CASTELLI WOMEN'S JERSEYS - LONG SLEEVE
There aren't too many brands that mix function with form as well as Castelli. With the Castelli Women's Trasparente Full Zip Long Sleeve Jersey, you can count on having all the necessary coverage from the wind and cold, while still feeling sleek and elegant enough to be able to face your other lady friends in the street should they unexpectedly pull up next to you at a stoplight in their soccer-mom-SUVs.
As part of the Rosso Corsa top line gear, the Women's Trasparente Jersey is among the jewels in the Castelli crown. Castelli uses their X-Lite stretch Windstopper fabric for the front panels, forearms, and over the tops of the shoulders. This specific placement makes the jersey effectively wind resistant without inhibiting your freedom of movement. The X-Lite incarnation of the Windstopper fabric has great horizontal stretch, giving you ample room to move if you need to reach back to your pockets, or find yourself raising your arms in a victory salute. The same built-in membrane in the X-Lite that makes it windproof also makes it water resistant enough to quell worries of road spray or light rain penetrating the jacket and cooling off your core. The interior of the fabric has a nice layer of brushed poly to make it feel snug and warm. The fleecy inner surface also helps its fantastic wicking capabilities. And since the X-Lite has upwards of ten times the breathability of other wind protection fabrics, the Trasparente works to keep your perspiration from building up and cooling you off.
The contrasting panel that covers most of the back and part of the forearm is made from what Castelli calls their Warmer Fabric. It's a mega plush, fleecy fabric that offers thermal insulation and moisture management. It also provides for a one-way, horizontal stretch which is important when you have your three rear pockets loaded, but nevertheless you want them to stay rock solid and centered on your back. Castelli made certain to include a generous 3.5cm elastic, logoed stabilizer below the pockets and extending around the back half of the jersey. This helps keep the bottom hem of the Trasparente Jersey in place, even if you have your pockets unevenly loaded.
At the other end, the collar gets equal attention paid to it: Castelli made it high and with an ergonomic cut. Using both the Warmer and the X-Lite Windstopper fabrics, this collar has been created to give the back of your neck the greatest protection from the elements -- though Castelli has been careful to add in a slight notch at the very center back of the collar to accommodate your neck while in the riding position and prevent the fabric from bunching up unnecessarily. As the collar wraps around to the front of the neck, it gets progressively lower, going from a height of about 9cm in back to 7cm in the front. X-Lite Windstopper protects the front of your neck from the full-on wind you'll doubtless encounter. The YKK zipper has an oversized, rubberized plastic zipper pull so you'll be able to adjust it even while wearing winter gloves.
Half-moon Scotchlite reflective material on the front and back of the shoulders will keep you visible in the winter gloom and mist. The Castelli Women's Trasparente Full Zip Long Sleeve Jersey comes in Black/black, Cyan/white, and White/black. It is available in X-Small through X-Large.