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Castelli Alpha RoS 2 Jacket - Men's

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Alpha RoS 2 Jacket

For those of us who have not been swooned by months of indoor training during winter, Castelli’s new Alpha RoS 2 Jacket provides a feature-heavy barrier against nature’s bite, ensuring the miles are logged even in the harshest conditions. Continuing Castelli’s impeccable lineage of inclement weather, performance clothing, the Alpha RoS 2 gets a double-layered Alpha construction comprising an inner insulation layer and outer Gore-Tex Infinium wind and water barrier. The layers provide protection down to 23 degrees F as well as superior wind and water resistance to brace against pocket showers or a ride-long drencher.

Castelli manages to engineer subtle and effective traits into the Alpha RoS 2 that, at first glance go unnoticed, but act as welcomed finishing touches you’ll appreciate during mixed weather riding. Further adding to the comfort and warmth characteristics are the high neck, which prevents cold air rushing on the chest, and the double layer cuffs that seal out water and wind, as well as allowing for expert fitting under gloves. A water-resistant zipper and taped shoulder seams seal out areas that are prone to water ingress, while discreet back flaps vent out heat to maintain comfort on rides up to 50 degrees F and during intense interval sessions. Castelli adds drainage holes to the pockets, which provide an extra dose of security compared to the mesh openings of previous jackets, and a zipper side-pocket corrals valuables for the long haul.

  • Winter-ready cycling jacket faces the elements in comfort and style
  • Double layer Alpha construction insulates and shields from nature’s bite
  • Gore-Tex wind and water barrier also provide stretch in riding position
  • Water-resistant zipper and double-layer cuff discourage water entry
  • Upper-back venting channels manage heat buildup while training
  • Reflect drain holes on pockets won’t slow you down
  • Rated from 23-50 degrees F
  • Item #CSTZ7D0

Material
Double Layer Alpha, [inner] insulating, [outer] GORE-TEX INFINIUM WINDSTOPPER 150
Season
winter
Fit
form-fitting
Length
waist with drop tail
Venting
[back] venting channels
Pockets
3 rear, 1 zippered
Reflective
[pockets] laser-cut drainage holes
Claimed Weight
[large] 525g
Recommended Use
commuting, cross-country, cyclocross, gravel, mud/sand/snow, road cycling, trail
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

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>Rating: 5

As Good As They Say

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
XXL
Height
6` 1"
Weight
205 lbs

This is hands down the best cycling jacket I’ve ever worn. If you buy one piece of kit for fall through spring riding, this should be it. I’ve ridden from sub freezing to high 50’s (F) in this with various base layers and it is perfect!

>Rating: 5

A True Winter Jacket

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Small
Height
5` 7"
Weight
125 lbs

This is your jacket for insulation and protection on deep-winter rides. With only a summer-weight, short sleeve base layer underneath this jacket is almost too much. On alpine climbs, in 25-30 degree F (at moderate riding intensity), I'll have to unzip to the base layer to avoid overheating. And on the descents, I'll zip up and not even have a goosebump. The double-layer construction allows your upper body to laugh at the frigid air moving over it, and the water-resistant fabric keeps you dry when riding over snowmelt or under passing rainstorms.

This
>Rating: 5

Versatile and great quality

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 9"
Weight
160 lbs

Not cheap...but great value! Innovative cuffs work well with gloves and keep the wind out. Nice thermal inner lining with wind proof shell. Offers option to unzip the outside to let in air. Only warning...it runs small. I’m 5’9” and 160 lbs and the medium I bought is gonna motivate me not to gain another pound.

>Rating: 5

Mission Accomplished

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
XL
Height
5` 10"
Weight
155 lbs

I've had some good jackets before (lots of Gore Bike Wear, Windstopper is a must). It was time for me to get some a new jacket and I wanted a pair that let me ride confidently year round in Utah with minimal additional layers. This Castelli jacket is form-fitting (typical Castelli) and plenty warm, and I bought the XL because I like it a smidge loose, not skin tight. I wore them today and flying down a canyon for 15 min in 22 degree weather was a good test. My extremities had me thinking frostbite, but my upper body was fine (same with my legs due to Castelli Polare 2). I love the sleeve endings on these, they complement gloves very well. The hip pockets are spacious, and the side zipper pocket is good for the valuables. I also love how high the collar is on this jacket. These are trim enough to wear under a bigger puffy coat for extreme cold situations. I also plan on using these for skinning up ski resorts this winter.

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Is the RoS jacket heavier (warmer) than the Gabba 2 jersey in the sleeves?

Hi Ronald, The Alpha RoS jacket is one of the warmest jackets made by Castelli, It will be warmer than a Gabba 2 Long Sleeve jersey.