Review: Castelli Climber’s 2.0 Jersey

Highlights include light weight, superb venting, snug aero cut

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We put this jersey from Castelli through some serious testing during a Giant Bicycles media camp in Mallorca, Spain, where daytime temperatures soared into the mid-90s. Photo courtesy Giant Bicycles/Sterling Lorence

We put this jersey from Castelli through some serious testing during a Giant Bicycles media camp in Mallorca, Spain, where daytime temperatures soared into the mid-90s. Photo courtesy Giant Bicycles/Sterling Lorence

The Lowdown: Castelli Climber’s 2.0 Jersey

Ideal jersey for a super hot day? How about a mesh, sleeved baselayer with pockets and full front zipper? Sounds radical, but that’s essentially what you get with the $130 Castelli Climber’s 2.0 Jersey, which combines light weight, superb venting, and a snug aero cut that leaves little to the imagination. So is this top-tier top the perfect answer to the dog days of summer? Read on to find out.

Stat Box
Material: StradaPro 3D supports pockets Colors: Black/Red; White/Black; White/Blue/Red
Sleeves: Mesh raw edge arm grippers Sizes: XXS-XXXL
Sun protection: UPF 16 on back Weight: 101 grams (size Large)
Fit: Aero race/very snug MSRP: $130
Zipper: Full length Rating: 4.5 Stars 4.5 out of 5 stars

Flusso (floss?) 3D material on the shoulders and front of the jersey vents exceptionally well and dries fast.

Flusso (floss?) 3D material on the shoulders and front of the jersey vents exceptionally well and dries fast.

Pluses
Minuses
  • Breathes incredibly well
  • Material snags easily
  • Super light weight
  • Some bunching at waist
  • Sturdy zipper
  • Reduced sun protection
  • Aero contoured fit
  • Leaves little to imagination
  • White bibshorts straps a must
  • Small pockets

Continue to page 2 for our full review of the Castelli Climber’s 2.0 Jersey and a photo gallery »
About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.


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  • Mark Carniglia says:

    I just received mine in the mail from MEC. Loved everything about it until I put it on, then couldn’t last more than about 5 minutes wearing it around the house. The rather robust zipper and especially the non-flatlock seams were very irritating to the skin. No one else noticed this?

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