Castelli Commuter Reflex Jacket review – I couldn't believe just how reflective it is

Cutting a clean and stylish look during the day, at night the reflective detailing covers the whole jacket

Image shows a rider wearing the Castelli Reflex Commuter Jacket.
(Image credit: Andy Turner)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

A brilliantly weatherproofed garment that does not let the wind or rain in at all while simultaneously being insulating due to weather protection and also very breathable when exercising. The lack of hood is frustrating and the price is high, but the functionality is superb and visibility unmatched.

Reasons to buy
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    Brilliant water and wind proofing

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    Visibility in low light is great

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    Reflectivity is superb

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    Breathability very good

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    Zip pockets

Reasons to avoid
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    A hood would be a very welcome edition for commuting

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    It is mightily expensive

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On Castelli's waterproofing and windproofing scale, the Italian brand gives the Commuter Reflex Jacket a full five out of five rating. We'll be the judges of just how well the jacket stacks up, but it at least gives you an insight into the exactly what level Castelli is pitching the Commuter Reflex at.

It’s all about giving you the best protection possible while on inevitable grim that comes with regularly cycle commuting to work. Understanding that you want to turn up to the office looking stylish, the reflectivity Castelli has used is pretty subtle during the day, but really lights up at night in order to improve your visibility while cycling on the roads - it's this quality, and several others that we'll get into below, that make Castelli's offering one of the best commuter cycling jackets

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