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The original Fawesome vest—which is basically a Gabba without sleeves and pockets—only has one identifiable flaw: the name is… questionable, at best. That's just one of the areas where Castelli found room for improvement with the Perfetto Men's Vest, and anyone who's spent time in the Fawesome will be surprised to learn that, yes, Castelli did actually manage to improve the vest. These improvements include an improved water-resistant treatment and the much appreciated addition of two rear pockets. While we appreciate the material update, the pockets make the Perfetto Vest a far more versatile option by providing the storage options that the Fawesome never did. The Perfetto isn't an indulgence, it's an investment that upgrades your entire wardrobe.

The Perfetto Vest rocks the same Windstopper X-Lite Plus fabric on the front and shoulders as the rest of the Perfetto line, which places the most protection where body meets wind. Windstopper X-Lite Plus has 1.4 billion impossibly small pores per square-inch that guard your microclimate jealously. They don't let wind or rain in, but they do let water vapor out. And when the marketing materials claim this fabric is windproof, you can actually believe them. A given material's wind resistance is measurable in a rating called CFM, which stands for cubic feet per minute, used to measure the volume of air that passes through a fabric in, you guessed it, one minute. In order to be considered truly "windproof," a fabric must register a CFM of equal to or less than 1.0. All fabrics bearing Gore-Tex's Windstopper branding meet or exceed this rating, so they are literally windproof.

The vest's back is made with Nano Flex Light instead of Windstopper X-Lite Plus, which is one of the only apparent variances in construction between the Perfetto Vest and the Perfetto Jersey. Nano Flex Light is a flexible, thermally insulating material that's been coated with countless nanofilaments in order to add water-resistance. It gives flex across your shoulders and ventilates better than the vest's front, helping to regulate your body temperature for rides where the full Perfetto would be too warm and addressing a wider range of conditions with additional layering versatility.

Like the Fawesome, the Perfetto Vest is packable, so you can use it for chilly descents without overheating on the climb. Castelli recommends it in temperatures ranging from 50 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit, but the layering possibilities are only limited by our daydream imaginations, so this number can drop easily into the 30s. (And no, we're not embarrassed to admit that we waste time at our desks daydreaming about layering. Well, not that embarrassed.) The full-length YKK Vislon zip boasts a wind guard across the entirety of its span, and the tall collar extends the Windstopper to cover your neck. Reflective elements at the sleeve holes and hem help keep you visible in low-light conditions.

  • A weather-resistant vest that adds versatility to cycling wardrobes
  • GORE's Windstopper X-Lite Plus is a breathable wind and water barrier
  • Race fit cut is more like a jersey than a rain vest
  • Two pockets add additional functionality
  • Reflective branding for visibility on damp, overcast days
  • Castelli's Perfetto line inherits the Gabba Jersey's all-weather crown
Tech SpecsSize
Tech Specs
[front and shoulders] GORE Windstopper X-Lite Plus, [back] Nano Flex Light
Windproof Rating
<1 cfm
2 rear
Recommended Use
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year


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good windblock

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 3XL

breathes well, fits tight.
6', 190 athletic build.
i wear an extra-large t-shirt as a casual shirt, a Large Hanes undershirt is skintight.
I have the Alpha ROS Light as well; it's a 3XL and the arms are very tight..

What a vest!

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

I got tired of my old coated vest as I tended to accumulate sweat on my back that would chill me on descents. I had tried the Perfetto Long Sleeve Jersey and found I accumulated too much sweat on my arms and back, even with the little Nanoflex strips on the back of the sleeves. The Perfetto vest though is perfect, even with the windproof front, the Nanoflex rear allows my body to relieve the sweat. More similar to the Castelli Alpha Ros Light Jacket than the Perfetto jersey. Beautiful quality and fit, especially around the next and shoulders. Sizing is Castelli's normal wacko, I have a 36" waist and 43" chest, but need an XXL. Orange is incredible visible!

Unanswered Question

If you wear the long sleeve perfetto small (which is as tight as I would ever want to wear anything), would you suggest going medium on the vest. I guess the question is do the vest and long sleeve jersey sizes give an identical fit if layered?

Perfetto is perfect

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recently purchased this vest as a replacement for my Assos vest. I’m so stoked about this vest. I live in Utah and have been riding outside a few times so far this winter. I rode one weekend when temps were in the 20s Fahrenheit and my core stayed warm the whole ride with 3 layers underneath. I did experience some chill on my back when we stopped for a few minutes to eat but that quickly warmed back up after I got pedaling again. Pockets sit higher and are larger than jersey pockets which makes them more difficult to access on the bike. It’s a tough balance between room to store some clothing and food and access. I find I sometimes have to reach around with both hands to get items back in the pockets which can prove challenging when pedaling. The fabric is soft and form fitting. I like this vest so much I’m considering buying the perfetto convertible jacket for colder days to reduce layers. Definitely worth the money, fits small, I’m 6’2, I purchased an XL and it fits like race jersey as the description specifies.

Cold weather race fit vest

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

High quality vest, best suited for colder rides (30's-50's).

This vest is race fit. People have complained about the sizing, but know that it's truly designed to be form-fitting for someone with a bike racer's build. I'm usually a large in Castelli and I got an XL, which fits as it's supposed to. If you want a casual vest or something that will hide your beer belly, look elsewhere.

The zipper is high quality and easy to get up and down with one hand while you're riding. I do wish it had three pockets rather than two, as the pocket placement is slightly harder to access while moving than 3-pocket designs.

This is it!

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

This vest has reached near perfection levels. The addition of the two rear pockets is simply brilliant and they hold plenty but lay flat when not in use. The gore fabric stretches beautifully, blocks the wind and light moisture, and the back breaths incredibly well. No fabric flap but you can still expand your chest in it when breathing hard. Zipper slides very easily for quick heat dumps. And I did I say that it simply looks amazing? This is a race fit so be ready for a close to body fit everywhere, including the arm holes. If you want a relaxed fit, size up one or look for a different vest. Once on the bike you forget it is there. Have been riding this in temps from the low 40's to about 60 with NanoFlex arm warmers and couldn't be happier. Zip down for the hills and zip up for the descents. I'm a large in Castelli and found this to be true to size though tighter due to the race fit. My new favorite piece of kit for Nor Cal winters.

Great piece of gear

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

This is a great piece of gear. Very pleased. Performance is everything you expect. Fit is snug. I wear a long sleeve base layer and jersey under it. I can see going without the jersey on some days. Base layer is XL castelli . My normal jersey size is XL although I find the castelli XL jersey is too tight. Like the length - not too long. Red is a great color.

Size runs very very small

  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: large

I wear large in every other cycling jersey I have. I ordered this large and i can't even zip it. Now I have to return it and pay the shipping through no fault of my own. Get it together Castelli!

Essential kit

  • Fit: Runs small

I think a few folks don't understand the purpose this vest. It's not a casual, recreational cycling vest. Part of Castelli's Rosso Corsa (race) collection, this vest is designed for hard riding and training; and the sweat production that is created during that kind of riding.

Pros: 1.) The entire front of the vest is totally windproof (Gore's sublime Windstopper). While the textile over the entire back is expressly designed to vent sweat during hard riding.

This is simply brilliant design. Just the sort you expect from Castelli; a leading kit supplier to and collaborator with the UCI pro peloton (Team Sky).

2.) All the textiles used here are soft and form fitting and aero tight. This vest will not flap in the wind like cheap nylon vests.

So, along with general cold weather hard riding... here is an example of what this vest excels at:

Put this vest on when summitting before the start of a long descent in cool or cold weather. Just like the pros do (for a reason). The Windstopper front panel prevents your sweat (created during the climb) from chilling you to the bone during a long cold descent. And the wrap-around aero fit won't slow you down. It's brilliant.

Fit: Size up +1 from your normal street size; per usual with Castelli. Buy the same size as you usually do in Castelli tops. It will fit snug (as it is designed to be).

Beautiful Item; but not what I thought!

  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: large

This is a wind stopper/bad weather jersey. This is not for hot weather.

Best piece of cycling clothing I own.

  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Medium

Like most of the Castelli reviews say, their products tend to run on the smaller side. I measured myself using the sizing chart, read reviews and ordered a medium. The Medium fits me like a glove and that I just the way I like my cycling clothing. I have and will use this vest throughout the Florida Winters. I have used this vest in 40 to 60 degree weather and never blinked an eye. I recommend this vest to any and everyone.

It'd be crazy to think at 5'9" & 148 that I might need a large. I'll try medium. How stretchy is it?

Too small

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

Ok, I'm built like a tree stump. I ordered a large and it isn't even close. Way too tight. Too bad, because it looks like a quality garment. Bummer, a wast of time and money.

Italian sizing. Always size up +1 from your normal street size with Castelli. Always.

Best vest I've got

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

Bought this to add any extra windproof layer for my late fall / early winter rides in CT and it's been great. It's wind stopping ability is second to none and the deep pockets on the back easily fit all my stuff.

Personally I love the race fit but did have to size up to get it to fit over my other layers.

Great Vest

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

Great fit and love the material it’s made of!!! Wouldn’t expect anything less from Castelli!!!

Perfect fall cycling vest

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is the best cycling vest I've owned and I've been racing and training for 25+ years. The fit is VERY snug. I'm 5"10 and 160 pounds and a LARGE is snug but it does accommodate 1-2 base layers and a long sleeve jersey underneath. The fabric feels plush, you won't overheat and the pocketing is great.

If you want one vest that you can use for fall to early winter riding you won't go wrong with this piece.

How does this compare to the Superleggera vest?

As the name directly implies, the Superleggera is a light vest. More like a lightweight nylon vest (with open mesh back). A good packable vest for insurance under sketchy skies. The Perfetto is very different. Much more technical, for tempo riding (and descending) in cool/cold weather. The Perfetto is basically a Gabba vest. See my review above.

Best Vest I've Owned

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

I'm 190cm (~6'3), 95kg (~210#). With Castelli I typically go with XXL tops which gives me a snug, just short of race, fit. I sweat a lot and prefer a vest vs. jacket as the temperatures drop as the ventilation is better. The Perfetto vest paired with the Castelli base layer, the Flanders Warm Base Layer, and Puro 2 long sleeve jersey is perfect for 0-8C (32-45F) riding in the dry. I can do a 3.5 - 4 hour, 1,200-1,500 meters of climbing, 100k ride in 0-8C weather and be warm without turning into a sweat ball and then getting cold. The front panel does a great job of blocking cold wind while being very breathable and the back panel really breathes well. For above freezing weather this thing is great. I use the 3 pockets in the Puro 2 Jersey for gear and the 2 pockets in the vest are perfect for ride fuel. The back panel material is pretty stretchy and lightweight, I wouldn't recommend trying to stash your ride tool kit, pump/CO2 inflator, spare tube, phone, etc. into the vest pockets.

The neck is high and nicely lined for keeping out nasty drafts on descents, zipper pull, though small, is easy to find and zipper is very easy to adjust while riding.

I've got a Perfetto long sleeve jersey for when things get damp, although it breathes really well, I like the vest option better in the dry. I've also got a Gabba 3 short sleeve jersey which is good as the temperatures drop and in the damp but for dry conditions I prefer layering the Perfetto vest over a jersey and whatever base layers the conditions call for.

Really great, highly versatile piece of kit. A bit bulky to roll up and stuff in a jersey pocket, though you can, better as a versatile top layer.

Great vest

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: XL. (Large did not fit at all....)

Bought for cooler days. A little heavier than the typical vest, which has worked well for cooler mornings (mid 40's)

Did not fit as in was too short or too tight altogether?

Aptly named vest

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

This is a great vest for those days when you want to keep it on. It is not necessarily one of those hyper-packable vests for emergency purposes only. This one works great in the upper 30s to mid 50s, especially if it’s a bit damp out. A very flexible garment for a variety of conditions. It fits snugly but doesn’t cut into the armpits. I am 6’2” 175-180lbs, I bought a Large which works great over a wool baselayer and LS jersey. Highly recommend.

Slightly snug

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

The fit of this vest is pretty tight even for Castelli. Because it is a race fit cut, it is snug from the shoulders all the way down to your waist with no material to spare. For me, it ran a little short when in a riding position, slightly more than I prefer. At 5 10 160 lbs, I still had room to fit a couple base layers, but would consider trying on the XL because I like the extra room and would wear it to ride primarily recreationally with staying warm a more important factor than weight or being aero. It feels like a jersey with extra insulation for combatting the elements. The Windstopper X-Lite Plus material on the front and shoulders will do a great job cutting the wind while still having a degree of breathability. The Nano Flex material on the back will be more breathable and less focused on wind and rain protection. Two large pockets in the back have plenty of room for stashing gear and other goodies for longer rides. When fully zipped up, the collar fits perfectly snug preventing. The Perfetto is a nice versatile option that can handle many conditions well.

Feel free to contact with any questions!
Michael Walker - Customer Account Manager


Does this have a two way zipper, or only a one-way?