The Prologo 3 jersey has been updated since it was first reviewed on road.cc last year, with a new design and range of colours. The same fabric construction is used in this latest incarnation, a good thing as the original was really very good, and adds in a full-length zip.
The Prologo 3 is now available in four colours, each with a contrast stripe across the top of the chest, finished with a small Castelli logo. The same contrast stripe is repeated on the back but lower down at the waist band. It's paired with with a curved mesh panel in a contrasting colour over the back of the shoulders.
Castelli make the jersey from Stratus, a polyester fabric with a textured, closed-mesh construction. It's very soft on the skin and works well at pulling moisture away from the body, which is helped by the Prosecco hydrophilic treatment applied to the fabric at production.
Castelli say it has a working temperature range of 17-30°C. The recent heat wave has been the perfect testing situation for the jersey, where it has performed brilliantly.
It's a comfortable jersey when you're riding really hard, and does noticeable reduce that soggy and clingy feeling you can get in some jerseys. The large mesh panel across the top of the back improves ventilation, as does the full-length zip.
There's the regular three pocket setup on the back of the jersey. They've added a small zipped pocket that gives you somewhere to safely keep your house keys, or other valuables. There's a nice little reflective tab on the back pocket as well for low-light visibility.
A smart design and new full-length zip make the Prologo a better buy than before. A good choice for hot weather cycling.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Castelli Prologo 3 Jersey
Size tested: Black
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
The Castelli Prologo 3 Jersey is a completly new design for the summer of 2013 A long time staff favorite here at Castelli Cafe we are happy to report that all the features that made it such a huge success in the past are still there the Stratus fabric with Prosecco treatment the mesh insert in the back and zippered rear pocket. But Castelli have also managed to squeeze a full length YKK zipper into the price and the classy looks have been improved with block colour and a contrasting chest print. The Castelli Prologo Jersey elegantly simple. - See more at: http://www.castellicafe.co.uk/castelli-prologo-3-summer-cycling-jersey?v...
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Stratus fabric with Prosecco treatment
Sublimated chest band with Castelli wordmark
Mesh insert on back for cooling and fit enhancement
Full length YKK zipper
3 rear pockets with zippered key pocket
Comfort range 17-35c
Weight 165g (L)
Very good in hot weather
Excellent in hot weather, especially now it has a full-length zip.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
The fabric works well to wick sweat away.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The fabric and the design.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Nothing really stands out.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
About the tester
Age: 31 Height: 180 Weight: 67
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, mtb,
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.