Elemento Lite Jacket
Like your favorite down puffy, the Elemento Lite Jacket provides protection from the cold at an impressively low weight. It's inspired by technology from high-end mountaineering jackets where the perfect balance of warmth, breathability, and low weight is critical. The intended use is high-intensity cycling in cold temperatures, where warmth is important but breathability is absolutely vital. It's not a race cut jacket like the Alpha series. Instead, the Elemento Lite fits slightly looser due to the fabrics it's made of. It's certainly more breathable though, with comparable levels of insulation.
The Elemento's construction resembles a mountaineering jacket, being composed of a layer of insulation sandwiched between two woven nylon layers, with the outer layer using a water-resistant treatment to shed light rain or snow. Unlike most alpine jackets, this one isn't totally windproof. Instead, Castelli engineered a small degree of permeability. The little bit of air that gets into the jacket picks up moisture and evaporates it more efficiently than any membrane fabric, keeping you dry when tough intervals or hard climbs cause unavoidable perspiration. The insulation layer is polypropylene, which is a synthetic down material that allows full breathability without any water absorption, and is also incredibly light.
These fabrics have limited stretch, which is why Castelli opted for a semi-fitted cut rather than a full on race fit. In order to not sacrifice mobility, there are plissé stretch panels on the sides, elbows, and wrists that preserve 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
- Semi-permeable fabric allows breathability during hard riding
- Water-resistant finish sheds road spray and light precipitation
- Insulation delivers warmth at a strikingly low weight
- Stretch panels provide 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 is a leading innovator in cold weather cycling gear
- Item #CST00OC
- [main fabric] air-permeable woven-textured nylon with water-repellent finish, [insulation] polypropylene synthetic down
- fall, winter, spring
- 3 rear
- Claimed Weight
- Recommended Use
- road cycling
- Manufacturer Warranty
- 1 year
What do you think about this product?
January 7, 2021
Winter biking on Lake Superior
- I've used it several times
- Runs small
- Size Bought
- 5` 3"
- 125 lbs
I really like the jacket. I have worn it several times, and have been nice and warm with only two layers under it. We had a lot of wind and winter biking can be cold. I like the light weight jacket and it is comfortable to move it. The sleeves are a bit tight at the wrist. It was really a good thing for me as it keeps me warm in the colder temps. I ended up buying a medium as the small was too tight. Great Jacket, my husband bought the mens jacket too for our cold rides.
February 18, 2020
Definitely has a place in my winter gear
- I've put it through the wringer
- True to size
- Size Bought
- 5` 4"
- 109 lbs
This jacket is 1)very lightweight and 2)warm. It is a little like an oven once you get warmed up on days below 10 degrees but it keeps you warm. I use it for fatbiking when there is often shade and wind, and because it is not skintight, it allows for more maneuverability in the arms. It doesn’t breathe quite like the alpha ros jackets, but it definitely provides extra confidence for warmth in very cold temps. It is also stylish which is an extra plus. I hesitated buying such an insulated jacket for winter cycling, but it is very useful for certain riding conditions.