As with most of the kit that Castelli initially develops for the professionals at Cannondale- Garmin, the Sottile Jacket took an extra generation before seeing a release with a...
As with most of the kit that Castelli initially develops for the professionals at Cannondale- Garmin, the Sottile Jacket took an extra generation before seeing a release with a women-specific cut. Also like that other kit, it benefits from another round of R&D to work the kinks out of the original model. The result is on par with the men's Sottile Due Jacket, bringing the sponsored cyclist's choice for packable protection from inclement weather to the recreational cyclist's kit bag. The Sottile Jacket is made from a blend of Castelli's wind-resistant, waterproof, and breathable fabrics, so staying protected from the external elements doesn't come at the cost of a balmy -- and then clammy -- internal microclimate. It's also semi- transparent, so your team colors and number show through while rain is kept out. The fit is a layer-able race fit, so it's not painted-on like your dimpled aerodynamic jersey, but it does avoid flapping like the PVC capes of old. The long sleeves and exaggerated rear hem maintain coverage like a cape, though, even in the drops. The Sottile was created with a minimal design, but the small and important details were given proper consideration. A full-length front zipper aids in both temperature regulation and on-the-bike removal. Rounded elastic banding at the cuffs and hem keep the jacket in place, a single side zipper provides access to your jersey's pockets underneath, and small reflective elements help keep you visible in low-light conditions.