Why is the Castelli Gabba Such a Good Cycling Jersey?
Such was the unfair advantage given by the Castelli Gabba when it was launched, pro riders who had one would wish for ‘foul weather conditions’ during the early season classics – safe in the knowledge that they were wearing the best.
In the preceding years, on the bike wet weather gear took inspiration from walking and mountaineering equipment but all this changed as the aerodynamic Gabba forced teams sponsored by rivals to take a black marker pen or Gaffatape to the proud Castelli Logo to hide the shame of wearing clothing provided by another brand.
The Gabba is a remarkably proficient, technical cycling jersey, here are FIVE reasons you need one!
1. There is Only One Gabba
It’s a noun! When it was launched the Gabba set the standard for other manufactures to follow. It was a revolutionary product and it helped Castelli to create a new category in Cycling Clothing.
This category would become known in the magazines and media as the ‘rain jersey’ but this kind of product, no matter the brand is still referred to as a ‘Gabba’ .
2. It’s Aero, So Aero
In the years before, protection from the rain took it’s design cues from mountaineering clothing and was generally baggy. Even now, in 2018 most rain capes act like a parachute dragging you backwards as you try with all your effort to push yourself forwards.
Put simply – The Gabba doesn’t! It’s an aerodynamic fitted jersey, saving you those precious watts!
3. It’s Technical
The list of technical features is almost endless but hear are a just a few;
- Gore® Windstopper® X-Lite Plus fabric for lightweight total wind protection with water-repellent finish
- Nano Flex fabric insert under arms
- Storm-flap construction with reflective logo at back protects from wheel spray
- Silicone gripper at waist prevents ride-up
- Full-length YKK® Vislon zipper with wind flap
- 3 rear pockets with laser-cut drain holes
- Weight: 291g
And all this keeps you riding in the miserable weather.
4. It’s Still a Jersey
It has everything you would ever need in a cycling jersey! We all know the drill, your gel is in your jersey pocket, under your winter jacket, it’s windy and you have to peel yourself open with one hand to get to it.
Just like a normal jersey the Gabba has pockets and all the features you would expect from a cycling jersey, with the added benefits of insulation and water resistance that you expect from a winter jacket!
What’s not to like?
5. The Price
Because we want you to have the edge, we keep all our products priced so you don’t need to break the bank. Buy one here
If you love to ride in winter, check out our guide to getting out there. #gettingitdone