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Nothing cuts a ride short faster than a surprise deluge. Stay prepared, keeping your core warm and dry, but more importantly, your ride intact with the Castelli Compatto Rain Vest. Gore Windstopper Vega fabric retains all of the weather protection and breathability of its namesake, while remaining exceptionally packable. If you have at least enough room in your jersey for a spare tube, you have enough room for the Compatto Rain Vest to ensure you never have to take the short way home.

  • Chest pocket stashes a media player, or opens to ventilate on a climb
  • Flip-up collar offers extra wind protection on those screamer descents

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  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

The weight and performance of this garment are stellar. First time out rode 1.5 hours in misty on-again / off-again drizzle and core stayed dry and comfortable. Have also worn it in cool, dry conditions as a wind vest and it seemed reasonably breathable...but that is a difficult judgment to make. As advertised it is uber light and easily packable.

The single flaw, and one that makes me hesitant to wear it -- it rides up in the back. Yes, there is elastic at the bottom of the rear panel but that is inadequate to keep the tail low. Once it rides up, loose fabric at the shoulders flaps annoyingly in headwinds or at speeds above 21 mph. I have even sewn a strip of silicone-backed elastic at the rear hem but that did not solve the problem.

Disclaimer ... I am 5'9" tall at 150 lbs, with a 39" chest. I am right on the border between Calstelli's M and L sizes, and the vest I'm struggling with is a L. It fits reasonably snugly but not tight. Perhaps my experience would be different if I could wear a medium without feeling constricted.

Castelli quality (almost).

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

The windstopper fabric is pretty amazing. It's almost as light as any stuffable flimsy rain cape I've had, but it feels more durable and is totally windproof and decently water resistant. I was a little disappointed that it's not stretchy enough around the shoulders so at higher speeds it starts to flap. But that annoyance turned to being pretty chuffed when the rain started: I got stuck in a total downpour first time wearing it and the vest totally did it's job. It stuffs down pretty small too so it's a good one to choose on those days you're not sure about the weather.

Summary: great fabric & quality, light as a fart, annoying flapping, fits great in a jersey pocket no problem, slightly longer than my other Castelli vest (good), totally rocks in the rain. Deducting 1 star for the flapping.