This is a race-fit jacket of very lightweight, barely-elastic material. Either it fits you or it doesn't. It does fit me. The cut is pretty good (for race cut jackets) and does not flap, although the venting panels near the underarms/lower lats create a bit of extra material. Sportful is accurate in the description - it might add 5-7 degrees of comfort from cold or wind. And that's really nice to have when you want it, especially when it weights nothing and doesn't even fill up a back jersey pocket.
The chamois in these shorts is nice (dense enough foam), but I do wish it were either slightly further forward, or the thickest part extended further forward.
Materials also seem nice. Plenty of support/compression. Length of shorts and grippers is nice. Extra reflective bits on the leg without being overly gaudy is also nice.
Here are the couple downsides:
- the straps are TIGHT. Uncomfortably so, especially off of the bike. (I have very short torso, so I imagine this would be even worse for other people)
- the pockets are in the small side, and only on one leg. I knew this ahead of time, but still a bummer.
I use this jersey for road riding. I loved the colors and design. Originally, I ordered a small in violet but the shoulders and sleeves were way too tight, though the torso fit fine. I exchanged the top for the seamoss in medium. Again the colors are so beautiful but the shoulder and arm area still felt oddly tight and the torso was now significantly looser. I decided to keep it and have used it too times. Not my favorite because of it but it's tolerable to ride in and I do love the colorway.
Read quite a few reviews + WBW had them on sale. Impressed right away with the look of the construction.
As an ardent Castelli wearer, just had to give them a try. Comparitively, a bit more compression thru the thigh (which I like on the longer rides) & yes, the cut is longer as mentioned by other reviewers.
Definitely 'Euro' build sizing, which fortunately works for me.
No issues with comfort at all & quickly added a few more pair to the rotation.
(5'8" / 128lbs. Bought Mediums)