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Alpha Ros Light Limited Edition Jacket
Although "light" is in the title of Castelli's Alpha Ros Light Limited Edition Jacket, don't let that fool you into thinking it isn't versatile. Far from it, after all, RoS stands for Rain or Shine, meaning you'll get wind- and water protection when you need it but it also breathes so well and manages moisture you won't hesitate to grab it on a bluebird day as well. Depending on the conditions and your own personal comfort range, we feel the jacket is true to Castelli's suggested temperature range of 46 - 59 degrees Fahrenheit which just so happens to be where we find the bulk of our shoulder season rides. If it's drizzling, windy and high 50's? No problem, it's quite comfortable. Likewise, a sunny, calm day in the mid-40s is fine too and the addition of a thermal baselayer can get you down to the low-40s.
Keeping the elements out is Gore's Windstopper 150 membrane on the front and sleeves. Where the magic really happens is on the back where Castelli uses its Nano Flex Xtra Dry, a thermal material with a DWR treatment that dumps excess heat, improves breathability, and maintains a water-resistant surface across the entire jacket. It's probably the most water resistant fabric this side of something with a membrane and its ventilation is unmatched.
The Windstopper layer is separated from a ProSecco Strada inner liner across the front panel, letting you unzip the protective shell while leaving the thermal layer intact, allowing moderate airflow on extended climbs without exposing your bare chest to a frigid, wintery blast. Skiers and alpinists use Windstopper indiscriminately: their goal is to stay warm and dry at all costs. Cyclists' needs, on the other hand, change over the course of a ride depending on intensity, climbing, descending, etc., so we need the protection to change with us in real time. The Alpha solves that problem.
- Castelli's most versatile jacket for training and racing
- Windstopper 150 membrane blocks wind and water without stifling
- Rear thermal panel breathes but keeps the rain at bay
- Separate thermal mid-layer provides targeted warmth
- Race fit eliminates flapping material during tempo base miles
- Maintains breathability to manage moisture during hard efforts
- Raw-cut hem and cuffs reduce bulk and maintain coverage
- Limited edition colorway looks sharp on the open roads
- Item #CST00Q3
- [membrane/laminate] Windstopper 150, [face fabric] 100% polyester, [liner] 90% polyester, 10% elastane
- winter, spring, fall
- 3 rear, 1 side zipper
- rear tabs
- Claimed Weight
- Recommended Use
- road cycling
- Manufacturer Warranty
- 1 year
What do you think about this product?
April 18, 2020
Sendy little piece!!
- I've put it through the wringer
- True to size
- Size Bought
- 5` 11"
- 160 lbs
This piece is sweet! I use it in temps between 35-55 F and it works awesome. Keeps me warm and breaths well. Also offers a bit of abrasion protection and holds up well to skipping off trees and laying ‘er down - I tend to spend a bit of time in the dirt on most rides haha. I’ve used this in wet conditions, dry conditions, snow conditions, sleet conditions.... it keeps me comfy. The fit is great. I typically wear an extra medium in street clothes and the occasional Jersey - but I sized up to a large for this one and it fits great. I have a pretty slim build - but drink beer so..... The fit is snug with a bit of room. I have broad shoulders and a pretty broad chest but still this fit is great - especially when in riding position. The only complaint I have about the fit is that i feel like on the large the arms are a quarter inch too long for me. Not a big deal though. Using it mostly for “gravel” and trail riding #rebel