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Gear Review

4 5

Super warm, maybe too warm!

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).