Castelli Pocket Liner Jacket $399.95
Exceptional chance favors the exceptionally prepared.
Wearing a rain jacket on a damp day's ride won't do you much good if you're soggy under the shell and it's either flapping around or even catching so much wind that you feel like a parachute is attached to your back. With the Castelli Pocket Liner Jacket , you won’t have to choose anymore between ending up wet from your sweat or wet from the rain and you'll enjoy a sleek, body-hugging fit that won't slow you down.
In close communication with the Cervelo Test Team first and then the Garmin-Cervelo team, Castelli refined the eVent fabric that it uses to such remarkable effect in the Pocket Liner Jacket. EVent is a waterproof fabric that keeps you dry in rainy conditions. However, unlike most waterproof materials that do not allow the body to breathe, the Pocket Liner Jacket's eVent membrane features millions of tiny pores that are small enough to block large water droplets but small enough to allow the water vapor that you're generating to escape. So next time you see David Millar in escape mode during a cold, rainy stage at the Giro, you'll know that he has a huge advantage over his competitors since he has the Pocket Liner Jacket in his arsenal of secret weapons.
If he – or you – are soloing away from the pack in the rain, the Pocket Liner Jacket offers an additional advantage since it has been designed with a close, unobtrusive fit in mind. To give other rain jackets their due, outer layers of this sort usually have to be pretty roomy in order to fit over multiple layers, especially if you are using them in the winter and are wearing your heavy winter riding kit. The Pocket Liner Jacket fits over winter layers yet also doesn't bag and sag when you have only your jersey on underneath because Castelli incorporated plissé stretch zones for a perfect fit without extra fabric. "Plissé" is just the French word for "pleated;" you’ll find a zone of pleated fabric running down either side of the back that can stretch or retract as you need more or less give to cover your kit.
As ever, the details are what lift Castelli item head and shoulders above any of its competition's offerings. Keeping in mind that we often get more wet from wheel spray than we do from the actual water falling from the sky, Castelli has added a storm-flap construction at the back of the jacket that seals around the waist, but also extends further along the bum to help protect against the water and grime kicked up by the wheels. The zipper garage has a hook-and-loop over-flap that increases the water and wind resistance of the zipper region. And if you find yourself getting pretty warm on a climb, but don’t want to take your jacket off because it is still raining cats and dogs, Castelli has provided welded ventilation zippers on the sides, so you can open them for full-on ventilation without having to strip down or open up the front zipper. Once you start your watery descent, and need all the rain and wind protection you can get, simply zip up these flaps and you’ll be able to focus all your attention on the road conditions. As with all fine raingear, all seams are taped to prevent water from slipping in.
With its super-thin fabric, the lightweight jacket can be easily stuffed into a back pocket to be taken along in case of rain, or removed again once the sun pokes through and the roads dry up. The Castelli Pocket Liner Jacket comes in Grey in sizes Small through XXX-Large.
- Rear storm-flap construction wraps to your waist, while blocking your back from wheel spray
- Zippered front features hook-and-loop flaps, aiding you in fastening the front of the jacket without having to stop at the summit and zip things up
|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.
Reviews & Community
JUST AS ADVERTISED!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
On a recent bike tour (TOSRV) in Ohio, we were pelted by a 4-inch rain storm, so intense it was a couple of hours before I could see straight. However, it gave me a real-world test, rather than some findings somewhere in a lab. As a result, I never got a drop of water on the inside, nor was my backside ever exposed. With my Capo rain boot covers, I was well prepared for these elements for the first time in 30-years! Expensive? Yes, but worth every penny!
At 6?4? and 180 pounds, the XL was perfect!
Awesome jacket and windproof too
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I've had my Castelli Pocket Liner Jacket for a couple of weeks now, and I'm thrilled with it. The waterproofing really is as good as everyone says. While it's not perfect - I got caught in a surprise hard storm yesterday and I did get somewhat wet through the jacket - I've stayed dry through rain that would have soaked me in my Gore Phantom soft shell.
One key feature that not too many other people are talking about is its windproofing. I think its windproofing may be better than its waterproofing. I've ridden in mid-40s (Fahrenheit) with just a short-sleeve jersey on under the Pocket Liner Jacket and I've been completely comfortable. This is a fantastic solution for bike commuting in the Pacific Northwest: wear your jacket over your jersey for your 45 degree ride in; fold up your jacket and stuff it in your jersey for your 85 degree ride home; or wear it both ways if it's raining.
As a quick note on sizing, the Pocket Liner Jacket runs very large (for Castelli anyway). For reference, I usually wear Large in Gore, which translates to XXL in Castelli. However, I got my Pocket Liner Jacket in XL and it's slightly big, definitely not a "race fit". This is not criticism, just something to be aware of. I do wish the rain flap in the back were a little longer, but this is a very minor criticism.
Again, it's a great jacket and a great purchase. Highly recommended!
Not sure what to expect
You read the reviews but until you actually try this jacket, you won't believe it. It seems all the product descriptions these days talk about breathability at the same time as being waterproof. Just rode two hours in a steady downpour today and this thing kept me dry and I never felt overheated once. I was wearing a long sleeve Craft base layer and a long sleeve Capo jersey so I was a bit worried I had too much on in the 40 degree weather once I started climbing but I was perfect. Now, if I can only wear an entire bodysuit out of this material to stay dry, that would be ideal!