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Speedsuit Comparison & Eliel Mavericks Aero Speedsuit Review

By Dennis Lastochkin 5/22/2017 5 minutes

I’ve been racing and riding in my new neon green lightsaber stick speedsuit for couple weeks now. So, it’s time to review how it has been performing. I’m a big proponent of speedsuits despite their obvious drawbacks. I want to compare it to other Castelli speed suits I’ve worn in the past based on several parameters: Usability, Fit / Comfort, Durability / Performance & Price.

I want to define what I’m comparing here. First, it’s the Eliel Mavericks stock speedsuit. Second, it’s the Castelli San Remo club order speed suit. Third, it’s the Castelli regular speedsuit club order.

Usability

Eliel
Pros: 2 small pockets along the back that are aero & flush with the back. The material is very stretchy. Just enough space to fit it with 10 GU gels if you stuff it really well, or a cellphone in one of the pockets.  
Con: No way to put water bottles or clothing. Have to unzip to water the plants while leaning forward.

San Remo

Pros: 3 regular pockets in the back. Although they are not very stretchy. So, have to be careful not to tear them. Front flap for easy plat watering.
Cons: None.

Castelli speedsuit
Pros: None.
Cons: 0 pockets. Have to unzip and take off one sleeve to water the plants.


Fit & Comfort

Eliel
Pros: This one fits the best. It has very stretchy body conforming fabric. So, there are very little if any ripples or waves in the fabric. Makes this speedsuit very aero and fast. This is the only speedsuit that has the correct leg length bib for me. Also, the mid arm cover is the new chic style of almost to the elbow. Less sunburn is welcome.
Cons: The chamois pad is comfortable but could be improved.

San Remo
Pro: 2016 thin semi stretchy fabric makes for comfortable fit. The chamois X2 Air pad is the best. Very comfortable.
Cons: For 2017, the san remo the fabric wasn’t as stretchy and didn’t fit me at all. Was bunching up in the waist for pretty much everyone on the team to some degree. Sleeves were short style in 2016 & weren’t as tight as I would have liked. Also, the 2016 bib wasn’t gripping the leg very well and would ride up in the winter if you weren’t sweating. 2017 sleeves were good.

Castelli speedsuit
Pro: The chamois pad is very comfortable. No fabric ripples.
Cons: Short sleeves that are not tight enough. Bibs ride up and have to adjusted.

Durability & Performance

Eliel
Pro: Very durable material. I have not crashed in it yet but looks like it would protect my body really well. I’m not scared to pull it too hard and tear a piece off. I’ve had similar fabric kits from Eliel for a year. They held up really well in my washer / drier weekly cycles. At first look I though this kit is going to be warm. To my surprise, in a hot 83 miles P12 race I felt like it was cooling really well, once I started sweating. Sun doesn’t burn though the fabric. Very aero.
Cons: None.  
 
San Remo
Pros: Thin material that cools really well. Very aero depending on fit.
Cons: Thin material that just shreds to pieces when you crash. If you crash in this kit. It’s 100% guaranteed to be shredded. You will get sunburn though the back of the kit. This kit had holes in the bib after 9 months of riding. Does not hold up as a weekly riding kit.

Castelli speedsuit
Pros: Durable material. Crashed in it once. Not a scratch on the kit. Very aero.
Cons: Extremely hot. Pretty much unusable in summer. I only use it in winter.
 

Price

Eliel: $245 for stock. Discounts depending on club size order. 

Castelli San Remo: ~$239 for club version. $349 Stock. Discounts depending on club size order. The stock kit is slightly different than the club one.

Castelli speedsuit: ~$170 for club version. Discounts depending on club size order. The stock kit is slightly different than the club one.

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Dennis Lastochkin

Dennis is a Cat 2 road cyclist from Austin, TX & one of the elves / code monkeys behind Thea.com

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