While Castelli’s NELMEZZO ROS jersey was initially slated to be part of a cold weather riding review, alas a harsh winter here in New England attended by foul roads brought the curtains down on those plans.
The good news is however, the NELMEZZO ROS jersey has proven itself to be an excellent choice for the early season start here in western Massachusetts, providing great comfort and warmth during the chilly arrival of spring.
The NELMEZZO ROS features a double-layer fabric that’s designed to keep the wind out, yet the absence of a membrane means the jersey still promotes some airflow in order to maximize breathability and wick moisture away from the body.
Additionally, the jersey’s tighter weave and new Nano Flex Xtra Dry material makes it all but waterproof, allowing dedicated cyclists the ability to ride on wet roads and even light rain.
Other features than punctate the NELMEZZO ROS are a thick polyester inner fabric, three rear pockets plus a covered side pocket and reflective armbands and back panel.
Out on the road, the NELMEZZO ROS has a great feel against the body, providing softness, along with a sense of “loft” against the skin that’s extremely comfortable.
The jersey is also very versatile, which depending upon the temperature can be worn alone, especially given its wind-resistant nature, or with a minimal base-layer if the mercury falls below one’s liking.
As far as fit is concerned, the NELMEZZO ROS is best described as being on the generous side of “race cut”, meaning it provides excellent body contouring consistent with slim fitting cycling apparel, yet it doesn’t require the cyclist to be Chris Froome midway through the Tour de France in order to fit in it like some European brands do.
I would be remiss if I didn’t concede that I found the style of the NELMEZZO ROS to be on par with its performance.
Indeed, the jersey’s ceramic blue color and flou yellow lining make for quite a handsome combination, lending itself to both a rich, but understated appearance.
At $249, the NELMEZZO ROS isn’t cheap, but one needs to remember that it’s a very versatile garment that’s almost capable of carrying-out the duties of a lightweight cycling jacket on its own.
The NELMEZZO ROS jersey is also available in black and forrest green, with sizes ranging from small to 3XL.
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