When a column of brooding clouds threaten your Saturday morning ride, you can't just reach for any old rain jacket "just in case." Whether you've learned from experience or not, we can assure you that the qualities that make a good general use rain jacket are not the same as those that matter on the bike. Rather than spending your ride clammy and overheating under a stiff, unyielding shell, reach for the Castelli Superleggera Jacket the next time the skies make you uneasy.
Unlike that rain shell in your closet, the Superleggera will easily pack away into a small saddle pack if stormy clouds blow over and the sun comes back out, but its wind- and water-resistant fabric be up to the task of staving off bad weather while maintaining breathability. Castelli wisely added a completely waterproof panel of fabric at the back of the jacket as well, which won't soak through when you're dealing with wheel spray and wet roads for miles on end.
Pertex Quantum base fabric with low air permeability to keep you dry
YOU'LL USE IT MORE THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE It was the pros who first asked for a Gabba that's not as hot as the Gabba but warmer than the Fawesome Vest. So we started from the Gabba and made the back in Nano Light fabric -- the same fabric as our Nano Flex tights but without the brushed fleece inside. This gives the piece a lot of breathability and keeps you from overheating inside. We further lightened it up by using a lighter weight of Windstopper (a full 25% lighter than the one used on the Gabba) on the front.
You may think that this is filling a very small niche. But just try it. It can cover most of the conditions of the Gabba (except wet racing and very cold), yet it handles warmer temperatures better. And the fit is exceptional, which is one more reason you'll keep reaching for it. The consensus of our Castelli test crew is that this piece doesn't fully replace the Gabba or Fawesome, but it's another arrow in your quiver that is ideally suited to cool temperatures, especially when it's dry or there's a risk of light rain.
Gore Windstopper 150 fabric on front, sleeves and yoke for lightweight wind protection
Nano Light fabric on the back sheds water but allows significant breathability
This is your jacket if you're looking for total water proof protection in a small package, ready to sacrifice a bit of breathability to get a workhorse jacket for commuting or training in the rain. This isn't the cost-is-no-object jacket of our pro race pieces but comes near to them in packability and matches the waterproofing. The 2.5 layer fabric features a durable woven outer shell with a water proof polyurethane membrane rated at 10,000 MVTR. It packs to a small size that easily sits in a jersey pocket, ready to give you full water proof shelter if the weather should turn. We've given it a high neck, a long tail, and a stuff pocket for when you need to carry it.
2.5 Layer Torrent IV fabric with polyurethane membrane
The Castelli Velo Jacket is a ultra light packable jacket with a surprising amount of protection. The ForceField fabric is fully windproof and has been treated with a water beading DWR surface. The ultra stylish Velo jacket packs into its own integrated stuff sack for easy transportation in your jersey pocket. No its not got the weather protection of the Muur and Pocket liner jackets but this small light and packable jacket is ideal as an emergency layer mid ride and to keep the chill off on big descents. The Castelli Velo Jacket; never get caught out again.
This jacket draws on the experience we’ve gained with World Cup athletes, offering the same performance but with a more forgiving fit. Warm for the adverse weather conditions of winter training, it provides reliable wind protection for longer ski outings.
Gore-Tex Infinium™ Windstopper® on front, sides, sleeves and shoulders.
Breathable TDT XP on back and back of sleeves.
Front YKK® zip with cord zipper pull.
Full-length zipper flap with garage to protect chin from zipper.