Exceptional chance favors the exceptionally prepared.
Wearing a rain jacket on a damp day's ride won't do you much good if you're soggy under the shell and it's either flapping around or even catching so much wind that you feel like a parachute is attached to your back. With the Castelli Pocket Liner Jacket , you won’t have to choose anymore between ending up wet from your sweat or wet from the rain and you'll enjoy a sleek, body-hugging fit that won't slow you down.
In close communication with the Cervelo Test Team first and then the Garmin-Cervelo team, Castelli refined the eVent fabric that it uses to such remarkable effect in the Pocket Liner Jacket. EVent is a waterproof fabric that keeps you dry in rainy conditions. However, unlike most waterproof materials that do not allow the body to breathe, the Pocket Liner Jacket's eVent membrane features millions of tiny pores that are small enough to block large water droplets but small enough to allow the water vapor that you're generating to escape. So next time you see David Millar in escape mode during a cold, rainy stage at the Giro, you'll know that he has a huge advantage over his competitors since he has the Pocket Liner Jacket in his arsenal of secret weapons.
If he – or you – are soloing away from the pack in the rain, the Pocket Liner Jacket offers an additional advantage since it has been designed with a close, unobtrusive fit in mind. To give other rain jackets their due, outer layers of this sort usually have to be pretty roomy in order to fit over multiple layers, especially if you are using them in the winter and are wearing your heavy winter riding kit. The Pocket Liner Jacket fits over winter layers yet also doesn't bag and sag when you have only your jersey on underneath because Castelli incorporated plissé stretch zones for a perfect fit without extra fabric. "Plissé" is just the French word for "pleated;" you’ll find a zone of pleated fabric running down either side of the back that can stretch or retract as you need more or less give to cover your kit.
As ever, the details are what lift Castelli item head and shoulders above any of its competition's offerings. Keeping in mind that we often get more wet from wheel spray than we do from the actual water falling from the sky, Castelli has added a storm-flap construction at the back of the jacket that seals around the waist, but also extends further along the bum to help protect against the water and grime kicked up by the wheels. The zipper garage has a hook-and-loop over-flap that increases the water and wind resistance of the zipper region. And if you find yourself getting pretty warm on a climb, but don’t want to take your jacket off because it is still raining cats and dogs, Castelli has provided welded ventilation zippers on the sides, so you can open them for full-on ventilation without having to strip down or open up the front zipper. Once you start your watery descent, and need all the rain and wind protection you can get, simply zip up these flaps and you’ll be able to focus all your attention on the road conditions. As with all fine raingear, all seams are taped to prevent water from slipping in.
With its super-thin fabric, the lightweight jacket can be easily stuffed into a back pocket to be taken along in case of rain, or removed again once the sun pokes through and the roads dry up. The Castelli Pocket Liner Jacket comes in Grey in sizes Small through XXX-Large.
- Rear storm-flap construction wraps to your waist, while blocking your back from wheel spray
- Zippered front features hook-and-loop flaps, aiding you in fastening the front of the jacket without having to stop at the summit and zip things up
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- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I figured I would be the first to start a review on this new jacket. My initial impressions were not "wow" as there are no back pockets, the pit zips are short and the front closure is not a welded zipper. There are many other jackets for those who want storage and bells and whistles BUT then again, the entire concept of this jacket is to be as minimalistic and light as possible and it truly is that. I don't even notice it when I out on the bike. I did need to get a size smaller as I am shorter but still on the broad side.
In terms of non-rainfall performance, this jacket is damn good and works well as a wind barrier. It breathes very well without the need to open the vents BUT if you run hot like me then you will need to eventually ? open the flood gates? so to speak. While the front zip is not welded, it is attached to a mesh vent underneath the storm flap as to allow great venting. You could zip the jacket all the way down but still have it ?closed? with the Velcro patches so you get amazing airflow without having the jacket fly open and flail around. It was like having a wind tunnel funnel air all throughout the inside of the jacket. So far in coldish weather (7degC), the jacket does very very well over a jersey only. The reason for the 4 stars only is that I have yet to try this jacket in a steady rainfall. The lack of the welded zipper on the front worries me BUT the storm flap covering it may provide adequate coverage. I ride in light rain, down pours or mist and so I am looking forward to testing the limits of this jacket. ?Cheers?es