If you're looking for luxury and performance in a winter jacket, then the Castelli Espresso Due Jacket is the perfect choice. In designing the Espresso Due, Castelli paid attention to even the smallest details to create the ideal blend of performance, fit, and style.It all starts with the Windstopper X-Fast fabric used extensively throughout the jacket. Made using high-tech circular interlocking polyester, Windstopper X-Fast provides total wind protection while allowing for excellent breathability. In short, it blocks the wind while letting your sweat evaporate, keeping you dry and warm. A soft, lofty microfleece lining is essential for the insulation it provides, and it adds serious comfort. The Windstopper's natural stretch characteristics and 50 Denier outer coverage make the Espresso Due abrasion resistant and durable. The Espresso Due's breathability is further enhanced by the addition of two vertical zippers down the front of the jacket. Ever hit the summit of a long climb in cold weather only to freeze going down the other side? The Espresso's chest vents address this problem: simply unzip them while climbing to allow heat and moisture to escape, then close them while descending to once again block the wind and insulate your torso. As an added bonus, Castelli includes two more zippers extending up along the Espresso Due's wrists, offering yet another ventilation opportunity and allowing you to close the jacket around the cuffs of your gloves to create a tight, heat-protecting seal. Last but not least, a flip-up Thermoflex collar is soft and fleecy on the inside (for warmth and stretch), but treated with silicon on the outside to give the collar slight water repellency. And Thermoflex's natural elasticity enables the collar to form a snug seal around your neck to lock-in warmth while keeping out the elements.Castelli also spent a lot of time dialing-in the Espresso Due's fit. The Windstopper X-Fast fabric provides 4-way stretch for easy movement, while Castelli's shoulder articulation system means the back of the jacket is separated from the arms around the back of the shoulder to eliminate pull. Here, a stretchy mesh insert provides the freedom you need. Lastly, the back hem of the Espresso Due is cut low, and an elastic band on the back will keep the jacket from riding up while you're bent over the bike. The Espresso Due comes with three rear pockets for your riding essentials, plus it includes an internal MP3 player/phone pocket and a cable port for your headphones. Castelli's YKK camlock zipper stays flat when the zipper head is down, and rear reflective tabs improve visibility on gloomy, winter training rides.Designed to keep you warm and comfortable down to 32 degrees Fahrenheit, the Castelli Espresso Due Jacket is available in three colors -- Black, Red, and White. It comes in six sizes from Small through XXX-Large. Like most Castelli clothing, the Espresso Due is designed to be form-fitting as the technical fabrics used t
Here is a little bit about it in use from I ride I posted on my team and club listing.
I could not get any of you ladies to ride with me so...I usually do not listen to music when I ride due to safety, but because traffic was light and it rained the whole ride I figured it would be ok. I kept the music low.
I used the Klipsch s4i rugged earbuds in what I call KTM orange with my iphone. All recorded in Lossless from CD.
I started out with Black Sabbath "Children of the Grave" full album.
2nd full album was THE DILLARDS "THERE IS A TIME" all the songs are great. Some songs are folk rock, some are Blue Grass, they even do a acapella version of the Beatles song "Yesterday" again good album. If you watch the great TV show Andy Griffith the Dillards were the family and band
called the Darlings. The boys never had any expression on their faces which i found funny. The music they played was GREAT and introduced a lot of people to Blue Grass that other wise never would have listened. The Dillards - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Then it was a mix of songs:
Steve Miller "Book of Dreams"
Van Halen a early song 1 or 2
Depeche Mode "Violator"
TEMP. WAS IN THE LOW 40S. Rained the whole ride.
GEAR/KIT I WORE: Neoprene booties which when I started off I did not have zipped up. I quickly found out I should have because with them open the water sprayed onto my Giordana wind front tights and into by booties. Merino wool socks.
Top: I wore a light to midweight polypro long sleeve, a cycling jersey with no sleeves and the the Castelli "Gabba Convertable Jacket", which I left the arms zipped on the whole time. Water only seems to come through the sleeves up to where the short sleeve jersey sleeves underneath stop.
This is because the jersey sleeves are made with Windstopper like the rest of the jersey. The sleeves are not Windstopper. The jacket kept me dry mostly and comfortable!
I started with the Craft windproof cool weather gloves which I did 3/4 or so of the ride with and then switched to my Fly offroad motorcycle winter waterproof gloves.
My head wear was a Pearl Izumi light weight head/ear cover that also served to keep my earbuds in along with a Halo summer type sweat head cover. and a helmet of course.
I was comfortable the whole ride except my feet which were wet from the start, did get cold towards the end and my fingers were wet and cold until I switched to my Fly gloves.
My headlight almost ran out of juice. I had it on flash the whole time. I feel it is safer than leaving it on solid. Cyclops Adventure Sports LED light.
It was a good ride at a comfortable pace for me.
Happy Halloween to all.
Strengths: Very warm and wind proof, beautifully constructed and styled, snug fit, visible but classic colour, adjustable ventilation
This jacket worked well for an whole season. Typically I used it in -8 to +5 celsius with a thin wool base layer and a mid layer. It works well in the wind, not only because of the fabric but because the neck, cuffs and hem fit snug to prevent wind getting in. Temperature range can be adjusted with the front vents but I usually had them open except in very strong head winds or low temperatures. The red colour is great for visibility which is important for winter riding. The construction quality, fit and looks justify the premium price