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As cyclists, we're all guilty of imagining steep mountain passes as solely warm and sunny tests of our grit and determination. However, the laws of science tells us that the high places get high levels of snow and terrible lows of cold. So, it's only fitting that Capo presents both sides of the coin with the Competitive Cyclist-exclusive Piancavallo Wind Jacket. As a tangible reminiscence of the storied Giro ascent, the Piancavallo Wind Jacket will allow to live your gloried daydreams well into the wet months.

Capo's Piancavallo wind jacket falls under what it calls its Super Corsa Series. Designed to wrap the bodies of the cycling elite, Super Corsa places an emphasis on comfort, practicality, and quality. So, toeing this line, the Piancavallo was constructed from a blend of Capo's fabrics -- Flight+ FP2 and V Mesh. Flight+ comprises the bulk of the construction, striking the balance between weather-protection and breathability. Essentially, it operates as a membrane between the skin and the elements, with the fabric regulating the internal temperature by releasing excess heat between the material and the skin. And while this system keeps you dry from the inside out, Flight+ FP2's wind- and waterproof design keeps outside moisture from penetrating in. So, in either the spring or early fall, when rogue winds and rains are more threatening than temperatures, the Piancavallo will act as a dependable transition piece. Furthering this concept are the jacket's V Mesh side panels. These provide a needed ventilation channel during hard exertions in typically humid weather. And if you find more ventilation is required, make use of the Piancavallo's two-way zipper for on-the-fly heat dumps.

In addition to prepping for the elements, Flight+ FP2 has been designed to be highly malleable in order to complement the cycling-specific flexibility of the jacket's cut. Capo made the Piancavallo with a lengthened rear hem and gave it a multiple panel construction. The idea was to complement the body in motion, and by doing so, reducing any possibility of abrasion along the way. Additionally, the jacket's composition is light enough to be easily rolled and stowed in a jersey pocket. So, being prepared for foul weather is as easy storing something in your pocket.

The Capo Piancavallo Wind Jacket is available in the color Pink/black and in five sizes from Small to XX-Large.

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Maybe for winter, but not when it's cold

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I wanted to love this jacket - I really did. It looks great, Capo makes great clothing (I have several Capo jerseys), but I question whether or not this is a winter cycling jacket. Maybe fall cycling jacket is a better use description.

It's certainly wind resistant, but there is lots of mesh ventilation on the underside of the sleeves and down the sides of the torso. This makes for quite a drafty ride and can make it quite chilly. I've used this jacket in temperatures ranging from 39F to 55F. While fine in the 50s, it begins to lose it's luster below 50F and I was uncomfortably cold on the 39F ride. On those rides, I had two long-sleeved garments on under the jacket. To the jacket's credit, it still fits fine even with a long-underwear shirt and a long-sleeved quarter-zip top on over the underwear. But the ventilation allows too much cold air in. Next ride in that weather, I'm putting something on over the top to help insulate me.

I really wanted to like it, and the price was right, but I'm not sure I'd buy it again. I'll keep it, though.

6ft 155lb Size L fits great

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great price for this jacket, made in italy is a bonus as well. It is surprisingly water resistant and it just looks great, kind of rapha like without the rapha price

Tight - but awesome

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I didn't wear it out on the bike because I didn't fit in it -- too fat! And I'm only 155 lbs 5' 8". I guess that's a little chunky for an Italian cyclist! Decided not to order a large because the sleeves would likely be too long.

6'3", 185 lbs, long arms - suggestion on...

6'3", 185 lbs, long arms - suggestion on size?

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Go with the Large, but with long arms (as I have also) you may need to have a glove that has a pretty large cuff - that way you can overlap them easily with the jacket to keep out that pesky wind chill :)

Does this jacket provide any warmth in...

Does this jacket provide any warmth in addition to its windbreaker features?? Basically, is it a warm winter jacket that can be used in the 35 to 45F range or more like just a wind breaker? Thanks

Is this a good jacket for fall rides in...

Is this a good jacket for fall rides in the low 50's? I'm looking for something that keeps me warm like it's still summertime.