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Description

Elementory, my dear Watson.

In warm weather, you can throw on any old jersey and hit the road, confident that you'll stay warm and happy. Winter makes things a little tricker. You want to be warm, but not sweat, because sweat will quickly turn to ice, and you want to layer up, but you don't want to look and feel like a marshmallow man. It's a damn near intractable problem, but Castelli's Elemento 2 7x(AIR) Men's Jacket offers up an elegant, slim-fitting solution.

It manages to balance weight, flexibility, breathability, and warmth, thanks primarily to Castelli's 7x(AIR) fabric. Quilted for warmth and naturally moisture wicking, 7x(AIR) traps heat against your skin while letting moisture move away, so you stay warm and dry even when conditions are at their toughest. To stop cold gusts from sapping your warmth, Castelli integrated WindShear wind-blocking inserts at the front, back, and triceps, and lined the body and collar of the Elemento with lightweight microfleece for extra insulation.

Materials are only half of the equation, though. Cut is also essential, and the Elemento has a slim, aerodynamically-minded fit that's not only fast but efficient, as it allows moisture to quickly transfer to the jacket's surface for easy evaporation while minimizing the space between your core and the insulation for additional warmth. It also moves with you, so you never feel restricted when stretched out on the bars for long winter base miles.

The articulated collar wraps comfortably around your neck in every position, and works with the raw-edge cuffs and dropped rear hem to seal out drafts without causing irritation. The Elemento also has three drop-in back pockets and reflective details for storage and visibility, respectively.

Tech Specs

Material:
[arms, center front, lower back] 7x(Air), [upper back, chest] WindShear
Fit:
slim
Length:
hip
Pockets:
3 rear, 1 zip chest
Hood:
no
Thumbholes:
no
Reflective:
yes
Claimed Weight:
[size large] 545 g
Recommended Use:
cold-weather cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Size Chart

Castelli

Men's Apparel
 SMLXLXXL3XL
Chest 36.2in
(92cm)
37.8in
(96cm)
39.4in
(100cm)
41.3in
(105cm)
43.3in
(110cm)
45.3in
(115cm)
Waist 31.5in
(80cm)
33.1in
(84cm)
34.6in
(88cm)
36.6in
(93cm)
38.6in
(98cm)
40.6in
(103cm)
Hip 37in
(94cm)
38.6in
(98cm)
40.2in
(102cm)
42.1in
(107cm)
44.1in
(112cm)
46.1in
(117cm)
Inseam 31.9in
(81cm)
32.3in
(82cm)
32.7in
(83cm)
33.1in
(84cm)
33.5in
(85cm)
33.9in
(86cm)
How to Measure:
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Chest:
Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
Waist:
Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape a bit loose.
Hip:
Measure around the fullest part of your body at the top of your legs.
Inseam:
Using pants that fit well, measure the crotch seam to the bottom of the leg.

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This jacket does it all

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

I've ridden thru a varied range of temperatures and have nothing but great things to say. Yes. I've had some problems with Castelli gear. Yes. CC has always made good by their policies. But this jacket has seen it's way to make me a faithful Castelli fan. It's comfortable. In 6' and 168. Medium is perfect. Too hot. Unzip. The inner jersey like layer is comfy. Still too hot? Unzip that layer or open the pocket. Too cold? A wool base layer complements this snug , but flexible jacket. I've even wore this in snow and stayed mostly dry. This is a great all rounder in my opinion. Pair it up with Soprasso bibs. ;)

Great jacket

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

Very comfortable, looks great, fits perfectly.

On fit: I usually wear XL is Castelli tops (Gabba SS/LS), but the L fits perfectly. I initially ordered the XL but found that it was too baggy in the chest and way too wide around the neck. Luckily, the L is perfect. Snug like a good jersey, but not tight. For reference, I'm 6' 2" 165, 40' chest, 33' waist. Typically wear 16 34/35 shirts. Sometimes Castelli L doesn't have long enough arms for me (Sensa 2), but the 7x(AIR) fits perfectly.

Castelli sizing can be tricky but I am glad you tracked down the right size for you in the Elemento 2 7x(AIR). It should serve you well for some fall riding.

Very good with one drawback

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small

I agree with positives set forth in the other reviews here. TRUE, this one does fit snug even by Castelli standards. From my perspective that close fit is very good in itself; I find that given my hard to fit v-shape, I'm willing to deal with a jacket being a tad restrictive in the shoulders in order to have a good close fit in the waist. My experience in winter cycling is that snug = warm whereas a relaxed fit lets cold in. Anyway, the one gripe worth passing on is that the rear pockets are just poorly made. The attachment points dividing the three pockets actually started to tear the FIRST time I wore the thing and I'm not particularly hard on my stuff - didn't overload the pockets. Castelli's one flaw generally is that the quality control sometimes fails. I wear it as a mid layer in Midwest cold and it works very well. Anyway, it's a fine piece although the retail number of 4 bills is unjustifiable in my opinion. Get it on sale! (and consider the pockets usable for small stuff only say, a wallet or a Bonk Breaker.)

Sublime

  • Fit: True to size

The $400 Elemento 2 jacket from Castelli merits a thorough review.

Application: This top-of-the-line Rosso Corsa jacket from Castelli was designed for fast riding and climbing in cold, DRY conditions. Castelli officially rates it for use from 53° down to 32°.

Temperature sensitivity is individual. So, 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) 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.
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Note: Due to the emphasis on venting sweat during high output riding, this jacket is not for riding in the rain. If it's sketchy out, take along a seam-taped, dedicated rain cape (like Castelli's Superleggera).

Great serious winter jacket

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Medium

I use this jacket when it's below 35 degrees. Warm, but not sweaty, and vents well. Will keep you warm if it gets moderately wet. Zippers on cuffs allow easy on and off. Fit is standard Castelli, i.e., close and with no extra material. Stylish, moto GP look.

Great Jacket, BREATHES!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: large

Gr8 jacket. Breathes really well. Used twice in 45-50 degree dry weather with base layer. Kept me really warm without overheating. Most breathable biking jacket I have experienced.
I got the large, I am 5'11'', 178lbs, 33 inch waist, 40 inch chest. Fits snug, race style. XL was too large by chest. I would strongly recommend if you are riding in 35-50 degree dry weather.

Amazing

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Reviewed the incredible alpha jacket last year which is a solid rain proof, up to low 30s performer- wore that alpha in all conditions - it works best in a tight fit and layering is limited to one thin garment. This winter I bought the Elemento and although it was a mild winter (east coast USA) I wore this in all cold dry conditions, below 32F to 60F. I also bought it one size larger than my alpha as I wanted to layer. Result was sleeves were a bit 2 long & on those 50F degree days it felt large with 1 layer but never flapped- for what I wanted I was pleased but a large might have worked for a tighter fit- But less layering & this is a winter piece. Anyway, This jacket excelled, I mean blew my mind. However, Below freezing several things happen because it does breath so well. If you wear a wind stopper undershirt or a shelled/nylon/neoprene base layer (anything that acts like a vapor barrier= clammy- holds sweat) the super cold, sub freezing air will chill you. If it's wool or polypro or breaths well- you can push this into the high 20s but you better be pushing your BPMs. The other "odd" sensation is for that first 10 min, in cold conditions, you will be chilled- more than usual- (at first I almost headed back for another layer) but as soon as you get your HR and legs going this garment is completely dialed in. This jacket is simply the best sub 60 to 28F garment out there and I mean up hills or down. Remember it does have a second built in layer so if you decide to wear 2 layers- it's really three. Not as light weight as the alpha but just amazing performance. For those ice or rainy days take a super thin nylon light weight shell and it will keep you dry and warm.

I have an Expresso jacket (beautiful piece of work), but the arms are a bit short for me (6' 4" & 180lbs with a size XL).
Can anyone comment if the new Elemento has longer arms than the Expresso? And any related sizing comments? Thanks.

You are tall (6'4") with perfect BMI. I think with your height and arm length, the XXL may fit you best. Order an XXL and try it on. Return or exchange it if it's too big. CC has an easy, 30 day return policy (item with tags on, etc.).

D- I'm 6', 169 lbs, medium/large t shirt, 40 jacket- 151/2, 34 shirt and bought an XL because I wanted to layer this & go sub 32F. Sleeves felt a little long with one layer / ok with two

Update: The more I think about it, the XL may fit Austin above best.

Just right

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Medium

Fits tight but comfortable and warm