Castelli Winter Essentials: Women's
By Stan Portus – 2 December 2020
Winter can be the most rewarding time of year to ride. Ticking off epics, beating whatever mother nature throws your way, and getting out no matter what, is all part of the appeal. Castelli’s winter apparel brings all of that into closer reach.
Winter riding is rarely appealing. The cold, the wet, the dark. The warmth of inside, and the call of lazier pursuits seaming a far better option than the not-so-great outdoors.
But winter can also be one of the most rewarding times of year to ride – and the most stunning too. Surviving the cold to tick off epics, breaking though the dreary weather into crisp winter light, or just knowing that come Spring you’ll be feeling as good as you did at the start of the colder months.
The Castelli Winter Essentials Collection will keep you off the turbo trainer and on the open road in the months ahead, helping you fend off the elements and giving you another reason to ride.
Take a look at some of the collection highlights here.
Spettacolo RoS Women's Gloves
Cold fingers quickly unsettle the best of riders. The Spettacolo glove will excel in dry and wet conditions, providing plenty of protection from sudden or unexpected showers and plenty of warmth thanks to its Primaloft® Gold insulation.
Perfetto RoS Long Sleeve Women's Jacket
The Castelli Perfetto RoS Long Sleeve Women's Jacket gives you unbeatable dry-weather comfort whilst keeping you protected when the rain picks up. A stalwart garment with superb wind and rain protection – if you’re looking for to invest in a lasting, do-it-all jacket with an understated look, this is your ideal match.
Bringing the widely lauded Perfetto into the Rain or Shine (RoS) family, this jacket is a remarkable feat of garment innovation. Worrying about potential weather conditions before setting out on a ride will be a thing of the past – simply layer up according to the temperatures expected and enjoy your winter training.
The GORE-TEX Infinium fabrics utilised in the Perfetto RoS Long Sleeve are the result of a dedicated collaboration between Castelli’s R & D team and Gore – offering unrivalled, high-grade water protection, keeping you dry when you encounter those inevitable rainy showers.
The Bandito Headband combines the luxurious warmth of merino with the strength of polyester to create a hard working but superbly comfortable headpiece. A jersey inner helps move sweat away while providing a super soft feel against the skin. Reduced seaming stops any discomfort underneath the helmet and a contoured design provides cover for the ears.
Sorpasso RoS Women's Bibtights
The Sorpasso RoS Women’s Bibtight from Castelli is made for long ride in the widest range of conditions.
The tight features the ultra-stretchy, warm and water repellent Nano Flex 3G fabric. The fabric offers compression for all-day comfort and uses the third generation of Castelli’s nanotechnology fabric treatment that adds a high level of water repellency without affecting breathability. On the thighs and rear of the tights there are panels of Nano Flex Xtra Dry fabric to provide a bit more wind protection and warmth. The Sorpasso RoS Bibtight uses Castelli’s women’s specific Progetto X2 Donna seat pad, ideal for long hours in the saddle.
Flanders 2 Warm Long Sleeve Baselayer
The Flanders 2 baselayer will keep your body warm down to -4˚C. If you’re training in the biting cold, a die-hard bike commuter, or just like to take off-bike recovery to next level, this is a solid investment. The SottoZero fleece lining has a high-loft and soft feel for superb comfort. Underarm mesh panels, lie-flat seaming, and a contoured shape complete the winter baselayer.
RoS 2 Overshoe
The RoS 2 Overshoe is the ultimate protection for your feet. Like all Castelli products that carry the RoS label, the overshoes perform equally well in the dry and wet.
The front of the overshoe is made from Polartec® Power Stretch®. This fleece lined fabric provides extra warmth where your foot is most exposed to wind chill and is water repellent and highly breathable wicking away any internal moisture build-up, so your feet won’t feel clammy or uncomfortable.
Cubi 15 Socks
A little extra comfort goes a long way in winter. The Cubi 15 Sock uses a merino wool blend for its luxurious feel next to the skin, as well as its natural wicking properties and warmth. A terry loop knit under the sole is an extra embellishment, providing extra padding and warmth.
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If you find selecting the right gloves to match the day’s forecast a chore, why not go for a pair that offers sufficient weather resistance, dexterity and warmth to see you through most eventualities?