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Castelli - Cross Prerace Jacket - Men's

Castelli Cross Prerace Jacket - Men's

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$71.96 - $109.95 $199.95

Item #CST008H


Tech Specs

[insulation] PrimaLoft 60, Toray 30g, [back] NanoFlex
3 rear, 1 zippered front
Claimed Weight:
[large] 411g
Recommended Use:
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Warm up the right way.

The start of 'cross season signals the arrival of crisp, chilly mornings and warm afternoons with plenty of colorful foliage in between — if you ask us, perfect racing weather. It's also the time of year when your pre-race warm-up takes on a more literal meaning, and getting your engine up to speed on chilly mornings can sometimes be a challenge. Save the hooded sweatshirt for post-race lounging, and make sure your body is as ready to race as your mind is with Castelli's Cross Prerace Jacket.

Simplicity is consistently a hallmark of Castelli's designs, and the Cross Prerace Jacket is no exception. The jacket has a sleek, functional design that isn't weighed down by unnecessary extras that only distract from pre-race rituals. Castelli recommends it in temperatures ranging from 41 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit, but our experience suggests it can go colder than that during stationary warm-ups.

The jacket's front panels and sleeves are packed with insulating PrimaLoft 60 and a Toray 30g water-repellent coating — because not every race morning is going to be sunny. The PrimaLoft ensures the heat you create during your warm-up laps stays inside your body's microclimate, while water-repellent Nano Flex fleece provides ventilation and keeps the jacket breathable along your back to help lessen the likelihood of overheating.

Castelli gives you plenty of room to store keys, gels, or any other pre-race essentials in the jacket's zippered front pocket and three external rear pockets. Expect the Cross Prerace jacket to fit streamlined but with some extra room compared to some of Castelli's slimmer, race-cut apparel. This jacket is made to be worn over your race jersey, so it gives you room to move around while warming up and is quick and easy to slip off when it's time to head to the start line.

  • Jacket for pre-race warmups and trailhead maintenance
  • PrimaLoft insulates your front side even if it gets wet
  • Toray coating deflects light precipitation
  • Nano Flex fleece provides breathable warmth at the back
  • Streamlined cut prevents bunching and restricted motion
  • Spacious fit accommodates jerseys and other gear
  • Multiple pockets store the essentials

Horrible Sizing

  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: XXL

As other reviews have mentioned, the sizing of this jacket runs SO small. I typically wear an XL. I went up to a XXL and that still wasn't even close. I really like Castelli products and I really liked the look of this jacket but I couldn't find a size big enough. Other Castelli tops typically run small too but this jacket is ridiculously small.

I thought It’s a female large

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small

I’m 5’11, 168 lbs, ordered a large size of this jacket. When It arrived, I can’t even fit into it. The shoulder, arm length, chest size, all smaller than any male small size jacket. I was starring at the product tag to make sure that I didn’t ordered a female Large size by mistake.

I’m still in disbelieve that it started male large in size. I honestly think Competitive Cycling needs to wavie the return shipping charge and work with this vendor.

I’ve uploaded a picture compare this Castelli to a Giorrlana jacket (male, large size). Notice how much smaller the Castelli compared. It’s easy to see how the red arm edge of Castelli compare to the orange for Giorrlana).

 I thought It’s a female large

Winter Riding

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Got this for my father in law for christmas and it's been great for winter riding. It's definitely a slim fit. He usually a size L and we went up to an XL and the fit is great.

Castelli Sizing is Terrible

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: XL

XL in everything but this jacket...$7 to return here...noice...

Too Small.......

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: XXL

I am 6'2" and about 220lbs........there is not a size offered that is big enough for me. The XXL is tight in the shoulders and short toward the waist. I really like the look of this jacket and it seems like it would offer a good combination of warmth and breath-ability but it is just too small. I was hoping they offered a XXXL but they don't. I like Castelli products but they need to adjust their sizing.

Great Jacket

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Purchased this jacket a year ago, has been using it regularly. It feels small while you standing, but fits perfectly while riding. It has european size, so it runs small for the US.

I’ll fitting

    So good looking, but the fit is funky. It runs extremely small. I’m well aware of European fit and how castelli usually fits and this particular jacket runs smaller than usual.

    Nice - WAY TO SMALL

    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Large

    I gave it 3 because it was really nice once I got it. This was 2 sizes to small.
    I bought a large I needed a XXL for it to work. My wife is normally a small or med in men's size. The large was ok with minimal layers underneath. No way it would work for cool weather rides.

    Sizing is way off

    • Fit: Runs small

    XXL fits great, but the Large was way too small. I received the new jacket within a few days. (I'm 5' 8," 150#)

    Small with only one hand warmer pocket.

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Medium

    Not what I was looking for. This jacket is small even in Castelli world! Would only fit over a skinsuit for a stick-sized racer. On the short side too! It has only one hand warmer pocket on the left side, so your right hand only can get cold during it's intended purpose (keeping you warm waiting in race-start heating). On the plus side: it looks cool, has a nice large zipper without a garage (which for me always gets in the way of the zipper not allowing it to go up fully--have to take gloves off to get zippers into the "garages"). Also this jacket features Castelli's on-the-bike-only fit, which again defeats the purpose of a warm-up jacket. This one is really only useful while on the bike and if you size up.
    A much better option for a warm-up jacket for me (as well as a casual athletic or commuting jacket) is the GORE WINDSTOPPER THERMO jacket: two hand warmer pockets, and a club fit that will fit over a race thermal jersey.

    poor fit

      I went up a size and got an L. I like a tight fit, but the shoulders are super tight; and I don't have broad shoulders. The neck is pretty wide on the L, which is a bummer for cold weather riding.

      Great jacket, lousy fit

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: XL

      I bought this to wear in between rides, and it is exactly as described as far as comfort, quality and finish. I even wore it on a short hike in low 40s temp here in Colorado and it was wasrm yet breathed, and I only wore a light base layer rollneck top underneath. The longer back like all Castelli jackets means you could even wear on a bike ride low on the bars and it would be comfortable.
      My only and continuing gripe is the size fittings are WAY off. The almost pretentious commentary from the sales staff here and Castelli agents that I have spoken with that, this is "European fit" is complete BS. If the Castelli chart says a large fits 35" waist, why is it that when I Bought the L, and I have a 31-32 waist, I can't zip it closed and the arms are short, chest is tight and overall pincer fit. BTW I am EUROPEAN, fit and in shape from all my riding, so why do I have to buy XL here and the previous Castelli jacket, 2XL to fit in the bloody thing?!
      I get the impression that Castelli has lost all control on its sizing and for inane reasons refuses to acknowledge this, and will not fix this issue. It's one thing to size up occasionally for race fit clothes, but to have to go from what should be medium to 2 XL is idiotic. I really like the materials, designs, colors etc, but if Nalini can sell bike clothing that is much closer to described sizing, why doesn't Castelli?
      I sound a TON of money on gear, and expect better from businesses that charge a hefty premium. So in this case I bought two jackets, L and XZl just in case, and you guessed it, returned the L because it was an impossible fit.
      Size up 2-3, pretend you are Donald Trump in the size charts and you won't be embarrassed to order XXL, and you won't be disappointed by fit. Nuff said.

      Very multipurpose jacket

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: XL

      Bought this jacket because I was looking for a cycling branded jacket to wear casually or for early morning family rides around the neighborhood. This jacket does both. It is cut and fits in the traditional Castelli race style but it leaves room for a cycling jacket or jersey underneath. So if you're like me and wear XL tops keep that sizing for this jacket.

      Runs Smaller than all other Castelli pro

      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: XL

      Nice looking jacket that is ONLY for riding. I purchased an XL which is what I wear for Castelli jerseys. It was too small and I'm ordering an XXL. The fit it not only form fit, it is form fit specifically to RIDING position. Don't buy this for a walk around town jacket. It's not gonna feel good unless you are bent over the bike.


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