A speedy favorite.
Putting on the Castelli Free AR 4.1 Men's Jersey won't be enough to win you a spot on the podium of your next race all by itself, but it might help, depending on how hard your legs want to work. Formerly a pared-down racing jersey, the Free AR 4.1 retains its competition pedigree with a few extras added this year to make it a more versatile training jersey too. Castelli employs its most streamlined fit for the Free AR, stitching Velocity fabric into a contoured, flexible design that will move with you through the rigors of a race, reducing drag by ushering air over its dimpled surface without feeling restrictive or tight.
Added touches like ventilated Nervato underarm panels and soft raw-edge arm grippers lend the Free AR more watts-saving style and long-term comfort this year, and other details like a neck-saving zipper flap and four rear pockets, three open and one zippered, make this a piece you shouldn't hesitate to throw on before a pre-race taper ride or mid-season training day with your ride group.
- Velocity dimpled fabric
- Raw-edge mesh arm grippers
- Neck-protecting zipper flap
- 1 zippered, 3 rear pockets
- Item #CST00B1
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Medium
First time buying some castelli kit, those italians sure know how to make something special!, I love the kit. I try to wear it just for special ocassions
Castelli and the Three Bears
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Small
I'm relatively new to Castelli after many years of Pearl Izumi. I'm 65 years old, short and skinny, so a trim fitting kit is desirable and hard to find.
The Three Bears story unfolded this way:
First Bear: purchased the Velocissimo and while it fit fine in the chest and shoulders, it was saggy/baggy in the lower torso, loose in the sleeves, and flappy in the wind.
Second Bear: tried the Prologo 3 with "slim" fit and it was a bit better fit in the lower torso, the sleeves were loose and overall too loose.
Third Bear: out of the box, the Aero Race fit was a little too tight. But after several rides it relaxed and now fits like a second skin. Just right.
Well-designed patterning is important but programming the 4.1 with several fabrics, each with a separate functional intent, is equally if not more important. The materials used along the front, sides, back and pockets are very light and porous (hold one of these jerseys up to a back light and you'll know what I mean) yet the structure of the fabric is differentiated (outer face vs. inner face) to deflect, absorb and transport heat, cold and moisture. Raw edges and/or siliconized cuffs transition these areas into smooth, flat-laying surfaces to the skin. Modern cycling apparel from Castelli (and others) just work and fit better in a wider range of conditions than apparel fabricated of non-differentiated patterns and materials.
So, I'll follow the example of the Three Bears and stick with Rosso Corsa Aero Fit kit.
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: Large
I ride between 100 and 200 miles a week year round. The Castelli provides a great fit and is very aerodynamic. Everything a what-to-be would wish for, except for a quiet motor!