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Castelli Gabba 3 Jersey - Men's

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    Pro-level protection that accompanies you everywhere.

    The effects of the transitional seasons are felt by cyclists from all walks of life. Whether you're a 'cross racer, a criterium sprinter, or a weekend warrior, you've no doubt had the regrettable experience of being caught unprepared in volatile late fall or early spring weather. Years ago, a certain pro by the name of Rasch dreamed of a jersey that could be paired with Castelli's Nanoflex Arm Warmers. Castelli created it, named the product Gabba, after Rasch's nickname, and thus started the Gabba dynasty. Building on the legacy of its predecessors, the Gabba 3 arrives with the same ability to strike a versatile balance between breathable and warm in windy and wet conditions.

    To strike said balance, Castelli crafts the Gabba 3 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. Windstopper X-Lite has 1.4 billion impossibly small pores per square-inch that guard your microclimate jealously against contentious spring gusts. 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 when you're pushing through steep grades in incessant rain.

    Castelli continues to pay the same attention to fit as it does to function with the Gabba 3. The sleeves are forward-oriented and the chest features an abbreviated fit compared to similar offerings from other manufacturers. This will likely make the Gabba 3 feel tight across the chest while you're standing, but allows it to perfectly follow your body position once you're in the saddle. It sits close to your chest and stomach instead of hanging down, eliminating the hippo-reminiscent look that so many of us despise in kit designed for cold or inclement weather, without going so far as to restrict your movement. The Gabba 2 is to traditional winter garb as the burgeoning trend of short bodied, double vent suit jackets with high, round armholes are to the boxy tents that passed for US men's wear in the 1990s.

    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.

    • Skip a jacket and trust the Gabba 3 in rain or wind instead
    • Form-fitting cut leaves just enough room for a baselayer
    • Designed to be paired with Nano Flex arm warmers in the cold
    • Water-resistant, windproof fabric ideal for shoulder seasons
    • Rear drop hem protects against wheel spray
    • Silicone gripper at waist holds jersey in-place
    • 3 rear pockets hang onto cash for ducking out of the rain for a mid-ride coffee stop
    • Item #CST00GV

    Tech Specs

    Material
    [main body] Gore Windstopper X-Lite Plus [arms] Nano Flex
    Fit
    form-fitting
    Zip
    full-length
    Pockets
    3 rear
    Recommended Use
    road cycling
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Gabba 2, not Gabba 3

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

    Although this jersey is described as Gabba 3, it is actually Gabba 2. When I first received mine, I thought there was a mistake and returned it. When the replacement arrived, it was also a Gabba 2.

    Anyway, despite the confusion with the model in the website. The jersey works well on the rain.

    If you decided to go for this jersey I think the most important item to pay attention would be the size. It changes how the jersey performs in the rain and the driving factor in my opinion would be how you layer up.

    The description regarding the size around the chest is very accurate and it does fit snug (race fit). Therefore, if you plan to use it with a baselayer, my suggestion is to go one size up. If you intend to use a vest over it, the usual size should be ok.

    I chose the first option and today I regret it a little bit and I will explain why below.

    I am 5ft-5in and 137 pounds. My first order was for a small size. I felt it was too snug and when I ordered the replacement, I went for medium.

    However, the way it performs in the rain slightly change. When you are hit by the water, the wind blows it away from the jersey. Thus, the more aero you are, less water will stick to you. Wearing one size up, although more comfortable, leaves some wrinkles that holds the water, especially on the chest. The water tends to accumulate on these points and they eventually get wet.

    If I were buying it today, I would go for the small size.

    This is the perfect fall jersey

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: XL
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 180lbs

    Keeps the wind chill and wet soggy fall weather out. That's all there really is to it! Per the hype, it's all it is cracked up to be, and everyone who doesn't live in the southwest US or southern California should have one in the closet. You'll be glad you have it when you need it.

    This jersey, a base layer, and a set of arm warmers are a perfect layering strategy for all sorts of weather conditions.

    Should've got one years ago

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

    I've been aware of the jersey for a few years, but the price has been discouraging; that said, it's worth the price in terms of comfort in challenging conditions. First test was in gusty winds in 15-18C/60-65F. With a light base layer, I could ride happily without arm warmers, and even though at times I was wet with perspiration, it did a good job of keeping the moisture under control and I didn't feel clammy or soaked. Definitely a race cut -- a little tight up top with a 39-40" chest, but just right with 31-32" waist.

    If you ride with wired headphones routed inside your jersey, you'll want a cable extension because the butt flap requires a longer than standard cable length to reach out and up into the jersey pocket.

    Great little detail: the collar has a notch in the center, so it doesn't chafe the back of your neck when rolling in the drops.

    What to buy for cool/cold weather riding

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    First let me say I seldom write reviews, however I would like to share what works for me in central Arizona. For temps down to about 28. I have been able to use the Castelli Gabba 3 jersey with Nano Flex arm warmers. 1-2 layers underneath, depending on how cold you expect. I have base layers of wool and the stuff from Craft, long and short sleeve. Windblock is good depending on conditions. I also use Knickers or tights, wool socks and shoe covers.I have found that knickers/tights without chamois works well, just wear your bibs for the chamois. I recommend Assos T-Equipe s7 bibs. I have a pair of Giro Blaze gloves. A neck Thingy is nice. For the head, a Beanie that covers the ears and I also use one of those cycling caps with a bill. For below 25 you need heavier gloves, those Craft Merino liners work great inside gloves. Below 25 add a windblock jacket and maybe a Baklava. These are good for a 50-60 miler, use what you need depending on what temp you expect. Castelli runs small. Assos usually true to size.

    Great for 55-70 degree weather

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 170lbs

    I have been using this jersey when it is sunny but cool. I absolutely love it. It keeps me comfortable from the wind, but isn't too hot. The jersey's ability to block the wind from my chest is what makes this thing work. I would definitely buy again (and I did).