Castelli Cycling is the most innovative, stylish and prestigious cycling clothier in the world. Decades of pro cycling development and a passion for perfection has seen the brand reinvent cycle wear time after time, setting a path that others can only follow while maintaining generations of Italian heritage.
Castelli has been inextricably linked to professional cycling since 1935 when one Armando Castelli became part of Vittore Gianni's small tailoring shop in Milan. Buying the shop four years later, Castelli began making bespoke cycling garments, catering for some of the sport's most legendary names over the years including Fausto Coppi, Gino Bartali, Louison Bobet, Rik Van Looy and Jacques Anquetil.
Armando's son, Maurizio, grew up in the cycling world and was destined to follow in his father's footsteps. In 1974, Maurizio founded the Castelli brand and established the now iconic scorpion logo.
Castelli's relationship with professional cycling only grew stronger as riders such as Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Francesco Moser with the latest innovations in the world of cycling wear. As other brands scrambled to keep up, Castelli outfitted their riders with the first aerodynamic Lycra shots in 1977, created the first windproof jersey in 1983 while ushering in sublimated printing the same year. Functional thermal clothing followed in 1984 and by 1989 much of the peloton was wearing Castelli, while the brand also supplied leaders jerseys for the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia.
Since then innovations have continued to flow: the first women's cycling collection; the first Y-shaped anatomic chamois; the first fabric wicking treatments; the first aero-cut pro wear; seamless Body Paint shorts; the now famous Gabba – the first all-weather jersey; the Sanremo – the first speed suit designed for road racing.
Castelli's triathlon collection has also proved to be incredibly popular. Utilising the same obsessive attention to detail and employing both practical and performance-enhancing designs, the range, which launched in 2012 has already courted both male and female victories at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii.
2016 brings new firsts with Castelli's Perfetto jersey offering a lighter Gabba material on the front and Nano Light on the back for an ultra versatile jersey that sheds water, yet maintains excellent breathability.
Castelli's long history of industry-leading garments has ensured the brand remains the preeminent name in cycle clothing, combining Italian flair and style with cutting edge, pro-tested design and materials.
Castelli joined Saddleback in 2006 and the brand has since gone from strength to strength in the UK, with senior brand manager Richard Mardle working closely with Castelli HQ to develop a flow of industry-leading products perfect for UK riding conditions.
The Perfetto Light is a development of the sensationally popular Gabba jersey, which ushered in the now widely emulated concept of the protective race jersey upon its launch in 2010.
Perhaps Castelli's biggest launch for the 2016 season, the Perfetto Light uses Gore Windstopper 150 fabric on the front along with water-shedding un-brushed Nano Light fabric on the back. This construction offers more breathability when racing heats up and makes it 25% lighter than the Gabba, allowing it to be packed down to fit in a jersey pocket.
Designed in response to Cannondale Pro Cycling Team riders who wanted something cooler than the Gabba but warmer than the Fawesome Vest, the Perfetto Light is perhaps the most versatile jersey Castelli has ever created, covering 90% of riding conditions suitable for both those other garments.