Castelli and Gore have announced a new product technology that ‘brings unprecedented levels of durable rain protection in the lightest and most compact Gore-Tex jacket ever.’
The new ‘Gore-Tex Active products with a new permanent beading surface’ are billed as using an innovative fabric construction that eliminates the textile on the outer face of the fabric, resulting in a 2 layer fabric that is lighter weight and doesn’t absorb moisture on the outer face. As a release from Castelli explains, ‘Water rolls off, you stay drier, and it all packs away in sizes that were impossible until now.’
Castelli’s take on this new technology is, not surprisingly, given its brand positioning, made for the cyclist seeking maximum performance. The Castelli Idro Jacket weighs a mere 149g in size Large and folds down to fit in half a jersey pocket. When the rain starts the company adds that the rider has full Gore-Tex ‘guaranteed to keep you dry’ protection.
The jacket has been designed with an emphasis on light weight and minimum bulk, so it has a minimalist construction as well. There is ample reflectivity for safety and a zippered opening for access to jersey pockets. The anatomic fit, which is optimized for a performance riding position, should prevent the jacket from billowing and slowing you down.
The Castelli Idro jacket is aimed at the Gran Fondo rider or the big mountain rider who may encounter a sudden storm in the mountains and demands maximum protection. As such, the jacket will be available for the 2016 Gran Fondo season and the rides in the big mountains through traditional Castelli off-line dealers.
The Idro jacket will be available in Spring 2016, with pricing pricing to be confirmed in the coming weeks.