6 of 6 customers found this review helpful.
Overall this is a decent jacket, but overpriced even when on sale for its ultimate value and usefulness and it could definitely use some improvement, because its shortcomings are pretty glaring.
Its construction quality seems excellent, but I've only used it once so far, so take that with a grain of salt. Zippers work well, without binding. While thin, the Gore Infinium blocks 85-90% of wind, so you don't really feel much until the wind picks up over 40mph, then only little, especially if you're wearing a thermal jersey below. This is definitely a jacket that will top out in the mid to upper 30-degree area with a thermal shirt, especially once the sun goes down.
The jacket breathes pretty well and the chest zips help there too, though they're useless as pockets. The back pockets are good size for storing stuff if you fancy that sort of thing. The chin area is great, didn't find any rub or chafing with it zipped all the way. The hi-vis yellow is bright enough blind people could likely see it.
As for shortcomings, there are quite a few. Fit is very problematic, even by Castelli's overly-small and inanely undersized standards. I'm a 43" chest, 6' 3" and 205lbs, which usually puts me in there 2XL shirts and jackets. This jacket is pretty tight.
This jacket is more snug in the torso than Castelli's norm and the sleeves are narrower than usual, enough so that getting sleeves on - and more particularly off, especially a sweaty shirt - over a thermal shirt is tough. The bicep is REALLY small for the size, so if you're muscled it's really tight and forget about it if you're super muscular, because the sleeves have little stretch. Apparently this was designed for scrawny armed riders? The elbow area, where the sleeve detaches, is even more constrictive, to the point where I found I got mild numbness on a road bike ride over 2.5 hours, which my arms largely bent the majority of that time. Castelli should enlarge the sleeve a bit, because other manufacturers jackets fit better, without sacrificing aero qualities.
The other area that drove me nuts was trying to get the sleeves back on as the day cooled down and I needed them again, because the zippers' starting points is 2/3's of the way around toward the back of the arm, which means that even if you wrench the material forward a bit, it's still really hard to see where the starting point is and engage the zipper, which is further hindered by the zippers being so small. If you're farsighted like I am, and/or tired when trying to put them back on, it takes inordinately long to get them back on - add more aggravating if you're cold I'd imagine. Castelli should revisit the orientation to be more user-friendly.
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