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Capo knew better than to mess with a good thing, which is why its new SL series relies on the same proven fit and detailing as the original Padrone collection, but with the addition of the latest in reflective fabric technology. The Padrone SL (high visibility) Jacket stands in as the ideal riding jacket, as its protective paneling was made to remain subtle during the daylight hours, yet become fully illuminated when light hits the surface. Welcome to the next generation in high-end, safety-minded riding apparel.
The SL jacket falls under what Capo calls its Gruppo Sportivo, or GS Series. Designed to "push-the-envelope" of cycling apparel, the GS series received Capo's most advanced materials and construction techniques. Basically, it checks all of the boxes on your list — support, flexibility, warmth, and also visibility. This is all due to the Padrone having been constructed from a blend of Capo's latest fabrics: Super Black and P-10 Membranes. Both of these ultra-reflective materials are what contribute to the jacket's visible properties, and they were engineered to provide the same controlled stretch, wind- and water repellency, and wicking abilities as the materials they replace. Crushed crystals have been bonded to the membranes' surfaces, which effectively reflect light when it hits the surface. This paneling is what gives the new Padrone its high level of visibility. Both of these materials' compositions favor a lightweight, softshell design over bulky, fleecy fabrics. Match that with a slim cut from hem to hem, and there's not a chance that rain or snow is getting in. Additionally, the P-10 panels are lightly perforated, which keeps air freely circulating through the jacket. This ventilation system ensures you stay comfortable in the saddle, regardless of your effort levels.
In addition to prepping for the elements, the Padrone has been designed to be highly malleable in order to complement the cycling-specific flexibility of the GS series. Capo made the Padrone with a lengthened rear hem, a multiple panel construction, and pre-shaped sleeves. The idea was to complement the body in motion, and by doing so, reducing any possibility of abrasion along the way. Altogether, it's easy to see that the Padrone looks more like a long sleeve jersey than a full-blown technical jacket.
The jacket was finished off with a tall collar and full-length front zipper, as well as three pockets along the lower rear panel. A fourth zippered pocket was added for separating your phone and media devices from the rest of your riding essentials.
The Capo Padrone SL Jacket is available in five sizes from Small to XX-Large and in the color Black. Every Padrone is made in Italy.
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
There's no doubt that the high-vis aspect of this jacket is astounding. Even in the sunlight, it's possible to see the effects of the technology. The fit is standard Capo - somewhere between race & club, but at 5'10" 140lbs, I found it a little boxy in the chest. However, it's completely fine given it's application, low-light riding & training.
If I were to have a gripe about this jacket, it would be that it's not the most breathable piece in my wardrobe. The points of the jacket where the high-vis fabrics are applied are tad bit heavy and propagate sweat a little more than I'd prefer. However, the venting system is quite nice, so it nearly cancels out. I'd recommend this for anyone that rides in low-light conditions in a temperature range of 45-65 degrees F.
I own the high-viz vest. And I just want to share that Capo's new high-viz technology is amazing. When the headlamps of an automobile hit the crushed crystals in Capo's high-viz material, the material practically lights up.
I often have to train and ride at night. I consider the use of one of these garments essential to my safety. In addition, of course, to proper front & rear bike lights.