CASTELLI Perfetto RoS 2 Jacket
The CASTELLI Perfetto RoS 2 Jacket is a long-sleeve Gabba (one of CASTELLI's renowned product classes) and is one of the brand's most versatile pieces. It features 100% wind protection with GORE-TEX INFINIUM™ WINDSTOPPER® water protection and best-in-class breathability. Combined with a light base layer, the CASTELLI Perfetto RoS 2 Jacket is good for mild temperatures. Or, with a thermal layer, you can ride it below freezing. In a nutshell: If you have just one jacket in your cycling kit, the CASTELLI Perfetto RoS 2 Jacket should be it.
The Castelli Perfetto RoS 2 is the one jacket that does everything well. If you look carefully, the Castelli Perfetto RoS 2 Jacket is essentially a long-sleeve version of the Gabba RoS 2. So, it's just a warmer Gabba? Not really. The full sleeves fully turn it into a jacket, but one that covers a wide range of conditions.
Like the Gabba, the RoS insignia signifies that it excels in dry conditions, thanks to the high breathability, as well as in wet conditions, thanks to the CASTELLI-exclusive GORE-TEX INFINIUM™ WINDSTOPPER® fabrics. Gore-Tex® garments provide total wind protection and maximum breathability. The windproof membrane keeps you from getting cold due to windchill, but the optimum breathability prevents overheating and moisture accumulation by allowing sweat to escape easily. Water repellency is ensured by the DWR treatment applied to the outer fabric.
There's a light fleece-lined water-resistant version on the forward-facing surfaces and a lighter and stretchier fabric on the back that maximizes the breathability while providing excellent water repellency. The CASTELLI Perfetto RoS 2 Jacket keeps all the cold wind out while being much more breathable than the typical polyurethane membranes used on most jackets that try to compete with the Perfetto. When you stay drier, you don't need as many layers underneath.
The beauty of this jacket is that it doesn't have any insulation on its own, so a thin base layer is just right for mild conditions while adding an insulating layer (such as a thermal jersey) will take you to cold temperatures. You decide. The '2' part of the jacket's name refers to the updates to the latest version, including a YKK® Vislon® zipper with both top and bottom openings for more adjustable ventilation. The reflectivity on the back is more visible, the seam at the top of the shoulder has been moved to the back, and the three pockets hold more gear. While the Perfetto remains decidedly a performance fit, the new model has a touch more room through the chest, shoulder, and biceps. This is the one jacket that belongs in every cyclist's kit.