket, in areas that require the greatest degree of heat evacuation, like the underarms. The rest of the jacket, specifically the chest and back panels, are built from Castelli's WindShear material. Both materials are built to stretch, enabling a slim, flap-free fit.

As previously mentioned, the Elemento's slim fit is noteworthy, not only for its aerodynamic properties, but for its insulation and comfort as well. Obviously, minimizing any unneeded material in the pursuit of a quiet ride pays dividends when turning every last watt of your energy into forward momentum. But, by reducing bulk, the amount of dead space in between your core and the jacket is minimized, which allows your body to efficiently retain heat. And since the cut is backed by one of the most impressive pedigrees in cycling, you can forget about any bunching, binding, and really anything other than pure comfort in the saddle.

The fit and materials alone more than justify the Elemento's status as a recent favorite, but the details only help in this regard. There are three pockets at the small of the back, and the fit ensures that the contents of your pockets stay put. There's a small zippered pocket out back for your keys and wallet, as well as a zippered chest pocket. The Thermoflex collar fits flush against your neck, and it's fleece lined for added warmth. Additionally, it folds out for greater protection against harsh winter winds. The cuffs on the sleeves are elastic, and they have zippers which both enable an easy fit over gloves, and allow for extra airflow if you start to overheat. And as you'd expect, there's reflective details throughout to help improve your visibility to motorists in low-light conditions. In other words, it's everything that you've ever wanted in a cold weather riding jacket, period.

The Castelli Elemento 7x(Air) Jacket is available in five sizes from Small to XX-Large and in the colors Black, Green Fluo/black, and Stone/white.

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Tech Specs

7x(Air), WindShear
Fabric Waterproof Rating:
Fabric Breathability Rating:
highly breathable
not taped
full-length front zipper, underarm
Windproof Rating:
3 back, 1 zippered back, 1 zippered chest
Recommended Use:
winter cycling and racing
Manufacturer Warranty:
30 days

Size chart


Men's Apparel
 Small Medium Large X-Large 2X-Large 3X-Large
Chest  35.5 - 37in
(90.2 - 94.0cm)
37 - 38.5in
(94.0 - 97.8cm)
39 - 41in
(99.1 - 104.1cm)
41 - 43in
(104.1 - 109.2cm)
43 - 45in
(109.2 - 114.3cm)
45 - 47in
(114.3 - 119.4cm)
Waist 29.5 - 31.5in
(74.9 - 80.0cm)
31 - 33in
(78.7 - 83.8cm)
33 - 35.5in
(83.8 - 90.2cm)
35.5 - 37.5in
(90.2 - 95.3cm)
38.5 - 40.5in
(97.8 - 102.9cm)
41 - 43in
(104.1 - 109.2cm)
Hips 36.5 - 38.5in
(92.7 - 97.8cm)
38 - 40in
(96.5 - 101.6cm)
40 - 42in
(101.6 - 106.7cm)
42 - 44in
(106.7 - 111.8cm)
44 - 46in
(111.8 - 116.8cm)
46 - 48in
(116.8 - 121.9cm)
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.
Using pants that fit well, measure the crotch seam to the bottom of the leg.

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Stop looking - perfect jacket

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Elemento is unlike any other winter jackets. Insulation and breathability are unmatched. At 24F and 15mph windchill, never above freezing during 8hrs riding and layering with Castelli Free Jersey plus Giordana Windscreen was comfortable, not cold, not sweaty. I used the Elemento up to 68F with cold wind and layered only the Giordana Windscreen (which I also highly recommend - any other fleecy Lycra BL and the Elemento will not perform as the sweat is not transported - so be aware of an adequate technical BL!). Unzipping the jacket was fresh. As soon as the Windshear material made contact with the BL, the feel was cozy and warm. Working out hard on climbs with sweat building up I quickly forgot this otherwise dump and wet feeling as the Windshear evaporates any excess moisture instantly. Outstanding performance! I'm 5'11" / 170lbs / 40" shoulders. Large fits snug. The Elemento has to fit close to avoid any free space between the jacket and BL. I own Espresso2, Mortirolo2, Gore, Santini, DeMarchi but the Elemento beats all these jackets by far. My 2nd Winter with the Elemento in Neon and I will get the blue one, too.

Avg. ride time: 5h 53m per week
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As Good As Advertised

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Finally got to give the Elemental its first real gauntlet of winter trial this past weekend. The 9am Saturday morning ride found itself not so comfortably enshrouded by a sunny 25 degree start. Through the entire 3 hour ride the temps would just barely hit the freezing mark. Not once did I even questions whether or not I had donned the proper gear (save for that of my fingers!) With just a bontrager long-sleeved, hooded baselayer underneath, the Castelli Elemental was an undisputable rock star. It doesn't seem like a garment that should withstand the wind upon first inspection, but even when encountering gusts 15+ mph during the ride, I never felt like I needed additional wind protection up front. The zippered wrist cuffs ensure that your gloves are snugged up, depending on how you prefer them. Even when warming up a bit when climbing the jacket never felt like it was too much; never wanting to slide into that uncomfortable sauna suit realm that some jackets are prone to creating. This garment breathes incredibly well, yet retains the perfect balance of heat. Was fortunate to grab this on-sale here, and it was worth every penny. Though I normally wear a Large in Castelli jerseys, I did opt for the XL in the Elemental based on reviews and that advice was spot on. I measure in at 5'11" and about 160 to give a reference. 5 Stars all the way!

The new standard in winter cycling

    The wizards at Castelli have delivered another exceptional piece of winter cycling kit, by no means inexpensive, but one that sets a new standard. First, size. The reviews suggested that the Elemento 7x(Air) runs smaller than other Castelli gear, so I sized up to an XL. I am 5'11", 170 lbs, 32" waist, 40" chest, and I always wear a Castelli L, except for gloves and shoe covers. Mistake. I had to return the XL for an L. The L fits like a glove, a "close to body aero fit" that is entirely comfortable -- believe the narrative that says, "with the stretch fabric panels, the Elemento achieves a degree of comfort that's rarely seen in jackets with such a slim fit." Second, performance. Compared to my Gore winter windstopper soft shell and the Castelli Espresso 3 (windstopper x-fast), I found the Elemento far lighter and more comfortable, with none of the bunching that the other jackets exhibited. In fact, it was so light and airy, I doubted its ability to keep me warm. But after a one hour high intensity lunch time ride with temps in the 22-25F range, I became a believer. This jacket is simply amazing. Underneath I was wearing a very thin, tight-fitting technical short sleeve base layer; then the Castelli Flanders Warm long sleeve base layer (another fantastic garment); and finally the Castelli Fawesome vest. I also had on the Castelli Sorpasso wind bib tights, Castelli Estremo gloves and shoe covers, and the Louis Garneau Matrix balaclava. The only insulation on my arms was the Flanders base layer and the Elemento jacket, and my arms were perfectly warm. I was the most comfortable I have ever been on a winter ride - and I perspire heavily - believe the marketing pitch about the "optimum balance of protection and ventilation" - it really is true. Finally, price. OK, it is ridiculously high. But it is no more expensive than a good ski jacket, and it is fantastic value -- you will pay dearly for the Elemento, but you will not regret it.


    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small

    I take a large in Castelli long and short sleeve jerseys and baselayers. I tried another Castelli jacket, the Confronto, which was almost too big in medium, so I was surprised to find the Elemento much too small in large. It's a sharp looking jacket, in fluo green, but the sizing is way off. If you want to try it buy one size up from what Castelli's size chart recommends based on chest measurement. Could be a 5 star jacket, never had chance to find out.

    Does not fit like Castelli Espresso DUE

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small

    Just received the jacket today.

    1. Color - I was expecting bright, as in my "Highlight Yellow" Giro Pneumo or my "Fluorescent Yellow" Sidi Drako. But this one is TRULY, REALLY loud. But I don't mind, after all, it is a winter jacket and my expected use for it is when the weather is cold, clammy, dreary, days not as bright, typical winter stuff . . . so bright is good.

    2. Design - will never get a chance to know if all the hype about 7x Air Windshear panel execution really works, but it looks great, well thought out, and well constructed garment. The 3 open rear, 1 zippered rear, and 1 zippered front pockets are great. All winter jackets should have this many pockets.

    3. Fit - however, this is where this jacket fails. My vantage point of comparison are 2 (1-red, 1-white) Espresso Due that I had purchased late last year and early this year from Backcountry. I am 5' 4" 140lbs 37" chest. My MD Espresso Due's fit like they were tailor-made for me. Absolutely perfect fit in all aspects (shoulders, chest, armpits, sleeves, waist, front/rear length). But this Elemento in MD is way too tight. I did some basic measurements to compare with my Espresso. Armpit-to-armpit is 18" (Elemento) and 20.5"(Espresso). Sleeve length is 2" shorter on Elemento. Shoulder width is identical. Front/rear length is identical. I thought about exchanging for a LG size to rectify the chest size and sleeve length issue, however considering it is identical in length with the Espresso, I am afraid a LG would make the front/rear length too long. I have no choice but to return it.

    Too bad - I would have enjoyed blinding my riding buddies with this jacket had it fit like the Espresso Due.

    Unanswered Question

    How does this jacket compare to the Espresso...

    How does this jacket compare to the Espresso Due? Warmer, drier, better? Similar?

    Protection from the cold.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Most softshell jackets do a great job of keeping the core warm, but breathability usually suffers. Castelli nailed it with Elemento; it keeps my core warm in cold, dry conditions, and it also breathes better than any other softshell I've tried. This continues to be my go-to for late fall and winter riding.

    Pretty impressive performance

    • Fit: Runs small

    This Jacket is significantly drier than anything else I have worn. I ride extensively though out the entire winter in southern Ontario usually at a petty hard intensity.

    Usually I commute and train 5 or more days a week. I have worn it on at least seven rides over 2 � hours long at below freezing temps. On one ride it was 14 F (-10 C) I needed to add a vest. You feel dryer which means you feel warmer. Even after a 2 hour hard effort when I use to be wet and starting to get cold, I still feel comfortable. I have worn the Assos fuguJack Jacket for last 3 winters; I tend to get too much moisture built up when training hard compared to my Castelli Elemento jacket.

    I thought this would be good alternate Jacket for above freezing temps but, I found with had efforts I find it works down to around 25 F (-4 C). Great comfortable fit very stretchy.

    Lots of breathability, and warmth, for hard efforts, feels much drier than anything else.