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Castelli's Prologo Jersey has now moved on to its sixth edition and it continues its theme of being a top that sits somewhere between a race jersey and one that's slightly more relaxed. It offers decent performance and quality, as do others at lower prices.
When George tested the previous version of the Prologo he was impressed, especially with the breathability which at the time Castelli rated 4/5 in its own scoring system. This version uses the new Punto fabric which Castelli only gives a 3/5. Maybe its top end fabrics are becoming even more impressive, stretching the benchmark or it's being a bit more ruthless with the scoring. Either way, the latest Prologo offers plenty of ventilation thanks to its mesh-like construction, great when the temperature ramps up into the mid-20s.
The fit is surprisingly loose for Castelli but in a good way. The cut is still pretty close and if you stick to the sizing guide you aren't going to find lots of loose fabric flapping about in the wind, but if your racing days are behind you and you are going for comfort over speed these days, you won't need to feel conscious when rocking up on the club run.
I quite like the bold styling, though to my mind it's a shame that the red banner doesn't travel all the way around the jersey, not for a visibility reason, purely to give it a more complete look.
If black isn't for you there are plenty of other options if you take a look at Castelli's website.
The Prologo comes with a decent length dropped tail so when you fancy hunkering down in the drops your lower back remains covered, and it's held in place by a silicone gripper.
You get three pockets in a traditional setup across the rear and they do a pretty decent job, although I did find the material a little lacking in tightness when the pockets were loaded.
When riding I carry a Sticky Pod with various essentials to get me home when things go wrong so that I can make the school run. It's not massively heavy, but other jerseys cope with the load with a little less bounce and sag than the Prologo.
Money-wise, the Prologo VI's £85 price tag is a little overpriced when you look at other very good jerseys out there. Lusso's Dash will only set you back 65 quid, and Sweet Protection's Crossfire jersey, a similar traditional design, is just £69.99.
Castelli's Prologo VI is a good jersey, but while it has only crept up a fiver in the last couple of years there are a lot of tops delivering the same for less.
Great looks and breathability and the relaxed fit will appeal to many, but there are other brands doing it cheaper
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Castelli Prologo VI Short Sleeve Jersey
Size tested: Large
Tell us what the product is for
Castelli says, "The Prologo name is Italian for "prologue," the opening salvo in a Grand Tour. But many of our customers pronounce it like "Pro Logo." And we don't mind at all.The Prologo Jersey, now in its sixth generation, does feature a big logo, but more than that it brings a lot of tech directly from our experience with pro racing. The fabric is remarkably soft yet stretchy and features bioceramic nanoparticles added to the fused polymer, which reflect far infrared light to both protect you from hot sun and help the body keep itself warm.The construction also borrows a lot of cues from pro racing: the same drop-tail construction that helps the jersey sit right around the waist while allowing generous pockets that sit lower on the back, the wraparound side panels that ventilate the back without letting in too much air from the front, and the easy-sliding YKK® Vislon® zipper."
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
New Punto fabric is light and breathable
Horizontal stretch for great fit, with limited vertical stretch to support pockets
Covered YKK® Vislon® zipper
Castelli shadow logo sublimation overprint on dyed base fabric
Drop tail with 3 rear pockets and internal silicone waist elastic on back
True to Castelli's size chart, but a little more relaxed than most of its products.
How easy is the product to care for? How did it respond to being washed?
Following Castelli's care instructions brought up no issues.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
A good jersey that will work in a large temperature range with a cut that'll suit many.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Price-wise you can do better.
How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?
For what is quite a basic jersey there are plenty of options where you can save money.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? It looks great but there are cheaper options.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your overall score
An all-round decent jersey but there is very little here to really make it stand out against the opposition.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed
As part of the Tech Hub here at F-At Digital, our senior product reviewer Stu uses the knowledge gained from putting well over a 1,000 products through their paces (including hundreds of bikes) to write in-depth reviews of a huge range of kit. After first throwing his leg over a race bike back in 2000, Stu's ridden more than 160,000 miles on road, time-trial, track, and gravel bikes, and while he's put his racing days behind him he still likes to smash the pedals rather than take things easy. Although, as he spends a fair bit of his time reviewing ebikes these days he's becoming an expert in letting the motor take the strain. He's also waiting for 23mm race tyres to make a comeback!