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Perfect size for the essentials! Just what I was looking for. You can even stick it in your jersey pocket. Holds my credit card, some cash, Pedros Tire Lever, Spare tube, Air Cartridge and Adapter. There is still a little room left.
I am not sure how one reviewer lost the bag. the velcro is very secure.
I have used the jacket two times now. The first day I climbed with it 4600 feet in temperatures ranging from 34 degrees to 56 degrees. The second time was a ride in 32 degree weather with strong winds. Colorado with a humidity of 36%.
During the ride at 32 degrees, the jacket was amazing. I only wore the Alpha without Base Layer. The first part of the ride was downhill. Even with windchill into the 20's, I was toasty warm. At high effort, going level, temp about 38 degrees, I just unzipped a few inches and the temp inside the jacket was great.
On the hill climbing where it was getting into the 50's at times, I was getting a little hot. I had to unzip the outer layer completely and the inner one partially. The problem area was the sleeves. They are also wind proof and it got fairly sweaty in there.
The inner "jacket" looked really short when I tried it on standing up, but while riding it lays perfectly. Great design.
I have not tested it in rain or snow but I put it under the faucet with water running on it and it beats right off. (see video below)
Excellent quality construction and materials!
Great for temps into the 20's and up to the 50's
(Although if it stays over 45 degrees, I would use the Castelli Trasparent Due Jacket. Sleeves and back are not wind proof)
Collar is great and not too binding
The "Raw Edge" at the sleeves and bottom are AWESOME. The jacket does not ride up and stays in place
Front pocket holds iPhone perfectly
Materials are so soft, you can barely feel the jacket when wearing it. Definitively feels more like a jersey.
Seems to be very water resistant.
- Price (But well worth it)
- When unzipped a bit, the collar will lay on shoulder and make constant rubbing sound. A couple velcro tabs to hold the collar in place would have been great. This is a minor annoyance.
I'm 6 feet tall, 160 lbs. Large fits great.
Used the gloves for a few 100 miles. The gloves are made from a nice material. I have used PI and Castelli gloves Size Large and they fit well. These gloves in the Large were almost too small. I really like them but unfortunately I am getting blisters on both of my palms between the two pads. It might be from the stitching on the inside. If it wasn't for that, I would rate them 5 Stars.
I have a lot of Castelli cycling gear and everything has held up great. I purchased these gloves expecting the same quality. I wore the gloves on a couple rides and the stitching started coming apart at the palm area. I called BC and they replaced the gloves with a second pair. I went on a ride with the second pair and my palms started hurting after a couple hours. I checked the gloves and discovered that the palm pads were sown wrong and so the inserts were bunching up inside. I ended up returning pair number 2 as well and choosing a glove from a different company. BTW, the first pair was Made in China, the second one if I remember right was made in El Salvador.
Very disappointed in Castelli with these gloves. If this was my first Castelli purchase I would not buy from them again.
The gloves WOULD BE VERY NICE if they held up and were made right. They are very soft and comfortable.
Tried these out one time. After 20 minutes, my nipples were killing me. The straps on these shorts were too short and narrow for me. The straps ended up settling on the sides of my nipples and during riding kept sawing on the side of them. Tried multiple times to reposition them without luck. Definitively prefer the Castelli straps. I'm 6 feet tall and 160 lbs. I had a size XL. On a positive note, the pad was very comfortable.
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.
UPDATE: I have used this numerous times now and it has become my go-to jersey when it's too cold for a short sleeve jersey. From the 30's all the way to the 50's, this jersey is very comfortable. If it gets too hot, just unzip the front. I have also washed the jersey several times and it is holding up great.
I tried the Craft booties before these and my toes were freezing. I went out in 37 degrees with these on my feet and stayed nice and warm. They are easy to put on and off and look great. They seem to be high quality.
Nice gloves but do not order by the size chart on BC. My finger to palm measures 7.5 inches, indicating I need a Medium. Those were way too small. I ordered the Large and it fits but is still tight. No room left in the finger tips.
The glove is wind proof. I have only ridden with it in 40 degrees and my hands were warm.