Maurizio Castelli, founder of the brand as we know it, once claimed that he ‘would never have been able to revolutionise cycling clothing if I hadn’t raced. It’s the only way to gain a true understanding of what’s involved’ – proving that Castelli clothing is made for cyclists, by cyclists. With a few firsts in cycling clothing – first lycra shorts, lightest jersey ever made, first modern bib short and so many more – Castelli have always been at the forefront of cutting-edge developments. With this piece, focussing on the world-renowned brand, we’ll show you some of the must-haves from the Castelli Clothing Autumn/Winter 2015 range – we hope you enjoy reading!
Autumn Winter 2015:
Tempesta Race Jacket
The cycling rain jacket has long been an item in need of an overhaul. Many have been too bulky, with poor aerodynamics. The Tempesta Race Jacket seeks to reinvent the cycling jacket – lightweight eVent fabric keeps it compact and easy to pack away, and also ensures it is more aerodynamic. There’s so much thought gone into this jacket – from the drawstring wrists to stop them riding up, and the taped seams for waterproof construction. Every detail has been thought of in-depth, creating a race jacket which will no doubt soon be imitated (but not perfected)!
Another lightweight performance jacket for you – the Pave jacket. At 189g, it is even lighter than the Tempesta, using eVent ultralight microfiber fabric for minimalist construction, so it doesn’t sit heavily on you as you ride. Waterproof, compact and reflective, this jacket will protect you from winter conditions, ensuring that extreme conditions don’t prevent you from riding. Cut close to the body, and with a long tail to stop the jacket riding up too much, the Pave Jacket is another winner from Castelli’s clothing range.
Gabba 2 and Nanoflex Pro Bibtight
Even if you only have a passing interest in cycling, you will have heard of the Gabba. A byword for quality and performance, Castelli’s Gabba is often imitated, but never replicated – and pro cyclists always find themselves returning to the original. With the Gabba 2 jacket, the original jersey has been further developed to protect you from the cold and wet conditions prevalent in winter; Gore Windstopper fabric ensures sweat is expelled easily, and the jacket remains easily breathable. Even better, a water-repellant finish and drain mesh in the pockets, though not waterproof, will help see off rain from your jacket, whilst the Windstopper X-Lite Plus fabric ensures protection from the wind. To top it all of, the tailoring of the Gabba 2 ensures the jacket remains aerodynamic, fully breathable and protected – particularly due to the Nano Flex fabric insert under arms, and the silicone gripper on the waistband to limit ride-up. So if you’re looking for the best in performance and comfort, the Gabba 2 simply cannot be beaten.
If you’re looking for the perfect accompaniment to the Gabba 2, look no further than the Nanoflex Pro Bibtight. With added warmth, extra rain protection and a waterproof, reflective band on the inner leg to protect against wheel spray, this bibtight is designed to aid your wet-weather performance. Throw a Progetto X2 Air seat pad into the mix, to ensure comfort for your bottom on those longer rides, and this bibtight is surely an essential for the coming season!