Castelli Sottile gilet review£54.00

Superlight jacket

BikeRadar score2.5/5

The Castelli Sottile looks flash and is practically intangible, it’s so light. The price isn’t bad either. But it’s a bit disappointing in use.

A zip in the seam allows access to your jersey pockets but, for Castelli, it’s poorly finished and feels flimsy. The collar on our large size was too small to zip up. The material is waterproof, but the main zip isn’t.

It's not very windproof, annoyingly flappy and noisy at speed, and lacks ventilation at the back. It’s obviously designed for ‘emergency’ use as it gets pretty sweaty after a very short time.

Jamie Wilkins

Deputy Editor, Procycling / Editor, Urban Cyclist, Procycling Magazine
Rides fast everywhere, all the time. Jamie started riding age 12, first on mountain bikes, progressing through cross-country and downhill racing (followed by motorcycle road racing and a dark time as a runner). A dedicated roadie since 2007, Jamie has dabbled in road racing, crits and time trials, but has the most fun simply riding hard with a couple of friends, chasing daft average speeds. Needless to say, Jamie values pure performance above all else and loves aero kit. Fiercely honest in his reviews. Has a chain-cleaning fetish.
  • Age: 37
  • Height: 185cm / 6'1"
  • Weight: 71kg / 156lb
  • Waist: 79cm / 31in
  • Chest: 96cm / 38in
  • Discipline: Road
  • Preferred Terrain: Mountains, rolling stuff, flat and windy, hacking through the city…
  • Current Bikes: Ridley Noah SL 20, Scappa Purosangue, Canyon Speedmax 9.0 SL
  • Dream Bike: Canyon Aeroad CF SLX 9.0 LTD, in red, please. And a Pashley Guv'nor.
  • Beer of Choice: Recovering teetotaller, still working this one out
  • Location: Bath, UK

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