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5 5

fantastic for hot weather

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

This was my first Castelli purchase and everyone says to size up in Castelli clothing. To test this I bought a medium and a large in this jersey just to make sure. Well I should have saved myself the trouble and sized up like the masses say because they are correct. Instead of my usual medium in cycling clothing, I am a large in Castelli. Fortunately returns are easy with Backcountry. I?m 5?9?, 145 lbs. with skinny arms and a 36?-37? chest and the large fits good. It?s a fairly snug fit with a little bit of play in the stomach area. It?s a pro-cut jersey so it?s supposed to be tight. It?s not a skinsuit tight though. I probably could have crammed into a medium but it would been a little uncomfortable. Quality is top-notch and the fabric is super comfortable and very lightweight. It?s a hot weather jersey. I wear it during the hottest part of the summer here in SW Florida and it?s my coolest jersey. The extra zipper pocket is a nice bonus even though I?ll probably never use it and the sleeves grip nicely and are just the right length. My only complaint is that the Castelli logo/badge is annoying if you?re wearing shorts instead of bibshorts. The straps of my bibs line up to where the badge is so you don?t feel the logo. But if you?re wearing shorts you can feel the badge through the shirt and it?s itchy and uncomfortable. Because I love everything else about the jersey and because I got a good deal on it I kept it. You can remedy the logo/badge situation by putting a nickel-sized piece of athletic tape on the inside of the shirt when you wear it. Overall I?m very happy with this jersey and would buy another.