Winter riding made comfortable and classy.
If you're looking for luxury and performance in a winter jacket, then the Castelli Espresso Due Jacket is the perfect choice. In designing the Espresso Due, Castelli paid attention to even the smallest details to create the ideal blend of performance, fit, and style.
It all starts with the Windstopper X-Fast fabric used extensively throughout the jacket. Made using high-tech circular interlocking polyester, Windstopper X-Fast provides total wind protection while allowing for excellent breathability. In short, it blocks the wind while letting your sweat evaporate, keeping you dry and warm. A soft, lofty microfleece lining is essential for the insulation it provides, and it adds serious comfort. The Windstopper's natural stretch characteristics and 50 Denier outer coverage make the Espresso Due abrasion resistant and durable.
The Espresso Due's breathability is further enhanced by the addition of two vertical zippers down the front of the jacket. Ever hit the summit of a long climb in cold weather only to freeze going down the other side? The Espresso's chest vents address this problem: simply unzip them while climbing to allow heat and moisture to escape, then close them while descending to once again block the wind and insulate your torso. As an added bonus, Castelli includes two more zippers extending up along the Espresso Due's wrists, offering yet another ventilation opportunity and allowing you to close the jacket around the cuffs of your gloves to create a tight, heat-protecting seal. Last but not least, a flip-up Thermoflex collar is soft and fleecy on the inside (for warmth and stretch), but treated with silicon on the outside to give the collar slight water repellency. And Thermoflex's natural elasticity enables the collar to form a snug seal around your neck to lock-in warmth while keeping out the elements.
Castelli also spent a lot of time dialing-in the Espresso Due's fit. The Windstopper X-Fast fabric provides 4-way stretch for easy movement, while Castelli's shoulder articulation system means the back of the jacket is separated from the arms around the back of the shoulder to eliminate pull. Here, a stretchy mesh insert provides the freedom you need. Lastly, the back hem of the Espresso Due is cut low, and an elastic band on the back will keep the jacket from riding up while you're bent over the bike.
The Espresso Due comes with three rear pockets for your riding essentials, plus it includes an internal MP3 player/phone pocket and a cable port for your headphones. Castelli's YKK camlock zipper stays flat when the zipper head is down, and rear reflective tabs improve visibility on gloomy, winter training rides.
Designed to keep you warm and comfortable down to 32 degrees Fahrenheit, the Castelli Espresso Due Jacket is available in three colors -- Black, Red, and White. It comes in six sizes from Small through XXX-Large. Like most Castelli clothing, the Espresso Due is designed to be form-fitting as the technical fabrics used to construct the jacket work best when in close contact with your body. Be sure to check the sizing chart to ensure proper fit.
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Awesome Jacket,best one I own,this jacket is everything it is billed .Works well form down to 25 degrees up to 50 degrees depending on base layers.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Very Versatile piece for riding between the mid teens to 40's. Has great range and the fit detail is second to none. In life you get what you pay for. I say pay once and only once. Buy Castelli products you cannot be disappointed.
I have many cycling jackets from good manufactures such as Gore and Showerpass but this is by far the best cycling jacket I have owned. The jacket is well made and very very warm. I've used this jacket in conditions of 35 degree F up to 47 degree F with just a base layer. I could probably do without a base layer but want a layer to catch sweat. If you ride hard your back will sweat. There is just no getting around it. Even still, you stay warm.
Venting is great. Front zip vents work great for just enough airflow that does not make you cold. They are a little hard to zip while riding but I manage to find them without crashing. The jacket's construction has shoulder vents that are open through the whole back. What Ii mean is, you can put your hand and arm in the shoulder vent and it will go through to the bottom of the jacket between the jacket liner and fleece. I first thought that, with the shoulder vents always open, I would get cold, but I did not.
Overall I am sold on the Windstopper fabric. Windstopper takes the wild chill factor out of the ride equation. I feel zero wind on my upper body now when riding.
This jacket is a tight fit by design. I am a skinny 6 foot 145 pound guy and I choose a large jacket. I could have fit in a medium but wanted a little room in case I wanted to put more than one layer under it for extreme cold conditions. I also have broad shoulders and I thought the medium would be too small in this area. The large fits perfect through the shoulders.
I used to hate riding in the cold but now I dont mind and even choose to ride outside in the cold instead of using the indoor trainer. Hope this helps you decide. Have a great ride.
This is my first Castelli article ever. I slimmed down a bit from cycling the last 2 years and wanted something tighter fitting than my Gore Phantom jackets. Enter the Espresso Due.
The jacket is made from Gore's Windstopper membrane, albeit a different one than what Gore uses on its jackets. Castelli's is stretchier, allowing for a tighter fit that hugs, shapes, and moves with the body easily.
I am 5'7", 150lbs, 35" chest. Castelli's chart says I'm a small and that's what I went with. Fit like a glove! But this is the only jacket that I could go by Castelli's size chart. I've tried other Castelli jackets since this one, and I've had to size up and get a medium in those (Zoncolan).
This jacket is super warm. It is Windstopper everywhere, and medium pile fleece everywhere (by comparison, the Gore Xenon SO jacket is also windstopper everywhere, but only has a low pile fleece in strategic locations). The Castelli has lots of venting options though, 2 that are manually regulated by the rider (front chest and arm zips) and 2 that are not (shoulder vents, rear pocket vents.
Castelli rates the jacket 32F-50sF. I think they should subtract 5-10 degrees from either end. It's a fairly warm jacket and you will sweat quite a bit in it. But what's annoying is that if I have a lot of stuff in the rear pockets, I'll get some cold wind in the back, chilling my sweaty back. I've since learned to keep my back pockets lean with this jacket.
It's a great jacket, love the look and love the hand of the fabric. I think it has a lower temperature range than Castelli advertises because the jacket works so well, maybe too well, limiting its versatility (hence the -1 star).
I typically a skeptic with everything. And I read a few reviews on some other Castelli products that weren't all that great but I figured, This one looks good and the features are appealing so I'll give it a shot. I can honestly say, It was worth the money. Everything about it is quality, from the wind resistance, fleece lining, stitching, whatever...
I rode all last winter in temps as low as the 20's and my upper body was nice and comfy. I Can't say the same for my feet though but I'm working on that.
As for the sizing, I am not the smallest guy. I'm not fat either. I wear a size 40R formal suit and large T shirts so I bought a large Jacket and It fits like a riding jacket should, Like it was tailored for me. No extra fabric flapping in the wind but not so tight I can't move.
Bottom line, I would recommend this jacket to anyone.
I just bought this Castelli Espresso due jacket. Seriously well made for cold condition for below freezing point with a short sleeve base layer for me. I suggest you add a stainless steel key ring or cords on each side vent zippers so you can open them with winter gloves, same for wrist vent, especially when going uphill to avoid overheat. Fom me medium sized according to the chart was ok for close to body thorso fit, 6'-175lbs, large was to floppy. The trade off is having slightly shorter arm lenght but can be easely covered with decent pair of winter gloves. I suggest you wear a very good winter thermal/polar tight bib for temperature fit.