Jerseys over jackets
Like the Kung Fu masters harness the power of two blows into one, Castelli harnessed the power of a jacket into a jersey. The Trasparente Due Wind Long Sleeve Jersey is just as strong as wind jacket, but just as comfortable as your favorite summer-weight jersey. Combining lightweight, patented materials with an anatomic, cycling-specific fit, the Trasparente Due fights the wind and keeps you warm through the shoulder seasons.
Castelli's Trasparente Due Wind jersey is made from both the patented WindStopper X-Lite Plus and Warmer fabrics. As their names suggest, the materials work in concert to insulate and block wind. To shield you from the winter chills where they actually occur, Castelli placed the WindStopper material on the front of the jersey, or as Castelli refers to it, its lightest wind jacket ever. The front is 100% windproof, so you don't have to worry about rogue breezes blowing through the jersey. This, in tandem with the Warmer material on the back, provides a consistent internal temperature. Sure, the jersey is warm, but you don't need to worry about overheating or drowning in your own sweat. Both of the materials are highly breathable and possess excellent moisture transferring properties.
Should you need to dump heat on-the-fly, Castelli included a full-length, camlock zipper on the front of the jersey. And to secure the overall fit of the Trasparente, a multi-panel design has been incorporated with the added assistance of an elastic gripper at waist. Castelli also included three rear pockets and Napoleon zip-pocket to stow your ride essentials, and reflective accents have been placed throughout the jacket for heightened visibility in low-light conditions.
The Castelli Trasparente Due Wind Long Sleeve Jersey is available in six sizes from Small to XXX-Large and in the colors Anthracite/black/yellow fluorescent, Black, Red/black/white, and White/black/cyan.
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I bought this to serve as a fall/winter jacket more so than a jersey. Jackets always fit too loose and flappy. This fit on this piece is right on, it almost feels custom tailored. I'm considering buying a 2nd!
I wear this with just a short sleeve base in the low 50's, add a ss jersey in the low 40's, just a long sleeve base down to 30 and below 30 add a 2nd base. It's very versatile and warm, not hot. I can't see wearing this much above the mid 50s, but haven't tried, either.
The one thing I'd change is to make the full sleeve wind proof. The wind stopper material ends at the elbow. You can feel the cold air on the forearms, and on high speeds/ big descents you can feel the cold air rushing up the sleeves to your torso. Not terrible, but full wind stopper would be great.
Nice jersey. I was looking for wind protection in a long sleeve jersey that I could use as an outer layer for riding in NC. We have our cold days but nothing like those up north so I wanted something less than a jacket. This jersey would be perfect if I expected to go with a single base layer underneath. I'm 5'11", 160 and the large fit me real well. I ended up returning only because I wanted a little more space for another layer. Nice product and cut for those looking for slim sizing. I may end up owning one in the future as I expand the wardrobe.
This is a real nice jersey but fit just a little too snug for the layering I wanted to use. I decided to go with a similar Gore product that gave me a little extra room. It was a tough call though. I'm 5'11, 160lbs, size 39 jacket and this fit real well and would be perfect if you plan to use with only a single base layer. Note the Windstopper fabric appears to stop at the elbow so if you are looking for wind protection for your lower arms, you'll need some arm warmers to get the job done.
This is probably the weirdest review you've ever read. First, i loved this garment. Fit was fine, materials were fine, style awesome, etc. etc. Would like it if the wind proof material extended down the arms, but that's minor. Five stars if that..and this one has the zipper on the wrong side (european, I guess).
So why am I returning it? Because the entire back is black! I ordered the red, and love the look, from the front. After a 25 mile ride today in 48 degree overcast temps, I thought I had a good product. Then I looked at it when I took it off and saw the black back. I ride along a shady road, and in the low light of November on an overcast day, just though this did not stand out enough. When are jersey makers going to realize they need to focus on "visibility"??? White, yellow, red, I think you get my point. But black? Come on...and I know you will wonder, why did he wait until he wore it to notice that? Well, I was in hurry to get on the road and try this out because it looked so great out of the package!
After years of buying one moderate priced winter jersey after another and never being happy with the performance, figured it was time to spend more in hopes of getting more. You know those inbetween temps, for me it's the high 30's to mid 40's, when a jacket makes you overheat, forcing you to lower the zipper, as the wind fills you like a balloon. And a vest isn't quite enough. The Transparente Due Wind solved all those problems.
I have worn this jersey with a sleeveless base as the temps climbed into the low 60's and never overheated. By modifying my base layer, this jersey works well for me right down to around 35*. The breathability is amazing judging by the fact that I seldom feel cold from the accumulation of sweat as I do when I wear a jacket....Castelli is quickly becoming my favorite cycle clothing.