Bitter and rainy conditions seem like the perfect excuse to stay inside. However, Castelli knows that something inside of you still feels the need to ride. Its Sella Rain Jacket ensures that the weather is never an excuse for not riding outdoors. After all, who wants to spend all winter on an indoor trainer?
First, it should be noted that the Sella jacket is not a stowable rain cover — it's an actual jacket. Therefore, it's best worn for rides when you won't need to take it off and store it. Castelli constructed it from its Torrent three-layer laminate. This material is completely waterproof, wind-resistant, and highly breathable. And, while we're typically hesitant to support claims of waterproof, with a water column rating of 10,000mm, and fully-taped seams, the Torrent fabric has our vote of confidence. Additionally, all of the seams of the Sella were taped, the fleece-lined collar flips up, the full-length zipper is also waterproof. Additionally, it includes a rain flap and a zipper garage. In other words, nothing is getting into this jacket.
Now, there is nothing worse then that feeling of cold air on sweaty skin in the dead of winter. So, to regulate your core temperature, layers need to breath so that moisture is able to be wicked away from your skin and evaporated. And even though the Torrent fabric is breathable, Castelli placed two large, zippered ventilation ports at the underarms of the jacket in order to increase airflow and cooling when your body is working hard.
Just as importantly, Castelli knows that weather protection is a moot point if your jacket fits like a garbage bag. Accordingly, one of the added features of the Torrent fabric is its ability to stretch. As a result, the Sella Rain combines a hard-shell level of protection with the feel and freedom of movement of a softshell jacket. It's patterned to mirror the body within the cycling position. So, you'll notice that the back and sleeves have been elongated — gaps above your shorts and gloves are covered without fabric bunching.
Finishing touches include adjustable hook-and-loop closures at the wrists and an elastic drawcord at the hem. A media pocket with internal cable routing was added to the chest, while reflective piping and screen printing are added throughout the jacket for visibility from all angles.
The Castelli Sella Jacket is available in six sizes from Small to XXX-Large and in the colors Yellow Fluo/black and White/black.