Catelli Alpha RoS Jacket vs. Castelli Espresso for Winter???
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    Catelli Alpha RoS Jacket vs. Castelli Espresso for Winter???

    Hi,
    I am looking for a good winter jacket for riding in temps from the low 20s to high 30s.

    I am looking at both the Castelli Espresso and the Alpha RoS and wondering which will is warmer.

    Castelli says that the Alpha RoS is good down to 23F and the Espresso is good only to about 32F. However, I find this hard to believe. The Espresso seems like it would be significantly warmer, and the Alpha RoS doesn't appear to be that warm of a jacket and is quite a close fit so I don't think I could get a lot of layers on under it.

    Can anyone comment who has one of these jackets?

    thanks
    Matt

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    I have the alpha RoS & an older espresso IV jacket. Espresso is significantly thicker and I've taken mine down to -20C with the right baselayer(s). Gets marginal below -10 or -15. I've had the alpha RoS to -5/-8C with a thin baselayer (didn't check the forecast...). I'd say it's good to -5C. Significantly thinner than an espresso, but the technical materials make up some of that.
    In short, RoS is more adaptable, but Espresso would have a lower absolute temperature. Of course temperature is personal, YMMV.

    Quote Originally Posted by bowler1 View Post
    Hi,
    I am looking for a good winter jacket for riding in temps from the low 20s to high 30s.

    I am looking at both the Castelli Espresso and the Alpha RoS and wondering which will is warmer.

    Castelli says that the Alpha RoS is good down to 23F and the Espresso is good only to about 32F. However, I find this hard to believe. The Espresso seems like it would be significantly warmer, and the Alpha RoS doesn't appear to be that warm of a jacket and is quite a close fit so I don't think I could get a lot of layers on under it.

    Can anyone comment who has one of these jackets?

    thanks
    Matt

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