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In 2013, the Gabba Jersey's race-friendly fit and inclement weather protection took the men's peloton by storm. Now for 2014, Castelli is offering the Gabba Women's Long Sleeve Jersey, which migrates all of the material and design elements that made the original Men's Gabba such a smashing success, but with all the same updates that the Men's Gabba 2 enjoys over its predecessor. Now, women cyclists can finally find out why the recently retired David Millar claims that "it's kind of unanimous in [Team Garmin-Sharp] that our favorite product is the Gabba Jersey."

The Gabba long sleeve jersey embodies Castelli's ethos of minimalism in construction by using as few fabrics and seams as possible. With the exception of the stretchy Nano Flex inserts in the underarms, the entire jersey is made from Windstopper X-Lite fabric. Windstopper X-Lite has 1.4 billion impossibly small pores per square-inch that guard your microclimate jealously. They don't let wind in, but they do let moisture and water vapor out. This isn't just based on vague marketing copy, though. The science behind Windstopper X-Lite 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. The Windstopper X-Lite fabric actually beats this rating, so you're guaranteed a top that is literally classifiable as windproof. It's also treated with a water-repellant finish, so it keeps the warmth in and the rain out while wicking moisture from your skin.

Gore-Tex's Windstopper is amazing stuff, but you can find that in almost any manufacturer's top-end line these days, which means that the new Gabba had to stand out in some other way. With Castelli's Italian heritage, that could only mean two things: attractive aesthetics and uncompromising fit. The fit truly defines the jersey, but it's worth noting how Castelli's artful minimalism informs the Gabba's looks, too. The jersey is primarily one color, but the barest hints of Castelli's signature red and a tastefully-sized scorpion logo on the upper sleeves and center pocket provide highlights for all three variations. Even the cyclists here at Competitive who typically eschew form for function admit that eye-catching details like the contrasting collar lining actually help motivate them to get out for those cold-weather, base-building rides.

Castelli paid equal attention to the jerseys cut. The sleeves are forward-oriented and the chest features an abbreviated fit compared to similar offerings from other manufacturers. This makes the Gabba feel a little tight across the chest while you're standing, but your body fills it out perfectly while stretched out on the bike. It sits close to your chest and stomach instead of hanging down, eliminating the bloated hippo look that so many of us despise in kit designed for cold or inclement weather, and the more forgiving stretch of Windstopper X-Lite means that it moves with you rather than restricting you. The women's Gabba also features a slimmer waist with slightly more flair at the hip.

The Nano Flex underarm inserts offer increased stretch and ventilation, which can be further supplemented with zippered vents on the chest. The collar is articulated to eliminate looseness while you're in the saddle, the front zipper overlaps for an additional seal, and the hem has a silicone gripper element that ensures the jersey won't ride up. The lower back includes three pockets with mesh drains and two horizontal strips of reflective trim to help keep you visible to motorists on the overcast, drizzly days when you'll really appreciate the Gabba's weather-resistant qualities.

Castelli recommends the Gabba for use in temperatures ranging from 42 to 62 degrees Fahrenheit, but we find that the high 50s start getting a bit warm for this jersey, especially when hammering through intervals or during short, hard efforts like a cyclocross race. Don't let the Gabba's classification as a jersey fool you; its peloton-worthy cut, insulating characteristics, and low claimed weight do recommend it for racing, just in the mid-50s and below. Recreational cyclists or riders building low-intensity base miles will find that this jersey works comfortably into the low-60s.

The Castelli Gabba Women's Long Sleeve Jersey is available in five sizes ranging from X-Small to X-Large and in the colors Black, Coral, and Violet.

  • Windstopper X-Lite fabric
  • NanoFlex underarm panels
  • DWR finish
  • Race fit
  • High collar
  • Dropped hem with silicone gripper
  • Three rear pockets
  • Reflective details

Tech Specs

[body] Windstopper X-Lite, [underarms] NanoFlex
fall, winter, spring
Windproof Rating:
<1.0 cfm
3 rear
Recommended Use:
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Size chart

Castelli Sizing Chart

Note: Castelli has a "Euro" slimmer fit. We suggest ordering at least one size larger than your normal US size.

Women's Cycling Apparel
Chest 79cm
Waist 63cm
Hips 87cm
How to Measure:
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
Natural Waist:
Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the tape a bit loose.
Measure around the fullest part of your body at the top of your legs.
Using pants that fit well, measure the crotch seam to the bottom of the leg.

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Avg. ride time: 2h 58m per week
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A must have

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

Filling the gap between jersey and jacket, Gabba is a must have piece that you probably didn't know you needed. It's soft, jersey-like fabric remains very breathable while repelling water and wind. Ventilation zippers on the front help you regulate temperature when you need more air flow during a hard effort or while climbing. The tail can be tucked under or pulled down to protect your chamois from spray when the roads are wet. I've paired it with a sleeveless base layer in the fall and then a heavier long sleeve in winter and have found it to be comfortable. The only downside I've found is that the sleeves are a little short on the XS which isn't an issue I usually come across with clothing. This isn't too much of an issue as gloves make up the difference.

A must have

My gf is 5'6" and about 135. Based on that, what size should I get her? Looks like from other posts, she could be a medium?
I have one myself and love it! I am 5'8" and 138 lbs and wear a S, but I think the women sizing may be different.
Thank you!

Avg. ride time: 3h 46m per week
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Perfect Jersey for Cold and Rain

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

Wore this jersey 3 days through cold Vermont and New Hampshire. It was awesome. Fit was spot on with my usual size. In fact, I like the jersey fit. The convertible jacket runs small and for that I sized up.

Avg. ride time: 41m per week
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Gave this as a gift.

    This jacket is wonderful. I wear it during the colder rides which makes it a lot more tolerable. It is the perfect length. I would definitely recommend this to those cool weather riders.

    The perfect cold weather jersey

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: XS

    It's a unicorn.

    For some background, I hate being cold, and I get cold really easily. So, by default, riding in the cold hasn't been my favorite activity. I'm usually the one spending a half hour layering various baselayers, jerseys, and jackets in an attempt to stay warm, and then complaining about being cold halfway through the ride. Not so with the Gabba. Less prep time sorting out layers, super streamlined fit, and it actually keeps me warm.

    This little jersey holds its own in some pretty frigid temperatures without being any bulkier than your standard long-sleeve jersey. It's perfect as a standalone outer layer paired with a summer baselayer and thermal bibtights (and the accompanying hand/foot/head/neck covers) down to well below freezing, and I have no doubt it will hold its own down to the low 20's or so with a light long-sleeved baselayer. Even with some wind (and theoretically rain, but I haven't had to test that yet).

    On sizing, Castelli is definitely euro fit, but runs very true to the sizing charts and in line with the other euro-sized kits I've worn. If you're used to American sizing, you'll probably need to size up to get a similar fit.

    To sum it up, if you live in a cold climate, you need a Gabba. It's a little pricey, but so worth every penny of that investment.

    The perfect cold weather jersey

    Hi Lindsay--what color did you buy? I like to wear brights on the road for visibility, but CC has the Violet on sale. Not sure if it's too dark or not. Thoughts?

    Hi Ariadne,

    I have the black version, mostly b/c I couldn't decide which color to get and that was neutral. The violet is an awesome color - in person, it seems a little lighter/brighter than it shows up on the computer screen, but not bright/fluoro. The reflective piping across the top of the pockets and along the hem also stands out really well and helps counter the lack of super brightness (even on the black).

    Hope that helps!

    Runs very small

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Medium

    I can't speak to how this jacket performs on the bike because it's much too small and I'm a pretty reliable medium.

    Castelli Gabba Women's Jacket

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    I bought this jacket for my aunt who is an avid cyclist, and she loved it. She said the jacket was beautiful and the quality was top notch. If I had to guess she's about 5'9 and 130 lbs, I bought her a medium to be on the safe side since it said race fit, which usually means they run small. I would say usually she's probably in between a small and medium top.

    wow, pure and simple

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

    I live in NYC, and I ride about 100miles /week. I'm about 120 Lb for 5'2 and bought a S. Actually, I bought an M initially but returned it for a smaller size. sleeves are a tiny bit long for my arm length, but definitely not a deal breaker. It's fairly windy now (March/April), but the jersey keeps me warm enough with a base layer underneath. Great pocket space at the back. Usually store food and spare tube + kit. High quality jersey that you would definitely want to add to your kit:)

    Avg. ride time: 9h 45m per week
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    The Best!

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    The Castelli Gabba Jersey just might be the greatest single piece of cycling kit you'll ever owned. Is it a jersey? Not really.....is it a jacket? That doesn't quite fit either. Does it fit tight? Well yes, it's Castelli so it fits very tight. But ultimately this thing is just awesome!

    This is seriously the most versatile jersey/jacket/weather killer extraordinaire you'll ever own. Layer up with a thicker baselayer, and this has you covered from the wind and rain/snow down to temps of about 25-39. Do a light base-layer or jersey under and you're golden 30-50. Keeps the wind and rain out, and is warm but still breathes well with the help of two front zippered vents.

    Any amount of rain beads right off, and it's virtually impenetrable from the wind. This thing is AWESOME! You'll look damn good too!

    Avg. ride time: 8h per week
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    You need this jersey!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This is the best, most versatile piece of cycling clothing I own. It's as good as all the reviews say it is. Blocks the wind, repels the rain. Very well made and well fitted. I wouldn't change a single thing about it! I'm 5'5", 107 lbs and wear an XS.

    Perfect for Windy & Drizzly Days

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    LOVE this jersey. Glad Castelli finally came out with the Gabba for women.

    Stayed warm and dry on a day with 15mph wind gusts and sporadic drizzle. Fits well. Follow the size chart—I am inbetween the Large & XLarge around the chest, and the Large fits perfectly (even with a long-sleeve wool base layer underneath). This is meant to be form-fitting. If you want a looser fit size up.

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this item!

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

    It's just what I had hoped for - very lightweight, very flexible and stops the wind. I use this as a jacket since there's no soft, fleece like material on the inside. The extended lower back is a bonus as well as the high collar. REALLY keeps you warm. I wear this with a thin base layer and a thin L/S jersey in weather in the low 40's. Couldn't be more pleased. As usual for Castelli, I ordered a size up from my normal size. Oh, and I didn't find it to be too tight in the chest.

    Is Windstopper X-Lite the same as Windstopper X-Lite Plus?

    Yes, Looks like "Plus" was left out of the description. Here's a link with some cool info about Castelli's tech fabrics!