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Casewrote a review of on February 20, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This vest is great for intermediate temperatures or the photographers golden hours on the bike (sunrise or sunset). I find it most comfortable in the 55-70 degree range and paired with the some type of long sleeved base layer underneath. As with the Tiburu jacket there is not much actual insulation in the vest, so if you wear it against your skin you will get cold, though the base layer, ride tempo and terrain will have a big impact on how comfortable you feel. I find this more true with vests than with jackets, so your experience may vary.

Fit is typical assos: snug but not tight, and very comfortable on the bike. I think it looks pretty good in black.

I quite like this vest and recommend it, but it gets four stars because I think it's not very good value for money, especially because it is best combined with a base layer, and also because in my opinion it is not very good when worn over a jersey. There are other gilet options that will provide better insulation, and will also provide better weather protection. I wear long sleeves or arm covers on every ride (very sun sensitive), so a vest plus base layer is appealing to me, but I am not sure that this vest really fills a need unless you are like me and want another long-sleeve option in the locker.

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Casewrote a review of on December 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been wearing this jacket in temps ranging from low 40's to low 60's (F). Initially I used a merino base layer for the cool temps and it did not perform well. The description above asserts that the jacket has a 'fleecy layer' and while that is technically accurate it overstates the amount of insulation in the garment, because in practical terms there is none. If you wear this jacket against your skin in 40 degree weather then it will get cold and that cold will be transmitted to your skin. If you sweat then it will be transmitted even more directly. I prefer the Castelli seamless base layers because the insulating layer is mostly air, which is easily displaced if you unzip your jacket during a climb, but anything that creates some space between your body and the cold air will work.

The fit on the bike is excellent, with the usual Assos patterning and stretchy panels to provide superb comfort in the riding position. Fitment is snug but not tight, so it feels great on the bike.

I fit a 42R jacket, with a long torso and short arms (wingspan is 5' 9"). The XL fits me very well.

Some people like to cosplay as their favorite pro cyclist or team, but I much prefer plain black, especially for winter gear. So I think Assos color options are great. YMMV

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Casewrote a review of on December 24, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This thing is phenomenal. Wear it under a warm jersey (Gabba or Perfetto) into temps down into the low 40s and you will be comfortable. I liked my first one so much I bought another one.

Sizing is typical Castelli. I wear a 42 R coat, and a size XXL in all Castelli jerseys. Got this in XXL and it fits great.

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Casewrote a review of on December 5, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got the white frame / red chromapop lenses. Superbly comfortable and excellent optics, they perform well and you do not notice you are wearing them, which is the highest compliment I can give any piece of cycling kit.

The frameless design means nothing to obstruct your view of the ground in front of you or to get in your way when you're on the drops and looking through the tops of the glasses. I have a high forehead and large face so they don't come anywhere near my helmet. YMMV

I can't say that I love the look of them off the bike, but that's hardly relevant; I don't wear bib shorts off the bike either. For their intended purpose they are outstanding. The included low-light lenses are a nice touch as well.

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Casewrote a review of on December 5, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Superb piece of kit. I have worn it regularly and it is comfortable to temps about 68 degrees without a base layer and unzipped part way. With a base layer you can wear it in temps as low as the high 40s.
The sleeves are a bit long for my short arms but I do not mind. The cuffs are tight and very thin so that they fit under the sleeve of your glove. I like this enough that I will buy another one in a different color.

The fit is typical castelli (runs small), but the cut is bit more generous than the Perfetto or Gabba. I wear a 42 R jacket and got this in XXL.

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Casewrote a review of on October 4, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wear long sleeves on almost every ride, so I use these quite a lot. They are more reliable than slippery sunscreen, which sweats off and must be re-applied. In my experience they do not make a ride appreciably hotter, but they go on quickly and do an excellent job of blocking the sun. It provides an evaporative cooling effect so you will get some cooling as you get moving and sweat and/or wet your sleeves.

I like that the silicone grippers are on both sides of the sleeve. It will help keep your jersey sleeves from riding up and enables you to wear the black sleeves inside out if you prefer not to show the logo. The white sleeves keep the sun off just as well but the logo is noticeable when used inside out.

They are not a great alternative to a true warming sleeve - these are lightweight lycra so even if paired with a three-season jersey do not expect them to add any warmth; the wind blows right through them.

I got the XL based on my weight. The sleeves fit fine around my forearms and biceps but are long relative relative to my stubby t. rex arms. Not much I can do about that, so I usually fold them over for a more comfortable fit. The dual-sided gripper makes this work well.

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