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.
[body] GORE Windstopper X-Lite Plus, [side and underarm panels] NanoFlex
wet weather road cycling
Castelli Men's Apparel
35-37in (88.9 - 94.0cm)
37-39in (94.0 - 99.1cm)
39-41in (99.1 - 104.1cm)
41-43in (104.1 - 109.2cm)
43-45in (109.2 - 114.3cm)
45-46in (114.3 - 116.8cm)
30-32in (76.2 - 81.3cm)
32-34in (81.3 - 86.4cm)
34-36in (86.4 - 91.4cm)
36-37.5in (91.4 - 95.3cm)
38-40in (96.5 - 101.6cm)
40-42in (101.6 - 106.7cm)
36-38in (91.4 - 96.5cm)
38-40in (96.5 - 101.6cm)
40-42in (101.6 - 106.7cm)
42-44in (106.7 - 111.8cm)
44-46in (111.8 - 116.8cm)
46-48in (116.8 - 121.9cm)
How to Measure:
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Measure under your arms, around the fullest part of your chest.
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.
Measure from the center of your back to your wrist with arms held out.
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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.
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.
Hi. I'm not sure if these are unisex or cut for men. For what it's worth... I'm 37" chest, 30" waist, 5'9". I have this in size S and usually wear it with a thin baselayer. It is quite snug and on the verge of compression, just the way I like it. With your dimensions, I'd definitely go for a S.
I prefer road clothes for trail riding too, and in this I would recommend going with a size Medium, depending on what your chest size is as well (listed in the size chart at "jersey". Measure that chest and reference the size chart, but I would go with a Medium- you could wear a base layer underneath and it won't be too loose.
Thanks Carver, but really that small (medium)? I am quite skinny, and wear an XXL in Santini jerseys for example. I'm concerned about length abdominally and also for arms. Seems like a Medium would be too small based on what I've read about Castelli sizing....
I am 6"3, 185 pounds. 34" waist and have 37" long monkey arms. I would absolutely go with the extra large. Castelli always runs about one size too small. The XL is a perfect tight but not too tight fit with great coverage in the back.
This Jersey would work best over a base layer :) Should be good down to around 50 degrees F or so without any worries :) It's a personal preference, but a really nice base layer makes for more comfort :)
Depends on how variable the weather conditions are for the day - Masshoff got it perfectly right when he sung the praises of the jersey due to variable conditions (and not just 'waterproof' features). So if the day is going to see cold & drizzling rain constantly I'd wear the long sleeve - however if there are mountains to be climbed & it looks like it will be dry and warmer in the afternoon then I go the short sleeve Gabba with nano-flex armwarmers (that will eventually be put in the pocket).
If it was going to rain constantly - for hours on end - and quite hard, well then I would take the step up and wear my gore-tex/waterproof jacket (i.e confronto/pocket liner jacket).
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!