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Who says that style and cycling don't mix?
Contrary to the widespread industry ideology, style and quality can coexist within a cycling jersey. Case in point -- the Castelli Viva Long Sleeve Women's Jersey. By combining a top-shelf, warming fabric with a gorgeous, asymmetric design, the Viva jersey checks off all of the boxes on our winter jersey wishlist.
Castelli's Viva jersey is made from the Warmer fabric. As its name suggests, Warmer is ideal for cool weather ranging from 59 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit. However, what its name doesn't promote is the material's strong wicking abilities. Warmer pulls sweat from the skin and transfers it the quick-drying surface of the jersey. Coupled with the fabric's enhanced breathing characteristics, the Viva jersey maintains a consistent internal temperature. And even in the event of quick peaks in core temperature, say during a strenuous climb, the Viva's full length camlock zipper allows you ventilate on-the-fly.
On the aesthetic side of the Viva's design, Castelli used a sublimation process to apply its colorful pattern. This method applies the graphic to the fabric before the jersey is cut and assembled. The end result is a design that flows seamlessly throughout the jersey with more vivid colors than typical screen printing allows. But being more than just pretty looks, the Viva is also practical. The cut of the sleeve cuffs and neck forbid subversive drafts from creeping into the jersey, and reflective accents enhance low-light visibility. Castelli also added three rear pockets to house all of your long-ride necessities.
The Castelli Viva Long Sleeve Women's Jersey is available in the color Black and in five sizes from X-Small to X-Large.
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I absolutely love this jersey. It's not very stretchy, but there is a light brushing of something fleecey inside which will keep this close to your body and warm. They say this will work for temps from 59 to 68, but if I wore this jersey in those temps I would fry. Ok, maybe 62 if its cloudy. It's a little short in front when standing, but that's not what it's for is it? Castelli seems to know women's bodies and this jersey is no exception. It fits like a glove and moves with you even though it lacks the stretch of a summer jersey. But, the best part of this jersey is the style. The sheen, the color, the logo placements - you've just got to love the creativity and thought that went into the design. I appreciate the pockets, the high collar, and the full zip. Thanks, Castelli.
Viva la Castelli Viva Jersey!
I absolutely love wearing this jersey! The colorful pattern caught my eye, but the fit, fabric, and performance made it one of my favorites. I have worn this in temps in the low 50's and found it to be more than adequate. The fabric breathes beautifully and dries quickly, so you won't feel cold and clammy on your cool weather rides.