Cross is Here.
The smell of embrocation in the air, the ringing of cowbells, and a ribbon of course tape zig-zagging across a muddy field can only mean one thing, cyclocross season. Many cyclists, including the staff at Competitive Cyclist, live for this time of year, and the shear thought of cross season is enough to make our hearts race. For those that are fastidious about a half-psi difference of tire pressure in their handmade tubulars comes the CX Sanremo long-sleeve Speedsuit from Castelli and it understands your passion.
This piece of kit is unapologetically built for cyclocross racing. Castelli selected fabrics designed to keep you warm in cooler conditions and durable enough to withstand repeated mud baths, shouldering the bike, and remounts. This skinsuit is designed to excel in condition ranging from 46-68 degrees Fahrenheit which is right where we find a majority of our racing to happen. If it gets cooler, Castelli recommends donning a base layer, adding to the versatility. The lower portion is based on the Free Aero Race Bibshort and is designed for comfort, muscle support, and aerodynamics, while the upper is built on the Aero Race 5.1 jersey which aids in aerodynamics. We also found the full-length front zipper quite handy for reducing the amount of time in the prerequisite pre-race porta-john visit.
- Speedsuit designed for pinning it for an hour between the tape
- Designed to keep you warm in cool temperatures without overheating
- Durable fabrics, longer sleeves, and a higher collar specific for ‘cross
- Progetto X² chamois for comfort and cushioning the remount
- Open front for nature breaks and ease of entry
- Q & A
Cyclocross? Time Trial? Road? YES!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
This suit is not exactly so dedicated to cyclocross as the description would suggest. This suit is EXACTLY the same as the Sanremo 3.2 Speedsuit, but with long sleeves and a slightly higher collar. The full sleeves are made from the same light weight material as the short sleeve version, just full length. This makes it great for time trial, keeping sun off your arms, or taking off a slight chill. I've ridden this suit in temps from 60F to 80F and was totally comfortable. It is supremely breathable and keeps me plenty cool. The best part is that, because nobody really understands what this suit is, it's on sales for way less than the Sanremo 3.2 or time trial suit. Still has the three pocket back that you're used to, which supports real riders vs. supported racers. It's a great suit and a unique piece of kit.