Castelli three­sea­son kit

Al­pha ROS jer­sey, £210, LW bibtights, £125, sad­dle­back.co.uk

Cyclist - - New Gear -

By Castelli’s stan­dards, this new kit may look rather low-key, but there is still plenty of clever stuff go­ing on in­side.

‘The “ROS” suf­fix for the Al­pha name stands for “Rain or Shine” be­cause we wanted to cre­ate a gar­ment that the rider could de­cide to wear based purely on tem­per­a­ture, be­cause it per­forms equally as well re­gard­less of weather con­di­tions,’ says Richard Mar­dle, se­nior brand man­ager for Castelli at its UK distrib­u­tor Sad­dle­back.

The front pan­els of the jer­sey use Gore’s Wind­stop­per 150 fab­ric treated with a DWR coat­ing, while the rear is a new ver­sion of Castelli’s Nanoflex fab­ric, called Xtra Dry. De­spite be­ing al­most as pro­tec­tive as the Wind­stop­per sec­tions, Xtra Dry is al­legedly more breath­able and sup­ple, which helps to im­prove the fit and feel of the jer­sey.

The LW bibtights, ac­cord­ing to Mar­dle, ‘make the shorts-plus-warm­ers combo ob­so­lete. They have a ther­mal up­per sec­tion and a thin but Nanoflex­treated lower.’ That means your big­gest work­ing mus­cles should be kept warm while your lower legs are pro­tected, with­out any un­nec­es­sary bulk that can re­strict move­ment. As an added bonus, you get to look like a weath­er­proof ninja.

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