UK Castelli distributors Saddleback dropped by our Bath office with some of the latest 2010 kit for testing – the Mannaggia! jacket and Diluvio gloves and overshoes.
While the stealth black colour scheme is far from ideal for winter riding, it looks like some cosy, well thought out gear.
Style-wise, the Mannaggia! has clearly been influenced by MotoGP jackets, but a cycling-specific cut and breathable materials mean it should be great for pushbike racing and riding too.
The Gore Windstopper shell is windproof and water resistant, with stretch inserts on the back, side panels and elbows, and a flip-up thermal collar.
The jacket is rated for temperatures from 10°-0°C, and there are ventilation zips on the front in case you need to cool down. Reflective patches and the shiny silver ‘T’ logo on the back should help you be seen. It’s also available in a red/white/black colour scheme, and in sizes from Small to 3XL. RRP is £250.
These neoprene gloves looks more like surf than cycle wear, but they’re surprisingly comfortable and Castelli claim they’re windproof, waterproof and insulating. They’re available in black or white and in two sizes – S/M and L/XL. RRP is £40.
The shoe covers are also made of neoprene, 3mm thick in this case, with thermosealed seams and reflective detailing on the back. They’re available in black or white and in three sizes – S/M, L/XL and 2XL. RRP is £35.