Review: Castelli Sanremo, All Out Speed Trisuits
Dec 30, 2019
article & images by Nick Salazar
The Castelli All Out Speed Suit is a 205g short-sleeved suit that is the brand's best offering, in terms of making the fastest suit it can. How do we feel about it? Well, our feelings are pretty similar to what I feel about the Sanremo SS suit.
The good news first. It fits just like the Sanremo SS. It has the same faux-bib design, albeit with a different set of materials, including a nice textured dimpled fabric in back, purportely for better aero performance. We haven't tested this ourselves, but I'd be willing to believe it has some merit. However, this only makes sense if the suit is already a good fit for you. The first priority in suit selection is a good fit and function. That is, you must first ask yourself whether the suit really fits you like a glove, without wrinkles, and whether it functions the way you need (is it comfortable enough on the bike, are you able to carry everything you want to carry, are you able to unzip if you need to, etc). Only then should you worry about things like materials, weight, aerodynamics, etc. The All-Out Speed is much like the Sanremo SS in these aspects: same pockets, same chamois (which is decent, but very a basic single panel with no shaping or relief sub-panels). And I have to say that the all-black color scheme is pretty slick.
So why am I mixed on it? Well, as with the Sanremo SS, it cut of the suit just didn't feel quite right on my body. This is a pretty personal thing, so if you're interested in the suit, don't let my own subjective experience throw shade on that interest. One other thing though: I wish the front panels were a little more opaque. They stretch and become somewhat transparent. I suppose they're kept thin in order to breathe and shed weight, but it ends up looking bad in my opinion.
In all, it's a great suit, and definitely worth a look. Is it worth the premium above the Sanremo SS? In my opinion, definitely yes. If the suit fits you well, definitely go for the higher-end fabrics and eke out every second you can.
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.