The original Fawesome vest—which is basically a Gabba without sleeves and pockets—only has one identifiable flaw: the name is… questionable, at best. That's just one of the areas where Castelli found room for improvement with the Perfetto Men's Vest, and anyone who's spent time in the Fawesome will be surprised to learn that, yes, Castelli did actually manage to improve the vest. These improvements include an improved water-resistant treatment and the much appreciated addition of two rear pockets. While we appreciate the material update, the pockets make the Perfetto Vest a far more versatile option by providing the storage options that the Fawesome never did. The Perfetto isn't an indulgence, it's an investment that upgrades your entire wardrobe.
The Perfetto Vest rocks the same Windstopper X-Lite Plus fabric on the front and shoulders as the rest of the Perfetto line, which places the most protection where body meets wind. Windstopper X-Lite Plus has 1.4 billion impossibly small pores per square-inch that guard your microclimate jealously. They don't let wind or rain in, but they do let water vapor out. And when the marketing materials claim this fabric is windproof, you can actually believe them. A given material's wind resistance is measurable in a rating called CFM, which stands for cubic feet per minute, used to measure the volume of air that passes through a fabric in, you guessed it, one minute. In order to be considered truly "windproof," a fabric must register a CFM of equal to or less than 1.0. All fabrics bearing Gore-Tex's Windstopper branding meet or exceed this rating, so they are literally windproof.
The vest's back is made with Nano Flex Light instead of Windstopper X-Lite Plus, which is one of the only apparent variances in construction between the Perfetto Vest and the Perfetto Jersey. Nano Flex Light is a flexible, thermally insulating material that's been coated with countless nanofilaments in order to add water-resistance. It gives flex across your shoulders and ventilates better than the vest's front, helping to regulate your body temperature for rides where the full Perfetto would be too warm and addressing a wider range of conditions with additional layering versatility.
Like the Fawesome, the Perfetto Vest is packable, so you can use it for chilly descents without overheating on the climb. Castelli recommends it in temperatures ranging from 50 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit, but the layering possibilities are only limited by our daydream imaginations, so this number can drop easily into the 30s. (And no, we're not embarrassed to admit that we waste time at our desks daydreaming about layering. Well, not that embarrassed.) The full-length YKK Vislon zip boasts a wind guard across the entirety of its span, and the tall collar extends the Windstopper to cover your neck. Reflective elements at the sleeve holes and hem help keep you visible in low-light conditions.
- A weather-resistant vest that adds versatility to cycling wardrobes
- GORE's Windstopper X-Lite Plus is a breathable wind and water barrier
- Race fit cut is more like a jersey than a rain vest
- Two pockets add additional functionality
- Reflective branding for visibility on damp, overcast days
- Castelli's Perfetto line inherits the Gabba Jersey's all-weather crown
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- Q & A
runs very small
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: med
Very well-made, good looking bike wear.
I'm 5'7" med build, 155, but size MED fit like a wetsuit vest and barely covered my navel. Also, I was looking for wind protection but this garment has a neoprene feeling and would probably be too hot.
An essential part of your kit
This is a great vest. And the yellow fluo is awesome for use in the low light conditions so typical of Fall and Winter.
The brilliance of this vest is that the entire front is wind-proof (Gore's amazing Windstopper material); while the back is made of an entirely different, highly permeable, textile to vent sweat during high-output riding.
Also, all the textiles are form fitting and aero tight. This vest will not flap in the wind like cheap nylon vests.
***Sizing: Part of Castelli's Rosso Corsa (race) collection, this vest runs small. Size up at least +1 from your regular street size. Maybe even +2.
For example: I'm 5'10" 180. My street size is Large. I almost always wear an XL in Castelli jerseys, vests, and jackets. The XL here fit *very* snug over my longsleeve jerseys and Trasparente light jacket. I would need an XXL to get this over anything thicker.
Perhaps buy two sizes. Keep the one that fits best. Return the other.
Awesome and a must have!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: L
I absolutely love this vest. It is light and fits tight (which is great! no flapping in the wind!). It protects from wind and light rain in the right areas and vents great in others. Super versatile piece. When in doubt and temps are 65 and below and dropping I take this vest and just use it over my standard riding kit (Bid shorts, Jersey and light arm skins). If there is a chance of rain and it might be a bit colder I would suggest a jacket or long sleeve jersey with more protection in the back since the vest does not go below a standard jersey. I found the limit the other day, 50F and light rain. Still protected my chest very very well though. If you use Castelli jerseys in size L order the Vest in size L as well.