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Peter H.

Peter H.

Peter H.wrote a review of on January 16, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small

On their website, Castelli says this jacket is good for cool/cold weather riding down to a range of 43-59°F. I tend to chill easily so I figured I'd try it out in temps a little above that, and to make sure I didn't get cold I wore a long-sleeve wool Castelli base layer. I live in an area with lots of rolling hills and went out for a couple of hours for a moderately hard ride. The temperature when I left the house was 47; when I got back it was 57. As it turned out, I stayed comfortably warm and actually got a little too warm on the hills. I probably could have worn a sleeveless base layer and been just fine.

Anyway ... I think I can validate that the jersey will perform as intended. With a long-sleeve thermal jersey underneath, I can probably get down into the middle to upper 30s!

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Peter H.

Peter H.wrote a review of on December 28, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small

Castelli states this piece is good to a temperature range of about 45-60 degrees F. I tend to run cold but with the addition of some knee warmers on a recent ride, I can attest to the 45-degree limit. My legs stayed slightly coolish but my knees were toasty warm so all-in-all it functions just as Castelli describes.

Even better for those of us who run cold, I used them under a pair of uninsulated but windproof cycling pants the other day when temps were in the upper 20s and they were perfect! My legs stayed comfortably warm and never felt overheated. I'm guessing I could ride into the middle to lower 20s and still be comfortable.

They fit pretty snugly but I think that's just the way Castelli fits in their bibs (I have a couple other pairs). As always, I buy the next size up since Castelli runs small.

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Peter H.wrote a review of on January 6, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small

Although this is listed as a jersey, it doesn't have a very tight weave and - for me anyway - is better as a base layer. I wore this with a regular jersey over it and then a windproof Gore-Wear jacket on top of that for a 28 degree ride the other day. I was toasty without being overheated so using it as a base layer worked perfectly for me. I will try it as a base layer with a jersey but no jacket when it warms up a little bit.

I'm 5'10 and 155 lbs and all of my Castelli pieces are L whereas all my other jerseys and shorts are M. I do like my base layers to fit close but not snug or skintight so if you like them that way you might be better off ordering a medium.

I particularly like that it has a zipper so I can use it for ventilation along with the zippers on the jersey and the jacket.

p.s. Another reason I wouldn't use it as a jersey ... no pockets!

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Peter H.wrote a review of on September 25, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I hoped I'd be getting superior comfort for the price I paid ... and I did! Everyone's anatomy is different and this one may not work for you but it is probably the most comfortable pair of cycling shorts I own.

My first ride in these was around 55 miles and I didn't feel any sore/hot spots or chafing. That - to me - is the true test. I'm doing a century next weekend and these will be my go-to shorts.

I have a few other pairs (not Elite In-R-Cool) that are getting worn out and aren't as comfortable as they once were (and, in fact, were never as comfortable as these to begin with). I'll be replacing those with more of these!

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