Get the verdict on this unique cycling gear in our Castelli Sanremo Thermosuit review.
Castelli Sanremo Thermosuit
For a few seasons now, Castelli has been pushing its all-in-one cycling kit concept. This winter the Italian garment maker has launched the Thermosuit, an all-weather version of the Sanremo Speedsuit, which mates its top-of-the-range shorts to the close-fitting, aero jersey favoured by Castelli-sponsored pro teams.
The full-length tights finish at the ankle with tenacious grippers and a zip closure that has reflective detailing. The bibs feature the supremely comfortable Progetto pad and are lined with red Roubaix-style fleeced fabric. Up top the close-fitting jersey section has a wind-blocking chest panel (with a baffled zip) and a fleece lining on the back and arms. Despite this warmth-inducing lining the Thermosuit doesn’t get overly hot in mild conditions. The close fit and all-in-one design means when the temperature drops you’re kept nice and snug, and we only felt the need to add a lightweight rainproof jacket in particularly foul weather.
For low-light riding, Castelli has included hi-vis and reflective details. The one solid fluoro yellow arm adds a touch of style as well as plenty of visibility from the front. Being a European design, the hi-vis arm is curbside in the UK, which isn’t ideal. Out back it has three pockets but we’d have preferred a few more reflective touches to match the front’s visibility.
At £250 the Thermosuit is pricey but when you consider that tights of this quality would set you back around £150, and an equivalent jersey/jacket around £160, it doesn’t look quite so expensive. Its one-piece construction also has the advantage of leaving no gaps around your midriff for chills to get in.
Unique design combines top and bottoms of the highest performance into one garment.
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