A lightweight wind jacket is a lot like a truing stand. In the course of a season, you may or may not have too many occasions to use it, but when you do need it, nothing else will suffice. When done well, they're incredibly versatile garments. Done poorly, they can wind up in a trashcan mid-ride.
The Castelli Leggero Jacket begins with the Italian maker's stellar form-following fit. This is one jacket that won't flap in the wind. Naturally, it's windproof, but it is also water-resistant while maintaining reasonable breathability, in part thanks to the expansion vent in the back. A double-pull zipper will help you further dial in ventilation.
Perhaps the jacket's best feature is the fact that the Forcefield fabric from which the jacket is cut weighs just 35 grams per square meter, making it one of the lightest jackets on the market. So lightweight is the jacket that it comes with its own stuff sack, so it's as easy to take with you as an energy bar. The mesh-lined collar won't chafe your neck when the jacket is zipped all the way up, and reflective tabs on the back keep you visible on early morning or late evening rides.
The Castelli Leggero Jacket comes in Black, White, and Florescent Yellow and is available in six sizes from Small through XXX-Large.
A lightweight, wind-resistant layer that lets you ride comfortably in cool weather, the Castelli Leggero bike jacket blends high-performance fabric and a perfect fit to provide lasting comfort.
|Fabric:||Polyester / polyester blend|
|Shell lining fabric:||None|
|Castelli Leggero Vest||$31.48|
If you're a gear geek - and let's face it - most of us shopping on this site are just that, then you've probably got a cycling clothing for almost every season. If you're looking at this jacket, I have to presume you're in the market for something that is super lightweight, will keep the wind out, and will keep you dry in anything but a huge downpour. If that's the case, you've come to the right page.
This jacket is ridiculously light. I haven't looked into its official weight, or bothered to try weighing it myself, because I don't think I own a scale that would even measure this thing. Maybe a food scale would do it, but why would anyone ever do that. What you care about when it comes to weight is what's it going to feel like in your back pocket before it comes time to put it on. Answer: As though it's not even there. Seriously, I barely notice it when I've got it stuffed back there.
Next - How does it work? Uh ... how about as well as you'd ever dream of it working? It blocks a ton of wind for being as paper thin as it is, keeps me dry, and I don't get all sweaty inside it. Not sure how the good folks at Castelli do it, but they've made a VERY breathable and VERY wind/water resistant jacket. Once again, nicely done people.
Last - Is it a decent value? I don't know, would you rather spend like $65 on this or $300 on the admittedly James Bond-like Pocket Liner Jacket? Well, until I hit the lottery, I ain't spending no $300 on one jacket, so thank you very much I think I'll take this kick ass jacket and invest the other $235 into a pair of new shoes or a killer helmet.
The Leggero is super light and really thin, almost as if it's thinner than paper. I got the white and really like the style and fit. I purchased the large (I'm 5'10" on a REALLY good day, 155lbs, 32" waist and have a big ole jacked 38" chest.)
Impressions after wearing the Leggero for the first time.
Weather conditions: 59º, windy, sunny.
Bugs eaten: 2.5
Clothing worn: Short sleeve jersey, arm warmers, shorts, compression calf guards, Leggero jacket.
I kept the jacket on the entire ride and didn't really feel the need to take if off. It didn't heat up my core, however kept me warm during the downhills and when the wind was kicking up. I thought it did a great job of keeping the wind at bay, and preventing my body from feeling any chills.
I included a photo of Leggero all tucked into it's little pouch. I used a 25 cent piece for scale.
- Nice for light to moderate wind protection
- Looks and fits great
- Cute little pouch you can toss in your jersey pocket
- At 80 dollars I wonder if something else could the same duties for a lot less.
I read other users saying this is good for the drizzle/light rain. I haven't tested it out yet. But if you're looking for something that will stop the wind and act as an extra layer when it's cool-warm out, then I recommend the Leggero, that is if you don't mind shelling out 80 bones.
This jacket is great, it packs into a fist-sized bag and takes up about half a back pocket when not in use. I bring this jacket with me when there is any chance of rain, wind, or just dropping temps.I am 5'11 140lbs and a Large fits me well, the sleeves are a great length. The torso rides up a little bit, but is really no problem. When going above about 20-25, there is a little flapping in the jacket, but it still has the standard Castelli slim fit. Overall a very good and surprisingly versatile jacket.
This jacket is about as light as you can imagine.
I've found it to be totally windproof.
I also haven't found the limit to its water resistance even with prolonged rain.
It does not breath well, and so I find myself playing with the two-way zipper a lot as I climb and descend.
The material has withstood normal use, but I suspect any amount of crashing will do it in.
I give it the 5 star because its shortcomings (breathability and abrasion resistance) are expected from a super-light super-compressible wind jacket.
Jacket is super packable. It comes with a circular pouch about 3" in diameter that you can stuff the coat into, perfect size for a jersey pocket. As for performance, the jacket breathes and blocks wind well. It is very light weight. Not sure about how it does in water.
Fit is ok, order the same size you would for a castelli jersey - length is a bit short. There are no pockets on the back.
I like this jacket other than flim flam zipper......for these prices on thin materials there is no excuse for zippers such as this which is why 1 star is deducted.....me....6'1" 170...long torsor/XL is good although i could have gone with L-----overall, the fit is pretty good and i especially like the black. Pouch is nice extra feature.....good overall with exception of delicate zipper.......I still like my Giordana (made in Italy stuff) better!
looks and feels great ,body size is bang on ,sleeves are a great length if a little blousy for some but fine for me as i like it a little loose ,packs down real small, for a little extra layer if theres a light shower or a cool decent
Great item, super thin and light, I am medium build 5.10 , 70 kg - large is perfect. Go for it, you will like it.
This jacket is awsome the water beads right off great in the rain also keep you cool.
UPDATE: I own a lot of Castelli gear. Castelli offers arguably the greatest lineup of performance cycling clothing in the world.
But the -cheap- poor quality zipper on this otherwise really good looking featherweight-packable jacket is not up to the job. The soft nylon teeth derail and then jam incessantly! This zipper is beyond fiddly! Frustrating and now the teeth are bent/deformed and the zipper works even worse.
I haven't experienced this problem with the other featherweight/packable jackets that I own from Santini, Craft, or Pearl Izumi.
This is unacceptable from Castelli -at any price. Come'n Castelli!
Pro's - Super light, super thin and super packable.
Con's - Fit is less than desireable. Went with the large based on recommendations (5'9" 160 lbs). The torso length and width is good but the sleeve length is about 36 inches and fit through the shoulders and upper arm is very baggy.
Usually Castelli is on point. This one didn't do it for me. A light sprinkle fine, anything else and it will be saturated in no time. Also, didn't find it as wind proof as others have.
I loved the colors that were offered, but the jacket didn't do so well for me. It is lightweight and shields the wind very well, but even though it seemed to fit very well (very close) it would puff up in the shoulders when riding. I will admit that I'm a small rider, though, and the Capo wind jacket just ended up working better for me.
This is a great packable jacket except for it's durability. I have had to re-sew it and just recently the zipper broke. Hoping I can find a tailor to replace it for a reasonable price. If you buy this get it on sale like I did, at full price the jacket is not worth it.
This would have been a great light weight jacket but even the XXL was too tight to get my forearms down. The guy on the phone said they run small and he is correct. Beware if you have muscles my friends. A different style might be needed.