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Old 09-14-16, 03:42 PM
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Castelli where is it made?

I've never owned any Castelli, but I'm considering picking up a few jackets and the lighter weight ones seem to be "made in china" along with the jersey's. Not sure if they are cheap knockoffs, but the the heavier jackets say they are made in Macau.

Isn't all the Castelli stuff made in Italy? Sure seems like it should be at the prices they want...Just hate to pull the trigger on a made in china jacket that isn't much better than the aliexpress stuff for a 10th of the costs.
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I've never owned any Castelli, but I'm considering picking up a few jackets and the lighter weight ones seem to be "made in china" along with the jersey's. Not sure if they are cheap knockoffs, but the the heavier jackets say they are made in Macau.

Isn't all the Castelli stuff made in Italy? Sure seems like it should be at the prices they want...Just hate to pull the trigger on a made in china jacket that isn't much better than the aliexpress stuff for a 10th of the costs.
I'm not a big fan of Castelli so I don't own any of their stuff. Their website says they have issues with counterfeiting. Your best bet is to contact them directly with questions about your source. Here's the webpage with some information:
https://www.castelli-cycling.com/CounterfeidProducts
Interestingly, they spell it "counterfeid". I don't know where they get that spelling. Italian would be contraffazione.

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I know there are a lot of "fakes" and I'm wondering if this is one of them, but they won't disclose where there stuff is manufactured so even if it is legit I have a problem paying that much for a jacket that's still made in China.

In fact I know for a fact lots of Chinese garment factories fill a clothing order for the client and makes another order in the EXACT same specs for the counterfeiters to sell.
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I just ordered a Castelli jersey that came yesterday. It's not counterfeit and the tag says Made in China.
It's also REALLY small and is being returned, FWIW. Order 2 if not 3 sizes larger.
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Almost none is made in Italy. I have a bunch of their stuff and the quality is horrible, I will never buy Castelli again. The seams come apart, the decals peel off in less than a month, the material in the jerseys fray easily. A set of bibs started getting the see-through crotch in less than 1000 miles. Had to return one jersey because the sleeve was sewn on upside down with the seam on the top instead of the bottom.... They suck.
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Originally Posted by Jadesfire View Post
I just ordered a Castelli jersey that came yesterday. It's not counterfeit and the tag says Made in China.
It's also REALLY small and is being returned, FWIW. Order 2 if not 3 sizes larger.
Castelli sizing is Euro, not 'Murican.



Castelli jersey v. golf shirt, both labeled "large."
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
Castelli sizing is Euro, not 'Murican.
I was aware of that when I ordered, just not of exactly how drastic a difference it is. Lesson learned .
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My one Castelli jersey says made in the US. Also, the small fits me just fine.

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Interesting, I personally love my Castelli jerseys and bibs to the point I'm no longer looking at purchasing other brands! I heard people talk of decals coming off, but mine have solidly stayed on for over 2 years now of regular use. That specific jersey is getting a bit loose though, but again I've been using it for a while.

Oh and yes, made it Macau for example, and purchased from a reputable shop here in the SF bay area.

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Wow. Castelli is pretty respected (and respectable). You can find good deals on Competitive Cyclist, ProBike Kit and others -- I had one pair of bibs where the logo on the hip started to peel ... after 3 years. If the brand fits, run with it.

And yes, euro, slimmer than club-fit cuts. If it says 'aero,' be prepared for the stuffed sausage look (or size up).
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I have two jerseys with the branding of my LBS on them (team pricing, woo!) one Canari and one Castelli. The Canari fits a little bit looser, but I wear a large in both. The Castelli is marked Made in USA.
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Castelli is designed in Italy but made in China, no? Their stuff has always fit me fine as sized and the quality has been pretty good, I think. I just wish that they would put slightly beefier zippers on their jerseys.
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The special order team kit, at least, is made in the USA.
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
Castelli sizing is Euro, not 'Murican.



Castelli jersey v. golf shirt, both labeled "large."
Large American golfers are beer swilling turds. Large Euro riders are spider monkeys. Not to generalize, though...
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Originally Posted by Jadesfire View Post
I just ordered a Castelli jersey that came yesterday. It's not counterfeit and the tag says Made in China.
Yeah that's what I thought. I don't see any point in paying 2-3 times MORE for an Italian Jersey that's "made in China" where the quality control is horrible and the end result is hit and miss.

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Almost none is made in Italy. I have a bunch of their stuff and the quality is horrible, I will never buy Castelli again. The seams come apart, the decals peel off in less than a month, the material in the jerseys fray easily. A set of bibs started getting the see-through crotch in less than 1000 miles. Had to return one jersey because the sleeve was sewn on upside down with the seam on the top instead of the bottom.... They suck.
Thanks for the confirmation I've ready about quality issues as well and wasn't sure if it was a bad batch or not. Seems like it's just overall cheap.

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Oh and yes, made it Macau for example, and purchased from a reputable shop here in the SF bay area.

Geoff
Was that a jacket or jersey? I noticed all the jersey's are made in china, but the jackets are made in Macau. I'm considering a jacket, but i'm going to pass on the chinese jerseys.
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Yeah that's what I thought. I don't see any point in paying 2-3 times MORE for an Italian Jersey that's "made in China" where the quality control is horrible and the end result is hit and miss.
Well, to be fair, it looks very well made. It just doesn't fit me at all- though I knew that might be an issue when I ordered it (not a due to quality control issues so much as European sizing differences). And as others have mentioned, it is evidently possible to find ones not made in China. But yeah, I'm going a different route now too.
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Haha--I guess I was wrong earlier. I just checked the labels on my Castelli stuff; here is the panoply of nations on the labels:

Italy
Hungary
El Salvador
Morocco
China (gloves)
Cambodia (gloves)


I'm happy with all my stuff, anyway.
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
The special order team kit, at least, is made in the USA.
I have a pair of special order team kit bibs that are marked "Made in El Salvador".
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
Castelli sizing is Euro, not 'Murican.



Castelli jersey v. golf shirt, both labeled "large."


Its aerodynamically fit, to make sure there isn't any flapping material or parts.
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standard practice has become Designed in country A, Italy. US, etc,
may be sublimation printed Cut, and shipped then sewn in China, Bangladesh Egypt etc.

but made in US factories With undocumented workers in LA is another way it's done.


Note: Campagnolo has a Factory in Romania Now.




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Was that a jacket or jersey? I noticed all the jersey's are made in china, but the jackets are made in Macau. I'm considering a jacket, but i'm going to pass on the chinese jerseys.
I have the Gabba 2 convertible jacket, and yes I believe you are right that it's the one made in Macau. The Entrata jersey I have is made in El Salvador if I remember correctly, and I have another type which *may* be made in China, not sure without checking...

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I have the Gabba 2 convertible jacket, and yes I believe you are right that it's the one made in Macau. The Entrata jersey I have is made in El Salvador if I remember correctly, and I have another type which *may* be made in China, not sure without checking...

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Thanks for the info I'm looking at a Gabba 2 for heavier use and the lighter one which I'll pass on is made in China. Looking at it further If I need a lighter jacket I'll just take the sleeves off and make due with the 1 jacket.
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Thanks for the info I'm looking at a Gabba 2 for heavier use and the lighter one which I'll pass on is made in China. Looking at it further If I need a lighter jacket I'll just take the sleeves off and make due with the 1 jacket.
Confirmed: Macau for Gabba 2, El Salvador for all my jerseys and shorts.

The Gabba's been great for me, even on winter-time rainy century rides. I was drenched, but the jacket acted as some sort of wet suit so I kept warm so long as I didn't stop for more than 5 minutes

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Castelli Poggio convertible jacket is quite nice. Made in Macau. Y'all know Macau is an exotic way of saying China?
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You know, if you are interested in jackets primarily, you might also look at what Mavic has as well in addition to the Castelli offerings. I have some bibs and a jacket from Mavic and the jacket, especially, has become a favorite of mine for the winter.
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