Castelli Garmin Barracuda Sanremo Speedsuit - 2012
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- 80% Polyester
- 20% Elastane(Spandex)
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The Garmin Barracuda secret weapon in the time trial stages, the revolutionary Sanremo speed suit merges Castelli's cutting edge Body Paint fabric technology with a practical feature set to create the fastest road race garment in existence.
- Castelli’s speed research unit’s patented road racing speedsuit
- Body paint lower portion combined with aero race upper portion
- Long zip with overlapping front opening
- Silicone print at front sides to induce turbulence
- 3 rear pockets with limited-stretch back to keep pockets in place
- Progetto x2 air seat pad for famous x2 comfort and improved air flow
- Possibly the fastest bit of kit ever invented for road racing
- Weight: 271 grams (large)
- Team: Garmin Sharp
Skinsuits are obviously fast, but they aren’t practical for road racing for two reasons: they have no pockets and, perhaps more importantly, it’s tough to take a nature break in one. So we created a new and improved aero jersey with a full zip and new fabrics and then stitched it to a Body Paint bibshort.
The jersey portion and short portion overlap on the front for full coverage, but leaving the front unstitched allows for nature breaks even from the bike. We tested that too. The 3 rear pockets are securely held in place in all conditions, including when fully loaded.
The main aero benefit comes through improved airflow around the torso by keeping the sides of the jersey in tension. We were also able to remove the bib straps, improving comfort and allowing even more cooling when fully unzipped. Congratulations to Johan Van Summeren for netting the Sanremo Speedsuit’s first victory on the roads to Roubaix.
Body Paint 2.0
Body paint is Castelli's fastest and most comfortable technology. The range is designed to feel as if you're not wearing anything at all, this impressive technical feat is achieved in the details; Integrated grippers with no seams to chafe the skin and no elastic band to compress and cut off your circulation.
The Minimal flatlock stitching used through-out is specially engineered to feel like there is nothing against the skin. Body Paint 2.0 adds new technologies to further improve performance and enhance comfort:
- Aero Dimples: it’s impossible to maintain laminar airflow over your moving leg, so Castelli engineered dimples right into the fabric to induce flow separation and reduce aerodynamic drag. The structure is knit right into the fabric, so there’s nothing to chafe or wear out.
- Giro3 Leg Grippers: instead of stitching silicone elastic to the short, Castelli knit the grip material directly into the short in a 5cm-wide band that gently compresses while securely holding the short in place. It lies completely flat for improved aerodynamics.
Progetto X2 Air Seatpad
Maximum technology for supreme comfort; Castelli have added perforations to the foam to help keep you cooler and dryer. Air flows right into the surface fabric to aid evaporation. The shape of the pad has received minor updates based on pro feedback. The Progetto X2 Air seatpad is constructed in 3 layer components, each dedicated to a specific purpose to create the most comfortable seat pad on the planet.
- 1. Skin care layer: A four-way stratch, microdenier, seamless, bacteriostatic layer made to adapt to the shape of your body and saddle without any folds in the fabric.
- 2. Seamless integrated technology cushioning layer: Multi-density foam with infinitely variable thickness. The thickness of the pad is engineered to place the padding where you need it most for maximum comfort.
- 3. Viscous comfort inserts: Perforated viscous padding is added under the highly sensitive ishial and perineum pressure areas.
About the Castelli brand
Castelli proudly produce high performance cycling apparel. Since 1876, they've been the tailor for the champions. It was their innovative mindset which brought the earliest heroes & legends like Binda, Coppi and Bartali. Castelli cycle clothing became legendary too inventing the skinsuit, the silk jersey, pockets on jerseys, and the first LYCRA® short used in professional racing.
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Castelli apparel is cut to fit closely against the skin for excellent aerodynamics and moisture wicking performance. On the bike, your Castelli jersey should fit close to the skin, Off the bike, it jersey might feel tight across the chest and a little short in front. Shorts should fit tightly enough to support critical leg muscles through compression without inhibiting movement and constricting blood flow.
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Review from RedKitePrayer.com
When I was a kid going to Catholic school, before our first confession we were told that every priest had heard every sin, that nothing we could say to them would be new or surprising, so we should just get over our embarrassment and misguided ideas that we were somehow committing rare or special sins and get on with the business of confessing our misdeeds. What they were really trying to instill in us was the belief that there is nothing new or unusual we might do. I didn't buy it.
I get the feeling that designers in Italy responsible for Castelli's many innovations had a similar childhood. I'm sure they tired of being told there were no new ideas. How else could you labor as a clothing designer for years on end if you didnâ€™t believe that the world was big enough to hold a few surprises yet?
It is into such a void that Castelli thrust the San Remo Speedsuit. The first couple of times I saw it I didnâ€™t appreciate just what it was. Watching guys on TV I couldnâ€™t tell that what I was seeing wasnâ€™t just another ultra-tight Castelli jersey paired with a set of Body Paint bibs. Oh, but the San Remo Speedsuit is nothing ordinary. But just what is it, if it isn't ordinary?
In broad strokes, it is the skinsuit for the 21st century. Or maybe it's the traditional jersey and bibs rethought in as aero a manner as possible. Thatâ€™s the thing: The skinsuit family tree forked a few years back. The traditional skinsuit used in a time trial has become an ever more aerodynamic garment, with fabrics that make normal Lycra seem as slippery as sandpaper on skin. Long sleeves and integrated gloves have helped ratchet up the aero-ness of an already speedy outfit. The San Remo Speedsuit heads in the other direction. It takes the skinsuit as the starting point and makes it more functional, providing the wearer with a skinsuit that is more comfortable and practical than the Lycra jail that is the traditional skinsuit.
The San Remo Speedsuit begins with Castelli's top-of-the-line Body Paint bib shorts. They are mated to a full-zip Aero Race jersey. To look at the garment is to see something that appears utterly obvious, but it takes a bit of explaining. The rear hem of the jersey and its accompanying gripper are removed; the jersey is sewn directly into the short. Consequently, the bibs are discarded. Also, unlike the Body Paint bibs, the front hem is brought up higher, making the Speedsuit more comfortable than Body Paint bibs for people who aren't running 4 percent body fat. The front of the Speedsuit features a full zip but the fabric is anchored where the bibs would begin their run from the belly to the shoulders. What that means is that when you unzip the front of the Speedsuit, you realize two benefits. First, you don't end up with a disco-style V-neck design running to your navel, you end up with real ventilation. Second, you also end up with a garment that doesnâ€™t require Houdini-like powers to remove.
Let's back up a sec. A few years ago I had the opportunity to try one of Castelli's Body Paint jerseys. It was like a Lycra condom for my torso. Someone is reading this right now and thinkingâ€""Perfect! That's just what I've been looking for."â€"but my experience was one of claustrophobia. I couldn't have been more surprised by my reaction. Somehow, the fact that the garment wasn't integrated into a skinsuit made the jersey intolerable. So I didnâ€™t review it.
Whatever wasn't working for me then has been sorted. It's worth mentioning that the jersey portion of the Speedsuit uses more polyester which helps eliminate the whole ohmigod-I'm-covered-in-latex-in-public thing. The front up to the shoulders is Lycra, but the sleeves and back are poly. In the pits a textured material is used to help speed air flow in what tends to be a fairly turbulent area.
Of this garment's many selling points is how it offers three usable pockets. It's impressive because the pockets lie flatâ€"as they shouldâ€"but they arenâ€™t so snug that it's difficult to get your hand in or out while holding a gel. With pros wearing their jerseys snugger, this has caused jersey pockets to sit higher because all you're really doing is wearing a size smaller, and that makes the pockets harder to access. Well one of the added bonuses of the Speedsuit is that the pockets sit lower than they would with a similarly cut jersey, making them really easy to access.
There are those ultra-hot days when all a base layer does is absorb sweat. Ditto for bib material. Imagine a garment that is useful enough and comfortable enough to ride a century in but eliminates as much bulk as possible. It's amazing how comfortable the shorts are given there's only a single seam running up the inside of each leg. Despite reading about all the science that went into these things I'm still amazed that they can fit so well.
The ends of the legs are lazer-cut and receive just the barest treatment for a grippe
Some folks will flinch at the $350 price tag. Given the quality of the bibs, the incredible fit and just how functional it is, the San Remo Speedsuit is worth every cent. Maybe not a bargain, but I once had a bargain skinsuit and I can say that was a waste of $120.
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