Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of Castelli Elemento 2 7x(AIR) Jacket - Men's on January 19, 2017
The fantastic (dare I say unequalled?) $400 Elemento 2 jacket from Castelli merits a good review. The Castelli Elemento is THE benchmark winter jacket for riding at tempo in dry weather conditions.
Application: This top-of-the-line piece from Castelli was designed for hard riding and climbing in cold, dry conditions. Castelli officially rates it for use from 53° down to 32°.
Temperature sensitivity is individual, but I have found that I can use the Elemento down to around 30-28° F when riding hard and using a winter-weight baselayer (smartwool or Castelli Flanders Warm) plus a thermal jersey underneath.
Excellent insulation combined with the special Gore textile provides unsurpassed breathability. 7 x more breathable than regular Windstopper textile! This is Castelli at the top of their game.
Differences from the previous version are significant: (1) The alpha-like internal vest is signed for climbing. If you start getting too warm on a climb, you can undo the front zipper partially or fully to allow air in, as needed, while your chest will still be protected by the built-in thermal vest (and by the baselayer underneath the vest). Brilliant.
(2) Small but nice refinements to the collar, lower waist band, and the wrist -now raw cut to fit into your winter gloves. Love that.
Sizing: Usually size up +1 with Castelli jackets. However, in the Elemento your normal street size should work. It will be snug.
The Elemento is designed to fit snug and aero with the use of only a quality baselayer (and possibly a thermal jersey) underneath.
A fantastic piece of Winter kit for the serious cyclist.