Having received some Wiggle vouchers for Christmas, Wheelsuckers member Michelle Highfield went in search for a new winter jersey and plumped for the Castelli Viziata jersey in the very eye-catching magenta and white. Castelli is one of the most stylish and high performance brands on the market, easily recognisable by the scorpion logo that adorns all their garments and accessories. They claim that the Viziata jersey, similar in style and design to the men's Giro Jersey FZ, is the 'complete winter jersey', but does Michelle agree?
I decided on the Castelli Viziata long-sleeved jersey as I already have a couple of Castelli cycling garments and am very happy with the quality of their stuff and know that it will fit. I also needed another long-sleeved jersey with rear pockets which could be worn with a base layer and gilet on milder, dry days during the winter.
I spent a very comfortable four hour January ride in this jersey, only my feet were frozen (I can’t blame the jersey for that). Although the jersey is not windproof it has good thermal properties having a brushed fleece lining without being bulky. It’s also highly breathable, much more so than a jacket. It has a full length zip. The collar is high enough to keep draughts out but I usually wear a Buff too for extra draught exclusion.
Although the brand is perhaps a bit more expensive than a lot of other cycle clothing, I think this is reflected in the quality and design. I was not disappointed with the quality of this garment and the style is, in my opinion, spot on. It’s sporty, with a hint of femininity but without being ‘girlie’. There are nice details such as the Castelli badge and embroidered name on the shoulder. The cut is female specific so it fits really well and there’s plenty of length in the back and sleeves. I chose the magenta colour because it’s bright and helps with visibility and anyway, there’s nothing wrong with pink, as long as it’s not overdone and doesn’t extend to the bike!
The Castelli Viziata jersey has a RRP of £85.00 and is available in four colours and in sizes ranging from XS to Large. Further information about Castelli's full range of cycling apparel can be found at Castelli Cafe. The jersey is widely available online, but you can also search for local stockists on the Castelli website.
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