Castelli designed this Leggero cycling vest to give you the protecion you need when you need it. Often rain can drop and the temps can change suddenly while out on a ride and the ligthweight packable Leggero vest is always the perfect accessory to have along on the ride.
Castelli tops tend to run small. If you are not sure of your size we suggest going up one size. If you purchase the wrong size we are happy to swap it for another provided it is returned in new condition.
I believe a vest is the single most versatile piece of clothing a cyclist can own and is crucial to comfort. Comfort is paramount to enjoyable riding, be it serious training or a casual ride. So it is with a degree of weight I am writing this review.
I picked up my Castelli Leggero from Classic Cycling a few weeks ago now and have had several occasions to wear it. What I can say is Castelli has done something VERY right with this material. The Leggero compresses down to an unbelievably small size and fits in a little zip pouch to stow easily in a jersey pocket.
Even as compact and light weight as this garment is, it offers as much wind protection and warmth as a thicker vest. This is critical to me. In the Carolina’s where I ride, the mornings are crisp to cold but it warms quickly. So nearly every ride starts with a vest or jacket and ends with it in the back pocket.
My other concern about a light weight vest or jacket is they can easily turn something resembling a Belgium flag in the countryside during a spring classic, flapping and waving in the breeze. That is not Euro cool. Castelli delivers with a race cut that contours to my body keeping it from flapping. I suspect the vented back helps with that as well.
The one downer for me is there is no back pocket to the vest, which leaves you to hike up the back of the vest to access your jersey pockets to pull food out or stow your heavy gloves as it warms up. I like a vest that has at least one pocket in the back in which to cram a PB&J or cleat covers. I understand Castelli has done this because it isn’t practical to put stretchy pockets on this jersey, but think some middle ground could be found.
I think a simple enhancement would be to have a pocket in the back slightly larger than the stuff sack the vest comes with currently. When the vest is removed that pocket could be used as the bag to hold the vest itself. The truth is, I’ve already misplaced the super cool little bag the vest came with so wish it had been integrated.
In all, if you know the joys of a vest and it’s time for a new one, I recommend giving this a go. It is light, compact and full functioning like much heavier brethren. If you’ve never experienced the joys and comfort of riding a vest…. Well take a step towards Euro cool, grab one of these and I’ll see you at the café stop during a training ride soon.