If it's race day and the rain is coming down in buckets, you obviously need to stay dry to win. Instead of throwing on a flappy jacket, gain an advantage over the pack with the Castelli Gabba WS Long Sleeve Jersey. The Gabba WS jersey was designed hand-in-hand with the Cervelo Test Team and the Garmin-Barracuda cycling team to create an edge against the brutal weather of the spring classics. The Gabba WS fits and feels like an aero jersey, but with all of the weather protection of a rain jacket.
The Castelli Men's Gabba WS Jersey is a rain-specific version of the Castelli Aero Race Jersey. In the development stage, Castelli knew that no material existed to meet Cervelo Test Team's demands for a rainproof race jersey, so a partnership was formed with W.L. Gore to create the new WindStopper X-Lite Plus fabric. The new four-way stretch fabric allowed the construction of the form-fitting, windproof, and breathable rainproof jersey that we have today. For further rain protection, Castelli included a storm flap off the rear jersey panel to protect you from wheel spray, and the three rear pockets feature eyelets for water drainage. To add extra comfort, Nanoflex inserts under the arms and zippered chest vents allow controlled temperature regulation and a better fit. Castelli finished off the Gabba with a silicone gripper at the waistband to control jersey creep and rear reflective tabs for enhanced visibility in gloomy conditions. The end result of all this innovation is a jersey that Roger Hammond calls the best jersey he's ever worn. You can't go wrong with that.
The Castelli Gabba WS Long Sleeve Jersey is available in six sizes from Small to XXX-Large and in colors Black/reflective silver and Yellow Fluorescent/reflective silver.
I've ridden this from 50 degrees and pouring rain down to the mid teens. Some reviews claim that this is near waterproof, however, it really isn't. When you first start riding in the rain, the water quickly beads off, however after 10 minutes or so, it starts to soak into the fabric. That being said, it is still way better then being cold and wet with a more standard jersey, or hot and steaming with a PVC rain cape. After one 3 hour ride in pretty nasty wet conditions (upper 40's), my inside jersey was pretty wet, however, I was still warm/comfortable.
As for what it is, its not really a jersey, as its more of a jacket. Where it really shines is for wind resistance. It really cuts the wind keeping you warm, however, it really does breath unlike my older "Tech" coat from 3 years ago which would leave me clammy after anything over 1 hour of hard riding.
In the winter, this jersey/thing is great for layering. For my mid teens (wind chills in the 0-neg 10 range) 2 hour ride, I rode a Helly Hanson Warm base layer (also a great piece of gear) a thin roubaix fleece lined LS jersey and this, and was content. When I finished, feeling all the layers, everything worked. Stayed dry and warm.
Now the fit: its race cut. This is exactly what I was looking for. I wanted a coat that I could actually race in and not be worried about being a parachute. I'm 150 lbs, wear mediums in most bike tops, smalls in most bike jackets, S and XS in most consumer cloths. I bought a medium and it fits pretty much as advertised. Almost tight, yet its flexible enough where you don't feel cramped. I've actually raced probably 10+ late fall races in this jacket and never felt over or under dressed.
I did a lot of reading before I spent the cash on this jacket, but in the end, I'm glad I did. I really like this jersey and ride it all the time.
I absolutely love this jacket! Totally windproof yet breathable. The side vents help when the temperature rises during a climb or a long ride that started out chilly. Note that it's a windproof shell so you may still need some layers underneath (I assume it's great in the rain too but I've been blessed so far not to know yet). If I'm riding at 5C (40F) or less, I'll usually wear two base layers and a short sleeve jersey under it. It's light, the arms are longer than what you typically get on a long sleeve garment (great for me since I have long arms) and there are 3 deep pockets on the back. I usually wear a medium-sized Castelli jersey but found I needed a large size in this jacket. My chest is 38in. Still has a nice and snug/aero race fit (i.e. no loose fabric flapping around in the wind).
Obvious a great choice in wet weather, as evidenced by their near-ubiquitous use in the pro peloton during the 2013 spring campaign, in spite of team clothing commitments. But what is often not said about this piece is that it is a fantastic cool/cold weather shell. It is quite wind proof, but has no lining, making it very flexible in regards to layering - I wore mine with various base layers and jerseys from the upper 40s way down into the 20s. And of course, the wet weather performance is really incredible, comfortable for me into the upper 50s while raining (I haven't tried to wear it any warmer than that). What really makes this piece work is its fit - it fits like a race day jersey, but has the qualities of a great jacket - no flapping or extra bulk. Highly recommended!
Great jersey. Definitely wind proof and keeps me warm, but only water proof to an extent. If its heavy and consistent rain the jersey will eventually become fully soaked. But it will dry very quickly after.
I'm 25 and weigh 180lbs. Lean athletic build, and 5'11'' height. The medium is a perfect for me with a comfortable aero fit, as castelli truly intends. People who think its necessary to "size up" are probably overweight or a recreational rider, which I am neither of. The gabba jersey is true to the sizing charts for a typical race fit.
4 stars because the sleeves become just slightly loose fitting from the elbows to wrist. Nothing drastic, just not consistent with the great fit elsewhere.
Have been riding this jersey here in the PNW for the last few weeks. Temps have ranged from high 20's to mid 40's with some rain/sleet in the mix. Jersey has been great in all conditions, though I am using a mid-weight merino base layer. Only complaint is the arms are cut a bit big considering how well fitted the body is (and how slim cyclists arms can be). I did size up due to recommendations, and feel it was necessary. Still a great buy, definitely one of my favorite pieces of kit.
Keeps you warm and the zips allow you to cool if need be. Long back keeps the wet off your bum too! I bought the Fluorescent Yellow one and it certainly makes you noticed!