Castelli Tabula Rasa Jersey FZ Review

Castelli Tabula Rasa Jersey FZ.

What they say: An Aero Race Jersey, but in a cut made for everyday riding.

What we say: Castelli is an Italian brand, so giving this a Latin name makes some sense. But calling it Tabula Rasa (Roman- speak for clean slate) is a bit baffling as this isn’t some kind of year-zero reinvention of the cycling jersey.

Instead, it’s a clever combination of all that is cutting-edge in cycling clothing technology presented in a slick contemporary style. The jersey features the same ProSecco Micromesh fabric Castelli uses in the Giro d’ltalia and Maratona dies Dolomites jerseys, and the same zipper and pocket construction found on Team Sky’s race jerseys.

Everything you’d want then in terms of storage as well as keeping you cool, dry and comfortable. So, what’s new? According to Castelli, it’s the simplified cut and seaming which has allowed its designers to be able to create that dash-dot print pattern.

Overstated? Perhaps. But then again, who are we to argue? Castelli’s been pioneering print tech for 40 years. In fact, its iconic 1983 Team Renault jersey, as worn by Hinault and LeMond, was the first ever to have the sponsor’s logos printed directly onto the fabric. Available in sizes S-XXXL.

Conclusion: With its silky feel, this high-performance garment clings to you like a second skin.

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