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PAULO R.

PAULO R.

PAULO R.

PAULO R.wrote a review of on December 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is the nicest cycling jacket I've ever owned. From the laser cut vents on the collar and the rear pockets to the little zipper flap and the snug cuffs this jacket is super high-quality. Considering how light and pack-able it is it's noticeably warmer than the Superleggara jacket with more back flap. The sleeves are the right length and I think I have average to slightly better than average reach. The cuffs keep cold air from sneaking into the sleeves and interact well with gloves. The zipper seals up behind the zipper flap and keeps the cold air outside. It's breathable but it can get a bit steamy during hard efforts like hard climbs. This didn't really bother me because I felt like sweating will be an issue on steep climbs regardless of what you wear. The rear pockets are too big, which is either a complaint or a feature depending on your needs. There are just 2 large pockets split evenly on the rear and my phone kind of shuffles around from side-to-side. If you need to store gloves, arm warmers or anything bulky they'll certainly hold whatever you want to carry but smaller items can require digging around. It lives up to it's name as a jacket you can wear all day. I use it as a jacket for rides where I know the sun won't be coming out to play. It works well with a long-sleeve baselayer or armwarmers for multiple layers of warmth/wind blockage. As with all Castelli items, it runs a bit small. I fit between a medium and large in T-shirt sizes but this jacket fits me best as an XL.

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PAULO R.

PAULO R.wrote a review of on December 28, 2017

5 5

This is a great Southern California jacket, especially for the cooler months when weather can vary from really chilly to sunny and warm in the span of 3-4 hours. This jacket folds up and packs easily in a jersey pocket so you don't have an excuse to leave it behind. Once you put it on, the fit feels pretty well-tailored. The fit is not perfect, but it's close. In the wind it strikes a balance between breath-ability and warmth. The fabric is super thin and nearly transparent, especially in white but during activity it manages to retain heat without turning into a sauna. One of the reasons it's so light is that it has no back pockets, or any pockets to speak of at all. Also, the waterproof fabric on the back doesn't cover the entire back. It's just a stripe at the upper to middle back, then it widens to about hip width at the bottom. If you're depending this this jacket to defend you from wheel spray it might do OK, but it won't keep your back completely dry in heavy wheel spray. This is important to note considering some users may use it on days that aren't rainy but still feature puddles and standing water. Overall I really like the jacket and it will be my first choice to stick in my jersey on days that might hold chilly descents or for rides that might start or end when the sun isn't out.

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