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vspotwrote a review of on October 17, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 120 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I brought this jacket to a 4-day cycling trip in the San Juan Islands in Washington State, having been told it can get very cold and rainy there. We had beautiful weather, so I didn't really test this in very wet or windy conditions, but we did get some light mist and were riding so fast we created our own wind chill... :o) Anyway, this jacket is very protective and perfectly shaped for cycling - long drop hem, short front, long sleeves, high neck (high but soft - not irritating at all). All of this makes it look a bit silly if you are just standing around, but that's not what it's meant for. The reflective piping is *very* reflective, but there is no additional "screen printing" that I noticed except for the Castelli logo.
I was very impressed with how breathable it was - I never felt clammy; in fact, I would get much clammier wearing my Marmot Precip on a light hike than wearing this jacket. That said, it is pretty warm. The vents help, but it's not a super light jacket. nor is it super packable. All told, a lot of performance and does exactly what it says it will. Although I didn't take it into a downpour, I have no doubt that it would keep me dry and comfortable in wet conditions.





vspotwrote a review of on September 27, 2011

3 5

I thought the 6.5 would be perfect, since I tried on my friend's old pair and that's what they were, AND they were already stretched out... but when I got the new pair, they were too big and since I know they stretch a lot I had to send them back. Otherwise, I loved climbing in her old pair (in a gym, not hardcore). I like their sensitivity, and they were pretty comfortable. But now I think I have to try them on before buying because I'm not sure the sizing is consistent.