This new jersey from Castelli really is something different. The Gabba is made from a windproof and waterproof fabric that's breathable enough that you stay comfortably sweat-free when you step up the intensity.
Castelli's Chiro Due gloves are good-quality mid-weight gloves for cool autumn/winter days - although not for the very coldest rides.
The Chiros owe much of their performance to the fact that they're made from a Gore Windstopper fabric throughout - and that includes the cuffs. No cold air gets through it. Plus, although these gloves aren't designed to be waterproof, no rain gets through the Windstopper fabric either. It can soak through the seams but not through the fabric itself.
We first tested these tights a year ago - in November 2010 - so we thought we'd update our review to cover how we've got on with using them since then. Well I say "we", what I mean is "I"… you can take team bonding too far y'know. The price for this winter, 2011-12, remains the same at £160.
These bib tights are from Castelli’s Rosso Corsa line, which means that they’re a top-of-the-range option from the Italian clothing specialists.
The thing about Castelli's Feroce long sleeve base layer is that it's not a long sleeve base layer.
'Don't think of it as a long sleeve base layer. Think of it as a short sleeve base layer with arm warmers attached,' say Castelli.
Well, that partly explains things but they're still messing with my mind here.
Starting with a standard pair of their Thermoflex armwarmers and coating it with millions of silicone 'nanofilaments', Castelli have created a water repellent fabric called Nanoflex that causes raindrops to bead off of the fabric as you are riding keeping you drier for longer. That's the theory; and the practice?
A brand new pair of extra large Castelli Aero race gloves, in the Black and White colour scheme. I was given these as present, but I have already got a pair of the Red & Black ones, so don't really need two pairs!
Although they are an extra large, they aren't that big, and are a tight fit. Probably equal to a large in other Castelli gloves.
Image/Details here; http://castelli-cycling.com/en/products/detail/320/
RRP: £37.. looking for £25 posted
£37 for a pair of knee warmers? A bit steep, isn't it? Ah yes, but prepare to be surprised... Castelli's Nanoflex are water repellent so rain beads up and rolls off.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, you've heard it all before. That's what we thought too. But Castelli's NanoFlex fabric actually works.
There's nothing like doing a ride in new socks, is there? Magic. Some socks stay feeling good for a long time after they're new, and the Castelli Riga 9s are certainly one of those socks. Plus, they look Pro, and that's very important in a sock.
Similar in appearance to Castelli's top level Free Aero bibs the Velocissimo shorts are the Italian outfit's mid-range offerings, if you can call the best part of a 100 quid mid range.