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 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 Castelli's Aero Race jersey, but with all of the weather protection of a rain jacket.
The Castelli 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 Jersey is available in six sizes from Small to XXX-Large and in the colors Black/reflective silver and Yellow Fluorescent/reflective silver.
Got caught in a driving rain in 50 degrees (F) for over an hour and my Gabba kept me warm and dry. Fabric can get a little clammy next to the skin on its own, so I usually wear at least a light mesh base layer under it, which gets rid of that problem. I find it breathable enough for most situations, and of course it's got a full length zipper for regulating temps. It's definitely more wind resistant than a conventional cloth jersey, and that's a real plus, but not totally windproof like full Gortex, That's Okay because it lets it breath. On really windy, cold days, I use a Craft base layer with windstopper on the chest for additional wind protection underneath. Its great having a jersey like this on when you leave home and there's a chance of rain. Don't have to pack a full rain jacket just in case and the Gabba is more streamlined and doesn't billow about.
I have used it regularly this Fall/Winter here in Colorado in temps down to the high thirties with arm warmers and a good base layer. Unless you know you are going to be riding on a rainy day, this is not a warm weather summer jersey. This is more of a three season Fall Winter Spring classics type for temps below about 60 degrees F. Rear pockets are very deep, which is great for storing additional layers on transitional days. Sleeves are longer than usually found on a short sleeve jersey, which means there's no gap between the top of your arm warmers and the jersey sleeve on cool days. The extended flap on the back is great for keeping your butt dry in wet or slushy conditions.
I have the long sleeve which you can actually take out the sleeves and end up with a Jersey, normal sleeve length. I use it from about 25F to about 44F. In the 20's and 30's F I use it with a base layer and a mid layer, with temps above 40 or in the 40's I used it only with a base layer, and it works Perfect! I've used in conjunction with the Castelli Sorpasso Bib Tights and its perfect!
I just finished the Rapha/Strava 500Km Challenge in December, I could have had better gear!
I've put them in the washing machine, under delicates, not too much detergent and washed them about 10 times, everything looks brand new.
I'm 6'0, 174lbs and I have an XL size, I could have worn a Large, but then limit myself to only one layer. XL allowed me to be able to wear two layers underneath.
What makes a great piece is when it comes to work and does it's job. That is exactly what the Gabba will do. This is for those days that mediate on a temperate roller coaster yet the wind accents the weather to make it necessary to cover up and ride through it. Not the piece I am riding straight into a rainstorm with but greta for fall rides with a merino base layer or spring warmups with some wind. Fit is amazing with dropped rear. Say butternut squash soup and I am there.
This is probably the best item of clothing I have bought. Castelli always seem to get it right. I wore it for the first time today, it was about 55 degrees and pretty breezy. I wore this with a thin sleeveless baselayer and the nano flex arm warmers, and to be honest was a little warm! This is going to be perfect later in the winter when it gets below 50
Best piece of foul weather gear I own. Warm enough to wear on its own down to around 40-45 with a base layer and arm warmers, cool enough into the low 70s in the wet.
I love this thing.
As typical with Gore's windstopper fabrics, does a great job in that regard and although couldn't test it's rain shedding abilities, will trust as typical for WS. However for a designated 'rain' jacket the color choices are dreadful: 'kill me black' or show all rain spots forever white... ugh. When it's raining and the asphalt pavement is glistening and black, I don't want a glistening and black jersey which is essentially asphalt camoflauge. Sure white is more visible and the safer choice but any poly white fabric will grab and hold stains forever. Please make this jersey in bright red, Cyan blue or yes... flour yellow and it will be perfection.
Jersey has its merits, but it's not as good as it's made out to be.
Two big problems. First, it really doesn't breathe all that well. The wind resistant fabric is on the back as well as the front, plus it has no zippered vents, unlike many wind jerseys. Plus, it wicks very poorly. Not as bad as a wetsuit, but heading in that direction. If you're a GC rider on Garmin Cervelo with zero mass in your upper body, maybe you can stay cool. Otherwise, maybe not.
Second, the jersey is very elastic, and that extends to the zipper backing as well. So trying to zip/unzip with one hand is very hard. Like pulling on a rubber band. And if you leave it more than 1/3 unzipped, it catches wind like a sail. 1/2 unzipped on a descent and it unzips itself to the bottom, then sticks, becoming a parachute.
So I find it's a great top layer when it's really cold. If you're like me, over one or two base layers/arm warmers, I'm comfortable into the low-30's. Get into the upper 40's and I start to feel really uncomfortable.
Quality and aesthetics are great, by the way. If you take it as a short sleeve jacket for very cold conditions, it's really nice.