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Castelli Elemento Lite Jacket - Men's

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Elemento Lite Jacket

Inspired by technology found in the world of mountaineering, Castelli created the Elemento Lite Jacket for protection from the cold at an exceptionally low weight. It's designed for high-intensity cycling in brisk temperatures, when warmth is important but breathability is paramount. It's not a race cut jacket like the Alpha series. Instead, the Elemento Lite fits slightly looser due to the fabrics used. It's certainly more breathable though, with comparable insulation.

The Elemento is constructed much like a mountaineering jacket, using a layer of insulation sandwiched between two layers of woven nylon, with the outer layer employing a water-repellent finish to shed light precipitation. Unlike most mountain jackets, this one isn't completely windproof. Instead, Castelli engineered a small amount of permeability. This little bit of air that gets into the jacket helps pick up moisture and evaporate it more efficiently than any membrane fabric, keeping you dry when tough climbs or hard intervals cause inevitable perspiration. The insulation layer is polypropylene, which is a synthetic down material that allows fully breathability without any water absorption, and is also incredibly light.

As alluded to above, these fabrics have limited stretch, which is why Castelli went with a semi-fitted cut rather than full on race fit. To ensure mobility, there are plissé stretch panels on the sides, elbows, and wrists that allow freedom of movement on the bike. Castelli finishes the jacket with an inner waist closure that lets you seal out drafts, or you can open it up for extra ventilation.

  • Lightweight, insulated jacket for high-intensity cycling
  • Fabric is semi-permeable for breathability during hard efforts
  • Water-repellent finish sheds light precipitation and road spray
  • Insulation provides warmth at an impressively low weight
  • Stretch panels throughout ensure freedom of movement on the bike
  • Three rear pockets with reflective gusset at bottom for visibility
  • Inner waist closure blocks drafts or can be opened for ventilation
  • Castelli continues to innovate in the world of inclement weather cycling gear
  • Item #CST00NE

Material
[main fabric] air-permeable woven-textured nylon with water-repellent finish, [insulation] polypropylene synthetic down
Season
fall, winter, spring
Fit
semi-fitted/slim
Length
hip
Pockets
3 rear
Hood
no
Reflective
accents
Claimed Weight
422g
Recommended Use
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

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>Rating: 3

Adequate bit of kit - with limitations.

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
L
Height
5` 11"
Weight
160 lbs

Great little jacket for mellow, dry, cold, relatively flat riding :-) So yeah, some caveats. I used this on several road/ gravel/ mtb rides over the month of December. These rides ranged in temps between 25ish and 45ish degrees F. With appropriate base layering, I was generally able to control moisture well by unzipping on climbs, and then zipping back up on descents (zipping up often required two hands however). The waist band also offers a point of ventilation if left unfastened. For lower speed mtn/ gravel descents in cold temps, I would zip up and feel perfectly comfy. For higher speed road descents the wind would cut through leaving me cold (especially if I had sweated at all on the ascent). If left unzipped for a descent this jacket becomes a "parachute" (at least for me in size L). I live in the mountains. My rides generally have 100'-150' of vert per mile so my impressions are certainly influenced by this. I personally found this jacket most effective for mellow mtn. bike and gravel rides in the 32-42 degree range. After using this jacket for a couple hundred miles on the road, I would not recommend this as a jacket for road riding (at least I wouldn't buy it at this price for that purpose). The fit was odd (or maybe it's me - maybe I'm odd). I own an Alpha RoS Light in size L which fits typically for Castelli ("runs small"/ race fit). At 5'11 ~160ish the RoS light in L is form fitting and generally what I look for in riding gear. I had heard that the Elemento runs a touch big, so I stuck with the L in the hopes that I'd have a touch more room for layering. Instead, I got a lot - and I mean a lot - of extra room in the L Elemento. At my dimensions, it fits like a winter parka. It's like putting on my medium Patagonia ski jacket. It's just too big. I tried on a buddies medium Elemento and it was too tight across the chest and too short in the arms. This cut does not fit my body well - perhaps it will fit you better. I really wanted to love this jacket as evidenced by a full month of trying to convince myself that it was worth the cost. Ultimately I returned the jacket and picked up the more versatile for my zone - and better fitting for my body - Castelli Alpha RoS 2.

>Rating: 4

Too warm for fall, perfect for winter

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
L
Height
6` 3"
Weight
170 lbs

I have a size 38 chest and the L fit me perfectly in this jacket. I typically take a M in most cycling clothing (other than castelli), so the size one up mantra fits for this. I've ridden in it on group rides and solo training rides in temps between 18 and 45 fahrenheit. Around 20 degrees, it warms fine with a wicking long sleeve baselayer and my core never chilled. Above 30 degrees, I sweat in the jacket if I wear more than a short sleeve jersey and exert myself at all. The ventilation above 20mph is real, and I could feel cool air on my arms and chest, but somehow I was never cold. Below 20mph, I didn't notice much air movement, and wouldn't recommend this jacked above 45 degrees at all, as it is too warm. However, I have yet to find a warmer jacket for the 0 degree to 45 degree range that is also a cycling cut and doesn't lock in the heat and make you a sweaty mess. Surprisingly, the warmth is there when you're standing around chatting with your club after the ride as well. I am not a hard man, so I have not ridden with this jacket in the rain.

>Rating: 5

Great cold season piece

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
XL
Height
6` 0"
Weight
185 lbs

I live in a hilly area (a 25 mile "flat" ride has about 1750 ft of elevation) and was looking for something to keep me warm but not make me sweat after strenuous pedaling. I was skeptical about the idea of a breathable, non-windproof jacket for really cold weather, but I read a few positive reviews and gave this a whirl. This thing really does breathe well, so much so that going downhill at pace can be almost too cold, particularly after a long climb when you have worked up a sweat. But I found that at the bottom of the hill, you warm up quickly--the breathability of this jacket does a great job of helping your sweat evaporate and keeping you dry, way better than any Gore-Tex jacket can. I've taken a few rides in the high 20s F, and I had on a silk weight base layer and a medium weight poly layer, and that was perfect. I could probably use a merino base layer and been fine as well. A bonus: when my buddy got a flat on a gravel ride and took 25 minutes to change the tube (I told him he should be riding tubeless) with his frozen hands, I was toasty just standing still in this jacket. I'm 6' and 185lbs, and I got the XL. It has some room for some layering, so it's a little looser than most Castelli jackets. For comparison, I have the Alpha RoS Lite in XXL.

>Rating: 4

Sizing- as usual with Castelli.

Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
XL
Height
5` 10"
Weight
180 lbs

Amazing piece and clearly cutting edge cycling technology. Buying Castelli is never a question of Quality- but always a Russian roulette of sizing. Its not 'do I size up' but 'how many sizes do I size up'? That applies to this piece for sure and then if you get a nice deal on it but the sizing is questionable you're unlikely to have the option to return it for the larger size since thats gone, too. I would say like most castelli pieces- this is not for fat old slow guys like me (not really fat just mild chubby) and just for lean racer bodies. If I went a size up more room in the chest and back but longer sleeves. Its tough to really score a great deal with any Castelli pieces, imho.

>Rating: 4

Crazy Warm Jacket!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small

As with all my Castelli gear it runs small, so I bought XL. I own Castelli Expresso which is very warm, but this one is more so... It's gotta be under 40 degrees or I'm too hot! This is truly a

>Rating: 5

Excellent

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 8"
Weight
142 lbs

I got a great deal on this jacket over the summer and have been looking forward to wearing it on the bike since I first tried it on. It is very light, cozy and fits perfectly. I prefer Castelli regular fit jerseys (Forza, etc.) in size medium, because I like them to fit close and flat rather than shrink-wrapped. I don't believe in sizing up in order to wear kit that isn't cut for my shoulders, arms, etc. This jacket (M) fits as close as possible and still allows for a warm long sleeved base layer. A warm long sleeved cycling jersey would not work under these sleeves, which is fine since I'd never wear one under anything except a rain jacket anyway. I wore this for the first time for an interval workout in the mid-40's F, alternating with and against a stiff wind, with the desert sun coming and going through the clouds. Challenging conditions for a breathable jacket especially since I got the impression during my warmup that the midweight wool I was wearing was going to be too much. Once I lowered the zipper a few inches, I was perfectly comfortable at a solid effort for 8min at a time in both directions, three times each. I could feel the air moving around my upper arms, and was basically climate controlled inside the jacket in both directions without touching the zipper. The supreme test, which I have yet to do, will be a 1-hour mtn climb and descent on a cold, sunny day, I was surprised to find that when I unzipped the jacket, I realized that my lower back was very damp. I had no idea that was the case on the bike. I attribute this to the inner waistband that you can snap closed at the front. I had it snapped, but I'm not sure how much difference it'd make in your lower back if it was left undone. Also, there's a loose thread on the sleeve, which no one appreciates. I could easily wear this jacket in the 30's F with another lightweight short sleeve on under a long sleeve midweight. I would not wear this around 50 F or above, especially in the desert sun. This is the most comfortable dry-conditions winter jacket I can imagine.