Another product resulting from the company's partnership with the Cervelo TestTeam and Garmin-Cervelo, the Castelli Fawesome Vest offers a high-performance blend of wind and water protection in a lightweight, aerodynamic package.
Professional cyclists can be fickle creatures. For example, Castelli's professional riders wanted a vest that was snug, aerodynamic, and breathable; but they refused to compromise on the total wind and water protection offered in Castelli's other winter products. Not wanting to disappoint some of the world's best cyclists, Castelli immediately set to work. First, they obsessed over the Fawesome's fit, ultimately creating a vest that's nearly as aerodynamic as Castelli's Aero Race Jersey -- a form-fitting masterpiece that re-defined how we all think about race-fit jerseys.
To address the request that the vest breathe while being able to withstand wind and rain, Castelli chose Gore's Windstopper X-Lite Plus (the same revolutionary fabric used for the Gabba rain jersey) for the Fawesome. A soft 4-way stretch blend of polyester and elastane, Windstopper X-Lite Plus fabric is extremely lightweight and offers a stretchy, breathable shell that's also wind and waterproof, making the vest a perfect option for rides in cold and wet weather. It's no surprise that the Fawesome was a popular choice among Garmin-Cervelo riders during the 2011 Spring Classics.
Other details include Velocity fabric on the back of the vest for breathability and temperature regulation and a lower back splashguard to protect you from spine-chilling wheel spray. Camlock YKK Vislon zippers are light, smooth, and stay flat when the zipper head is down, while silicone grippers on the waistband prevent the vest from riding up when you're on the bike. Rear reflective tabs and trim along the lower hem complete the package, offering improved visibility on grey, winter rides.
The Castelli Fawesome Vest is available in Black/silver or White/silver and comes in five sizes from Small through XX-Large. Like most Castelli clothing, the Fawesome is designed to be form-fitting as the technical fabrics used to construct the garment work best when in close contact with your body. Be sure to check the sizing chart to ensure proper fit.
I have been using the Fawesome the past few weeks in temps ranging from 4 to 14 Celsius (40-57 F). I have used it in the cold wind and also in a warm-ish rain and all in between. It is quite versatile, I like it for warmer rainy days because it will keep my core mostly dry and warm but I won't overheat like I would in a rain jacket, even something breathable from eVent fabric. I can vary my base layer and jersey selection for the temp and use the Fawesome as the outer membrane.
I also have the Isterico, and it is a good product but much more thermal and a little less water resistant. If I could only choose one I would choose the Fawesome.
The fit is snug, I am 6' and 170 lbs with a 38" chest and the Large gives me a perfectly snug race fit. The only blemish is, as another reviewer points out, the arm holes are cut just a little too large and I have a bit of material flapping on the upper back part of my shoulders. I still gave it 5 stars though, just because it is so incredibly versatile.
I've used this vest 4 times now and I gotta say that very happy with my purhase. I wear a medium in castelli jerseys for the most part and the medium in this fits great and seems to stretch well. I'm 6ft and 155lbs. Started wearing on early morning rides in the low 50s but once it got into the mid 60s I had to unzip it. Anything above 68 and I'm taking it off completely because of the fleece collar just warms my neck too much. I'm actually looking forward to it getting colder so I can wear it longer. Only issue I have is I wish it had a back zipper to access my back jersey pockets or a small zipper pocket for keys/phone. Overall great though
This clearly has to be where the name comes from.
One word of caution, it is snug. Most Castelli gear is very form fitting, and this is no exception. It is meant to not affect aero drag, and it doesn't.
It is light, blocks the wind in the front, and dumps the heat out the back, great when full winter gear isn't needed, but I have also throw it over my cold weather jerseys for another layer of warmth.
Great vest for 55-65 degrees with a long sleeve jersey or base layer. can roll up and fit within a jersey pocket, but it won't roll up very small since it's a bit thicker material than a lightweight wind vest. definitely wind proof.
i'm 6' and 170lbs and the L fits me perfectly.
I got this for Ironman Arizona. It kept me warm all day. It breathes more than the thin windvests I've had in the past so I stayed warm and dry. The collar is high enough to keep drafts out. Size was perfect. I'm 5' 10'' and 165 and large fits well.
First ride today with the new Fawesome vest. Fifty degrees with a brisk wind. Nice weight with good windstopping qualities. Pro fit...except arm holes are large and allow cold air in. Odd for a vest touted as an aero garment. Otherwise a good product for fall riding.
Great fitting vest. Castelli sizing spot on
Perfect aero fit (I am 184cm, 100cm chest, 32' waist, 80kg) "L" size is perfect aero fit. no flapping.
Will be a nice winter vest (for here in OZ)
Zipper other way around though (zips up with right hand)...??
This vest works amazingly. It turns any long sleeve jersey that would ordinarily only go down to about 55 degrees into a cold weather jacket. Get this now. It is amazing.
Yes just like the name says this vest really works, with cold and wet weather, really love it.