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Spare the sleeve, spoil the torso.

It's impossible to overstate the effect on cycling clothing produced when the red scorpion of Castelli met the blue argyle of the team formerly known as Garmin-Cervelo. Named after the cyclist who first requested an item like it, the Gabba Jersey has become a staple in the peloton, regardless of clothing sponsorship, and set a benchmark that other manufacturers are scrambling to reach. With the Fawesome 2 Vest, Castelli brings the updates of the new Gabba 2 Jersey to the line's sleeveless counterpart.

The Fawesome rocks the same Windstopper X-Lite Plus fabric on the front and shoulders, where body meets wind. Windstopper X-Lite Plus has 1.4 billion impossibly small pores per square-inch that guard your microclimate jealously. They don't let wind or rain in, but they do let water vapor out. And when the marketing materials claim this fabric is windproof, you can actually believe them. A given material's wind resistance is measurable in a rating called CFM, which stands for cubic feet per minute, used to measure the volume of air that passes through a fabric in, you guessed it, one minute. In order to be considered truly "windproof," a fabric must register a CFM of equal to or less than 1.0. All fabrics bearing Gore-Tex's Windstopper branding meet or exceed this rating, so they are literally windproof.

The vest's back is made with Nano Flex Light instead of Windstopper X-Lite Plus, which — besides the lack of sleeves and pockets — is the Fawesome's only apparent variance in construction from the Gabba Jersey. As far as we can tell, this is also the reason why it's the Fawesome 2 Vest and the Gabba 2 Vest. Nano Flex Light is a flexible, thermally insulating material that's been coated with countless nanofilaments in order to add water-resistance. It gives flex across your shoulders and ventilates better than the vest's front, helping to regulate your body temperature for rides where the full Gabba 2 would be too warm.

The Fawesome 2 is also packable, so you can use it for chilly descents, without overheating on the climb. Castelli recommends it in temperatures ranging from 50 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit, but we like to blow this number down into the 30s by daydreaming about all the layering possibilities. (And no, we're not embarrassed to admit that we daydream about layering. Well, not that embarrassed.) The full-length YKK Vislon zip boasts a wind guard across the entirety of its span, and the tall collar covers your neck. Reflective elements at the sleeve holes and hem help keep you visible in low-light conditions.

The Castelli Fawesome 2 Vest is available in six sizes ranging from Small to XXX-Large in the colors Black, Drive Blue, and Yellow Fluo.

  • Windstopper X-Lite Plus and Nano Flex Light construction
  • Packs into jersey pocket
  • Reflective accents throughout
  • Recommended temperature range: 50-65 degrees Fahrenheit

Tech Specs

Material:
[front & shoulders] Windstopper X-Lite Plus, [back] Nano Flex Lite
Season:
fall, winter, spring
Windproof Rating:
<1.0 cfm
Pockets:
none
Hood:
no
Reflective:
yes, hem and sleeve holes
Claimed Weight:
size large 149 g
Recommended Use:
cold-weather cycling, daydream layering
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Size chart

Castelli

Men's Apparel
 SMLXLXXL3XL
Chest 36.2in
(92cm)
37.8in
(96cm)
39.4in
(100cm)
41.3in
(105cm)
43.3in
(110cm)
45.3in
(115cm)
Waist 31.5in
(80cm)
33.1in
(84cm)
34.6in
(88cm)
36.6in
(93cm)
38.6in
(98cm)
40.6in
(103cm)
Hip 37in
(94cm)
38.6in
(98cm)
40.2in
(102cm)
42.1in
(107cm)
44.1in
(112cm)
46.1in
(117cm)
Inseam 31.9in
(81cm)
32.3in
(82cm)
32.7in
(83cm)
33.1in
(84cm)
33.5in
(85cm)
33.9in
(86cm)
How to Measure:
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Chest:
Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
Waist:
Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape a bit loose.
Hip:
Measure around the fullest part of your body at the top of your legs.
Inseam:
Using pants that fit well, measure the crotch seam to the bottom of the leg.

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  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

I think a few folks don't understand the purpose this vest. It's not a casual, recreational cycling vest. Part of Castelli's Rosso Corsa (race) collection, this vest is designed for hard riding and training; and the sweat production that is created during that kind of riding.

It isn't supposed to have rear pockets. The textile in the rear is expressly designed to vent sweat during hard riding. Your jersey has rear pockets.

Pros: 1.) The entire front of the vest is totally windproof (Gore's sublime Windstopper). While the entire back is made of a light and highly permeable textile (nanoflex) for sweat ventilation there.

This is simply brilliant design. And just the sort you expect from Castelli; a leading kit supplier to and collaborator with the pro peloton (e.g., team Cannondale, Cervelo and soon, Team Sky).

2.) All the textiles used here are soft and form fitting and aero tight. This vest will not flap in the wind like cheap nylon vests.

So, along with general cold weather hard riding... here is an example of what this vest excels at:

Putting on when summitting before the start of a long descent in cool or cold weather. Just like the pros do (for a reason). The Windstopper front panel prevents your sweat (created during the climb) from chilling you to the bone during a long cold descent. And the wrap-around aero fit won't slow you down. It's brilliant.

Fit: Size up +1 from your street size; per usual with Castelli. Buy the same size as you usually do in Castelli tops. It will fit snug.

Awesome Fawesome

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have always been a vest person, looking for the perfect cool weather vest for either racing, training or just riding. Wind vests are fine, given that they are not insulated and simply provide minor wind block at, say, above 60 degrees. Enter the Fawesome. Windstopper + Nanoflex and a close fit deliver what I was searching for- a racer inspired piece that offers protection at lower temps, provides good moisture repellent, and fits close. The lack of pockets is welcomed, as there are usually 3 pockets on a jersey and the vest smooths out the rear profile. Length is expected with no bunching or shortage, while the chest fits close and the high collar helps in keeping the warmth inside. The flexible nature of the material used allows for plenty of natural movement while on the go. The only issue I can find in my fit is a bit of excessive material on the shoulders that causes some minor "flapping" in the wind. Overall the Fawesome delivers. Sizing is on the small side, as I ordered up one size to Large. Most of my other Castelli products are medium on a 6' 1", 170 frame.

Nice but room for improvement....

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: XL

I like this vest but two things bug me about it. First, it is surprisingly short. A couple inches longer in the back would make a big difference. Second, given that it has no rear pockets, it would have been nice to have a small zipper pocket on the front of the vest.

Versatile vest with fantastic quality!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: L

This vest is easily my favorite cycling clothing item. It’s super light, protects well from the wind, and most importantly: breathes well. It takes out all the temperature extremes and it has a great feel to it. It’s very elastic, so the fit is tight but comfortable, perfect for race day. It does not have rear pockets by design and that's perfectly fine as it is meant to be worn on top of your jersey, which has pockets already. Because it's so compact, it packs easily in one of the jersey's pockets but believe me, once you put it on, you won't want to take it off.

Great Vest

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: XL

Was replacing my old PI thermal fleece vest and this was the best I could find, that was currently available. PI no longer made a vest that was anything but a wind shell.

The only downside of the vest is that there is no pocket on the back.

Sizing runs really small, normal I'm a Medium / Large, but I wear an XL in this vest, so buy at least one size larger than you think you need.

I love this vest

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: XL

This vest is now my go-to clothing item when it's a bit chilly, say in the 50's. It keeps me warm without overheating like a full sleeze jacket might. It runs small. I normally wear a large and in this I'm an XL.

Cut far too short

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

I love most Castelli kit, and I wanted to love this — but alas, it was not to be. While this vest ticks off the "warm" and "weatherproof" boxes with aplomb, it is cut far too short to be practical as a gilet. Even when worn with a presumably-matching GABBA 2 jersey in medium, it fails to cover past the bottom hem of the jersey and frequently bunches up. As it is cut too short to be worn over a jersey and has no pockets for use /as/ a jersey, it is essentially useless. If I hadn't purchased this on sale in Winter to be worn in Spring, I would have returned it for sure.

This is not like a regular vest that one would wear over a Jersey. On the contrary it's like a baselayer without sleeves. You wear this UNDER.

Avg. ride time: 8h 6m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

Helps Keep Your Core Warm

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

It's thicker than your typical windbreaker vest so I use this in the winter on days below 45 degrees.

I end up wearing it under my Gabba Jersey simply because it drives me crazy that the vest doesn't have rear pockets. With winter gloves on, it's a wrestling match to get anything out of my jersey pockets if I wear it on the outside. If it had rear pockets, I'd give it 5 stars.

I also wish the back of the vest was the same Yellow Flou as the rest of it. It doesn't make sense to me from a visibility standpoint that it has black on the back - especially on winter rides when fog, rain, and darker conditions are likely.

Like most Castelli gear, it runs small. The size small fits like a glove on me.

One of the best pieces in my kit!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: XL

This vest looks great, fits very well, the material is fantastic and everyone has complimented it. The high collar protects my neck from wind coming downhill. I'm a Castelli fan.

Great Vest

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small

Got this vest because I wanted it to be form fitting. I was concerned about the packability but it fits perfectly in my back pockets. My recommendation is to stay with the same size you wear for Castelli's clothes. Be aware that this best is not forgiving if you have a protruding abdomen. I have several different brand vests ( PI Pro, Sugoi, Castelli's, LG, etc) but by far this is the best so far. As a side note, I live in So Cal and was worried about the vest being too hot for the 1-2 hr chilly mornings, but this vest was perfect.

FYI The sizes are European.

Trying to figure out whether to order this vest in large or xl. For Castelli jerseys, I wear large. Should I size up to xl for vest?

Best Answer

no I am xxl and wear xxl vest have two love them



Runs small for sure!

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I don't any other Castelli to compare, but I normally wear medium. Occasionally small. I have to return this medium I bought to get a large. Size up when you buy!!

Avg. ride time: 18m per week
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Nailed it.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Large

Love it to death. I spent way too long finding a nice vest for iffy rides and should have just looked at what the pros are wearing: Gabba. The vest is great. The fit is a much needed improvement over the original Gabba vest (fluttery shoulders anybody??) and the fabric is just as great. It rolls up to about 2/3 of a jersey pocket making it perfect for those rides where the sun is going up or down or the weather might roll in something unpredictable. The zip is excellent, seems sturdy and is super easy to secure and operate (when you're no handing and whipping this bad boy out your pocket and on with fifteen testosterone raging 40+ riders snuggling up against your 25 year old shoulders you'll appreciate a zipper that isn't fussy). Ride this from 30-50F and you're good to go. The shoulders still flutter just a tiny bit, nothing like the original Gabba though and it's barely noticeable. Maybe this is a YMMV situation since I have a bit of a skeletor-complex about my upper body but Castelli definitely redesigned the fit from the original Gabba whose shoulders fit terribly. I'm 6'1ish, 145 pounds, 35" chest and normally wear a L in Castelli outerwear. Medium was too tight, L was perfect. The reflective bits are an excellent touch on this as well. Lights out and you'll always know where your vest is, it basically glows in the dark. Perfect for sundowners.

Versatile bit of kit

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The snug and stretchy material offers a bit of insulation and plenty of shelter from the wind. The back panel breathes. It's still possible to get clammy in this vest because of the placement of wind resistant material under the arm pits. I never got sweaty though; if it gets too tropical, a slight tug on the beefy and smooth as cream cheese zipper will give you all the ventilation you could want. Plus, since it has no pockets or other extraneous features, it folds down and fits easily in a jersey pocket. They advertise it as water resistant, but I held it under the tap and it held water like a bowl. So I'd class it as waterproof unless the nano coating wears off. This thing is really versatile, since you can pair it with a summer or winter weight jersey and a variety of base layers to cover a wide temperature range.