Like the Kung Fu masters harness the power of two blows into one, Castelli harnessed the power of a jacket into a jersey. The Trasparente Due Wind Long Sleeve Jersey is just as strong as wind jacket, but just as comfortable as your favorite summer-weight jersey. Combining lightweight, patented materials with an anatomic, cycling-specific fit, the Trasparente Due fights the wind and keeps you warm through the shoulder seasons.
Castelli's Trasparente Due Wind jersey is made from both the patented WindStopper X-Lite Plus and Warmer fabrics. As their names suggest, the materials work in concert to insulate and block wind. To shield you from the winter chills where they actually occur, Castelli placed the WindStopper material on the front of the jersey, or as Castelli refers to it, its lightest wind jacket ever. The front is 100% windproof, so you don't have to worry about rogue breezes blowing through the jersey. This, in tandem with the Warmer material on the back, provides a consistent internal temperature. Sure, the jersey is warm, but you don't need to worry about overheating or drowning in your own sweat. Both of the materials are highly breathable and possess excellent moisture transferring properties.
Should you need to dump heat on-the-fly, Castelli included a full-length, camlock zipper on the front of the jersey. And to secure the overall fit of the Trasparente, a multi-panel design has been incorporated with the added assistance of an elastic gripper at waist. Castelli also included three rear pockets and Napoleon zip-pocket to stow your ride essentials, and reflective accents have been placed throughout the jacket for heightened visibility in low-light conditions.
The Castelli Trasparente Due Wind Long Sleeve Jersey is available in six sizes from Small to XXX-Large and in the colors Anthracite/black/yellow fluorescent, Black, Red/black/white, and White/black/cyan.
If I'm to compare my jersey and jacket wardrobe to a well-furnished knife block, the Transparente Due falls squarely into the realm of the 8" slicing knife. Every time I break it out, I wish for something a little heavier, a little lighter, a little more windproof, or a little less - which usually makes it perfect for almost everything.
Solidly aimed at the 35-65F temperature range, my joy with the Transparente is derived from being able to hit the top of a climb at full-tilt with it unzipped during a shoulder-season 50 degree day, and a quick zip up the windproof, insulated front makes for a toasty canyon descent so familiar on Utah rides. No fumbling with a wind jacket, no awkward no-handed parachuting down a grade at 35mph. Construction quality is on par with the likes of Giordana, and it's put up with a year of abuse on my end without complaint. The cut is a bit shorter and roomier than many Castelli pieces, I've found, but that makes it ideal for layering. The chest pocket is a convenient vent, and also makes for a nice safe spot to keep ID/phone/keys.
Of course, from time to time, Utah weather lies, and you break out the under 70 degree gear when really you should be wearing something designed for riding in Sub-Saharan Africa.
I won't rehash all the details of the jersey, but as you can see from the other reviews it is a very tempting idea to use the jersey as a jacket. But, really, if a proper windproof jacket is what you need then you might be better of with the Castelli Mortirolo. But this one I've worn by itself in 40 degree temps (on a clear but windy day) through the low 60s (albeit cloudy and in a soaking rain). Where I live a cyclist gets punished with wind on many days, so this is a essential item when the weather is raw. The thermal fabric in back and down the arms make the difference: they regulate temperature so well that I've never overheated. The windproofing is amazing and really helps take the edge off. As you can see from the picture, the jersey's a smart-looking thing. With a pair of Sorpasso tights or knickers, you'll look like you belong on a bike even if you can't figure out which part of your helmet goes in front.
Fit: Like with all Castelli gear, you will prosper if you size up. I have a 35" chest and noodle arms and a medium leaves very little fabric billowing around.
First, this awesome piece is more of a light jacket than jersey. Second, I own a lot of Castelli gear. The Trasparente Due jersey is one of the very BEST items that Castelli makes -and that is saying something. It also looks insanely awesome in all black.
PROS: Looks and fit. Looks and fit. Looks and fit. And the Gore "WindStopper X-Light" material works great and doesn't flap in the wind. The back material (and along the under arms) breathes really well. There is a lot of attention to detail in this jacket (per usual for Castelli).
CONS: None -other than take care with Castelli zippers. They are a little delicate.
FIT: Size up one or two sizes -per usual with Castelli or Santini- depending upon your BMI. I'm 5'10 and 190 lbs. The XL fits snug (form fit) with just enough room in the shoulders and with plenty of length in the arms and is just right lengthwise (torso) front and back. But I bought an XXL for me (a little more room). If you are around 5'10" and 160-180 lbs definitely buy the XL (or the L if you want a super race/form fit).
I am 6'1/2" and 162 lbs. and find the XL quite comfortable without being overly restrictive, or baggy. However, preference in this respect, depends on whether you lean to "race" or "club" fit.
I did find the discussion about "Hiviz" concerning this product amusing. One person's comment about Hiviz being a "religion" rings true, to some extent. However, after almost turning my car into a cyclist wearing all black, on a black bike, with an asphalt background, I've become more of a true believer!
Agree completely with the use of USB rechargeable lighting, like the Thunderbolt, even in the daytime! You are safer, and cars WILL give you a wider berth. In any case this jersey probably has enough color variation (and white) to be in the "safe" category, by my standards. Don't believe me? Have someone take two articles of clothing about a block away, one white and one black, look away slightly and have them wave each. Now, which is easier to see in your peripheral vision? Bottom line, whatever makes you comfortable out there, do it.
I've using this jersey with a light weight base layer in the 40's degree F and it just feels great and toasty the whole ride. Prior to this, my other jerseys are not warm enough and my jackets are a bit heavier and bulkier than I wanted. This jersey is just perfect for 40-60F range. It's light weight, windproof front and very breathable back as the description. High quality materials, in fact the windproof material is so silky smooth that I feel sliding through the wind with little drag. I don't know if people noticed, but the front pocket is a very neat design because Castelli uses mesh material inside, so I use it as a mini vent when climbing. The combination of colors is great, so no mater which color you choose, you're always visible. I am 5'8" 150lbs and the M fits nicely. The only minor dislike is the big red advertising Castelli waist band in the back.
I bought this to serve as a fall/winter jacket more so than a jersey. Jackets always fit too loose and flappy. This fit on this piece is right on, it almost feels custom tailored. I'm considering buying a 2nd!
I wear this with just a short sleeve base in the low 50's, add a ss jersey in the low 40's, just a long sleeve base down to 30 and below 30 add a 2nd base. It's very versatile and warm, not hot. I can't see wearing this much above the mid 50s, but haven't tried, either.
The one thing I'd change is to make the full sleeve wind proof. The wind stopper material ends at the elbow. You can feel the cold air on the forearms, and on high speeds/ big descents you can feel the cold air rushing up the sleeves to your torso. Not terrible, but full wind stopper would be great.
Took the Trasparente on the first ride today. Temp was 43 degrees. I was wearing a short sleeve jersey under this jersey. I was nice and toasty and I could not believe how warm this jersey is. The chest area is completely wind proof but there is a little bit of wind that gets in from the sleeves. I did like this on the uphill parts since it allowed for some cooling.
The jersey appears to be good quality and there are a lot of details worked in. The back is nice and long. Front pocket fits an iPhone.
I am 6 feet tall and 158 lbs and I am wearing a size Large. It is not skin tight but fairly close in some parts. With the other shirt underneath, I like the fit.
Nice jersey. I was looking for wind protection in a long sleeve jersey that I could use as an outer layer for riding in NC. We have our cold days but nothing like those up north so I wanted something less than a jacket. This jersey would be perfect if I expected to go with a single base layer underneath. I'm 5'11", 160 and the large fit me real well. I ended up returning only because I wanted a little more space for another layer. Nice product and cut for those looking for slim sizing. I may end up owning one in the future as I expand the wardrobe.
This is a very nice, high quality jersey. I'm 6'4, 190, 42 chest and the XXL fits very Euro, with enough room to throw a baselayer on underneath. The jersey is a touch short in the front when walking around, which means it's perfect for riding - and as it's cycling gear so I expect to look like a dork when off the bike.
One thing to note is that the Windstopper material stops around the elbows and on cold downhills you WILL feel where it stops.
At the sale price + credits back they had recently it's a no brainer for real Gore Windstopper.
Just got this piece at sale price with credit back which turned out to be a great deal. I'm relatively slim at 5'9" 145# 37"chest so there's not alot of choices out there for clothing that isn't loose and flappy in the wind. Because of that, I always look for slim fit/race cut items. When I saw this rossocorsa item on sale it immediately caught my eye and it didn't disappoint. Nice body hugging fit on me. Quality and attention to detail seems good. With a baselayer+midlayer and this jersey, I've been comfortably riding down to a touch below freezing.
The sleeves are not windproof, so expect cold arms, which make it difficult to keep hands warm. Jersey is typical of Castelli in fit, finish and style. It's a nice piece, it's just not fully windproof in front.