Castelli Alpha RoS 2 Light jacket review

The Castelli Alpha RoS 2 Light is a not-so-deep winter jacket, but does that render it futile or versatile?

Castelli Alpha RoS 2 Light jacket review
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Cyclingnews Verdict

The Castelli Alpha RoS 2 Light isn't as well-specced as its bigger brother, but it's more useful in temperatures you're more likely to experience


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    Double-layer construction

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    Zippered security pocket


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    Zip neck guard gets in the way

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At its launch, the Castelli Alpha Ros 2 Light winter cycling jacket had a big job ahead of it, if it were to earn its place in Castelli's revered lineup of winter cycling clothing. Such is the brand's popularity, its iconic scorpion logo is a sight you'll see at almost every winter club ride around the world. 

Ever since redefining winter clothing with the Gabba, Castelli has been known for making some of the best winter cycling jackets. We've already given a strong rating to the Alpha RoS 2 Light's bigger brother in our Castelli Alpha RoS 2 jacket review, so how does the pared-down Light version compare? 

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Josh Croxton
Associate Editor (Tech)

Josh is Associate Editor of Cyclingnews – leading our content on the best bikes, kit and the latest breaking tech stories from the pro peloton. He has been with us since the summer of 2019 and throughout that time he's covered everything from buyer's guides and deals to the latest tech news and reviews. 

On the bike, Josh has been riding and racing for over 15 years. He started out racing cross country in his teens back when 26-inch wheels and triple chainsets were still mainstream, but he found favour in road racing in his early 20s, racing at a local and national level for Somerset-based Team Tor 2000. These days he rides indoors for convenience and fitness, and outdoors for fun on road, gravel, 'cross and cross-country bikes, the latter usually with his two dogs in tow.