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Castelli Gabba 2 Jersey - Short-Sleeve - Men's

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    12 Reviews


    Pro-level protection that accompanies you everywhere.

    Trying to choose between a heavy jacket and your standard cool weather jersey-and-warmers combo gets old fast, especially after you've chosen incorrectly a few times and wound up with stiff, frozen arms or spent an entire ride soggy and overprepared. Rather than trust your own weather assessments, brave the volatile shoulder seasons in Castelli's Gabba 2 Short-Sleeve Men's Jersey. It's designed to be worn with Castelli's Nanoflex Arm Warmers when the weather takes a turn for the worse, and strikes a versatile balance between breathable and warm in windy and wet conditions.

    To strike said balance, Castelli crafts the Gabba 2 using Windstopper X-Lite fabric, a lightweight, breathable synthetic engineered to block icy gusts while still allowing sweat to evaporate at its surface so you stay cool. It's also treated with a water-repellent finish so that surprise rain showers don't leave you saturated, and Nano Flex inserts along the underarms add ventilation and breathability to a more sweat-prone area. According to Castelli, the Gabba 2 works best in temperatures ranging from 50 to 64 degrees Fahrenheit, but your comfort will ultimately depend on how hard you're riding and how you choose to layer.

    Castelli wanted its prized Gabba series bearing no resemblance to ill-fitting jackets and billowing windbreakers of the past, so it gave the Gabba 2 the same contoured, minimalistic aesthetic that's earned the rest of its kit such a devout following. Don't be alarmed to find the Gabba 2 fitting tight across the chest and shoulders when you're standing up; Castelli does this on purpose to guarantee its kit follows your body position perfectly once you're in the saddle. A silicone gripper secures the bottom hem in place while you ride, and the three rear pockets come with mesh drains to keep water out when you brave the rain.

    • Windstopper X-Lite fabric
    • Three rear pockets
    • Full-length zipper
    • Silicone waistband gripper
    • Reflective accents
    • Item #CST002K

    Tech Specs

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

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    CASTELLI GABBA 2 JERSEY - MED very small

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

    HATE to return it! Beautifully made, handsome design, in perfect Surf Blue- but very tight up under arms and across chest- MED is too small for 155# broad-shouldered male, but the LRG might have a comically long tail.
    This is more of a jacket for colder weather rides.
    Buy the MED if you're 5'6" to 5'10" and pretty skinny.

    Great kit

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

    While it sure does fit snug, it also feels like like armor against cool weather. It has a very solid construction, and the windstopper keeps out the cold. Thankfully, the sleeves are a bit longer, so it's easy to pair with arm warmers without that annoying gap at your triceps. I'd take this over a jersey+vest combination any day.

    Loves variable temps

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

    I have only had this for a few weeks, but here in Oregon we have still had some cold/cool mornings. Rode it in 42 degrees with arm warmers and base layer and it was great. I have also used it a few rides in the low 50s and again it performed well. Great fit, no flap, the pockets are a bit small, my only minor issue, but all in all a great all rounder piece for people who ride in a variety of conditions. Size up!

    Best money I've spent cycling!

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

    All the 5 star reviews this jersey racks up are well deserved. Not much I can say that hasn't been said already. I've lived in this jersey this winter. its as warm if not warmer than my Mortirolo 3 jacket.

    Absolutely amazing jersey/jacket

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

    I can't speak highly enough of this piece of kit. It's an extremely comfortable jersey, not just because of fit, but for how well it insulates against the cold. I've worn this in the 50s by itself and it's perfectly comfortable, even in gusty and cold winds.

    Thing is, though, it's equally comfortable in lower temps as well. I am extremely comfortable -- warm even -- into the low 40s, wearing nanoflex bib shorts, arm warmers, a craft windstopper baselayer, and this jersey.

    I don't know that I'd deliberately wear this jersey if the temps were starting in the 30s (mainly cuz I have a longsleeve, heavier, gabba jersey for colder temps), but I have ridden with this jersey when the temps started in the 40s and later dropped into the mid-30s: perfectly comfortable. It does a great job trapping in my body heat to keep me comfy, but does not overheat. I have found with other combinations of apparel for the lower temps, I am able to stay warm, but I sweat like a horse. Not with this thing. I'm comfy, warm and dry in temps ranging from the 30s to 50s. Haven't tried it yet into the 60s, but I am confident that if it's "chilly 60s" this thing would be amazing.

    Versatile, comfortable, effective. I can't say enough about this piece.

    The pockets in the back are little narrow. If I could have my way, I'd like to see them a little bigger. Also, caveat emptor, this piece is tight fitting. If you have a roll around your center, you're not gonna hide it with the gabba 2. It won't hold anything back!

    Love, love, love this jersey.

    Why the name Gabba?

      In August 2009, Castelli held a series of meetings with Cervélo TestTeam riders to determine their desires and what improvements could be made in the performance of their cycling kit. One (soon to be famous) item they developed out of that collaboraton was an improved short-sleeve jersey to use with arm-warmers for training and racing during the shoulder seasons (late Winter/early Spring) in northern Europe, Belgium, etc.

      Cervélo rider Gabriel Rasch (nickname "Gabba"), '03 National Road Champion of Norway, asked for something that did not exist at that time. A short sleeve jersey that: (a) provided thermal protection for use in cool/cold weather; (b) a textile that did not flap in the wind and slow the riders down; (c) a jersey that provided excellent fog/mist/drizzle protection; AND... (d) a textile that actually, functionally vented sweat (so no sauna syndrome).

      Castelli got to work with textile partner W.L. Gore to develop a fabric stretchy, breathable, and water-resistant enough to satisfy the needs of Gabriel Rasch, Cervélo, and the rest of the pro peloton. The result is history.

      The "Gabba" became such a pro favorite that even riders not sponsored by Castelli would personally buy Gabba jerseys, remove the lables, to train and race in.

      The Gabba short-sleeve jersey is designed to match with Castelli'sNano Flex+ arm-warmers. Start your cold morning ride with the arm-warmers on, remove them later if/when the sun peaks out.

      I wear the Gabba with a light or midweight polypro vest baselayer. (The Castelli Flanders is great or similar by Santini, Giordana, or Assos).

      Sizing: Size up +1 from your usual street size, per usual with Castelli.

      **Caveat: The Gabba is part of Castelli's Rosso Corsa (race) line. This jersery is tailored VERY slim for fit/athletic riders.

      Wind Stopper and Breathes Great!

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

      I've worn this jersey up to 50 degrees but any warmer and you'll sweat a bit. I've used it at 36 degrees with arm warmers and up to 50 degrees (both with no base layer) and been super happy. It breathes great, stops the wind in its tracks, and prevents over-heating unlike some jackets. I'm absolutely satisfied with this jersey and I've actually used it more like a jacket which is amazing. The only complaint if I had to would be that the neck is a little tight if you zip the last 3" and the back pockets could be a little easier to get into. Usually if you have this jersey on you're wearing gloves. Castelli runs small so buy one size up if you're in the USA.

      Extend Your Riding Season

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

      This is a great jersey to either extend your riding season or to give you the confidence to start riding earlier in the season. I use this jersey between the temps of 45-60 F and will always wear a base layer underneath it. When its on the colder side, I'll bring my arm warmers and wear a heavier a base layer. I haven't wanted to ride in weather less than 40 :\
      This jersey runs definitely on the small side. I decided on the large over the XL because the XL was too long for my short torso and I wanted something that was more form fitting through the torso.
      I like how there aren't a ton of large logo's on the jersey and it looks more classy than a sponsorship piece. I got the black jersey and the reflective strips on the back of the jersey are a nice feature especially when riding in low light conditions. You'll appreciate how long and water resistant the back of the jersey is when you continually ride through water run off from melting snow.

      Great Jersey...No Complaints

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      This jersey fits great, looks great, and handles moisture and heat like a champ. I like that Castelli offers their top-shelf stuff in a low key design and it doesn't say CASTELLI all over it. I also like the longer sleeves that really work well with warmers and the pockets that are easily accessible. I'd wear this thing to dinner if I could and I just might :)

      OMG Awesome

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

      This jersey simply rocks. For transition weather like we have here in UT during the spring and fall this jersey is perfect. The wind protection keeps the core warm and the fabric sheds moisture quickly. Yes, it's pricey but this is the finest technical jersey I have ever tried. Other brands I frequently purchase are Rapha and Giordanna.

      Like all of Castelli's clothing this is cut for thin, racer body types but this is particularly form fitting. I'm a bit more muscular and the large fits perfectly snug (5'8" 160lbs). No flap in the wind, absolutely perfect comfortable fit.

      I use this with a base layer around 50-60 degrees. Then layer this under a heavier, insulating winter jacket for rides under 35 degrees so it gets a bunch of use and is very versatile. The long sleeve version would likely rock the in-between temps (i.e. 35-45 degree range).

      All around the best Castelli product I've purchased in a long long time. Get it.