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The peloton's choice.

Most of your ride crew bailed on you, but today's frosty temps and unforgiving breeze hasn't deterred you from getting on the bike and logging some base miles. Though just a few years ago, weather like this meant you'd be layering up with a plethora of unflattering and inefficient cold-weather kit, times have changed. Zip on a Castelli Gabba 2 Long-Sleeve Jersey over your base layer and you'll be prepared to take on rides in the cold without overheating when your first climb makes you work.

Largely responsible for the shift to more efficient cold-weather cycling kit, Castelli's Gabba line is beloved by pros and self-sponsored cyclists alike for its contoured, race fit and minimalistic design, boasting a hardworking Windstopper X-Lite construction that blocks wind while allowing sweat to escape so you'll stay dry and warm as you ride. If you're caught in a surprise shower, the fabric's water-repellent finish prevents things from getting soggy, and flexible underarm inserts allow the whole jersey to move with you as you're stretched out in your drops or standing to wait at a traffic light.

When you put the jersey on standing up, don't be surprised if it feels a little slimmer than expected; the Gabba 2's forward-oriented sleeves and shorter cut are hallmarks of Castelli's fit, and will make perfect sense when you get into a riding position and find yourself with a jersey that stays in place for the duration of your ride. According to Castelli, the Gabba 2 functions best at temps ranging from 43 to 59 degrees Fahrenheit, but depending on your base layer choice and riding pace of the day — racing versus easy base miles — you'll have plenty of freedom on the fringe ends of that range.

  • The race-fit jersey that sparked cycling's all-weather revolution
  • Gore Windstopper X-Lite membrane is weather-resistant and breathable
  • 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
  • Castelli's classic aesthetics make a splash with understated flair
  • Item #CST002M

Tech Specs

Material
[body] Windstopper, [underarms] Nano Flex
Zip
full-length
Season
fall, winter, spring
Windproof Rating
<1 cfm
Pockets
3 rear
Recommended Use
cold-weather cycling
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

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Long Sleeve Gabba 2

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

I've used it on two 4hr + rides in temps ranging from 52f to upper 60's. Both times with no base layer. I never found need to lower the zipper or open the side vents. It doesn't seem like it provides a lot of insulation. The material always feels a bit cool against my skin but I never feel cold. This is the first jersey I've ever had with wind blocking fabric. I was a bit apprehensive about having the wind blocking fabric on the back but on these 2 rides did not feel wet there and this is wearing a camelbak. It fits my 5ft 9in 140lb body very well without feeling tight. It's a very close fit though and I'm hoping I can get a thin base layer under the sleeves without problems. The neck seemed a bit loose but on the bike it seems perfect. When you take no notice of something it must be working well. So far I am very pleased and find myself looking at the weather hoping for lower temps so I can try it with a base layer. The only change I would like is slightly wider pockets for carrying 5-6 hours of food.

Best cold weather

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

I have three short sleeve gabba jerseys and a long sleeve. I wear it down into the mid-30s with a solid baselayer. 40+ and I am fine with a ss baselayer. I am 192lbs, 6' 2", and have long arms. XL was perfect fit for me. Great wet weather racing jersey.

SF Bay Area - Love it!

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

I am 5'11" and 165lbs. I wear L for PI and Capo clothing. I used to think Castelli run tight on me until I realized the Gabba is a race fit jersey. I bought a L and initially it feels snug but that's fit feels like. It feels even better when you're actually riding.
Anyway, I am a wuss when it comes with cold weather. In comparison to other parts of the World, the Bay Area is mild. I freeze when temps get to 30s when riding. I had my brand spanking new LS Gabba with base short sleeve base layer when it was in the high 30s and man, I love it. Wind Stopper works wonder! I didn't feel cold at all! When climbing KMR, it was 40 and I had to unzip my Gabba a bit. Next time, I won't need a base layer and I should be good in the 30s.
BTW, I also have a new Perfetto Jacket and honestly, I can't tell the difference with the Gabba. Both work great!

Could not be happier with this purchase

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great product, used it several times with the temps in the mid 30's with a long sleeve base layer. Like it so much I'm looking to purchase another in a different color

Great Jacket

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: XL

The current sale price on this can't be beat for the jacket/jersey your getting. If you're familiar it fit's tight like most Castelli items, but I found the size chart to be true to size for me. I just received it and did one ride with a long sleeve base layer and this jacket at 36 degrees. I was comfortable. If it were to dip below freezing, I would add another layer.

As good as they say!

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

This jersey has quickly become my go to this fall, with temps. ranging from 45-65 deg. I find that it both insulates well and breathes well. I would describe the fit as race I'm 5'10 160lbs and the medium has a pro type fit.

Weather beware.

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

Posting another review to update on a second full year of Gabba ownership. My experience with the long-sleeve Gabba is that it's a winter shell. Yesterday, I wore it in the low-40s with wind and light rain wearing nothing but a summer-weight baselayer underneath. I was chilly at first, but warmed up after 10 minutes. In the mid- to low-30s, I wear it with a long-sleeve merino baselayer. Any additional insulation and I end up sweaty and overheating once I've warmed up.

Disclaimer: I do tend to run hot, so your experience may vary, but the beauty of the Gabba is it lets you tailor your insulation as appropriate. I sized up to XXL for just that reason. An XL would give me a nicely tailored race fit, but I wanted the layering versatility and longer sleeves. (I'm a 36in sleeve, so eliminating that cuff/glove gap is tricky. The XXL lets me pull the sleeve cuff over my glove's cuff.)

Perfect

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

I bought this piece for temp ranges (and mildly windy conditions) between 55 - 45. I view it as a light jacket, heavy jersey. With that said I typically wear a light long sleeve Under Armour shirt. Its perfect for my flat rides with sufficient insulation, with excellent breathability performance. With Castelli, I alway size up. Normally I'm a medium in other than Castelli items. For this I got it in large, and for me, that works perfectly. Fabric, construction and stiching are excellent. Bought it on sale for $100. Should have got two! As weather moves into colder temps (below 45) I'll pull out my Castelli Espresso jacket.

Great Bad Weather Jersey

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

The Gabba lives up to the hype. My first ride with it was 23 miles in the rain at 52 degrees F, and I was entirely comfortable. Subsequent rides have been just as good. It is wind and water proof, without making you feel like you're in a plastic bag. It fits snugly all over, but I think it's generally true to size. I'm 5'8" 150lb, and I wear large Castelli shorts, but the M jersey fits exactly, with just enough room for a thin base layer. If you are on the line, probably order up a size.

WAY too small

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

As with all Castelli items, great quality and finish. Runs super small. I'm a large or maybe XL in race fits but this XL would fit my tiny wife. Trying for an XXL and crossing my fingers.

great jersey!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: XL

I have a 39" chest and ordered the XL. It's tight (not too tight though) in the belly, little room in the chest. Feel like I could have ordered the L to tighten up the chest area. If I can swing it, I would like to order another long sleeve and even a short sleeve (to pair with arm warmers for the 45F mornings that get up to 70-75F afternoons)

Took it out this morning with a sleeveless summer base lay on a 50F morning and it was great! Could barely feel wind coming through at 40mph. What little wind I could feel (very little and its slow) felt good to clear out any humid/clammy feeling that would likely lead to that nasty jacket/garbage bag feeling. The pockets are what you'll expect and I like that they hold things rather tighter instead of loosely like some other brand jerseys I have. They are not too tight that you cannot fit much or have any problems getting things from them.

I live in SW PA with rolling terrain where short punchy climb are common. We are constantly up and down. I did not get too hot on the way up and definitely did not get chilled on the way down. You can get hot on the steep ups and cold on the down. This did not feel like a jacket that gets all clammy when sweating. Instead this actually breathes! I imagine one could add a winter base layer and rock this in the low 40s. I will update later this fall. I think it runs true to size, my XL might be slightly too big in the chest for my preference (others would likely like the fit, but I wanted this tight all around.)

I also have a LG wind vest that I previously used as my windstopper - thought it was good until I put the gabba on this morning. No comparison, the wind cuts through that vest!

Excellent jacket, but might not be enuf

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

The Gabba is great, and I wear it a lot of the winter, but I bring a Gore Oxygen rain jacket as a backup if it is pouring rain or cold.

I would use it 45 degrees and up (maybe low 40's and up if you run warm).

Now I know...

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

Seriously, this Gabba is amazing! I wish when I was racing and training full-time I would have had this. I used to race in Castelli too, but I had to layer up a ton. This jersey cuts out so much layering. Hell, I liked it so much I ordered the 'loud' yellow Competitive Cyclist version too!

Perfect for the British Weather

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

My got this top for when it's raining or looks like it could rain or when it's windy or when it's cold or whenever :)

It's so versatile I bought another :)

The only winter jacket you need

    Castelli Gabba 2...where do I start? Amazing fit (do try one before you buy, or go one size up), no bulging mid section; warm and breathable from 20-50 degrees. Looks fantastic. If you like to go hard on rides, this is the only piece of jacket you will need for the winter. I live in New York City and I have tried on Gore jacket (too warm and sweating inside), Pearl Izumi Elite soft shell (poor fitting), and Pearl Izumi thermal long sleeve (great jersey however not windproof, but I do use it all the time). I've always bought Pearl Izumi gears (elite versions) and they are great, but now I'm a Castelli fan!! I'm 6'1 and wear

    Great jersey

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

    I bought the Gabba II jersey and Castelli Alpha jacket for winter riding in Ohio. Both have surpassed my expectations for both warmth and comfort. The Gabba II with a short-sleeved Craft polypro t-shirt is great for temp. between 40F and 50F; in the upper 40s I have to open the zipper vents. If I didn't have the Alpha jacket, I'd probably be comfortable in the Gabba jersey with a long-sleeved base layer down to 32F.

    If you like race-fit clothing, then follow Castelli's size chart; it will be comfortable in the riding position, but most likely tight across the chest when standing/walking.

    I've now worn this jersey on over a dozen 2+ hour rides. Still amazed by how well it insulates and breathes.

    Size-wise in Castelli, the medium jerseys seem to fit me best. I have an Espresso jacket, that I had to upsize to a large to fit well. Does this item fit more like a jersey or a jacket (i.e., should I go with the medium or do the standard Castelli upsize to large)? 5'7" 150lbs.

    Best Answer

    At 5'7" 150 lbs, you should fit into a size M with race fit. The size L will fit you for sure but may be slightly long in the body. Always size up +1 with Castelli jackets in general. But you are kind of in between sizes. And sizing is always extremely individual.

    If you can afford, try ordering both sizes and send back the one that does not fit.

    How does the gabba 2 compare to the original gabba? Is it more insulated/warmer? Is it better water resistance and more breathable?

    Best Answer

    The Gabba has received some small updates:



    They have a flap over the zipper to keep out drafts, and have ever so slightly refined the fit, improved the drainage in the pockets and improved the construction of the waistband and added a new color. It didn’t really need anything else. But they have kept absolutely everything you love about the Gabba. Otherwise, like Castelli said themselves, they would have half the peloton angry with them!