REVIEW: The Castelli “Unlimited” collection of jersey, bibshorts, gloves and more, is designed for riders who love both adventure, and road cycling. Here’s a close look at the Castelli collection’s features and performance.
I have a closet full of road kit for all seasons, including great Pez kit from Castelli. Of course, any of it can be used for long days out on gravel or on the mountain bike. But the new Castelli Unlimited range of shorts and jersey, have been designed with materials and features for specific use in the growing discipline of gravel riding.
Unlimited Jersey – $139.99 USD
The Unlimited jersey carries on the theme of durability. The fabric throughout is thicker than a lightweight summer jersey, and there are no airy mesh side or back panels. This is not one of those jerseys where you still need to apply sunscreen underneath.
The fit overall is good and the sizing runs relatively true, with Medium fitting me well (176 cm, 67 kg) and striking a nice compromise between form-fitting and a super-conforming race fit. It’s snug enough that there’s not a lot of excess fabric either when standing upright or tucked into a riding position, so there’s no annoying flapping. It’s also not the race cut where the front waist is cut much higher than the back, so you won’t be exposing your belly button to the world when you walk into the local shop for resupply.
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Unlimited Bibshorts – $139.99 USD
The shorts themselves are constructed of relatively thick and abrasion-resistant 200 g/m2 lycra. We have some ridiculously hot and humid summer days here in the Niagara region of Canada, but I have not felt stifling when wearing the Unlimited bibs despite the double layering.
Indeed, whether it’s hot and muggy days or on long rides, what we’re all looking for with cycling clothing is that true “second skin” feeling. The last thing I want is to feel fabric tugging, constriction by silicone leg grippers, bibs digging into my shoulders, etc. In my hot/humid rides so far, the Unlimited bibs pass this test.
MSRP for the Unlimited bibshorts is $139.99 USD
Unlimited Gloves – $49.99 USD.
The final piece of Unlimited kit I tested was the long-fingered gloves. I’m a dedicated glove proponent for all riding. For off-road, I especially love having a lightweight long-fingered gloves for a bit of protection from getting my fingers whipped by passing branches or brush.
MSRP for the Unlimited long-fingered glove is $49.99 USD.
Overall, I like the understated styling of the Unlimited jersey and its overall fit being a nice middle ground between comfy and aero. The shorts have lots of cargo capacity, and are cut in a way where they disappear. The gloves are minimalist yet excellent for providing a bit of full-fingered protection for those who value that. I’ve taken to using the entire kit on MTB rides in addition to gravel.
Check out the full Castelli Unlimited range.