Review: Castelli Sanremo, All Out Speed Trisuits
article & images by Nick Salazar
Dec 30, 2019
The Sanremo SS (which stands for Short-Sleeve) suit is a 199g skinsuit that offers a lot of nice qualities. As with all the suits in this review, it offers a very slender fit, quality chamois, and multiple premium fabrics in its design. And in this case, it offers a vibrant orange colorway, which always grabs our attention here at TriRig!
Among the Castelli offerings, this is definitely the best value. Although the All Out Speed Suit is (only) $40 more, this suit offers basically all of its practical advantages for a little less cash. Does it suffer the translucent-white problem of its Free-Speed big brother? I don't know; I didn't test the Sanremo SS in white. In either case, I wouldn't grab either suit in white. Both feature very thin fabric (actually an objective benefit), and there is no reason to believe that white is a good colorway in either suit.
The orange suit we got was an interesting color. It was not exactly the TriRig Orange we feature on the header banners of this site. Rather, Castelli's is a redder firecone orange. Personally, I'm not a big fan; their color looks more like a safety warning, but that is of course a matter of personal preference. Let's get to the merits of the suit.
On the one hand, the Sanremo Suit is a beautiful piece of apparel engineering. Its construction is ideal, using Castelli's unique Sanremo architecture to marry bibshort comfort with zip-up conveneince, as we have discussed in the past. It feels really good to wear, and the novel construction works. The fabrics used are excellent, especially where it matters for aero performance and comfort. It has some ample pockets out back, and they are very functional.
On the other hand, I really wasn't a fan of the sleeve materials at the ends of the arms and legs. I prefer the tighter, laser-cut grippy panels on suits like the Zoot and Epix kits we've seen before. The Castelli materials are still very very good, they just weren't my personal preference. And on the subjective side, I also don't prefer the cuts of these suits. They just feel a bit odd to me, probably because they run a little smaller than I'm used to and just didn't fit quite as I was expecting. I'm sure that the size Large would be too much, but this size Medium is just a smidge too snug for me.
Regardless, this is a really good suit to consider. If you have the chance, definitely see if you can try one on locally. If it fits well, you'll be a happy camper in it.
Just one more suit to consider: does the one called 'All-Out Speed' live up to its name? Let's find out.
Short Distance Suit
Castelli's ITU suit is minimal and functional. It has nothing more than the bare essentials.
Sanremo SS Suit
The bright orange colorway caught our eye. But it's not just a pretty face; the features and finish of this suit betray a truly well-designed garment.
All Out Speed Suit
The flagship in Castelli's lineup is very nice, and cut very snug, with the serious athlete in mind.