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Castelli used innovative technology to create the Superleggera Women’s Jacket which was inspired by a Castelli designer when she rode up the Switzerland Flüela Pass between Davos and the Engadin Valley. The climb is high, the air is thin and on the day the cyclist/designer was taking on this 230 km ride through the mountains, moisture permeated the air. On brutally hard climbs through the mountains, finding clothing that helps increase comfort is paramount to finishing the ride and feeling great. Clothing that is lightweight, blocks wind, keeps out moisture and is breathable is essential for the comfort needed to tackle a long ride through high mountains. The cyclist riding through the Swiss mountains needed a jacket for the descent, but one she could take off and pack into her jersey pocket as her body heated up on the climb. After taking on this epic ride, she worked with a team of designers to create the Superleggera, a very versatile lightweight jacket for windy, wet days. The base fabric, the Pertex® Quantum, is a woven 100% nylon that only weighs 90 grams per square meter—an amazingly lightweight fabric. Castelli used this fabric so the jersey would transport moisture away from the jacket, an important quality for a piece of cycling clothing that needs to stay dry when the cyclist sweats. While many fabrics wick sweat, very few are this lightweight and this resistant to wear. The soft outer shell of the fabric blocks out light rain and wind, making it the cycling jacket to have for those women cyclists who don’t want gloomy weather on the horizon to stop them from taking on a training ride or race. To increase protection from rain and to ensure a good fit, the Stretch Torrent waterproof fabric was added onto the back. The YKK zipper is easy to open as you are riding and you no longer need the protection. Unzip the jacket, slip out of it and store in your back jersey pocket.

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