Ever ask yourself what happens when you combine cutting-edge technology with purebred Italian cycling heritage? Well, the answer is the Capo SC-12 Leggero Jacket. Emphasizing American know-how, while incorporating the spirit and craftsmanship of Italy, the SC-12 Leggero Jacket bridges the Atlantic to provide the ultimate in winter cycling apparel.
Capo's SC-12 Leggero jacket falls under what it calls its Super Corsa Series. Designed to don the bodies of the cycling elite, Super Corsa places an emphasis on compression, comfort, materials, and above all, warmth. So, towing this line, the SC-12 was constructed from a blend of Capo's fabrics -- Element-4 and Thermo Roubaix. Starting with Element-4, this material strikes the ideal balance between insulation and breathability. Operating as a membrane between the skin and the elements, the fabric regulates the internal temperature of the jersey by releasing excess heat between the material and the skin. But mainly, this system promotes warmth by keeping you dry. Don't believe us? Time for an experiment. Blow over the top of your hand. Now, wet your skin and blow again. Colder right? That's why the fabric's composition favors a lightweight, all-way stretch design over bulky, fleecy fabrics. Element-4 is not only wind-resistant, but Capo made sure that it was water-resistant, as well. Match that with a slim cut from hem to hem, and there's not a chance that rain or snow is getting in.
And while staving off icy winds is integral in protection from the elements, a majority of the SC-12's insulation warmth is derived from the Thermo Roubaix fabric. This material features a high interior loft that assists in the moisture management duties of the jacket, while its hollow-core microfiber composition breathes heavily to maintain a consistent thermo-regulation.
In addition to prepping for the elements, the SC-12 has been designed to be highly malleable in order to complement the cycling-specific flexibility of the jacket's cut. Capo made the SC-12 with a lengthened rear hem, a multiple panel construction, and pre-shaped sleeves. The idea was to compliment the body in motion, and by doing so, reducing any possibility of abrasion along the way. For on-the-fly ventilation, the SC-12 comes equipped with a full-length front zipper.
The Capo SC-12 Leggero Jacket is available in five sizes from Small to XX-Large and in the colors Black and White. For maximum effectiveness, Capo suggests wearing the SC-12 Leggero between the temperatures of 45 and 55 degrees Fahrenheit. If you need a jacket that offers a similar fit for a lower climate range, please check out the SC-12 Softshell Jacket.