Take the 7x(Air) windproof fabric technology and combine with Alpha dual layer construction and you may just have the finest winter jacket ever. Total warmth and breathability plus total control of ventilation.
Top Features of the Castelli Women's Elemento 2 7x(Air) Jacket
7x(Air) fabric technology + Alpha construction Castelli-exclusive 7x(Air) quilted fabric with WindShear inserts Fleece lined for warmth with separate fleece layer on front Articulated fleece collar designed for every cycling position Raw-edge wrist cuffs and waist lie flat and seal out the cold 3 external rear pockets plus zippered chest key pocket Close-to-body aero fit Reflective tabs Temperature Range: 0° - +12°C 425g (Small) Windproofness ● ● ● ● ○ Waterproofness ● ● ● ○ ○ Insulation ● ● ● ● ○ Breathability ● ● ● ● ● Lightweight ● ● ● ● ○
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When two become one!
Take two of Castelli's best technologies and combine them in one jacket. We think you'll find a jacket that now offers a new standard in balancing light weight, stretch, breathability and warmth.
In 2013 Castelli developed the 7x(Air) fabric—a proprietary windproof fabric that provides seven times the air permeability of existing membrane fabrics. In 2014 they then invented the Alpha jacket with a number of innovative construction techniques to revolutionize the performance and comfort of a winter cycling jacket. In 2015 they bring those two technologies together. You’ll thank them.
And here's the Tech stuff... Alpha Construction
With the double-layer front you have far greater control over ventilation, and when you’re working hardest you can open the external zip to allow airflow to dry the thermal layer. It’s hard to imagine until the first time you crest a hill and close the zipper back up and realize you’re totally dry. You’ve never felt anything like it. Also coming from the Alpha jacket are the innovative wrist and waist closures. The 3D knit fabric looks and feels like neoprene at first glance, but it’s a fully breathable woven stretch fabric that dramatically improves these critical areas of the jacket. 7x(Air) Technology
7x(Air) technology was developed to offer the very best breathability possible. Starting with a fully wind- and waterproof external layer and then quilt it to a fleece inner layer using the trapunto technique. This results in an extremely stretchy wind-resistant fabric, but the stitch holes give just the right amount of air permeability and allow for a continuous exchange of air on the inside of the garment, which carries away moisture much better than fully sealed fabrics. This actually makes it warmer because there’s less unwanted air flowing on the inside of the garment.
There must be a downside, right? It's not a jacket for those rainy days, since rain will come through the quilting stitching, though the fabric is DWR treated and will shed light spray. But it’s ideal for your cold weather five-hour base fitness rides as well as your one-hour lunchtime world championship rides.
About Cycling Windproof Jackets
Windproof jackets can improve your comfort levels on the bike considerably when the weather turns nasty, factors such as wind resistance and high breathability are important if you will be riding at a high pace over a fair distance, along with wearing a good quality base or mid layer to help with wicking moisture away from your skin. A windproof cycle jacket will help keep the cold air from reaching your chest, this means your body stays warm and comfortable on those cold days.
About the Castelli brand
Castelli proudly produce high performance cycling apparel. Since 1876, they've been the tailor for the champions. It was their innovative mindset which brought the earliest heroes & legends like Binda, Coppi and Bartali. Castelli cycle clothing became legendary too inventing the skinsuit, the silk jersey, pockets on jerseys, and the first LYCRA® short used in professional racing.