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Castelli Gabba 2 Convertible Jacket

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    Functional simplicity with a twist.

    Dressing for the shoulder seasons and the often unpredictable weather they deliver is an exercise in patience, and in not being afraid to turn back to the house after a few minutes if you choose the wrong combination of layers. Rather than sifting through a pile of less-than-ideal layers before your next ride, invest in Castelli's Gabba 2 Convertible Jacket; with Castelli's signature dose of minimalism and class, the jacket manages to be both cold-weather jersey and jacket with its removable sleeves, all while delivering a streamlined, contoured silhouette.

    Like the rest of the Gabba line, the Gabba 2 Jacket boasts a Windstopper X-Lite construction that blocks wind and repels water in the event that you're caught in an unexpected shower, while continuously wicking moisture away from your skin as you start to warm up in the cold. While you're stretched out over your bars, stretchy Nano Flex arm inserts keep the jacket moving with you, allowing for more airflow as you ride, and enhance the jacket's ability to attentively follow your body movements in the saddle as you move around.

    Jackets with zip-off sleeves are nothing revolutionary, but Castelli's take on the zip-off design is something worth getting excited about, as the brand moves the sleeve zippers to a raglan position off the shoulders to significantly lessen the likelihood of irritation. So, if your morning ride starts with decidedly crisp temperatures and a nagging breeze then warms up several degrees as the sun rises, just zip off the sleeves and stow them in your back pocket to stay cool and dry throughout your ride.

    • Weather unpredictable conditions with a convertible race jacket
    • Gore Windstopper X-Lite membrane resists wind and water
    • Sleeves zip off when the clouds clear and the wind lets up
    • Storm-flap hem protects against wheel spray
    • Zippered vents for ventilation during hard efforts
    • Mesh inserts drain the three rear pockets
    • Reflective accents help maintain visibility in inclement conditions
    • Aerodynamic fit eliminates flapping material
    • Item #CST002L

    Tech Specs

    Windstopper X-Lite
    fall, winter, spring
    Windproof Rating
    <1.0 cfm
    3 rear
    Recommended Use
    cold-weather cycling
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Love it because of the pr-$ce and fit

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

    This is a high quality garment and the most expensive piece of clothing gear (list price) I have ever purchased. However this "jacket" is cut very small compared to another Castelli jacket /product which I own (also an XL by the way) . The tail of this jacket extends down to over my tail and keeps out the cool so they got that right at least . Finally wore this on day that started out cool and warmed up. I never felt over heated but I did work up a little sweat. I typically stop and chill for a few moments but the weather was still on the chilly side so I kept moving to avoid cooling down to cold. I never thought about much after starting the ride but it's VERY comfortable for me even with the tightness in the biceps area initially. I have average guy muscles so this thing is not cut for you buff brothers out there. I am still getting used to the Castelli brand fit (smaller), the quality is a step up from the LG clothing I've worn but it can't beat what you get from them for the buck if your paying full price. (so look for a sale)

    I got this piece at 60% off (thank you CC). So I don't feel abused. After getting a chance to wear it I'm even happier that I bought it. Can't wait to ride and wear it again perhaps unzip the sleeves too.

    Awesome out of the box, Order size up

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

    First of all I've only tried it on, not riding in it yet or soon, so hesitate to give 5 stars, but it more than meets expectations in fit and quality. But as seems the case with Castelli, order up. I usually wear Large for everything but Large was too tight and XL just right. More logos than I like, but at least it's a bad-ass logo.

    Totally worth it for the price

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

    I bought the limited edition of the Gabba 2 Convertible Jacket which came in high viz yellow. I love the flexibility that a jacket with removable sleeves offers. I'm 6'2

    Totally worth it for the price

    Great jersey

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

    I ordered the M and L and eventually plumped for the M (I'm 5'11" and 38 inches chest). It fits really snug in a riding position in a very comfortable way. The L wasn't much different, just a tiny bit longer but it bunched up a little bit in the stomach and around the chest it was less I went for the M) I haven't ridden in the rain but it feels a great jersey in the fall weather.
    I'll be using different base layers as the weather gets colder..not sure if this will take me right through the NY winter though. I returned the L to CompCyclist so it's great being able to try for a while at home..

    Best piece of Kit I own.

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

    Kudos to the Ladies and Gentlemen at Castelli for creating a garment that performs exceptionally well in various temperature ranges, and weather conditions. At this point I have worn the Gabba 2 convertible in temps ranging from 40-70 degree's, and when I return home from a ride I can’t stop telling my wife how amazed I was at how this jersey performed. I was born and raised in Northern Cali, and what I consider cold or cool will make those of you in the North giggle a bit. But for those of you who enjoy being comfortable on 4+ hour rides, when you start before sunrise, and then it begins to heat up at the end of the ride, the Gabba 2 jersey is an excellent choice. At 40 degrees, I wear the Castelli Flanders, short sleeve, and sometimes long sleeve base layer under the Gabba with the sleeves attached. At 50-55 degree's, I either wear a summer base layer or nothing underneath, and the Castelli Nano arm warmers. This all depends on what tempo I am riding at. If I am wearing a summer base and pushing hard, I tend to warm up pretty quickly. It’s very easy to regulate your temp by simply unzipping the Gabba at the neck which allows air to flow through. If I begin to get chilled, I simply zip the collar all the way up and I’m good to go. I have begun rides early in the morning when foggy and cool, and ended the ride at 70 degrees. To my surprise I was actually quite comfortable even at this temperature. Today it was 55 degrees and raining pretty heavy throughout a 25 mile ride. Although I was wet inside and out, the Windstopper X-Lite fabric seemed to act almost like a wetsuit which kept my upper body warm and comfortable. My feet, well that’s another story. This by far is the most versatile piece of cycling kit I own, and I highly recommend it.

    As far as fit goes, I have a medium upper body build, and the large fits perfect. When I say perfect, I like the jersey to have a race fit that won’t flap in the wind.

    Wind stopping prowess. Unwieldy sleeves

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

    Road the Hincapie gran fondo today. 42 at the start, 15-20mph wind. Climbs, descents, flats. I was freezing standing around before the start, but when going all out on 42 degree weather and high winds I was hot. This thing stops wind.

    Cons- the sleeves. I can see why they offer the non-convertible version. From now on. I'll probably just use it without the sleeves. You cannot zip off rh sleeves or put them on while riding. I need that flexibility for the ascent/descent starts. This thing plus solid arm warmers would better than the zippered option.

    Runs small.

    Felt a little abrasion on skin (I do wear it too tight). I did not have anything underneath.

    Super jacket

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

    Used the jacket on several different weather types and it performed excellently in all conditions. On the not so cold ride the sleeves are very easy to remove and just as easy to reinstall. Has a prefect fit.

    Quite Impressed

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

    I live in Northern California, where the weather is nice most of the time. I committed to riding more this winter, and figured I needed a nice windproof jersey/jacket, but wanted something fitted and not too hot or bulky. This Gabba 2 really hit the mark.

    Sizing - I am 5'11, 210 lbs, with a 43" inch chest, and the XXL fits me well, with a slight bit of room.

    Performance - I have used this in winds up to 20 mph and intermittent rain, and it kept me warm and dry. Used it this morning in temps ranging in the 50s and 60s, with steady rain and wind, and it performed well. I used it in temperatures above the suggested range, and did not overheat. I did need to open the front zipper a bit at points to let out a bit of heat, but it breathes well overall.

    Great garment overall, highly recommend it.

    Bad Experience

      No on-road experience as of yet, so I can't weigh in on the jacket's performance.

      But I'd like to comment on my CC customer experience. It was awful. I received a used item. The jacket had dried/dead skin and water stains on it, but CC represented it as new. My order included the sales receipt from the original owner's sale, so I have the evidence to confirm I am not the first owner.

      I wrote to CC (four times) to ask them if this is common practice or seems reasonable and fair. Radio silence.

      I'm writing this review in the hope it gets more attention than my direct, non-public outreach did. But since I was asked to review the item...

      Feels nice, but too small for me in XL

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

      I love Castelli gear. I own several pairs of their Aero Free Race shorts, which are awesome, and several various Castelli jerseys, all of which are size XL. I bought a Gabba 2, also in XL, but it was much too small. I'm 5'10 175-180 pounds, and this jacket was too short in the torso. If I stand up straight, it's about two inches above my shorts. Leaned over on the bike it wouldn't be a problem, but too short to keep.

      Hi Brian. I am the same height but 185 or so. What Castelli jerseys work for you? Specifically models and sizes. I was thinking about the Gabba 2 as well but saw your comment and now I am thinking twice about a XL. I have 32" waist and a 42" chest.


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

      I usually don't find jerseys that interesting. I just get one that looks nice, put a good base layer under it, and ride. I do tend to stick with Castelli, though, due to the way their apparel has saved my skin in a couple crashes.

      I picked up a Gabba 2 last November and it's been the single most versatile piece of cycling kit I've ever owned. I've worn it (with a wool base layer) in sub-zero temperatures fat biking and in 60 degree rain showers (with a mesh base layer) and everything in between. The Gabba just seems to disappear during the ride and when I get home, I've never regretted the choice to wear it instead of another piece of cycling kit.

      Of course Castelli sizing applies. It does run a little tighter than my Free Aero jerseys of the same size from Castelli, but I like that a lot. I consider it my best-fitting jersey.

      Just what I needed

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

      I ride on the hills of Medellin, Colombia (6500 to 9200 feet over sea level) and during my rides I encounter temperatures ranging from the low 40s in the early morning to the 80s or more in the afternoon. So for afternoon rides the jacket is pretty hot but since I ride mostly in the morning or at night it is perfect. I use it with a Castelli Mesh Seamless base layer. By the middle of the morning I take off the sleeves (since I have short arms it is sometimes a little cumbersome) and if the ride takes me into the early afternoon I can always open it and finish mi ride. Versatile enough for most of my high altitude rides.


      • Fit: Runs small

      Thrilled that I bought the Gabba 2. Should be just about perfect for the mountains here in Colorado. Thanks to everyone who has written a review, I ordered the XXL and it fits perfectly. I am 6'0", 195 lbs. June 2 update: I have now used the Gabba 2 on several rides. I wear it on its own between 40-65 degrees. I've only removed the sleeves once. Happy with the fit and performance.

      Versatile Jersey

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

      I have now worn the Gabba2 at various temperatures and have been impressed with its versatility. Without a base layer it remains comfortable on rides that start in high 40s and finish in the mid 60s.

      Like most Castelli jackets and jerseys it runs very small. XL was just a little tight. 2XL is just a bit large.

      Gabba convertible jacket.

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

      Fantastic jacket, with a medium base layer, very comfortable with a wind chill of 32. In warmer weather, high 50's, great without the sleeves. a well made product!

      I Like It

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

      I've used it on a couple rides with the long sleeves when the weather was dry and in the 40-50s. I've also worn it once without the long sleeves when the weather was in the low 60s and dry.
      I like it. It's pocket openings are a little higher up than my jerseys so I have to reach a little farther for food but it's okay. The sleeves are ever-so-slightly long on me but no part of this jacket flaps in the wind at speed. It gets slightly cool on my upper chest as a bit of air leaks in at the zipper. This is while wearing a base layer and jersey under it. It's zipper is easy to use one-handed to regulate temperature. l'm giving it 5-stars but hoping the material will hold up well to the washing machine.

      Holy Wow! This thing rocks.

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

      I just used the Gabba 2 convertible jacket for 3 hours in constant rain. I am really impressed. The phrase "You get what you pay for" really applies to this piece of clothing. I had a shortsleeve thermal base layer on because the weather was supposed to be in the 40s, and I actually was a little bit warm and had to unzip the top a few inches. I think I would have been ok with nothing, or maybe just a summer base layer.

      After the ride I just walked right into the house and the jacket looked nearly as good as it did when I put in on 3 hours earlier. I am a believer in this piece of clothing.

      It is "aero" so I was worried about the XL as that the size I would normally order, but in all honesty it works. I might have a bit more room in the chest area if I ordered a XXL, but once you start riding and lean forward everything just fits.

      Holy Wow!  This thing rocks.

      Is this, with the arms zipped off, identical to the Gabba 2 short sleeve? If so, I would like to get this as this would give me another gabba 2 short sleeve, which I love, and a jacket.

      Should I order same size as original Gabba jersey when ordering Gabba 2 convertible jacket? downsized Gabba jersey to Large due to strech-ness and it fits perfectly…other Castelli top I usually order XL! Please advise.