At 6' 1" 180lbs ... the XL is golden. I took this out for a spin with a pair of Sorpasso Bibs, an Iride Seamless LS base and a Thermal Head Thingy... 30 degrees with a windchill at 20. Zipped up tight to start, it is plenty warm and comfortable. Love the raised neck action in the new Castelli jackets , perfect while stopped at a light or walking and awesome while riding. This jacket has some cool features including the audio device/phone pocket in the breast that allows you to keep your headphone wires from getting caught & ripping the buds out. Half an hour into the ride I unzipped all the vents to cool a bit, really amazing... wrist and oblique vents
create a nice flow to the rear vents behind the shoulders. I was able to control a cozy temp without unzipping the jacket and strictly using the vents.
Lovely piece. This one is going to get quite a bit of play this winter... I'll update the post once I've had a chance to truly take it to pound-town and back.
I wanted to briefly compare some things to the Alpha Jacket for Ted:
Both these Jackets are rated for the same temps and i would agree with that (30 F - 55 F). The cut, fit and "look" are quite similar. The Alpha has a remarkable jersey-like quality that by comparison makes the Espresso feel more like a jacket. The venting is certainly the big difference. The Alpha allows you two distinct venting options... 1) Fully Zipped: Wind Proof and Warm 2) Outer Layer Unzipped: Cooling and Drying. The Espresso gives more control for temperature regulation. Instead of either hot or cool, using the vents on the arms or body allow you to target your cooling to specific zones. The shoulder venting on the Espresso is also quite different from the Alpha, which is sewn tight across the back. I find the main zipper construction to be the best yet for the Espresso. In either case, both these pieces are sick. Sweet like candy.