Trasparente Due Wind Long Sleeve Jersey $149.95
Item # CST2459
Jerseys over jackets
Like the Kung Fu masters harness the power of two blows into one, Castelli harnessed the power of a jacket into a jersey. The Trasparente Due Wind Long Sleeve Jersey is just as strong as wind jacket, but just as comfortable as your favorite summer-weight jersey. Combining lightweight, patented materials with an anatomic, cycling-specific fit, the Trasparente Due fights the wind and keeps you warm through the shoulder seasons.
Castelli's Trasparente Due Wind jersey is made from both the patented WindStopper X-Lite Plus and Warmer fabrics. As their names suggest, the materials work in concert to insulate and block wind. To shield you from the winter chills where they actually occur, Castelli placed the WindStopper material on the front of the jersey, or as Castelli refers to it, its lightest wind jacket ever. The front is 100% windproof, so you don't have to worry about rogue breezes blowing through the jersey. This, in tandem with the Warmer material on the back, provides a consistent internal temperature. Sure, the jersey is warm, but you don't need to worry about overheating or drowning in your own sweat. Both of the materials are highly breathable and possess excellent moisture transferring properties.
Should you need to dump heat on-the-fly, Castelli included a full-length, camlock zipper on the front of the jersey. And to secure the overall fit of the Trasparente, a multi-panel design has been incorporated with the added assistance of an elastic gripper at waist. Castelli also included three rear pockets and Napoleon zip-pocket to stow your ride essentials, and reflective accents have been placed throughout the jacket for heightened visibility in low-light conditions.
The Castelli Trasparente Due Wind Long Sleeve Jersey is available in six sizes from Small to XXX-Large and in the colors Anthracite/black/yellow fluorescent, Black, Red/black/white, and White/black/cyan.
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.
Measure from the center of your back to your wrist with arms held out.
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I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Took the Trasparente on the first ride today. Temp was 43 degrees. I was wearing a short sleeve jersey under this jersey. I was nice and toasty and I could not believe how warm this jersey is. The chest area is completely wind proof but there is a little bit of wind that gets in from the sleeves. I did like this on the uphill parts since it allowed for some cooling. The jersey appears to be good quality and there are a lot of details worked in. The back is nice and long. Front pocket fits an iPhone. I am 6 feet tall and 158 lbs and I am wearing a size Large. It is not skin tight but fairly close in some parts. With the other shirt underneath, I like the fit.
If I'm to compare my jersey and jacket wardrobe to a well-furnished knife block, the Transparente Due falls squarely into the realm of the 8" slicing knife. Every time I break it out, I wish for something a little heavier, a little lighter, a little more windproof, or a little less - which usually makes it perfect for almost everything.
Solidly aimed at the 35-65F temperature range, my joy with the Transparente is derived from being able to hit the top of a climb at full-tilt with it unzipped during a shoulder-season 50 degree day, and a quick zip up the windproof, insulated front makes for a toasty canyon descent so familiar on Utah rides. No fumbling with a wind jacket, no awkward no-handed parachuting down a grade at 35mph. Construction quality is on par with the likes of Giordana, and it's put up with a year of abuse on my end without complaint. The cut is a bit shorter and roomier than many Castelli pieces, I've found, but that makes it ideal for layering. The chest pocket is a convenient vent, and also makes for a nice safe spot to keep ID/phone/keys.
Of course, from time to time, Utah weather lies, and you break out the under 70 degree gear when really you should be wearing something designed for riding in Sub-Saharan Africa.
I won't rehash all the details of the jersey, but as you can see from the other reviews it is a very tempting idea to use the jersey as a jacket. But, really, if a proper windproof jacket is what you need then you might be better of with the Castelli Mortirolo. But this one I've worn by itself in 40 degree temps (on a clear but windy day) through the low 60s (albeit cloudy and in a soaking rain). Where I live a cyclist gets punished with wind on many days, so this is a essential item when the weather is raw. The thermal fabric in back and down the arms make the difference: they regulate temperature so well that I've never overheated. The windproofing is amazing and really helps take the edge off. As you can see from the picture, the jersey's a smart-looking thing. With a pair of Sorpasso tights or knickers, you'll look like you belong on a bike even if you can't figure out which part of your helmet goes in front.
Fit: Like with all Castelli gear, you will prosper if you size up. I have a 35" chest and noodle arms and a medium leaves very little fabric billowing around.
I bought this to serve as a fall/winter jacket more so than a jersey. Jackets always fit too loose and flappy. This fit on this piece is right on, it almost feels custom tailored. I'm considering buying a 2nd!
I wear this with just a short sleeve base in the low 50's, add a ss jersey in the low 40's, just a long sleeve base down to 30 and below 30 add a 2nd base. It's very versatile and warm, not hot. I can't see wearing this much above the mid 50s, but haven't tried, either.
The one thing I'd change is to make the full sleeve wind proof. The wind stopper material ends at the elbow. You can feel the cold air on the forearms, and on high speeds/ big descents you can feel the cold air rushing up the sleeves to your torso. Not terrible, but full wind stopper would be great.
Nice jersey. I was looking for wind protection in a long sleeve jersey that I could use as an outer layer for riding in NC. We have our cold days but nothing like those up north so I wanted something less than a jacket. This jersey would be perfect if I expected to go with a single base layer underneath. I'm 5'11", 160 and the large fit me real well. I ended up returning only because I wanted a little more space for another layer. Nice product and cut for those looking for slim sizing. I may end up owning one in the future as I expand the wardrobe.
This is a real nice jersey but fit just a little too snug for the layering I wanted to use. I decided to go with a similar Gore product that gave me a little extra room. It was a tough call though. I'm 5'11, 160lbs, size 39 jacket and this fit real well and would be perfect if you plan to use with only a single base layer. Note the Windstopper fabric appears to stop at the elbow so if you are looking for wind protection for your lower arms, you'll need some arm warmers to get the job done.
This is probably the weirdest review you've ever read. First, i loved this garment. Fit was fine, materials were fine, style awesome, etc. etc. Would like it if the wind proof material extended down the arms, but that's minor. Five stars if that..and this one has the zipper on the wrong side (european, I guess).
So why am I returning it? Because the entire back is black! I ordered the red, and love the look, from the front. After a 25 mile ride today in 48 degree overcast temps, I thought I had a good product. Then I looked at it when I took it off and saw the black back. I ride along a shady road, and in the low light of November on an overcast day, just though this did not stand out enough. When are jersey makers going to realize they need to focus on "visibility"??? White, yellow, red, I think you get my point. But black? Come on...and I know you will wonder, why did he wait until he wore it to notice that? Well, I was in hurry to get on the road and try this out because it looked so great out of the package!
After years of buying one moderate priced winter jersey after another and never being happy with the performance, figured it was time to spend more in hopes of getting more. You know those inbetween temps, for me it's the high 30's to mid 40's, when a jacket makes you overheat, forcing you to lower the zipper, as the wind fills you like a balloon. And a vest isn't quite enough. The Transparente Due Wind solved all those problems. I have worn this jersey with a sleeveless base as the temps climbed into the low 60's and never overheated. By modifying my base layer, this jersey works well for me right down to around 35*. The breathability is amazing judging by the fact that I seldom feel cold from the accumulation of sweat as I do when I wear a jacket....Castelli is quickly becoming my favorite cycle clothing.