I saw the blog post of Bernhard, looks like its the best kit of investment for serious winter riding. I live in the UK, will this kit be good enough to keep the rain off? I'm a usually a size L in Castelli. Will this be my right size in the aero Thermosuit?
Anyone tried the new Sanremo Thermosuit?(6 posts) (6 voices)
I bought this suit for the cold season. Perfectly stitched, comfortable fit;I would have added insulation in the sleeves, because on the slopes very hands freeze. I'm from Russia and we have very short cycling season.
"Part of the fun of winter riding for me has been dressing up in various layers and garments to keep the cold out- almost like a battle strategy to beat the elements. The downside is always the time taken to dress and then dry the wet clothing out before the next ride.
I had been looking quite closely at the thermosuit since the beginning of the year but was always put off by the cost. However I recently took the plunge and ordered a medium and a large.
As I took the suit out of the wrapping the feel and look suggested that it was going to be worth every penny. On sizing, I am 5'10 tall, 11 1/2 stone and with 32" waist and 40" chest. The medium was way too small, but the large fitted perfectly.
The material is really good quality, the tight section has a matt texture apart from the flourescent stripes, while the upper body is more silky/shiny due to the windstopper fabric and flourescent arm. The top feels quite flimsy and I was sceptical of its ability to keep me warm and dry as advertised but it is actually extremely strong.
I went out in it this morning for a cheeky 30 miler before starting my shift and I hoped it would rain and the weather duly obliged for most of the ride, at around 12 degrees with some blustery winds thrown in. I wore a merino wool base layer and socks, and my diluvio gloves and overshoes.
I did not feel any cold at all and my arms and chest which were also completely dry, apart from sweat in the baselayer. The rain just bubbled up before running off the arm and leg surfaces and it was quite strange to just see it sitting there.
The suit is extremely lightweight, and more like a second skin than anything else which initially made me fell a little vulnerable- but not for long. Its been hanging up for an hour now and already feels almost dry to the touch on the outside.
One minor point is that you have to make sure that the hem of your base layer is pulled down properly over your back before suiting up as there is no way to get access and adjust otherwise.
It is rather expensive but I am keeping it regardless and looking forward to testing it out in more severe cold to see if it keeps me as warm as it did dry today.
This suit is the most awesome thing I have ever worn on a bike."
Pros: Attractive, Comfortable, High Quality, Lightweight, Good Fit
There is expensive kit and then there is this. Its up there with the likes of Rapha and Assos in terms of price. Depending on the temperature range. It might be perfect for Scottish "summers" ;o)
Great to hear about guys with similar experiences regarding the Thermosuit.
Yesterday was another perfect ride for the Thermosuit. Temperatures around 10°C, quite sunny but a fair amount of wind. Thanks to the windstopper front, windchill wasn't a problem and I never felt cold. The rest of the suit with its thermal fabric ensures fine insulation.
@Mike: The suit isn't made for pure rain riding, but still protects against a short shower or the typical autumnal wheel spray due to wet roads. If more wetness is expected, I personally would opt for a Gabba top (or a thin rain shell as a backup) and some Nanoflex garment for the legs.
@Ivashin Dmitry: I do understand your demand of insulated sleeves (at the WS-section, the second part of the sleeves is insulated yet) - especially when riding at a lower endurance intensity.
Added lining would make it a completely new and different piece of kit (maybe for rides even below zero). I am quite sure Castelli wanted to keep it suitable for a wider range of customers and went with the 'lighter' version. Riding below 5°C isn't a popular sport, at least in my area.
And: Thank goodness Castelli also has an eye for Russian or sensitive to cold athletes and offers some great heavy winter jackets like the phenomenal Espresso Duo Jacket!
Enjoy your rides!
Geeeeeeeeeeez only 10C I was hoping this suit would be good for -10C
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