With the Velocissimo Team FZ Jersey, Castelli rounds out a novel concept -- creating a jersey that's suited for everyone. By this, we mean that once you get into the guts, you'll notice that this jersey's composition is identical to the Free, Punto Tre, and most importantly, Team Garmin Barracuda's race jersey. However, while the structure is the same, each jersey's aesthetics take on a different personality, with the Velocissimo Team appealing to the lovers of classic design and subtlety.
Castelli constructed the Velocissimo Team from its proprietary Prosecco Strada fabric. This material was selected for three reasons -- its controlled stretch, light, breathable weight, and all-encompassing comfort. Going in order of operations, the controlled stretch of the fabric creates a supportive fit that dampens the effect of road vibration and oscillation in order to minimize muscle fatigue. Additionally, it permits Castelli to maximize the shape of the jersey for the perfect cycling fit.
Secondly, Prosecco Strada features a lightweight composition that feels light and airy on the skin, while remaining highly breathable. This has been furthered through the incorporation of subtly placed mesh side panels. So, you don't have to worry about overheating during long, exhaustive efforts in the saddle. However, no matter how good the material, sweat is inevitable. That's why Castelli also gave the jersey its patented Prosecco treatment. This process is a topical, hydrophilic treatment that spreads moisture out over a larger surface area for rapid evaporation. Ultimately, it keeps you cooler and drier over your race or ride.
The Velocissimo jersey has been cut along a race style. In fact, an observant eye can see that the Garmin Barracuda Team jersey features the same cut, fabric, and components as the Velocissimo. But, what makes the fit pro-level? Well, Castelli designed the jersey on a contour -- this is most evident when the jersey is hanging on the rack. So, the seams are shaped to your body while it's in the cycling position. Additionally, the jersey has what Castelli calls, set-in sleeves. Essentially, this translates to a shift in the seam position that allows the sleeves to be inset in order to match the position of forward reach to the bars. By doing this, Castelli eliminates unwanted chest bulk, bunching, pulling, and the abrasion that comes as a result.
In addition to comfort, Castelli gave the Velocissimo jersey ample storage for your ride essentials with three rear cargo pockets. Additionally, the jersey features reflective accents throughout in order to increase your visibility in low-light conditions.
The Castelli Velocissimo Team FZ Jersey is available in six sizes from Small to XXX-Large and in the colors Black/yellow fluo, Navy/white, and White/anthracite.
Fit and appearance: This jersey's designed for actual work, not loafing around the coffee shop. That is, it fits most naturally when you're in the cycling position--which is a very good thing because it limits the billowing that can make you work harder to go quickly. But if you're standing, the shirt will pull weirdly across the chest. Like all Castelli products, the fit is snug here too so you may want to size up. I have a 35.5" chest and the medium fits well.
The design is simple, which works for me. I like the one red sleeve-end.
Functionality: This is a good-quality full-zip jersey. I wear this on long 60+ mile rides and the sweat doesn't stay on me for long. Even the black jersey in the full sun feels cool and comfortable, thanks to the Prosecco treatment and materials. No regrets buying this whatsoever.
Used this jersey extensively last season and like the following things about it:
1) Simplicity - no logos, simple color scheme
2) Great fabric - wicking, keeps me cool in heat, as warm as can expect on winter rides
3) Full zipper - open up the jersey in the summer on a long climb when it's hot
4) Easily matches Castelli shorts, socks, gloves, etc
5) Quick drying - can wash after ride an be dry for riding the next day
7) Durable - jersey and fabric have held up very well after many uses and many washes
Can't ask too much else from a jersey!
Good Material, Race Euro Fit. Nice and Cool. Would reccomend getting one size higher than your usual fit.