CastelliMortirolo 3 Jacket - Men's

Stay insulated without overheating.

Not every cyclist enjoys the hardships of winter cycling, preferring instead to end the outdoor riding when the temperatures get within 10 degrees Fahrenheit of freezing. Castelli understands the reasoning behind that decision, as evidenced by the Mortirolo 3 Jacket.

The Mortirolo 3 is similar in design to its more expensive, more insulating siblings, the Espresso 3 and Senza jackets, but it's just built to handle slightly warmer conditions, so it will keep you comfortable through late fall until the dead of winter. Castelli recommends it for 43 to 59 degrees Fahrenheit, but sizing up allows you to fit a base layer underneath it to extend its range into the high-30s.

The front of the Mortirolo 3 is the same Windstopper X-Fast material you'll find on some of the brand's more expensive jackets. Castelli sources from the venerable manufacturer Gore-Tex. Since it has a windproof rating of less than or equal to 1.0 CFM, Windstopper X-Fast is literally windproof. It also has a DWR treatment to protect against mid-ride precipitation or road spray and a lofted, fleecy lining to insulate and provide next-to-skin comfort.

Since it's made for warmer conditions, the Mortirolo's back eschews Windstopper fabric in favor of the more breathable Warmer material. Warmer has a soft, brushed interior that insulates as well as the Windstopper front but ventilates better to keep you from overheating. The jacket's construction is rounded off with the same zippered chest vents found on the Espresso 3 and the silicone waist gripper of the Senza. It also has a full-length front zipper, three rear pockets, and reflective tabs to help keep you visible in low-light conditions.

The Castelli Mortirolo 3 Jacket is available in sizes ranging from Small to XXX-Large in the colors Anthracite/black/yellow fluo, Black, Moonlight Blue/red/black, and Red/white/black.

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Benchmark winter jacket. Runs small

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

Application: Castelli officially rates this jacket for use from 58° down to 40° F -the sweet spot for winter riding for many of us.

PROS: The front chest vents provide tremendous versatility. For example, close the vents and select a winter-weight baselayer, and this jacket will keep you warm down to about 35-40°. Yet, with the vents open and a light-weight baselayer, this jacket works great into the upper 50s. Neat.

Authentic Gore WindStopper textile is simply the best in the business. It is fully wind-proof and protects very effectively against cold but -also- breathes extremely well (the best in the business) -and- does not flap in the wind. It's wonderfully effective.

***Sizing: As castelli vets know, Castelli runs small. Italian sizing -is- different.

So, size up +1 with Castelli. Always. I'm 5'10" and 185 lbs. The XL fit great here. Snug (as it should be) with enough room for a Craft L/S baselayer underneath.***

Not sure but i "like it"

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: Large

I love the fabric, and how it looks, i'm 5.8" an 130libs, order Large acording to BC team and it fits very well, not very snug, some "loose" under the armpit and torso, not noticeable but it bothers me a little bit.
Now, arms apparently on Medium will be short for me.
The positive is, i want it something to use in my everyday commute to work over my long sleeve shirt clothes. Not was made of but it still work.
Next update will be a "sport" ride this weekend.

Pretty good but not in love with.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small

This jacket looks great and is very comfortable. However, if I had this purchase to make over again I would pick a different option. While I knew the back was not windproof I wasn't aware there is a thin strip on the back of the arms that is not. My tricep gets very cold if I have a tail wind. I have been able to remedy this by wearing my nanoflex warmers underneath but this isn't an ideal fix. I have worn this jacket into the low 40's and I'm sure its any warmer than my Gabba2.

Castelli gets it right.

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

I live in the north east and this jacket is perfect for the pre-spring arriving season. I Used it with a base-layer on a windy 45 degree day and it did the job. I'm 5 9 and 158 and the medium fit me perfect. I typically wear medium in all my kits. To add, the quality of this jacket is excellent and looks great.

Just took delivery

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

I just took delivery of this. I'm a Castelli guy, even with their fit issues. Once you get their fit figured out they are pretty reliable. I bought this in my usual large (I also have the Senza jacket and the Transparente Due jersey in large). This jacket fits perfectly in the body but the arms are laughably short, by like two inches too short. I'm 6'2" 170lbs. This goes back to CC.

New England Chill-buster !

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

I've outfitted with Castelli B 4 so I knew to order 1 size larger...
- fits like a glove !
- chest vents are a GR8 feature if the ride temp goes up !
- Gore-Tex Windstopper is a "miracle" fabric, especially in New England !

Nice Jacket

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: XXL

I used this jacket for a quick ride a week ago and loved it. Helped protect me from the wind and kept me warm. Fits snug. I had to get one size up.

excellent and warm

    Best jacket I have had, good for all but the coldest days. I bought one for me and just recently one for my friend. Price is great. Real quality.

    Jacket is dope

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

    This is the absolute best piece of equipment I have. Castelli knew what they were doing when they designed this jacket!!!! True in every detail!! Wind stopper front breathable in the back. Side vents work great!!! Used it in 30-50 degree temps. Outstanding job!!!

    If you really like this jacket, you should try the Castelli Espresso 3. It is a little heavier and I find it better at colder temperatures. They have similar construction--both using vertical zipper vents on both sides of the jacket front. Considering both jackets, the Motirolo is very nice, but the Espresso 3 is my single best piece of cycling kit.

    I will check out the Espresso 3. Thanks.

    Love this jacket!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large

    The styling and fit are top notch.
    I am 5'11" 165lbs and ordered the large, it fits nicely. Room for a thermal base layer with no difficulty.
    Very warm in upper 30's -40's with base layer on. Low 50's is the top range for this or you will get hot.
    I have a couple Gabba 2 jerseys I wear if I'm pretty sure it's going to rain.
    This jacket is water resistant, but not like the Gabba. If I want wind stopper and warmth this is a perfect jacket. If you throw in decent amount of rain go Gabba.
    I ordered the red one and it looks very sharp. High quality and warm. I got it on sale and feel like it was very much a good buy.

    Castelli Cut Sizes Inconsistent

    • Fit: Runs small

    Castelli never surprises me that their sizes are completely inconsistent across their different jersey's, especially the winter ones. It really upsets me that this Jacket in size XL is the SAME as another Jacket I have in a L. I just really want consistent sizing by Castelli because I love the technical aspects of everything they do but it frustrates me to no end that they offer some consistency to their sizings.

    Castelli's donut hole. . .

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: small

    This is an interesting jacket. As other reviewers have stated, it attempts to strike a balance of warmth, breathability and water resistance; a jack-of-all-trades.

    Warmth: the fleeced interior delivers on most counts. Rides in Seattle during November and December (daily commutes and weekend rides) in weather ranging from colder (34 - 36 degrees) to warmer (42 - 45 degrees), from moderately dry to full-on rainy. At the lower end of temperatures, it feels a bit cold with a thermal base layer. The sweet spot seems to be high 30's to mid 40's with a light or medium base.

    Wind & water resistance is quite good. And it's possible not to work up a huge sweat if you layer up with a light base layer at the upper temp range or a heavier thermal base at the lower end.

    It's not a rain jacket. The "Warmer" fabric on the back makes this a "180 degree" jacket. That is, it's wind and water repellant on the front of the torso and the sleeves. You'll get wet, as I have, on a 2 hour ride in showery weather. You'll also find that the the narrow 1.5" strip of fabric on the back of the sleeves is also Warmer fabric, not X-Fast. Your arms will feel a bit chilly on a windy day or cold descent.

    And that brings the balancing act to the point: in my opinion, the Mortirolo fits a well-defined niche in Castelli's jacket line-up. The zippered chest vents, X-Fast on the torso and sleeve front and Warmer on the backs of same, helps the jacket achieve the goal of being a jack(et)-of-all-trades.

    Conversely, it's a master-of-none. It performs well in a wide range of temperature and conditions but at the ends of the spectrum you might be cold and wet or hot and sweaty.

    Bookending the Mortirolo is Castelli's Trasparente if you want a light jacket (or heavy jersey) with X-Lite on the sleeve/torso fronts for less inclement weather. At the other end, Senza features 360 degrees of X-Fast on the torso and sleeves and eliminates the breathability of Warmer and the zippered chest vents (a stripped down Espresso). All of which enhances overall resistance to the wetter colder conditions that fall outside of the Mortirolo design intent. All that and at a price point that bridges the gap between the Mortirolo, Espresso 3 and Alpha.

    I own several Gabba jackets, Nanoflex bibs and warmers. These have pretty much become my core Seattle Fall/Winter/Spring kit. With the right base layers, Gabba has a very wide usability range. Using these pieces the past two years motivated me to purchase the Mortirolo, then the Espresso 3, and more recently the Tempesta system. The Mortirolo and Espresso replaced jackets from other makers that aren't designed, fabricated or fit as well as the Castelli pieces. Tempesta is a nicely thought-out and executed system approach that works together better than my large assortment of rain gear from other makers.

    Do you need a Mortirolo? Maybe. Maybe not. In Seattle, Mortirolo and Espresso are probably not core Winter pieces. Gabba? You bet. Tempesta? Probably should be. In some climates, a single jacket such as the Mortirolo may be all you need. I happen to think Castelli has designed a line-up of pieces with a significant amount of overlap which can make it both easier and difficult to narrow a choice down to a single piece. Or maybe it's counting on you buying them all.

    Choose wisely.

    Great jacket but runs VERY small

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

    I am 6'2 and 170lb. In most american brands I am a size large. I am an XL in castelli Jerseys. I ordered an XL in the jacket. Even the size XL is very small. I would have had to order a 2x or 3xl. I, unfortunately, had to return it because of size but the quality of the jacket seemed nice and the aesthetics of the jacket is awesome. It is a sexy jacket... I did order the Gore Phantom 2 (also ran small) and the Mavic Thermo Sprint. When comparing all three jackets, I went with the Mavic Thermo Sprint because it is VERY comfortable, especially in the riding position, has long sleeves, has a longer tail, and good ventilation. The Gore Phantom 2.0 is also nice but also runs pretty small (zip off sleave are pretty slick though). Good luck!

    Yeah, its typical great Castelli

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I got this for $100 on sale from CC. What the description says is spot on, i have the espresso3 jacket, and the motirolo fits identically to that, but it is more heavy jersey than light jacket. I've put one 2 hr ride on it so far w/ no undershirt, was 42degF and sunny w/ 15mph winds and this thing was AWESOME. windstopping? YES. Warm? YES. Overlapping with the Espresso3 jacket? YES. With these conditions, either would have been fine, but i would have been opening up the vents in the espresso. I think the temps listed in the description are spot on as well. I have boiled in the espresso when the temps jumped up over 50degF, whereas this would still be OK with the vents open until maybe 60ish. Fit is typical Castelli, and the M info in the sizing chart is absolutely correct. I am 5'11" 160lb with a longer than normal torso. (based on inseam length on the chart) and the M is good on me, if anything maybe an inch short, but thats ok, everything fits that way on me. Sleeves were also just a hair short, could have used maybe 1/4" longer but not complaining.

    Giving it 5 stars, the only thing that could take away would be if it falls apart. Will come back and update if it does.

    Nice but tight

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: Runs small

    Nice looking and feeling jacket. Very warm so good thing it has some venting zippers on the side of the chest. Sizing is very small in my opinion. Normally wear a medium, but had to return the medium for a large, and even the large was snug. Think Assos sizing.