When we're heading out for a cold-weather ride, overheating is almost worse than not wearing enough layers. Being chilly can usually be fixed with a few hard efforts, but once you're sweating in your jacket, you're only going to get clammy. We're happy to report that Castelli understands the way we mortals need to layer in the winter. The Italian firm took one of its pro jackets and modified it to better adapt it to a recreational cyclist's body, giving us the Men's Velocissimo Jacket. Unlike the pros, most of us have enough body fat that we don't need to be bundled up in full Windstopper through fall and spring rides, so the Velocissimo balances insulation and protection from the elements with breathability for when we warm up.
Castelli recommends the Velocissimo for temperatures ranging from 45 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. In our experience, 60 is pushing it for the jacket, but the addition of clouds and wind do take their toll even in the high 50s. The front and sleeve panels feature Gore Windstopper X-Fast fabric, designed to repel water and wind as you ride without trapping heat. Unlike the pro version, Castelli's soft Warmer fabric constitutes the back of the jacket, adding more breathable warmth to prevent overheating. The Velocissimo's form-fitting silhouette does accommodate a baselayer, but not much else, and as with the rest of Castelli kit, it was developed specifically to be used in a riding position, so it won't achieve its ideal fit until you're in the saddle.
In case the wind kicks up while you're riding, Castelli includes a flip-up collar that will stay out of the way when not needed. It also adds thoughtful touches like a silicone gripper at the waist and stretchy Thermoflex side panels for added freedom of movement. Reflective accents help you stay visible during the limited daylight hours at the beginning and end of the year, and three rear pockets provide ample space for you to store your favorite winter ride fuel—and a few dollars for a warm, post-ride espresso, of course.
- Wear this versatile jacket through chilly base miles
- Form-fitting cut leaves just enough space for a baselayer
- Wind- and water-resistant front with breathable thermal back
- Stretchy side panels improve freedom of movement
- Flip-up collar provides further protection from the wind
- We recommend the jacket for use in the 40s and low-50s
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- How to Measure:
- For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
- Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
- Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape a bit loose.
- Measure around the fullest part of your body at the top of your legs.
- Using pants that fit well, measure the crotch seam to the bottom of the leg.
Reviews & Community
Castelli just works for me
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Medium
No matter how many other pieces of clothing I try, nothing seems to be as consistent fitting as Castelli.........I recently have tried other brands of jackets and long sleeve jerseys such as Pearl Izumi, Hincapie, and Sugoi....but it seems that Italian brands like Capo, Giordana, and Castelli, just work for me.........trouble is most pieces are created just about everywhere but their country of origin, so it just depends if you get lucky....but with that said anything in a Castelli medium works for my body...I'm only 5ft.6, and weigh 148 lbs, so maybe that helps......this is a great jacket, ( I also have a Mortirolo) that fits snug and allows plenty of room for a layer underneath.....but just my opinion....for what it's worth
I have a XL Castelli Jacket already!
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: XL
It pisses me off to no end that their tailoring is not consistent! I am 5'11" tall 180 pounds and these Jackets should fit! I usually wear a large. I have an XL Castelli Jacket already but these ride up into my arm pits, even though the sleeves are more than long enough! Who the hell you making this gear for, only stick men that are doping?
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: large
loved this jacket but it runs small. would order one size up.