The Elemento Lite Jacket is construction similar to that of an insulated alpine shell, with an insulation layer sandwiched between woven inner and outer layers. Unlike most mountain jackets, though, the woven shell isn't completely windproof. Castelli left a small amount of permeability.
The small amount of air that gets into the jacket picks up the moisture and evaporates it more efficiently than any membrane fabric available. The middle layer is a puffy insulation layer that we make in polypropylene partly because it's insanely light but also because it won't pick up moisture from either sweat or rain.
3-layer insulated construction with engineered air permeability gives our best combination of warmth, breathability and light weight
Japanese-made air-permeable woven-textured nylon outer shell with water-repellent finish
Polypropylene synthetic down insulation layer provides warmth while allowing full breathability without any water absorption
Plissé stretch panels on sides, elbows and wrists allow for close-to-body fit yet with full freedom of movement
3 rear pockets with reflective gusset at bottom
Inner waist closure allows you to block out drafts (closed) or allow extra breathability (open)
Temperature range: 0°-12°C / 32°-53°F
Mrs ParkIt's a good product and it's fast delivery. It's really light and airy.
BushyLiked the look of this jacket a while back but was not prepared to part with £250 for one, so waited for the January sale to pick up a deal.
I am 80kg and 5' 9" and opted for a large in Dark Infinity Blue, slightly roomier than a normal Castelli large but still quite a close fit for me.
The jacket has a very warm and comfortable feeling to it, quite different to either a Gabba/Perfetto softshell or a Raddoppia fleece type. This feels almost like a minimalist Ski jacket, but way lighter.
First venture out today wearing a craft long sleeve winter base layer underneath; weather was a moderate breeze off the coast, light drizzle and a temperature accounting for windchill of 2 degrees centigrade. Group ride of 50 miles at a brisk pace and within the first half an hour I realised that this is one super warm jacket. However It does breath very well and there is a subtle feeling of air movement through the outer shell, so it is definitely not a boil in the bag type garment. I could have done with a much lighter baselayer in light of todays temperature and more so the ride intensity. The light rain beaded off well but didn't amount to much so couldn't really test the water resistant level.
If you run cold I would highly recommend this jacket for a winter ride, if like me you run quite warm it is probably not the one to wear when riding around threshold pace, unless the weather is well below freezing, otherwise it ideal for a steady winter ride.
Nice jacket and very pleased with the purchase.
Castelli Elemento Lite Cycling Jacket - AW19
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