If you're looking for luxury and performance in a winter jacket, then the Castelli Espresso Due Jacket is the perfect choice. In designing the Espresso Due, Castelli paid attention to even the smallest details to create the ideal blend of performance, fit, and style.
It all starts with the Windstopper X-Fast fabric used extensively throughout the jacket. Made using high-tech circular interlocking polyester, Windstopper X-Fast provides total wind protection while allowing for excellent breathability. In short, it blocks the wind while letting your sweat evaporate, keeping you dry and warm. A soft, lofty microfleece lining is essential for the insulation it provides, and it adds serious comfort. The Windstopper's natural stretch characteristics and 50 Denier outer coverage make the Espresso Due abrasion resistant and durable.
The Espresso Due's breathability is further enhanced by the addition of two vertical zippers down the front of the jacket. Ever hit the summit of a long climb in cold weather only to freeze going down the other side? The Espresso's chest vents address this problem: simply unzip them while climbing to allow heat and moisture to escape, then close them while descending to once again block the wind and insulate your torso. As an added bonus, Castelli includes two more zippers extending up along the Espresso Due's wrists, offering yet another ventilation opportunity and allowing you to close the jacket around the cuffs of your gloves to create a tight, heat-protecting seal. Last but not least, a flip-up Thermoflex collar is soft and fleecy on the inside (for warmth and stretch), but treated with silicon on the outside to give the collar slight water repellency. And Thermoflex's natural elasticity enables the collar to form a snug seal around your neck to lock-in warmth while keeping out the elements.
Castelli also spent a lot of time dialing-in the Espresso Due's fit. The Windstopper X-Fast fabric provides 4-way stretch for easy movement, while Castelli's shoulder articulation system means the back of the jacket is separated from the arms around the back of the shoulder to eliminate pull. Here, a stretchy mesh insert provides the freedom you need. Lastly, the back hem of the Espresso Due is cut low, and an elastic band on the back will keep the jacket from riding up while you're bent over the bike.
The Espresso Due comes with three rear pockets for your riding essentials, plus it includes an internal MP3 player/phone pocket and a cable port for your headphones. Castelli's YKK camlock zipper stays flat when the zipper head is down, and rear reflective tabs improve visibility on gloomy, winter training rides.
Designed to keep you warm and comfortable down to 32 degrees Fahrenheit, the Castelli Espresso Due Jacket is available in three colors -- Black, Red, and White. It comes in six sizes from Small through XXX-Large. Like most Castelli clothing, the Espresso Due is designed to be form-fitting as the technical fabrics used to construct the jacket work best when in close contact with your body. Be sure to check the sizing chart to ensure proper fit.
cycling, training, racing
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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5-STARS ALL THE WAY! The best winter jacket I have purchased (I have Capo Dorato, Giordana Alta Gamma, Hincapie Windtex , Etxeondo Empro, Assos, Campagnolo Raytech Textran). Many superlatives used in previous reviews to describe this jacket, so just DITTO to all the reviews!
There are some things worth repeating - I am amazed at how well it dumps out excess heat and moisture. I am sure Windstopper-X does a great job of it, but I think the strategic venting has a lot to do with it. Today, I rode in 57 degrees with my UnderArmour ColdGear long sleeve base layer. Got a bit warm in the climbs and hard efforts, but unzipping the chest vents took care of it. Didn't even have to unzip the main zipper.
The rear shoulder vents and back pocket vents excel at constantly exhausting excess heat and moisture off the back. At first, I was worried these rear vents would create a problem with cold air infiltration on really cold days, but a few days ago, my ride started at 26 degrees with 14mph north winds. It was not even an issue even when the wind was directly on my back. When I am pushing hard efforts, I could literally feel the excess heat and moisture flowing up near my shoulder area. I am really sold on these vents.
I am 5' 4'', 29.5" waist, 145lbs winter weight, 130lbs summer/racing weight. I have a skinny upper body, not much muscle bulk, kinda typical distance rider or runners build. The Medium fits me like a glove. It is a race cut, athletic fit. So it fits very snug in the shoulder area, but the Windstopper-X has a bit of stretch, so more muscular riders should still be good (unless you have body builder guns or fat flabby arms).
Lastly, this is one HANDSOME jacket. Very understated, no big logos, but elegant (I bought the white/anthracite). I may not be an Italian Pro, but it feels very nice to be riding around in Pro-level gear. Don't let the high price of admission deter you, this jacket is worth every penny.
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I was a little worried that this jacket would be too warm for Southern California Winters (50s - 60s most of the time), but I have the say: This is awesome for me! I have to add, that I'm very skinny and get cold very easily, I usually ride in long sleve jerseys if it is in the 70s, since I'm rather too warm than too cold.
I took this jacket out for a test ride today on a sunny December day with temperature in the high 50s, low 60s (very windy) and was comfortable the entire time. I did have all 4 vents open the entire ride, which shows me, that I can wear this at lower temperatures. I was wearing just a short sleeve base layer, so if I want it warmer, I would go for a long sleeve base layer.
The vents are great, it has two vents at the arms and two vents in the front. It also has two permanent vents at the back of the shoulders, which can't be closed, they ventilate the back which is great. I was a little sweaty at the end of the ride, but not nearly as much as usual when wearing a wind breaker. I used to have a cheap wind breaker which resulted in me being soaked at the end of the ride, not much fun.
Bottom line: This jacket is awesome and worth every penny! It works for me for temperatures in the 40s (I'm assuming) to 60s which is what I'll be using it for. Now I can ride year round, which is great!
One negative is, that it bulges up on the front a bit. I'm usually a medium, but wear large for all my Castelli jerseys/jackets. It is tight enough otherwise, so I don't want to go a size smaller.
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I was looking to put together a kit that would keep me comfortable on those days that drop into the 30's and stay there. I chose the Espresso Due Jacket because of the very good performance I have gotten from Castelli products that use the Wind Stopper material. I have only used the Jacket twice and both times the average temperature was below freezing. Both rides were in the 3 hour range and I felt comfortable the whole time on both rides. The back of the jacket is constructed in a way that leaves a portion of the shoulder seams open. Also, the rear Pockets have mesh vents in them. I assume this is done for ventilation when the jacket is worn in warmer weather than I was riding in. The vents didn't make me cold, but I also wasn't sweating. There are also zippered vents in the front of the jacket. With the right base layer, I am sure this coat would keep you warm into the mid 20's. I paired this Jacket with the Polare Tights and have been very happy so far.
I've bought a handful of high-end winter jackets over the years. They've sufficed, but this jacket truly excels. Why?: . Superior fit; on me it's not too tight, not too billowy . So warm, especially with a base layer/membrane, yet the underarm zippers allow you to selectively emit exhaust, so it's also dryer inside, and no overheating on long ascents . Very wind resistant, the best I've ever had, while still somehow being breathable . Zippers to your wrist on both arms are also effective for correcting a typical freezing problem spot . Pockets are well cut -- nothing gets forced out . When fully zippered up to your neck, you almost don't need a balaclava in, say, ~32 degree weather . Looks rather good . I've used the iPod cable hole once or twice -- seems to do what it's supposed to . Washes up well enough on the delicate cycle, but make sure you don't wash it alone as when it's saturated with water, it will create a very unbalanced load; also takes quite a bit to drip dry
. I think the only additional thing I'd like on the garment is more/bigger reflectors . Well, and maybe something that somehow better covers your man parts
Note: I haven't ridden wearing the jacket in the rain/snow/sleet, so I can't comment on that.
Great Jacket. I've ridden in 29 degree weather with this jacket with only a light base layer. I've always been warm. I normally wear a large but in Castelli I always need an XL. Only complaint I have is that I wish Castelli made the sleeves a bit longer in all their long sleeve products
This jacket is great for very cold dry climates, when paired with base layer it is all I need down to 20 degrees. I sized up one from my US T-shirt size the fit is perfect with no extra fabric to annoy me.
Very Versatile piece for riding between the mid teens to 40's. Has great range and the fit detail is second to none. In life you get what you pay for. I say pay once and only once. Buy Castelli products you cannot be disappointed.
I have many cycling jackets from good manufactures such as Gore and Showerpass but this is by far the best cycling jacket I have owned. The jacket is well made and very very warm. I've used this jacket in conditions of 35 degree F up to 47 degree F with just a base layer. I could probably do without a base layer but want a layer to catch sweat. If you ride hard your back will sweat. There is just no getting around it. Even still, you stay warm. Venting is great. Front zip vents work great for just enough airflow that does not make you cold. They are a little hard to zip while riding but I manage to find them without crashing. The jacket's construction has shoulder vents that are open through the whole back. What Ii mean is, you can put your hand and arm in the shoulder vent and it will go through to the bottom of the jacket between the jacket liner and fleece. I first thought that, with the shoulder vents always open, I would get cold, but I did not. Overall I am sold on the Windstopper fabric. Windstopper takes the wild chill factor out of the ride equation. I feel zero wind on my upper body now when riding. This jacket is a tight fit by design. I am a skinny 6 foot 145 pound guy and I choose a large jacket. I could have fit in a medium but wanted a little room in case I wanted to put more than one layer under it for extreme cold conditions. I also have broad shoulders and I thought the medium would be too small in this area. The large fits perfect through the shoulders. I used to hate riding in the cold but now I dont mind and even choose to ride outside in the cold instead of using the indoor trainer. Hope this helps you decide. Have a great ride.
This is my first Castelli article ever. I slimmed down a bit from cycling the last 2 years and wanted something tighter fitting than my Gore Phantom jackets. Enter the Espresso Due.
The jacket is made from Gore's Windstopper membrane, albeit a different one than what Gore uses on its jackets. Castelli's is stretchier, allowing for a tighter fit that hugs, shapes, and moves with the body easily.
I am 5'7", 150lbs, 35" chest. Castelli's chart says I'm a small and that's what I went with. Fit like a glove! But this is the only jacket that I could go by Castelli's size chart. I've tried other Castelli jackets since this one, and I've had to size up and get a medium in those (Zoncolan).
This jacket is super warm. It is Windstopper everywhere, and medium pile fleece everywhere (by comparison, the Gore Xenon SO jacket is also windstopper everywhere, but only has a low pile fleece in strategic locations). The Castelli has lots of venting options though, 2 that are manually regulated by the rider (front chest and arm zips) and 2 that are not (shoulder vents, rear pocket vents.
Castelli rates the jacket 32F-50sF. I think they should subtract 5-10 degrees from either end. It's a fairly warm jacket and you will sweat quite a bit in it. But what's annoying is that if I have a lot of stuff in the rear pockets, I'll get some cold wind in the back, chilling my sweaty back. I've since learned to keep my back pockets lean with this jacket.
It's a great jacket, love the look and love the hand of the fabric. I think it has a lower temperature range than Castelli advertises because the jacket works so well, maybe too well, limiting its versatility (hence the -1 star).
I typically a skeptic with everything. And I read a few reviews on some other Castelli products that weren't all that great but I figured, This one looks good and the features are appealing so I'll give it a shot. I can honestly say, It was worth the money. Everything about it is quality, from the wind resistance, fleece lining, stitching, whatever... I rode all last winter in temps as low as the 20's and my upper body was nice and comfy. I Can't say the same for my feet though but I'm working on that.
As for the sizing, I am not the smallest guy. I'm not fat either. I wear a size 40R formal suit and large T shirts so I bought a large Jacket and It fits like a riding jacket should, Like it was tailored for me. No extra fabric flapping in the wind but not so tight I can't move. Bottom line, I would recommend this jacket to anyone.
I just bought this Castelli Espresso due jacket. Seriously well made for cold condition for below freezing point with a short sleeve base layer for me. I suggest you add a stainless steel key ring or cords on each side vent zippers so you can open them with winter gloves, same for wrist vent, especially when going uphill to avoid overheat. Fom me medium sized according to the chart was ok for close to body thorso fit, 6'-175lbs, large was to floppy. The trade off is having slightly shorter arm lenght but can be easely covered with decent pair of winter gloves. I suggest you wear a very good winter thermal/polar tight bib for temperature fit.