Why We Like The Castelli Aria Shell Jacket
Castelli delivers with the updated Aria Shell Jacket — an all-day wind shell that makes you feel proud to battle the elements. Traditionally, weather shells and styling have shared a confusing, if not tumultuous relationship. Oversized and unsightly, the jackets of old flap about in the wind, and sport decidedly non-aerodynamic cavernous folds that make it seem like they are emergency donations from gracious road-side spectators. In the Aria you’ll find a supportive dance partner that protects and conforms regardless of how harshly the wind blows.
Sculpted perfectly to road-racing positions on the hoods and in the drops, the Aria’s mesh panels move with you and maintain a next-to-skin feel, keeping the wind deflected without flapping or increasing drag. The ultralight windproof woven microfiber on the front of the Aria is ideal for rides ranging from 50-65 degrees F, and also provides ease of compact, pocket-storing in case the ride eventually warms.
- Form-fitting training and racing windproof jacket for spring and fall road cycling
- Ultralight and packable microfiber folds into jersey pockets for stowing
- Mesh fabric along the sides and sleeves allows you to move comfortably
- Reflective paneling for low-light early-season training
- Item #CSTZ7AF
- [face fabric] windproof microfiber, [sides/sleeves] striped mesh
- spring, fall
- Center Back Length
- [medium] 27in
- side panel stuff pocket
- Claimed Weight
- [large] 3.5oz
- Manufacturer Warranty
- 1 year
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December 24, 2020
- I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Size Bought:
- 5' 11"
The fabrics work well together. The windproof material doesn't breathe (you can't push your breath through it), but the mesh sections vent excess heat and moisture well. Riding in 55-65 F with combination of sun and shade, I was able to keep the jacket on till I started climbing above 65, while wearing a light long-sleeve jersey with no baselayer. The zipper is excellent. Despite the gossamer construction the zipper doesn't snag. Unfortunately, it's not a double zipper, and there are no pockets or flaps to access jersey pockets. Tailoring is a little off. Medium Castelli tops fit me snugly, and this fit as expected across the chest and shoulders, and was good on the arms. But wearing a light long-sleeve jersey will cause the crease of the elbow to be tight. Not enough to cut off circulation, but enough to be a little concerned about popping a seam. Less an issue with a short-sleeve jersey. Castelli tops are always a little long in the torso for me, and this jacket even more so. I have to fold the front over so there isn't a large pouch of excess fabric at the belly. For rides in a somewhat narrow temperature range, I think this jacket is better than a comparable vest and/or arm warmers. Packs extremely small and light.
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