Castelli Free Sanremo Tri Suit Review
The Castelli Free Sanremo tri suit was designed to last male athletes throughout multiple triathlon races while providing a surprisingly comfortable wear. Between its chosen materials, high-quality construction, and additional features, buyers can stay focused on their activities without having to worry about overheating or possible irritation. In addition, because it’s designed for triathlons, a versatile wear is a given when purchasing this particular suit.
All of its fabrics have varying levels of breathability, which not only prevents chafing and possible infections but also enables the wearer to reach their highest speed possible while running and cycling. This also enables proper water drainage, which means that they won’t feel weighed down while swimming or once they’re out of the water.
Buyers are also provided several additional features that make their training or racing experiences easier. For example, the brand’s innovated front construction enables quick and easy bathroom breaks that allow buyers to keep the suit on. And pockets are included at the rear and sides to store away snacks while still permitting plenty of air flow.
-Fits true to size
-Highly durable material
-Lightweight and breathable
-Prevents chafing and irritation
-Built for triathlon racing
-Expensive price tag
-Only in men's sizes
-Not completely waterproof
All of this suit’s fabrics are highly-ventilated, meaning that buyers can still feel comfortable on warm days. The Velocity mesh of its back panel is actually tested using a wind turbine, meaning that Castelli can guarantee that it’s made for speed when it comes to running and cycling. This also means that water can easily drain out, and the Insta-dry Speed fabric that constructs its bottom is known to barely hold any water at all.
Other features are included to enhance both the buyer’s wear and overall racing and training experience, such as the Castelli-innovated Free Sanremo front construction for quick and easy bathroom breaks. A KISS tri seat pad provides additional comfort when cycling for long periods, yet disappears whenever the wearer transitions into running. And finally, pockets are added to the back and sides for easy snack and supplement storage while racing.
Between the SpeedFreak ventilated fabric and Velocity mesh back panel on the top, along with the Insta-dry Speed fabric on the bottom, buyers can stay properly ventilated even on a very warm day or during an intense race. Not only does all of this prevent chafing, and possible irritation, but it also enables the wearer to reach their fastest speed possible as they run, bike, and even swim. In addition, while they don’t provide much when it comes to water and sweat resistance, they still ensure proper drainage to keep the wearer from feeling weighed down as they’re in the water.
Adding to this overall quality are the FreeAero pockets located in the bag, which are especially known for their enabled airflow and enhanced drainage. And while the front construction of its bottom half is meant primarily for bathroom breaks, it also provides extra ventilation to areas that need it most.
This suits ventilation also means plenty of moisture and sweat-wicking, which keeps chafing and possible infections at bay. It also means proper drainage, so runners won’t feel weighed down at any point while they’re in the water. Furthermore, the fact that the bottom half’s Instadry Speed fabric doesn’t hold water means that buyers can get out and comfortably continue with their runs.
While some buyers have complained about an uncomfortable front zipper, it’s unclear if this is because their suit doesn’t fit them properly or if it’s just a manufacturing error. Either way, it perfectly clear that most buyers feel completely at ease while wearing this suit whether they’re running, cycling, or swimming.
Of course, because it’s only available in men’s sizes, women are not able to wear this suit properly. And since this design and wear is meant to be skin-tight, it’s not likely that it will comfortably fit most women’s body types. However, Castelli does make the All Out Speed Suit in women’s sizes XS through XL, which has proven to be just as efficient and effective as the Free Sanremo.
While this suit is skin-tight, all of its materials have plenty of extra give in order to comfortably accommodate all of the wearer’s movements. The mesh and ventilated fabrics that are used to construct its top portion are reinforced with not only a stronger knit but also with extra stitching to prevent gradual wear and tear. And the Insta-dry fabric that makes up the bottom doesn’t absorb water, meaning that it’s to stay intact even after constant use in saltwater.
The GIRO Air elastic on the legs further adds to the suit’s overall give and is never known to decrease or become too stretched out overtime. And the YKK Camlock zipper maintains its fastening power for years without sliding down or bursting open, especially when worn on the correct body type.
Adding further to the suit’s overall comfort is KISS tri seat pad, which is built-in specifically for cyclists. It provides an extra layer of cushioning to prevent discomfort while on the bike for long periods, yet it’s also able to disappear as soon as the wearer stands up and transitions to running or walking. GIRO Air elastic is also featured on the legs to provide a more secure fit that also adapts seamlessly to every step, kick, and peddle.
Buyers are also extremely impressed by this suit’s back pockets, which are both aero and hydro optimized to ensure proper drainage and continued breathability. Two smaller side pockets are also located at the hips, which many claims are great for holding snacks or supplements while in the middle of racing.
In order to achieve maximum comfort and effectiveness, different materials are used to construct different portions of this suit. The front upper portion is made with the brand’s SpeedFreak ventilated race fabric, while the back uses Velocity mesh. The shorts’ Instadry Speed fabric and KISS Tri seat pad further add to its versatile wear and nd it’s front construction allows wearers to easily answer the call of nature without removing the whole suit.
A YKK Camlock front zipper goes all the way down below the waist, allowing it to be slipped on and off with ease. Two small pockets are located at the hips to conveniently store away snacks or other small items while still providing proper drainage for water and air. In addition, the brand’s red and white scorpion logo is featured on the left side of the chest and both sides of the hips.
Those who prefer the sleeveless version will be happy to know that it costs noticeably less than its short-sleeved counterpart. That one is sold on the Castelli website and other retailers that specialize in athletic gear for $200. While this doesn't seem like a huge difference, it's
Both of these versions are within the average price range of the brand's other suits. And considering their high ratings across the board, it's clear that most buyers believe that they're worth every dollar spent.
-Velocity mesh back panel
-Insta-dry Speed fabric short
-KISS Tri seat pad for comfort
-YKK Camlock zipper
-Free Aero pockets with proper drainage
-Two additional hip pockets
-GIRO Air elastic on legs
-Five color options
-Short-sleeved and sleeveless versions
While its expensive price tag may scare some newer racers off, this suit is durable enough to last buyers as long as five years without sustaining any damage. On the other hand, female racers might not be happy to learn that this suit is only available in men's sizes. While they can find similar suits made by Castelli, it's still unclear if the brand with ever releases a women's version of this one.