Ladies, do you find yourself wanting for a winter riding jacket that is warm yet lightweight? A jacket that is designed for you and not the pink and shrink version of your male riding partners? Castelli's Elemento 7X Air Jacket sets a new standard in women's jackets, balancing light weight and stretch with breathability and warmth.
Although its Maggia jacket provides warmth and flexibility for cold weather riding, Castelli invented the 7xAir fabric which is just as warm as the Windstopper X-Fast, but more breathable. It is a multi-layer fabric that bonds a fully wind and waterproof external shell to a fleece inner layer. The result is an extremely stretchy wind-resistant fabric. The stitch used to bond the layers, however, creates permeability for a continuous exchange of air from the inside to outside of the fabric. This carries away moisture keeping you dry. The only downside is that rain will come right through the perforated stitches. While we wouldn't wear it in a downpour, the jacket is treated with a DWR (Durable Water Resistant) coating and will shed light spray.
In addition, the Elemento jacket features WindShear inserts at the shoulders and arms, the spots that are hit worst by chilling wind. A flip-up, Thermoflex collar keeps your neck warm, and jacquard elastic at the hem keeps the jacket from shifting up over your hips exposing your back to the cold. And, because Castelli knows that women ride as long as men do, the Elemento includes three generous rear pockets and reflective tabs for those days when the sun seems to set too soon.
Designed specifically to fit women, the Elemento was tapered at the waist to reduce fabric bulk and given proportionately narrower shoulders. At the same time it pulls down over your hips so that you won't have to tug at it every time you stop at a light.
The Castelli Elemento Jacket is available in sizes X-Small to X-Large and in the colors: White/black, Green fluo/white, and Black.
I ride a lot, and I have a lot of cycling clothes, but this jacket is pure magic. It is both amazingly warm and breathable, plus it looks sharp. I'm 5'3", 113#, I purchased a size medium. I probably could wear a size small and it would be more snug, but even though I generally like snug cycling clothes, I prefer this to be a little larger for base layers. I have enough room for significant layering (although I can't imagine needing it, it is so warm), yet it isn't baggy. Worth every penny.