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Castelli Perfetto Light Jersey - Short Sleeve - Men's

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Less is more.

Before Castelli released the new men's Perfetto Light Jersey, shoulder seasons were just crap shoots. Sometimes the riding would be miserable, wet, and windy, and sometimes we would set out under overcast skies only to be betrayed by the forecast and find ourselves grossly overdressed, jersey pockets bulging with unnecessary warmers and wind vests while we spent the final hour of a ride in a miserable, clammy funk. And that's just something we had to deal with, because proper winter jackets and water-resistant shells were unbreathable, unwieldy affairs. Even with a Gabba, there was still a gap in conditions where we would have to choose between being over- or underdressed; however, the versatile Perfetto plugs that gap. It's a lightweight, more breathable option with the same weather-resistant qualities and aerodynamic fit that helped the Gabba conquer the cycling world.

For years now, Castelli's Gabba has been meeting demands that we didn't even know we had, and the Perfetto is the latest super jersey to extend — and immediately exceed — the breadth our expectations. It combines a windproof and water-resistant Windstopper 150 material on the front, shoulders, and sleeves with a water-resistant Nano Light back. The Perfetto's Windstopper panels aren't as intense as the Gabba's Windstopper X-Lite Plus (Castelli claims it's 25% lighter, protection-wise) and the Nano Light is insulation free, so the jersey more effectively covers those days in early spring or late fall when all-over windproof protection would simply be overkill but conditions definitely warrant something more than a tissue-paper climber's jersey.

Castelli recommends the Perfetto for warm or damp weather in 50-68 degrees Fahrenheit, but, in our experience, the jersey can easily ride into the 40s with proper layering. Take this with a grain of salt, though, as anyone familiar with our riding habits knows that we often find ourselves using Castelli kit at or below the Italian brand's suggested low temperature threshold — especially when the sun's out. As you can imagine, that usually makes kit like the Gabba less useful when conditions aren't as extreme; however, the Perfetto is the exception to this rule.

When it's slightly drizzly or overcast and windy in the low 60s, intervals in the Perfetto may result in some moments of overheating, but we find that its combination of light wind protection and the Nano Light back panel mean it's versatile enough for everything from base miles to sustained climbing in temperatures down to 50 and even the high 40s. Again, individual tastes will vary, but even the most cold-sensitive among us will wear the Perfetto with an insulating base layer into the 40s. A big part of this versatility is, of course, that the Perfetto's water-resistant materials cause road moisture and precipitation alike to bead up and slide off rather than soak through. Getting wet on a chilly day is often the real cause of feeling underdressed, so this one feature alone justifies clearing a hanger in our cycling wardrobe for the Perfetto.

  • A cycling jersey for racing in inclement conditions
  • GORE's Windstopper 150 is breathable, all-weather protection
  • Racing fit is cut to eliminate flapping material
  • Extended rear storm flap blocks wheel spray
  • Mesh panels provide draining for pockets
  • Reflective hem adds visibility in low-light conditions
  • Castelli's Perfetto protection refined for warmer temperatures

Tech Specs

[front, shoulders, sleeves] Windstopper 150, [back] Nano Light
3 rear
Recommended Use:
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Size chart


Men's Apparel
Chest 36.2in
Waist 31.5in
Hip 37in
Inseam 31.9in
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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Sizing issue and comparison to Gabba

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

I wear a large Gabba and consider that fit a 10 out of 10. Last year someone gifted me a large Perfetto, and it was extremely tight in the chest, short in the torso and uncomfortable to wear. Based on the other reviews I purchased an XL during CC's last sale. The chest tightness is gone, the torso/waist length shortness is gone and the fit is much better. There is a little bit of looseness in the shoulders in all riding positions, it's not a super tight race fit like the Gabba (edit days later: following the instructions, a warm gentle cycle wash took the aforementioned shoulder looseness away. Fits much nicer!). For the record I am a medium in Pearl Izumi, Sugoi, Gore.
As for the performance of Perfetto, wow, it's very good. Today's ride started at 42d F overcast and included sunny 58F and then it seesawed back and forth as I went from zone 1 to zone 3 with a head wind and then obviously a tailwind. Wearing a thin base layer the Perfetto didn't even blink. No unzipping, no vents needed. I am normally a "hot" rider (hey, ladies, calm down) and overheat quickly, but the Perfetto didn't wet out or overheat. I don't know if I'd pay MSRP, but at nearly half off it's a no brainer for me.

Great jersey but runs small

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

I had the Gabba in a size large but the Perfetto in the same size fits like a small medium. In large the arms were very tight and would be difficult to put on arm warmers and the chest was so tight you would not be able to but on a base layer. The X large fits like a normal Castelli large. I haven't used the XL jersey yet but is lighter and seems like it would breath better than the Gabba. On hard group rides the Gabba was way too hot and felt like wearing a wet suit so I will see how the Perfetto works out. I didn't find going to a larger size made the jersey too long

I have the XL now and fit is tight and a bit tight across the shoulders but when riding will go away like the Assos jackets i wear. Fit is not too long and seems a bit shorter than my Gabba jersey I had. Very happy with and will get a lot of use

Thank you Paul! I'm a large in Gabba and looking at the Perfetto sizing I was in between a L and XL. Hilarious how I'm an XL weighing 70kg. Your review saved me a lot of hassle returning.

Sir, you are no Gabba !

  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: large

I have the Gabba sleeved rain jersey and long sleeved jersey and love them. Perfect fit and my go-to pieces in their weather range. After reading the description, I figured that if the Perfetto is an improvement on the Gabba, I needed one. Wrong.
The "improved fit" is poor. At 5' 11", 32 waist, 40 chest, the Gabba size Large was perfect: snug but comfortable. Tailor made.
When I opened the Perfetto package, I was shocked by the size Large. While the waist was close in size, the chest was close to2 inches smaller than the Gabba, rendering it unusable. Of course, going to larger size would make it too long. Sticking with Gabba.

Avg. ride time: 1h 34m per week
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The only cold weather jersey I need

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

Living in San Jose, I don't expect much rain or freezing temperatures. Winter temperatures are fall temperatures for a lot of other places. Keeping that in mind, I decided to get the Perfetto.

My goodness is this thing awesome. The fit and fabric are perfect, the back lets out all the sweat during high intensity sessions, and the rain just rolls right off at high speeds.

My only gripe is that the pockets, while deep, are a little too restrictive. My other jerseys normally fit my phone without fuss, but the stretchiness of this jersey is so high that I have to shove it in. On the other hand, for a rain jersey, I probably shouldn't leave my phone in there...

I'll probably be wearing this for the rest of the fall/winter season, so maybe I'll update my experiences later.

Update 11/23/16: Several rainy experiences later, and I can say it does its job. No need to go buy a jacket or long sleeve jersey when my reliable arm warmers work perfectly with this thing. Keeps me warm to the 50s while still outputting tons of work. Just make sure you use a lighter base layer because while I feel comfortable in it, the sweat doesn't seem to dry fast enough in the heavier weight layers.

Breathable and versatile.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: XL

Blocks wind, wards against water, doesn't sit fat like most cold-weather kit. It also breathes a lot better than the Gabba because of its lighter Windstopper and the rear Nano panel. In fact, I'd argue that the Perfetto Light is a better option than the full-on Gabba because it gives you more versatility. For spring and fall riding, it works fine with a lightweight base layer; for temperatures in the 40s and high 30s, thermal base layers do the trick. If it's below 35, I'm usually inside drinking whiskey, so the Perfetto fits my seasonal cycling requirements well.

When considering my temperature recommendations, be warned that I do run kinda hot. To me, the long-sleeve Gabba is a winter jacket.

The name says it all

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

It is as perfect as anything in these cool spring morning and fall rides when a little drizzle can make you shiver, but when it is also too warm for a full on rain gear. I am sure you can use it for cold days with appropriate base layer.
Fit is what you would expect from a Castelli race Jersey, tight and form fitting. If you are not sure, go up a size. If you are planning to use it with base layer, go up a size.

Bridges The Gap

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I purchased this jersey to plug the gap between my Gabba Jersey and Convertible Jacket and basic riding kit jerseys. By not having to layer to block wind and below cool weather riding, the Perfetto fulfills this perfectly as the name implies. Since the Gabba fabric used in the Perfetto is less robust than other Gabba products and the back panel is made from Nano Light, moisture transfer is greatly increased during efforts and non-inclement weather. Fit is consistent with Castelli- close and snug with no excess materials to flap in the wind.