This year’s 12 Days of Randonneurmas gift list has made the turn but has a lot of ground left to cover. Today the spotlight turns to another vest, one that can perform double duty.
I’m talking about the lauded Castelli Perfetto. The Perfetto is based on the popular jersey of the same name, itself an update of the Gabba that started a trend of what Castelli calls “foul weather racing gear.”
I don’t race, but I wanted a lightweight insulating vest for fall and spring riding and the Perfetto gets a lot of rave reviews. Neal Rogers at Cyclingtips included it on his top 10 list this year.
It’s rain resistant, meaning it should get you through a passing shower and light rain. The vest is made of Gore Windstopper softshell material on the front and sides, with a high collar and a stretchy lightweight lycra back with two rear pockets.
Windstopper can be pretty warm stuff under hard efforts, which makes this vest a winner in cool temperatures.
Combined with a long sleeve wool or thermal jersey and a base layer, I’m comfortable in dry conditions in the upper 40s. I could see using it up to 60 degrees with a short sleeve jersey and arm warmers.
Castelli as a brand runs small – I’m 5’11” and wear an XL in this vest. I normally wear a medium in other brands. There are a number of colors and it often goes on sale. I bought mine for $80.
I like vests – they are so versatile. The Perfetto is a good design and offers a lot of value.
Tomorrow: a guest post from our world traveler pals.