When you think of wool, what comes to mind? Retro jerseys? Scratchy riding shorts? Wool has come a long way since single speed bikes ruled the races and the Castelli Dolomite Long Sleeve Zip Neck Base Layer seamlessly integrates the timeless qualities of wool with synthetic fabrics into the perfect cool weather base layer.
With all the synthetic wonder fabrics on the market, why would you wear something as simple as a wool blend? Well, wool is a naturally hydrophillic fiber. This means that it has the ability to hold as much as 30 percent of its weight in water before exuding a feeling of wetness. Additionally it's anti-microbial so that you won't stink after hours on the bike — no matter how much you sweat. The blend of polyester and elastane in the Dolomite keeps the base layer fitting close to the skin, which helps it wick moisture away from the skin. It was designed with a quarter-zip neck that can be adjusted to help regulate body temperature, and flat lock seam construction for comfort.
The Castelli Dolomite Long Sleeve Zip-neck Base Layer is available in sizes Small through XX-Large in the color Anthracite.
First, the sizing: Typical Castelli sizing. Size up one. I'm 5'10" and 190 lbs. The XL is the correct size. Plenty of length in the arms. Just enough room in the shoulders.
Itchy? Well, I love wool base-layering for cycling, skiing, and even for road running in the Winter. I have a lot of experience with wool and athletic application. This Castelli merino wool jersey -is- ever so slightly itchy, but all wool is. Didn't bother me. Wool is a super fabric! Insulates the best. Vents & wicks moisture the best. Zero sweat odor. Zero.
In addition, the looks, quality, and stitching on this piece was fantastic. The quality of the medium-weight wool was really impressive. The flat lock stitching fantastic. And I have loved the 1/4 zipper to vent and dump heat when needed (especially useful at the end of morning rides in the winter or shoulder seasons.). Lastly, this piece comes in a box fitting of fine jewelry. Really.
Highest recommendation. In fact, this is perhaps the single finest piece of cycle clothing I have ever owned from Castelli -or Santini, Giordana, Di Marchi- or anyone else for that matter!!! Hand wash. Flat/air dry.
Just going to comment on the sizing and fit. I'm 5'5", 36" chest (lean build) and the Small fits me perfectly. Have only used once so will update as I use it more. Initial impression: good quality product.