Castelli Espresso Jacket Users.

relanium
relanium Posts: 487
edited November 2013 in Road buying advice
I am 5' 11", 32 inch waist, 38 inch chest, and looking into buying a "Castelli Espresso Due Windproof Jacket" in the next few weeks, unfortunately my LBS don't stock Castelli Cycling Gear, so I'm having to order it online, but need some help in the sizing - Is there anyone on here who has this jacket which can help me with the sizing, thanks.

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  • neeb
    neeb Posts: 4,470
    I have the Castelli Mortirolo Due Jacket, which is likely to be made to the same sizing. I'm 5'9", 29" waist, 36 chest and slender build. I've actually had both the Medium and the Small - they both fitted, but whereas the Small is perfect for me, the Medium was just a little on the roomy side.

    I imagine you might be about the same with Medium and Large - the medium might give you a tight racing fit and the large a bit more room. Just guessing though...

    I've also had Castelli jerseys. I'm a Medium in the climber's jersey and a small in the aero race, although the latter was a really tight fit. I'd say the jacket sizing is bigger than the climber's jersey sizing, and nearer the aero race jersey sizing, or perhaps just a little bit bigger than that too.

    How much do you weigh? I actually found with the small and medium jackets that the size wasn't so different, but the cut was slimmer on the small, which suited my really skinny build better.
  • Your the same size as me and I wear lots of Castelli clothing all size large and fits nice and close with no baggy material. General rule with Castelli is always go a size up.
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  • foggymike
    foggymike Posts: 862
    edited November 2013
    I'd say you probably need a medium. If it's too tight for your taste just send it back and get a large. Simples :)
  • sungod
    sungod Posts: 16,882
    castelli's sizing is all over the place, the espresso due is a lot roomier than a same sized jersey for instance

    i'm also about 38" chest, the medium espresso due is fine on me, with room to wear extra layers when it's colder, if it was only to be worn on it's own even a small might fit

    if you can't try for size locally, make sure you buy from a retailer that's ok with swapping for a different size, i've had no issues swapping with wiggle or sigma sport, i'm sure there are others equally flexible
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  • luv2ride
    luv2ride Posts: 2,367
    I'm a similar size to you and tried both the Espresso and the Mortirolo Due jackets and was surprised to find I was a medium in one but large in the other, but can't remember which way round (sorry). Have to say wasn't bowled over by the quality compared with my Mavic Echappee. Reckon the Castelli jackets do look better, but not as well made or better featured to justify the much higher price.
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  • FatTed
    FatTed Posts: 1,205
    Medium or Large, most likely Medium
  • neeb
    neeb Posts: 4,470
    All the big on-line retailers allow you to return items within a certain short time period if they are unsuitable and undamaged/unused. You don't need to give a reason. You could just order both a medium and large at the same time and return the one that doesn't fit for a refund. Just try it on once and don't remove any of the labels, same as if you were trying them on in a shop except you have to pay for the return postage.
  • relanium
    relanium Posts: 487
    Thanks for the advice guys, will probably go for a medium. I shall only be wearing a base layer under this when I go out on rides. Hopefully the medium is long enough in the arms.
  • sungod
    sungod Posts: 16,882
    i'm a bit over 6 2, medium has plenty of armage

    the lining of the espresso due is bordering on fluffy, for baselayer i recommend a mesh one
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  • relanium
    relanium Posts: 487
    Is this the type of Jacket to be worn in temperatures now or when it gets really cold?
    For example in the minus temperatures.
  • neeb
    neeb Posts: 4,470
    relanium wrote:
    Is this the type of Jacket to be worn in temperatures now or when it gets really cold?
    For example in the minus temperatures.
    Really cold I think. I find I'm fine in the Mortirolo Due (which is a lighter jacket) in temperatures above freezing but below about 8C, and with nothing but a light thermal base layer underneath.

    Depends on the type of cycling you are doing though - if you are doing long rides of 3 hours or more at a less energetic pace you might need the extra warmth.
  • Don't know if its of any use but could give you an idea on the medium sizing - I have a S and am 5ft 6 with 28 inch waist (really need to put on some weight)

    3 degrees with only a SS jersey underneath and I am still warm - love it!
  • neeb
    neeb Posts: 4,470
    THampshire wrote:
    am 5ft 6 with 28 inch waist (really need to put on some weight)
    You want to put on weight on your gut?? Sounds like a perfectly normal waist measurement for your height!
  • relanium wrote:
    Is this the type of Jacket to be worn in temperatures now or when it gets really cold?
    For example in the minus temperatures.

    I'm around 5'1" and 67kg (29in waist) and wear large Castelli bibs and medium jerseys. I'm pretty sure you'll find a medium fits well (arms on Castelli tend to run long).

    As for temperature I find the Espresso Due too hot in all but the most extreme weather in the SE. Did the Hell of Ashdown in it last year (it was sunny but about 3C) and had it 1/2 unzipped for most of the ride. The zip-vents make a big difference though. Great jacket for cold dry weather.