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Castelli Perfetto Light Jersey - Short Sleeve - Men's
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Description

Less is more.

When you commit to shoulder season riding, you know that just about anything can happen when you're out. You also know that riding with a backpack stuffed full of every kind of layer you could need is entirely impractical. Don't panic. Castelli's Perfetto Light Jersey answers prayers the world over for cyclists tired of shivering and sweating their way through springtime rides. Like its sibling, the Gabba, the Perfetto Light bridges the gap between jacket and jersey, but it does so using an insulation-free design and lighter-weight Windstopper panels for better versatility in a warmer range of conditions.

While you're pedaling earnestly under grey March skies, Windstopper 150 panels on the front, shoulders, and sleeves provide a safe haven from contentious spring gusts, and water-resistant Nano Light panels on the back of the jersey shield you from unexpected showers or wet roadsides. Rather than giving you all-out protection from anything, the Perfetto aims to shield you from certain spring elements and maintain breathability as you generate your own heat. Castelli recommends it for warm or damp weather in 50-68 degrees Fahrenehit, but with proper layering, it's a strong option well into the 40's as well.

  • A cycling jersey for racing in inclement conditions
  • GORE's Windstopper 150 is breathable, all-weather protection
  • Racing fit is cut to eliminate flapping material
  • Extended rear storm flap blocks wheel spray
  • Mesh panels provide draining for pockets
  • Reflective hem adds visibility in low-light conditions
  • Castelli's Perfetto protection refined for warmer temperatures

Tech Specs

Material:
[front, shoulders, sleeves] Windstopper 150, [back] Nano Light
Fit:
form-fitting
Zip:
full-length
Pockets:
3 rear
Reflective:
yes
Recommended Use:
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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Avg. ride time: 5h 47m per week
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Size Matters

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small

I ordered an XL based on reviews here and glad I did, a large which I normally buy in Casstelli, Assos, Gore and Pearl Izumi would have been way too tight. 6 foot tall, 39 inch chest, 34 inch waist, 175lbs and its a perfect race fit. It does breath well but blocks the wind also. Bought it for those cool rides when the weather looks iffy. I've got a couple rain jackets that don't seem to breath all that well so this will be exactly what I wanted if it does a good job of blocking the rain (I haven't had a chance to do test that yet).

Very good jersey, needs locking zipper

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I think this jersey is superb, and it works extremely well from about 50 to 70 F. It is comfortable, well made, and it looks great. The fabric is lighter and less bulky than the Gabba, so unless you are in truly inclement weather I would opt for this.

The only thing keeping it from five stars is that the zipper does not lock. It is a heavy gauge and if you unzip for ventilation it may not stay in one position. The snug fit encourages the zipper to walk. This is not a dealbreaker (I plan to buy this jersey again in a different color), but it is a disappointment in a jersey at this price point.

Sizing: I have an athletic build and fit a 42R suit. The XXL in Castelli fits snug. The XL is race tight.

Perfect for cool conditions (45-60 F)

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

Like it says on the package, this is a great all around jersey for cool weather riding. The windstopper front and the back are breathable enough that you will wear it happily on a ride that begins at 45F and finishes at 65, with a light base layer and arm warmers to start. Like a lot of Castellis it doesn't last all that well, but the one this is replacing was good for maybe 50 rides before stretch marks on the back became visible, and I still wear it.
I disagree with comments that it fits small; for a Castelli, it is on the money and matches the provided fit chart. The Medium Perfetto fits me properly snugly, like the Climbers 2.0, but unlike the Free Aero (too tight) or Meta and Scotto (too loose) -- all in the same size and with the same fit chart.

Abnormally Small Sizing

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 3XL

I bought 3XL and had to return; chest is smaller than 2XL Gabba Jerseys I have. I have 45 in chest and couldn't keep zipper closed unless it was up all the way; torso was very short to. Really sad they changed sizing that dramatically.

Sizing issue and comparison to Gabba

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

I wear a large Gabba and consider that fit a 10 out of 10. Last year someone gifted me a large Perfetto, and it was extremely tight in the chest, short in the torso and uncomfortable to wear. Based on the other reviews I purchased an XL during CC's last sale. The chest tightness is gone, the torso/waist length shortness is gone and the fit is much better. There is a little bit of looseness in the shoulders in all riding positions, it's not a super tight race fit like the Gabba (edit days later: following the instructions, a warm gentle cycle wash took the aforementioned shoulder looseness away. Fits much nicer!). For the record I am a medium in Pearl Izumi, Sugoi, Gore.
As for the performance of Perfetto, wow, it's very good. Today's ride started at 42d F overcast and included sunny 58F and then it seesawed back and forth as I went from zone 1 to zone 3 with a head wind and then obviously a tailwind. Wearing a thin base layer the Perfetto didn't even blink. No unzipping, no vents needed. I am normally a "hot" rider (hey, ladies, calm down) and overheat quickly, but the Perfetto didn't wet out or overheat. I don't know if I'd pay MSRP, but at nearly half off it's a no brainer for me.

Great jersey but runs small

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small

I had the Gabba in a size large but the Perfetto in the same size fits like a small medium. In large the arms were very tight and would be difficult to put on arm warmers and the chest was so tight you would not be able to but on a base layer. The X large fits like a normal Castelli large. I haven't used the XL jersey yet but is lighter and seems like it would breath better than the Gabba. On hard group rides the Gabba was way too hot and felt like wearing a wet suit so I will see how the Perfetto works out. I didn't find going to a larger size made the jersey too long

I have the XL now and fit is tight and a bit tight across the shoulders but when riding will go away like the Assos jackets i wear. Fit is not too long and seems a bit shorter than my Gabba jersey I had. Very happy with and will get a lot of use

Thank you Paul! I'm a large in Gabba and looking at the Perfetto sizing I was in between a L and XL. Hilarious how I'm an XL weighing 70kg. Your review saved me a lot of hassle returning.

Sir, you are no Gabba !

  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: large

I have the Gabba sleeved rain jersey and long sleeved jersey and love them. Perfect fit and my go-to pieces in their weather range. After reading the description, I figured that if the Perfetto is an improvement on the Gabba, I needed one. Wrong.
The "improved fit" is poor. At 5' 11", 32 waist, 40 chest, the Gabba size Large was perfect: snug but comfortable. Tailor made.
When I opened the Perfetto package, I was shocked by the size Large. While the waist was close in size, the chest was close to2 inches smaller than the Gabba, rendering it unusable. Of course, going to larger size would make it too long. Sticking with Gabba.

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The only cold weather jersey I need

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

Living in San Jose, I don't expect much rain or freezing temperatures. Winter temperatures are fall temperatures for a lot of other places. Keeping that in mind, I decided to get the Perfetto.

My goodness is this thing awesome. The fit and fabric are perfect, the back lets out all the sweat during high intensity sessions, and the rain just rolls right off at high speeds.

My only gripe is that the pockets, while deep, are a little too restrictive. My other jerseys normally fit my phone without fuss, but the stretchiness of this jersey is so high that I have to shove it in. On the other hand, for a rain jersey, I probably shouldn't leave my phone in there...

I'll probably be wearing this for the rest of the fall/winter season, so maybe I'll update my experiences later.

Update 11/23/16: Several rainy experiences later, and I can say it does its job. No need to go buy a jacket or long sleeve jersey when my reliable arm warmers work perfectly with this thing. Keeps me warm to the 50s while still outputting tons of work. Just make sure you use a lighter base layer because while I feel comfortable in it, the sweat doesn't seem to dry fast enough in the heavier weight layers.

Breathable and versatile.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: XL

Blocks wind, wards against water, doesn't sit fat like most cold-weather kit. It also breathes a lot better than the Gabba because of its lighter Windstopper and the rear Nano panel. In fact, I'd argue that the Perfetto Light is a better option than the full-on Gabba because it gives you more versatility. For spring and fall riding, it works fine with a lightweight base layer; for temperatures in the 40s and high 30s, thermal base layers do the trick. If it's below 35, I'm usually inside drinking whiskey, so the Perfetto fits my seasonal cycling requirements well.

When considering my temperature recommendations, be warned that I do run kinda hot. To me, the long-sleeve Gabba is a winter jacket.

The name says it all

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

It is as perfect as anything in these cool spring morning and fall rides when a little drizzle can make you shiver, but when it is also too warm for a full on rain gear. I am sure you can use it for cold days with appropriate base layer.
Fit is what you would expect from a Castelli race Jersey, tight and form fitting. If you are not sure, go up a size. If you are planning to use it with base layer, go up a size.

Bridges The Gap

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I purchased this jersey to plug the gap between my Gabba Jersey and Convertible Jacket and basic riding kit jerseys. By not having to layer to block wind and below cool weather riding, the Perfetto fulfills this perfectly as the name implies. Since the Gabba fabric used in the Perfetto is less robust than other Gabba products and the back panel is made from Nano Light, moisture transfer is greatly increased during efforts and non-inclement weather. Fit is consistent with Castelli- close and snug with no excess materials to flap in the wind.