High and dry.
- A cycling jacket for racing and training in the rain and wind
- Gore-Tex Shakedry membrane keeps you dry and breathes
- Water- and windproof protection in a race fit
- Full-length waterproof front zipper and taped seams
- Minimalist bulk packs down into a jersey pocket
- Two pockets mean no fishing around to get to jersey pockets
- Reflective details help maintain visibility
- Castelli offers ultimate protection in a race-worthy package
- Q & A
Finally a form fitting rain jacket!
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Medium
This jacket is a huge improvement over the initial Idro rain jacket. The first generation Idro, was a bit big for me and flapped in the wind. This is, in my opinion, the perfect piece to match with any of their race fit clothing, since the jacket is very form fitting, therefore you want your cycling clothing under it to be form fitting. I believe you have to size it for your intended use. My use is to use it if it is raining in the 50s F or warmer. I think if you want it for colder temps, you might have to size up, to allow a fit over thicker winter jerseys.
I've used it for about 1 hour on a 3 hour ride, and to my surprise and delight, it didn't make noise, or fill up with air like a parachute, but stayed close to my body, as aero as a rain jacket most likely could be made. The fit on me is a little tight in some areas standing up. but in the riding position, the fit is sublime. Also, the breathability is fantastic, as I used it during temps of the upper 60s F to lower 70s F, and it didn't really make me warmer at all, which is great. There wasn't any clammy or moist feeling. There are stretch panels in several strategic areas (inside wrist / under armpits) to offer the give that's required in the cycling position, but it also allows for the jacket to be form fitting.
The longer tail is a nice touch to keep your lower backside drier and there are two pockets on the rear with some reflective piping in some strategic spots. There are no zips on the jacket, other than the front zipper. It packs down into a single jersey pocket, but it's about 50% heavier than the original Idro rain jacket and bulkier, but I think the benefits of the pro jacket far outweigh the more minimalist original Idro. I'm going to say this runs true to size for Castelli aero clothing / form fitting clothing, so if you wear a medium sanremo speed suit or medium aero race jersey, the medium jacket will fit you. However, if I wore a long sleeve jersey and long sleeve base layer, even well fitting, the medium jacket might be a bit tight, and I might want to size up to the large. As I mentioned above, I wasn't interested in a rain jacket size that's comfortable for all possible rain conditions, but wanted one that would work nicely with clothing for temps in the 50s and higher.