We put on Castelli's £159 Poggio jacket and find it good for spring and autumn riding
Don’t be confused by the robust look of the Poggio jacket’s construction, whilst it appears to be for serious winter mornings it’s actually a relatively thin and therefore cool garment.
Constructed with a front panel of Gore’s Windstopper X-Lite stretch fabric (quite a mouthful), it’s designed for temperatures between 8 and 17 degrees when there could be a bit of rain in the air; which in theory makes it almost ideal for British spring and autumn rides.
When it comes to stowage capability, Castelli has looked to maintain the lightweight approach and keep things stripped down. Three good-sized rear pockets are your lot, they work well and are plenty secure, but it’s a shame that there is no zipped security option.
In testing we found the Castelli temperature guide to be a little misleading, on chilly mornings a full-on winter base layer was required to keep warm. At the other end of the scale, a summer base layer still leaves this rider feeling too warm when the mercury reaches into the high teens and if the sun is out you’ll definitely be needing to make use of the full length YKK Camlock zipper.
As ever Castelli’s detail and cut is one of the best whilst the collar is an absolute winner and worthy of the highest praise. It’s the specificity that is really the only downfall of the Poggio, it’s an expensive garment that has superb performance but a narrow window within which it’s really suitable. We’ve docked Castelli a point for the high cost so if you can find someone selling Poggio at a discount and you like the style then definitely snap one up.