We’re always looking for high quality cycling gear to inspire us to get outdoors and to improve our rides. Castelli, an Italian cycling brand synonymous with high performance gear, sent us several men’s and women’s pieces to wear and test-drive as we lean towards the tail end of spring and into summer.

Hors Catégorie Jersey

Hors Catégorie Jersey

We love Castelli’s colour combinations and look of this super comfortable jersey. The shirt sticks well to the body, however the fit is not as tight as a race jersey. The waistband helps to keep the shirt in place. There’s even a zippered pocket for keys and cash.


We recommend the Hors Catégorie as a good all-rounder for everyday use as well as for longer trips where you need extra pocket space for energy bars and a rain jacket.


In Red, Dark Grey and Saville Blue, sizes S to 3XL; CAD $165/USD $139

Competizione Bibshort

Competizione Bibshort

The red leg grippers on the Competizione shorts are long, and adhere well to the legs. While they wear quite comfortably, they’re a bit snug for my regular size. A couple of things we immediately noticed about these bib shorts are the attention to cut and stitching. The padding is just right, providing both good grip and feel on the saddle. For the price tag, you’re getting a quality product for sure.


In Black, Dark Grey, Military Green and Saville Blue, sizes S to 3XL; CAD $165/USD $129.99

Aria Shell Jacket

Aria Shell Jacket

The very light, easily packable wind Aria Shell fits snug on the body, with added stretch and breathability side panels.


The Aria is ideal for downhill descents and windy conditions. We noticed less flapping; it almost fits like a second skin! The Aria is super soft to the touch and the silvery colour provides a stylish look as you flash down the mountain.


In Dark Grey and Silver Grey, sizes sizes S to 3XL; CAD $180/USD $139.99

Rosso Corsa Pro 15 Sock

Rosso Corsa Pro 15 Sock

While you’re at it, grab a pair of Corsa Pro socks for excellent fit and grip on your legs during rides. They’re designed asymmetrically to mirror your foot’s shape and contain a cushioning pad under the ball of the foot for added comfort.


Castelli’s socks are made using a 200-needle construction for extra stretch and durability too. As well, these contain Meryl® Skinlife yarns with antimicrobial silver ions to reduce odour.

In White, Black and Saville Blue, sizes S/M, L/X and XXL’CAD $30/USD $19.99

Entrata V Glove

Entrata V Glove

The mesh back of hand and perforated premium AX Suede synthetic palm make the Entrata V glove extremely comfortable. There’s medium-density foam throughout the palm to protect the nerves in your hands as well as to keep them from going numb on longer rides.


The glove also features a microsuede nose wipe over the thumb and the Velcro closure makes it easy to get them on and off.


In Light Black, Dark Green, Saville Blue and Fiery Red, sizes XS to XXL; CAD $35/USD $29.99

Gradient Jersey

Gradient Jersey

The lightweight, form-fitting yet super soft Gradient Jersey has slightly longer sleeves for added sun protection and doesn’t have arm grippers, which I noticed adds more comfort to my rides. The classic drop-tail design has three standard pockets in the back, and the colour pop is pretty cool, with the neck band gradient matching the front logo.


With mesh side panels for breathability and high-tech ProSecco Micromesh fabric used in the main body of the jersey to help keep you dry, the Gradient is great for everyday rides.

In four eye-catching colour combinations: Ivory, Brilliant Pink, Lapis Blue and Jade Green, sizes XS to XL; CAD $130/USD $99.99

Free Aero 4 Bibshort Team

Free Aero 4 Bibshort Team

Even though I’m an avid cyclist, serious cyclists should know that Castelli’s Free Aero 4 Women’s Bibshort is designed from the ground up for racing. These are designed with both aerodynamics and comfort in mind. Knowing this, I chose the Free Aero as I know they’ll be well suited for comfort on longer rides.


These fit very snug around the legs with Giro4 gripper elastic for a better grip over a larger area. These are recommended for use in the 15° to 35°C /59° to 95°F temperature range.

Key Features
– Vortex dimpled fabric on legs for aero performance
– Forza fabric on inner legs with 38% Lycra® content for perfect fit
– Stripe mesh engineered lie-flat bib strap construction keeps you cool
– Doppio V construction in front for increased comfort
– Flat-lock stitching
– Progetto X2 Air Seamless Donna women’s-specific seat pad
– 156 g (5.5 oz)

In Black/White, Black/Brilliant Pink, Saville Blue/Agate Blue, sizes XS to XL; CAD $245/USD $199.99

Aria Vest

Aria Vest

This is the sleeveless women’s version of the Aria Shell outlined above. The striped mesh back contains stretchy material so the jacket won’t flap in the wind. It’s ultralight at 60 g (2.1 oz) for easy packability too.


Suitable for 12° to 20°C (54° to 68°F), the Aria Vest has an ultralight, windproof woven microfiber front, a rear pocket, reflective piping and zips up nice and snug, as a windproof cycling product should. We’re continually amazed at how light the Aria jackets are and plan on taking them on all our rides as they take up so little space!


In Dark Grey and Silver Grey, sizes XS to XL; CAD $145/USD $99.99

Rosso Corsa 11 Sock

Rosso Corsa 11 Sock

Just like their male counterparts, the Rosso Corsa 11’s are designed asymmetrically to mirror your foot’s shape with a cushioning pad under the ball of the foot for added comfort. They also contain Meryl® Skinlife yarns with antimicrobial silver ions to reduce odour and are made with that same 200-needle construction for extra strength and durability.


In White/Pink Fluorescent, Black, Black/White, Celeste (blue), sizes S/M, L/X; CAD $26/USD $19.99


Castelli Water Bottle

Castelli designs their water bottles with a wide-mouth opening for easy filling and cleaning, ultra-thin walls and a soft rubber nozzle for easy dispensing. Weighing in at just 53 g (1.8 oz), it holds 550 ml of liquid and fits standard bottle cages.

They’re available in Anthracite and Red; CAD $16/USD $11.99

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