Have a hard time understanding Castelli’s jersey lineup?
You’re not alone.
If you look at their website, there are easily more than 10 jerseys available with the premium ones costing twice the entry-level ones. To make things more complicated, Castelli uses different fabrics, and in many jerseys, two or more fabrics are used.
- What are the differences between the jerseys?
- What type of riding are they designed for?
- Which one suits the regular cyclist?
Broadly speaking, Castelli’s jerseys can be categorized into four.
|Premium||Race, Aero||Castelli Aero Race 6.0|
|Premium||Race, Lightweight||Castelli Climber’s 3.0 SL|
|Premium||Regular, Lightweight||Castelli Superleggera|
|Mid-range||Aero||Castelli A Blocco|
|Entry-level||Regular||Castelli Prologo 7|
Premium, Race Fit, Aero – Castelli Aero Race 6.0 Jersey
Now in its 6th iteration, the Castelli Aero Race 6.0 jersey sits at the top of Castelli’s jersey collection and retails for $160. It’s also the go-to jersey for Quick-Step ALpha Vinyl in 2022 and Ineos Grenadier in 2021 for most of their race days.
To achieve the maximum aerodynamics effects, Castelli strategically placed seams further down the collarbone and have elbow-length, raw cut sleeves to achieve a body-hugging, race fit. The front and sleeves have a silky smooth Velocity Rev2 fabric while the back uses a meshed fabric for ventilation.
The Castelli Aero Race 6.0 jersey weighs 119g for a Large size and is available in four colors.
Tip : The Castelli Aero Race 6.0 Jersey fits like a second skin. Consider sizing at least a size (or even two) up from the regular Castelli jerseys.
Premium, Race Fit, Lightweight – Castelli Climber’s 3.0 SL
The Castelli Climber’s 3.0 SL is Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl’s jersey choice when it comes to the hot days (40ºC/104ºF) in the high mountains during the Tour de France. It’s very similar to the Aero Race 6.0 except that it’s lighter due to the different Flusso 3D fabric on the front and sides. It weighs 107g for Large size.
The Flusso 3D fabrics are of the bare minimum, much thinner, and very transparent. On the back, the StradaPro 3D fabric is meshed and can block up to 90% of UV. Alternatively, this jersey can also be used as a base layer during the shoulder seasons due to its very snug, race fit.
The Climber’s 3.0 SL jersey is available in four colors and retails for $140.
Tip : The Castelli Climber’s 3.0 SL jersey is very thin, semi-transparent, and fits like a second skin. Consider sizing at least a size (or even two) up from the regular Castelli jerseys.
Premium, Regular Fit – Castelli Superleggera 2
The Castelli Superleggera 2 jersey is slightly lighter than the Climber’s 3.0 SL at 102g Large) but with a caveat. The fit sits somewhere in between a regular and race fit jersey in order to accommodate more body sizes.
Using a completely different fabric called the Oltre, it’s a lighter, more comfortable fit, and doesn’t sacrifice as much transparency. It comes in three minimalistic colors and retails for $160.
Tip : If you’re after a lightweight jersey but the Castelli Climber’s 3.0 SL is too tight, then the Castelli Superleggera 2 could be the answer.
Mid-range, Aero Fit – Castelli A Blocco
The Castelli A Blocco jersey is designed with a focus on aerodynamics without breaking the bank. It retails for $120, which is 25% cheaper than the Castelli Aero Race 6.0 jersey.
It uses the very breathable and quick-drying ProSecco Micromesh fabrics as the main body fabric throughout, except for the sleeves. To improve on aerodynamics, it uses the same Velocity Rev2 fabric as the Castelli Aero Race 6.0 jersey on the sleeves and front panels
Mid-range, Regular Fit – Castelli Classifica
Designed for the everyday cyclist, the Castelli Classifica jersey is geared towards a regular fit with more horizontal than vertical stretch. There are no raw cut sleeves or tight, race fit like the Aero Race 6.0
The fabrics are neither lightweight nor silky smooth found. They feel more like a regular cycling jersey and are meant to be more durable, functional, and more importantly comfortable.
The mid-range Castelli Classifica jerseys retail for $115. Besides the Classifica, there are two other jerseys in this category.
- Castelli Grimpeur Jersey. Inspired by a retro look from the 70’s, the Castelli Grimpeur jersey comes in four colors and weighs 116g for a size Large.
- Castelli A Tutta Jersey. Another modern design with diamond shapes. Comes in three colors.
More reading : How Should A Cycling Jersey Fit
Entry-level, regular fit – Castelli Prologo 7
The seventh version of the Castelli Prologo workhorse jersey is designed for long-distance rides. The dropped tail design allows for better pocket weight distribution. The entry-level Prologo jerseys retail at $90, ideal for those who are just starting out or have a tight budget.
They have been a mainstay in Castelli’s collection for over a decade and have gone through many iterations and improvements. While they might not have the best fabrics available today, they do inherit some of the previous technologies that are being trickled down over the years.
It comes in two versions – short sleeves ($100), and long sleeves ($120).
Besides the Prologo, there’s also the Castelli Entrata VI jersey. It’s slightly cheaper, retailing at $80. Available in five colors and also a sleeveless edition.
Gravel riding – Castelli Unlimited
Not wanting to be left behind in the fast-growing gravel riding niche, Castelli launched the Unlimited collection in 2020. Currently, there are two models available in this range, we can expect the collection to grow at a rapid pace year in the coming years.
The Castelli Unlimited jerseys are made of more durable, snag-resistant fabrics to stand up to the off-road riding demands. The three back pockets are larger for extra storage together with a hidden fourth pocket at the sides for keys and money.
They retail for $140 and are available in three colors.
Frequently asked questions
How do Castelli jerseys fit?
The best and most accurate way is to visit your local bike shops that stock Castelli jerseys and try them. Alternatively, you want to do a combination of these;
- Check Castelli’s sizing chart.
- Check user reviews at online stores. In many cases, the reviewers will include the cyclist’s weight and height.
- Ask cyclists in your local bunch who wears Castelli and/or who has a similar physical build as you.
The combination of the above will help you better determine your size.
Where are Castelli jerseys made?
The majority of Castelli jerseys are made in Europe. Depending on the models, they can be made in Italy, Romania, Hungry, Moldova, and Bosnia Herzegovina among others.