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
What do you think about this product?
January 13, 2020
Provides needed versatility.
Long sleeve jerseys are great for rides where you know the temps will stay low. When it warms up, as it often does in So Cal, that is when the Gabba, with its short sleeves provides utility. Couple this jersey with arm warmers and you have the option to unroll them on long climbs, remove them if it warms further, and know you have that option, unlike long sleeves. I use a Merino wool base layer for 40-50F starting temps, or a synthetic lighter layer for warmer starts, which works to keep me warm without extra thickness or any loose material (I am 5' 7" 155lbs and muscular upper body wearing a Medium). With most jerseys, I have some trepidation zipping all way up, but this jersey is very comfortable with full zip, providing cold-blocking on neck when you need it. Amazing to see how far material, workmanship, and quality have come over the years. This is one to have in your quiver.
December 13, 2018
Pretty sure itÃ¢ÂÂs a Gabba 2 - but ok
I have a Gabba 2 that I love, LOVE, and a perfetto that I also like, but not as much as the Gabba. When I saw the Gabba 3 listed for a good discount I thought why not get another, cause n+1 works for jerseys, too, right? Ordered this because a Gabba 3 at more than half off is a great buy. When it arrived the package said Gabba 2 on it, and it looks just like my other Gabba 2. So, copy edit error, there look to be several listings for Gabba jerseys, but I love it anyway. ItÃ¢ÂÂs a great jersey. Size up one like you usually would for Castelli, this is a race fit but one size up still works for me at 6Ã¢ÂÂ0Ã¢ÂÂ and 106 cm chest, I ordered XL. Itâs great in misty/drizzly conditions and good at stopping wind although I like it for regular cold days as much as poor weather days. ItÃ¢ÂÂs so effective that with a light base layer I can go out with this jersey instead of a jacket into mid-40s weather. Need arm warmers and good gloves for that though.
April 10, 2019
My labels also say Gabba 2 but the 3 sets of 3 laser cut rear pocket drain holes matches those shown of Gabba 3 on Castelli site. Pics of Gabba 2 selling on other sites show no rear pocket drain holes. Rosso Corsa on right chest matches Gabba 3 as it differs from Gabba 2. It doesn't help that the description box above mentions both Gabba 3 and Gabba 2.
June 20, 2018
Gabba 2, not Gabba 3
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.
April 1, 2018
This is the perfect fall jersey
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.
March 5, 2018
Should've got one years ago
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. Definitely a race cut -- Medium is snug at 5'10.5", 155#, with base layer. On long climbs you can fully unzip, then enjoy the protection zipped up on the descents. Would not recommend trying to wear this jersey motoring the flats above 60F in dry weather -- too hot when zipped up. 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.
December 22, 2017
What to buy for cool/cold weather riding
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.
December 21, 2017
Great for 55-70 degree weather
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).