220 Triathlon

CASTELLI IDRO JACKET

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‘Finally, the miracle jacket is here’, Castelli boldly claimed of the Idro jacket when it was launched late last year. The supposed miracle is to be found in the two-layered Active fabric courtesy of Gore-Tex. Where most jackets have a third textile layer with water repellent treatment, this has a waxy outer coating that’s totally water repellent, meaning it’s lighter because you lose a layer and it doesn’t absorb any water, instead it just beads onto the surface. It’s a hardshell so, despite excellent breathabil­ity, you’re still going to hold some sweat inside on those very rare occasions in the UK when it’s very warm and wet. There’s a side zip opening (don’t mistake it for a pocket) so you can access your inside jersey pockets on the go, with both this and the front zipper being extremely strong and durable. So far we’ve put the Idro through countless rides and over 10 washes, and the performanc­e is yet to diminish at all. Also weighing just 123g and easily packing into a jersey pocket, when it comes to packable waterproof­ing there’s little out there to match the Idro at the time of writing. Black is currently the only colour available.

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